Last night, I suddenly felt eager to begin reading through the Bible from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. I've been learning a variety of principles lately; but as I learn, I desire to test them. By God's grace, I think I've grown enough from the "pure milk" (1 Peter 2:2) to begin to desire the "solid food" (Hebrews 5:12-14). I'm not content to believe something new simply because a Christian teacher told me. I want to test it. I want to dig up the primary sources and investigate the matter for myself. But I feel as though my knowledge of Scripture as a whole is not yet comprehensive enough. I need a firmer grasp on the whole of the Bible. I want to fortify my foundation so I can get to know God better (Ephesians 1:17).
Not only that, but I've never actually read through the entire Bible before from beginning to end. I've tried a couple times using different plans, but never made it through. My first attempt got me as far as Isaiah. The next time around, I tried reading just a little at a time simultaneously from the Law, History, Writings, Prophets and New Testament. I didn't get terribly far, as I got distracted with more detailed studies. By nature, I'm a detail-oriented person; so as I read through Scripture, I often find myself pausing along the path and pulling out a microscope to investigate curious things. That's not a bad thing, but it does mean that I don't often look up to see the forest through the trees!
Due to my past unfaithfulness in working through the Bible, I was rather hesitant to leap into another strategic plan. But I did open up to Genesis 1 this morning and am very glad that I did.
I think I'll set this goal for myself for the upcoming mornings: to read through the Torah.
The Torah, or the Pentateuch, are the first 5 books of the Bible - the ones that Moses wrote. In my recent wrestlings to understand "salvation" this seems like a very helpful section of Scripture to work through. In these books, God creates the heavens and the earth, mankind rebels, God promises redemption, He rescues His people, He leads them, and He brings them to the promised land. This seem to be a picture of the good news of Christ. So, my plan is to read through the Torah, as little or as much as strikes me each morning. As I go, I hope to study the Hebrew vocabulary and grammar to keep my curious mind engaged. Today I learned the words for "beginning", "create", and "heavens" - already knew the words for "God" and "earth" - hooray! And so between reading, studying, meditating, and attending the Old Testament core seminar at church, I pray that the Lord will transform me "by the renewing of [my] mind" so I will be able "to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will."
I'm excited! :)
We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
And needing more each day Thy grace to know:
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
"We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go." -We Rest on Thee