Week 7 of Read the Bible in 2011 begins today. I’m writing down some of my thoughts and reflections as I read through the Bible to encourage you in your own Bible reading. I’m giving a small amount of background material, but for the most part I’m trying to keep my focus on broad outlines or applications.
My writing is not meant to be comprehensive commentary. The main thing I’m trying to do is to encourage you, yourself, to read the Bible. The important and vital thing for you—not just a vital thing to do, but vital for you!—is to read God’s Word.
I’m using a Bible reading plan developed by Michael Coley that mixes readings from different sections of the Bible. There’s information about it and also M’Cheyne’s reading plan at Read the Bible in 2011 in the top banner, as well as links to my previous daily posts.
Some daily reading assignments go rapidly through a book, while other books are taken much more slowly. Pace yourself as you need to, but keep reading. If you’ve never taken the time to read several chapters of the Bible in one sitting, I encourage you to try it. And if you didn’t start on January 1, don’t worry—I didn’t start on January 1, either! You can begin today.
Do not be discouraged by what you don’t know or by what you don’t understand. Come with a humble and hungry heart, and ask God to teach you and enable you to learn what you need to know right now to trust God and to obey Him.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16–17
If you have questions after reading, I recommend talking with your pastor or, if you have difficulty finding someone with whom to discuss a passage, look at John MacArthur’s sermon archive at his Grace to You ministry site. You can listen to or read his excellent expository preaching of the Bible. There is a link to the site in the right sidebar under Resources.
May the Lord be with you and bless you in 2011, and may you grow in your love and knowledge of Him through the reading of His Word.
Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
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