Henrietta Mears, of “What the Bible is All About,” did a wonderful encapsulation. In just the first chapter, she profoundly put it:
- The Old Testament begins with God (Gen 1:1)
- The New Testament begins with Christ (Matthew 1:1)
- From Adam to Abraham we have the history of the human race.
- From Abraham to Christ we have the history of the chosen race.
- From Christ on we have the history of the Church.
I can’t believe how direct, simple, and yet profound that is!
As I prepare to begin sitting in in our much awaited Leadership 113 first semester (of 2), I’m very much thrilled to begin to “pick up the pearls in the Scriptures and string them into order from Genesis to Revelation and think through the bible story,” (not that I don’t already do so though), but to do it in a class mode, albeit via Zoom, all together seems rather more enjoyable!
Mears goes on to say when it comes to intentionality in Bible reading:
“Do you want to read the Bible through? Leave 80 hours for it. Plot out that time. How much can you give each day? How many days a week? This highly practical proposition should be seized by the very busiest. We are all busy and must make time for it. If we are going to know the Bible, we must give time for it and arrange for it. We must adjust our lives so that time is made.”
Now I’m sure that Netflix, Youtube and even news time will be so much less, but I’m greatly excited to be that disciplined more than ever, and read my bible, (my life!), cover to cover all over again. 🙂