Just Read It
I’d like to share a couple of recommendations about reading your Bible. I’ve written before about the importance of reading sections of the Bible rather than just a verse or two from different locations in the Bible.
Context is very important. That requires reading full sections of any book in the Bible. You’d never buy a book and then choose to read four lines from page three, a paragraph from page 125 and then glance at the index. A book is a unit and requires full reading to understand it.
The Bible is a bit different. It is not designed to read page one to the end at one go. Each individual book can stand on its own. There are also sections within each book that comprise a complete unit. Modern editions of the Bible have headings throughout each chapter. For the most part, those sections make up a complete thought or subject.
One other way of reading can be helpful. It is sometimes edifying to check out different passages on the same subject or theme. There is a resource you can easily acquire (it’s included with some Bibles) called “Thompson’s Chain Reference.” There are other similar references, but this is the one I’m most familiar with. It is a listing of all the individual words in the Bible and, even more interesting, lists passages throughout the Bible sharing the same subject.
Whatever you do, read your Bible—however you choose to do it—each day.
Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. Hebrews 13:7