Have you ever read the whole Bible from cover to cover? Some might not have read it sequentially from cover to cover but have read most books of the Bible at one time or other. I do not need to tell you how important it is for us, as the people of the Word, to have read the entire Bible. Having said that, the true reality is that those who have read the whole Bible still struggle to make sense of it; they still fail to see the “big picture”. Why is that? It is because they have not read it chronologically.
How essential is it to read the Bible chronologically? Reading the Bible chronologically is the only right way – not the only way but the only right way – to read the Bible since all the events in the Bible happened and was recorded chronologically. The Bible isn’t a collection of fairy tales or fables – it is not even a collection of individual books but one book about one story – His-tory.
The Bible consists of 66 books written by over 40 authors who mostly lived in different eras. Yet what they wrote about are connected. Think of it this way: If the 66 books of the Bible were dots on a blank piece of paper, there would be a thread that flows through them, connecting the different books together in a certain way, forming a distinct picture for all to see. When we read each book individually and independently, we would only be familiarizing ourselves with the “dot”. We would, as they say, not see the forest for the trees.
It is important to see the “big picture” because it forms the larger context by which every verse, every chapter, and every book of the Bible must be interpreted and understood. It is also important for the proper interpretation and understanding of prophecy, such as the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation tells us what must happen at the end. But if we have missed the start and middle parts of a movie, how can we truly appreciate and make sense of its climax and culmination?
I have began to read the Bible chronologically since recently and it has been a blessing. I would like to invite you to read the Bible chronologically with me. We will start together on January 1, 2014. There many ways you can do this and here are some recommendations:
YouVersion. If you are using the YouVersion Bible app on your mobile device, you can follow the Chronological Bible Reading Plan incorporated in the app. If you don’t have it yet, you may download it here.
Tyndale’s Chronological Bible. If you prefer print, you can get a copy of the Chronological Bible by Tyndale.
But which ever method you choose, I would encourage you to follow me on Facebook. I will be your guide through this. I will be posting brief notes on portions that we are reading on Facebook to help you along. Remember, this is not a Bible study; we are trying to see the “big picture”. “Like” my Page now.
See you on January 1.