Thinking Out Loud

March 24, 2009

Read The Bible in One Year: Until Mid-March

Filed under: Christianity, Faith, theology — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 6:55 pm

Did you set out to make this your year of Genesis to Revelation reading?

The way Jon Rising sees it, most of the people who set out to read the Bible through in 2009 should be coming to a screeching halt in Leviticus right about now.    Fortunately, he offers some encouragement to keep pressing through:

“Push through the howling winds of boredom in late Exodus and throughout Leviticus. Things pick up a little in Numbers and Deuteronomy. When you reach the plateau of Joshua you will see sunshine again. And remember, when you reach the summit in the Book of the Revelation, the view is breathtaking.”

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8 Comments »

  1. Numbers.

    Ugh.

    Numbers.

    I HATE Numbers.

    I have read the entire Bible through once, most of the NT through multiple times. But God forgive me, if I never have to read the last three fifths of the Pentateuch again (ESPECIALLY Numbers), I will be blessed.

    Genesis, sure. Exodus? Bring it on. Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy? OK, I’ll suffer through ‘em once ’cause you’re God and want me to pay attention and all, but after that? I want some f—–g NARRATIVE, people! Some MEANING! Not just the Law. Not just a census (Numbers is like reading a computer printout).

    Please, PLEASE, tell me that I never, ever have to go back and read Numbers again!

    Comment by Jim — March 24, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

    • numbers is inportant book because it is the geneology of christ

      Comment by victor — June 30, 2009 @ 4:59 pm

  2. Although I am pre-empting my own next blog entry, I have a tip for Jim (above) and anyone else with so severe a reaction to the Pentateuch: buy William Dumbrell’s book, “The Faith of Israel”.

    Dumbrell not only ‘cleared the thicket’ in Leviticus for me, his insights into that book brought me to my knees, worshiping the Holy One of Israel.

    Comment by Jon Rising — March 24, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

  3. BTW, call me sadistic, but I just had great fun imagining Jim (above) working his way through the first nine chapters of I Chronicles, even if he had … say, … Max McLean reading it to him.

    The grimacing.

    The fidgeting.

    The ever-whitening knuckles.

    I did not, however, imagine Jim’s verbal response. I didn’t dare :-)

    Comment by Jon Rising — March 24, 2009 @ 10:59 pm

  4. Yeah, Jim — language! This is a family blog.

    You know, my last time through some of the “dry-er” parts of the OT, I was reminded that it was through these laws that God was trying to teach Israel a little bit about his nature and his purpose for them. They are far from random.

    I was reading them out loud to my kids (now in their teens) and it didn’t seem as boring as it had in the past. I started to understand why they are there and what we can still gain from them.

    I think using a study Bible with commentary is absolutely necessary when navigating through these passages.

    So while I don’t dare tell you to do what you “never, ever have to go back” and do, I think you’d be surprised how you might react to it a few years from now, if other growth and understanding has taken place.

    Comment by Paul Wilkinson — March 25, 2009 @ 8:14 am

  5. Hey Jim, here’s another thought.

    Perhaps at some point in eternity you can get together with William Tyndale, or some other such person who was martyred trying to preserve the sacred scriptures, and you can share with him your view on Numbers the same as you shared it with us.

    Comment by Paul Wilkinson — March 25, 2009 @ 9:09 am

  6. i am about to go into leviticus! i read the M’Cychne bible plan which does the OT once, Psalms twice and the whole NT twice in the year…

    there are some ‘hard’ parts for us to read but when you think big picure – that some of it is a shadow of what God was doing in Jesus – and when you look at it as an account of how a people “uncovered themselves” (think of adam and eve and the fig leaves) and how God provided the covering – both in OT sacrifice system and in Jesus Christ the one sacrifice for the whole world and that it is a story of faith and unbelief and mercy and grace, only complete when we know Jesus….

    Comment by fireball3316 — March 25, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

  7. […] at Thinking Out Loud we’re encouraged to keep going and not give up in reading the bible through – to keep going […]

    Pingback by Keep Going! The Bible In A Year…. « One Passion One Devotion — March 25, 2009 @ 1:47 pm


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