Some of you may know that I have been reading my way through the Bible, reading a few chapters each day. This was originally inspired by my little cousin Jacob who had read the whole Bible in a year, and I thought “well if he can do it, I should be able to!” So I signed myself up to www.bibleinayear.org and got daily readings by e-mail, and got into the routine of reading over breakfast. Today, a year and a half after starting, I finally read the final chapter in Revelation. What an amazing journey!
I was actually reading everything in chronological order, rather than in the order it appears in the Bible, which made for interesting reading. In some places there are two accounts of the same event, like in much of the beginning of the old testament, and of course the four gospels, so those were read in parallel. It was an interesting approach, allowing me to get a good historical overview of what actually happens in the Bible in what order. It was interesting seeing how different people recorded events in different ways depending on who they were and why they were writing it – I guess that’s my GCSE History coming back to haunt me!
The one thing I have missed, however, is spending time digging deep into God’s word. This challenge has been more historical than spiritual, finding out what happens rather than searching for meaning and understanding in each passage. I feel I know the Bible better now, but I still feel I have a lot more to re-read. I love Revelation, for instance, with all the imagery and symbolism and awe and wonder, but reading it so fast didn’t really lend itself to spending time working out what it all means. I shall now have to start re-reading various bits of the Bible, studying it properly, searching for understanding rather than knowledge.