Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Holy Bible


Bible is the most read book in the world!

This is not just a personal statement but according to James Chapman's research based on the number of copies each book sold over the last 50 years.


Filled with parables, wisdom, life's stories, proverbs and accounts of God's love and faithfulness to all mankind. Gives us no reason not to read this powerful book. After all this is the Word of God. But oftentimes, we find bible reading overwhelming with its 66 books, 39 books from the Old Testaments and 27 books from the New Testaments. Not to mention its 233 different English versions available and over 2000 language translations. Whew! I don't even know where to start now.

If I may offer my humble advice how to read the Bible for beginners, which I also heard from pastors and leaders in our church. Begin with the Gospel of John from the New Testaments, which account the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection.

There will be no better way of reading the bible than starting it now. Do not give in to the Enemy's deception of delay. Pray that the Holy Spirit will open your spiritual minds and give you the hunger for His Word. Please do not be discouraged if there are passages that does not make sense to you. We are all in the same boat! Just carry on, you may not understand it now, but in the future these same verses could be your encouragement and reminder when going through difficult times. You will never know unless you read it now. Then someday it will make a perfect sense to you.
For Genesis is more than the book of creation; it is all about the Almighty God -- sovereign in creation, in condemnation and in covenant!
Exodus is more than the liberation from Egypt; it presents the theology of God as the mighty and compassionate Deliverer!
Leviticus is more than just the book of sacrifices and laws; it is about the theology if a holy God who dwells amongst us and who invites us into intimacy with Him though His ultimate sacrifice for us -- Jesus Christ!
Numbers is then more than just the wilderness wanderings; it is all about the faithfulness of God whose providence and forgiveness are legendary.
Finally, Deuteronomy is more than just the law ratified; it is about the Covenant God who seeks a covenant relationship with His covenant people.
Excerpts from Growing Deep in Faith by Edmund Chan 
I hope as you read this book you won't just be part of the statistics who read the Bible but it is my prayer that you encounter the living God of the Bible.

Happy reading!


2 comments:

Maxwell Smart said...

www.HolyBibleSearch.net & www.BibleGateway.com let you search, study, read or listen to the the Bible online in almost 200 translations/dialects.

GiRLie said...

Thank you Maxwell for the links!
Even the web encourages us to read and study the Bible :)