It’s amazing how much ground you cover when you read the first few chapters of the Bible.
The first chapter of Genesis, which is only 31 verses long, takes you through all six days of creation. The second chapter goes back and gives more detail of what God performed in those six days, and then by the first verse of Chapter Three, we meet “the serpent”. By the end of that third chapter, mankind has already fallen and been driven from the Garden of Eden. That’s some action-packed reading.
Read onward another two chapters, and you meet Noah of worldwide flood fame, and then we stall all over again with humanity. That’s like Page Six in my Bible. Gratefully, things slow down just a bit within a couple more chapters.
This year, I’m reading straight through the whole Bible again. I’ve done this several times before, but it has been a few years.
It’s a lot to do. For starters, it’s a 1,500-page book, give or take, depending on how yours is paginated. But also, you can’t help but be affected by what you read. You can’t help but slow down and think about what you’re reading. It’s the Bible, after all. The Holy Bible.
And what does that mean? Holy Bible?
I was explaining this recently to a classroom full of kids at church. The word “bible” simply means “book”. What makes our Bible so special is really that other word you find in front of it: Holy. People may feel too pious calling it the “Holy Bible”, but that’s what it is.
Don’t be offended when people come up with publication titles like “The Wood Worker’s Bible” or “The Plumber’s Bible”, and yes, those are real books. Be offended if they come up with “The Holy Plumber’s Bible”. Incidentally, the Holy Bible is, in a sense, the Holy Carpenter’s Bible, but I digress.
If you’re up for reading the whole Bible, I recommend being systematic about it. A Bible reading plan will help. Oftentimes, people start these on January 1, but there’s no reason you couldn’t start your own plan right now.
If you’re not up for reading the whole Bible, perhaps you would consider reading one book of the Bible. I’d recommend starting with the New Testament Book of John or maybe the Book of Matthew.