Last year I journeyed with our church on a course through daily Bible reading. Each reading took about 15 minutes and by the end of the year we had read from Genesis to the maps! Some of you journeyed with me and what a blessing to know you were reading along.
Many people contributed to the writing of the Bible. Actually the Bible is a collection of writings from about forty contributors, thirty in the Old Testament and ten in the New Testament.
It is truly amazing that all forty of these authors, spread out over 1600 years, have such a unified message in spite of their great diversity in language, culture and time. There is a reason for that! The reason is that these forty or so writers are all secondary authors. There is actually only one primary author, the one who inspired all the human authors, the eternal God.
Christians believe that the Bible came to us from God himself, who used all these human authors to give us his message, through the presence and inspiration of his Spirit. He did not simply give dictation to these authors, because we observe their unique personalities and varying styles of writing shining through. But God’s message, God’s authorship, is always there, providing in the end through all the years, exactly what he wanted us to have. In this way the Bible is our own ageless treasure.
Tomorrow (Monday, January 21) starts this year’s reading plan. I am joining thousands of others who are going to read the Bible chronologically.
Each week I will post the daily readings here on my blog under the tab WORD POWER. I welcome you to join me as we read through the inspired word of God together.
P.S. An App is available for your iPhone or android phone which makes it easy to read or listen while you are on the bus, in the car, or sitting waiting for an appointment. The App is free:
Download the Mobile Bible App
Watch and listen to sermons, download this week’s outline, use the built-in Bible, keep up with the reading plan everyday. All from your phone.