Bible Reading Blog — January 22, 2016

22 Jan

Today’s Readings — Exodus 25-31 & Mark 4:26-29

Those who make it through the next four weeks of our Bible reading plan will tend to make it through the rest of the year. If there is any time where you might be tempted to give up, it is now. There are two reasons for this. One, the newness of daily reading has worn off and two, you are about to begin daily reading in the laws of Israel. The last fifteen chapters of Exodus, the twenty seven chapters of Leviticus, and the first several chapters of Numbers are where many Bible reading plans go to die.

Now there are some rare souls (and they are rare) who like these parts of the Bible and can’t get enough. They are often the same people who like to read Owner’s Manuals and do geometry proofs. Seriously, if you just love studying these books, more power to you. Live long and prosper.

For the rest of us, reading these sections may be a struggle. There are a couple of things you can do to lighten your load as you read these parts of the Bible, so they really can be enjoyable and helpful.

First, look for themes. What do these sections teach you about the character of God? What do these sections teach you about the nature of humanity? What do you learn about holiness and sin? You could focus on all the cultural details of the commands but a much more profitable approach is to come in looking for big picture themes.

Second, look for Jesus. Think about how the laws of God connect to Jesus. Think about the prominence of blood and atonement, of priests and sacrifice. You may want to trace a few cross-references in your Bible to see where New Testament authors connect these laws and ceremonies to the story of Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 reminds us that all Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable. This is as true of Leviticus as it is of Isaiah, as true of Matthew as of Romans. All means all. This is a good phrase to keep in mind as well as you read for the next few weeks. I hope even in this section which many readers find difficult, that you will find great joy in God.

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