Reading the Bible in a Lifetime

Photo of Child Reading Holy Bible

Maybe you heard of reading the entire Bible in a year, the 90 program, or some other Bible reading program. I once read the Bible in 66 days. I was single and I devoted about four hrs. a day into reading through an entire book. It helped me see a lot of connections between the scriptures that I never saw before. One dear lady in our church has read the entire Bible 33 times for 33 years. She is a great witness for the Word of God. I read somewhere that broke it down how long it takes to read each book of the Bible and how long it took to read it as a whole. Psalms was 4 hrs. long. Jeremiah and Isaiah were the longest being 4 1/2 hrs. long. In total it takes about 72 hrs. of uninterrupted reading to read through the Bible.

With all of that said, most people don’t read it or don’t read it regularly. That breaks my heart. There are plenty of reasons why people don’t read the Bible.

  1. The person is unsaved and doesn’t want to read the Bible.
  2. The person has too many interests to read the Bible. (If that is your case, you need to repent and start reading.)
  3. The person has no time management. (Read the Bible in your free time.)
  4. The person is afraid to read the Bible because they don’t want to misinterpret it.

The last reason is why I love studying the subject of hermeneutics, the science and art of interpreting literature. If you regularly read the Bible and are saved, you will begin to understand it as you submit yourself to its teachings. If you read the Bible like a little child, it will open itself up to you. Once you get started, it is a joy and a wonder to read. Keep in mind you need to read it in its literal grammatical/historical context. You read it keeping in mind what the author is writing, who he is writing to, the circumstances for why he wrote it, the theme, and reading the sentences and paragraphs carefully. The great thing is these things will just open themselves up to you as you carefully read God’s Word.

There are two types of Bible reading: 1. Reading it to know that is in it, 2. Reading it to know it. Most people don’t differentiate between these two types of Bible reading. Reading it to know what is in it doesn’t take long. You can read through an average chapter in the Bible in 5 minutes. In 40 minutes I usually read through 8 chapters. I typically know what each chapter is about when I am done, but no more than that. Reading it to know it takes much longer. I can spend hours, days, and weeks pouring into a passage and still find more truth and application the passage is presenting. The old Christians would sleep 4-6hrs a day and spend 12hrs reading the Bible to plumb its depths.

I know plenty of people who have learning disabilities and have to read the Bible slower. They often feel discouraged that they can’t read as fast as other people can. That is ok. Maybe they can’t read through the Bible in a year, or if they do they will have to put more work into it. That is fine. The key is reading the Bible to know it. You need to let it affect your life. Think through what you are reading. Then build your life on it. The goal is reading the Bible in a lifetime to prepare for God’s Kingdom. Then we need to share it with others so they can enter into God’s kingdom too. We don’t need to just listen to Jesus’ teaching we need to follow it as well.

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:23-27 ESV

The Bible is so simple a child can read it and so deep a Theologian could spend hours in it and just scratch the surface.

I hope this has blessed you. Please feel free to comment in the comment section. Please no profanity or pornography. Please also feel free to look at the resource section for my book series on how to study the Bible. Lord bless you.

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