I’m gonna be honest guys, I’ve dreaded reading the whole Bible in a Year thing!
Every time I saw people start that at the top of the year, I would turn up my nose in confusion and disinterest. Year after year, I would see the ads for plans I could start on my Bible app, and year after year I would quickly shun the idea. I mean, it’s not that I didn’t want to read the whole Bible per say... I was totally down with reading the whole New Testament. Give me all the stories of King David and other famous figures. I’m even cool with reading each of the prophets (although I knew that would take me lots of time).
But the one thing that hung me up... the Pentateuch. *cue ominous music, dun-dun-dun*
The Pentateuch, which perhaps may be more familiar to people as the Jewish, Torah, is the first five books of the Bible—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Now, tell me, by a show of hands, how many of you have read more than just Genesis and Exodus? I’ll wait... don’t judge me please! Have you ever even heard a sermon based from Leviticus, Numbers, or Deuteronomy?
I probably have, but my point is, it’s an intimidating section of the Bible to read. With all the rules and repetition, it’s made my stomach turn in knots.
But I will tell you, I am so glad I did start my Bible-in-one-Year plan. (And, I’m perpetually late, so it‘s already looking like it won’t just be one year, 😏) Truthfully, I am learning so much about God my Father, and why we need Jesus in a new way.
This has also been a challenge to my faith because it definitely includes some ideas that are totally anti-American culture, and even some seemingly fantastical things that caught me way off guard. In the end, I’ve had to chew on it slowly, and ask God, in prayer, “what do you mean by this” A LOT! I have half of Numbers and Deuteronomy left to go. In the end, it will have been a wonderful experience that draws me deeper into the Father’s arms, the Son’s sacrifice, and the Holy Spirit’s pervasive presence. For that, I will be eternally blessed.
CQ: How have you accepted a challenge to grow in your faith?