Knowing Your Bible Well

How well do you know the Bible?  If you did not have chapters and verses (Chapters were divided 1200 A.D. by Stephen Langton; Verse numbers were added in 1557 by Robert Stephanus), could you find the text you were seeking?  I would suggest we read the Bible too often in bits and bites not as it was written in paragraphs and chapters and entire books.

In Luke chapter 4 as Jesus stood up to read, “The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him.  Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:”

Jesus knew the Scriptures.  Led by the Spirit of God, he had entered the teaching centre of the community and had gone (as was his custom) to worship.  The Word of God was central to worship.  Regular readings through the Law, the Prophets and the Writings were incorporated into the weekly rhythm of instruction.

Some churches seem to have forgotten the place of Scripture Reading.  A quick verse or two is noted, perhaps on a huge screen at the front, and then the preacher for the day begins to share ‘his thoughts.’  Though I am not typically part of  ‘liturgical’ worship, the cycle of readings from both Testaments structured into the service provide an excellent example of honouring God’s Word.

Would you take a moment and complete the following poll?  Would you commit yourself to more reading of Scripture, not for the sake of ‘getting it done’ but of saturating your thinking with God’s inspired, inerrant, infallible truth?



One thought on “Knowing Your Bible Well”

  1. Thank you, Keith. I am, too, concerned about the lack of Biblical knowledge in the church today. I have come across people- even in my own fellowship- who would rather hear what a person has to say than seek out what God says for themselves. I didn’t answer your poll, as last Sunday was, thankfully, an anomaly for us…. a guest preacher with a few verses. That said, his sermon was very full of Biblical teaching, but only those who knew their Bibles would have heard Scripture he didn’t read!

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