Friday, 6 January 2012

read the bible in a year

Designed by Craig DesJardins, these calendars guide you to through the whole bible in a year.  But wait, there's more!  There are two or three readings a day.  You read through each book from beginning to end, one or two and sometimes three chapters at a time.  But the old and new testament books are placed together in such a way as to  help you to make thematic connections between them.   And the Psalms are scattered throughout the year, sometimes emphasising themes in the readings, or sometimes expressing the emotions or thoughts therein.

Examples from the designer's introduction (2011):
  • January 1: Genesis 1 & John 1: in the beginning
  • January 10: John 10 & Psalm 23: the Lord (Jesus Christ) is my shepherd
  • March 5: Leviticus 11 & Mark 7: clean foods
  • June 8: Joshua 2 & James 2: Rahab hiding the spies
  • June 29: 1 Samuel 2:1-10 & Luke 1:46-55: Hannah’s song of praise and Mary’s magnificat
  • July 26: 2 Samuel 11-12 & Psalm 51: David’s fall into sin and his confession of that sin
  • August 8: Proverbs 7 & 1 Kings 11: Solomon’s warning against involvement with foreign women, and his failure to follow his own counsel
  • August 24: Proverbs 30:7-9 & 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19: the Christian attitude toward wealth
  • October 30: Habakkuk 2:4 & Romans 1:17 on Reformation Sunday: the just shall live by faith.
We tried the 2011 plan for a couple of months last year as a family. I was amazed at what can be learnt inductively and the questions that can be answered when reading a couple of bible passages together like that. It allows scripture to interpret scripture.

We are also using the 2011 plan at Talua this year. It will mean that the readings specific for specific days won't work so well (i.e. Reformation Sunday, Easter Day etc) but apart from that, we are hoping that it will encourage students in their personal bible reading and that they will grow to know God better and better as a result.

I'm going to give it a try too, with the back-up of just the New Testament reading if it gets too much for me. So far, I have been struck by the contrast of spiritual birth that gives life in John 3 and the birth that leads to death that is typified in the genealogies in Genesis 5. I also learnt a lot from reading Psalm 8 with Genesis 1 and was forced to think about things I usually skip over.

Why don't you give it a go too?  Jump in and start now, don't worry about what you've missed so far.  Click on the above links to download the calendars.

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