I just finished up my 2010 Bible Reading Plan. It took me 13 months, but I finished reading the entire Bible front to back. Over the past five years, I have read a new translation of the Bible (ESV, NRSV, NIV, NASB, NLT) and usually switch formatting as well (for instance I read the Archeological Bible, NIV study Bible, cross-reference Bibles, Mosaic Bible, and in 2011 the John Wesley Study Bible). All this is an attempt to eat the scroll …
Reading the Bible daily, weekly, monthly, annually is a spiritual discipline that takes the Word made text and puts it back into flesh. I have lived by the promises of Psalm 119:9&11, “How can young people keep their way pure? By guarding it according to your Word… I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.” Ezekiel was told to eat the scroll, “Feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.” In Revelation we are told again to take the scroll from the angel and eat it, “It will be bitter to your stomach, but sweet as honey in your mouth.”
So how do we do it? Here are some pointers that I can offer to those of you wanting to “Eat the scroll.”
- Commit to a Bible Reading Plan.
- I have used a yearly Bible Reading Plan from the Navigators. I attached a copy here.
- A friend of mine (Chad Brooks – outsideisbetter) uses the website, http://www.youversion.com and uses their 90 day study.
- Set aside a time of the day or week where/when you will read the Bible.
- You may also want to do it in community with your family, friends, or staff.
- Pray and give yourself grace when you fall behind.
- The purpose of a Bible Reading Plan isn’t to check the boxes and feed some genre of false spiritual identity. The purpose is to eat the scroll, to feast on the Word, to abide in its truth, to be transformed and shaped by it.
- A fun practice that I also do on an annual basis is switch up my translation and format of the Bible (I mentioned this above). I know some people (Dr. Bob Tuttle) who then give away their previously read Bibles to other people.