February 12, 2021 at 7:33 pm #686Patrick ObenKeymaster
Jus thought I should share this quick thought as a reminder because of its importance.
Understanding is CRUCIAL in reading through the Bible. No, we do not need to study in depth to understand. There are layers of understanding, some superficial and others deep. As you need, the basic understanding of what you are reading is critical. I grew up in the faith knowing that I just had to fill my head with scriptures and memorize them, even scriptures I did not know what they are talking about.
Please do not do this!
Remember we had talked about how God uses basic literature. When you read an email from a friend, you do not need to do an in-depth study, right? However, you want to understand what they are talking about. It is a similar scenario.Make sure you understand what is being said and be attentive.
Understanding is the eye of the spirit realm. Whatever you do not understand is lost.
1. Do not rush through for the sake of just reading.
2. Memorizing scripture is a secondary goal not primary! Understanding, not memorizing, is what takes in knowledge. While memorizing is important, please remember it is not the primary goal.
3. Reading through the scriptures is not something you do so that you can go to the more important stuff such as meditation or in depth study! Please do not keep this thought one more minute in your mind! As you read and receive the knowledge of the Word, you are being filled with the Word and anything….literally anything the Lord does by the Word can happen! I have shared my experience how I have intense moment of insight with the Spirit just by reading through the Bible, sometimes on my Phone. Reading through the Bible is not something you do to take you to the real thing. It is also the thing!
We will all get this perfected as we progress! Looking forward to reading what the Lord is doing with you there!
PatrickFebruary 12, 2021 at 11:51 pm #688Rojan SevillaParticipant
Many thanks for the clarification, Patrick! This is very helpful!
RojanApril 6, 2022 at 7:49 am #990nsondo18sParticipant
I’m Reading through the Bible in 2 years. I’m now reading the psalms as part of my reading. I’m now very aware that not all books are approached the same way. Could you give a brief write up on how to read some of those books. I usually will pick just a few favorite psalm and read when I need it but going through all them is kind of challenging and I thinking there are going to be quiet a bit which will present the same challenge.April 7, 2022 at 4:48 am #991Patrick ObenKeymaster
Yes, Na. That’s a common challenge that many people face with some Books and chapters. I think a reminder of the purpose of Reading Through the Bible in 2 years will be very helpful. Again, the primary idea is simply reading through without studying.. Since basic reading is at the core of RTB, your approach to all the Books should be the same. That is the key habit you want to develop: read everything to have the basic knowledge of everything in the Word. When you study these books in more detail, the specific approaches will be different. There are a few chapters that sometimes get discouraging for many people, such as genealogies or sacrifices. AS a temporary measure, I often suggest you skip over chapters rather than getting discouraged and abandoning the entire RTB.
Remember that RTB is not a one time but something you will do every 1-2 years, so, over time, you will become familiar with the Bible and the difficult chapters. In the long run, we want to avoid the habit of skipping over chapters or portions of the Bible. So make an allowance for your personal progress. As you begin, make an allowance that some chapters might be difficult and you might bypass them for now, but as you grow in this habit, we would not expect that you will be doing this in say 5 years from now.
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