Why do people read the Bible? The Bible is said to be the best-selling book of all time. Millions read it every day. Billions of copies have been printed and sold over the past 200 years alone. No other book gets that kind of attention, much less an ancient text. So what makes the Bible special? A few statistics I’ve gathered:
- was initially spoken then written over a period of about 1300 years, between 1200 B.C. and A.D. 100.
- was written by over 40 different people from all walks of life, including scribes, kings, fishermen, musicians, prophets, tentmakers and at least one doctor.
- was written in three different languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
- has been translated into over 1000 languages.
- is the most shop-lifted book in the world! (That one surprised me.)
These are all interesting facts and figures, but what fascinates me is the fact that this ancient book remains so alive and loved today. Christian Freedom International estimates that one Christian is martyred every five minutes. The world may think of these people as numbers and refer to them by their label, “Christian”. But as fellow believers, we know that what they are clinging to and dying for is their belief that the Bible is God’s Word and their faith in Jesus Christ, the living Word of Whom it speaks.
I’ve read through the Bible before, but it has been several years so I decided recently to read through it again. This time, my reading plan is simply one chapter a day. I even have a nice new Bible to read through, a birthday gift from my sweet wife. But this time I’m going to do something new as I read—I’m going to journal, recording my meditations here in a blog. Why? To keep myself accountable, to record what God speaks to me as I read, to share it maybe with others and encourage them to do the same.
As believers, the Word should be like the the air we breathe, constantly flowing in and out of us. It should permeate our thoughts and conversations, shaping how we think and how we relate to those around us. Can you say that is always true for you? I can’t. So here I commence a fresh journey through Scripture. I hope you’ll join me, walking in the well-worn steps of the ancient Words spoken by the Creator to His beloved children.
Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word. —Ps 119:18, TLB