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Want to Read the Bible this Summer?

Revelation 13

I’ve often wondered if I spent as much time reading the Bible as I did all of my other reading how quickly I could get through it. I know it’s not about how fast you “get through” the Bible and that’s where I always get stuck. I want to take notes on everything.

I have most of the Old Testament scriptures on little col0r-coded index cars with references to topics.

For example, even if a story told doesn’t have the word “temptation” in it, when I read it I saw that emotion and so wrote it down as a reference for later when  wanted to read more examples of temptation. It kinda slows a gal down, ya know?

But the truth is we spend a lot of time doing things that don’t have an eternal impact, and we know that when we read the Bible the result is that God always uses it.

I received an email awhile back from memory specialist, Wes Allen, about how long it actually does take to read the Bible. It’s something to reflect on and maybe it will jump start your reading this summer.

I asked permission to reprint it here and he was happy for me to share it with you! You can read more here.

He writes,

You can read the entire New Testament in just nine days. It contains 260 chapters. Read 30 chapters a day,
readings 6,7,8 are a little short of 30 chapters. I read the entire Bible in forty days. Below you can see the exact
amount of time it takes to read each 30-chapter segment. You can read the New Testament in 16 hours. I read the
entire Bible in 71 hours and 53 minutes.

If you will determine to dedicate the time to God that it takes to read His Word, you will be surprised at how He will reward you for it.  I just finished the Old Testament a day early and I will be reading the New Testament during this first week of June.  On June 9th I will have read completely through the Bible 15 times.

Do you think God cares about that?  I know time is short and schedules are tight.  Everybody wants your time.  God knows about that too.  I didn’t start reading the Bible after retirement; I did these 40-day readings once a year for seven years while I was still working.  God gave me back all the time I gave to Him, many times over, for I retired 5 years ago at the young and tender age of 48.  Now I do this twice a year.  Usually in March and August.

I like the quote he has too!

A full Bible a year will fill you with cheer.
Drawing near to God every day gives you more time to play.

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The Folding of the Shroud. Important?

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Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? Someone recently sent me this and though I had read it before, it was a nice reminder just how intentional all of Jesus’ actions were.

Many times in the Bible were are told of the “mysteries of Christ” such as Colossians 2:2 says, “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ.”

As we read the Word mysteries unfold to us and are revealed that we may have not understood previously. This is one I thought I would share with you. It was forwarded to me by Ginny. I do not know the original author.

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.

The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly
folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.

She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, ‘They have taken the Lord’s body out of the
tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him!’

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple
out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen
wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head
was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? Absolutely!

Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.

The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe
his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that
napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the
wadded napkin meant, ‘I’m done’.

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid
it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table,
because. . . The folded napkin meant, ‘I’m coming back!’

He is Coming Back!

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