"Read with an earnest desire to understand it. Read with simple childlike faith and humility. Read with a spirit of obedience and self-application. Read Scripture every day." —J.C. Ryle
What Bible reading does for the reader:
There are many different ways we can read God's Word. No matter the way, the benefits are great! Here's just 24 Ways To Benefit From Meditating on Scripture. Today, I want to encourage you to consider reading the Bible in chronological order, and here's why.
Chronological Order versus Canonical Order
All of God's Word is inspired (2 Timothy 3:16), but the order of the books of the Bible is not. The order of the books of the Bible is arranged by men. There is no divinely inspired order of the books of the Bible. In fact, the order of the books of the Bible differs between the Bible of the Hebrew, the Catholic, the Protestant, and the Eastern Orthodox. If one were to use a standard Bible and start reading in Genesis and read book-by-book in order to Revelation, they would be reading the Bible in canonical order.
The standard order of the books of most Bibles today is the canonical order:
To place the books of the Bible in chronological order three kinds of rearranging must be done:
A Free Tool for Chronological Bible Reading
Our 12-month, Bible Reading Itinerary, in chronological order of book authorship, gives readers a unique perspective of the Bible. Read the prophetic books of the Bible alongside the historical books, and the Psalms of David in conjunction with the historical narrative of his life. Make your plans today to read through the Bible by downloading this free resource. Join the movement and download today!
Benefits of Chronological Bible Reading
Reading the Bible in chronological order has two important benefits not found using other reading methods:
Tools for Chronological Bible Reading
There are three types of tools available to anyone interested in reading the Bible chronologically:
Reading the Bible Chronologically
Have you ever read through the Bible chronologically? If so, how was your experience?
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