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 are 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 Tool for Chronological Order of Book Authorship Bible Reading
If you would like to read through God's Word in chronological order of book authorship, do what I am doing. I’m using this Bible Reading Itinerary. It begins with the book of Job. Did you know that Genesis is not the first book written in the Bible?
This lovely, 12-month, self-guided (or group-guided) Bible reading itinerary gently leads the reader on a journey through the Bible in chronological order of book authorship. If you haven't read God’s Word in this order, you're in for a real treat! The itinerary gives readers a unique perspective of the Bible. Make your plans to read through God’s Word by downloading this resource today! The itinerary is great for new believers and for those established in the faith as well.
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 in chronological order of book authorship? If so, how was your experience?
11/5/2019 09:15:39 am
I received a chronological Bible as a gift, and I am looking forward to reading it! One time in my regular reading through the Bible, I looked up the psalm that arose from the historical situations in Kings and Chronicles. It was so enriching to read them in context.
11/5/2019 01:12:36 pm
Yes, Barbara, I really enjoy reading the historical events (especially of David's life) along with the pleas for mercy and divine intervention in the book of Psalms.
11/5/2019 09:39:47 am
I read through the Chronological Bible many years ago and enjoyed reading David's Psalms within the narrative of David's life and having other pieces with in a time line. But it took me two years!
11/5/2019 01:15:47 pm
Debbie, this is exactly what I love about it! And just seeing the plan of salvation play out throughout the Word, from Genesis to Revelation is marvelous!
11/5/2019 11:19:25 am
I love this resource! It makes me believe I can actually do it! Happily pinned and shared on FB :)
11/5/2019 01:18:42 pm
Rebecca, thank you for pinning and sharing! :) I'm planning to read through the Bible in 2020 using this resource. I'm so excited!!!
11/5/2019 01:07:16 pm
I love reading Scripture chronologically! It 's so enlightening to get the prophets in their historical context and the epistles interspersed with the book of Acts!
12/9/2019 03:29:07 pm
I'm looking forward to doing this in 2020, Michele!
11/5/2019 03:55:41 pm
Hi Patsy, I have to admit, I don't read the Bible through yearly. I usually just go with what is on my heart. Most people start with Revelation when they don't even get Acts. I tell people to start with John about His love and then read elsewhere. I do have to remind them that Genesis and Job are so close in time as well, I think he could have lived in the time of Joseph. I hated reading sacrifices but if you do you will appreciate Jesus more.
11/5/2019 05:01:21 pm
I'm excited about reading through the Bible in chronological order in 2020, Rebecca. Join me!
11/5/2019 06:04:15 pm
I like reading the Bible chronologically too. It just makes more sense to me that way. I use a 2-year plan though instead of a 1-year. I found that I was just speed-reading to check the box when I tried to finish in 1 year. Even then, it sometimes takes me 3 years. :) But I do try to keep it going in a cycle, and when I finish, I just start again but in a different translation to keep the words fresh for me. Thanks for the encouragement to stay in the Word!
11/6/2019 06:57:20 am
It's amazing to me, Lisa, how reading the Word is always fresh and alive to me and I continue to read things and understand things that I seemed to never read or understand before. I'm excited to read through God's Word in 2020 in chronological order—it's my favorite way to read it. Like you said, it just seems to make more sense.
11/6/2019 07:21:31 am
Chrono is the only way to go! 2017 it was my plan and I absolutely LOVED it.
11/6/2019 09:29:28 am
11/6/2019 03:17:01 pm
Yes, Nylse, the historical context is one of the main reasons I like reading the Bible through chronologically. And I'm loving your posts on Ezra BTW! :)
11/6/2019 03:13:33 pm
I have read through the bible in both of these ways and I say, however you do it, just do it. Time well spent. laurensparks.net
11/6/2019 03:18:46 pm
Agreed, Lauren! JUST DO IT! (to borrow a tagline from a famous athletic wear company) ;-)
11/6/2019 03:37:33 pm
"Bible reading will bless us (Revelation 1:3).
11/6/2019 03:42:33 pm
Agreed, Angela! The more we know of Him, the more we want to know Him better. It's a blessed circle! :)
Years ago I taped the chronological order "guide" into my Bible, and I was finally able to read through the Bible in a year. It changed my life, because I discovered truths I had never heard or read before. I have always dated passages when I read them, and I realized that I was re-reading many chapters or books, but skipping others. Reading the Bible in order was key to helping me see "the big picture" of the Bible. I could better see how Christ fulfilled the OT, and realized that I was occasionally mixing up OT and NT principles. After reading it in order, I found I knew the OT better than the NT and that I should focus more on reading the NT.
11/7/2019 06:29:09 am
This testimony is so encouraging to read, Janine! I believe reading the Bible in chronological order gives readers a better overall picture of God revealing Himself through both the Old and New Testament as well as a clearer picture of His plan of salvation. His plan of salvation was never "Plan B" as I once thought. It was, from the very beginning, the only plan and the only way.
In 2017 was the first time I read the Bible in a chronological plan. I absolutely couldn't believe I had waited so long to read it that way. I love how it gives variety when it goes to a psalms in the middle of other books. I read a different plan this year but I'm going back through chronologically in 2020!
11/8/2019 09:06:45 am
Yea, April! This is so encouraging to read. I will be doing the chronological plan in 2020 as well! :)
11/8/2019 11:14:31 am
Reading through the Bible has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. One year I did use a chronological daily Bible but found I like the regular arrangement with a plan that allows me to read some in the OT, some in the NT, a smaller portion of a Psalm and a verse or 2 in Proverbs the most enjoyable for me. But however we read God's Word it has the potential to impact our lives in powerful ways! Blessings in your reading in the coming year.
12/9/2019 03:31:39 pm
Yes, Donna! I'm looking forward, with much anticipation, to a real blessing in 2020 as I read through the Bible. It IS powerful and alive and relevant!!!
12/9/2019 03:32:50 pm
Thank you so much, Jana! I'm looking forward to reading though the Bible chronologically in 2020 as well! :)
12/9/2019 03:33:48 pm
Yea, Maree!!! give it a whirl! :) I'm excited about it!
11/14/2019 09:45:31 pm
I purchased a chronological one year Bible several years ago. It's fascinating! Thanks for the reminder. I need to get it out again.
12/9/2019 03:36:29 pm
I have a chronological Bible as well, Christine. Get yours back out and let's do this in 2020!!! I love history. So, reading the Bible in this manner, where you can appreciate more of it's historical context, is exciting to me.
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