Bible in 90 Days Update and Why Does It Matter Anyway?

Today was the 28th day of reading through the Bible in 90 days. I read 2 Kings 15:27-2 Kings 25:30.  Keeping up with which kings are which and when they reigned is sometimes difficult- even though I’ve read through the Bible many times.  I am visual, and I really like a chart to look at.  This site had a great one.

As I was sitting down to write my update post tonight, I stopped to consider why it really mattered to read through the Bible.  Last fall I wrote this post specifically about reading through the Bible in 90 days.  But why read through the Bible at all?  I know many Christians that haven’t read through the Bible ever.  I know that some people don’t really see the value of it.  Sure, let’s do a topical Bible study on a relevant book- like James maybe- but why bother with those books of the law like Leviticus?  And who really knows (or cares) what they mean?

I’m thankful that I was raised in a church (and Christian school) that valued reading through the Bible- the whole Bible.  And here are some reasons that I think it is important for any Christian.

1. If we believe that the Bible is the true, literal, and inspired Word of God, then the whole thing has value.  There was some reason that God had it written down.  How can we say the easier to read books are important but not the more difficult books?

2. If you don’t know what the Bible says, how can you truly defend your faith?  So many times I’ve seen Christians make an argument- often on Facebook or another social media site- and they use the Bible to defend their argument; but what they say isn’t really in the Bible!  If you are going to defend your position on an issue with Scripture, use Scripture correctly!

3. God’s redemptive plan unfolds throughout the whole of Scripture.  It is one thing to know that Jesus came to earth and died for our sins.  But to see the whole plan of God unfold- from the beginning of time through the birth of Christ and then through the early church is amazing.  It is inspiring and encouraging to see the plan that Sovereign God has carried out through eternity.  And without reading the whole of Scripture, you’re missing part of the story.

4. God’s Word tells us the value of God’s Word.  Yes, I know it’s cyclical reasoning.  But in 2 Timothy 3:16 we read: Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. That means all of Scripture.  I don’t see anything about only the New Testament or only certain books.  It’s the WHOLE Scripture.  And if we don’t read it, how can it benefit us in all of those ways.

Now, I realize that even if you are convinced that reading through the whole of Scripture is important, not everyone is going to read through the Bible in 90 days.  Many can.  If we really add up all the time we watch tv or surf the web, or read other books, many of us could find the time it would take.  But some can’t.  So find a plan that works for you. Bible Gateway has a variety of plans that you can read online, and some plans will deliver the Scripture for the day right to your inbox. There are also many, many Bibles available with reading plans. One of my very favorite right now is The Voice.  It’s a contemporary translation, and the New Testament Bible offers a plan to read through the New Testament while the full Bible offers several plans including a three year plan that goes very slowly for those who have less time or who may have difficulty reading.

However you decide to do it, I challenge you to read through Scripture- all of Scripture from cover to cover.  It will be a blessing!

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