Reading God’s Word

I would like to share with you a poem that was read during my church’s Sunday service. It is talks about reading the Bible and how some people choose to read it, especially during this time when every one is in a hurry to get everywhere.

Bible

Read It Through

by

Amos R. Wells

“I supposed I knew my Bible
Reading piecemeal, hit and miss,
Now a bit of John or Matthew,
Now a snatch of Genesis,
Certain chapters of Isaiah
Certain Psalms (the twenty-third);
Twelfth of Romans, First of Proverbs
Yes, I thought I knew the Word;
But I found that thorough reading
Was a different thing to do,
And the way was unfamiliar
When I read the Bible through.

Oh, the massive, mighty volume!
Oh, the treasures manifold!
Oh, the beauty of the wisdom
And the grace it proved to hold!
As the story of the Hebrews
Swept in majesty along,
As it leaped in waves prophetic,
As it burst to sacred song,
As it gleamed with Christly omens,
The Old Testament was new,
Strong with cumulative power,
When I read the Bible through.

Ah, imperial Jeremiah,
With his keen, coruscant mind,
And the blunt old Nehemiah,
And Ezekiel refined!
Newly came the Minor Prophets,
Each with his distinctive robe;
Newly came the Song idyllic,
And the tragedy of Job,
Deuteronomy, the regal,
To a towering mountain grew,
With its comrade peaks around it,
When I read the Bible through.

What a radiant procession
As the pages rise and fall,
James the sturdy, John the tender
Oh, the myriad-minded Paul!
Vast apocalyptic glories
Wheel and thunder, flash and flame,
While the church triumphant raises
One incomparable name.
Ah, the story of the Savior
Never glows supremely true
Till you read it whole and swiftly,
Till you read the Bible through.

You who like to play at Bible,
Dip and dabble, here and there,
Just before you kneel, aweary,
And yawn thro’ a hurried prayer;
You who treat the Crown of Writings
As you treat no other book
Just a paragraph disjointed,
Just a crude, impatient look
Try a worthier procedure,
Try a broad and steady view;
You will kneel in very rapture
When you read the Bible through.”

 This poem brings with it a lot of truth. How many books have you read where you pick a paragraph at random to read each day? How many books have you read where you choose a random chapter to read? How many books do you read and cast away before ever reading the ending or all of the other parts? Why is the Bible treated with less respect than fictional novels, romances, autobiographies, mysteries, fantasy, sci-fi, and so many others? If we take the time to really sink into the Bible and read it through in through, we will see that the Bible holds so much more than any other book, rather it is all books in one. It has drama, crime, mystery, futuristic events, hope, love, romance, instructional manuals, biographies, genealogies, and so much more. Won’t you give the Bible a second chance, look at it with new eyes and a new perspective. If we could only give such a reverenced book the respect and attention it deserves.

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