As I'm reading through the Bible this year, I will be sharing verses that jump out at me. Most often, these will pop up in my side bar under "Inspiration" ~ though I'm sure that I'll want to process more about others - so those will be in individual posts.
But, I also wanted to touch on a comment left last week about how to read through the genealogies and harder passages like Leviticus.
I'm certainly no expert - but I will just share with you what works for me in this.
First, I would ask myself if my heart is right in reading through the Bible. I want God to give me an open heart that really desires to read all of His Word. When I come to it with a desire to consume His Word - I think He will enable me to do just that. And, that includes all of His Word! I want to come into it with a sense of anticipation, not drudgery.
I try to remember that it is God's Word - He put each of the words there for a reason. Because I know that the Bible is inspired by God and all of it is true - I can know that He intended for me to read each of the words there. He has a reason for including each word that is there.
When reading genealogies, I find myself comparing how long certain people lived compared to their sons. Or, I look for how many generations there are between certain major Biblical events. Sometimes, I just wonder how to pronounce their names! Being on the watch for details like these helps them seem more interesting. I also remember that this is MY family history. It is a part of my heritage - and I want to learn what I can about these members who have gone before.
Something helpful for the hard parts such as Levitical laws is to take the opportunity to be thankful for the freedoms we have in our day. After Jesus came to earth, we have been released from so many of these OT laws and customs. And, you know what? I am thankful that I do not have to do animal sacrifices or ceremonial washings or cleansing. I am thankful for this cleansing that comes to us through Jesus our Savior. And, while reading these passages - it is an ideal time to be thankful for what God has done for us.
Another thought is that sometimes God will bring someone to mind or even a specific area in my life from reading one of these things and it will give me an opportunity to bring this matter to prayer.
How is your Bible reading going so far? Do you skip genealogies and hard passages? Or, how do you read the hard stuff?