All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV) 2 Timothy 3:16-17
When was the last time that you read through the entire Bible? Have you read the entire Word? . . . even those portions that you might think are boring or irrelevant to today? Notice that in the passage above, Paul says the “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful.” And in Romans 15:4 he writes: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). Did you catch the word “everything”?
The purpose of reading the entire Bible is to understand passages within the context of the whole Word of God. If you haven’t read the entire Bible, you will be handicapped in understanding the whole counsel of God. Comparing it to reading a novel. . . if you chose to skip the first 100 pages, then read a few chapters, but skipped every other chapter thereafter. . . you would be limited in your understanding of the plot and of key events–even limited in your understanding of characters. The same is true with the Bible. If you’ve read the whole Bible, you will understand a passage better (or a book of the Bible) if you can read it within the context of the book as a whole. I would challenge you to read through the whole Bible and to make it a priority!
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Written by Marji “Mike” Kruger