It may seem funny to think about reading the Bible like a book – especially when the word Bible comes from the Greek biblios which literally means book!
People have funny attitudes about how to read the Bible. Many who attend church listen for what it has to say to them about their personal problems. The Bible does contain principles for daily living. But is that why God gave us His words?
Those who go onto study more formally learn to read the Bible like a collection of books. The single volume work known as The Holy Bible is in fact a collection of 66 individual books. The books were written by more than 40 contributors over more than 14 centuries!
There is merit to studying each book on its own; however, each book was divinely preserved to make up the whole. Outside of gaining some intellectual nuggets of information, reading the Bible like it is just another piece of human literature can be dry, boring and meaningless.
Reading the Bible like a book means looking for an overarching story. There is a reason why the 66 are preserved as one book. There is miraculous continuity in major themes. The fact that different writers from different backgrounds living at different times and in different places all contribute to a single overarching theme is amazing!
It is as if God preserved His plan for the ages and everyone can read that plan.
There is a way of “rightly dividing” how you read the Bible (2 Tim 2:15) based on the belief God has preserved His word. And we’ll look at that in the next post.
The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.Psalm 12:6, 7