How to Read Your Bible – Consecutively
The best way to read through your Bible is consecutively and without preference. We have a tendency to do things according to inspiration. Today we may read a little from the gospel of John and tomorrow from the book of Revelation. Although this is better than nothing, it's best to work our way through both the Old and New Testament books in a consecutive manner.
If we decide to read through the Old Testament we should begin in Genesis and work our way through book by book until we reach the book of Malachi. In the New Testament we should begin with Matthew and read sequentially until we reach Revelation.
To read consecutively also means that we should not skip the difficult chapters. Sometimes the chapters that seem uninteresting are the ones that require a little more labor and study.
Anyone who has read through the Old Testament knows that your reading slows down around Exodus 25 and the chapters that follow. There is a great temptation to skip over these chapters detailing the building of the tabernacle. Another example in the New Testament is the genealogy in Matthew chapter one. On the face of it, this seems to be just another genealogy. We should exercise to read through the chapter and then return to it later to study it in detail.
It's a great feeling to complete your first reading of the New Testament and an even greater feeling when you've completed reading the entire Bible. Building up the habit of reading through the Bible consecutively will give the Lord a strong base to speak and operate in us.
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Oh, Lord Jesus! Dispense more of Your stone nature into us more and more each day. Amen. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for this bookshelf-like diagram. Amen. It’s organized and enjoyable and helpful. I completed the Old Testament, and I started from Psalms. First and foremost I enjoyed that Christ is the Psalms. I enjoyed the length of the book, the musical, poetic tone of the book, the all-inclusiveness of the book, and seeing how it connected with other books from all of the marginal references. Some books I had focused on due to the fact that I attended an enthusiastic conference, motivating me to dig deeply into that book. It seems boring and predictable to start from the very beginning, so I started with a book that I enjoyed. The Lord Jesus carried me through each book until I had come full circle. I also enjoy eating Christ from glory to glory starting from the end to the beginning. People from another country do it, and I like it. It’s unpredictable. That makes things more interesting. Grace to all the saints. Amen.