Top 4 Bible Verses About Reading the Bible
Bible Verses About Reading the Bible
It wasn't until after I became a pastor that I found the Bible enjoyable. Up until that point, reading the Bible was boring. But thankfully, with the help of my church leaders and a few Christian friends, the Bible is now one of my closest companions. Reading the Bible is no longer an option for me, it's a must.
Reading the Bible is critical for victorious Christian living. Bible reading is a fundamental aspect of our spiritual lives, and without this foundation, our spiritual lives will be like ships without sails and dreams with hope.
But why should we read the Bible? What's the big deal with God's word? And what's in it for me?
The book of Timothy reveals the answers, " All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work," (1 Timothy 3:16-17).
Why should we read the Bible? Because it's God-inspired.
What's the big deal with God's word? The Bible answers most if not all of life's tough questions.
What's in it for me? The Bible equips with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to live the victorious Christian life.
Reading the scriptures has numerous benefits, and (1 Timothy 3:16-17) helps us to understand this more. The scriptures are there to teach, correct and guide us in our Christian lives. With that in mind, the onus is on us to read the bible as much as we can. So to get you started, here are four Bible verses about reading the bible that will help you better understand God's reasons for you reading the Bible.
1. Deuteronomy 17:19
"It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees."
Reading the Bible helps us to fear God. To fear God as implied in this text isn't used in a negative sense. But to fear God in the context of this verse means to revere Him, to respect Him. This text reveals that God expects His servants to read His words daily. Explicitly, this verse was talking about the Kings of Israel and how God expected them to read His word. But prophetically this text is referring to us, according to the Bible, those who believe in God are His children.
So if you have intentions of becoming a Christian, or you are new to Christianity, then Reading the Bible is a great way to start your Christian development. It's recommended that you set aside time to focus on reading the Bible on a daily basis. Don't ignore it, but rather give due diligence to it. Daily Bible reading will enlarge your knowledge and deepen your understanding of God, and what it means to fear Him.
2. Nehemiah 13:1
"On that day they read aloud from the Book of Moses in the hearing of the people; there it was found written it that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever enter the assembly of God."
Reading the Bible helps us to know God's words. In this text, pay close attention to the phrase "and there was found written in it." According to this verse, the people didn't know that they shouldn't allow the Moabites and the Ammonites to enter the assembly of God. It was until after they read the scriptures that they gained the knowledge that Moabites and Ammonites shouldn't enter the assembly of God.
How to apply this verse to my life? And what is this verse saying to me? The application of this text to us is - as children of God we ought to know what pleases and displeases Him, and without knowledge, we are prone to say and do wrong things.
It's frightening to think that we may say and do things that we believe is right, but in God's sight, is wrong. I know of this to be true, I have been in similar situations, and I can tell you that it wasn't nice finding out that I was wrong.
What is knowledge? knowledge means to know, to be aware. According to the Bible, people fall into trouble when they lack knowledge, they meet their demise when their knowledge of God's word is shallow.
But God isn't happy when His people fall into trouble. God doesn't celebrate our demise, but it's our responsibility to read the Bible and apply His words to our lives.
3. Acts 8:30-31
Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. "how can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
Reading the Bible helps us to get a better understanding of God's words. Reading the Bible is one thing, but understanding the Bible is another. This text speaks of a man in his chariot reading the scriptures, but without the understanding of what he is reading. It wasn't until Philip came and explained to him that he understood what he read.
Knowledge is to know but understanding is to make sense of what you know. Reading the Bible doesn't only help you to know God's word, but it helps to make sense of what the scriptures say. It's good to know the word of God, but it's even better to know and understand the word of God.
I know of many people having a vast knowledge of what the Bible says, but with little understanding of what it means. Don't allow this to happen to you, continue reading the scriptures until you get the understanding of what it says.
Here are two suggestions you can try:
- Use a Bible dictionary. Using a Bible dictionary will help you to understand different words in the Bible in the context of the Bible, culture, time, and events.
- Use a Bible concordance. Using a Concordance will help you to understand the different portion of Scriptures in their correct context. It's quite easy to misinterpret the scriptures, but with the aid of a Biblical concordance, the chance of this happening is slim.
Regular reading of the Bible is the best way to understand the scriptures quickly. You can also seek the help from your pastor, and your church's study group.
4. Acts 17:11
"Now the Berean Jews were of more notable character than those in Thessalonica, for they receive the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true"
Reading the Bible helps us to confirm the truth. This verse speaks of the apostle Paul and Silas evangelizing a certain group of Jews in Berea. These Jews were wise; they didn't accept Paul's message about Christ blindly. They took time out and researched the scriptures daily to confirm whether Paul's message was truthful.
The Bible says that in the last days' false teachers with false teachings will deceive many people. A deeper look of Christianity, and how false teachings have corrupted the church may seem to suggest that we are living in the last days, the age of deception.
But we have a choice whether to accept or not everything our pastors teaches us. The Bible was inspired by God, we can trust it. If someone teaches something that doesn't line up with the Bible, or you aren't too sure about, it's your responsibly to search the scriptures to confirm whether it's true or not. Your faith is a matter of spiritual life and death, so don't accept any teaching without first confirming its validity.
Final thoughts. Before you read the Bible, pray to the Almighty God that He through His Holy Spirit may lead and teach you as you search the scriptures daily. Reading the Bible is our responsibility, but it's the Holy Spirit' responsibility to lead and guide us to better understand the Bible.
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