23 May 2021
Why is it helpful to read the whole Bible in the course of a year?
Abraham Verghese

John 15: 1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

While the remains of a tree can be made into a range of items from paper products to furniture, a detached vine crumbles to dust with the slightest touch. It has no use except kindle for the fire. Was this the reason that Jesus chose to use the image of a vine when He commanded us to abide in Him, warning that apart from Him, we can do nothing ? Our best efforts will crumble to dust without the soul-strengthening power of time spent abiding in the word and prayer. One way to have that “ time spent abiding in the word “ would be to have the habit of reading the Bible in the course of a year. We shall look at , without going in to details or depth, some of the specific benefits, which I read from from a TGC ( The Global Coalition ) article, that we can receive as we delve into the entire text of the Bible, seeking to answer the question: Why is it helpful to read the whole Bible in the course of a year?

Reading devotions , especially if the reading is such that the focus is not on the Scripture but what the devotion writer has written , is not a replacement for reading the verses and passages from the inspired Scripture. I used to at times read what the devotion writer had written without paying any attention to the scriptural text.

Reading the Bible through in a year helps you:

1)Go Places You Normally Wouldn’t Go
2)See the Big Picture of Redemptive History
3)Learn New and Unexpected Things About God
4)Avoid Reading the Bible as a Self-Help Manual
5)Come Down From Your Theological Hobby Horse.
6)Enjoy the Surprising Ways God Meets You.
7)Create A Healthy Habit of Daily Bible Reading

All the above points may need further elaboration though they should be self explanatory .
My purpose today is to encourage those who are not already doing it to develop a habit of reading the whole Bible in the course of a year. One of the best things about reading the Bible through in a year is that it builds a regular habit of daily Bible reading. Having a certain amount apportioned for the day makes it easier to pick it up and read. Following a yearly plan also acts as a built in accountability marker. Many of us overestimate our faithfulness to read the word daily. Having a daily reading plan helps to make it a habit of our life. My question for you today: What is keeping you from committing to a Bible plan to complete the Bible in a year?

Prayer : Heavenly Father , in Psalm 119:18 the Psalmist recorded “Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” This is the same Psalmist who later said, “How sweet are your words to my taste” (Psalm 119:103). Give me the desire to read Your word regularly and may the Holy Spirit illuminate my understanding of your word. May I continue to abide with You my Lord by time spent in the word and prayer. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期日,2021年5月23日
标题:为什么一年内阅读整本圣经对我们有帮助?
作者:Abraham Verghese
翻译:林良億

约翰福音15:1-6

1我是真葡萄树,我父是栽培的人。 2 凡属我不结果子的枝子,他就剪去;凡结果子的,他就修理干净,使枝子结果子更多。 3 现在你们因我讲给你们的道,已经干净了。 4 你们要常在我里面,我也常在你们里面。枝子若不常在葡萄树上,自己就不能结果子;你们若不常在我里面,也是这样。 5 我是葡萄树,你们是枝子。常在我里面的,我也常在他里面,这人就多结果子;因为离了我,你们就不能做什么。 6 人若不常在我里面,就像枝子丢在外面枯干,人拾起来扔在火里烧了。

虽然树木可以制成纸制品到家具的一系列物品,但一根被剪的枝子稍微被碰一下就变成灰尘。除了点燃火以外,它没有任何用处。耶稣之所以命令我们遵守他时选择用葡萄树,是不是借此警告我们,除了他,我们什么也做不了吗?我们若不尽全力地把时间放在读经和祷告上,我们最大的努力将前功尽灭。一种“把神的道常存在心里”的方法是养成在一年的时间阅读整本圣经的习惯。我们只是简要看过而不是深度研究细节,而我从TGC(全球联盟)的一篇文章中读到一些具体的好处,在我们看整本圣经时,就可以得到这个问题的答案:为什么在一年内阅读整本圣经对我有帮助?

每日灵粮,特别是如果阅读的重点不是圣经,而是作家所写的,并不能代替受启发的的经节和经文。我曾经不时读作家分享的每日灵粮,却不注意所应用的经节。

一年内读完整本圣经可以帮助您:
1)去您平时不会去的地方
2)用放大镜看救赎的历史
3)了解关于神的新事物和意想不到的事情
4)避免视圣经为自助手册
5)避免使研究神学成为傲慢的嗜好
6)享受神与您“预料不到”的相遇方式
7)建立健康的每日阅读圣经的习惯

尽管以上所有的要点应该是清晰易懂的,但可能还需要进一步解释。

我今天的目的是鼓励那些还没有这样做的人,养成在一年内阅读整本圣经的习惯。一年中通过读圣经的最好事情之一是,养成了每日阅读圣经的习惯。每天分配一定的时间,可以更轻松地吸取和阅读。遵循全年计划还可以作为自我负责的标记。在我们当中,许多人高估了自己每日读经的自律。制定每日读经计划有助于使它成为我们生活中的习惯。我今天对您的问题是:什么使您无法致力制定在一年之内完成读经计划?

祷告:天父,诗篇119:18记载:“ 求你开我的眼睛,使我看出你律法中的奇妙。”这位诗人后来说:“ 你的言语在我上膛何等甘美,在我口中比蜜更甜!”(诗篇119:103)。求主助我渴望规律地读你的话,愿圣灵照亮我对你话语的理解。我愿借着在读经和祷告继续与我主相连。阿们。