The main focus of this blog is a little project I’m calling “Cover To Cover”. Actually, it’s not such a little project. It’s quite a mammoth task. One that will probably take a few years to complete. But one that I’m quite excited to attempt.
I’m going to blog my way through the Bible.
Cover to Cover.
Why would you want to blog through the Bible?
Well, why not? People blog about all sorts of things. Usually what they’re most passionate about. I love the Bible…it’s my all time favourite book!
It wasn’t always my favourite book. It all began in 2011, after I read it for Lent.
I’d first started the practice of observing Lent in 2004, and it usually involved some kind of food fast (like giving up meat or sweets) during the 6 weeks. But that year I thought to try something different as we had family visiting from overseas. I didn’t think I would manage doing a food related Lent focus given the amount of socialising that would be going on for most of that season.
I had always wanted to read through the whole Bible (despite growing up with access to the Bible my whole life I had yet to read it in its entirety), so I thought, why not now? Lent was just 46 days. Surely I could read Genesis – Revelation in that time?
So I put aside all my other leisure reading, logged off all social media, and picked up God’s Word. It took me exactly 40 days to complete it :)
I chose to read The Message version for that first read-through (simply because I’d never read any of that version before). I was already familiar with many of the stories and passages in the Bible from my years of exposure to the Word of God both in my home as a child and my own personal studies. But I was completely unprepared for what I encountered over those 6 weeks.
It was like the pieces of a puzzle coming together, bit by bit, until at last I was done and I could step back and see the full picture.
It was overwhelming. It was incredible. It was thrilling!!
I would literally feel my heart rapidly beating with excitement as I’d pick up my Bible to read. You know that feeling of excitement when you’re about to see someone you haven’t seen in a long time and you just can’t wait to see them? Yeah that feeling. Every single time.
I couldn’t put it down. Every spare moment I had, I was reading my Bible.
And the sections I’d previously found boring and a struggle to get through (Leviticus anyone?!), well I can’t quite explain what or how it happened, but as I read, they actually made sense and were actually fascinating.
It was one of my most favourite Lent Seasons ever…I became obsessed with the Word of God.
I’d had bursts of that feeling before, during previous sessions of studying specific books in the Bible. But during that Lent it just seemed even more intense than usual.
I cried a lot!
Happy and excited tears…as certain passages and stories lifted my spirits and encouraged me – stories of the miraculous wonders God performed for His people.
Frustrated, angry, and sad tears…as the sinfulness and stubbornness of His people led them time and time again away from His heart, and they would get involved in all sorts of awful and despicable acts as they mingled with the pagans of the surrounding lands. They did things that would make even the worst sin you could think of today seem like child’s play in comparison. My heart hurt. Literally!
Repentant tears…as I saw my own life mirrored in the lives of the children of Israel, and realised that the words spoken by the Prophets (both the reprimands and the words of hope) were not just for those who lived thousands of years ago, but they were so very relevant to me, and my life, here in the now.
I had no idea how amazing the Scriptures were. And even now, after multiple read-throughs, I still haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of the incredible gems contained within the pages of this most precious book.
The more I read, the more I wanted to read…and keep reading.
Then one day, the idea to try blogging my way through The Bible dropped into my mind…and like a dog with a bone I couldn’t let it go. In the end I knew it was the only direction I could take with my blog. For this is what I’m most passionate about, God’s Word.
Anyway, it was during that time that an idea dropped into my mind. I toyed with it for a while, for about a year or so…and then finally decided that YES, I would do it. I would blog my way through the Bible.
What do you hope to achieve at the end of all this?
Hmm, well personally I love a good challenge, and blogging through the Bible will indeed be that!
But this is also something I truly believe in. I believe God is real. I have accepted His Word as the only Truth for my life. My faith is a very personal relationship with God, not a religion.
So I long to see others who don’t personally know God come to know Him too. Deeply. Intimately.
My hope is that in sharing my reflections as I journey through the Bible, you will be drawn to God and want to find out for yourself who He is, and what you will do about Him.
My prayer is that as you read my posts, you will start to see the bigger picture. That the pieces of each story, each segment of the Bible, and even your own life story, will combine together in a beautiful picture…one that will finally make everything in your life make sense.
“Picture like His” (Aliki – House Of I Am)