B90X2016 is now the seventh year CRBC has ventured through the entire Bible in 90 days. It is not easy, I won’t sugar-coat the challenge. It takes discipline like one has never had before. But you know what? It is only 90 days. Anyone can alter their lifestyle and schedule for a ‘no more noble task’. The additional depth of love for God’s word is unsurpassed. The grasp of events, context, and understanding is like no other.
I have read three different versions of the Bible through the years. The Complete Jewish Bible was a good one. The author inserted Hebrew words in place of our English which brought additional insight.
We did the Chronological Bible one year. Again that one provided context in the order of events which occur historically. Since the typical English versions like the NIV are not in chronological order, it can be confusing trying to fit Job, some of the Psalms, and the prophets in their proper place historically.
This year, I have chosen “The Message” by Eugene Peterson. It reads like a story, which makes it so much more easily understandable and one can stick to it more attentively. One of the problems with reading the Bible all the way through is the desire to want more information. Many, many Christians have not read all of the Bible, so to do so they encounter information, names, and places they have never heard of. There is a desire to want to look at maps, read footnotes or study notes at the bottom of the page, or try and pronounce a name.
While these things are all noble, they are pitfalls to accomplishing the reading. The fruit of reading through the Bible in 90 days is not that one comprehends and understands everything they have read. au contraire. The goal is to read it all. The Message allows one to read without distractions. There are no verse numbers, there are no maps, there are no footnotes, there are no study notes. It is just text. It is just the story.
I love reading the Bible in big chunks like this for another reason- inevitably, I learn something new or have a greater understanding of something. This task is akin to driving on the same road every day. Even though you know where every pothole is, where to look, where to turn, and what to look for, if you pay attention differently by looking at buildings and landscape differently, you can see and know new things. The same with reading the Bible year after year. There is something new on every page. When one reads with the eyes of their heart, something new comes along.
The goal to B90X2016 – read the Bible. You can do it. It really isn’ that hard.