3 Benefits of Reading the Bible Chronologically. 1. We understand the story better.
The Bible is a huge and rather complicated book, and it holds a lot of information. How does one even begin? This is where the concept of reading the Bible chronologically comes in. The Bible is made up of 66 different books that are grouped mainly by genre. Some books are primarily narrative, others poetry, others personal letters, others prophecy, etc. So just reading the it from cover to cover will not be the same as reading the Bible chronologically, or in the order the events actually happened or were written. Purchasing and reading through a Bible that is specifically chronological, in other words, a Bible where the books have been arranged in the order that the events took place, or taking classes where the Bible is being taught in chronological order, will help you immensely in your journey of understanding the Word.
It is also helpful in learning the “ historicity “ of the historical significance
of [ all ] of the events in the Bible. Timelines & related data, how they shaped the present conditions ( then ) and ( now ). The Bible is the most scrutinized collection of documents, barr none. Past, present, or future, it is in deed -
Relevant to every standard of life. Whenever “scoffers” have wrestled with
Or tried to discredit the Bible in ANY way, they have failed - and failed miserably. Millions of people each year visit the Smithsonian Institution—a leading research organization in Washington, D.C., with many museums—funded by US tax dollars. The voluminous information in its exhibits, publications, etc., is presented as authoritative.
Sadly, not only is the Smithsonian one of the greatest evolutionary propaganda machines in the world, but it has, as a part of its foundation today, maintained that the Bible is ‘not an historical document.’ The interesting thing is that it’s the first twelve chapters of Genesis (the history that is foundational to the whole of Christianity) in particular that the Smithsonian regards as not historical. Why? Simple -
It does [ not ] fit their evolutionary model of countless, endless zeros and forever changing opinions ( lies ). Hey, let’s call the kettle what the kettle really is…. *Don’t get me started on secular Washington D.C., evolutionary gibberish, or anything distantly related to any of their lack of education or non-sense. It won’t end on a good note. ( sigh ) I digress….
2. We have a clearer and broader picture of the main character of the story, God Himself.
God’s character is revealed progressively throughout the story of the Bible. Just as we do not fully know someone upon meeting them for the first time, nor do we fully understand the Lord when we only read bits and pieces of His story. Studying or reading the Bible chronologically will help bring clarity to His character, and provide a more full comprehension of who God is.
3. We avoid major gaps in our understanding of God’s plan for mankind.
Maybe I’m the only one who has this experience, but sometimes when I start telling someone a story about one of my children, I see a confused look on the person’s face. Realizing that I’ve left out some critical background information, I backtrack. Once it seems my audience understands, I jump back into the flow of my story, but suddenly moving through time causes them more confusion. Soon the interest and the point of my anecdote is lost.
Teaching history is a lot like that. If you jump around, it can get confusing and seem pointless. That’s why history is best presented chronologically through a textbook—from the beginning of time and progressing in order up to the present. Here are three reasons why teaching history chronologically is best for our children.
It encourages their interest.
When you teach history chronologically, you will find compelling human drama. When told beginning to end, history has conflict, interesting characters, and dramatic reversals. Chronological teaching leads to narrative that is far more fascinating than a string of dates and bold terms. Narrative communicates that history is full of real people making interesting choices.
It might seem easier to pick and choose certain well-known stories or easy to understand passages to read while studying the Word, but taking time to work through the Bible in the order the events actually happened is both wise and helpful in that connects all those stories. Grasping a narrative or one specific biblical principle is good, but understanding how all the accounts of the Word are tied to one another and what they mean as one cohesive record is even better, as it will paint the picture of what God’s plan and purpose for mankind really is.
Starting at the beginning of this story God has given to us and moving forward in the correct order will create a foundation that allows His story to unfold progressively and in a manner that will help us understand God and what he is saying, Who He is, as well as His magnificent plan for the human race.
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