How to Find Wonders in the Word of God

Tuesday is for Preaching

The New Year is a good time to begin new plans for systematic reading of the Scripture. In the past I have written about the 5-5-5 plan recommended by one of my spiritual mentors, Dr. Bill Iverson). Aside: Bill is now 83 and is planting yet another new church! (Read about it here and follow the link.)  For 37 years I have tried to read the Bible thru each year and can vouch for the untold benefit of the process.

But here’s an idea that is perhaps a little different than just reading through. Try reading parallel books.

For example, Here’s a couple to experiment with:

  • Isaiah and Matthew, 
  • Isaiah and Luke, 
  • Leviticus and Hebrews, 
  • Proverbs and James, 
  • Daniel and Revelation, 
  • Exodus and Acts
Or even reading parallel books within the Old or New Testaments.
  • Deuteronomy and 1 and 2 Samuel
  • Deuteronomy 27-28 and 1 and 2 Samuel (in particular)
  • 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles
  • The five books of Moses and the five books within Psalms
  • Grouping prophets from similar time periods
  • 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles and the 12 minor prophets
In the New Testament
  • Try reading the synoptics together
  • Reading Luke/Acts straight through or in a compressed amount of time.
  • Galatians and 1 and 2 Thessalonians as Paul’s early letters
  • Read John, 1, 2, 3, John and Revelation.
The idea is to maximize your time and help you begin to see the interconnections of themes, theology and thought forms. It’s a new year. Let the Spirit of God lead you and take you on new adventures in reading his love letters to his people.
Psalm 119:18 (ESV)
Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.

2 thoughts on “How to Find Wonders in the Word of God

  1. This is really good stuff. I have for many years now read the Bible in a way I learned from reading of George Mueller. I started with a marker in Genesis and one in Matthew. I read some from each testament each day. That puts me through the the NT about three times for every one time through the OT. It constantly juxtaposes different OT and NT passages and helps stir my thoughts differently each time through. Whatever plan one uses, being consistent in feeding on His Word is paramount. Thanks for all the good suggestions!

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