I recently ordered the first volume of the ESV Scriptural Journal. To be completely accurate, the volume that covers the pastoral epistles (1-2 Timothy and Titus). It is a very simple capitalistic improvement to the standard study Bible giving we, the reader, more space to write our own meditations and discoveries by alternating a text page with a blank page. Again, a very simple idea.
Why did they do this?
[Beyond the fact that they want to make money and will likely make a lot of money on this variation on the standard one-volume Bible with both Old and New Testaments bound together.]
Best answer? Because they are seeking to help people study the Bible for themselves. They are trying to create a tool that will encourage people to interact with the text of the Word of God in ways that produce real transformative change as people take the words of God seriously. So it wasn’t surprising to read these words in the preface included in the slim volume pictured above. Take these words to heart. Read them slowly, reflectively and then read them again. Impress them upon your spirit.
“The words of the Bible are the very words of God our Creator speaking to us. They are completely truthful;1 they are pure;2 they are powerful;3 and they are wise and righteous.4 We should read these words with reverence and awe,5 and with joy and delight.6 Through these words God gives us eternal life,7 and daily nourishes our spiritual lives.”8
Preface to the ESV Scriptural Journal
1 Ps. 119:160; Prov. 30:5; Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18
2 Ps. 12:6
3 Jer. 23:29; Heb. 4:12; 1 Pet. 1:23
4 Ps. 19:7-11
5 Deut. 28:58; Ps. 119:74; Isa. 66:2
6 Ps. 19:7-11; 119:14, 97, 103; Jer. 15:16
7 John 6:68; 1 Pet. 1:23
8 Deut. 32:46; Matt. 4:4
Idea: Take the proof texts connected with this one paragraph and turn them into a short Bible study on what you hold in your hands when you pick up your Bible. Ask God to teach you that His word is good, and righteous and true, and His mercies are new every morning. Ask Him to help you study and meditate on His eternally relevant word.