We are looking at breathing new life into your Bible reading and Bible study times. Last time we saw:
1> Move to a different section of the Bible
2> Switching translations
I mentioned this one in an earlier series of blogs. This is a sure fire way to bring new life to your daily time in God’s Word. Often the words of the version we are reading – even their placement on the page – becomes so familiar to us that we simply don’t see what we are reading – really see it. It has become too familiar and routine. And, although we are reading it, it has stopped speaking to us.
Switching versions gives you the same truths expressed with different words – spoken of in a different way. The message has not changed just the words and phrases used to express and communicate the message have changed.
I recently put my old Bible back on the shelf. It is an ESV and has been overseas at least a dozen times. It has gone everywhere I go every day for a number of years. It was written in, underlined, and seriously falling apart. I then picked up The Message Version which I had read years ago. When I finished that I switched to a New Living Translation which I am currently reading. From there I plan to go to a CEV (Contemporary English Version).
Here are some decent translations you can consider moving up to…
The New Living Translation – great for easy reading and clarity
The Amplified Bible – excellent for drawing from the original language all the shades of meaning
The Message – reads very easily, reflects great insights, jolts you by its up-to-date language
The Good News Bible – basic English and easy to understand
The New Century Version
The Passion Version
The Voice Version
And, on the list could go. The idea is to begin reading in a fresh version.
3> Read chronologically
This is not something I have done often but it is an interesting way to read the Bible and remove white noise or that blank page feeling.
There are a number of “chronological bibles” available today. This is where the various stories in the Bible are put in chronological order and are taken out of the traditional setting of individual books. So, You may read a piece of Scripture from 1 Kings followed by a piece from 1 Chronicles. Then a piece from a minor prophet within the reading of a major prophet (Ezra within the text of Isaiah). Then the “story” is read in order of the time that it happened regardless of which book the verses originate from.
There are a few editions of the Bible in this format:
The Chronological Study Bible (New King James Version)
The Chronological Life Application Bible (New Living Translation)
And the one I cut my teeth on: The Chronological Bible (King James Version)
More next time…