How to approach reading the Bible in its entirety?

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  1. Lee2000

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    hi

    sorry I wasn’t referring to the context of knowledge throughout the bible for equipping and informing us of our foundation and inheritance

    i meant within our personal relationships we can read all the contents of the bible over and over but God only reveals revelation and wisdom when it’s in his time and we are ready to receive it no matter how many times we read the word of God

    that’s the context of what I was trying to say

    Peace
     
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    No, brother Lee,

    The demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives (Gal 5:22-23 ESV) is for every day we live. I don't do them perfectly, but the fruit are qualities that grow in our lives and relationships.

    The qualities of character in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7) are meant for daily use and we must engage with people on the basis of using them.

    'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God' (Matt 5:9 NIV), 'and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us' (Matt 6:12 NLT).

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    The next best thing you can do, is read the Gospel of John, often, in meditation.
    The best thing you can do, is STUDY these exclusively, until you have mastered "Grace",

    Romans
    Ephesians
    Galatians
    Colossians
    Philippians
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  4. Lee2000

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    hi

    brother i agree

    but i wasn't referring to the fruit of the Spirit lol

    i was referring to when the Holy spirit reveals understanding or revelation about certain verses

    like you said the beatitudes

    blessed are those that are poor in spirit for these is the kingdom of God

    blessed were the spiritual poor Jews that were about to be reconciled back to God through a personal relationship with Jesus there messiah and blessed are the gentiles that are spiritually poor for eventfully they were going to offered the same agreement and covenant.

    this is what i was referring too as an example

    about reading the same chapter and verse days weeks months or years later and then the Holy Spirit reveals a revelation about it

    that's all i meant

    Peace
     
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  5. vsiv3347

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    I've read the Bible many times over, many different kind of ways. Right now doing Daily Audio Bible, which I can do while I work.

    It's got most to do with why the Bible is being read through: If to get a basic functional idea then start with new testament. If as a history lesson, start in old testament. If to get an advanced functional idea it would probably start Genesis, then Revelation, then maybe Romans or Hebrews. Each has it's own advantages, and what you read early on tends to set the framework up.
     
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    hello vsiv3347, dirtfarmer here

    The old testament can get to be boring with all the "begots". If you study those "begots" and trace them through history, ther are some surprises.
     
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    I've heard about and worked through a handful of those particular surprises. I find it to be good, interesting, fun stuff. One of those things were you can really mine for gold in the Bible.
     
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  9. wondering

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    Hi Silmarien,

    You're doing better than most people!
    You know what helps me when I read the O.T.? I look for Jesus everywhere.
    For instance, Isaiah 53 is a given. If that's not speaking about Jesus, I don't know what is.
    Psalm 22 is one of the sayings of Jesus from the cross. There are 7. Sometimes they're referred to as the 7 words of Jesus.
    They are:

    Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.

    Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.

    Woman, behold your son, Son, behold your mother.

    My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? (psalm 22)

    I thirst.

    It is finished.

    Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

    If you'd like to read a book about this, try Death On A Friday Afternoon. Richard John Neuhaus

    The Offering of Isaac
    Genesis 22

    Noah's Ark
    Jesus is our Ark
    Genesis 6:11 to Genesis 7

    The Passover Lamb
    Exodus 11 and 12

    The Crossing of the Red Sea
    From Egypt to Israel
    Moses is a type of Jesus
    He frees the slaves
    Exodus 14

    You'll find Jesus everywhere.
    I hope you're also looking into all the prophecies He fulfilled.
    One could be by chance, even two.
    But Jesus fulfilled MANY.

    You'll find that every time you read the gospels or one of the letters, you'll almost always notice something new.
    This makes reading the bible interesting.

    So did you go to the Liturgy?
    I hope so.
    Hope you enjoyed it.
     
  10. Silmarien

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    I did! I didn't realize that they had a double service on Pentecost, so... three hour long Divine Liturgy! Nobody except the poor priest actually stood through the whole thing, though. It's a tiny Russian church--I know some people can run into ethnic issues with Orthodox churches, but everyone at this one was super nice. And the priest invited me to email him or drop by whenever I wanted.

    Meanwhile, it turns out that my Episcopal priest was agnostic at one point, so I'm looking forward to having a nice, long talk with him at some point. It's kind of funny to be splitting my time between the most liberal and most conservative church in the country, but it's a very good combination for me.

    Of course, everyone is going to think I'm Catholic because all I ever talk about is priests. :lol
     

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