Daily Scripture Reading 2017
The New Year is upon us and again we invite everyone to read through God’s Word with us in 2017. For 2017 we have selected a slightly different reading plan. This year our Daily Scripture Reading will feature some Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs Daily. In addition the daily Bible reading will include a study guide for reading through the Bible from 1920.
Why we should read the Bible Daily
We should read and study the Bible because it is God’s Word to us.
The Bible is literally “God-breathed” 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJB) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” In other words, it is God’s actual words to us. There are many questions that are asked that God answers for us in Scripture. What is the purpose to life? Where did I come from? Is there life after death? How do I get to heaven? Why is the world full of evil? Why do I struggle to do good. In addition to these questions, the Bible gives much practical advice in areas such as: What do I look for in a spouse? How can I have a successful marriage? How can I be a good parent? How can I change? What matters in life? How can I handle the prejudicial circumstances and bad events of life victoriously?
We should read and study the Bible because it is totally reliable and without error.
The Bible is distinctive among so-called “holy” books in that it does not simply give moral teaching and say, “Trust me.” Those who incorrectly say the Bible has errors have their ears closed to the truth. Jesus asked in Matthew 9:5 (KJB) “For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?” Then He proved He had the ability to forgive sins (something we cannot see with our eyes) by healing the paralytic (something those around Him could test with their eyes). Likewise, we are given assurance that God’s Word is true when it discusses spiritual areas that we cannot test with our senses by showing itself true in those areas that we can test, such as historical accuracy, scientific accuracy, and prophetic accuracy. Romans 10:17 (KJB) “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.
We should read and study the Bible because God does not change.
Also because human nature does not change; it is as pertinent for us as it was when it was written. While technology changes, human nature and desires do not change. We find, as we read the pages of biblical history, that whether we are talking about one-on-one relationships or civilizations, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). And while humans as a whole continue to seek love and satisfaction in all of the wrong places, God—our good and gracious Creator—tells us what will bring us lasting joy. His Word, the Bible, is so important that Jesus said of it, Matthew 4:4 (KJB) “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” In other words, if we want to live life to the fullest, as God intended, we must listen to and heed God’s written Word.
We should read and study the Bible because there is so much false teaching.
The Bible gives us the measuring rod by which we can distinguish truth from error. It tells us what God is like. To have a wrong impression of God is to worship an idol or false god. The Bible tells us how one to get to heaven, and it is not by anything else we do.
Romans 10:9-13 (KJB) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.
In addition, God’s Word shows us just how much God loves us John 3:16 (KJB) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” And it is in learning this that we are drawn to love Him in return 1 John 4:19 (KJB) “We love him, because he first loved us.”
The Bible equips us to serve God.
2 Timothy 3:17 (KJB) “That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
Ephesians 6:17 (KJB) “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Hebrews 4:12 (KJB) “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
It helps us know how to be saved from our sin and its ultimate consequence 2 Timothy 3:15 (KJB) “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” Contemplating on God’s Word and obeying its teachings will bring success in life James 1:25 (KJB) “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
God’s Word helps us see sin in our lives and helps us get rid of it.
Psalm 119:9 (KJB) BETH. “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Psalm 119:11 (KJB) “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
The Bible keeps us from wasting years of our lives on that which does not matter and will not last.
Matthew 7:24-27 (KJB) “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
The Bible is a book that is not merely for reading. It is a book for studying so that it can be applied.
The Bible is God’s Word. As such, it is as requisite as the laws of nature. We can ignore it, but we do so to our detriment, just as we would if we ignored the law of gravity. It cannot be accentuated strongly enough just how important the Bible is to our lives. Studying the Bible can be compared to mining for gold. If we make a little effort and merely “sift through the stones in a stream,” we will only find a little gold dust. But the more we make an effort to dig into it seriously the more reward we will gain for our effort.