A Book of Books.
Song of Songs
If you are only new to your relationship with Jesus…
I know that it can seem a little strange, that people devote so much of their time, to talking about Him.
I want you to understand that this usually happens, the more you get to know him and God.
The more you get to know them, the more you get to Love them both.
God and Jesus have:
The Bible contains 66 books, written by 40 different authors.
All making up one complete, untainted and trustworthy history of Mankind, since the fall.
It is the Word of God, given inspirationaly by the Spirit, to Men who had devoted their lives to worshiping and serving Him, over a period of over 4000 years.
In order to get to know and understand it, you need to continually read it.
As you do this you will get to know both God and Jesus on a personal level.
You will start to develop a relationship with them.
Any new relationship needs Love, dedication, sacrifice, effort, input and time.
Otherwise it will fail.
Understanding the Bible requires the same.
The Bible is split into 2 sections.
The Old testament and the New testament.
The Old testament is before Christ’s life and the New testament is after Christ’s life.
THE OLD TESTAMENT
Books in the Old Testament contain the historical records and genealogy of Israel, Visions and Predictions of both current and future events, songs, poetry, proverbs, Psalms, parables, the foretelling of Christ, the rise and fall of Kings and Kingdoms, actions and behaviours of both bad and good Men and many coded secret’s and messages…
It starts with the book of Genesis.
Genesis contains the stories of creation, the fall of Man in the garden of Eden, the genetic line of Jesus Christ and the children of God, Cain and Abel, Angels inhabiting Earth, Giants, the flood, Noah’s Ark, the tower of Babel and the establishment of Israel.
Prophetic books (those which see the future) are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Nehemiah, Lamentations and Daniel.
Psalms are songs and prayers.
Proverbs is about the pursuit of Wisdom.
Song of Solomon is poetry..
The book of Job is an epic tale of a righteous Man who Satan is jealous of and he challenges God with the accusation that Job only Loves Him because he has found favour in God’s eyes.
THE NEW TESTAMENT
The first 4 books of the New Testament are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
They are called the Gospels.
These 4 books tell of the life of Jesus Christ, his birth, ministry and finally his crucifixion and resurrection.
Written by 4 independent witnesses from 4 different walks of life and from 4 individual perspectives.
To Christian’s, these are the most important books of the Bible because they explain the why and how, we are saved from our Sins, and how we can spend eternity with both Jesus Christ and God the father together in Heaven.
It also gives us, an unlimited resource, and multiple examples of how we should model our own behaviour, on Christ’s example.
The importance of these books is profound.
Without a person understanding and accepting them, he cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven and unfortunately will spend eternity, in Hell.
The rest of the Bible, is just as significant, but for other reasons.
After the gospels, you have the book of Acts, which is the story of how all the disciples ‘Acted’ (what they did) after Christ was crucified, resurrected and returned to Heaven.
It is the book containing the greatest example of a conversion of a nonbeliever to a believer.
Paul (who was Saul).
An example telling us, that it doesn’t matter how bad you are or what you have done in your life, ALL people are given the opportunity to be saved.
Acts tells of Paul’s journey from conversion right through to starting the first Church.
The rest of the books in the New Testament are made up of Letters, mostly from Paul, to the Churches that he started.
Offering Love, support, encouragement, criticism, accountability, information, updates and warnings.
It also contains letters from some of the other disciples as well.
The New Testament finishes up, with the book of Revelation.
It is the Apostle John’s prophetic vision and God’s description and explanation of the outcome of Mankind and the world.
Revelation contains Warnings to the 7 Churches, the return of Jesus Christ, his second coming, events that will take place, the restoration of God’s Kingdom and the downfall of Satan and those that choose to follow him and his ways.
This is only a brief description of the contents of the Bible and I could definitely go into a lot more detail, but it would take an encyclopaedia.
So, my suggestion for reading the Bible, would be this:
Start with the New testament.
Begin with the 4 gospels.
You find these half way through your Bible.
Read Acts next.
Then go back to the Old testament to Genesis.
This should give you a firm foundation and help you to be established and grounded in God’s Word.
After you have read these, just be led by the Holy Spirit on what to read next.
Try your hardest to read at least one paragraph per day. It is important to be consistent.
It doesn’t matter what you read, all of it feeds your Spirit and brings you closer to God.
I pray that the Holy spirit, leads you on your journey.
I hope this encourages and excites you to take a journey into the Bible, with a better understanding of what it’s about…