For the month of October my 28 day experiment will be reading the entire Bible. When I finished my meditation experiment in August I had a strong desire to spend more time in God’s word. My plan for September was to read my Bible more regularly as I experimented with no sugar and no caffeine. However, by the end of the month I found myself back to my old comfortable place of self reliance. I didn’t spend much time at all reading God’s word and I wasn’t trusting and depending on Jesus.
I’ve read through the Bible a couple of times before over the course of a year. Usually after a while the reading turns into one more thing I need to check off my daily to-do list. I’m aware that this experiment may result in the same and I’ll need to careful not to turn this into something that I’m doing to try to earn favor from God.
So why read the whole Bible in 28 days?
My purpose is to spend a significant amount of time reading the Bible each day so that I’m more fully immersed in God’s word. This will mean sacrificing time that I would normally spend reading other books and listening to podcasts. Very likely other areas like cleaning will take a back seat as well for the month. My hope is that my focus will be first and foremost on God each and every day and that spending this time reading Scripture will re-awaken my desire to truly know Jesus.
I also expect that I will have a new understanding of Scripture by reading through the entire Bible in a relatively short period of time. I realize that I’ll be missing a lot of details and that there is great value in meditating over just a few verses. The purpose of this experiment is to see the broader view of God’s story and I hope to have a new perspective as a result.
How will I do it?
In many ways I don’t know if I can do this. I’ve outlined my rough plan below but I’m not setting hard goals of what to finish each day. I’m going to read as much as I can each day and will try to keep a relaxed attitude about it because I really want to enjoy the reading and not feel pressured to just get through it. I’ll be reading the NKJV (New King James Version) because I also have that version in audio. So when I commute and walk the dog I can also listen to the reading of the Bible.
Day 1: Genesis
Day 2: Exodus
Day 3: Leviticus and 1/2 Numbers
Day 4: 1/2 Numbers and Deuteronomy
Day 5: Joshua and Judges
Day 6: Ruth and 1 Samuel
Day 7: 2 Samuel and 1 Kings
Day 8: 2 Kings and 1/2 1 Chronicles
Day 9: 1/2 1 Chronicles and 1/2 2 Chronicles
Day 10: 1/2 2 Chronicles and Ezra
Day 11: Nehemiah, Esther, and 1/2 Job
Day 12: 1/2 Job and Psalms 1-60
Day 13: Psalms 60-150
Day 14: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon
Day 15: Isaiah 1-40
Day 16: Isaiah 41-66, Jeremiah 1-20
Day 17: Jeremiah 21-52 and Lamentations
Day 18: Ezekiel
Day 19: Daniel, Hosea, Joel, and Amos
Day 20: Obadiah – Malachi
Day 21: Matthew and Mark
Day 22: Luke and John
Day 23: Acts and Romans
Day 24: 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galations, Ephesians,
Day 25: Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians
Day 26: 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews
Day 27: James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John
Day 28: Jude and Revelation
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