Leading Through the Bible

  • Dec. 7, 2016
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Leading Through the Bible

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Joni: Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada.

Ken: And I’m Ken Tada.

Joni: I’m so glad you’re joining us today, sweetheart. And you usually come to the microphone this time of year.

Ken: To talk about reading through the Bible in a year.

Joni: Absolutely! It’s when we encourage our listening friends to join us in reading through the Bible in a year.

Ken: How many years have we been doing this, Joni?

Joni: I don’t know. You’ve been keeping count, not me.

Ken: I’d say about 10 years.

Joni: Ten years! Amazing!

Ken: And you know, in all that time we are still excited about doing this.

Joni: I see it in your face. Every time you crack open the Bible, after dinner, after dishes are over; you come back to the kitchen table, pull out your Bible, open it up and we dive in with our chronological reading schedule. Except, Ken, I have to tell everybody – it’s so funny – you really freeze when we get to the book of Ezekiel.

Ken: Oh, Ezekiel is a hard book for me to get through, until we used a Rose Publishing book that talked about Ezekiel’s temple and actually had a drawn picture of what they thought Ezekiel’s temple looked like. So a lot of those descriptions finally started making sense.

Joni: It’s really cool because it gave all the theological interpretations on what Ezekiel’s temple might be and that was very encouraging. Occasionally we will find a word that we don’t understand; we’ll end up doing a word-study, like the difference between “sin offerings”, “guilt offerings”, “fellowship offerings”, “thanksgiving offerings” and all the rest; and every year when we read in I Kings and I Chronicles about David.

Ken: As much as David treasured God’s relationship, I still couldn’t understand with all the sin that David had, that God could really still feel that way.

Joni: Like that’s how big his mercy is. You’ve also commented about that when we get to the kings of Judah.

Ken: I still don’t understand why some of the good kings don’t live as long as some of the bad kings.

Joni: Yeah, the bad kings lived pretty long, didn’t they?

Ken: So what’s all that about?

Joni: You know, I don’t know, but I think it could be that God was extending mercy as long and as far as He could in hopes that those wicked kings would repent – which they never did – which was a great lesson for us. In Luke chapter 11, verse 28 Jesus says, “Blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.” And elsewhere in Revelation chapter 1 there is a special blessing for those who read God’s Word. What has been the biggest blessing for you?

Ken: I think what “Reading through the Bible in a Year” has done for me is it gives us this 35,000-foot view of the Bible. You know, instead of reading verses little-by-little and piecemeal, it gives us a whole bigger picture.

Joni: It’s like the flow of Biblical history right before us, isn’t it?

Ken: Absolutely! And doing it chronologically it really does help us to kind of keep it pieced together in a timeline.

Joni: Yep! We like that; we like the chronology. And friend, we would like you to join us in reading through the Bible chronologically next year. And if you go to joniandfriends.org/radio you can download our daily reading schedule and follow along with us. There is nothing like getting into the Word of God alongside good friends, or in our case a good spouse.   

Ken: How about a great spouse!

Joni: Okay, and while you are on my radio page, friend, on joniandfriends.org as for our Bible Overview pamphlet, it’ll be a great resource to keep handy as you start reading through the Bible with Ken and me starting in January with the book of Genesis.

Ken: We are going through the New Testament right now, but still, just the thought of being able to start over again in January is exciting.

Joni: It is exciting. Ken, thank you so much for leading through the Bible, not just reading, but leading through the Bible. You do that with me.

Ken: It’s easy to do it with you, Joni.

Joni: Well, you’re a sweet one as you do it every year. And friend, go to joniandfriends.org/radio and get your Bible reading schedule today. Thanks for listening today on Joni and Friends.

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