“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). ALL Scripture is God breathed (2 Tim. 3:16). The Bible is our ‘daily’ bread (Matt. 6:11). So why not make an attempt to hear ALL the Bible in 120 days flat starting from Sept 1, 2018 and finishing it up before the year ends, Dec 31, 2018 (four months; each month has 30 days approx and four months means 120 days). The Bible also has 1200 chapters approximately (1189 to be exact). That means if we hear 10 chapters of the Bible daily, we can finish hearing ALL of the Bible in 120 days! Simple math! Uncomplicated way to hear ALL of the Bible being read to us! Why not start today?
From a wooden pulpit Ezra read to all the people the law of the Lord (the Bible of his time). The people stood there listening from early morning till mid-day. Check this out in Nehemiah 8, a gripping Bible chapter. Paul wanted his spiritual son to focus on the public reading of Scripture (I Tim. 4:13). This provides a biblical precedence (from both Old Testament and New Testament) to something I am going to recommend in this piece.
Thanks to youtube, we have entire Bible books being read to us in audio various versions – KJV, NASB (most literal), ESV, NIV, NLT, The Message (paraphrase in newspaper English), etc.The audios of all the sixty six books of the Bible are already there on youtube as separate videos. These show up when we search Youtube by the book’s name with the word audio added. For example if you want to hear the audio version of the book of Galatians on Youtube type on the search space this: Galatians audio. If you want a specific version of Galatians audio make it this way: Galatians audio ESV. For example, the book of Esther (which has 10 chapters) read out load in Youtube is a video of about half hour – see this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fh9zyh4jdU – and you will know. Of course, some Bible chapters are tad longer. So a listening of the audio of 10 chapters of the Bible being read would take about 30 to 45 mins on average. Bible apps like Youversion (which can be downloaded both in apple phones and andriod) also have the audio listening option. One way to do it is to go for 30-45 mins walk listening to the audio Bible via Youtube or Youversion through headphones. Or you can stay at home, check into a quiet corner and do the same. You can place your IPad with Youtube playing audio Bible on the fridge and keep cooking and listening!
On an average day, we do so many things that last more than 30 to 45 mins, like watching streaming shows (which are often steamy), gossip (the gossip which does not include a morsel of the Gospel), watching Big Boss (time going for a toss), watch live cricket, ……. (you fill these blanks) etc. Why not for a change listen to Word of God being read out loud to us so that our inner man may be built up (Eph. 3:16)? Will you start today and have the joy of hearing all of the Bible before the year ends? You can!
(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission. Find out more at www.dukev.org andwww.facebook.com/dukebook).