The Bible – What Do I Know?

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What is it about Easter Sunday that leaves us feeling refreshed and rejuvenated? My heart sings praises to God for the sacrifice of His Son. It is the peace and promise in Jesus that makes me feel new.

Over the weekend, Jon and I watched The Bible series seen on the History Channel. We also watched “The Passion of the Christ“; which I had seen several years ago.

The Bible series was very well done and accurate to the best of my knowledge. It actually helped me to understand His Word on a deeper level. Each story brought tears to my eyes as I looked in awe at the miraculous work of the Lord.

The parting of the Red Sea, Daniel in the lion’s den, God’s voice to Abraham, and so many more.

I rejoiced in the birth of our Savior Jesus, but the pain and suffering he endured on the road to the cross was agonizing to watch. My soul ached for him.

It was hard to watch Jesus suffer for us.

There were no pain killers, no pause button, no relief. There was only torture, ridicule, pain and persecution. It was our sins that put Him there. Clearly we have nothing to offer in return.

As much as we don’t want to see our Savior suffer, we know and Jesus knew it was necessary to save the sins of the world.

Confession:  After watching The Bible series, I realized something important. Although I know God’s Words and stories, I don’t know His people very well.

With that said… I decided to jump into the books of the gospel. For some reason I decided to start with John. Maybe it’s because my heart was so touched by the ending of the series and felt a connection to this disciple.

The Lord has an interesting way of communicating with us. This morning I woke up an hour before my alarm clock. Could it be God’s way of providing time in His Word? I took the hint and eagerly jumped into the book of John again.

I think it’s normal to wonder if there is a right or wrong way to read the bible.  Are we supposed to take notes?  Can you write in the margins?  Are we supposed to write something about each chapter?

My very wise Mom explained this about reading the bible, “The Word I think can be similar to eating. Sometimes we have memorable meals, but most of the time it might not be more than sustenance to keep you moving forward.”

John 14:25-26 (NIV) tells us that the Holy Spirit will remind us of certain passages when we need them. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

I’ve spent time in the bible, but have a tendency to linger in my preferred books.  As I grow in faith, I know how important it is to nurture my relationship with the Lord and get to know His people.

God bless you.  Have a great week!

*Original Photo Copyright Words By Mara 2013.  All rights reserved.

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3 thoughts on “The Bible – What Do I Know?

  1. I, too, watched the miniseries from beginning to end and like you, gained a deeper knowledge of HIS word. I cried throughout and discovered who Jesus Christ really was. Passionate, caring, and all loving. I felt his peace as he ministered to the sick and healed them. The way he tenderly touched each person he encountered and made them feel so loved and so at peace.

    I have started reading John. For some reason I felt drawn to those scriptures first. I do write in the margins of my bible, highlight and make those words my own. As for the right or wrong way to read the bible, I read as I am drawn to a certain scripture.

    I enjoy reading your blog and thank you for your insights.

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  2. THANKS MARA AGAIN FOR YOU BEAUTIFUL WORDS, YOU HAVE TRULY BEEN BLESSED WITH A GIFT;AND OUR FAMILY IS SOO BLESSED, BECAUSE OF YOUR FAITH & SHARING! I UNDERSTAND YOU GET YOUR FAITH FROM OUR LORD & SAVIOR, BUT THAT’S BECAUSE OF YOUR WONDERFUL UP BRINGING;FROM YOUR LOVING BLESSED MOM & DAD!

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