Important Things to Note
Due to the age of the text of the Bible, it’s cultural background, as well as many other factors, reading and understanding the Bible can prove to be challenging. Every believer in Christ has struggled to understand what they read in the Bible. There are examples of people in the Bible who longed to have a great understanding of the Old Testament texts that they read. Today, laypersons, seminary students, and even Pastoral Staff all wrestle with how to understand the Bible and apply its teaching accurately to their lives. So, if you are concerned because you have difficulties understanding some of the things you read in the Bible, you are in good company!
One of the most essential things to note is that the Bible is not a solitary text that was written from start to finish. It is a collection of writings by different authors that have been organized in a way that gathers similar books together. For this reason, reading it cover to cover may not be the best approach. The following is a suggested order to reading the Bible, that may lend to a better understanding of what you’re reading. It will also give a sampling of each kind of biblical writing: Historical narrative, wisdom, psalms, prophecy, apocalyptic, gospel, and epistles.
For some of you, creating a new habit of consistently spending time reading the Bible and praying may be something you’ve tried to establish multiple times in your life, to no avail.