Reading the Bible
Hi there. If you have been reading along with us, congratulations, you have just read The Torah (that’s if you have finished reading Deuteronomy today). That also means that numerically you have read approximately 1/6th of the whole Bible.
We are reading on a 66-day plan of about an hour a day. So, 5/6th’s to go! Also numerically it means that you have read about 133,000 words of the total 800,000 words in the Bible. I have no intention of trying to reduce the Bible into some form of numerical achievement, nor of not taking God’s Word in the reverence that it rightly deserves, I couldn’t do any of these if I tried, no its that I presume that some people find reading the whole Bible an insurmountable challenge, it isn’t, its there for us to read freely, for many people across the World this is a privilege that is denied them and for others there can be a multitude of reasons why. My own previous ‘reason’ for the first 49 years being alive on earth was that ”It was something I would maybe get around to!” How little did I know or for that matter do I know? In any case, well done, I hope that the pace isn’t too arduous or my amateurish overviews too exposing to my lack of Biblical knowledge, and I do hope that you continue for the full journey.
Today, something a little different is on my heart and mind and I’m not sure whether you would name it as a puzzle or a direction? Is it forming a question or is it an answer? Genuinely I don’t know, its been buzzing around my mind for a day or two and I have tried to look at it myself, me and Bertie have just been for a walk as I wrestled with it and the only thing I get is, “Write It.”
Imagine for yourself, being in front of the huge doors of a hypermarket, you have seen the sort and most have been in one, its location or brand is not important and although there are other people around their noise and conversation is oblivious to you. As you stand there before you go in, you know that the store is very big and that they sell an enormous selection of products but you are aware that this is not just a pop in visit for an individual item like a sandwich for lunch neither is it a Christmas shop stocking up with all sorts of goodies, but you have no specific shopping list just a few possible things you may drop in the trolley on your way around.
You are not fully conversant with the store and its layout although you have a general idea about where some things will or won’t be. Sometimes time is of the essence and there are some aisles that you know you don’t need to go down. Experience tells you that everything is categorised into sections and subsections so some aisles will take longer than others depending on whether you want to ignore some things, scan over with a brief look at others, pick some goods up occasionally before setting them back down, compare one range, type, price with another before deciding or just pick it straight up and put in your trolley without giving it a second thought.
As you go around the store it comes as no surprise that you don’t ignore every product. Just striding up and down each aisle until you have been completely through the whole store. Because when you get to the checkout you will not have anything in your trolley. That would be a complete waste of time.
Neither do you go around the store stopping at each and every item. Picking it up, admiring its packaging, shaking the contents to discern the noise of what’s inside, weighing it in your hand before putting it in your trolley and moving on to the next item and doing exactly the same. No you don’t do that because you can’t fit every item into your trolley at this time or visit. Nor do you need every item to take home with you.
No, a sensible shopper puts in their trolley the things that they need at this specific time. They may stock up on a couple of extra things and may look at a few new items and decide whether they can accommodate them just yet. There maybe room in the trolley for a couple of additional things this time, however they know that the store is open 24/7 and that they can come back tomorrow if they so desire.
I thoroughly enjoy the writings of G. K. Chesterton and one of the curious things that he wrote was the answer was always the beginning of the question?