Can you remember what it was like to read the Bible for the first time? No, probably not.
And a good thing too. After all, we don’t want to go right back to the beginning. We want to know the word of God intimately; we want it flowing through our veins; we want our minds saturated with it and our hearts filled with its riches.
The trouble is, sometimes we get so familiar with the word of God that we forget how extraordinary it is. We find it harder to keep digging deeper into its riches. We no longer see new things on every page, as we used to. Precisely because the Bible is familiar, it no longer takes our breath away. We’re no longer dumbstruck by it. Familiarity might not breed contempt, but it can easily create indifference.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. How would you like to read the Bible for the first time… again?
Listen again to these eye-opening talks, originally given by theologian and author James Jordan in 2013.
The Revd James Jordan is Scholar-in-Residence of the Theopolis Institute. For many years was the director of Biblical Horizons, where he wrote hundreds of essays, articles, and monographs. He is the author of over a dozen books, including Through New Eyes (Wipf and Stock) and The Handwriting on the Wall: A Commentary on Daniel (American Vision).
A former military historian, Mr Jordan graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary before serving as Pastor of a Presbyterian church in Tyler, Texas. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from Central School of Religion in 1993, and since 1999 has served part time as Professor of Biblical Studies at the Reformed Theological Seminary of St. Petersburg, Russia.
Mr Jordan is married to Brenda, and they have two sons.
Reading the Bible
NEXT WEEK, STARTING JUNE 1ST, WE WILL BEGIN A STUDY OF ESSLESIATES. THIS STUDY IS WORDS FROM THE WISEST MAN IN THE BIBLE SOLOMON.