Why do we need to read the bible?
Some people have mistakenly making a notion that it is not good to read the bible because it will only mislead them from the right faith, which is very opposite because the bible, is however guiding us to the right path of faith and salvation.
I am sure those who have said it, have never really reading the bible or they just have read a little part of it then stopped, so we can’t blame them for just guessing what really is in the bible. Therefore, I will show you today what exactly is the bible, and why do we need to read it.
Benefits of reading the bible daily.
If you are a God believer and you will say you don’t believe in the bible, it is tantamount of saying you don’t believe in God. We have known
God not by dreams, not by fabricated stories, but by the bible which was written by the prophets of God, Moses did not see how the earth was
created, he even did not see Adam and Eve’s creation, he was only told by God through his angel by telling him how it happened. Therefore, he wrote how the heavens and earth were created according to what was being told to him.
How the bible was discovered?
One of the most important archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century occurred by the Dead Sea in 1947. A young shepherd tossing
stones in a cave struck old clay jars. He had discovered ancient treasure hidden in the caves of Qumran.
Between 1947 and 1956, scrolls and fragments from twelve caves were unearthed—
now known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The largest biblical scroll was an almost
complete text of the book of Isaiah! Every book of the Hebrew bible were there except Esther and Nehemiah.
Where can we find the original bible nowadays?
The Dead Sea Scrolls were 1,000 years older than what had previously been
considered the oldest manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible. Many closely resemble the
Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible preserved by Jewish scribes over the centuries.
Almost all the Dead Sea Scrolls are held by the state of Israel in the Shrine of the Book on the grounds of the Israel Museum, but ownership
of the scrolls is disputed by Jordan and Palestine. Many thousands of written fragments have been discovered in the Dead Sea area.
What is in the old testament bible?
The old testament is composed of 37 books:
The old testament is made of 37 books and about 609,269 words, count varies depending upon the translation of the bible you are using.
Some translation is written in a shorter verse but the meaning is still exactly the same for example:
New International Version of Deuteronomy 8:18 this verse as I have counted is only made of 33 words.
Deuteronomy 8:18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Authorized King James Version as I have counted is 36 words
Deuteronomy 8:18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swore unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Although they have different counts but the message is still the same, so we don’t need to worry about it, or else if you have any doubt you can refer it to the original Hebrew bible if you like to check word by word if this is really what the writer of the bible is meant to be.
What is in the new testament bible?
New testament is the second part of the Christian Bible, written originally in Greek and recording the life and teachings of Jesus and his
earliest followers. It includes the four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, twenty-one epistles by St. Paul and others, and the book of Revelation.
All in all 27 books, 260 chapters, 7957 verses, and 179,011 words.
Why do we need to read the bible?
The bible is the manual of our life and salvation, and if you read it, you will only get to know the characteristics of our God and what he wants us to do in order for us to be guided in accordance to his will.
The bible is inspired by the holy spirit and therefore, not all words in there are telling straight to what is the meaning of the word itself, some
means something else other than what we normally know for the meaning of it. The bible is speaking of spirituality therefore, naturally some words in the bible have the equivalent spiritual meaning.
This is one of the example of the spiritual meaning of the word:
Genesis 2:17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
The word “die” mention in this verse don’t mean physical death or else Adam had already died right after eating.
So the “die” or the death told by God to Adam if he would eat it is the disconnection of his close relationship with God, that’s why Adam was still able to live 930 years since eating the fruit, and then he physically died.
Due to wrong interpretation, a lot of people are afraid to read the bible, because they don’t know that there is a spiritual meaning of the words in the bible, let’s take one example of the verse that made people afraid to read the bible for they thought they have to do it for themselves literally.
Matthew 18:9 And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
God did not mean to gouge your eye out, God doesn’t want you to hurt yourself physically and that is the truth.
So by that verse above, if you are first timer reading the bible you will stop because you are afraid that you can’t follow what God wants you to do, which is not actually what it means to be, because of the spiritual meaning that you need to understand.
The bible is the best book that the bookworms or the book reading lovers have missed reading. There are a lot of beautiful true stories in the bible, it’s not only preaching and gospels.
The first five books of the bible or Torah is written by Moses and this contains about creations, of heavens, earth, human, etc. These books
are all about laws of God, and the stories about the people of God. There are a lot of beautiful stories contained with it.
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy,
these are the first five books and is pertaining the laws. A very beautiful book to read, this is where the movie ten commandments was taken,
and it’s also where you can read the sentimental story of Joseph the dreamer who became the governor of Egypt because of interpreting
dreams, and many, many more interesting events that will teach us about the greatness of God.
You don’t need to be scared about reading the bible, there is nothing complicated in there, when you read the stories, you are just like
reading a novel or an ordinary books, and the good thing about this book is while you are enjoying the stories and the advice of God to his
people, it is like God himself is talking to you. When we pray we are talking to God, and when we read the bible, God is talking to us, so if you would like God to talk to you personally, read the bible and you are conversing with him.
Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra,
Nehemiah, and Esther.
These 12 books of the bible which can be found right after the Torah or the five books written by Moses. These books are all about history of
the kings and the judges, and you will find a lot of beautiful true stories about the biblical era, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath, and many more lovely stories which you should read.
Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.
All these books are all about poetry, if you are fond of making poems, songs, stories, and much wisdom and knowledge that you will learn from reading all these books, which are written by the prophets of God including King Solomon.
Isaiah and Jeremiah
These books are mostly all about prophecy but it doesn’t mean difficult to read but for things which is still to happen in the future, that one
you can’t just give a meaning right away without examining the words of how it is meant to be by the prophet who wrote it like Isaiah and Jeremiah.
Isaiah 40:22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
Isaiah was written about 700 years before Christ, or about 3,000 years ago from now. There was no astronaut yet on that time to reach the moon and take a picture of the earth just like what we are having now, so if we only consider Isaiah’s book you can find out that there is really a powerful being which I called God that is watching above and telling him how the earth looked like, he said, “circle of the earth” meaning the earth is round. And the original fragment of the book of Isaiah which is in the Dead Sea Scroll, is still available up to our time as evidence of the credibility of the bible, as words of God.
Then we have the lamentation which is the 25th books of the bible and is another poetry book.
Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.
From Ezekiel the 26th books of the old testament up to Malachi, which is the last book of the old testament and the 39th books of the old testament.
All these books pertains prophecy, and all of them are written with the inspiration of the holy spirit of God, and they themselves, like Ezekiel, Daniel, etc., are writing all these books.
So these are all the 39 books of the old testaments, composed of 929 chapters, 23,146 verses, 609,269 words, counting of words varies on translations.
New Testament of the bible
A Codex Sinaiticus manuscript, right, the earliest complete New Testament, from 4th century Egypt or Judea on display in the ‘Sacred : Discover what we share’ exhibition at the British Library in London, Wednesday, April 25, 2007 (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
The picture of the book above is one of the living new testament bible hand written by the apostles of Christ which is now still available to be seen in person in the museum of the British Library in London.
New Testament is defined as the books of the Bible that tell the story of the life of Jesus and his followers. The second part of the Christian Bible is an example of the New Testament.
The books of the New Testament were preserved until the invention of printing as handwritten copies.
Compared with other contemporary writings an exceptionally large number of manuscript copies of the books of the New Testament have survived.
While only a few late copies have survived of even the most important works of Antiquity, more than 5,000 manuscripts or manuscript copies of New Testament books are known.
The oldest manuscripts containing the whole New Testament are from the 4th century. The oldest known fragment of the New Testament is from the first half of the 2nd century, a copy of a passage from John’s Gospel.
The first four books of the new testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
The first four books of the new testament are called the gospels and it is all about the birth of Jesus, until he died in the cross and his resurrection from the dead, there is nothing difficult to read and understand here except some few parables and words with spiritual interpretation. Each of the books are written by them themselves.
Luke’s writing has a little bit uniqueness compared to the other apostles because, Luke is an evangelist and a doctor in profession, he’s not always with Jesus during his preaching, thereby, his writing is based on his investigation from the eyewitnesses which are his fellow apostles.
Here is the way Luke wrote his book:
Luke 1:1-3 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,
2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,
So Luke is writing in an orderly account, based on his investigation from the eyewitnesses.
Book of Acts or the Acts of the apostles are written not only by Luke but also with the other apostles of Christ and this book is mostly all about history of the Christian era and some gospels about salvation.
The book of Acts or Acts of the apostles is composed of 28 chapters, 1007 verses and about 24,229 words
Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians,
1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
All these 13 books of the new testament were written by Apostle Paul, and it’s believed to be not just 13 but more, some of his epistles
were gone, for example this verse below written by Paul to the Galatians should supposed to be his second letter to them already as he said,
and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, meaning this verse of Galatians 5:21, is already his 2nd letter to the Galatians, let’s read the verse to find out how can this possible that his letter to Galatians is already the second.
Galatians 5:21 Envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
So the book of Galatians should supposed to be having 1 Galatians and 2 Galatians but there is only one therefore some are gone, and it’s not just the only one with the proof of the bible about his missing epistles, there are more of it, but we can’t put all of them in this post or else it will become very long.
Book of Hebrews;
The 19th book of the new testament and the 58 books of the whole bible, this is believed to be Paul’s letter to Hebrews but it is being disputed and questioned by scholars and declared to be with unknown writer.
This book or letter to the Hebrews are made of 13 chapters, 303 verses, and about 6897 words.
All this 14 letters of Paul can be read by all who would like to, but only there are a lot of words in his epistles that has a spiritual interpretation and we need to read it carefully, and we need the guidance of the holy spirit in order for us to understand about what Paul would mean, even Apostle Peter in his book of 2 Peter 3:16 is confirming about the epistles of Paul which are hard to be understood.
2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Apostle Peter is telling on this verse that some of Paul’s epistles are hard to be understood, so he himself experienced how difficult it was to be understood on some Paul’s epistles.
To prove to you some words that are difficult to understand I will give you an example:
Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
This verse is one only of the samples but there are a lot of his epistles that are really difficult to understand because it has double meanings, one
is physical and the other is spiritual, the dogs he mentioned on that verse is not a literal dog.
James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude.
These are the books of the new testament where you can find at almost the end of the bible new testament, the whole bible is made up of 66 books and James is the 59th
so Jude is the 65th or second to the last book of the bible or the 26th books of new testament because the new testament is made up of 27 books
The 2nd and the 3rd book of John are the shortest letter or book in the new testament 2 John is made up for only 1 chapter, 13 verses, and 298 words, while the 3 John is made up of 1 chapter, 12 verses, and 294 words.
Book of Revelations written by John:
This is the very last book of the bible or 66th books called the revelation of John.
God had shown him through vision about what is in heaven and everything in there, this book mostly about prophesy, most of them are still to happen, so John was like watching a movie and he wrote everything that needs to be written, it’s a little difficult to understand if you
would like to know everything that he wrote about the future, you need the intervention of the holy spirit in order for you to be guided on what exactly John means in his writing.
The bible is very different compared to the other books, the normal story of book when we read will start from the very beginning and the
following word will all be based on the series of the story, meaning the next paragraph will always be the continuation of the story, but the
bible is different, you have to read carefully, because the next verse will not always mean a continuation of the preceding verse, you have to
consider every verse, do not always think that the next verse is the continuation or else you will be mislead, I will show an example.
1 Corinthians 11:8-11 For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.
9 Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.
10 That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman;
The verse 10 looks like deviating the point, because what is the relation of the verse about woman against angels, in that verse sounds like the woman needs a protection against angels.
It’s the reason why some bible readers are telling that there are a lot of contradiction because they didn’t understand how bible is arranged, and why do woman need a symbol of authority on her head because of angels.
I would like to tell you that it’s not a lost verse but definitely having a valuable reasons with regard to what the angels had done with the women during the times of Noah, but it’s a very long explanation before it can be understood, and it needs another full content post to do for just about it.
I am just trying to make you understand about why there are a lot of bible misinterpretation happening because it is inspired by the Holy Spirit, we need his intervention in order for us to have the correct interpretation.
Isaiah 34:16 Seek and read from the book of the Lord: Not one of these shall be missing; none shall be without her mate. For the mouth of the Lord has commanded, and his Spirit has gathered them.
We are instructed by God to seek and read from the book of the Lord: Not one of these shall be missing, none shall be without her mate. For the mouth of the Lord has commanded, and his spirit has gathered them.
So in the bible if you would like to know what exactly is the meaning of some verses, God said, search and read from the book of the Lord, so
your answer will just be somewhere within the bible, you do not need to go out from it because it is answering in itself but you should know how to find it, with the help of the holy spirit.
1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.
In this verse there is a snake or serpent, the one who deceived Eve from eating the fruit, and now if you want to know who is this serpent, what is his name? So you have to search in the book because it will always have its mate.
Let’s ask God, God what is the name of that serpent that deceived Eve?
Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Can you imagine that the verse in Genesis can be answered in Revelation, so that is how the bible is, that if you don’t read well you will surely
be giving a wrong interpretation, and some readers are charging it as contradiction due to their not being able to understand on what exactly the Lord has meant to be.
The bible is written by human because it is intended for human, so all human can read it, and if you like more guidance of the holy spirit in
order for us to understand what exactly the Lord wanted us to learn. The first secret is, we should clean our heart and ask forgiveness from
the lord of all the wrong doings we have done. We should keep away from all evil doings we have done, then God will help us understand the
deep meaning of his sacred words in the bible. Or else if you are currently in your evil doings, you better not dare to read or you might just be
picking up wrong interpretation and you will be misleading those whom you shared what you read.
I hope you learn something, if you have any questions please write them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
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