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Reading Yahweh's Writings

Reading the Bible is one of the most important aspects of discerning Yahweh. It is through His already revealed Word that we form the basis of our knowledge of Him.

The secret things belong to Yahweh our God; but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29)

As we read about His dealings with mankind, we begin to understand what He is like. This helps us as we then learn of Him through our own personal experience.

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that through patience and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

Having the foundation of His writings ensures that we are not led astray by deceiving spirits or people, who may claim to bring His truth, but actually bring error; which began with the Serpent in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-8).

I have created a method of reading the Bible that encompasses all areas of the Bible in each reading. This way we are not left with only certain parts of the scriptures memorized, with others left unattended. The whole body of Yahweh's Writings are useful for our growth in the Lord Jesus, and our knowledge of God:

16Every writing inspired by God{literally, God-breathed} is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction which is in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

It is important to read the Old Covenant as well as the New, as the Old has the types and shadows of Christ, which can more fully help us come to know Him and come to saving faith in Him. We must believe Moses—what he wrote—in order to believe the words of the Lord Jesus, Son of Yahweh.

45"Don't think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me. 47But if you don't believe his writings, how will you believe my words?" (John 5:45-47)

But, even more importantly, reading the New Covenant scriptures will reveal the mysteries that had been hidden for so long, according to God's purpose (Colossians 1:24-29). The Good Message and the letters expounding it was the reason Christ came, and serves as the foundation of our new lives in Him.

Ten Sections

Below are the ten groupings of scripture, from which one can read one or more chapters each, per reading.

  • Group 1: The Law (Genesis through Deuteronomy)
  • Group 2: History (Joshua & Acts)
  • Group 3: The Writings (Judges through Esther)
  • Group 4: Poetry (Job, Psalms & Song of Solomon)
  • Group 5: Wisdom (Proverbs & Ecclesiastes)
  • Group 6: Major Prophets (Isaiah through Daniel)
  • Group 7: Minor Prophets (Hosea through Malachi)
  • Group 8: Gospels (Matthew through John)
  • Group 9: Paul's Letters (Romans through Philemon)
  • Group 10: Apostles' Letters (Hebrews through Revelation)

So, if you want to read 10 chapters a day, you would read one chapter of each group. If you want to read 20 a day, you'd read two of each group. I suggest at least 20 so that you get more of each chapters context (i.e., you'll read Genesis 1 and 2, Joshua 1 and 2, etc.).

As you finish a book within a group, simply go on to the next book in that group. When you have finished all books within a group, just start over with the first book listed. For Group 1, after finishing with Deuteronomy, you'd go back to read Genesis.

Group 2 is the only one that will change. After you finish Joshua (in the Old Covenant), you will read Acts (in the New Covenant). I suggest you change the position of the reading as you finish each book. For Joshua, keep it in group 2's position. For Acts, move it to after Group 8 and before Group 9 (so it is read between the Gospels and Paul's letters).

There are many volumes written about the Bible and its history, but a few things can be said here to give you a quick background:

The Old Covenant Scriptures

These 39 books were written over the course of about 1,500 years, primarily in the Hebrew language, with a few books and other small parts written in Aramaic.

You will see Hebrew words and letters in the various articles on this site, to help describe the meaning of verses by looking at the original language.

In the Hebrew-only version of the Bible, the ordering of the books is different than in Christian Bibles. Its basic layout is described by the acronym "TaNaCh" or "TaNaKh," which stands for "Torah" (The Law of Moses, or Pentateuch), "Nevim" (The Prophets), and "Khetuvim" (The Writings). In the Christian layout of the Bible, the Prophets and Writings are switched in order, with some other ordering changes, but all the books remain.

I also occasionally include quotes from the Book of Enoch, which is quoted by the Book of Jude (New Covenant) by saying that Enoch "prophesied" (Jude 1:14-15)(Enoch 1:9), describing its authority in the eyes of the early Assembly.

The New Covenant Scriptures

These 27 books were written in the common Greek used at that time. There is some early testimony that the Gospel of Matthew may have originally been written in Hebrew or Aramaic, but no such ancient versions have been found. There are existing copies of later translations into Hebrew of the early Greek version of Matthew, but they are not very reliable.

As with my use of Hebrew on the site, you will also see Greek words to help describe the original meanings of portions of scripture not always clear with our modern translations into English.

For more Bible history online, Wikipedia has a good amount of information.

The Need for Reading God's Writings

Regularly reading the Bible will feed you and build you up, giving you a sure foundation for your walk with Yahweh. There is no substitution for it. You cannot pray enough, give enough, do enough, in order not to need to read Yahweh's Word regularly. Do not neglect it and you will find yourself leaping to new heights in the spirit, discovering the truth of God in every area of your life!

If you have any questions about this Bible reading plan, please don't hesitate to contact me below. Please also consider letting me know if you decide to use this plan, as it will be a blessing for me to hear that.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be manifest to you, that you may grow in the knowledge of Yahweh our God as you begin and continue to study His revelation to creation!

14But you remain in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them. 15From infancy, you have known the sacred writings which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus. 16Every writing inspired by God{literally, God-breathed} is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction which is in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:14-17)

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