Sunday, February 1, 2009

Bible in a year

As part of our family's "new year resolution" we decided to read through the Bible in a year. We have completed Genesis and Exodus. Just yesterday we began Leviticus. We gather together after breakfast or before bedtime and I read aloud to the children. When Peter is home he facilitates our reading time. It has been enlightening for all involved. This week was the first time we missed a day. The day completely got away from us and I was disappointed that we allowed that to happen. The next day Daniel was walking with me to do a load of laundry. He stopped and said (remember he is only 4 and you need to read this in a 4yo voice), "Mom, we forgot to read the Bible yesterday." I said, "I know, I am disappointed that we missed it." Daniel questioned, "Are we gonna go to Heaven now???" Me: "Yes, Sweet Boy, we are gonna go to Heaven. God wants us to read His Word, but He won't keep us out of Heaven because of missing a day. We have to believe that Jesus came, died for our sins and rose again in order to go to Heaven." Daniel: "Oh, okay Mom. But why did Jesus have to die on the cross for our sins?" "Because He had to reconcile us to the Father and it could only be done through His death on the cross. Now we can go to Heaven." Then, today while reading the sacrifices in Leviticus we were able to discuss that without blood there is no remission for sin. Jesus blood was the final sacrifice; the final blood sacrifice needed to reconcile us to himself. How wonderful to get to discuss these things with my children! God is so cool. He orders our days so perfectly.

1 comment: said...

I think it is good to read the Bible with your children and to read it all the way through. Jesus said we are to live by every word of God, and to do that we have to read every word of God (Matthew 4:4).

Your children will pick up on your attitude about the Bible as you read it. As I point out in my blog, many people interpret the Bible to mean what they want it to mean. Their traditions are more important to them than believing what God says. But part of faith is believing what God says, and God wants us to believe Him. We need God's help to understand the Bible accurately, and God helps those who are willing to believe what He says and act on that belief.

God may sometimes test us on this. He may show us a point of truth in the Bible that seems surprising to us, maybe different from what we were raised to believe. If we choose to believe God over our opinions, traditions, and the teachings of others, God can then help us to understand a little more of His truth, one point at a time. But if we do not believe what God says, God's help stops and our understanding stops.

Your children will not only learn what the Bible says, but they will learn your attitude towards the Bible, either an attitude of belief and trust, or the opposite.