Doing things in order

I recently took up “Quilting.”  You heard right, I’m sewing.  When I was a boy, I remember snuggling down under a thick layer of hand made quilts that my Grandmother had made.  In fact, we still have some of them and use them too.  The procedure for making quilts hasn’t changed much through the years, but the tools have changed considerably.  I have been learning a lot about the craft and still have a lot to learn.  Lesson number ONE is that you must do things in the proper order.

Gather your tools, select a pattern, then gather your material and make sure you have enough for the project.  Cut your shapes, lay them out full size according to the pattern.  Next, sew the shapes together until you have completed the “quilt top.”  Lay the quilt top out and apply the batting, and the backing, and the binding using lots of pins to hold it all together.  Sew the binding all around, then finally, sew the quilting stitches in a pattern across the whole surface of the quilt.

The order of events is very important.  If you leave something out or do something in the wrong order you end up with a mess.  Its a “do over.”

The Bible says in 1 Tim 4:13 “Until I come, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.”  Bibles were scarce back then so public reading was very important.  Today, Bibles are everywhere and “personal reading” and study is not only possible but preferred as the primary way to learn God’s Word.

Colossians 4:16  (NET)
And after you have read this letter, have it read to the church of Laodicea. In turn, read the letter from Laodicea as well.
1 Thessalonians 5:27  (NET)
I call on you solemnly in the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

Lots of people that I know try to read the Bible through every year.  There are many “Reading Plans” available to help you do so.  What I am wondering is, “Have you ever read the Bible through in its proper order….its chronological order?”  I don’t think that I have, but I am going to give it a try this coming year.  By “chronological” I mean in the order in which the events of the Bible occurred.   There is some debate about what that order is exactly, but everyone agrees that simply reading from Genesis to Revelation is not the correct order.  Unlike Quilting, reading the Bible in the wrong order is not going to mess anything up.  Anytime you read any of the scripture, it is good.

If you have access to the internet here is a web site that makes chronological reading easy.

http://www.ewordtoday.com/year/

Select your Translation, and click “chronological.”  Next, select your starting date, then click on the actual date and you can read the entire passage for your selected date right on the screen.  You can also print the plan and follow it in your regular Bible.

Rev 1:3
Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to
heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

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