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The Reese Chronological Bible: Understanding the Word
Why Read a Chronological Bible?
A chronological Bible gives us a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of God's Word by giving us a grasp of the Scripture's timeline.
The important need to understand Scripture through study aids that are verified by history can be nourished by using this type of Bible because validating what God tells us in His Word through Bible cross-references allows us to dispense with man's distortions.
A growing desire and displayed effort to know more about God through His Word has always been an indication of our spiritual temperature. Knowing what He says to us is crucial to a Believer having an effective journey through this life.
Chronological Bibles are additional study aids that are unique in their arrangement of Scripture passages. The name of this type of Bible tells us how it is unique, but why do we need a book like The Reese Chronological Bible?
Are We Interested In What God Says To People?
It is not often that a true interest in the Scriptures is found in an unbelieving heart, but when it takes root and a study begins in earnest, conflicts sometimes arise. Whole books have been written about so-called contradictions in Scripture, some of them doing a fine job of explaining the supposed disputes and, sadly, some trying to confirm alleged polarities.
It isn’t that an open-minded examination is out of order but if the purpose behind the attempt is to discredit Scripture then the venture is nothing less than building a sand castle that will be washed away, leaving its occupants exposed with nothing to hold on to.
The motivation undergirding such efforts are no support at the end of the day and those who are able usually just walk away, leaving the weak, the crippled, and the foolish by the side of the road. These poor ones may find their way to solid footing, but those who walk away rarely do find it.
Even Believers can sometimes come across passages that give them pause for thought. This can sometimes stir up uncalled for disputes between them.
The shame of such situations is unnecessary and there are significant warnings about it within the very Book that these people argue over. Unrighteous squabbling gives rise to hateful bickering and puts contenders on weak footing.
Quarrels like this are most often rooted in the pride that blinds a party (even whole parties) from being able to see past their own will and look into the breadth and depth of God’s written revelation to mankind.
While it is important to remember that there are nonnegotiables for Believers, for instance, the Gospel of the Christ, it is with great carefulness that one should approach the serious matter of disagreement that leads to discord. True dissension among Believers always has sad consequences and should be faced for what it is before it gets out of hand.
So, what is a mere bit of humanity to do in the face of the abounding opinions men come up with regarding the Bible that holds the very words God has for us? Do we discount theology that has stood the test of time, or the men who spent their lives studying it because they were not perfect people?
No, never. However, we definitely have a responsibility to know the Bible for ourselves, to read it and to pray over what we read, asking God for understanding of what He has for us in it if we are to be able to "prove all things" so we can know truth.
We need a willingness to examine Scripture as a whole and we need to prayerfully weigh its entire counsel on any matter rather than remain focused on any single passage apart from the whole. Picking and choosing verses or passages to suit our own thinking is dangerous business.
If we honestly examine both the words of a verse in context and the spirit behind those words through a knowledge of the framework and the content of the whole volume in which it is contained, we will have a solid foundation for prayerfully considering the intent behind the verses, chapters, and books of the Bible.
Chronological Bibles can enhance our efforts to understand what God is saying to us by helping us build on the fundamentals of our faith. Expanding our knowledge gives us the chance to learn and grow in Christ so we can better exemplify Him to a needy and dying world.
A parallel Bible is a superb tool for anyone who determines to study Scripture. This Bible will have two translations side by side so that, for instance, the language of the King James Bible, full of phrases that can sound lofty to our ears, is placed beside the more modern language of a New American Standard Bible with phrasing that is more easily understood by people who are unfamiliar with Shakespeare’s English.
As we reach for the life-giving truths offered to us, study Bibles make it easier to digest thoughtful comparisons that grow us up in the faith. There are many good volumes that are readily available to anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of the Word of God.
The Reese Chronological Bible can come as a surprise to people who are just beginning to study God’s Word for themselves. Because we are used to books that start at the beginning and end at the end, and because the Bible does start in the beginning with Genesis and end with Revelation’s culminations it is easy to assume that the chapters in between are in chronological order. The discovery that they are not can be confusing.
Producing this Bible was a huge undertaking. Its opening pages explain the whys and wherefores of unique aspects wrapped up in the work. Having Scripture arranged in order of events as they occurred is a tremendous help in learning more about how the New Testament and the Old Testament are intertwined so we can grasp the detailed relationships of the events of the peoples' lives recorded in history. This Bible gives us the chance to more easily explore questions that cause disputes, thereby arming us against divisive arguements.
While this hub could be filled with examples of how and why much of the traditional Bible is not in chronological order, that has been done by more authoritative people. It could also be filled out with an appraisal of the disputes mentioned, but the higher road is to discuss strengthening our knowledge of what God offers us by way of reading His Word and praying about what we read. There is no more solid ground to be on.
There are none more secure than those who truly turn to Him for the help He offers to humanity and The Reese Chronological Bible can assist anyone who is truly seeking to know God and His character that is so often misrepresented.
Do you use a chronological Bible?
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