#0 Reading Challenge: The Beginning

Greetings, 

Exodus 20:8-11; Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor, and do all your work, *but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your man servant, nor your maid, nor your beast, nor your stranger that is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

This following Sunday I am challenging each of you, to start reading through the Scriptures in chronological order. Many of us know many key points in Scripture and we may even know what happens within the timeline of each book in the Bible. How many of us, even those that have been to Bible school can say when certain events happened.

Most of the time points in the Scriptures are easy to pinpoint, others not so much. I have made it a point to make sure there are scheduled days each week to give yourself and your brain a day of rest. My wife, CD, and I observe Saturday as Shabbat (Sabbath), but not always. 

In my many times through Scripture, I have yet to find that Sunday is the new day for Shabbat. I have found that the best way to observe Shabbat is to do work six days and rest on the seventh. So if you start your week on a Wednesday, the following Tuesday is your day of rest.

This isn’t a typical Chronological Bible Reading Challenge, this one also incorporates the Apocrypha. The apocryphal books give more insight into the characters that were read about in Scripture prior to the Apocrypha being removed from the Bible in 1901 at Cambridge. One story has it that the Bibles were cheaper to print without the Apocrypha, another has it that the newest branch of Baptists didn’t believe the teachings, and yet another story had it that the protestants at the time wanted to be different from the Roman Catholic Church; regardless of the reason these are all stories. 

Regardless, of the true reason why the apocrypha was discontinued, we still have access to it today. And because of that reason I have included it in the readings. I have also made sure as not to overwhelm you with so much text to read to get it read in a year. It is three chapters per day for six days a week.

Another thing to take note of is that Psalm 119 is divided into its twenty-two stanzas. Psalm 119 with two other chapters may be a bit overwhelming as well. So starting this coming Sunday at 6:00am 11 October 2020, I will be posting that week’s reading schedule. 

So whichever day of the week you choose to pick as your Shabbat, the reading plan gives you a day of rest, though there is still plenty else to read. Each day of the challenge you have three chapters, or eighteen per week: this challenge will take more than one year. Remember it’s the journey not the destination that life teaches us to live.

If it helps in any way, here are the numbers:

Total: 1360 Chapters + 22 Stanzas of Psalm 119 = 1381 / 3 Chapters per Day x 6 Days per Week = 76 Weeks 4 Days = from 11/October/20 to 27/March/22

Thank you, 

RR VanWoert

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