Today, we are going to continue to look at Jesus as the Word of God and its implications for us as we read the Bible. The few verses that we looked at yesterday are not the only ones that show us that the whole Bible is about Jesus. In John 5:46, Jesus says that Moses wrote about Him. Moses wrote Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Those books are commonly known as the Law. Jesus says that the Law is about Him. Furthermore, after Jesus was raised from the dead and talking to two of His disciples, Luke 24:27 says, “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” This further emphasizes that the writings of Moses are about Jesus, but also the prophets. If Moses and the prophets are about Him, then the other historical books in the Old Testament are about Him too.
What does it mean for us and how does it affect us that the Bible is about Jesus? Because the Bible is about Jesus, that shapes the way that we should read it. It means that our primary motivation for reading the Bible needs to be getting to know who He is and deepening our love for Him. When you go to read the Bible, read with the heart posture of Jesus, I want to know you. Look for what He is like and what He is not like. Look for the things that He loves and the things that He hates. In your heart and mind, come with an expectancy that you will meet Jesus in some way or fashion.
Method #3 for Bible Reading
1- Just like yesterday, before you read, pause and pray. Ask God to speak to you, to increase your love for Him and your knowledge of Him.
2- Read the Bible with a pen and journal. Read the whole chapter from start to finish without stopping.
3- Go back to the beginning of the chapter and read it slowly line by line. When a verse or phrase sticks out to you, pause to write it down and the thoughts that come to you. 4- Pray the Bible verses back to God and the things that stuck out to you.