Bible Read-a-Thon! When I heard about it, I only had a vague idea of what it is all about. I knew we would be reading the Word of God, but just how, I was eager to know. It is now six days since we started reading the Bible cover to cover, page to page, chronologically. It has been a most exciting experience.
People have read the Bible in their own languages with such vigor and passion – this also has been a blessing. After the readings, participants have a chance to share any comments or questions.
We have by now covered the books of Genesis, Job, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I & II Samuel, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and part of Psalms and Chronicles. It was extremely demanding as we read through the first five books, the Law of Moses! There were just too many rules and regulations. We noticed a repetition of “as God commanded Moses”. And though these books are popularly known as being of Moses, it is good to note that every command is from God. It caught me off-guard that the Israelites were required to atone for their lives. Praise God for Jesus. He atoned for our lives once and for all.
The people Israelites! They are certainly a queer people, we are bent to say. They are brought from forced labour in Egypt after witnessing many wonders performed by God! They pass through the Red Sea, but the ground is dry! They are fed with manna and quail! They drink water from a rock! But wait…after all this they still have the audacity to sing for some gods, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” For heaven’s sake, we may say! Be not too quick to judge, for they indeed reflect the human race.
But God didn’t choose them or save them because they were good, not at all! In fact he says, “Not because of your righteousness…for you are a stiff-necked people!” It is the same with us, it’s not because we are good but it’s all by his grace. God’s righteousness, holiness, glory, strength…has really stood out. Think of Uzzah! He fell dead after touching the Ark of God with his hand trying to restrain it from falling. David was angry, but God all the more! You dare not touch His holiness. Again praise God for Jesus; he has given us his righteousness.
Another exciting thing has been reading the Psalms, not from Psalm 1 to 150, but as David wrote them in their context and in his circumstances. We have read them concurrently with the books of Samuel, and it has been coming out so meaningfully. Many more things I can say…it is evident that reading the Word has been exceedingly enriching.
The Word of God is living and active. When God sends it, it does not return to him empty but accomplishes what he desires and achieves the purpose he sent it for. One day a woman came in and stayed the whole day as the reading went on and at the end gave her life to Christ. And so we continue to proclaim the Word of God as we trust him to convict hearts that are far and near.
This event is also a fund-raising for DOVE Missions Africa (DMA). We praise and thank God for the far he has brought us, and pray for grace to abound till the finish on 24th July.
by Rahab Nyambura