Reformed Theology With the various posts regarding Bible reading plans, I wanted to share this story/anecdote.  Calvinism

With the various posts regarding Bible reading plans, I wanted to share this story/anecdote.

Reformed Theology With the various posts regarding Bible reading plans, I wanted to share this story/anecdote.  Calvinism
With the various posts regarding Bible reading plans, I wanted to share this story/anecdote.

Years ago, when I was a college student, I had a class on the book of Genesis. The prof was a young adjunct, with the ink still wet on his PhD. His grading was harsh, but his enthusiasm was infectious.

Anyway, he required that we read through the book of Genesis in one sitting, numerous times throughout the semester. I have always been a slow reader, taking time to digest and look up cross-references, etc. I realized that I needed to pace myself better after the first time doing the assignment. I decided to listen to the audio while I read along. I knew the length of the audio would be much faster than I as able to manage previously. Prof deemed that it was acceptable as long as I read along with the audio.

The problem I had was two-fold. One, being a college student, my sleeping patterns were atrocious. Two, the narrator of the audio Bible had an extremely calm, soothing voice. I fell asleep at some point.

But here is the interesting bit: In my dream as I slept, was the book of Genesis. Several of the recurring themes, motifs, of the book were present in my dream. The only one I can really remember right now, was that I was making a covenant with someone, and was searching for someone or something to be a witness to the covenant. A person or a pile of rocks to name as a witness or remembrance to the covenant.

When I woke up, I realized what had happened, and remembered the dream. I didn't think too much of it until I started reading again (in order to actually complete the assignment). That was when I realized that my dream picked up on elements of Genesis that I didn't really pick up on during the reading.

I relayed my experience to the professor, thinking he would get a good laugh. He was thrilled. That, by the way, turned out to be one of the most formative classes I had as a young believer.

All this to say, I learned a great deal from that method. I do read Scripture in chunks as part of my devotional life. But when I really want to study, to be engrossed in, to fall in love with, and to better understand Scripture (particularly the larger books), I set aside large chunks of time to read a book through in one sitting (while drinking coffee).

TL;DR Reading through a book of the Bible in one sitting can be time consuming but incredibly beneficial. You pick up on things that you may not have if you read it in sections over a longer period of time. Also, I fell asleep while doing this once and dreamed about some of the themes of Genesis.

Years ago, when I was a college student, I had a class on the book of Genesis. The prof was a young adjunct, with the ink still wet on his PhD. His grading was harsh, but his enthusiasm was infectious.

Anyway, he required that we read through the book of Genesis in one sitting, numerous times throughout the semester. I have always been a slow reader, taking time to digest and look up cross-references, etc. I realized that I needed to pace myself better after the first time doing the assignment. I decided to listen to the audio while I read along. I knew the length of the audio would be much faster than I as able to manage previously. Prof deemed that it was acceptable as long as I read along with the audio.

The problem I had was two-fold. One, being a college student, my sleeping patterns were atrocious. Two, the narrator of the audio Bible had an extremely calm, soothing voice. I fell asleep at some point.

But here is the interesting bit: In my dream as I slept, was the book of Genesis. Several of the recurring themes, motifs, of the book were present in my dream. The only one I can really remember right now, was that I was making a covenant with someone, and was searching for someone or something to be a witness to the covenant. A person or a pile of rocks to name as a witness or remembrance to the covenant.

When I woke up, I realized what had happened, and remembered the dream. I didn't think too much of it until I started reading again (in order to actually complete the assignment). That was when I realized that my dream picked up on elements of Genesis that I didn't really pick up on during the reading.

I relayed my experience to the professor, thinking he would get a good laugh. He was thrilled. That, by the way, turned out to be one of the most formative classes I had as a young believer.

All this to say, I learned a great deal from that method. I do read Scripture in chunks as part of my devotional life. But when I really want to study, to be engrossed in, to fall in love with, and to better understand Scripture (particularly the larger books), I set aside large chunks of time to read a book through in one sitting (while drinking coffee).

TL;DR Reading through a book of the Bible in one sitting can be time consuming but incredibly beneficial. You pick up on things that you may not have if you read it in sections over a longer period of time. Also, I fell asleep while doing this once and dreamed about some of the themes of Genesis.

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Submitted March 10, 2017 at 07:00AM by StrongMercy