Okay, okay, okay. I know that the books of the Law and Prophets were written on scrolls. I know that the printing press had not yet been invented in the first century A.D. I know that the majority of people in those eras did not even know how to read.
But — could we, maybe, be missing something? Bear with me.
- “…When all Israel comes to appear before the Lord your God at the place he will choose, you shall read this Law before them in their hearing” (Dt 31:11).
- “Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the Law… there was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel” (Josh 8:34-35).
- “Day after day, from the first day to the last, Ezra read from the Book of the Law of God” –apparently from daybreak to noon. (Ez 8:18; 3)
- “On that day the Book of Moses was read aloud in the hearing of the people and there it was found written that…” (Ez 13:1).
- “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching” (I Tim 4:13).
There is something different about reading God’s Word out loud. There is something powerful about public declaration. Really.
Our two weeks — 92 hours — of reading were remarkable; it is precious to be washed with the Word! Not all the donations are collected yet, but we are thrilled to have raised over $1,000 for DOVE Missions Africa. Thank you for your amazing support!
I will finish this year’s Read-a-Thon reports with a humble challenge. Have you ever read through one of the Gospels in one sitting? Have you read all of Paul’s letters in one day? Have you, as a pastor, ever thought of reading the Bible to your congregation instead of preaching? Just saying… it would be well worth it!