Read-a-Thon IN the Bible

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!

 ~Diane

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About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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3 Responses to Read-a-Thon IN the Bible

  1. Rev. George ludisi says:

    Well, servant of God. We need Gods favour and time to accomplish the work He expects from us. With time He counted day one to six, to accomplish His mission of creation. However every day before our Lord is valued just in the same way you value the days and time to accomplish your mission project. Hallelujiah, praise God our expectations in Christ Jesus are equivalent to our lords destined plan.

  2. What a good note to end with. A good challenge for sure, reading one of the letters in one sitting is worth it! In fact, the letters were written for the ear, to be heard.
    It was enjoyable listening to them being read during the Read-A-Thon activity.

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