How are you today?
Today, I would like to share my journey to read the Scriptures. While David Pawson encouraged reading the Bible out loud in his teachings, I sometimes find it difficult to keep reading the Bible out loud, so, there came the need to find a way to help me keep reading for a long time-It’s reading the Bible in audio Bible. When I took a bible class after work in Singapore, my teacher in the class said that usually early in the morning, he listens to an audio Bible due to his dim eyes. And I tried to turn on the audio Bible at home when I tried to read through a book in the Bible.
I actually had a great memory of my youth when it comes to an audiobook. When my sister and I were little, mom bought us a box of juice, and it had a promotional gift, a set of cassette tapes, and they had a story of Peter Pan. (If you are too young to be familiar with cassette tapes, you might want to find some images in Google. Thank God, Retro is in!) So, my sister and I were so happy to listen to Peter Pan through the cassette tapes, and we imagined in our minds Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, and so on. And we sang along together till we memorized all the lyrics and the order of the songs in the story. With memory, I found it interesting to read the Bible through the audio Bible. This time, I read the Bible with my eyes following Scriptures that were being read through the audio Bible. Especially when I listened to a dramatized version, it would sound even alive, and I could feel how He felt toward His unfaithful children.
Then, in 2018 I was able to buy the book “The Hiding Place”, the true story of Corrie ten Boom who helped save the Jewish, and was imprisoned with her family during the World War II. I could hear Derek Prince, David Pawson and R.T. Kendall mention her in their sermons and I became so curious about her and the book. And when I bought and started to read the book, I couldn’t put it down. Now, it became one of my favorite books. When I read it, I was impressed by his father, and his mature character, and his walk with the Lord. And I took into my heart his daily reading of the Scriptures together with his employees and his family in his watch shop at 8:30 every morning before work. I felt that it must have had a great influence on Corrie’s and her family’s faith to live out the Words.
Then, one day in this January, I watched an interview on Communal Reading of Scripture that featured my pastor in Korea church and Bill Hwang. Before this interview, I never heard of Bill, but I got to know that he introduced a communal reading of Scripture into his workplace in Manhattan. And I searched more on it, and I was very impressed by one of the video clips I found. And in my church’s broadcast network, it also shared more interviews with those who facilitate the communal reading of Scripture, and one of them was a professor’s story who had been reading the Bible with his students weekly. And my church started to release 20 minutes of communal reading of the Scripture on TV network. It’s even more helpful, as I could see illustration together with the Scriptures that help understand them.
I hope that you and I could start communal reading of the Scripture in our families, workplaces, small groups of church and so forth. Perhaps, you might want to start at your home this period that social distancing must be kept. When things get back to normal, you might want to invite your neighbors and friends. I believe the unprecedented revival would come when we honor and fear Him. I pray His words change us, our families, our communities and our nations in Jesus’ name. Amen!
Have a bliss!
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16~17)