Sunday, April 24, 2011

30 for 30 - Books of the Bible

First things first: He is Risen! I pray this Resurrection Sunday draws you closer to the Redeemer. I know that my family is leaning on Him and the promise of the Resurrection more than ever this year.

My post for today is not meant to imply that I don't think all 66 books of the Bible are inspired, important, or integral to the Gospel. These are the 30 books that I turn to over and over again, but they are not "more important" than the other 36 books.

1. Psalms. This book never fails to comfort, encourage, challenge and assure me. Also: it's incredibly beautiful.

2. Proverbs. You can read one every day for a month, start over the next month and do the same thing and still find something new.

3. John. I get shivers just reading the first five verses. My "favorite" of the four gospels, if I'm allowed to claim a favorite.

4. Genesis. Yes, I believe it. I'm proud to say so.

5. Romans. A logical, reasoned argument and yet it's still beautiful prose.

6. Ruth. A wholesome romance (dare I say, swoon-worthy?) and it's only 4 chapters - you can read it over and over again.

7. Ecclesiastes. This book speaks to our modern age perfectly. Of course, it probably speaks to every age perfectly because "there is nothing new under the sun".

8. 1 John. Want to know what real Christianity should look like? See this book.

9. Luke. I love this detailed look at the life of Christ. I think I would like the chance to talk to Dr. Luke. (Maybe one day in Heaven he could spare a millenia or two for me?)

10. 1 Corinthians. This one is worth the price of admission for just chapters 13 and 15. But there's so much more.

11. Esther. Just on a story telling basis, this is a great read.

12. Philippians. It's all good. Probably everyone could benefit from reading chapter 4 every morning.

13. Isaiah. Some of the most literary, beautiful passages in the Bible are in this book. The prophecies about Christ take my breath away. (Read Isaiah 53 to see what I mean)

14. Jude. It's short, it's written by a half-brother of Jesus and it has verses like this:
24 - Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 - To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Cold chills, I'm telling you.

15. Song of Solomon. Yeah, I went there. Philip and I actually had a verse from this book on our wedding program. (I know what you're thinking.) Actually, it was 5:16: "...This is my beloved and this is my friend. "

16. Job. Great format, great questions, great story, Great God.

17. Mark. The most concise of the gospels. Easy to read in an evening. Full of action so it's a good choice for anyone with a short attention span.

18. James. Highly practical, sometimes called the Proverbs of the New Testament.

19. 2 Timothy. Poignant. Powerful.

20. 1 Thessalonians. The whole book is comforting (see chapter 4) and I particularly enjoy the rapid fire instructions in chapter 5, as if Paul were in a hurry to say everything he needed to say. ("Rejoice evermore! Pray without ceasing! In everything give thanks!")

21. Galatians. I love chapter 3 ("Oh foolish Galatians") and the explanation of the law as schoolmaster.

22. Lamentations. Yes, Jeremiah is kind of a sad read. But this book also contains one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible. (See chapter 3)

23. Matthew. Jesus as King.

24. Acts. The history of the first church at Jerusalem, the disciples, and how the gospel spread throughout the world.

25. 1 Timothy. As a preacher's wife (not to mention a pastor's daughter) I find it useful to remind myself of the qualifications for the job and keep on. (Keep on with what, You ask? All of it.)

26. Malachi. The last book before the silent years before Jesus's birth. Also contains one of the great challenges of the Bible. (Malachi 3:10)

27. Ephesians. Some of the first verses we teach our children are from this book. ("Be ye kind" and "Children obey your parents in the Lord" for starters)

28. Hebrews. Challenging theological study and beautiful writing.

29. Joshua. Makes me want to get up and conquer the giants in my own land.

30. Revelation. I'll admit I  don't understand even a small fraction, but I do believe it.

So, did I leave out your favorite? I plan to list 30 favorite verses later in this series and trust me, picking 30 out of all of them was almost impossible.


Kelly said...

Romans! Colossians! :)

Karin said...

Love your 30 lists - especially this one!

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