Studying the Bible

This week Bro. G is teaching the Bible Training Institute class, Bible Study Methods. It has already been an amazing eye opener, and we’ve only just finished night two! Last night, he shared a poem that I thought was absolutely fantastic! And rather convicting. I thought I would share it with you here:

I supposed I knew my Bible,
Reading piecemeal, hit and miss,
Now a bit of John or Matthew,
Now a snatch of Genesis,
Certain chapters of Isaiah,
Certain Psalms (the twenty-third),
Twelfth of Romans, First of Proverbs–
Yes, I thought I knew the Word!
But I found that thorough reading
Was a different thing to do,
And the way was unfamiliar
When I read the Bible through.
O the massive, mighty volume!
O the treasures manifold!
O the beauty and the wisdom
And the grace it proved to hold!
As the story of the Hebrews
Swept in majesty along,
As it leaped in waves prophetic,
As it burst to sacred song,
As it gleamed with Christly omens
The Old Testament was new,
Strong with cumulative power,
When I read the Bible through.
Ah, imperial Jeremiah,
With his keen coruscant mind!
And the blunt old Nehemiah,
And Ezekial refined!
Newly came the Minor Prophets
Each with his disctinctive robe;
Newly came the song idyllic
And the tragedy of Job;
Deuteronomy, the regal,
To a towering mountain grew,
With its comrade peaks around it–
When I read the Bible through.
What a radiant procession
As the pages rise and fall,
James the sturdy, John the tender–
O the myriad-minded Paul!
Vast apocalyptic glories
Wheel and thunder, flash and flame,
While the Church Triumphant raises
One incomparable Name.
Ah, the story of the Saviour
Never glows supremely true
Till you read it whole and swiftly,
Till you read the Bible through!
You who like to play at Bible,
Dip and dabble, here and there,
Just before you kneel, aweary,
And yawn through a hurried prayer,
You who treat the Crown of Writings,
As you treat no other book–
Just a paragraph disjointed,
Just a crude, impatient look–
Try a worthier procedure,
Try a broad and steady view;
You will kneel in very rapture,
When you read the Bible though!
-Amos R Wells