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Some time ago, I was asked why, if I had already read the Bible, I would want to read it again, not just once, but over and over, as long as I live? Obviously, this question came from an unbeliever. But Im afraid many Christians feel little need for repeated readings of Gods Word. Many who have professed faith for years still have portions of their Bibles that remain unread.

Robert Moffat (17951883), Scottish missionary to Africa, would have been bewildered by such attitudes. Moffat dedicated his life to bringing the gospel to the Bechuana tribes of South Africa. Much of that time was spent in translating the entire Old and New Testaments into Sechuana (the native language). Yet, near the end of his life, he still felt inadequate in his knowledge of Scripture. In a letter to Mary, his wife, he wrote:

Robert MoffatIt was only yesterday, after laying down the Bible, that I wondered what kind of a mind I would have had if I had not the Book of God, the Book containing the astounding idea of from everlasting to everlasting, the development of all that is worth knowing . . . One would think, that as I have critically, and, I think, devoutly read and examined every verse, every word in the Bible, some a score of times over, I should not require to open the pages of that unspeakable and blessed Book. Alas, for the human memory! I read the Bible today with that same feeling I ever did, like the hungry seeking food, the thirsty when seeking drink, the bewildered when seeking counsel and the mourner when seeking comfort. Dont you believe all this? For alas, I read it sometimes as a formal thing, though my heart condemns afterwards . . . I am yet astonished at my own ignorance of the Bible!

Robert Moffat, quoted in Iain Murray, A Scottish Christian Heritage (Banner of Truth, 2006), 266267.

Posted 2009·01·29 by David Kjos
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#1 || 09·01·29··10:16 || Daniel

The very first time I read the bible, I only wanted to read it all cover to cover once, so that I would be aware of any mysteries it held. Like one might read any other book - I just wanted to add whatever information was within it to my cranial repetoire, and be done with it; but somewhere in that first read, I began to believe wholeheartedly that every last word was true - and before I had finished reading it once, I knew I would read it again and again, and continue to do so as long as this body draws breath.

Though I too have read every word in several translations many times, yet I am amazed at my own ignorance.

This was an excellent post on the matter, I think.

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