2015-08-19 / Religion

Pastor's Viewpoint

A little history of the BOOK
by Charles "Buddy" Whatley

Sixty-six books... 39 “old books” and 27 “new books” written over 1500 years or 40 generations by 40 authors with almost as many occupations writing on three continents in three languages... Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. In all there are 1,189 chapters; 929 in the “old books” and 260 in the “new books.” The longest book is Psalms, and the shortest book is 2 John. The longest chapter is Psalm 119 and the longest verse is Esther 8:9. The shortest chapter is Psalm 117, and the shortest verse is John 11:35 (several times John 11:35 saved me when I was asked to recite a verse in Sunday school!).

There are, among the old books; 17 historical books, 5 poetical books, and 17 prophetic books. There are, among the new books; 4 gospels, 1 history, 21 letters, and 1 book of prophecy. Nehemiah tells us that God's people forgot God's book for a long time and then re-discovered it.

[8.5-6] Ezra opened the book. Every eye was on him (he was standing on the raised platform) and as he opened the book everyone stood. Then Ezra praised God, the great God, and all the people responded, “Oh, Yes! Yes!” with hands raised high. And then they fell to their knees in worship of God, their faces to the ground.

Maybe some of our modern day problems have an ancient cause; we too have forgotten God's book. At one of the first churches I served, I asked the congregation to read through the Bible with me; and eight years later, a young man told me he'd read through the Bible seven times. I saw him recently, and he's now read through the Bible 28 times and is doing it again this year!

Now I wonder... have you ever read through the Bible? Even once? Mary Ella and I are reading through the Bible this year; we're using The Daily Walk Bible on our Kindles. Maybe you'd like to join us using a Bible and a reading plan of your choice.

Pastor's Viewpoint is written by Buddy Whatley (cbwhatley@hotmail.com), a retired United Methodist pastor living in Lakemont and Ochlocknee, Georgia. He works with Marketplace Chaplains in South Georgia and with Native American Ministries on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.

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