(This blog is a follow-up to the previous one about study bibles.)
There are at least two strategies we can use when we read the Bible. We can read it devotionally, as we should and as many people do. We can also read the Bible for understanding the content: the narratives, the commands, the situations, that we find there. Not nearly as many people read the Bible with the second strategy. We need to increase that number. To encourage more people to read the Bible for understanding, let's distinguish what is happening with us when we use the two different strategies.
Devotional Bible Reading
When we read the Bible devotionally, we normally read, at most, a handful of verses and often with a devotional guide or booklet of some kind. I grew up with The Upper Room, which continues to provide sustenance for millions of people around the world. Since I'm a Luddite at heart, I prefer the little paperback booklet that you can...