CALENDAR FOR READING
THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD IN A YEAR
By the late Rev. R. M.
M'CHEYNE, M. A.
- THE WHOLE BIBLE WILL BE READ THROUGH IN AN
ORDERLY MANNER IN THE COURSE OF A YEAR. - The Old Testament
once, the New Testament and Psalms twice. I fear many of you never read
the whole Bible, and yet it is all equally divine. "All Scripture
is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction and instruction in righteousness, that the man of
God may be perfect." If we pass
over some parts of Scripture we will be incomplete Christians.
- TIME WILL NOT BE WASTED IN CHOOSING WHAT
PORTIONS TO READ. - Often believers are at a loss to determine
towards which part of the mountains of spices they should bend their
steps. Here the question will be solved at once in a very simple manner.
- THE PASTOR WILL KNOW IN WHICH PART OF THE
PASTURE THE FLOCK ARE FEEDING. - He will thus be enabled to
speak more suitably to them on the Sabbath: and both pastor and elders
will be able to drop a word of light and comfort in visiting from house to
house, which will be more readily responded to.
- THE SWEET BOND OF CHRISTIAN LOVE AND UNITY
WILL BE STRENGTHENED. - We shall often be lead to think of
those dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, who agree to join with us in
reading these portions. We shall oftener be led to agree on earth,
touching something we shall ask of God. We shall pray over the same
promises, mourn over the same confessions, praise God in the same songs,
and be nourished by the same words of eternal life.
- The centre column contains
the day of the month. The first two columns contain the chapters to be
read in the family. The two last columns contain the portions to be read
- The head of the family should
previously read each chapter for family worship, and mark two or three of
the most prominent verses, upon which he may dwell, giving a few
explanatory thoughts and asking a few simple questions.
- Frequently the portion named
in the calendar for family reading might be read more suitably in secret:
in which case the head of the family should intimate that it be read in
private, and the chapter for secret reading may be used in the family.
- The portions read, both for
family and private readings, would be greatly illuminated if they were
preceded by a moment’s prayer - "Open Thou mine eyes, that I may
behold wondrous things out of Thy law." (Psalm 119.18).
- Let the conversation at the
family meals frequently turn upon the chapter read. Thus every meal will
be sacred being sanctified by the Word and prayer.
Let your private reading begin each day. Make God’s voice
the first you hear in the morning. Mark two or three of the richest verses, and
pray over every line and word of them. Let the marks be neatly done, never so
as to abuse a copy of the Bible.