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June 16 Again and Aloud!

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BIBLE MEDITATION 

 

Titles under this subject-

Read and Reread!-Jan 2

Our Daily Bread-Feb 10

Thank you, Mummy!-Feb 13

Learned Fool!-Apr 1

Treasure Hunt-Apr 21

Kids' Bible-May 6

Again and Aloud!- Jun 16

Milk `n' Meat- Jun 18

Old & New- Aug 20

Never obsolete...-Oct 19

Biblopathy-Nov 25

 

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Reading: Nehemiah 8:1-12

"They read distinctly from the book of the Law of God,

and gave the sense, and helped people to understand" (Neh 8:8)


 

Family prayertime is either not there or too short in many a Christian home. Not much can be accomplished in a family prayer which hardly lasts for thirty minutes. The time can be divided equally between Bible meditation and prayer. During the restoration ministry of Ezra and Nehemiah, the people were reading the Scriptures from morning six to twelve noon, and then on upto evening six they were confessing their sins and worshipping (Neh 9:3). This is a healthy proportion. The first fifteen minutes in family prayer may be allotted for reading and meditating the Bible. That will make praise and prayer in the remaining time meaningful. The sons and daughters must be encouraged to read portions of the Scriptures aloud. Since this is not practiced in many homes, most of our young people don't know how to follow the punctuation marks in reading aloud. Paul instructed Timothy, "Give attention to reading" (1 Tim 4:13). This actually meant public reading. Jesus was good at it. Folks listened to His reading with rapt attention (Lk 4:16,17,20).

I did not miss a single service in the Anglican Church at Nazareth (South India) where I grew. Two elderly gentlemen used to read the first and the second Scripture lessons. I can never forget their majestic voice with which they read. This part of the service was more appealing to me than the rest. I would read along with them, of course quietly. This was the training for my Scripture reading in pulpit preaching today. Several free Churches have dispensed with this practice of reading Bible lessons. I pity the members, especially the youngsters!

The more we read the Bible the more we would like to read it. There will be times when we may not find Bible reading and meditation interesting. The excitement may not be there. This is when we must be careful. We may be tempted to give up the customary practices of Bible reading until a new desire and enthusiasm springs up. John Bunyan (1628-1688) the author of Pilgrim's Progress testified, "I have sometimes seen more in a line of the Bible than I could well tell how to stand under, and yet at another time the whole Bible has been to me as dry as a stick!" Such dry spells will be common in our interaction with the Scriptures. We must neither decrease the time nor discontinue the routine. We don't know when and from which passage God would speak to us.

 


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