One of the great joys of this discipline is that each year begins and ends with the Tree of Life. The first man and first woman were locked out of the Garden of Eden before they could eat from it and live forever in their fallen state. At the end we see that, if we choose to be with Him for eternity, the Lord invites us to partake of the Tree of Life in the New Jerusalem.
When I was in my teens I read through the whole Bible. It was a stupendous experience, but I didn't repeat it until I married Joyce. One of her early disciplers laminated a reading plan that she continues to use from year to year, though this year we're reading through the One Year Pray for America Bible. More on that and an invitation to join us at the end of this post. For the first seven years of our marriage I read through the whole Bible year after year. Out of that process I wrote my plays The Revelation and The Acts. My knowledge of scripture was better than ever, and it drew me closer to the Lord.
Then my schedule got busy. My reading plan fell by the wayside. I was reading most days, but I was just dipping in here and there. That was beneficial, but in 2012 I committed to reading through the full Bible again, and the difference is night and day! I haven't missed a year since then, and I highly recommend it.
Joyce and I performed in the film Indescribable, which tells how the character I play, Frederick Lehman, finishes his hymn "The Love of God," with a verse based on the Akdamut, written by a rabbi in the Middle Ages. There's a scene in which a modern rabbi explains that every line of the Akdamut ends with the syllable "ta," which is spelled with the last letter (ת, tav) and the first letter (א, aleph) of the Hebrew language. It's an admonition that when one finishes reading the Word of God one should begin again.
This year we're reading through the One Year Pray for America Bible. It has a forward by Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black, and each day has a prayer for the nation, that we'll be praying along with thousands.
I've also decided to read through the Book of John throughout the year. Last May I was in an Off-Broadway production of Revelation, and when I was in that one book day after day it brought understanding and a richness that was profound. When I got to December in last year's reading program I could hear the songs of the musical even though I was in a different translation. Since John was written by "the disciple Jesus loved," I've always thought John to be the most important book of the Bible. There are several reading plans for the Book of John. I'm starting 2020 with The Book of John in Song, which includes songs inspired by passages from John.
This year (2020), I felt led to read through the Book of John twelve times. I hope you’ll join me on this plan with Levi Lusko.
Here’s what I finished, and it was great: The Book of John in Song.
Here are some great reasons why we can trust the Bible, in particular the Book of John:
This post can be found at www.RichDrama.com/BibleReading.