Every Christian should have a desire to learn the Bible. As a matter of fact, when writing to the various Christians who were scattered, Peter wrote, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: if so be ye have tasted the the Lord is gracious.” (1 Peter 2:2).
Sorry, that was in the King James. Let me tell you how it is written in the New Living Translation:
“Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.”
You get what it’s saying here, right? We should crave learning the Bible, in the same way that babies crave the milk of their mother’s breasts.
Many people have come up with various ways of “absorbing” the Scriptures, with everything from memorization, Lectio Divina, meditation, constant repetition, making post-it notes or index cards with the verses and taping them all over the house, crocheting them into pillows or blankets…
You get it. But I want to share with you something that I have learned works quite well in my life and is even found in the Bible.
Long before Israel entered the Promised Land, God put in place statutes for a king (which is really cool, since they wouldn’t demand a king for years to come). One of the major things that God insists for the kings of Israel and Judah is that they take the time, after being crowned king, that they write out the book of the Law by hand.
“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God by keeping all the words of this law and these, statutes, and doing them…that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left…” (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)
I think that’s a pretty neat (and grueling) task. I mean, can you imagine how well you would know God’s Word if you took the time to write it out by hand?
I’m not asking you to carry your own hand-written copy of the Bible with you everywhere you go, but I am going to suggest a technique you might want to add to your Bible study arsenal:
When you come across a verse in your reading that hits you, one that you are sure God is trying to speak to you through, take the time to write it out by hand. You will focus so much more on the words you are writing, trying to get the spelling and punctuation correct, and you will absorb so much more than by simply reading it, highlighting it/underlining it and writing a few notes about it.
It is a challenge that my wife and I will be taking with advent verses, as well as in our personal daily readings as we strive to be closer to God and know Him and His word better.
This is what the Sovereign LORD says.