Many people I know have quite a few Bibles lying around their houses. Unfortunately, there is a high percentage of those Bibles that hardly ever get any use; they just sit, gathering dust and taking up space. I own several Bibles, but they don’t just sit on a shelf, they are used. What about you? How many Bibles do you have, and are they actually read? Hopefully, you will be able to answer “yes” about making Bible reading a routine part of your lives.
Bibles are meant to be read, and if they only sit idly by, they are not doing anything for you. There are riches in the pages of God’s holy writ that are waiting to be uncovered by the reader who digs for them. Let me tell you, friend, what the Lord has for you will not jump off the pages and land in your spirit if you are not willing to spend time seeking for it.
While on the isle of Patmos, John wrote in Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” I believe the Lord wants to bless those who spend time with Him through the pages of the glorious book we call the Bible. Do you feel that way, too?
I’ve written about reading daily here and here. After reading several excellent blogs about the virtues of high quality bindings, covers and papers, I though it would be interesting to take a look at some of the Bibles I own. Understand, my intention is not to duplicate the fine work others have already labored over; it is, however, my intention to discuss the Bibles that are in my library.
Now, I must give credit to Mark Bertrand at the Bible Design & Binding Blog. While searching the Internet for a particular Bible, his remarkable blog appeared in the search list. After clicking on it for the first time, I was hooked in a big way. His articles are both interesting and informative, and I’ve learned quite a lot about quality Bibles through is writings. Many people, far more knowledgeable than me, frequent his blog, and I’ve gleaned a lot of information by just reading. Stay tuned.