“As I was traveling and coming near Damascus, about midday a bright light from the sky flashed suddenly around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked. ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you persecute,’ he said to me. The men with me saw the light, but did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me.”
Somewhere around 1930, sound was introduced to film and the “talkies” came into vogue (“talking pictures” evolving from “movies” or “moving pictures”). Audiences were delighted to graduate from silent films and watch the action with synchronized sound.
Paul’s traveling companions were not so lucky. They “saw the light, but did not hear the voice.” The men with Paul followed the action but not the plot. They were captivated by the light and heard something indistinguishable. Perhaps Jesus sounded like thunder, as in the case of the bystanders who witnessed the voice of God speaking to His Son from heaven and recorded in John 12.29. Like Paul’s friends, they heard something, but it was garbled and incomprehensible.
I want the full revelation of God’s will in all its Technicolor glory and digitally mastered Dolby sound. I am not satisfied to preview the move of God from the comfort of a padded chair in a silent movie. Give me the “talkies” so I can hear and comprehend the voice of God on the big screen of life. Jesus, if necessary, push me off my high horse. Blind me temporarily if You must. But do not take away the sound of Your voice. Let me hear it clearly so that I might fully perform Your purpose for me.
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In spite of the inspired efforts of prophets like Elijah and Elisha, the northern nation of Israel with its capital city of Samaria suffered under a parade of unworthy kings who led the people into destruction and captivity at the hands of Assyria approximately 722 years before the birth of Christ. The author of 2nd Kings offered this explanation…
“All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the LORD their God” 2nd Kings 17.7
Following the persecution and dispersion of the church in Jerusalem (Acts 8.1-4), chief accuser Saul miraculously converted to Christianity and together with Barnabas was appointed by the Holy Spirit to embark on a missionary journey (Acts 13.1-3). Being rejected by the Jews, Saul (later called Paul) brought the message of Jesus to the Gentiles in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth” (Acts 13.47).
Twenty centuries later, believers are still bringing this message of power, hope, and salvation to “the ends of the earth”…
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” Acts 16.31
Bible Reading Plan
There are 52 weeks and 260 weekdays in any given year (52 X 5 = 260). Coincidentally, there are also 260 chapters in the New Testament. By reading one chapter of the New Testament every Monday through Friday, you will finish the entire New Testament in a year.
If you are a little more ambitious, you may want to read the whole Old Testament in a year on this 5 day a week reading plan.
Avid Bible students may accomplish the entire Bible each year by simply reading both Old and New Testament columns in the reading plan provided at the link below.
If you fall behind, use the weekends to catch up. If you fall far behind, don’t worry about it. Just pick up your reading for the day. The study of God’s Word should not be approached as a competition or legal requirement for believers. You don’t have to read the Bible. You get to. Enjoy your time in the Scriptures and read with a spirit of anticipation. Jesus will speak to you through His Word.
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