“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16).
The pages of my Bible are well worn. Many are marked with a bright highlighter, and a few even have notes scrawled into the tiny margins. I’ve gone through the Bible numerous times in my life, some books much more frequently than others. Inevitably, my studies sometimes take me to a book that is less exciting than others. It’s easy for me to get the feeling, “Oh, here we go. Let’s get this over with…” This is especially common of me to do when I find myself in the books of laws and logistics, such as Numbers or Deuteronomy. I realize these books are important, but for a long time, I didn’t personally enjoy them. I would have much rather read the parts with action, and reading accounting records just doesn’t have the same appeal.
My world was rocked, though, when I spoke with a very important mentor to me. He asked me what book God spoke in the most. Thinking hard on it, I provided Jeremiah or Ezekiel. He told me, “Good guess, but the answer is Leviticus. Nearly the entire book is God’s instructions to Moses." His answer blew my mind.
My mentor challenged my perception of the books and passages I always considered tedious and boring. If God Himself is the orator, and it is in these books that He most frequently speaks, shouldn’t that say something about their importance? The truth of the matter is that most Bibles have Jesus’ words in red, but not God’s. I’ve often thought of how beneficial it would be if God’s words in the Old Testament were also so marked, just so we could see how vocal He was.
Today, there are still parts of the Bible that I don’t fully grasp; if you were to quiz me on what the differences are between some of the minor prophets, I’d probably ask to pass. Even though these books don’t receive as much esteem or glamorization as other passages, it doesn’t diminish their importance. Jesus told the Pharisees, “Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18).
Every word of the Bible is a divinely inspired, precious gift from heaven. It’s not up to me to decide what is important and what is inconsequential. It’s up to me to read, and not from just the parts that catch my eye, but from cover to cover.