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Public Reading Of Scripture

Weekly Devotionals

Public Reading Of Scripture

“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching” 1 Timothy 4:13 

In this particular part of the scripture, when Paul wrote his letter of instruction to young Timothy, Paul urges Timothy of 3 things 1) Public reading of Scripture, 2) Preaching, and 3) Teaching.

Traditionally at church, we are familiar with preaching and teaching, through our regular church services and bible study groups, but public reading of scriptures seems to be a long-lost art that seems to have fallen through the cracks. Of course, we do on special occasions read the scriptures together in a liturgical fashion, but a regular practice of publicly reading of the scriptures seems to have lost its way. And yet it’s a command that Paul gives to Timothy and frankly to all of us…

Many of us read the scripture individually of course. And yes, we should, and that is great too, but when the people of God come together, shoulder to shoulder, and listen audibly to the unmitigated Word of God, I think something special happens.

I have recently experienced it and it has been wonderful. 4 to 5 people coming together, just showing up, and deeply focusing for a good 40 to 50 minutes simply reading and listening to the Word. Discussions were ok, but not necessary. In fact, letting the silence sink in after the scripture had even a more powerful effect.

When was the last time you read the Bible for 50 minutes? I have to be honest, I personally can’t remember, but in the context of public reading, with brothers in arms side by side, not only this was possible, but was truly enjoyable.

David Pawson, an elder of faith and a teacher of the bible often says “I wish I could only read the bible from the pulpit, because I know it’s 100% from God!”

So there it goes… nothing controversial. The body of Christ coming together to listen and read the Word of God. No nonsense.

Would you like to give it a try and revive this long-lost art?

Have a blessed week everyone.