The Reading Trap

Why do you read the Bible? To finish your one chapter a day and feel good about it? I hope not. I have found myself in that place before and it is useless. Each time you read your Bible you should be looking to remember what you read and comprehend what it is saying, at least on the surface level if not getting to the deeper meaning.

Sometimes I find it helpful to break apart a chapter of the Bible, especially the epistles, into smaller bite size chunks. I don’t mean by verse, I usually break it into a full thought. Below is an example of Hebrews 10:32-39. By breaking this down into smaller pieces it helps me to better comprehend the meaning of a section. I bet there is a fancy literary term for this, but I can’t think of it right now. 

Most often I’ll just do the split up visually while reading. I have to go back and reread the chapter from the start after I have determined that I have fallen into the “read too fast and missed the point because of the long run on sentence” Bible reading trap. I know you have all been there too. You get to the end of the chapter and you totally don’t remember what you actually just read. 

So, you have to break up the chapter into meaningful sections visually while looking at your Bible or mechanically the way I have below.

But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated.

For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one.

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

For yet in a very little while, he who is coming will come, and will not delay. But my righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.

But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.

Hebrews 10:32‭-‬39 NASB

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