We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Blessed are those who Read

Three of the top students in each of our fifty states were chosen to stand before a committee to determine which ten would receive a full college scholarship, One of the scholarship committee asked if any of the candidates had read any books in the last year outside of required reading, and if so to give the title of the books they had read. According to the Commentary in Education Week, March 27, 1991, only one student out of the 150 raised their hand and had read one book. Gene Veith said in his book “Reading Between the Lines,” that the problem in the west is not illiteracy but aliteracy—we can read, but don’t. So what will cultivate this love and passion for reading again? How can we light a fire for reading in our youth—and in ourselves? It is so true that we will be the same five years from now as we are today, except for the people we meet, and the books we read. Just this morning I was reading in the book of Revelation and noticed that John starts by saying these words: “Blessed are those who read; blessed are those who hear; and blessed are those who do…” Ponder this tri-fold blessing for a moment. Blessed are those who read, hear, and do. The context in Revelation 1 is about reading, hearing, and doing what is commanded in the book of Revelation. However, this threefold blessing can also be applied when one reads any of the Scriptures, as Jesus testifies in Luke 11:28: “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it. This emphasis on reading doesn’t end in Revelation one. In fact, in the last chapter of the book of Revelation John frames this emphasis upon reading the Word with a sevenfold repetition of the word BOOK. What beauty! What craftsmanship! Not only do the first and last chapters of the book of Revelation form the grand finale of revealing who Jesus really is—the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last—the God Almighty (see Rev 1:8, 21:1-8, and 22:12ff), but seven times the word BOOK is written in this last chapter of the Bible. Now why would the writer use the word BOOK seven times as the conclusion for all of the Scripture? I am not sure exactly, but I think it is appropriate to at least suggest that we need to be people who read this book, hear this book, and do what is written in it. For man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. There is a blessing attached to the reading, hearing, and doing what we find written in the Word God—it’s time to reclaim that blessing!

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  1. Happy Blogiversary! I agree-blogging about books has really atfecfed my personal reading. I think I read more closely now, looking for notable things about the book, etc. And I’m even more excited when I read a good book now, because I have so many people to share it with!

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