Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scripture to be written for our learning: Grant us to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ…
Anglican Collect for Bible Study
Reading the Bible is crucial:
From a human perspective, the only way any of us is going to survive is by grounding ourselves in the truth; the best way we can become grounded in the truth is by becoming grounded in the teaching of the Bible; and the only way we can become grounded in the teaching of the Bible is by making its study a priority. And I do mean its study. To a quick and casual glance, the text of the Bible is utterly opaque. A surface look at the text only shows me the reflection of my own prejudices, preconceptions, doctrines, and beliefs bouncing back at me off the seemingly impenetrable surface of the text’s incomprehensible language. But to understand the Bible’s actual message, I must work hard to see past the seemingly impenetrable surface to the text’s intended meaning and the Bible’s intended message. I know that it is difficult. I know that it takes time—a lifetime is not time enough. I know that it is painful and arduous and tedious and scary—it is all of that. But the reward could not be greater. It is worth the effort, and we desperately need to make the effort.
”Bible Study for What Ails Us” by Jack Crabtree.
The bible is the ground of all that we are. It is the roots of our civilization. If we don’t pay heed to it and know it, we will lose all that we have gained. We live longer, we are more comfortable, we enjoy freedoms that no other generation had, but we are not better. We are not perfected. Each generation must learn and seek nourishment from the roots. We must look to where we came from lest we make the same mistakes. The mistakes of our time are the mistakes of all times. The challenges of our time are the challenges of all times. We are no different from those who walked the Earth 5000 years ago. We still need to learn from Holy Scripture just as our ancestors did.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.6Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart.7Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.