Last Saturday, I took part in an attempt to read the whole Bible in one day. It was called ‘Read the Message, Meet the Need’ and it was organised by St Martin’s Centre for Health & Healing.
Here’s how it worked.
Around the Church, there were seven stations, each equipped with Bible, water, and a checklist to show which chapters had been read. The books of the Bible had been divided up between the different stations, and people had volunteered to read in half-hour slots at one or more of the stations.
I chose ‘D’, which was the station for at least some of the Minor Prophets (including Joel), and also for Ezekiel.
Guess what I ended up reading? Ezekiel 32-48…
…which features such gems as the prophecy against Gog (chapter 38) and a detailed description of the new temple (chapters 40-end), ‘The distance from the entrance of the gateway to the far end of its portico was fifty cubits. The alcoves and the projecting walls inside the gateway were surmounted by narrow parapet openings all around, as was the portico; the openings all around faced inward. The faces of the projecting walls were decorated with palm trees’.
Happily, I also got to read the famous ‘Valley of Dry Bones’ passage (chapter 37), and I quite enjoyed the section on the river (47:1-12)!
The good news is that we managed to read the whole Bible! I don’t know how much money was raised in total, but my sponsors provided £45!