All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. —2 Timothy 3:16
It’s true that not all parts of the Bible are equally easy to digest. This week I have been reading in 1 Chronicles and Ezekiel. Unlike the succulent passages we might discover in
1 Peter or the Gospel of John, there are some passages in those books that seem particularly tedious and even unnecessary. Even the great Puritan pastor John Bunyan admitted, “I have sometimes seen more in a line of the Bible than I could well tell how to stand under and yet at another time the whole Bible hath been to me as dry as a stick.”2
Yes, we need the Psalms and the Epistles. But we also need the Books of the Law, the Historical Books, the Prophets, and the Gospels. We need the whole of God’s Word.
It was for this reason that Paul reminded Timothy that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable” (2 Tim. 3:16). That means we need a diet that includes all of God’s Word.
2 John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, https://www. worldinvisible.com/library/bunyan/5f00.0096/5f00.0096.12.htm.
Make it Personal
Are you reading all of God’s Word or are there sections you avoid?