If I were just beginning to read the Bible, I would expect it to be difficult. After all, if the God of the universe puts His thoughts into a book, it makes sense for some of it to be beyond us.
If I were reading the Bible for the first time, I’d get a modern more readable translation. How to do that? Go to Lifeway Christian Stores and spend an hour checking out all the versions.
If I were reading the Bible for the first time, I’d enlist a great friend or two to take my occasional phone call so I could say, “What does this mean?”
And, if I were reading the Bible for the first time, I would do this:
–Move to the New Testament first. This means ignoring (for the moment) the first two-thirds of the Bible.
–I would begin reading at Matthew chapter one and read large portions each day.