Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Luther: reading the Bible

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
    Feast of the Naming & Circumcision of Jesus
    So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law. Day after day, from the first day to the last, Ezra read from the Book of the Law of God. They celebrated the feast for seven days, and on the eighth day, in accordance with the regulation, there was an assembly.
    —Nehemiah 8:2-4 (NIV)
    For some years now I have read through the Bible twice every year. If you picture the Bible to be a mighty tree and every word a little branch, I have shaken every one of these branches because I wanted to know what it was and what it meant.
    ... Martin Luther (1483-1546), Preface to the Prophets [1532], in What Luther Says: an anthology, v. I, Ewald Martin Plass, ed., Concordia Pub. House, 1959, p. 83 (see the book)
    See also Neh. 8:2-4; 2 Kings 22:8-13; Neh. 8:18; Ps. 1:2-3; 119:97-104; Matt. 13:51-52; 1 Tim. 4:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Your word is precious to me, Lord.
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