Welcome to The Mosaic Bible Experience.
Did you know?
According to a 2017 survey by Lifeway Research, 80% of Americans have never read the entire Bible. This statistic did not surprise me. The first time I attempted to read the entire KJV, I was eight years old. After many failed attempts, I finally completed a one-year read-through in my forties.
What makes it so hard?
God designed our minds to relate to stories. The rich narratives found in Genesis and Exodus pull us in while Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy read like the US census or boring building plans. Who can relate to the long list of who begat who, or the detailed descriptions of building a portable tabernacle?
Reading those three books can take over five weeks in a one-year Bible, yet it's hard to find a clear application to modern life. In my first couple of read-throughs, I confess I scanned most of this section, which made me feel like I'd missed out on breakfast. The Bible is the bread of life, and I was hungry to consume my daily dose of direction and encouragement. Do you feel the same? Then you're in the right place!
What can you expect?
The Mosaic Bible Experience goes beyond daily Scripture readings by providing devotional thoughts and simple prayers to accompany each day's reading. My goal is not to be profound but to lead you to the profound (i.e., the living, breathing, word of God).
In this project, I will break down the entire Bible into 720 individual sections. Every word of the 66 books that make up the biblical cannon will be presented topically, rather than by the traditional book-by-book method. Don't get me wrong—I believe scripture should be read in context. However, I've found it difficult to read it all straight through the first time. Even the Chronological versions left me wondering how long sections of genealogy or Old Testament law related to my 21st-century life.
Why 720 sections?
When I began this project, I wanted to make it accessible to students or small-group studies. And since Bible does not have to be consumed in a single year, I've divided it into four years, broken into trimesters. Each trimester consists of twelve 5-day weeks, which equals 720. This doesn't mean you have to take 4 years to read through the entire book. Go at a pace that works for you.
Where do the verses come from?
For each blog post, you can choose between listening to that day's scriptures via my YouTube channel or reading the suggested text. While I've read multiple translations over the years and find great joy in comparing them, this experience uses the World English Bible (WEB) because it has no copyright limitations. But if you prefer to use a different version, the provided links will take you to Bible Gateway, a website that allows you to choose a translation. In fact, they even have the Bible in languages like Spanish, Mandarin, and Cherokee.
Then let's go.