What are you favorite parts of the Bible? What draws you back again and again? The Bible is a marvelous anthology written by men and touched by God. It never bores. We should be thankful that we get to read the completed canon in our own language, something many people never got to do, if only because they were illiterate.
Selecting my best parts of the Bible was not easy. Yet this is what I present to you now and encourage you to consider what most intrigues you in biblical history.
#10 – Psalm 73:25-26
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” How exquisite! This verse expresses my utter need for the Lord. It acknowledges my inadequacy and his sufficiency.
#9 – Psalm 27
An instant picker-upper—“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” I consider this the most beautifully poetic psalm of them all, expressing rich themes, deep relationship, and utmost confidence in God.
#8 – the Announcement to the Shepherds
I’ve deemed this the one scene in the Bible I would most love to see. Were the shepherds frightened? You bet! But what a blessing to men of low regard! And how did angels rejoicing look and sound? This account sends my imagination into overdrive!
#7 – Joshua 1:8
My favorite verse in the Bible: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
#6 – the Life of Peter
Peter gets a bad rap from all of us who are just like him. To me he is genuine, human, and flawed; but he’s also passionate about Christ, grateful for being chosen, teachable and yielding. He is a model of a life overcome by God’s love and grace and raised to power.
#5 – Psalm 119
This largest chapter of the Bible is entirely about the treasures of the Word of God. For one who loves Scripture, surely I wouldn’t overlook this one.
#4 – 2 Peter 1
In my opinion, this chapter, more than any other, gets to the heart of how to live the Christian life. It begins with packed verses about our spiritual heritage (vs. 2-4), progresses to the priority of spiritual discipline (vs. 5-11), and ends with Peter’s stirring account of Jesus’ transfiguration and its impact on him. I reference this chapter often.
#3 – the Parables
The parables of Jesus teach us so much about the way he understood God, the kingdom, himself, the world, humanity, and spiritual reality. They’re more than cute stories; they are profound illustrations that force us to think deeply about our faith.
#2 – the Ministry of Paul
Who doesn’t admire this general in the kingdom! Truthfully, God’s call on this man’s life should cause us to ponder the redemptive nature of our suffering. Remember what God said to Ananias when sending him to heal Paul: “He is a chosen vessel of mine to bear my name…I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name’s sake” (Acts 9:15-16). How we benefit from his suffering! May we all live as sold out to God as Paul did.
#1 – the Story of Joseph
When we don’t understand our lives or see God’s hand, we can know that he is providentially at work for us and others through us. Joseph’s life explains a God of process who sees all and is at work in all. This story speaks to me. Then, those emotionally riveting scenes with Joseph unable to control his tears and the revelation—my goodness! C’mon, Hollywood!
What are your favorite parts of the Bible?