2018 Bible Reading
Saturday, April 28 12:00 Noon to 11:59 PM
Sunday, April 29 6:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Monday, April 30 6:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Tuesday, May 1 6:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Wednesday, May 2 6:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Thursday, May 3 6:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
The community is invited to be a part of a tradition that is thousands of years old! “The word of God” – the books that now comprise the Old Testament were collected by the Israelites and revered as divinely inspired by God for hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. In fact the Old Testament recorded events where God’s people gathered and stood for hours, listening to the scriptures being read aloud. At that time of course, there were just a few copies of the sacred texts and the only way that people could learn God’s Word was to hear it read aloud.
In that tradition, Loudoun Awakening hosts the 11th annual Bible Reading Marathon on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds in Leesburg. It will begin at noon on April 28th, 2018, on the marathon site at the Loudoun Awakening tent positioned on North King Street on the north side of the Law Library. The readings will proceed until midnight each evening and renew at 6:00 AM each morning until Thursday, May 3rd, when the marathon concludes at noon, to coordinate with the National Day of Prayer.
The public reading of the scriptures from 6 am to midnight, Saturday through Thursday is a public proclamation that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3).
We’re reading the Bible publicly, not to draw attention to ourselves, but to draw attention to God and what God says to us in the Bible, which we believe to be His Word.
Our reading from Psalm 19 says that the Word of God written in the Bible is more desirable than gold, sweeter than honey; it brings joy to the heart, enlightenment to the mind, and new life to the soul.
The Bible is truth. It is the truth. It has the power to touch and change our lives. The Bible enables us to know the will of God and to live a life pleasing to Him, because the Bible, all of it, is the Word of God.
People have asked about the value of a public reading of the Word of God. There is great Old Testament precedent for the recognition in that great book-centered worship service reported in Nehemiah 8:8, “They [the priests] read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave it sense so that the people understood the reading.”
Our earnest desire is to reveal to our community the powerful Word of God. The Bibles transforming power is guaranteed. Jesus Christ set the example of how important the Word was to Him and should be to us. When tempted by Satan, Jesus quoted the Word. “Man does not live by bread alone; but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” – Matthew 4:4 and Deuteronomy 8:3.