Let’s talk numbers in the Bible. Not the Book of Numbers, which is the fourth book of the Old Testament. Nor am I thinking of biblical numerology, though it’s fascinating to study the significance of numbers like three and seven and twelve and forty in Scripture. Any of those subjects would be meaningful; but the purpose of this article is numerical. So let’s crunch the numbers.
How many sections to the Bible?
How many books make up the Bible?
How many chapters in the Bible?
How many verses in the Bible?
What’s the middle verse in the Bible?
Is Psalm 103 the middle chapter of the Bible?
What is the shortest verse in the Bible?
Here’s some more number crunching related to the Bible. The longest book in the Bible
is Psalms, and the shortest is 2 John. The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, and the word “God” occurs in the King James Version 4,094 times.
That’s Scripture by the numbers. It’s exactly the right length with no wasted words, no unnecessary information, given in logical segments, designed for a lifetime of study, and filled with truth on every page.
Almighty God in His wisdom has given this world a Book containing everything we need to know about life and eternity. In a masterpiece of succinctness, the Bible is large enough to contain His mind, yet small enough to hold within our hands. It takes just a moment to read a verse, yet our study of Scripture is a lifetime pursuit.
In the Bible we have the mind of God revealed, the state of man disclosed, the problems of life described, and the mysteries of eternity explained.
The essence of all essential wisdom is between its covers. Without the Bible we’re lost; it’s our map. Without it we’re confused; it’s our guide. Without it we’re doomed; it’s our lifeline. It makes us wise unto salvation (2 Timothy 3:15), and its exceedingly great and precious promises enable us to be “partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4). It’s milk to the thirsty and meat to the hungry (Hebrews 5:12-14). It’s an anchor for the soul (Hebrews 6:18-19), and our daily bread for strength and nourishment (Matthew 4:4).
Yet sadly, many Christians don’t read the Bible on a regular basis or study it with seriousness. A recent study of churchgoers showed that only nineteen percent of respondents said they read or studied the Bible every day. Only 36 percent said they opened the Bible once a week or a few times a month.
I would like you to consider making a resolution to read through the Bible in a year. It can be accomplished by reading fifteen minutes a day. But let me end with one caution. It’s possible to tackle a project like this and read several chapters each day only to discover that our mind is a hundred miles away. Learn to read the Bible systematically, but also prayerfully, thoughtfully, and personally. A daily visit in God’s Word will add to your blessings, subtract from your troubles, multiply your joy, and keep you from a divided mind. It will be the best resolution you have ever made.
 “Study: Most Churchgoers Do Not Read Bible on Daily Basis,” Michael Grybosky, The Christian Post, September 7, 2012.http://www.christianpost.com/news/study-most-churchgoers-do-not-read-bible-on-daily-basis-81277/, accessed September 21, 2012.
In an educational outreach, NASA released a video from the International Space Station to teach schoolchildren the importance of physics and the science of trajectories. Astronaut Don Pettit held up a stuffed version of an angry bird. He blew up a green balloon representing a pig. He stretched a bungee cord across the hatchway and launched the bird, demonstrating the trajectory of its flight.
“Astronauts have to worry about these things,” Pettit explained, “because if you’re in a rocket and, say, you’re trying to get from one orbit and rendezvous with Space Station, you end up going on a curved trajectory and you need to know how to fire your rocket engines.”
I applaud NASA in its innovative efforts to teach science to schoolchildren, but I know an even better lesson. The God of wisdom has given us a book filled with truth about angry attitudes and words. His advice can keep us on a heaven-bound trajectory and help us avoid crash landings.
 See “New Angry Birds Announcement from the International Space Station,” Time Magazine (Time Techland) http://techland.time.com/2012/03/08/new-angry-birds-announcement-from-the-international-space-station, accessed March 8, 2012.
The world intensely watches Christians, especially those who are being proactive about their faith. It wants to see whether Christians are genuine or not. Like the lyrics to Sting’s song: “Every smile you fake. . . I’ll be watching you.”
One way some people avoid the glare of the world’s spotlight is to be inactive instead of proactive in their faith.
Get Into a Good Book
Over the years, books have gotten nicer and been printed faster over the years, but the basic format has stayed the same. That is, until 1971.
In 1971, Project Gutenberg was created to make electronic copies of important books. Fast forward to 2017 when you can read books on any number of handheld, wireless reading devices.
The day of e-books is here and it is changing our world. Books are easy to access and store. You can take hundreds of books with you, stored in your pocket reader, and read them anytime, anywhere. For publishers, e-books are a dream come true: Once the original digital version of a book is available, an infinite number of digital copies can be sold and downloaded at barely any additional cost to the publisher.
When your priorities are in alignment with God’s and you live in obedience to Him, you have all you need for a fulfilling life. Dr. David Jeremiah illustrates this truth in the Old Testament account of the rebuilding of the temple, as God’s people learn to stop making excuses and start living in obedience.All Sermons by Dr. David Jeremiah