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.
As you read Christ Above All, Dr. Jeremiah’s study of Colossians, you’ll come to better know who Jesus is theologically. In other words, the truth about Him—the whole truth and nothing but the truth—will thrill you. Our minds need solid doctrine so we’ll have a solid relationship with Christ, built on personal reverence for Him and friendship with Him.