How is your Bible reading coming along? I am very, very happy with my reading plan because it allows me to have all the flexibility I love to have and at the same time it helps me not to leave aside those books like Amos or Numbers.
I have learned that the easiest way to read all those books, that seem to be hard to understand is to study them in depth instead of just jumping from one verse to the other trying to catch some vague significance.
So my little advice today is; read those books from the first chapter to the last with a good study help at hand; and no, you don't have to spend a lot of money if you don't want to (but it will be very profitable if you decide to do so). For example, let us take the book of Amos (which we just read over the family table), I found many great helps that are available online and are free:
*John Piper has two very good sermons, one entitled Prepare to Meet Your God, and The Poor of the Land and the Pride of Jacob.
*Ligonier Ministries has two sermons available too.
*Monergism offers a wide variety of teachings on Amos
* If you rather buy a commentary you can choose from several good options:
If you would like to listen a whole series on this book while doing the dishes and folding laundry, why not investing in this, Biblical Studies: Amos, which is a compilation of sermons preached by Douglas Wilson (verse by verse chapter by chapter)
Well, hopefully you got the idea, whenever you come to hard books or passages in the Bible, dig deeper, and you will sure find unexpected treasures.
Let us not forget that:
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." 2 Tim. 3: 16- 17
May His grace abound as we feast on His Word today.