Listening to the Scriptures in a little over 40 (week)days

Last year, a fellow clergyman mentioned on social media the practice of listening to the Scriptures during the season of Lent. I took up this challenge (a day late — beginning the Thursday morning after Ash Wednesday) and found it to be a very beneficial Lenten discipline.

Adhering to this schedule, however, I did find it particularly challenging at times, what with the additional pastoral responsibilities that take place during Lent and Holy Week. (Let the reader understand.) This year I decided to extend my listening schedule to include the Pre-Lent season, and offer myself Saturdays as “catch–up” days and Sundays as days to focus my meditation upon the prescribed lectionary readings of the day.

I invite you to join me this year in listening to the Holy Scriptures during Lent (and Pre-Lent). Here is my listening schedule for this year. Feel free to use or modify this schedule as you wish.

There are many different ways to listen to the Scriptures. I personally use Audible and listen to the NKJV Voice Only Audio Bible narrated by Bob Souer. I would suggest listening to a non-dramatized version, as opposed to a dramatized one, in order that you can focus purely on the Word of God (without the audio distractions that dramatized versions contain). The choice, ultimately, is yours; the important thing is to pick a version and stick with it through the end. Perhaps next year (or sooner), you’ll try a different version.

God bless your listening and your various Lenten disciplines.


Listening to the Scriptures in a little over 40 (week)days — 3 Comments

  1. Thank you Pastor,
    I’ve been thinking about doing this for some time. My questions are: 1. With this are we purchasing sound files to download, or are we subscribing to streaming audio? 2. If these are sound files can we arrange them into a daily, 1 yr, 3 yr lectionary, or whatever? 3. Wouldn’t it be nice to get the same in German, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew? Ha! I know that’s a lot, but what a great way that would be to learn the languages. 40 days, ha, 40 years maybe.

  2. @St Stephen #1

    Whether you decide to purchase sound files or use a streaming service is entirely up to you. I personally purchased an audiobook version so that I could have access to it whilst on the road (I have a low data package and drive in areas where I have no signal at all).

    I imagine that someone with true audio files (not an audiobook) could very well arrange the listening selections into a daily playlist. I suspect arranging the selections to fit the Church’s lectionary cycle (whether 1yr or 3yr) would be more of a challenge, as the pericopes (selected reading for the day) are not whole chapters, but, in some cases, only a few verses; for someone with an aptitude for audio editing, such a project would be possible, but this is beyond my skill-set.

    Hearing the Scriptures in the Original Languages, indeed in any language other than the individual’s vernacular language, seems, to me, to be only beneficial to the one who is adept/fluent in the language. One of the great treasures of the Reformation was the returning the Scriptures to the people in their native tongue. The German people, by and large, were not fluent in Latin; they had no idea what the Bible said because they could not read Latin, nor did they understand what was going on in the Mass because they could not speak Latin. This is the joy we, as heirs of the Reformation, have: hearing the Scriptures in our native tongue, that we may know and understand what God says through His Word. This is also why the work of translating the Scriptures (together with catechetical and Confessional documents) is so important to mission work: that those who have yet to hear of Christ and His redeeming work of salvation, may hear it, and hear it in their own tongue.

  3. That is interesting. I have audible NASB on iPad/iTunes and an NASB DVD (text and audio). Will have to try this.

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