On the Monday of Thanksgiving Week, the first day of National Bible Week, sections of the Bible will be read in public venues across the nation. National Day of the Bible is one of the initiatives and partnerships sponsored by the National Bible Association to encourage people to read the Bible.
All across our nation, the organization asks Americans to gather with their political, business and religious leaders to publicly read the Bible. A National Bible City is selected each year, with National Bible City for 2012 being Chicago, where a National Day of the Bible will also take place.
According the National Bible Association’s website, Reading the Bible publicly has its historical origins in the word of God. Israel gathered to hear its leaders read scripture. The inspiration for the National Day of the Bible is from Nehemiah 8:1-3.
“Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.”
And in the New Testament I Timothy 4:13 reminds us to “give attention to the public reading of scripture.”
The National Bible Association recommends the following proper protocol for National Day of the Bible events:
1. The Word of God and its proclamation is the purpose of this holy gathering.
2. Gather at noon on the Monday of Thanksgiving Week at a public square, public building or
government facility in your city.
3. Bring together business, political, religious and civic leaders of your community to read God’s
Word out loud before an assembled gathering.
4. Have each leader choose a section of scripture no more than about fifteen verses in length to
read without commentary.
5. Ask these leaders to inform you beforehand about their selection so that there is not duplication.
6. Encourage the audience to read along if they bring their Bibles.
7. Video and photograph the event and please post them to the nationalbible.org.
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