NOTE: You will find this entire reading plan, day-by-day, in our Calendar.
Unbeknownst to most people, the Bible is not assembled in a chronological order. This is especially true of the Old Testament. Those 39 books are arranged in our bibles in this fashion:
LAW - first 5 books
12 BOOKS OF HISTORY (Joshua to Esther)
5 BOOKS OF POETRY (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Eccl, Song of Solomon)
PROPHETS - major prophets (Isaiah Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel,12 minor prophets )
And the New Testament isn't exactly in perfect chronological order, as it is arranged:
HISTORY OF JESUS CHRIST (The Four Gospels): Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
HISTORY OF EARLY CHURCH: Acts
EPISTLES: Paul's to churches, Paul's to individuals, Hebrews, Minor Epistles (James, Peter, John, Jude)
You will soon notice if you read your bible on your own that in the Old Testament, Moses wrote Psalm 90, which is attributed to him and supposed to have been written toward the end of the Israelites journey before crossing over the Jordan River - yet it is not found in it's entirety in Deuteronomy, but is in Psalm 90.
And you may find yourself a bit confused as you read Kings and Chronicles, thinking, "man, I could have sworn I read that before somewhere!" And you probably did as there is great overlap in those books!
Finally, in your own reading you will learn about the 70 years of the Jewish nation being in captivity under several succeeding kingdoms in Persia, beginning with the Assyrians and ending with the Medo-Persians. However, the description of such in 2-Kings and 2-Chronicles can be a bit confusing - especially when they are described much later in Jeremiah, Daniel, Isaiah, and Ezekiel, among other Prophets!
Well, that's all because of the way the Jewish Scholars preferred the ordering of this sacred text. And that does make sense to have such a prioritization of Holy Scripture. And later Greek and other Theologians altered the order to the point of what we have today.
But for folks like me, I like to see it in a pure Chronological format, as well as broken down into chunks the average person can digest in about 20 minutes per day. And that is the way we approached the layout. knowing the amount of words in the entire AKJV Bible (roughly 783,000), and how fast the average person reads (between 100 and 200 words per minute), we took the base level of 100 WPM and divided that into the total number of words and then divided that result into 365 days per year, and we came up with an average of 2000 words per day (the actual result is 21.45 minutes per day on the average)!
You will also notice that we placed the book of Job in a strange place. We have it following right after Genesis chapter 10. That is because most Bible Scholars place this book around that time, and that is the time-frame estimated for the Tower of Babel. That is a good place to insert the book of Job as the 11th chapter of Genesis begins to setup the lineage of Abram (Abraham).
We encourage you to do as described in Psalm 1:2, "But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."
But more so, you should get up early and read these passages and meditate on them before you go to work or school (but be sure to set an extra alarm in case you fall back to sleep!). Also, try to read them on your lunch break, and finally at night, gather your family and read them aloud and discuss these Holy Words with them.
As a final piece of advice, you will notice we set this format up with a non-leap year in mind. We understand that even the upcoming year is a leap-year, but we chose to ignore that in order to have a format for any year. When there is a leap year, then on the 29th day of February, you may choose to "rest", or perhaps reflect on what you have already read, or even get a head-start on the next day's set of Scriptures.
We hope you enjoy this format and that it allows the Word of God to be much more meaningful to you and that your life is much more blessed by HIS WORDS!
GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU READ!