For Christians, the Bible is the sacred manual for how to live life. The answers to our struggles, fears, and joys are found in its pages. Scripture is our guide to a relationship with Jesus. We want to raise children who are seeking Truth in its pages every day. How can they do that if they are overwhelmed with finding things basic things? We have to teach them the basics of this great book.
What do we need to know to memorize the books of the Bible:
How to find the books
Which books are in the Old Testament & which are in the New Testament
How each part is organized (Law, History, Poetry, etc.)
What each book is briefly about
Bible Memory Pegs
These key facts will act like memory pegs for our children, and ourselves. When we are learning a new subject, we have to start somewhere. Those initial starting points are the footholds that we step on to reach and connect to other information. Eventually, we create a web of hooks that we navigate to organize our knowledge and to make new connections.
These initial memory pegs are the basic information that we need to have the confidence to go deeper and have knowledge that sticks with us. The more basic information you know the more confidence you will have to take the new steps and go further. If we have to learn too many steps at one time, we often will shut down.
When life knocks us down, and it will, we need to be able to go to the Bible for answers. Yet, so many Christians report that they don’t know where to start with Bible study. Regular Bible study is what truly transforms us as Christians into the people God desires us to be. So, how can lay a good foundation that empowers our children to be more comfortable with the Bible? It starts with the basics of where things are laid out and a little bit about each book so they can find the information. Once they know how to find things in the Bible and have a mental map of its pages – then, we can start drawing on that map the treasures from each book.
Memorizing Math Facts & Memorizing the Books of the Bible
I know we are talking about memorizing the books of the Bible, but I think there is a strong parallel here with memorizing math facts. Sometimes both children and adults struggle against the effort to of memorization because they argue that it is easy to look at the Table of Contents or to use their phones to find the information. Here the wisdom of memorizing math facts comes in.
Why do we memorize math facts?
Because you won’t always have a calculator with you
It makes the steps of math go so much faster
Pick up on mistakes faster
You will make connections that you wouldn’t otherwise make. (i.e., 9 & 27 or are 3 squared and 3 cubed)
It makes higher math easier mentally and emotionally.
Mathematical knowledge is the foundation upon with science is built. The order and structure of math lay a foundation for recognizing the design of our Creator that He has written into all of nature. Memorizing math facts is the first step in that journey of discovery.
“Numbers are the thoughts of God.” – Saint Augustine
“Mathematics is the language that God wrote the universe in. – Galileo Galilei
“The universe cannot be read until we have learned the language and become familiar with the characters in which it is written. It is written in mathematical language, and the letters are triangles, circles, and other geometrical figures, without which means it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word.” – Galileo Galilei
Goal of Memorization
The Bible is one of the thickest books that our children will ever read. We want them to have the confidence to read that whole thing from cover to cover. Sadly, so many Christians haven’t read the whole Bible. They are overwhelmed. Firmly planting in their memory the basic structure of the Bible and the confidence of how to find things – gives readers the confidence they need to open its pages and get started.
The first step in getting them to fall in love with the Bible is to become familiar with it. Knowing the books of the Bible, how to find them, where they are located, and just a little bit about them can make this big thick book a whole lot less scary. The next step is some concrete tools for memorizing each part. Check out my article on “How to Memorize the Books of the Bible.”
Why do you think we need to memorize the books of the Bible? How have you benefited from memorizing?
Have you memorized the books of the Bible? It is never too late!