What happens in your brain when you come across a passage of scripture or a story in the Bible that you are familiar with? Do you struggle to read it with new understanding and insight? Do you glaze over the words simply to check your reading off for that day? I have to admit, I struggle. Today was one of those days. I have read these stories before and have preached on Hezekiah, Manasseh and his son Amon a few times for father’s day. When reading stories that you have read before and know well you have to work hard to try and focus on and learn new insights from the text. That is part of the reason I have decided to read this year from a different translation than before.
So what do you do when reading something you are familiar with? How do you breathe new life into the text? How do you grasp new understandings? Is there anything specific you do? If so share in the comments below.