Over the years, I have tried different Bibles. I own several various translations. As my eyes have aged, I have looked for copies of the Scripture with larger print. However, as a preacher, I want a Bible that is not too heavy to carry around as I preach on Sunday morning. So, I am often on the lookout for a Bible that will suit my needs, either for public reading or private study.
A few years ago, I found a Bible that I liked, but the cover was bright red. I purchased it anyway, and then debated over whether I should use it to preach. After all, it looked more like a hymnal than a Bible! And would it be suitable for special occasions like weddings and funerals?
I shared my concerns about using a red Bible with a friend who was a retired minister, and I never will forget his reply—“I’ve always heard that the Bible should be read (red).”
Indeed, the Bible should be read. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”—2 Timothy 3:16-17.