|No cherub, I can't spare a square.|
I assume someone reading the Bible for spiritual reasons would have an easier time deciding which passages to skim over, which ones to focus on, and which ones to skip altogether (is that allowed?). For myself, it's not a particularly easy task. I don't want to skip anything, but sometimes it's so tempting. And does it really count as reading when my eyes simply scan each word, I note that it's more of the same, and don't process it further? Perhaps, in order to pay closer attention, I need to be using my original intention. I should ask why passages were phrased this way. How has the character of God changed throughout the book? What is the significance of that metaphor?
I'm not rushing the process in one sense. I read a book of the Bible, switch to a Shakespearean play, and go back to the Bible again. All the while I'm usually reading other books, and the Bible and Shakespeare have never taken precedence. I started this about 5 or 6 years ago. As I said, I'm in no great rush. But sometimes my mind is up for the challenge, other times I'm merely going through the motions.
This was one of those latter times. Thankfully The Book of Joel was incredibly short. I mean, the locusts were cool but as I lamented (I talk like this now) when I read Hosea recently, not all the books of the Bible have superfloods or men sleeping in lion's dens.