“I have more wisdom than all my teachers, for thy testimonies are my meditation.” Psalm 119:99

Grant Horner was a brand new Christian…and within three years he knew the text of his Bible very well and twenty some odd years later he essentially had the Word imprinted on his mind and on his heart. He’s been all over the country to teach his Bible reading system. He has done q and a sessions on Bible and theology with hundreds of people in the crowd. He’s done live radio shows where thinking fast is key. He developed a Bible reading system that has helped him give quick, clear answers with the context in mind. 

Grant had no seminary degrees, no Bible college or Christian Ed. He never even had Sunday School as a kid. He didn’t get into a Bible speed reading program or a study system. He was a college dropout, and a former heavy druggie. 

In 1983 his soon-to-be father-in-law gave him an old Bible. He had never seen a study Bible before. He was a new believer and had been listening to MacArthur and Swindoll and Charles Stanley on the radio. He was determined to get to know his Bible so he came up with a plan where he read ten chapters a day.  By the mid-nineties his Bible was in tatters.  The cover was absolutely gone, the spine was gone, the glue-backing could be seen and was curled up, the stitching was coming apart. And all the stuff that comes before Genesis 1 had vanished and a lot of the concordance in the back was gone. He was a poor grad student and couldn’t afford a rebind.   

So some time after that he went to the Master’s College for a three day interview. The highlight of the time there was meeting with John MacArthur in his private study. John asked Grant one question.  ‘May I see your Bible?’ He thought that John would be horrified because it was a mess that looked like it should be tossed in the trash. He was a little embarrassed. He thought he’d be scolded for treating his Bible so poorly but John flipped through his Bible and handed it to his wife and said, “If your Bible is falling apart, you likely aren’t.” And Grant was essentially hired on the spot. 

A benefit to the ten chapters a day system that he developed is that you get to see how the whole Bible supports itself. You discover how Scripture interprets Scripture. There are similarities between Ecclesiastes and 2 Corinthians. I would have never put those 2 books together. There is a relationship between Deuteronomy and Matthew. I would have never connected the two other than Jesus quoting Deuteronomy in Matthew 4. The beauty of his ten chapters a day system is that it provides a constant variety. Many have started to read their Bibles gung ho in Genesis, struggled through Leviticus, stalled in Numbers and shut down in Deuteronomy. You will always be reading something that is easier to understand.   

In Grant’s system, on day one you will read from Matthew 1, Genesis 1, Romans 1, 1 Thessalonians 1, Job 1, Psalm 1, Proverbs 1, Joshua 1, Isaiah 1, and Acts 1. And then you move on to day two.  Chapter 2 of each of the books I just mentioned. You will always be in one of the gospels. You will always be in Acts and Proverbs and the Psalms.  You will be in Job often.  You will always be in two NT letters.  You will always be in one of the prophets and one of the historic books.  And the beauty is that you’ll be rotating Scripture constantly which helps you understand how Scripture interprets Scripture. You will never read the same set of ten chapters ever again on the same day. Every year you’ll read through the gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters, four or five times each, the OT wisdom literature six times, the Psalms twice, the Prophets at least once, and both Proverbs and Acts a dozen times.  Since the books you read are constantly changing, you will experience the Bible commenting on itself again and again in constantly changing ways.  You will see Scripture interpreting itself.  And you can do all your reading in about forty-five minutes or so, reading at a moderate speed.  Over time you will get a great overall picture of the Word.

I know it’s a hard core system. I adopted it a number of years ago and can not speak highly enough about it. I have set it aside for a season for another study that I am doing right now but hope to return to it in about a month. I know it’s a lot of work. I know that reading systems are often mentioned as December comes to a close and people are thinking New Year’s resolutions. I know that forty-five minutes is a lot, but when you think of the payoff! We carve out time to do things that are important to us. I would encourage you to try it for at least a month and see how it goes. Bible intake has a promised attached to it:

[11] I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
(Psalm 119:11 ESV)

I have included the system below:


List 1 (89 days)
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

List 2 (187 days)
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

List 3 (78 days)
Romans, I&II Cor, Gal, Eph, Phil, Col, Hebrews

List 4 (65 days)
I&II Thess, I&II Tim, Titus, Philemon, James, I&II Peter, I,II&III John, Jude, Revelation

List 5 (62 days)
Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

List 6 (150 days)

List 7 (31 days)

List 8 (249 days)
Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I&II Samuel, I&II Kings, I&II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

List 9 (250 days)
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

List 10 (28 days)


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