Memorize the books of the Bible

Proverbs 22:6 tells us to train up a child in the way he or she should go. When the child is older, he/she will not depart from those teachings. I believe one of those teachings should involve knowing the books of the Bible. Why?

All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16)

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15)

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night (Psalm 1:1-2)

Knowing the books of the Bible is not necessary for salvation. We are saved by grace through faith, not works (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, we need to know what we are talking about when discussing the Bible with people of all backgrounds, including Christians. As we have already pointed out, all scripture is given by God, and we should study the Bible. The Psalmist even tells us that he meditates on God’s word day and night.

Recently, I recommended doing new things with your children. Teaching your kids the books of the Bible could be one of those new things. If you have already started teaching your kids the books of the Bible, this could be something to do as a ‘refresher course.’ Whatever your situation may be, there are ways to make this fun. If you need ideas, search the Internet for ‘How to learn the books of the Bible.’ Examples include flash cards and memory games. A few websites even suggest teaching your kids the books of the Bible by using a familiar song. helped me learn the books by singing them to the tune of 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.'

Genesis, Exodus (twinkle, twinkle)
Leviticus, Numbers (little star)
Deuteronomy, Joshua (how I wonder)
Judges, Ruth (what you are)
First and Second Samuel (up above)
First and Second Kings (the world so high)
First and Second Chronicles (like a diamond)
Ezra, Nehemiah (in the sky)
Esther, Job (twinkle, twinkle)
Psalms and Proverbs (little star)
Ecclesiastes (how I wonder)
Song of Solomon (what you are)
Isaiah, Jeremiah (up above)
Lamentations, Ezekiel (the world so high)
Daniel, Hosea, Joel (like a diamond)
Amos, Obadiah (in the sky)
Jonah, Micah (twinkle, twinkle)
Nahum, Habakkuk (little star)
Zephaniah, Haggai (how I wonder)
Zechariah, Malachi (what you are) says the same technique can be used for the books of the New Testament.

Matthew, Mark, Luke, (twinkle, twinkle)
John, Acts, Romans (little star)
First and Second (how I wonder)
Corinthians (what you are)
Galatians, Ephesians (up above)
Philippians, Colossians (the world so high)
Two Thessalonians (like a diamond)
Two Timothy's (in the sky)
Titus, Philemon (twinkle, twinkle)
Hebrews, James (little star)
Two Peters, Three Johns (how I wonder)
Jude and Revelation (what you are)

Once your kids have the books of the Bible memorized, turn things up a notch by quizzing them on where they can find Bible stories. For example, ‘Where in the Bible do we read the story of David and Goliath?’ If you want to focus on New Testament, go with questions like ‘In what book do we see the first mention of Paul?’

The word of the God is powerful and it is sharp (Hebrews 4:12). Sharpen your child’s skills today. Make sure your skills are sharpened. Memorize the books of the Bible.

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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