"There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded which Joshua did not read before ALL THE ASSEMBLY of Israel with the women and the LITTLE ONES and the strangers who were living among them."
1 Thessalonians 5:27
"I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to ALL THE BRETHREN."
What did the "little ones" understand when the Law was read by Joshua? Precious little. How still and attentive were the little ones? Not very. Did they have a children's Bible? No, they gave the children the same words that the children would be hearing when they became adults. The principle was that the children, not the words of Scripture must change.
2 Timothy 3:15
"FROM CHILDHOOD YOU HAVE KNOWN THE SACRED WRITINGS which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
Someone printed a children's Bible. Someone printed a teen Bible. Someone printed a young mothers' Bible. There is a Bible for alcoholics, soldiers, fathers and husbands. Why doesn't someone just invent a Bible for everyone?! Wouldn't that be easier?
No, it would not be easier to have the same Bible for everyone. A Bible for everyone would never really fit anyone. The burden for change would be shifted from the Bible to the Reader. It would make every age group and interest group uncomfortable. It would be like looking into a mirror and not liking the image. It would require dictionaries and study tools. It would require long patient and sometimes unfruitful explanations to children on the part of parents. Children would be forced to ask adults questions. Adults would have to invest precious adult time trying to teach children. No one at any age would ever feel like they arrived at a place where change was unnecessary.
In the words of one uncomfortable Bible reader, "Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)"
For me to live is Christ.