Today was Day 4 of my Bible in 90 Days challenge, and today I finished the book of Genesis. I wonder if Genesis is one of the most-read books of the Bible – I’m sure there are many people who start a daily Bible reading program and don’t get through the whole Bible… and it seems like Genesis would be the natural place to start. It does begin with “In the beginning…” after all.
Anyway, I thought I’d try and blog through my Bible reading, but I don’t really want to commit to daily blogging. After all, I might fail… but I did think that maybe a blog entry after the end of each book or so might be a little easier.
So, we start in Genesis. Here are some things that stood out to me as interesting or noteworthy:
1. ”When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” Genesis 3:6, emphasis added.
I think Eve gets a bad wrap. Yes, she was the first sinner. Yes, she disobeyed God and shouldn’t have. Yes, she is the reason that I was in hard labor for 19.5 hours with my first child and in misery… BUT this verse always sticks out to me when I read about the fall of man. Adam was with Eve the whole time Satan was tempting her. He could have stopped her! But he didn’t. As far as I can tell, he was privy and a willing participant to the matter. Just something to ponder.
2. ”Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” Gen. 4:6-7
To me, this affirms that you have control over your actions, and the power to keep temptations from becoming the precursors to sinful behavior. If God tells us that we must be master over sin, then it most certainly can be done. Not easy, but possible.
3. ”In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month–on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And the rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. Oh that very day, Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japeth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.” Gen. 7:11-13
“By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry. Then God said to Noah, “Come our of the ark…”” Gen. 8:13-16a
We teach our children that when Noah was on the ark it rained for forty days and nights — which is true, and good for them to know – don’t get me wrong. But when you really get down and read the account of the flood in Genesis, it’s just amazing. Can you fathom how big the ark had to be to get not only 2 animals of every kind – but 2 of every unclean animal and SEVEN of every clean animal and of every kind of bird? (Gen. 7:2-3). Not to mention, all the food they had to store for both themselves and the animals to feed them for the entire YEAR they were on the ark? Yes, you read right — they were on the ark a year according to the above verses. Imagine the stench!
4. ”Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Gen. 15:1
I love this. God is our shield. And can you imagine, even after being told this by God Almighty, Abram had the gall to question the Lord because He had given him no children? This same Abram (later Abraham) later showed such a great faith in God that he was willing to put his own son on an altar as the sacrifice God had commanded? Again and again, we see the “realness” of men and women of faith in the Bible. Even men who show great faith and are close to God are shown to have character flaws. It makes being Godly seem a little more obtainable.
5. ”His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. ”We are your slaves.” they said. But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” ” Gen. 50:18-20
Even when things seem bleak – many years, in the case of Joseph – God always has a plan. To me, this is a comforting. We may not understand, but all things happen for a reason in the end.