Friday, February 4, 2011

The Bible in 90 Days: Week 1 (Feb 4, 2011)

This is only the fourth day of our reading plan together, which means you should finish the book of Genesis today. Four days through Genesis. How did it go for you? I thought that each week, I would share a few of the details that stood out to me and I would really hope if you would share some of yours as well. So here goes.

The first thing as I read through the book of Genesis is that these great men of God (patriarchs) are not much different to us. In fact, if we were to have a movie made today about these guys, I am fairly sure not many of us would go see it (because of its rating). As well, I am fairly sure many people who have never read the Bible would be shocked to hear that these things happened in the Bible. So what was it that made God still treat these people as His people? His choice! But they do seem to come around in the end, don't they?

Another thing that struck me as I read this was God's preservation of His people. I have read the story of Joseph so many times, but I am always brought back to a realization of God taking care of His people even through the horrible choices of men. Joseph said it like this: "As for you,  you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive" (Gen 50:20). Think about what really happened to Joseph. We know the end of the story so we seem to think it is okay, but what about when he is sold into slavery? What about when he sits in prison? Hindsight is always 20/20, but what if we think of our situations today knowing that the Lord has a plan, is provident in what is happening? How will that change the way we look at our current situations?

What about you? I would love to hear what has impacted you in your reading this week. Please share a comment so we can all learn from each other.

One last thing, I will keep posting the schedule each week, but will keep them two weeks ahead in case you want to read ahead of the plan. Keep going! Trust me, the result in your life will be worth the journey!

February 5
Exodus 1-15
February 6
Exodus 16-28
February 7
Exodus 29-40
February 8
Leviticus 1-14
February 9
Leviticus 15-27
February 10
Numbers 1-8
February 11
Numbers 9-21 (blog post day)
February 12
Numbers 22-32
February 13
Numbers 33—Deuteronomy 7
February 14
Deuteronomy 8-23
February 15
Deuteronomy 24-34
February 16
Joshua 1-14
February 17
Joshua 15—Judges 3
February 18
Judges 4-15 (blog post day)

1 comment:

  1. I just love Genesis! It is so rich! As many times as I have read it and in several versions or translations, I still love the story of Abraham and Isaac at the sacrifice,,it makes me want to cry as Abraham is about to sacrifice his precious son out of obedience, and then God provides the perfect sacrifice, the ram inthe thicket. Always providing the perfect sacrifice, as he did with for us, when he sent his only son Christ to the cross as ours!
    And the story of Joseph always holds so much interest, te twists and turns of his life are amazing! But God always had His hand on Joseph, because He was one of his chosen ones, set apart for Him! Just like we are, set apart for Him, to be part of His Kingdom, but for a while on this earth to first show the world who HE is, thru our lives, as we display Christ-like lives in this this world we live in.
    The study of the Patriarchs is such good reading! It never becomes tiring!
    Thanks Pastor Thad for letting us 9 ladies join you in this journey of the Word!

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