A month or so back I started encouraging the membership of Shiloah Baptist to read the Bible through in 90 days. I have done it twice in previous years. The first time was in 2012 and I even wrote about each days reading on my blog Broken Pieces. I am cheating a bit with these post by sharing from those earlier post from there.
I encouraged them to use a version which is easier to read than the King James. I have chosen the Christian Standard Version, because when I have did this before I wanted to use a version I have not read through before.
Let me encourage the readers who come here to join us in this 90 day journey. What a way to begin the New Year of 2020.
Reading for January 1, 2020 is Genesis 1 – 13.
“And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.” Genesis 10:25 (KJV)
The people had been divided by the change difference in languages, and there could have been a massive moving of the planet earth as well; not only causing a dividing of languages, but also of the land. That is my thought on the matter.
We find in the reading of Genesis 1 – 13 that God is the Creator; that He created the earth and all things upon it in a seven day period. On the sixth day having already prepared things for the crowning of creation He creates humanity, beginning with Adam, then his wife Eve. Things were without problem in the garden God had prepared for them. He even spent time with them in that garden, at least at one point He came to visit them, and found them hiding from Him.
Here we find the answer for all the ills and problems in our world today. Why is there killing, sickness, disease, hardships of all sorts? It comes down to this point that the first man and woman did not listen to God, nor obey His commandment. That one commandment was,
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.’” Genesis 2:16-17
Following their sin of disobedience, God comes to them, finds them hiding from Him and God drives them from paradise; places a guardian at the gate of Eden preventing their way to eternal life at the Tree of Life, and they begin to die. Adam Eve have two sons Cain and Abel. Rebellion sets in Cain’s heart even to the point of killing his brother. God curses Cain.
Adam and Eve have other children. We find the godly lineage in chapter 5; however there is much evil on the earth, and God destroys the earth and every land going animal; except for those He has chosen to save through the only justified man living. “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (6:8). The flood comes. Noah, his wife, their sons, and their sons wives are in the ark of redemption with the chosen animals – 7 of each clean animal; 2 of each unclean. My how God is full of grace and mercy.
From paradise to death, to hope through Abram and a new land. A new people, nation, a Promised Redeemer.