Sunday, June 03, 2012

B90Days: Genesis 1 to Exodus 40

The first week of reading through the Bible in ninety days is past; only about twelve more weeks to go. It's been an interesting adjustment, reading massive passages each day rather than studying a limited section. This week, the reading covered areas of the history books that move forward more or less chronologically, making things easy to follow. Once we hit the first and seconds - Samuel, Kings and Chronicles - things starts jumping around and accounts of events are duplicated in different places.

The great blessing of this week as far as the process of reading is that I had no time constraints. I've been on vacation all week, so could linger as long as I wished over the day's reading. This coming week is a different story. Bare bones reading for a day takes roughly forty-five minutes; I get much more out of it when I can take twice that long, to read and think.

The object is to read, not journal, but I've managed to drop a few notes and highlights into the Kindle. Below are a few bare bones thoughts on some passages/verses. Hover your mouse over the reference to see the Biblical text in a pop up window.

Genesis 3:12 - 13:  The first ever buck-passing: Adam blames Eve, Eve blames the serpent. Some things never change.

Genesis 4:7: Sin is opportunistic and will take advantage when presented with an opening. We cannot become complacent; we must be on guard always.

Genesis 5:22: Enoch walked with God for over three hundred years. Why can't I manage to consistently do so for three days?

Genesis 6:5 - 6: Don't ever think that God takes sin lightly. It grieves Him to His heart. Would that I would feel the same way about it.

Genesis 16:2: It's never a good idea to run ahead of God's timetable. Sarai knew that God had promised to make a great nation from Abram's children, but He wasn't doing it fast enough to suit her purposes. Giving Hagar to Abram created a family rift and animosity that has lasted to the present day

Genesis 45:5: Joseph finally reveals himself to his brothers, forgiving them for selling him into slavery in Egypt, as God had a purpose for him being there. It's not always easy to see God's purpose in hardship and trouble (and we may never understand it this side of heaven), but we need to trust that there is a purpose, for God does nothing without one.

Exodus 6:9: Sometimes we don't hear God when we are in the midst of trials, even though He is promising deliverance.

Exodus 9:16: Part of the reason for the plagues was to show God's power and bring Him glory. The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

Exodus 29:46: In a way, the theme of the later chapters of Exodus. In spite of their sin at Sinai, God was keeping the covenant He made with them to be their God, and to dwell among them.


Teri Lynne Underwood said...

Thank you for sharing your insights with all of us. What an encouraging post.

Stacey said...

Love your thoughts here. The part about Enoch, made me smile. What an example to us all!

So glad we are reading on together! May God bless you!