Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 1-3

It is really hard for me to believe, but here we are on the first day of 2009.  I have heard it said by many that 2008 was a really bad year, but I can’t really agree with that assessment in my own life.  2008 was a year that has presented many new challenges to us all, but the reality is that these events are used as tools in the hands of God to shape and mold us and give us new perspective on the past and the present.  So, for whatever tough or great moments that we may have experienced throughout the past year, we can give thanks for each in keeping with its kind.

 

What I will write here and onward is something that I have had on my mind to do for the last several years.  The internet can be used in so many negative ways, which we have all heard, but it can also be used in amazing ways for the kingdom.  My old friend, Alfred Dodwell, is the first person who convinced me of this as many years ago I was very unwilling to go online at all for fear of what may be found on this great highway of things great and small, virtuous and of ill repute.

 

The reading that we have today, of course is from the book of Genesis, chapters 1-3.  While many who venture in reading the bible in a year will go through the Bible from beginning to end, I came to the conclusion that this method is not as advantageous as it might appear to be on the surface.  First of all, the Bible is not listed in chronological order, but in topical order.  We begin with the law, then we move to the history of the OT, then on to poetry and finally our last installment happens to be the prophets before we move onto the NT.  The problem with reading the Old Testament “straight through,” is that it does not give you a flow for the events that take place in their proper sequence.  For so many, as they get to a book like Isaiah,  will not remember that this prophet was living during the reign of Hezekiah.  Still others will be confused when they read the words of Daniel when they are not found in context with Daniel.  Having a grasp of Jonah’s struggle along side of the evil regime of Sennacherib makes the Bible much more accessible and understandable; as it ought to be.  So with this in mind, you will notice that the text references during this year will not follow the same order that you find in the Bible.  Each Bible reference is chosen to help readers of the text gain a better understanding of the real flow of Scripture.  Most of the reading selections will follow the divisions that the Chronological Bible uses (Tyndale House Publishers).  On a personal note, I began reading the Bible this way several years ago and it has served to bring the entire book together for me in a way that I had not previously discovered.

 

With regard to my blog entries, I am going to do my best to write something daily.  Obviously, this is a daunting project and because of this, there will be many occasions that I will not have the availability or the opportunity to write.  What I am hoping to do at the very least is to give the text for the day.  Otherwise, what I am going to write is less a formal commentary on the Bible, which would be quite impossible to accomplish, but my own perspective on the readings for the day.  It is my hope that this project will serve in helping our church grow spiritually specifically and other Christians who read more generally.  May God add his blessing to your life as you spend 2009 reading his holy and glorious  written Word, and as a result, may you get to know more and more the Living Word of God, our Savior and Lord – Jesus Christ.

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5 Responses to “Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 1-3”

  1. John Crutchfield Says:

    Congratulations Bruce. We are looking forward to the messages you will share. Thank you and may God bless you in this new endeavor.
    John

  2. Nojan Niaki Says:

    Good Job Pastor Bruce, I only got to the first article on the first page you wrote, but it was very interesting. I’m looking forward to reading the other articles you have.

  3. Bruce Smith Says:

    Thanks Nojan, it is great to hear from you.

  4. Danielle Zabala Says:

    Great Job so far Pastor Bruce, i have just read through your description and opinion on genesis 10-11. The examples that you gave of the friends and people who told you more about the Babylonians gave more detail and help in understanding the material in the book of Genesis for people who have never really read the Bible. Over all that i read so far you have done a good job and i encourage you to keep writing more for Christains and Non-Christains around the world.

  5. Bruce Smith Says:

    Lisa, thanks for taking part in the study. You are absolutely correct in your point. Suffering is a result of sin, sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly. There is no time better spent when attempting to discern these things than on our knees in prayer. Thanks for sharing your insight.

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