Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis

One of my three resolutions this year is to follow the Pillar Bible reading plan in one year, and so far so good. On Tuesday, I finished Genesis, and that felt fast. I am enjoying my readings and actually look forward when I go to bed to reading the next passage when I wake up. God is powerful and amazing at work in creation and the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph!

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. –Genesis 1:1

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. –Genesis 1:27

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. –Genesis 1:31

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” –Genesis 12:1-3

Time and time again, I see man’s desire to do things his own way, which reveal their pride, impatience, lack of trust in God, and ultimately, sinful hearts. Examples of man’s disobedience:

  • Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:6)
  • Cain murdered his brother Abel (Gen. 4:8)
  • Ham saw his father Noah’s nakedness and told his brothers (Gen. 9:22)
  • Man wanted to make a name for themselves by building a tower to the heavens (Gen. 11:4)
  • Abram lied that his wife Sarai was his sister (Gen. 12:13)
  • Lot chose the better share of land for himself near wicked Sodom (Gen. 13:10)
  • Sarai told Abram to sleep with her maidservant Hagar to have children (Gen. 16:2)
  • All the men from Sodom wanted to have sex with the angels (Gen. 19:5)
  • Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because their sin was so grievous (Gen. 19:24)
  • Lot’s wife looked back longingly at Sodom (Gen. 19:26)
  • Lot’s two daughters committed incest with their father Lot (Gen. 19:32)
  • Abraham lied a second time that his wife Sarah was his sister (Gen. 20:2)
  • Esau sold his birthright for food (Gen. 25:33)
  • Like his father Abraham, Isaac also lied that his wife Rebekah was his sister (Gen. 26:7)
  • Rebekah and Jacob tricked Isaac into giving Esau’s blessing to Jacob (Gen. 27:36)
  • Laban tricked Jacob into working 7 years for Leah and 7 years for Rachel (Gen. 29:27)
  • Rachel was jealous of her sister Leah and idolized having children (Gen. 30:1)
  • Leah and Rachel gave their servants to Jacob to have more children (Gen. 30)
  • Rachel stole her father Laban’s household golds (Gen. 31:34)
  • Shechem violated Dinah (Gen. 34:2)
  • Simeon and Levi took revenge and killed all the men of Shechem’s city (Gen. 34:25)
  • Joseph’s brothers sold him to the Midianites (Gen. 37:28)
  • Er was wicked in the LORD’s sight so the LORD put him to death (Gen. 38:7)
  • Onan was wicked in the LORD’s sight so he was put to death also (Gen. 38:10)
  • Tamar committed incest with her father-in-law Judah (Gen. 38:14)
  • Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph and got him innocently thrown in jail (Gen. 39:17)

The list of man’s disobedience in Genesis goes on and on, but I am encouraged by the individuals who obeyed God and worshipped Him. Examples of man’s obedience:

  • “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.” –Gen 6:8
  • “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.” –Gen. 6:9
  • “Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.” –Gen. 6:22
  • “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.” –Gen. 8:20
  • “There he [Abram] built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD” —Gen. 12:8
  • “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” –Gen. 15:6
  • “Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel” –Gen. 28:18-19
  • “There he [Jacob] built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel” –Gen. 35:7

Genesis records the beginning of God’s redemptive plan – salvation comes by faith, Abraham’s promised descendants will be God’s people, and the Savior will come through this chosen nation. So while it is engaging to read about Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, these stories point to GOD and emphasize His sovereignty and faithfulness! God’s plans are carried through as He promised, despite man’s own ways and plans.

But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” –Genesis 50:19-20

This is God’s good news of salvation. 1) God created the heavens and the earth and also created man in His own image. 2) But because of man’s sinful nature, we sin against a holy and just God and deserve His wrath, which is death and eternal condemnation. 3) In His love and mercy, God sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to save man from sin and the wrath of God. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, died on the cross, resurrected from the grave and conquered death, and ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of God. 4) God calls us to repent of our sins and believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior so that we can reconcile our broken relationship with our Creator and have hope of eternal life where we will enjoy fellowship with God forever.

Now I am reading Exodus until the end of January!

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