Today was the first day of the year, which means it’s day 1 of completing the One Year Bible Reading Plan! Woohoo! Each day we are going read two to three chapters from the Old Testament and one chapter from the New Testament. Then from there, I will write down and share my thoughts from each day’s reading, keeping it as brief as possible 🙂
At the end of each blog post, I will share the next day’s verses for those who want to follow along on this One-Year-Bible-Reading-Plan-Journey! Even if you already read the entire Bible, I encourage you to follow along and complete the plan with us! God is always doing a NEW thing.
I have to admit I was not too excited for this one as I have read these chapters MANY times. In the beginning… God created… Let’s just stop there. CREATION. Wow. There’s so much packed into these first few verses.
LET US MAKE MANKIND IN OUR IMAGE, IN OUR LIKENESS…” “SO GOD CREATED MANKIND IN HIS OWN IMAGE, IN THE IMAGE OF GOD HE CREATED THEM; MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM.”Genesis 1:26,27
This is something so incredible to me… we humans are like God and our qualities, personalities, and abilities, all come from a part of Him – the good parts.
The other part that blows my mind is when God chose not use the same judgement He used with the serpent, on Eve. Adam and Eve both messed up, but God didn’t take away their blessing. He still granted them life and the ability to produce LIFE. You see, He chose to clothe them, cover them and protect them… giving reference to the coming of Christ’s atonement on the cross, which will require shedding of blood to cover their guilt and shame. Banishing them from the garden was not a punishment, but an act of mercy. It simply meant that God’s presence was to be separated from unrighteous men.
Many things got distorted when sinned entered the world, but that doesn’t mean goodness and righteousness are inexistent. God created the perfect model of servant leadership when He created man and woman; when sin entered, this model simply got distorted, but that also doesn’t mean you can’t have a fruitful marriage today.
At first it doesn’t look like there’s much in this chapter as it’s mostly names you have no idea how to pronounce, ha, however, after just reading we completely let God down, we find out that there was HOPE for us all along! God’s plan all this time was to send Jesus to us, reminding us that God IS and will always be WITH US! Good exists and righteousness conquers all.
Up Next –> Genesis 4-6; Matthew 2