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 August 22, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: Jeremiah 35-37
Audio: Jeremiah 35-37

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
(Genesis 1:1 ESV)

Genesis 2 (ESV)

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created,
in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. 14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formedevery beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
    because she was taken out of Man.”

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

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  1. These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. Genesis 2:4

    God the Creator

    Creation is such an incredible display of God's power and glory. Who other than God could speak matter into existence?

    With all the advances in technology, we can only see a small fraction that is in our universe. Our next frontier for a manned mission is to Mars which is a planet next to Earth. How long will it be until we can travel to the ends of our galaxy and into other galaxies? Maybe never. Well God created it all just by speaking.

    Consider all the advances in medicine, DNA analysis, cloning, accessing and processing information and the many other things that we have recently discovered. It’s incredible how far we’ve come in the last 50 – 100 years. But this is only discovering what is already there. 

    Even quantum computing (which is a new way of calculating information) is only calculating what is already there. We’re many years away from benefiting from quantum computing but it doesn’t create anything. It only analyzes, calculates and processes information that already exists but with that information, we may find cures for diseases and answers to questions we don’t even have yet. We have only begun to scratch the surface to all that God created.

    God the Conductor

    It's interesting to read God's first interactions with mankind. He doesn't simply wind Adam up and watch what he does. God "took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it" (Genesis 2:15) and then He "commanded the man, saying, 'You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die'" (Genesis 2:16-17).

    Adam is not improvising in God's perfect orchestra but is following the Conductor's score. God speaks and Adam follows. There is harmony and beauty in this relationship between the creator and His creation. 

    Let’s be clear, Genesis is not the Adam and Eve show but God's show. It's not Adam and Eve’s names up in lights but the Lord's name. We are His song. 

    Not Good

    In Genesis 1, the word "good" appears eight times – all in relation to what He created. The final "good" appears in Genesis 1:31, "And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day."

    What's absent from Genesis 1 is anything that was not good. 

    In today's chapter, "good" appears six times but we also learn for the first time the existence of evil and what is “not good.”

    Genesis 2:9 says, "And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil."

    Genesis 2:28 says, "Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.'"

    What was not good (Adam being alone) God made good in creating a woman. 

    Man Speaks

    In Genesis 1, God did all the talking. He spoke matter into existence and said it was all good . . . very good. Genesis 2 records the first words spoken by man, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."

    Adam’s words are about this woman who God made from man – and it was good.

    Very good!

  2. I know I said this yesterday, but I'm really excited to be starting at the beginning of the Bible. It feels organized, and you know me! I love organization and lists! 

    I found it so incredible that God spoke things into existence! It's something we really can't comprehend, and I am always so intrigued by the mysteries of God and His Word.

    I am excited to learn new things every day, and to one day have read the entire Bible! I pray everyday that God helps me to retain what I read and apply it to my life. 

    1. Amen, Brynne!

      I love that you pray for God to help you retain what you read and apply it to your life. 

      There may be chapters we read in the Old Testament which may not have obvious application for our lives but if something is in the Bible, we should not dismiss it. God wants it there and therefore it has meaning for us even if we don't know what it is. 🙂

  3. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

    “This at last is bone of my bones
        and flesh of my flesh;
    she shall be called Woman,
        because she was taken out of Man.”

    Beautiful.

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