Bible Reading Plan (Day 1)

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DAY ONE — Genesis 1, Matthew 1

Gen 1

“If Genesis 1:1 is true, the rest of the Bible is believable.”

I must confess I am walking into this looking at with the view of “Is the statement true: ‘All major Christian doctrines can be found in the first 11 chapter of Genesis.’

God, the Spirit of God… xref  Jn 1:3, Heb 1:2

The whole of the Trinity is involved in creation. Hinted at again in v 26.

Six days…

Day 1 = Light and Dark
Day 2 = water and heavens
Day 3 = sea and land and plants
Day 4 = sun, moon, stars
Day 5 = sea creatures, birds
Day 6 = land animals, man

God has the sovereign copyright on creation. He made it, he can do with it as He sees fit.

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Matthew 1

We ended Genesis with the creation of the first Adam and begin Matthew with the genealogy of the second Adam.

The Incarnation: God becoming man. Immanuel.

Joseph’s actions show a balance of justice (as he clearly saw his wife as an adulteress) and mercy (he saw fit to divorce her quietly). I see here clear proof God knew who Joseph was, and to be a fit… uh… “foster father”… for the Messiah.

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Questions to Ponder:
* It took 6 days to create the world. There’s debate about what a ‘day’ is. Some say the ‘days’ were millions or billions of years. Others say that the ‘days’ are literal 24-hour periods. Putting that argument aside, and to start a new one, why would it take God SO LONG to create?

* I see a theme of creation and separation. Anyone else see this? For example: In Genesis 1 we see God making light and darkness and separating them, the waters and the heavens and separating them. So on. In Matthew we see God zeroing in on specific people, a specific line.

* What was the diet of Adam and Eve? Why? (evil grin)

* What miracle is greater? The God becoming man or doing so for the purpose of saving man?

* If God is the “copyright holder” of EVERYTHING, what does that say about what He can and cannot do with creation?

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9 Responses to “Bible Reading Plan (Day 1)”

  1. Adrian Says:

    I started the reading program and I am too writing my own notes. Thank you Bro for this website and I hope we both, and the other twos of twos of people that are reading this to finish reading the Scriptures throughout this year. Praise God!

    I thank God for your help. God Bless ya Brother

  2. Alisa Says:

    Okay.. I’m kinda confused about how to do this whole discussion thing but let’s give it the ol’ college try!

    Genesis 1 basically… creation of the WORLD. everything MATERIAL. this led to the FALL.

    Matthew… creation of JESUS.. the Savior. Who saved us.

    Skimmed what Berry wrote but these are my own impressions…
    God says in Genesis 29 that He gave us every plant to eat..

    He NEVER mentions that animals are for consuming.
    Now for the record, I am an ardent carnivore. This was interesting…

    Separation of day/night, Earth/seas-each day God created something new and clearly separate.

  3. Alisa Says:

    Adrian.. post your notes!!! 🙂

  4. Berry Says:

    Better late than never! And YES! ADRIAN, POST!!! Iron sharpens iron. ;0)

  5. Alisa Says:

    Now for discussion… in response to Berry… Let’s have a go…

    Questions to Ponder:
    * It took 6 days to create the world. There’s debate about what a ‘day’ is. Some say the ‘days’ were millions or billions of years. Others say that the ‘days’ are literal 24-hour periods. Putting that argument aside, and to start a new one, why would it take God SO LONG to create?

    Okay.. God COULD have created the earth in an instant. A millisecond. Why did it take so long for him to create? He wanted us to understand that everything was separate and purposeful. Night was to be separate from day, etc. He wanted everything to have its place and meaning in our minds.

    * I see a theme of creation and separation. Anyone else see this? For example: In Genesis 1 we see God making light and darkness and separating them, the waters and the heavens and separating them. So on. In Matthew we see God zeroing in on specific people, a specific line.

    * What was the diet of Adam and Eve? Why? (evil grin)
    Plants. Okay.. Why?
    They did not have knowledge of good and evil prior to Adam eating the apple. Many ways of killing animals (for food or other purposes) are evil-cruel. So God could not permit the killing of animals.
    My theory only!!!

    * What miracle is greater? The God becoming man or doing so for the purpose of saving man?

    Both are miracles. How can I say either is greater? Though I am grateful every day that He saved us.

    * If God is the “copyright holder” of EVERYTHING, what does that say about what He can and cannot do with creation?
    Okay.. He COULD do anything. Literally.
    However, he has chosen to give us choices.

  6. Berry Says:

    Starting off on the fun question (in my opinion), about Adam and Eve being a couple naked vegeterians…. You are pretty close to the answer. Since it is already the 2nd let me refine that for you a bit. You were spot on when you used the word “killing.” Plainly, THERE IS NO DEATH, THERE IS NO SUFFERING, THERE IS NO DISEASE UNTIL THE FALL OF MAN! God could not give the animals as food because they would have to die to become food. Plants, by the Genesis taxonomy, do not have the breath of life. It therfore makes their death… er… not death. I’ll put a gold star on your chart.

    On the first question, think a bit of the metanarrative (if I may borrow an Emerg*** term). Even in creation God is hinting at something. What is it!? (THis is tied to the second question.)

    May I ask for clarification on what you mean by “He has chosen to give us choices.”

  7. Alisa Says:

    Yeah I shouldn’t have posted about the last question. That was kinda a funny answer.

    not a clue on the first question.

    last question.. i meant that God COULD do everything for us but he has given us free will.

    gosh this is hard stuff.

  8. Berry Says:

    There are no funny answers. Only funny people. ;0) You are right! Adam had TOTAL free will. Well… at this point in the story. And yes, this is hard. We could easily spend YEARS on Genesis 1 and not scratch the surface. Truly a good thing we will have eternity to get it straight. ^_^

  9. Adrian Says:

    Oh! haha of course 😛

    My notes are different because for some time i wanted to exegete every single verse from Genesis and that’s kinda a little project that I wanted to do before i knew about this 😉

    On my notes I wrote the same thing about Gen. 1:1 just like you did Berry.
    “If Genesis 1:1 is true, the rest of the Bible is believable.”
    Having to believe the first verse it wouldn’t be that hard to believe any other act of God, miracles, and just the whole entire Word.

    When i read Gen. 1:2 though, i noticed that when God created the earth, in it (besides darkness) there was the waters. Then on Gen 1:6-8 it doesn’t really mention God creating the waters but separating them from the expanse above (that were called waters above or heaven).

    On Gen 1:3, “and God said, ‘let there be light’ and there was light,” many people would ask that how come there’s light on the first day of creation but on the fourth day God makes the sun, stars and moon? To answer this question I would agree with what Mr. Friel said. Basically God on Gen. 1:3 He was that light shining on the earth where darkness cover it.

    When i first began to read the Word of God and i came across Gen 1:26, I wonder and was puzzled as to why did God said “Let US make man in OUR own image, after OUR likeness.” I couldn’t get around why did God say that! You see my mind had thoughts about God just being one and only ONE being. But then I was told He’s three distinct persons yet still ONE. It’s still hard to get around it even though I understand it!

    I’m not sure though about what you said Berry about the plants not having the breath of life. On Gen 1:30 it says, “‘And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so.” I guess i can see what you mean but I may need some more explanation 🙂

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