Bible Reading Plan (Day 2)

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DAY TWO — Genesis 2, Matthew 2

Gen 2

Here the separation continues, only we have the first use of God calling something “holy.” Creation was “good” but the seventh day was “holy.” God did bless the living creatures, but none does He call holy. Not even man. But He blesses a day AND calls a day “holy.”

In the creation of man I can’t help but think of the phrase, “Lumps of animated dust.” I am also forced to ponder the aptness of the “Potter and Clay” comparison used in Jeremiah.

1 Law. But I guess rules were made to be broken?

Adam has authority over creation, yet his authority is under God’s sovereignty.

Here we see another create and separate. God made human, but he also made them male and female to correspond to one another, both physically and spiritually.

Ah, yes. Verse 24. Marriage doctrine!

Back to the “Major Doctrines in Genesis” theory, here’s what I can see in this chapter:
* Sabbath
* Man’s dependence upon God for life.
* Man’s stewardship of creation.
* God’s idea for marriage.

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Mt 2

Herod was no fool. Being an appointed king he knew a real king would threaten his position. Little did he know the true power of this King.

V 11 shows that the Wise Men did not visit the infant Jesus at the manger.

The people of Israel went from Canaan to Egypt to Canaan. The Jesus does the same. From Israel to Egypt to Israel.

Jesus was hated since his infancy.

God, in His sovereignty, orchestrates events for His own ends.

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Questions to Ponder/Discuss:

* Day 7 prefigures the sabbath. Why would God make rest such a big issue?

* God has Adam “work” Eden. What does this tell us about God’s view of work? Is it good or bad? Why?

* In Matthew 2 we have FOUR point blank references to prophecy. What does this tell us about the character of God?

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3 Responses to “Bible Reading Plan (Day 2)”

  1. Alisa Says:

    Yeah I’m late again (SHHH Ber!) So what do I gather from this?

    Genesis… God rests on the 7th day, so should we. He made this day holy!

    God said Adam could partake of EVERY plant EXCEPT the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.. So Adam did not know evil! But.. did he know good? Could I dare say he didn’t know either? Everything was fine to him… Feel free to backslap me here.

    The verse that stands out to me most here is Genesis 1:24
    “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”
    Sounds simple, but it becomes so hard.

    As for Matthew 2.. I always get stuck on the same image. The image of Herod being so afraid of even the IDEA of Jesus that he would kill all the babies in Bethelem. How, in the same way… many will go to extreme lengths to avoid the truth TODAY.

  2. Alisa Says:

    Wow you totally blog like you talk! LOL so funny. Sadly, I do follow you. EXCEPT for this

    In the creation of man I can’t help but think of the phrase, “Lumps of animated dust.” I am also forced to ponder the aptness of the “Potter and Clay” comparison used in Jeremiah.

    HUH???
    * Day 7 prefigures the sabbath. Why would God make rest such a big issue?
    The 7th day is HOLY! That suggests that He wants us to spend the 7th day with Him, reading His word, thinking about what He wants from us. He wants us to serve Him, to serve our family in His name on this day. This day is for us to reflect.. it’s not “rest” as in “veg and drool and watch Spongebob Squarepants”. It’s “rest” as in “reflect, think about what happened, think about what His desires are, pray, slow down” Some humans tend not to do that-we tend to get swept up in THINGS-if we don’t take time to reflect.. it doesn’t happen.

    * God has Adam “work” Eden. What does this tell us about God’s view of work? Is it good or bad? Why?
    My perspective? Even from the beginning, work was good. God tells us if we want to partake of things, we must contribute work towards it.

    * In Matthew 2 we have FOUR point blank references to prophecy. What does this tell us about the character of God?
    Quite simply, God will let us know when something is important if you listen. Sometimes His voice is quiet. If you are too self-involved or you shut Him off you won’t hear it. (and I don’t want any jokes here, people!)

    • Berry Says:

      Spongebob Squarepants is of the Devil. I agree. LOL. Not to sound emerg***, but I would argue that the Sabbath is also an excuse to enjoy creation itself as a means to praise God. (cough, Zion NP, cough cough)

      Also, I would say that the frequent quotations of prophetic writ underscore the importance of Scripture. That what we need to know and hear is actually there. We just have to read it and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us to understanding.

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