Yep, my goal this year is to read through the entire Bible. And since I enjoy writing, I’ve also decided to attempt a daily post regarding each day’s reading – not an in-depth analysis, but a recording of at least one thing I learn from each day’s study. Lofty goals, I know. We’ll see how it goes! (Oh, and if you’d like to join me in this reading plan, you can download a Bible reading schedule here.) Since I’m already at Day 3, I will write posts for Days 1 and 2 tonight, then get caught up tomorrow by writing about Days 3 and 4.
Day One Reading: Genesis 1 and 2, Matthew 1
I’ve heard many people make arguments for different things by pointing to the way the world works, and making statements along the lines of, “See? This is the way the world works. This is the way it should be, or has always been.” Not so. The world has NOT always been like this. The first two chapters of Genesis beautifully portray the artistic ability of God to create the world. Each day, He creates something. And it is good. So.Good. When God made the world, and all that is in it, everything was perfect. Not a flaw, not a wrinkle, not a speck of impurity. My, how the world has changed since then! We see chaos and war, poverty, famine, broken relationships, sickness and disease, sorrow.upon.sorrow. No, the world does not operate the way it always has, and if I skipped ahead to Genesis 3, I could tell you why…sin. Sin entered the world, and deterioration set in. Broken humanity, a shattered world were wrought out of sin.
Flip over to Matthew 1, and this is what I find: hope.
Hope for humanity, hope for the world! The genealogy of Christ has never been more beautiful to me as I read through the list of His ancestry, the line of the One, True King; and I remember their broken stories. Abraham, a timid liar. David, an adulterous murderer. Judah, who impregnated his daughter-in-law. Manasseh, known especially for his cruel wickedness. Jacob, a deceiver. These are the men who share in the line of Christ. And do you know what this says to me? God, in only the way that He can, turns the effects of sin against itself to bring about His plans. Through all these messy lives, Christ came and brought.hope. What a God!
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” -Matthew 1:23