As we begin our journey, we start at the very beginning and that is at: Genesis!
Genesis is one of my favorite books because it introduces us to a lot of amazing aspects of our God – our powerful, most awesome, indescribable God Almighty who not only created us but continues to chase after this fallen decrepit sinful humanity, one person at a time, with His most unending love and grace.
For this week, we will explore only the first portion of Genesis aka chapters 1-11. Instead of me trying to summarize this for you, let me point you the very well illustrated clip done by The Bible Project team that can be found here. It’s less than 8 minutes in length and should give you enough of an overview.
And this how I would like to summarize this week’s passage:
Creator God longs for a special relationship with humanity and continues to provide and maintain a covenantal relationship despite humanity’s continued struggles with sin and fallen nature.
Weekly Reading Plan
And if you want to read more during the week, here is the weekly plan:
- Day 1: Genesis 1-2
- Day 2: Genesis 3
- Day 3: Genesis 4
- Day 4: Genesis 6-9
- Day 5: Genesis 11
(yes, I know there are 7 days in a week but you get two “free days” in case you fall behind and have to catch up).
In case, you are wondering what do I do when I read this passage, do not worry, I have got you covered. See below graphic for a set of questions you can ask yourself when you read each passage and follow-up on them depending on how much time you have to devote to each of them…..you can do it less than 15 minutes or take as long as an hour.
And if you are a parent, you can do these same questions with your little ones – I have done them with my kiddos and they work pretty well.
I am sure that if you followed the daily plan and the template I have provided above, you may have already noted some wonderful things to study further when you have some extra time.
Here are some of my suggestions:
- First read all of the 11 chapters in Genesis
- Look at the kind of relationship that some of the first humans had with God: specifically Adam, Abel, Enoch and Noah.
- Genesis 9 introduces us to the first covenant God makes with a human named Noah. See if you can uncover more of what covenant in the Bible looks like. Hint: This video done by The Bible Project can give you a head start.
- Another fun passage to read in the light of what happens with the scattering of the nations split by languages is the event of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 where we see that language is not a barrier anymore for people to communicate the marvelous works of God with each other.
- Finally, if you are into reading through the whole Bible in a year, then in addition to reading Genesis 1-11, if you also read Psalms 1-3, then you should be covered.
Well, there you have it!
What do you think? Is this doable?
Again, as I mentioned last week, there is no pressure to spend a lot of time on this journey…just do what feels comfortable for you with the amount of time you have. My prayer is that you will be blessed as you seek the Lord and His Word more in your life.
Happy Bible Learning!