Plea for Grace

Read Through the Bible in 2019 Week 1, Days 1-3

Posted on: January 4, 2019

Welcome to our first meeting in this venture; I am so glad you are here!!

I don’t intend these posts to be long, because the point is to hear what God is teaching all of us through His Word. Remember: this is not an in-depth study — these readings are meant to reveal God and his ways; to give a bird’s-eye view of God’s plan through the ages. If your curiosity about something you read is piqued — that’s great! Jot it down (including the verse, so you can find it again) and go back later and dig away.

Each year that I do this I get a journal of some kind (one year it was simply a new document in Microsoft Word) and on one side put “what I learn about God” and on the other “other observations.” As I read each day, I just add to the list. Usually I will just have a page or so per week, but that’s not set in stone. Sometimes, I will even follow a key word or phrase through the Bible — one year I “followed” steadfast love (chesed in the Hebrew) and noticed the who/what/when/where/why/how; another year God/Jesus/Holy Spirit himself. I can’t say this too often — this venture is your meeting with God; He wants you to know him. Doing this together is how we encourage each other to not give up.

So . . . what “jumped out” at you in Genesis 1-9? I will share a couple of mine to get us started:

what God says, happens (and it was so, in chapter 1)

God initiates and pursues relationship with man, right from the start; walking in the garden; finding Adam after he sinned; warning Cain about where his attitude would take him and how to repent

God brought the animals to Adam to name them; God brought the animals to Noah to bring them into the ark — he didn’t make Adam and Noah go out like cowboys and round them up 🙂

and, sorry vegetarians, but God did give man meat for food after the flood (9:3) . . .

Now — Romans 1-3

God shows man who he is 1:19

God doesn’t control people like robots — 1:21ff

God’s kindness is intended to lead us to repentance 2:4

God will demand payment for sin 2:6

Paul was not afraid to ask God to grant a desire of his — to actually get to Rome 1:10, 13

no one seeks God on their own 3:9-18

knowledge of sin comes through the law 3:20

Does that give you some ideas? I want to hear yours!

 

2 Responses to "Read Through the Bible in 2019 Week 1, Days 1-3"

I so enjoyed the 20 minutes or so of the zoom call. What a great sized group!
In Genesis I was stuck by the brazen way Cain argued/bargained with God. It was almost like he was saying, “What? It wasn’t that bad.” So, how often do I do that? Bargaining with God? Good thought starter.
In Romans I noticed 3:24. I feel like I’ve had 3:23 memorized all my life, but never really noticed v.24. Verse 23 states the problem. . . All have sinned. And then whoop right around to verse 24. . .but God’s grace. . . Boom! Done!
What a lot to think about in just 3 days!

. . .justified freely by his grace . . .Romans 3:24 just blows me away
and it struck me how God comes to man at his ugliest, in the attitude, and still pursues us for our best; something to consider when I want to write someone off because their attitude is annoying . . .

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