Good morning everyone! Happy Sunday! Let’s jump right in, shall we? I’m sure most people usually begin new things/habits on January 1st, well I’m not “most people” lol. On February 1st, I made the decision to read my Bible from start to finish.
Now, the Bible has been a huge part of my life ever since I was little. I have studied it and read it on and off since I could read, but here I am in my late 20’s and I’ve never read it cover to cover all the way through. Well, this is my time and I have decided to bring you along with me.
Today I want to talk about Genesis. As of now, I have read up to Ch. 35 in Genesis. Over the last few days, I have spent time researching different explanations and different points of view on the internet in an attempt to better understand everything that goes on in Genesis. It sure is a lot of information to take in.
Genesis is the first book of the bible. Literally the beginning, it is well known as the book of beginnings. The beginning of time, of earth, of human race, of animals, etc. The first 5 books of the bible are believed to have been written by Moses.
Moses writes of the amazing events of creation as God revealed them to him. I can only imagine how amazing it must have been for Moses to see or hear directly from God, clear as day, exactly how everything happened during the creation process. During the times that Moses was writing Genesis, many of the groups of people around him had begun to come up with their own ideas of how they believed the earth and everything in it came to be. Through Moses, God gave us the truth about God, creation, and the origin of all things.
God created all things. The Holy Trinity has always been and will always be.
Genesis 1:2 says,
“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit Of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.”
You see, before there was anything at all, there was GOD. Genesis never tries to prove or explain God’s existence. It simply declares that He was there in the beginning. He, in fact, created the beginning.
There are so many important stories in Genesis, this book alone covers more time than all of the other books in the Bible combined! As Genesis continues, we see the beginning of sin with Adam and Eve. We read about the first human murder in Ch.4, between brothers Cain and Abel. The first time rain is mentioned is in Ch.7 when the flood during Noah’s time occurs. Before then, God had made water rise from underground to irrigate the surface land. We see the new beginning of man in Ch.9, with Noah and his wife, Noah’s sons and his son’s wives after everything that was not on the ark during the flood was wiped out.
Genesis 9:18-19 says,
“ 18. Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. 19. These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.”
Ch. 9-12 explains the history of Noah and his descendants. From this point, Genesis tells the stories of Abraham, Lot, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, as well as many others.
In Ch. 25-33, the story of the first recorded twins in Bible history is told. Esau and Jacob, sons of Isaac and Rebekah. This story took me through so many emotions. At first, joy over Rebekah finding out from the Lord that she was carrying twins. Then, anger when Rebekah and Jacob conspire against and trick Isaac in his old age. Finally, back to joy when Jacob finally returns home and at first is concerned with the possible wrath of his brother but is greeted with Esau running to him, embracing him with hugs and kisses and they fall together weeping. It really made me think of how family is always family, no matter what happens.
Now, I am going to continue reading throughout the week and I look forward to seeing how far I can get!
Y’all let me know if you too are reading through your Bible. Do you have a favorite story or passage of scripture from the Bible? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you all have a wonderful week and keep the faith!
XO my loves,