Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bible Dash 2011 Day 1

Every year since 1995 I have done at least one “Bible Dash” during the year. This is a time where I put other things aside and read through the Bible as fast as I can, not for the purpose of plumbing the depths and following out every point, but for getting the big picture. In getting the big picture I’ve often also gotten insights. Here, day by day are the insights from the reading along with the heading telling of the passages covered. Some days will have more than others, but it all depends on what I happen to write down.

DAY 1 Genesis 1 – Exodus 22

God engages us by questioning us to draw us out in to the open.
He asks Adam, “Where have you hid?” He asks Cain, “Where is your brother?

We also see a progress;
Adam talks with God in Genesis 3.
Men called on the name of God in Genesis 4:5.
Abraham believed in Yahweh in Genesis 15:6

In Genesis 19 and 20 relationships changed from natural to the wrong. This always opens the door to later dangers.
Ammon and Moab were enemies of Israel.
Sarah’s deception could have harmed Abimelech; it was probably the source of the later conflict Isaac had with Abimelech.

Genesis 22: Is God testing Abraham to see if he will go off track again as he did with Hagar? By contrast, the children of Genesis 25 were just children; there was no intention to make them the heirs of the covenant.

Genesis 37: The brothers and father interpreted these dreams. Joseph didn’t. Also, Jacob interpreted the blood stained coat. We get into trouble when we interpret things for ourselves. The brothers thought to thwart the dreams and take control of the situation. WRONG!.

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