January 1 Daily Bible Genesis 1, Psalms 1, Proverbs 1, Matthew 1

I like to read the bible through each year, sometimes I read through start to finish and other times I use the Charles Stanley Life Principles Daily Bible which covers old testament, new testament, Proverbs and Psalms daily. I thought I’d share some of my thoughts, questions, wandering thoughts and notes as I read today’s scripture.

 

Genesis 1:1-2:25

1- Is Jesus mentioned in creation? We are told all things were made through Him. I think He is right here in Genesis 1 verse 3

Then God said, ” Let there be light, and there was light”  Where did the light come from, what was the source of this light?  I believe this light  was the Lord Jesus Christ according to the following scriptures:

There was light without the sun. We know that all creation was made through Christ (John 1:1-4 and Colossians 1:15-17) and In Him was life and the life was the light of men (John 1:4); we also know Jesus was the light of the world (John 1:9, 3:19,8:12). also in the end times Revelation 21:23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. Revelation 22:5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

2- ” Let there be bright lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night and let them be for signs and seasons and days and years.” Not only did the Lord create the sun and stars, it seems also at this point in time, the Lord God created the seasons, planned the times and the signs to come.

3-Did you notice that all of creation on days 3, 5,6  -Birds, animals, sea creatures, humans, herbs, grass, fruit trees – all of these things are  living things. It makes me wonder if the sun, moon and stars are living things also. It’s a bizarre thought, but I wonder. Psalm 147:4 says he calls the stars by names , he gave a name to each of them, see also in Isaiah 40:26. The stars have names Job 9:9 says He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades. Job 38:31 Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades ,Or loose the belt of Orion? Also in Job, He commands the sun to shine. wondering …..

4- On day 5 God makes birds and fish and blessed them, On day 6, God made animals and then man and it says God blessed them to be fruitful and multiply, but it seems he only said that for man not the animals unless it was meant for both .  I looked it up online and some people think God can’t bless animals because some were unclean, but Im not convinced .The blessing was to multiply. It’s still a question some have……

Here’s a verse to think about – In Genesis 3, When God is cursing the serpent , He says : ” Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life” Some other versions write it as – cursed more than the cattle . So where the cattle cursed? It seems so

 

4- It seems that elements, minerals, and precious stones were already on the earth before creation. They are mentioned in Gen 2:11-12 so I’m guessing they were on earth prior the beginning of our era. How did gold get on earth? diamonds? I want to know.

He has made the earth by His power;
He has established the world by His wisdom,
And stretched out the heaven by His understanding.
16 When He utters His voice—
There is a multitude of waters in the heavens:
“He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightnings for the rain;
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.” Jer 51:15-17

Psalms 1:1-7

I always remember Psalm 1 when I tell others and remind myself of the importance of the quality of character of the company we keep – our friends and who we hang out with. Do not stand with the ungodly, in the path of sinners or sit with scorners. ( For more info on the friends read Proverbs 13:20, 1 Cor 15:33, 2 Cor 6:14, Ps 141:4-5) If we are companions of fools, we’ll become a fool, bad company corrupts good character, do not be unequally yoked.  There’s a wonderful promise in Psalms 1 —- and the promise is that whatever you do, will prosper- but this promise does not stand alone, it is for those whose delight is in the law of the Lord, for those who meditate on his Words, Laws and His Ways day and night – not some worldly mediation that is worthless, but meditate on the powerful words of God. (God’s word is powerful Hebrews 4:12, Romans 1:6, 1 Pet 1:2-3, 2 Tim 3:16-17, Ps 119:105, Is 55:11) Not only are you promised to prosper in all you do, but you shall be like an unshakable tree along the river always bearing fruits (see also Jeremiah 1:7-8) That is really amazing, God asks us to do 2 things and offers us 2 great promises. Does this mean life will run perfectly- no, but in all you do God will strengthen you in Christ to endure all things (Phil 4:13) . We have trials, troubles and tribulations in life, but despite that , these promises hold true , remember what Isaiah 55 says ” So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” And all God’s words are yes and Amen.
Want to be successful in all you do? Put God first, meditate on his Words and delight in them.

  Things to mediate on according to scripture : God’s law, precepts, The Lord, his works, His deeds, on His word,  “the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works”, the gifts He’s given you  (don’t meditate on annoying people and things you are angry about) and “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Proverbs 1:1-7 (This would be a prayer)

Do you want wisdom, instruction, knowledge, understanding, counsel, to understand deep things, riddles, wise words to receive justice, equity , to perceive words of understanding?

The beginning of all these blessings starts with the Fear of the Lord, this is the beginning of knowledge. You have to search for it to understand it. The more you give to learning, the more you will receive and the less you give to it, even what you know will be taken from you – it’s in the scripture, search for it.

Matthew 1:1-25
Women mentioned in Genealogy of Jesus from Abraham to Jesus
1- Tamar – the wife of Jacobs 1st son, 2nd son, and got swindled out of marriage to the last son so she tricked and deceived Jacob, her father in law, pretending to be a prostitute and long story short, she had twins by old Jacob , their names were Perez and Zerah
2-Rahab, who married Salmon and had Boaz,  who was the great grandfather of David. Rahab was a prostitute in Jericho who  helped save the Jewish people and in return, they saved her life and her family. The scripture calls her a faithful woman and a woman justified by her works. This reminds me of the verse that says love covers a multitude of sins 1 Peter 4:8
3- Ruth, a Moabite – Moabites were enemies of Israel. She was a faithful woman to her widowed mother in law and married Boaz, they had a son named Obed who was the grandfather of David
4- the wife of Uriah, we know her name, it’s in the Scripture, but the author of Matthew refused to mention her by name. She married David and had a son named Solomon, but here she is still known as wife of Uriah, giving honor and remembrance to this man and the unjust death he suffered..
5- Mary, wife of Joseph of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

Interesting video on more proof of Jesus in the beginning, Genesis 1

 

  • Col 1:15-17  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 
    • At some point in time the invisible powers, dominions and principalities were also created by Him. (Eph 3)
  • There was darkness before light and the Spirit of God hovered over the waters. Why weren’t they frozen?
  • Stars are also referred to as angels Dan 8:10, Job 38:7,
  • How many heavens are there ? 2 Corinthians 12:2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven.
  • A lot was going on on the 6th day, animals, man, woman created, and Adam named every animal. God gave Adam wisdom and a language.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:45  And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit
  • Charles Stanley Daily Bible for each day of the year
  • Creation, Let’s talk Genesis 1 
  • Seeking Wisdom? 
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