Genesis 1-11; Job 1-2 Reading week #1
What is covered in the Reading Plan: Genesis 1-4; 6-9; Job 1-2
We will start at the very beginning in the book of Genesis. The book of Genesis narrates the event starting with creation until Jacob’s death after his family has settled in Egypt. It sets the stage for the book of Exodus. It outlines God’s relationship to the world and the whole created order, most notably through the people of Israel who are the benefactors and bearers of divine promises in the world.
Genesis explains the beginning of all creation – things that are, of humanity, and His chosen people the Israelites. It begins with the very famous words, “in the beginning.” It also records the beginning of sin in the world.
In the first 11 chapters, we are exposed to so many foundational issues of life and existence. These include the fact that the universe had a beginning, and has a creator. That men and women are created in the image of God and are distinct and have great value. It also shows that men and women have a purpose together in marriage, highlighting the sanctity of marriage.
The opening chapters help us understand what’s wrong with this world and the hope that is in the promise of God. Specifically, that sin is real and affects our relationship with God and one another. Additionally, that the problem of sin and the problem it causes needs the intervention of God for a solution! This is clearly seen in these opening chapters.
What is NOT covered in the Reading Plan: Genesis 5
You will not read chapter 5. This chapter is a genealogy that takes us from Adam, the beginning of creation, to Noah. God would send judgment upon the world because of the great evil within humanity during Noah’s time. He would start again with Noah. Re-creating of humanity, if you will.
Additional thoughts for this week:
Who are the “sons of gods?” One of the most confusing sections of Genesis 1 through 11 is the mention of the “sons of god” intermarrying with the daughters of men in chapter 6. There are many views on who the “sons of god” are: 1) divine beings – angels transgressing into the human realm, 2) human rulers involved in polygamy, 3) godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with the ungodly “daughters of men.” Two New Testament passages seem to suggest that this passage referrers to sexual sin of angels who crossed a divinely ordained boundary between humans and angels (see, 2 Peter 2 and Jude 5-8). Whoever they are, they made matters much, much worse for humanity at that time.
Why are we reading Job in the middle of Genesis? These are put together because Job is one of the oldest books of the Old Testament. Also, there is a similar phrase as the one translated “sons of God” referring to angels (and their perspective), see Job 1:6, 2:1. In both books, we do see activities that take place outside of humanities per view. Next week’s blog will be an overview of Job.
Scripture Memory: Christ as the Center – 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20
This week, we are memorizing verses that speak to our Identity in Christ. When we say YES to following Jesus and begin a personal relationship with Him, our identity changes. We are no longer defined by what we have accomplished, what we have failed in, or what we have been victim to. Instead, we are defined by what Christ has accomplished on our behalf. This then leads to a whole new way of thinking. We stop asking, “What do I want to do?” and start asking, “What would honor God in this decision?” As the apostle Paul says well, “The old has gone and the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Enjoy your reading!
Written by: Kevin McKee
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