Genesis is hard enough as it is; here are three things NOT to do when reading the first book of the Bible (and to keep in mind as we read the rest of the Bible). [This post first appeared on my blog, www.andrewforrest.org, 1/19/15. I thought it might be helpful as we wrap up reading Genesis. –AF]
- 1-9 – Humans, once again, were trying to become more powerful and God could see the disasters that would ensue so he changed their languages so they would not be able to work all together anymore.
- 27 – Enter Abram who will later be known as Abraham.
- 1-3 – Though this sounds like a great deal for Abram, and it was, it would have been scary to leave behind the rest of your family and go to a land you don’t know.
- 10-20 – Abram clearly didn’t trust God to take care of him in the place and situation God sent him. Trusting in things other than God seems to be the most prevalent sin in Scripture.
- Matthew chapters 5-7 are Jesus’ most famous sermon, The Sermon on the Mount.
- 2-12 – These are The Beatitudes, which means “blessings”. Jesus offers up very counter-cultural blessings, which go against who we think receive our earthly blessings. These saying nothing about success, wealth, or fame.
- 16 – When we have and know the love of God and salvation of Jesus, they should be things we want to share because we recognize how powerful and necessary they are.
- 17-20 – Jesus didn’t negate any of the laws, he simply took them further. Also, both Jesus and the writer of Matthew found it important to frequently remind the reader of the various ways Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecies.
- 23-24 – Jesus calls us to love first and then to fulfill our religious obligations. We can show our love for God by loving others.
- David asks God to hear his prayers and then becomes extremely raw about how he wants the Lord to punish a variety of his enemies. We truly can take anything to the Lord in prayer.
- Verses 26 through 28 do not sound like a godly, gracious response, but remember that this is Solomon writing from the perspective of wisdom. When we ignore wise counsel, we will feel mocked by what we were so clearly advised to do.