Have you ever considered how many firsts there are in Genesis chapters 1-3? In fact, if you want something to keep track of over the rest of the readings for this week in Genesis, keep track of the firsts. Genesis chapters 1-11 are chock full of firsts. First sunrise, first sunset, first moon-rise, first sexual encounter (I know, we don’t like to talk about “that” stuff as Christians), first sin, first death, first national monument (I’ll let you figure that one out on January 3rd), first murder, the list goes on and on. Keep track of them, you might stumble upon something you had never considered before.
In Genesis 1-3 we find the beginning of all things, the beginning of humanity, and the beginning of man’s separation from God. All in all, it is a relatively short section of scripture with an awful lot of content. Don’t rush reading it. Take some time with it, as much as your schedule and your attention span allows.
Here’s some basic questions to be asking as your reading this section of scripture, and these questions are going to be journeying with us right through to Revelation chapter 22. I’m going to add a different one every once in a while, but these four questions should help to guide your reading as we get going:
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Trivia for today:
- Who was Adam and Eve’s first son?
- On what day of the week did God create humanity?
- What animal was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made?
- What was placed at the east of the garden of Eden, to keep the way of the tree of life?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 4-7