Wow! Week 1 of the Bible in 90 Days Challenge is complete! That’s two books ~ Genesis and Exodus ~ read in seven days. I grew up in the church (both of my parents are preachers) and I can honestly tell you, reading the scriptures for yourself is a totally different experience than listening to or reading along with a sermon. Furthermore, I didn’t realize how much of my knowledge of Bible stories had been influenced by movies like The Bible: In the Beginning… and The Ten Commandments. Trust me, as wonderful as the movies are, the book is so much better.
Although this is a Bible reading and not a Bible study per se, Amy does recommend that challenge participants use SOAP for guidance through the challenge. SOAP is an acrostic that stands for:
For more information about SOAP, read Amy’s post What is SOAP? Currently, I’m not using SOAP as I read through the Bible, but I may give it a try as I get further into the reading.
The book of Genesis covers man’s creation, original sin, redemption and the genealogy of Christ. One of the things I found most surprising through my reading is that there were two trees in the Garden of Eden that God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat or touch. I honestly thought it was just the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” and that’s it. But in Genesis 2:9, the Bible mentions “the tree of life” and the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. It was from the tree of knowledge of good and evil that Adam and Eve ate, thereby causing their fall from grace. By eating the fruit of the tree, Adam and Eve became wise to their condition (nakedness and they felt shame), but they were prevented from eating from the tree of life when God cast them from the garden and blocked access to the tree of life with sword wielding cherubim (Genesis 3:24). It is from this tree that the saints will eat after Christ’s return thereby gaining everlasting life. Talk about foreshadowing…
From Exodus I was able to gain a better understanding of the covenant between God and the nation of Israel. The covenant was originally established between God and Abraham, Genesis 12:1-3 and 7, (God promises Abraham that his descendants will be fruitful and multiply and that they will be established in a “land flowing with milk and honey”). This covenant is fulfilled throughout the book of Exodus as the Jewish people escape oppression in Egypt, wander the desert and settle in the Promised Land. It was also during this time that Moses is given the Ten Commandments as well as the law for making atonement for sins.
I have learned so much from reading the Bible and look forward to learning much more and sharing with you. I probably won’t do a book~by~book breakdown all the time but I will share scriptures that standout to me.
The Bible in 90 Days Challenge is hosted by Amy at Mom’s Toolbox. I’m using The MacArthur Study Bible for this challenge.