Welcome to our journey reading through the entire Word of God this year using the One Year Bible format! The Bible is unlike any other book:
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
It’s not simply a collection of words from God communicating ideas to us. It is living, life-changing and dynamic as it works in us. Like a surgeon’s knife it reveals who we are and penetrates to the core of our spiritual and moral life. As we read the Word this year, we must not only listen to what we are reading but also let it shape our lives! So if you have begun reading, since January 1st you have the read the following:
This covers the story of creation; Adam & Eve and their family; Noah and the flood and the re-population of the earth. Genesis means “beginnings or origin.” The purpose for the book of Genesis is to provide a record of God’s creation of the world and his desire to have a people set apart to worship Him. As you read Genesis may you be encouraged by this truth: there is hope, no matter how dark the world situation seems, God has a plan!
The purpose of the book of Matthew is to prove that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal King. The people of Israel were waiting for the Messiah, their King. Matthew’s account shows us that Jesus was a descendant of David (kingly ancestry). It begins with telling the story of the birth of Jesus, which we have just celebrated! But it shows us that God did not send Jesus, at His first coming, to be an earthly king but a heavenly King. His kingdom would be much greater because it would never end.
Interestingly, even at Jesus birth many recognized him a King: Herod, the Roman ruler of the day; Satan who was afraid of Jesus kingship and tried to stop Him, through the slaughter of baby boys two years of age and younger; while others like the shepherds and wisemen worshiped Him and brought Him royal gifts. We must be wiling to recognize Jesus, who He really is and worship Him as the King of our life.
Found at the centre of the Bible, the purpose of the Psalms is to use the literary tool of poetry for the expression of praise, worship, and confession to God. This first collection of psalms (1-41) were written mainly by David and are similar to the book of Genesis. Just as Genesis tells how mankind was created, fell into sin, and was then promised redemption, many of these psalms discuss humans as blessed, fallen and redeemed by God. Let the honesty of the psalmist guide you into a deep and genuine relationship with God!
The purpose of the Proverbs is to teach people how to attain wisdom and discipline and live a prudent life. Like a father giving advice to his child, these opening chapters (1-9) provides great wisdom for young people. Through reading Proverbs you will learn what is right, just and fair. You will gain divine wisdom and moral instruction. So read, listen to the thoughts and lessons and then act on them by applying them to your life. You will ultimately discover that knowing God is the key to wisdom!
We are praying for you, that as you take this step of faith and make this commitment to read a portion of God’s Word every day that your spiritual relationship with God will grow deeper and more powerful this year! Have a great week and remember to set aside time every day for this. May the Lord take you where you have never been before in reading, studying, meditating and applying the Word of God to your life! You will be blessed!