Even though I thought it was an impossible feat, I’m on schedule with my Bible in 90 Days challenge. I’ve read 11% of the Bible so far, and I’m pretty sure that’s 10.5% more than I’ve ever read before.
As I read, I am keeping a journal. Partly to remind myself and keep my attention focused on the reading, but also partly to find meaning in the Scriptures, I am keeping a general log of the stories and any verses that catch my attention.
Some things I pulled from my journal to share –
Genesis is interesting and scandalous and shocking.
It’s one story after another of people being fruitful and multiplying. Sometimes the people are married to each other, but more often than not, they aren’t.
God created woman in order to be “a helper who is good for” man (from Genesis 2:18).
The men that God chose to do His work were flawed –
just like the rest of us. Some were flawed in serious and profound ways.
Over and over, people experience the things they do to others.
In Genesis, Jacob dupes his father and then is duped by his father-in-law.
Many of today’s customs are based on Old Testament laws.
When I was in college, my friend, Sarah, explained some Jewish customs and practices to me, and I recognized the basis for those in the laws of Exodus & Leviticus. Very cool to make that connection. (Thanks Sarah!)
Even Moses questioned the Lord’s authority and wisdom.
God’s laws as set forth in Exodus and Leviticus were often for the people’s protection.
In particular, He set forth guidelines for cleanliness, avoiding disease, dealing with others fairly, and so on.
The number 7 shows up a lot in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers.
Things happen seven times over, for example. I’ve been on the lookout for why, but haven’t discovered a reason.
God rewards obedience.
He may overlook many indiscretions, but He wants His people to do what he’s asked.
I’m not going to lie and say it’s been easy to keep up. I’ve gotten behind several times and had to make up pages and pages of readings. I’m getting so much out of it, though, and the time spent is worth it.
Plus, I know for sure I would have given up in Exodus or Leviticus if I didn’t have dozens of women asking me how it’s going each and every day.
That helps to keep me turning the page.
You can find a list of all of the Bible in 90 Days participants at Mom’s Toolbox.
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