Today we read John 3, the new birth chapter; you must be born again (literally: from above), the new birth is necessary to enter into the Kingdom of God; John 3:16 is the most quoted verse in all the Bible.
Genesis 4 tells of the results of original sin with the story of Cain and Abel and the beginning of animal sacrifice; Genesis 5 gives the Genealogy from Adam to Noah.
The take home for today is there are two births, the physical birth and the spiritual birth (the birth from above), the first murder, the first man (Enoch) to be carried directly to God rather than die. (because ha walked with God).
After 2 days reading about the Creation and the fall, it is time to focus our attention on what happened after the fall.
January 3: John 2, Genesis 4, Genesis 5, Psalm 1. (click on the chapter to begin reading)
In John 2 Jesus turns water into wine, cleanses the Temple, and gives the Jews just one sign. Genesis 4 shows the results of original sin with the story of Cain and Abel and the beginning of animal sacrifice; Genesis 5 shows the Genealogy from Adam to Noah, and Psalm 1 is a beautiful poem about righteous living, and only one person can fulfill all the conditions mentioned, the exception to ” There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3: 10)
The take home for today is the first of Jesus’ miracles, the first murder, the first man (Enoch) to be carried directly to God rather than die first, and Jesus giving the sign of Jonah about his (and our) resurrection. Psalm 1 extols righteous living according to the Old Testament and the law, with the New Testament counterpoint as given by the Apostle Paul.
Sounds pretty good to me. Cain worked the soil, and with the sweat of his brow he gave thanks to the Lord for it. Notice it does not say first fruits, only some of the fruits of the soil.
Abel offered the firstborn of his flock.
It takes faith to do the right thing. think of it! To sacrifice the firstborn!
And God ordained it so, that the acceptable perfect offer is the firstborn of the flock of sheep or goats. This got later codified in Leviticus.
This is a little jewel from the story of Gideon.
The expression “my brothers keeper” is used often, but how many really know where the expression is coming from in this increasingly Bible illiterate world.
Yet, in the New Testament, after Jesus there is even better things promised.
Where is Nod? Here is a map from 1702. Nod is what is now Iran.
And with Abel dead and Cain gone, Adam and Eve started over.