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.
This chapter has a special meaning to me since I am an immigrant. Yet I realize I am a pilgrim and heaven is my real home.
We can prove from the laws of physics (the preservation of energy and matter but with a constantly increasing entropy) that we cannot possibly exist apart from creation. Yet creation from God’s command must be accepted by faith.Abel sacrificed the firstfruit of his flock, which pointed forward to Jesus being the lamb of God, giving his life for us.
In the upper hand corner is a piece of the book of Enoch, found among the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Abraham’s journey was a two step journey. He went to Haran and dwelt there until his father died.
But Abraham also went to Egypt when famine struck the promised land.
This is what it means to be a pilgrim. The Jews had been scattered all over the earth ever since the fall of Israel. They were looking for a homeland to return to.
In the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the United Kingdom became the first world power to endorse the establishment in Palestine of a “national home for the Jewish people.” The British government confirmed this commitment by accepting the British Mandate for Palestine in 1922 (along with their colonial control of the Pirate Coast, Southern Coast of Persia, Iraq and from 1922 a separate area called Transjordan, all of the Middle-Eastern territory except the French territory). The European powers mandated the creation of a Jewish homeland at the San Remo conference of 19–26 April 1920. In 1948, the State of Israel was established.
And so began the prophetic clock to tick again for the Jewish People.
She is called Rahab the prostitute. An alternate translation would be Rahab the innkeeper, for she was an independent woman that kept an inn.
Yes, thanks to Jesus death on the cross for our sins, his burial and resurrection we have the privilege to be allowed to enter His rest.
The Old Testament is full of genealogies, and this is interesting for three things: People lived a long time, Methuselah lived 969 years and died in the flood, and Enoch did not see death, like Elijah was taken directly to God.