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.
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.