January 15, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

January 15: John 14, Genesis 30, Genesis 31 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

In John 14 we are in the last hour after the Passover meal but before they depart to Gethsemane. Jesus tells them he is going away to prepare a mansion, more precisely a dwelling place for them. Since he is leaving he is going to send another comforter or advocate. (I have put in a short explanation on the difference in the interpretation of this passage between Christianity and Islam). Jesus then explains clearly he is going away and will send the Holy Spirit in his place.

Genesis 30 tells of the remaining children of Jacob (except Benjamin, who will be born later). It also has a story about Rachel, desperate to get a child of her own is bargaining with Leah for Reuben’s mandrakes. After Joseph was born, Jacob wants to leave and go back to the promised land, but Laban bargains with him to stay and make them even more prosperous. Through selective breeding Jacob acquires the majority of the flocks.

This displeases Laban’s sons, so in Genesis 31 Jacob flees from Laban. However, as they depart Rachel steals the Idols from Laban as they leave. Laban finds out, pursues Jacob and catches up with him. Laban looks for the idols at no avail. Rachel has hid them under the saddle of her camel and sits on it claiming she has her period. Finally Laban says farewell to all and he and Joseph establishes the Mizpah.

John 14, dwelling places, the way, the truth and life, Jesus going away and giving another Comforter.

Another Comforter: αλλον παρακλητον ( allon parakleton) meaning one of the same kind as Jesus.

Some Muslims say the Bible has been altered and should have read perikleton rather than parakleton, claming the Bible has been falsified to fit Jewish and Christian beliefs and only the Quran is true.

This requires many steps of faith on account of the Muslims. 1. Jesus, Mary and Moses were really Muslims and spoke of Muhammad. 2. The New Testament is falsified.  3.  Ignore the Dead Sea Scrolls, and 4. When Jesus speaks of the Spirit of Truth he really means Muhammad, not the Holy Spirit as He says in verse 26.

As a Christian I am free to take God’s Word for what it says.