January 16, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are four chapters.

January 16: John 15, Genesis 32, Genesis 33, Genesis 34 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

In John 15 Jesus continues his instruction to the disciples. There are many memorable quotes from thus chapter: “I am the true vine, I am the vine, you are the branches, apart from me you can do nothing, as the Father has loved me, so have I loved you, love each other as I have loved you, greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends, this is my command: Love each other” and “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”

In Genesis 32 Jacob, schemer as the was, prepares to meet Esau. He figures Esau wants to kill him, so he splits his company in two, and gives instructions to his messengers on what to say to make Esau less vindictive. Then the whole Jacob family crosses the Ford of Jabbok. On the other side they camp for the night, and Jacob wrestles with an angel of God and prevails, but got a limp in his hip. God then gives Jacob a new, spiritual name, Israel.

In Genesis 33 Jacob finally meets up with Esau, and it turns out that Esau is rejoicing to see Jacob and all his children.

Trouble starts in Genesis 34. Dinah is violated by an uncircumcised, two of her brothers executed revenge on not only the violator but every male in the whole town, killing them all. Jacob said: “You have troubled me to make me a stink among the inhabitants of the land.” And so trouble starts.

 

 

 

John 15, Jesus, the true vine, love one another, the world hates disciples.

The KJV translation uses the word abide instead of the word remain. Below is a beloved hymn, sung mostoften to the tune “Eventide”.

Psalm 35:19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause. 20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.