January 18, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are four chapters.

January 18: John 17, Genesis 37, Genesis 38, Genesis 39 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

John 18 is commonly called Jesus’ high priestly prayer. In some conservative circles it is also called “The Lord’s prayer.” In it Jesus prays for himself, then he prays for his disciples, and then he prays for all future believers. In the end of the chapter he prays that the believers will see his glory, the glory God gave him before the creation of the world.

Genesis 37 tells of Joseph’s dreams, outrageous as they were they made his brothers jealous, so they sold him into slavery to Potiphar in Egypt.

Genesis 38 tells  the story of Judah and Tamar. one of the rules of the Old Testament is that if a man dies without producing an heir, it was the duty of his brother to try to produce and offspring to his widow. Onan shirked this responsibility, and that was the sin of Onan. Tamar is thus still barren, so she tricks Judah. You can read it for yourself. Judah finally confesses: She is more righteous than I.

Genesis 39 then picks up the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife. This is a classic, and for doing the right thing he is falsely accused, and thrown in jail.

 

Isaiah 44, Israel the chosen, the one and only God and the folly of idols, Israel not forgotten, Judah will be restored.

This prophesy was given about 150 years before it happened. Cyrus the elder ruled from 559 to 530 B.C. and let the captives return and rebuild the temple.

Genesis 38, Judah and Tamar, Onan’s sin, the scarlet thread.

Not the most inviting country setting.

The sin of Onan was not that he spilled his seed on the ground, but that he disobeyed God. It has often been misunderstood.

The scarlet thread is meaningful through the Bible. Another time it was used as a signal was in Joshua 2:21 “Agreed,” she replied. “Let it be as you say.”So she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

Probably the best known Bible passage  is found is Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

And the color worn by Roman Catholic Cardinals is scarlet).