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.




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.

January 14, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

January 14: John 13, Genesis 28, Genesis 29 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

John 12 deals with the last week. In John 13 we have come to the last 24 hours before the crucifixion of Jesus, beginning with Jesus washing the disciples’ feet before the Passover meal. During the meal he announces his betrayal, and then he gives the new commandment “love one another”. He also predicts Simon Peter’s denial.

In Genesis 28, Jacob goes to Paddan Aram to get a wife. On the way he has a dream, commonly called Jacob’s Ladder. Meanwhile Esau takes yet another wife, the daughter of Ishmael. The promise of Jacob’s dream was that God was to give the land to Jacob’s descendants. Jacob made a vow to God and named the place Bethel.

Jacob arrives in Paddan Aram in Genesis 29, falls in love with Rachel, works seven years to be allowed to marry her, but her father Laban tricks Jacob, so he gets Leah instead. Then he works another seven years for Rachel. But it is Rachel that gives him his first four children, Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah.

January 13, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

January 13: John 12, Genesis 26, Genesis 27 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

John 12 begins the last week before the Crucifixion. It is important when this happened, so I have inserted a piece on the correct date it must have happened. Jesus is anointed at Bethany, then comes the triumphal entry and Jesus prophecises  about his being “lifted up, and draw all men to himself”.

Genesis 26 tells of Isaac and Rebekah, how Isaac too said Rebekah was his sister. In spite of that God protected them, and the rest of the chapter deals with the eternal Mideast dispute: Water rights.

In Genesis 27 Jacob gets Isaac’s blessing instead pf Esau. Esau gets one too, but inferior, so to avoid more trouble Jacob flees to Laban.

January 12, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

January 12: John 11, Genesis 24, Genesis 25 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

John 11 starts out with Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (on the fourth day no less). Then comes Caiaphas’ inadvertent prophecy “You know nothing at all!  You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”

Genesis 24 tells the beautiful story of Isaac and Rebekah.

After Sarah’s death, In Genesis 25 Abraham marries his concubine Ketorah, who has already borne him six children. Before his death he sends them all away and gives everything to Isaac. Isaac and Ishmael buries Abraham, and then is Ihmael’s genealogy written down. Finally is the story of Jacob and Esau, and how Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew and some bread.


January 11, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

January 11: John 10, Genesis 22, Genesis 23 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

In John 10 Jesus is the good shepherd and claims to be one with his Father, for which blasphemy (unless it is true) the Jews want to stone him.

In Genesis 22 Abraham offers up his son Isaac to be sacrificed on Mount Moriah, the same mountain that Jesus was crucified on, but at the last moment God provides a substitute sacrifice in the form of a ram.

In Genesis 23 Abraham’s wife Sarah dies and Abraham purchases a grave in Mamre, where Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael buried her.



January 10, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

January 10: John 9, Genesis 20, Genesis 21, (click on the chapter to begin reading)

In John 9 Jesus opens the eyes of a man blind from birth, on a Sabbath, so trouble arises from the Pharisees.

In Genesis 20 Abraham claims Sarah is his sister. Why? Sarah was his half-sister, so Abraham stretched the truth. The chapter shows God’s protection.

In Genesis 21 Isaac is born and Hagar and Ismael are sent away for good. It also features the treaty between Abraham and Abimelech at Beersheba.