Daily Bible Reading “In the Beginning” (Genesis 1:1-5)

Genesis 1 1In the Beginning

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Genesis 1:1-5. Genesis is the first book of the Bible, in the Old Testament. It is the first book of what is called the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible). These first five books of the Bible are also what the Jewish people call the Torah. Moses is considered to be the author of these books. The first chapter of Genesis is a six day account of the creation of the heavens, the earth, plants and trees, birds, animals, and man. As we go through this first chapter notice the order in which God created things.

Genesis chapter 1 begins by saying, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” The earth had no form. It was empty and total darkness covered the depth of the sea. The Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw the light and He thought it was good.

God then, divided the light from the darkness. He called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” The evening and the morning were the first day. Notice that the Scripture puts the evening before the morning, as if to say the day started at nightfall rather than at sunrise. This is believed to be why on the Jewish calendar a day starts in the evening, rather than the morning, as is done on the Gregorian calendar.

There are those who find it hard to believe that God could do all He did in the creation of the earth in a day. They use the Scripture from 2 Peter 3:8 to say that maybe a day was a thousand years rather than a twenty-four hour period, as we know it. “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).

Personally, I believe that God is so powerful that if He wanted to speak something into existence, He could very well do so. The fact that the Scripture says, “The evening and the morning were the first day.” leads me to believe it was more like a day as we know it today.

Notice that God created the light first. In John 8:12 Jesus says, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Genesis 1:1-5

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

 

Things to think about:

  • What would it be like for the world to be in total darkness?
  • Why would God create light first?
  • Have you accepted Jesus as the light of your life?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank you for this Scripture in the book of Genesis which tells us about the beginning of time and how you created the world. We thank you for the light that you created. Help us not to walk in darkness, but to walk in the light of the Lord. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Psalm 119 has already been published in a book about it called: Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet. The book of Psalms is one of Deborah’s favorite books of the Bible. It is a great book to read if you’re ever feeling down or need to renew your relationship with Christ. King David went through a lot of tough times in his lifetime, but he loved God and trusted God to protect him from his enemies.

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Daily Bible Reading “Scriptures Relating to an Eclipse” (Psalm 19:1 and other Scriptures)

 Scriptures Relating to an Eclipse

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 19:1 and many other Scriptures relating to the heavens and the eclipse of the sun and moon. The eclipse of August 21, 2017 will stretch across the United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, SC. The last total eclipse in the US was 99 years ago on June 8, 1918. The next eclipse in the US is expected April 8, 2024 which will cross from east to west, along with the 2017 eclipse which will cross for west to east will create an “X” across the United States. There are those who believe that a solar eclipse may have specific meanings. Some believe it is a sign of judgment from God. Some believe there are certain statistics that line up with biblical prophecy. Curious about what the Bible had to say about the eclipse I discovered these Scriptures that relate.

Some people believe that Jesus was born around or during the time of an eclipse and the Scriptures indicate that His return will be around or during the time of an eclipse.

Psalm 19:1 – The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Isaiah 13:10 – For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

Ezekiel 32:7 – And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light.

Joel 2:10-11 – The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Joel 2:31 – The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Joel 3:15 – The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

Amos 8:9 – And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:

Proverbs 8:27 – When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,

Matthew 24:29 – Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Mark 13:24-25 – But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

Luke 21:25-27 – And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Revelation 6:12-13 – And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Revelation 8:12-13 – And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

I am not trying to say that the eclipse has anything to do with the coming of the Lord. The Scriptures say nobody knows the day or the hour of His return.

But, as you experience the eclipse of 2017, I suggest you search the Scriptures for yourself to see what the significance of an eclipse may have on biblical prophecy or the signs and wonders of God. After all, God created the heavens and the earth. He has total control of how they operate and what the future holds for humanity and for the earth.

 

Things to think about:

  • What similarities of an eclipse do you find in these Scriptures?
  • What most intrigues you about an eclipse?
  • How can we use events like an eclipse as an opportunity to share God’s Word?
  • How can we prepare for the return of the Lord?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We acknowledge You as the creator of heaven and earth. We thank You for the beauty of Your creation. We pray that You will help us to search the Scriptures and look for signs of the return of the Lord. Help us to prepare our hearts and to share the Gospel message with others so they too can know You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

Bible Verse to Journal or Memorize:

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

– Psalm 19:1

 

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PS. As a person who has macular degeneration who realizes the importance of protecting your eyes, let me encourage you to be safe during the eclipse and protect your eyes while you’re viewing the eclipse. If you don’t have a pair of safety glasses for viewing the eclipse, refer to this site to learn other ways to safely view an eclipse: https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/projection

Other resources that relate to history, biblical history and the eclipse:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/herods-death-jesus-birth-and-a-lunar-eclipse/

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/list.html

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar-eclipse-history.html

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=what+the+bible+says+about+eclipse

https://countdownreport.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/august-21-eclipse-33-facts/

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/12-critical-events-that-are-going-to-happen-over-a-40-day-period-from-august-21st-to-september-30th

https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/

https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/future/

http://eclipse-maps.com/Eclipse-Maps/History/History.html

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/projection

Daily Bible Reading “A Foolish Woman” (Proverbs 9:13-18)

A Foolish Woman

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 9:13-18. In this lesson, we learn about Lady Folly. She is a foolish woman who is loud, naive, and lacks knowledge. She sits at the door of her house, or on a bench in the great places of the city, and calls out to those who pass by.

Those who are naive go in, but those who are more thoughtful, she says to them, “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”

They don’t know that the dead are there; and that her guests end up in the depths of hell.

The enemy puts these kinds of people on our path to try to trip us up and cause us to turn away from the Lord and go after our own selfish desires.

We have to be on guard against such temptations. They lead to death and destruction. That is the enemy’s goal to kill, steal and destroy us. He wants to ruin our reputations and use his tactics to destroy us. We have to resist the temptations that he puts before us.

The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that with every temptation God makes a way for us to escape. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

When you are being tempted, look for a way to escape the temptation.

As women, it is important that we make sure we can’t be classified as a foolish woman.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 9:13-18

13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 To call passengers who go right on their ways:
16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

 

Things to think about:

  • What are some of the characteristics of a foolish woman?
  • What kinds of people are taken in by her?
  • What are the end results for those she entices?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we learn about Lady Folly in this Scripture help us to recognize her characteristics. Help us not to be enticed by her cunning ways. Help us to not take up her habits. Help us to use wisdom in dealing with people who are like this. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Fear of the LORD” (Proverbs 9:7-12)

Fear of the LORD

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 9:7-12. In this Scripture, we are warned if we correct a scorner, we may be insulted in return. If we rebuke a wicked person, we may end up getting abused.

We are warned not to rebuke a mocker or they will hate you. But, when you reprimand a wise person, they will love you.

When you give instruction to a wise person, they will become even wiser. When you teach a virtuous person, they will grow in knowledge.

Proverbs 9:10 is one of my favorite verses, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Through wisdom your days will be multiplied, and the years of your life will be increased.

If you are wise, you will be rewarded for your wisdom: but if you are a scorner, you will suffer the consequences of it.

Notice in this Scripture how the wise person is able to take correction and even welcomes it. The Scripture goes as far as to say they not only appreciate the correction, but love the one who gives the correction.

However, the mocker rejects correction and turns against those who try to help them.

Even though it may be hard sometimes to take correction, if it is given in the right spirit, with a loving heart, it can be beneficial to us.

Do you find it hard to take correction? If so, how can we learn to be more open to rebuke and take the suggestions that others give us for our benefit rather than taking them as an insult?

Have you ever noticed that there are some people who are offended by any suggestion you may offer them? Then, there are some people who welcome your suggestions.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 9:7-12

7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

 

Things to think about:

  • What is the difference between a wise person and a scorner?
  • What is the difference in the way a wise person and a scorner respond to correction?
  • How will the wise person and the scorner be rewarded for their acts?

 

Prayer of the day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in Proverbs we see that a wise man takes correction, but a mocker does not. Help us to be wise and to be willing to be corrected for Your sake and for our own sake. Give us the wisdom that we need to withstand correction and to prosper from it. Help us not to take offense when someone tries to give us constructive criticism. Help us to be sure when we correct others to do it in a spirit of love and humility. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Wisdom has Built Her House” (Proverbs 9:1-6)

Wisdom has Built Her House

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 9:1-6. Wisdom has built her house she has carved out her seven pillars. She has killed her beasts; she has made her wine; she has also set her table.

She has sent out her maidens: she cries upon the highest places of the city. Once wisdom is prepared she spreads the word to let everyone know.

This reminds me of when I was a child and mama would get dinner ready she would call out, “Dinner is ready” for everybody to come and enjoy the meal she prepared. When she called us she wanted us to come right away. She didn’t want us to take our time getting there.

Whoever is simple, let him turn in here. As for him who wants understanding, she says to him, come; eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I’ve made.

Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Ezekiel 11:20 says, “That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”

Notice that Lady Wisdom is prepared. She has made everything ready to receive her guests. When opportunity knocks wisdom is ready to answer the call.

One of the most important ways we can prepare ourselves for the future is to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Without Him we are headed for death and destruction. With Jesus Christ as our Savior we can look forward to His blessings in this life and the life to come.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 9:1-6

1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

 

Things to think about:

  • What do we learn about wisdom in this Scripture?
  • What did Lady Wisdom do to prepare for her guests in this Scripture?
  • Once Lady Wisdom was prepared what did she do next?
  • For whom does Lady Wisdom call out?

 

Prayer of the day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Proverbs which shows us that those who are wise prepare themselves. When opportunity knocks they are ready. Help us to be like Lady Wisdom and prepare ourselves not only for this life, but for our future with You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: – Proverbs 9:1

 

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