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  • Jan 10 / 2012
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Genesis 28-30 (Bible 365.10): Family Feud

In an effort to keep these notes a bit shorter, for a while I’ll write some Inductive Bible Study notes on the full three chapters of reading per day (and not on each individual chapter). This will additionally help us to get a Big Picture view of the full day’s reading.

Genesis 28-30

Observation

First part of Genesis 28 is family drama. Jacob received the blessing in the previous chapter, Esau has vowed to kill him. Mother hears about it and makes up an excuse to send Jacob away, and still receive his father’s blessing to go. Continue Reading

  • Jan 09 / 2012
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Genesis 25-27 (Bible-365.9): Sins of the Father, Deception of the Son

Let’s continue the Inductive Bible Study Method we learned last time.

Genesis 25

Observation

Abraham takes a third wife when he’s very old (a replacement for Sarah perhaps? Since Hagar, his second has been sent away). He has tons more kids, but leaves everything to Isaac, but still gave gifts to his concubines’ (more than one?) sons so that they wouldn’t be empty-handed when he died. Ishmael reappears and helps Isaac bury their father with Sarah – on the field he bought (smart guy). Continue Reading

  • Jan 08 / 2012
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Genesis 22-24 (Bible-365.8): Introduction to Inductive Bible Study

It may be time to tone it down a bit in the analysis of Genesis. I can’t really afford to write nearly 1,500 words per day as I have been. But, this is a great time to introduce the Inductive Bible Study Method, which you can do at home yourself to study the Bible and glean as much as you can from the text (it’s how I was taught to study the Bible).

The Inductive Bible Study Method

There are three basic questions to ask for every passage you read:

  1. What does it say? (Observation)
  2. What does it mean? (Interpretation)
  3. How does it apply to my life? (Application)

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  • Jan 07 / 2012
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Genesis 19-21 (Bible-365.7): Bad Sex

Genesis 18

Begins the story of Sodom and Gomorrah when Abraham receives the Lord and two angelic visitors and pleads for the Lord to spare Sodom and Gomorrah from destruction (his nephew Lot lives in the city and he is obviously concerned for him). Abraham talks the Lord into sparing the city for the sake of just 10 righteous people (down from 50). The Lord agrees – likely because he already knows that there are far less than 10 righteous people in the city – but Abraham leaves it at that, and lets the matter rest – depending on the just judgment of the Lord after his own prayers for mercy.

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  • Jan 06 / 2012
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Genesis 16-18 (Bible-365.6): Sexual Sin and Redemption

We’ll continue going through the daily Bible reading by looking at a chapter at a time.

Chapter 16

In which Abram follows in the footsteps of his forefather Adam by following unwise and sinful council from his wife while disregarding the word of God and His promises:

  • Adam’s wife Eve convinced him (I’m not sure it took much convincing) to disobey God and eat of the tree in the Garden that God specifically warned them against – despite the numerous other trees with delectable fruit. Continue Reading
  • Jan 05 / 2012
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Genesis 13-15 (Bible-365.5): Rethinking Abram

Abram’s story actually begins in Genesis 12. This is also the major dividing line between the two halves of Genesis. From Genesis 1-11, the story is of Creation and God’s first dealings with mankind. From Genesis 12 and on, the story becomes about Abraham and the covenant God made with his descendants.

Additionally, the Chronological Bible reading plan places the entire book of Job between Genesis 11 and 12. This is because in Job, while there is mention of God, there is no mention of Law or the Abrahamic covenant that is so crucial to the remainder of the Bible. Continue Reading

  • Jan 04 / 2012
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Genesis 10-12 (Bible-365.4): Rethinking Genealogies

Genesis 10 deals with the family tree of Noah’s sons.
Genesis 11 tells us how all those nations (born of Noah’s sons) came to be so diverse.
Genesis 12 splits the book between Creation and early humanity (chapters 1-11) and God’s covenant promises to Abraham and his descendants (the rest of the book – and in fact, the rest of the Bible).

Family trees (genealogies) are important in the Bible for a few reasons: Continue Reading

  • Jan 03 / 2012
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Genesis 7-9 (Bible-365.3): Rethinking Noah

Everybody knows the story of Noah and the ark and the flood. And everybody thinks they’ve got it down pat. It’s a story about a single good dude in a world filled with terrible, horrible, rotten bad dudes that saves the day for humanity and all of Creation. Right? Or is it? Let’s back-track a bit before jumping straight to the “lesson.”

The story of Noah actually begins in Genesis 6 and continues through the end of chapter 9. In the pre-story to Noah we learn that: Continue Reading

  • Jan 02 / 2012
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Genesis 4-6 (Bible-365.2): Rethinking Cain

Genesis 4-6 introduces Cain and Abel, Noah, and Noah’s family tree back to Adam. These are the firsts we find in Genesis 4-6:

  1. The first live birth of a human child (Cain – 4:1)
  2. The first sacrifice/offering (4:3-4)
  3. The first murder (4:8)
  4. The first city (4:17)
  5. The first job specialization (4:19-22)
  6. The first family tree(s) (4:17-26 (Cain’s), 5:1-32 (Seth’s))

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  • Jan 01 / 2012
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Genesis 1-3 (Bible-365.1): Rethinking Original Sin

I’ll use the following listing conventions for the daily Bible reading plan:
Book Chapters (Bible-365.Day#).

Genesis 1-3

This area is Scripture is a literal theological goldmine. Whole sermons, series, and books have been written on just these three chapters alone. Therefore, there is far too much to briefly mention in a short post below, so I’ll just pull out the most relevant bits that I’ve discovered over the years.

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  • Jan 01 / 2012
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Genesis – Book Overview

Author: Moses
Date: 1450-1410 B.C. 

Genesis – in English – comes from the Greek word for “beginnings” or “origins.” The Hebrew name of this book is bere’ shit from the first words in Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning…”

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  • Jan 01 / 2012
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Bible-365 Overview

Bible-365 is our goal to read the entire Bible in one year. The reading plan we will use can be found at this link.

Reading through the entire Bible is a relatively simple task, if you are dedicated to taking it slowly and daily. Each day’s reading is only about 3 chapters long (5 per day from the Psalms when we get there), and only takes between 15-20 minutes to read. If you commit to only about 15 minutes of Bible per day, you can read the entire thing in a full year (something that many Christians have never done). To get you excited about the task, here are some Bible facts:

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So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Listen