In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 ESV)
The Bible begins with God’s creative work. Right away we learn that God has full rights over us and all that exists. Everything we consider and pursue must flow through this filter. It invites us to understand our chief purpose, to glorify God and enjoy him forever. This single verse turns upside down the presuppositions of our culture which has built its justification for self seeking goals and ambitions by throwing out this revelation.
Lord, creator and master, may your name be glorified on the earth! Will you keep your purposes in our view this year as we consider goals and resolutions.
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to read the Old Testament in ancient Israel? Or, the New Testament as the books were written? In this plan, the order of the Old Testament readings is very similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, progressing from Law to Prophets to Writings. The New Testament ordering is based upon research regarding the order in which the books were authored. Although this research is not conclusive, it may offer helpful insights to your Bible reading.
This reading plan is provided by Blue Letter Bible.
I hope you will join me this year reading through the whole Bible.