When: 1450-1400 ish BC
In the beginning... what a cool thing to think about. The word Genesis literally means beginning. The world seems so big and old doesn't it? Well our God created it in 6 days. Were those 24 hour days like we have now or was each year a billion years old? People on both sides are very opinionated about this subject. I think as long as you realize our God could’ve created it in 6-24 hour days then you're on the right track. Always important to remember that some things are worth fighting over and important to our salvation, and some things aren't. Here’s when and what was created on those 6 days:
Day 1- Heavens and the Earth
Light and darkness which were then separated
Day 2- The space between the waters of heaven and the waters of earth
Day 3- Separated the waters from land
Created plants and fruit bearing trees
Day 4- The sun, the moon, and all the stars
Day 5- All the creatures of the sea
Day 6- Animals (beasts and things that creep on the ground)
God rests on the 7th day. Then, we learn all about the Garden of Eden. This lush land was at the corner of the Pishon, Euphrates, Tigris, and the Gishon RIver. Backed right up to the Persian Gulf. Where is this? Check out the image below. It's common day Iraq!!!! When you think about Iraq do you think about the Garden of Eden?
*Last year what I was real interested in was the geography of all this. Where was it? Is it under the gulf now? Who knows for sure. What really caught my eye this year was Day 1... what was everything like before this moment? God was there we know that. But the Bible says even after He created the heavens and earth they were without form and His Holy Spirit was floating over the face of the earth. This reminded me of our lives... sometimes it seems like theres no plan, no form to anything. But, God and His Holy Spirit are hovering over us ready to mold us just like He did everything else. If He can mold the Earth, the moon, and all the infinite stars He can mold us also. **If anyone needs more clarity on this book check out this Bible project link. https://youtu.be/GQI72THyO5I
Writer: Matthew (Levi), who was a former tax collector and became one of Jesus’ 12 disciples.
When: c AD 60
This book starts off with Matthew breaking down the lineage of Jesus through the line of Joseph. It traces through Solomon all the way back to Abraham. Luke, as we will see later on, breaks down Jesus’ lineage through Mary. Both prove to be descendants of Abraham which is Old Testament prophecy fulfilled (2 Samuel 7:12-16, Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5-6).
I’m sitting here imagining if my wife came up to me and said she was pregnant but hadn’t had relations with anyone.... that would be a tough one. Luckily, for Joseph, he has an angel give him the scoop. Then, something cool... you miss it if you just skim over the page. “When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but KNEW HER NOT until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.”
Matthew 1:24-25 ESV
We’ve probably all heard that Mary was a virgin, but by Joseph not “knowing” her this fulfills another OT prophecy from Isaiah 7:14 that a virgin would give birth and call Him Emmanuel. See a theme here? Matthew loves pointing out how Jesus fulfilled all the OT prophecies.
Written: A few different writers but mainly by King David
The first few lines hit me hard today. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord.
Lord, in Jesus’ Name i pray,
As the world turns further and further away from God and His Word, my prayer for all of us today is that we would be Psalms 1 warriors who don't stray from the path that God is paving for us.
I love You
Let it be so