January 1, 2021

Genesis 1-2; Matthew 1:1-2:12; Psalm 1; Proverbs 1:1-6

Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

On Day 1 God spoke light into existence

David Guzik said this about that first light, “Genesis tells us that light, day, and night each existed before the sun and the moon were created on the fourth day (Genesis 1:14-19). This shows us that light is more than a physical substance; it also has a supernatural aspect. In the new heavens and the new earth, there won’t be any sun or moon. God Himself will be the light (Revelation 22:5).”

On Day 2 God spoke the firmament (sky, space) into existence and divided the waters.

On Day 3 God spoke the grass, herbs, and trees into existence.

On Day 4 God spoke stars and planetary figures into existence.

On Day 5 God spoke the sea creatures and birds into existence.

On Day 6 God spoke the animals and insects into existence; but then God formed and fashioned man with His “hands,” and He made him/us in His own image (rational, moral, spiritual, and social creatures). (Genesis 1:26; 2:7).

On Day 7 God rested, modeling for us (even before the law) a day of rest, not to be mandated, but enjoyed.

In Genesis 2 we have man planted in the Garden of Eden; God states for the first time – something’s not good – that man should be alone (2:18). God identifies the problem and offers the solution, He determines to make a helper comparable to him (Adam). What a beautiful picture of marriage, how God fashioned the woman from a place within Adam that was the closest place to his heart.

I love what Matthew Henry said on this, “Eve was not taken out of Adam’s head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.”

Marriage is the work and union of God, it’s Holy Matrimony, as Jesus said in:

Matthew 19:6 (NKJV) “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

In Matthew 1 we have the genealogy of Jesus from Joseph’s side, traced from David since Matthew presents Jesus as the King of the Jews. Not everyone is mentioned in the family tree but it’s wonderful to me that four women are included (the Jews didn’t normally list women in their genealogies) (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba)

We then have the wonderful story surrounding the birth of Jesus.

Matthew 1:20–21, “But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”

I’ve always been blessed by the wise men from the East (probably students of Daniel’s teachings) who saw His star, announcing the birth of the King of the Jews, and they came to worship Him.

Psalm 1 is the perfect song to start everything off in Israel’s hymnal. Don’t walk in the counsel of the world, walk in the counsel of God’s Word! Meditate in it day-and-night (and here we are hoping to read this Bible in one year) – read it and heed it – love it, learn it, and live it! If that’s your heart, the promise of this Psalm is that whatever you do will prosper (Psalm 1:3). You will be successful in God’s eyes and accomplish His purposes for your life.

Proverbs 1:5 (NLT) “Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance.”

2 thoughts on “January 1, 2021”

  1. Happy Blessed New Year✝️
    I completed my FRIST year reading through the one year bible. Today I started my second year. I read all that you wrote for today’s reading. I also read through my TOYB. This year I have added writing in a journal in what I read.
    Or questions or concerns I may have concerning what I’ve read. I am excited and nervous about adding more to my reading this year. But I do want to get closer to God. I want the Lord to be able to use me. Thank you Pastor Manny for all you, Shelly and the church does for all of us.
    The Lords Blessings,

    1. So proud of you sis! Wow what a blessing to hear how hungry you are for the Word and for the One who wrote it. Praying you and Sabas, and your family have a blessed and Happy New Year!

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