Category Archives: 1-Year Bible

January 5

Genesis 11:1-13:4

God had commanded the people to fill the earth (Genesis 1:28) but they resisted, they decided to stay put, to build themselves a city, and make a name for themselves (Genesis 11:4) (something about that doesn’t sound good). Not only that, they wanted to build a tower whose “top is in the heavens.” (this is man’s effort to reach heaven – this is the origin of all false religion striving to enter heaven by their own works)

God saw what humanity was doing; a conversation took place amongst the Trinity (did you notice the word “Us” in Genesis 11:7?) and God gave different groups different dialects or languages which then forced them to scatter and fill the earth.

In Genesis 10:2 we have the genealogy of Japeth. In Genesis 10:6 we have the genealogy of Ham. In Genesis 11:10 we have the genealogy of Shem, Noah’s third son. So here we are in the 11th chapter of the book of Genesis, 2,000 years of world history have already taken place, but early on in the Bible, God introduces Abram (Abraham), who would be the father of the Jews, the people through whom we would receive the Scriptures and the Savior. The bulk of the Old Testament is simply the rise and fall of Israel, but God never forsakes His people though we fall at times and are disciplined.. Along the way we will see prophecies and typologies of Jesus – everywhere.

Abram steps out in faith and obediently answers the call of God to Canaan, which would eventually be the Promised Land. We read in:

Hebrews 11:8 (NKJV) “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”

God chose to bless Abraham and through him God promised to blessed the world. Genesis 12:3 is an epic passage. It is important for us as nations and individuals to “bless” Israel – for through them, Jesus would come! Take a moment to consider God’s promise to this Patriarch:

“…and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Abraham was not a perfect man, by any means! It’s hard to even fathom the thought that he lied about his wife, denying her, endangering her, and if it weren’t for God’s gracious intervention, it appears as if Sarai could have been a part of of Pharaoh’s harem. Wow! Not to excuse sin, but it does give hope to us all, doesn’t it?

God brought Abraham back to where he belonged (Genesis 13:3). 

Abraham’s Journey

Matthew 5:1-26

Christians usually refer to Matthew 5-7 as the Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount is considered by some to be the closest thing we have to a “Christian Manifesto.”

This is Jesus’ teaching to His disciples (Matthew 5:1). We believe Jesus would teach this message in what was called Circuit Teaching. Luke has a similar sermon beginning in Luke 6:17 but that is known as the “Sermon on the Plain,” because it was not on a mount, but delivered on level ground with the people.

What can I say about such beautiful words flowing from the lips of our Lord?

This is how we’re blessed.

This is who we are.

We are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13). May God help us to maintain our saltiness and function as a preservative against the decay of society. May we live lives that cause others to thirst after Jesus. We are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), and yet it’s not our light, it’s God’s light that we reflect (Philippians 2:15).

May we be like Him, rich in Good works!

Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

We mustn’t see Jesus as eradicating the Old Testament Law, He is in it (John 5:39; Hebrews 10:7) and fulfills it (Matthew 5:17).

Jesus had a very high view of Scripture, presenting it as Divine to the very smallest Hebrew letter and stroke. When you have time click HERE to check out an article on this.

The only way our righteousness could possible exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees who meticulously followed the law, is to have the righteousness of Christ by faith in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Psalm 5:1-12

David experienced severe Spiritual warfare! I have a hunch the enemy saw his potential and worked overtime in his attempt to prevent David from fulfilling his destiny. Maybe you’re going through it as well.

We’re encouraged by David’s prayers, and struggles, and declarations of faith.

In Psalms 5:1-2 we hear David’s heart, in that he begged God to hear his prayers, to answer his cries which he would be lifting up loudly every morning. It teaches me to pray in such a way! That God would hear me, lead me, defend me and deal with my enemies who come against me. David gives reasons for God to judge the wicked. He then ends the Psalm/song/prayer with a jubilant declaration of faith.

Psalm 5:11–12 (NKJV) “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. 12 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.”

Proverbs 1:24-28

Proverbs 1:24–28 (NKJV) Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, 25 Because you disdained all my counsel, and would have none of my rebuke, 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, 27 When your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. 28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.

What a heavy, heavy warning! Choose wisdom now, before it’s too late.

Isaiah 55:6 (NKJV) “Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”

Matthew 23:37 (NKJV) “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”

If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, maybe something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward together in 2021.

January 4

Genesis 8:1-10:32

Below is an excellent timeline of the flood provided by Answers in Genesis. Imagine spending over a year in the ark! I remember one person saying that although the stench must have been horrible on the INSIDE of the ark, the judgment was much worse on the OUTSIDE of the ark. Friend, be sure to stay in the ark, even though at times it’s stinky and anything but smooth sailing.

In Genesis 9:3 God permits man to eat meat, without the blood.

In Genesis 9:6 we are reminded of the sanctity of human life.

Warren Wiersbe, “Murder is a terrible crime because man is made in the image of God, and to kill a human being is to attack God’s image.

The rainbow is a reminder that God will never judge the world through water (flood) again (Genesis 9:15-16). He will judge the world one day, but it will be by fire (2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 20:9, 11).

Warren Wiersbe, “The sign of the covenant was the rainbow, a bridge of beauty that joins heaven and earth. Whether we look at the rainbow or not, God looks upon it and remembers His promises.”

It’s tragic that the LGBT community has hijacked the rainbow as a symbol for themselves and yet those of us who know the Scriptures see it in the context of worldwide judgment.

Through Noah’s sons we learn dramatically that our behavior today affects the future tomorrow – for good or evil. God help us to honor our parents and never gossip.

Warren Wiersbe, “Ham should have grieved over his father’s sins, not gloated over them (Proverbs 14:9). His brothers did what love always does: ‘covers all sins’ (Proverbs 10:12; 12:16; 17:9; 1 Peter 4:8).”

In Genesis 10:10 we have the beginning of Babylon through a man named Nimrod, a rebellious tyrant under the influence of the enemy. Babel means confusion, something God is not the author of (1 Corinthians 14:33). We’ll see much more of Babylon throughout the Bible.

Matthew 4:12-25

One of the blessings of a pilgrimage to Israel is we’re able to visualize the beautiful city of Capernaum where Jesus eventually lived. It was a fulfillment of Isaiah 9:1-2.

What a beautiful promise to the Gentiles:

“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great Light.” (Matthew 4:16a)

Jesus’ message was the same as John the Baptist’s:

Matthew 4:17 (NKJV) “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

Jesus calls  Peter and Andrew, James and John from fishing for fish, to fishing for men. It is believed that 7 of the 12 Apostles were fishermen. They left everything behind, to follow Christ. Isn’t this our calling as well? 

Jesus went on to speak the greatest words ever spoken and to do the greatest works ever done – truly He is the Messiah! His ministry consisted of teaching, preaching, and healing.

Psalm 4:1-8

David was not a perfect man, by any means, but He was a true believer. I love his words in:

Psalm 4:3 (NKJV) “But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; the LORD will hear when I call to Him.”

As believers with a heart to obey, we are set apart for God (holy) – and He hears us when we call to Him.  So let’s keep calling! David was in distress (Psalm 4:1). David was being attacked, and even in danger (Psalm 4:28). David was probably angry (Psalm 4:4) but he did not want to be controlled by that anger.

Psalm 4:4a is an important lesson for me. It’s okay – even right to be angry at times, but it’s not right to allow that anger to lead me to sin. Paul the Apostle referenced this in Ephesians 4:26.

There were some who were questioning God’s care for David (Psalm 4:4) “Who will show us any good?”

But David was able to end the Psalm with peace…and great gladness in his heart (Psalm 4:7-8). Praise God!

When we find ourselves struggling, let’s do what David did, let’s look up to the Lord, pray, sing, write, believe. He meets us there with His care and willingness to carry us through every trial.

Proverbs 1:20-23

Proverbs 1:20-22 (NKJV) “Wisdom calls aloud outside; she raises her voice in the open squares. 21 She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city she speaks her words: 22 “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge.

“The message of God’s truth is made for the marketplace, not the ivory tower; we must share it ‘at the head of the noisy streets’ (Proverbs 1:21 NIV). Wisdom even went to the city gate where the leaders were transacting official business.” – Warren Wiersbe

This call, it to all of us – GET wisdom – become a wise guy, a wise gal!

I recall many years ago at a men’s retreat, I was having a hard time reaching one of the guys who had been struggling; and one night I remember he was asking God out loud, “how long, Lord, how long will I continue to struggle?” And I told him, “God is asking you the same question, “How long?” The foolish life really can end today, it’s up to us.

In the Proverbs we deal with the simple ones, scorners, and fools.

Simple ones

The Hebrew word translated “simple ones” (18 times in the Bible; 15 times in Proverbs) is a fascinating word referring to someone who is naively open-minded; it actually stems from the Hebrew which is usually translated “entice.” What we discover is that the simple ones are open to anything and are therefore easily enticed.


The Hebrew word translated “scorners” is found 26 times in the Bible; 16 times in Proverbs) refers to those who mock at God’s message; 

To “scorn” is to refuse and reject something in a prideful and contemptuous way.

“Scorners think they know everything (Proverbs 21:24) and laugh at the things that are really important. While the simple one has a blank look on his face, the scorner wears a sneer.” – Warren Wiersbe

Proverbs 21:24 (NKJV) “A proud and haughty man— “Scoffer” is his name; he acts with arrogant pride.”


The Hebrew word translated fool, is found 69 times in the Bible; 49 times in the Proverbs. It refers to one who is obstinate and stubborn; it has nothing to do with mental deficiency, but rather to the inclination to make wrong choices. 

“Fools are people who are ignorant of truth because they’re stubborn. Their problem isn’t a low IQ or poor education; their problem is a lack of spiritual desire to seek and find God’s wisdom. Fools enjoy their foolishness but don’t know how foolish they are! The outlook of fools is purely materialistic and humanistic. They hate knowledge and have no interest in things eternal.” – Warren Wiersbe

There’s no question that wisdom is required in every sphere of life, and therefore wisdom calls us, even cries to us, the only question is whether or not we’re really listening.

Proverbs 20:23 (NKJV) “Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

This is one of my favorite Proverbs worth memorizing! The Spirit of God will use the Word of God to work the Wisdom of God in a child of God. But prior to the Spirit working in such a way, we must “turn” to God, or return to God.

If we turn from our sins, and turn to God, the Spirit of God will fall on us, and fill us with all that we need. The Spirit of God is the Spirit of wisdom (Isaiah 11:2), for we not only need to know what to do, but we also need the strength to do it.

It’s sad that other translations of the Bible omit the word “Spirit”, and substitute such words as “thoughts” and “heart” when the Hebrew word (Strongs #07307) overwhelmingly refers to the Spirit (232/378) (wind or breath 119/378) and is never translated “thoughts” in the Authorized version.

What an amazing promise this is, that if only I would turn from my sin, I will experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and my eyes and ears will be open to the Word of God.

If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, maybe something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward together in 2021.

January 3

Genesis 5:1-7:24

It’s fascinating how Genesis 5:1 reminds us that we are created in the image and likeness of God, but Genesis 5:3 reveals that we are also born in the image and likeness of Adam (Romans 5:12). We are all fallen, in this sense, and depraved, we are all part of the “Adam’s Family.”

The Bible doesn’t tell us everything that has taken place in human history, only those things God determines we need to know. Genesis 5 streamlines us through the genealogy of Noah. Along the way we run into this man named Enoch. Enoch walked with God 300 years. He walked with God and “was not, for God took him (Genesis 5:24). Everyone else died, but not Enoch. He was beamed up and is therefore a picture of that generation who will not die, but those who will be raptured up (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:50-51).

Enoch is also mentioned in:

Hebrews 11:5 (NKJV) “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

The days got dark and demonic. It breaks my heart to read those words in Genesis 6:5-7. It reminds me of today. Evil is everywhere, deeply embedded in the heart of humanity. God in His justice, HAD to judge the world.

It’s important to know that there is a precedent for the rapture, and there is a precedent for worldwide judgment.

Genesis 6:8 (NKJV) “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”

That’s the key for you and me, grace (John 1:14, Ephesians 2:8-9).

Noah did according to all that God commanded him.  He built an ark with Godly fear in order to save his family, and in the process warned the world, who no doubt mocked him along the way. Some say it took him 120 years, but others (see Answers in Genesis) say it was probably between 20 and 40 years.

Hebrews 11:7 (NKJV) “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”

Matthew 3:7-4:11

John the Baptist did not have the “Seeker friendly approach.” He called the hypocrites out, “Brood of Vipers – snakes. You think you’re saved because you follow all the rules and regulations meticulously? Because you’re descendants of Abraham? No way!”

Matthew 3:12 (NKJV) “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

John reminded them and us that the evidence of salvation is a changed life, the fruit of the Spirit.

Matthew 3:12 (NKJV) “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

John reminded them and us that these are not trivial matters.

Although Jesus had no sin to wash away, He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness, He was baptized to be that example for us, and He was baptized to identify with the ministry of John the Baptist. As His ministry began, He would be anointed by the Holy Spirit, and He would go toe-to-toe with Satan defeating Him with the tools of prayer and fasting, and the Word!

Psalm 3:1-8

What a horrible time that must have been – David was torn as he ran from his son Absalom (2 Samuel 15-18). His enemies were many and his trials increased, but by faith he not only wrote this song, he sang this song and made important declarations:

Psalm 3:3 (NKJV) “But You O LORD are a shield for me, my glory, the One who lifts up my head.”

David sang, he cried (Psalm 3:4), he prayed. When his eyes were heavy he wasn’t sure if he’d make it through the night – but he did, and he gave God the glory.

He encourages himself (something we all need to do), just say it, “I will not be afraid…” Believe it, know it, there’s nothing to fear, the future is our friend for God is our Father.

If we pray as David prayed, “Arise O Lord and fight for us.” He will…for He is our salvation!

Proverbs 1:10-19

Proverbs 1:10-15 (NKJV) My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait to shed blood; let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the Pit; 13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, we shall fill our houses with spoil; 14 Cast in your lot among us, let us all have one purse”— 15 My son, do not walk in the way with them, keep your foot from their path;

Sandy Adams, “Through Proverbs Solomon wants to give his son the inner anchors to say “no” to sin’s enticement. He wants to build into his son a healthy independence where he can stand against the current of this world.”

Proverbs 1:16-19 (NKJV) For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. 17 Surely, in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird; 18 But they lie in wait for their own blood, they lurk secretly for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.

*Please read Luke 12:13-20

What did Jesus warn us to beware of, and why? Covetousness. Our life does not consist in the abundance of the things we possess.

What was the man’s “problem?” He had nowhere to store his crops

What was the man’s solution to the “problem?” Build bigger barns

What was the man’s retirement plan? Take it easy, eat, drink, and be merry

What did God call him? A fool

God called him a “fool” (878 aphron af’-rone) = without reason, senseless, stupid, without reflection or intelligence, acting rashly; the Greek word literally means to have “no understanding.”

He was a fool because he was covetous (laid up treasure for himself), and he was a fool because he wasn’t rich toward God (v. 21)

I wonder if there’s anyone here whose cupboards, rooms, houses, and garages are stuffed with too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter. We tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. Our toy rooms are messy, our drawers don’t close, and our closets are filled from top to bottom. The evidence of clutter is all around us. 

If this is the case, I need to be careful, I might be bordering on being a fool – according to Jesus.

Tragically, there are many American “fools.” Statistics tells us that there are 300,000 items in the average American home; 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage; 25% of people who own 2 car garages don’t have room to park cars inside of them, and 32% are unable to park even 1 car inside. The United States has upward of 50,000 storage facilities (in comparison there are close to 15,000 McDonalds and 15,000 Starbucks in America). The average 10-year-old owns 238 toys, but only plays with 12 of them. 3.1% of the children in the world live in America, but 40% of the worlds toys are in America. American homes have more television sets than people. And those television sets are turned on for more than a third of the day—eight hours, 14 minutes. Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches ($100 billion) than on higher education. Shopping malls outnumber high schools. And 93% of teenage girls rank shopping as their favorite pastime.

The numbers paint a jarring picture of excessive consumption and unnecessary accumulation. Fortunately, the solution is not difficult. The invitation to own less is an invitation to freedom, intentionality, and passion.[1]

We’ll see that the Proverbs speak frequently about money, riches, and the foolishness of greediness. 

Proverbs 15:27 (NKJV) “He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, but he who hates bribes will live.”

You see, wisdom brings the “full” life, as opposed to the “fool” life.

Proverbs 22:3, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.”


If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, maybe something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward together in 2021.

January 2

Genesis 3-4

It’s heartbreaking to read of the fall of man. Adam and Eve were free to eat of all the other trees but they defiantly chose to disobey God. Eve was fooled, but Adam did it with eyes wide open, and therefore sin entered into our world through Adam (1 Timothy 2:14; Romans 5:12).

We have questions of a serpent talking and God walking in the garden. All I know is that it was the devil who deceived Eve and the fellowship between God and man before the fall must have been sweet.

But now, every time we see a snake slithering we’re reminded of the fall. Every time a woman gives birth in pain and anguish, we’re reminded of the fall. Man’s transition from tending a garden to toiling as a farmer in the sweat of his brow, is a reminder of the fall.

Genesis 3:16b is an interesting verse in the (NLT)

“Then he said to the woman, ‘…you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.’”

The New King James emphasizes the way the wife will desire her husband (to an extreme), while other translations point out that a part of the curse is woman’s desire to control her husband .

God was forced to expel Adam and Eve from the garden lest they eat of the Tree of Life and live in their fallen condition forever…but not without hope. Genesis 3:15 is called the Protoevangelium. Protoevangelium is comprised of two Greek words, protos meaning “first” and evangelion meaning “good news” or “gospel”. Thus the protevangelium in Genesis 3:15 is commonly referred to as the first mention of the good news of salvation in the Bible, because the prophecy states that the seed of Satan would bruise the heel of the Seed of Eve. We all know that women don’t have “seeds,” men do. This is therefore a prophecy of the Virgin Birth and the Lord Jesus Christ dealing Satan a deathblow (crushing his head) at the cross of Calvary.

Genesis 4 is such a sad account of the fall unfolding. Abel’s offering included faith while Cain’s did not (Hebrews 11:4). God spoke to Cain warning him that sin was knocking on the door of his heart. We read God’s words to Cain in:

Genesis 4:7 (NKJV) “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

This describes my daily battle!

Tragically Cain killed Abel (beware of the horror of jealousy/envy) and things went south fast.

Adam and Eve had many more sons and daughters and the multiplication of the depravity of man began.

But then we read those words of hope in:

Genesis 4:26b, “…then men began to call on the name of the LORD.”

Matthew 2:13-3:6

When Herod found out that the wise men weren’t returning to inform him as to the whereabouts of the new King, this heartless brute, simply decided to kill all the children 2-years old and below. O the heartache and evil of the culture of death – even of children (today’s comparison – abortion).

Joseph was warned in a dream and the family moved to Egypt for a season. These things were spoken of in the Old Testament (prophesied) to prove the validity of the Messiah to the Jews and to all mankind. One wonders why the holy family wasn’t allowed to stay in Israel and experience the supernatural protection of God right there? God often protects us in practical ways.

Fast forward close to 28 years later and the voice of God through John the Baptist begins to cry in the wilderness:

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:3)

Wouldn’t you say that’s pretty much the same message for today? Get ready, Jesus is coming!

Psalm 2

What a beautiful Psalm of the inevitable coronation of our King. The world, led by all the forces of hell will resist, but God will laugh (Psalm 2:4) and He will set His Son as King in Jerusalem (Psalm 2:6). Don’t you look forward to that day?

We must bow our knees to King Jesus. Serve Him with godly fear. 

To rejoice with trembling (Psalm 2:11) might sound like an oxymoron but it accurately describes the way we tremble at God’s Word, and have joy in the blessings and benefits of obedience (Isaiah 66:5).

I love the way the Psalmist summarizes what we’re to do:

Psalm 2:12 (NKJV) “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.”

Have you put your trust in God’s Son? If so, you are blessed. If not, you’re still in your sins, kindling God’s anger and jugment.

Proverbs 1:7-9

Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV) “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

To fear the LORD speaks of the reverence we must have for God in that He is infinitely awesome and utterly holy. Will I fear Him and live a “Full” life? Or will I fail to fear Him and live a “Fool” life? O God give me wisdom!

“The fear of the LORD is a phrase found 18 times in the Proverbs, and if there’s ever to be wisdom, there first must be this healthy fear.”

For the believer, the fear of the Lord is this reverence and healthy fear of the loving discipline of a Father. As we study the Scriptures, we find that God is not presented as a Father who enjoys chastening His children and does so flippantly or even easily. God is patient, gentle, and longsuffering – – – but make no mistake about it, He will keep His promise to do whatever it takes to keep us in line!

It can be verbal discipline, circumstantial discipline as with Samson, and even fatal discipline -as was the case of Nadab and Abihu, and Ananias and Sapphira.

The fear of the Lord is also applicable to the non-believer.

Matthew 10:28 (NKJV) “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Proverbs 1:8 (NKJV) My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother; 9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck.

“My son,” is an address we find 23 times in the book of Proverbs.

They may been things he heard from his father, but we know – ultimately it was his heavenly Father. And then there’s the mother – some would compare the church to a mom-type, although we have to be careful of that.

But son…listen (v. 8) as God’s children we’re called to “hear” (shema – listen and obey). For we we listen our Father is blessed.

3 John 1:4 (NKJV) “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

When I read Proverbs 1:9, I don’t think it’s wise to hone-in on the ornament or crown on our heads, or the gold chains around our neck – I gravitate more towards that word “graceful.” If we walk in wisdom, we’ll experience this grace; we’ll live in it, Graceland; and that will adorn our lives; it will make life beautiful.

If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward together.

January 1

Genesis 1-2

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 (the sky and 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 (as rational, moral, spiritual, and social beings). (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 Adam. What a beautiful picture of marriage, how God fashioned the woman from a place within the man 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 that is not to be taken lightly, 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.”

Genesis 2:24 is the application – the responsibility we have as married couples in light of what God has done for those of us who are married. We are to “leave and cleave,” for the rest of our lives!

To become one flesh refers to the bond of marriage (Matthew 19:5-6) and includes sexual intimacy (1 Corinthians 6:16; Hebrews 13:4).

Matthew 1:1-2:12

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 epic to discover that four women are included in His genealogy (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.

After finding out that Mary was pregnant and knowing this child wasn’t his, Joseph was inclined to put her away, “divorce” her secretly (their betrothal was a legal commitment that required legal action to end).

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.”

Matthew 1:21 is one of the greatest passages in al the Bible…for I am a great, great sinner. This virgin birth was a fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14. The One born to die for our sins had to be born of a virgin, for He had to be born without sin.

I’ve always been blessed by the wise men from the East as described in Matthew 2. They were 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.

Another prophecy fulfilled:

Micah 5:2 (NKJV) “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”

The King of kings had been born; those who are wise still seek Him.

Psalm 1

Psalm 1 is the perfect “song” to start everything off in Israel’s hymnal. 

If we want to be blessed, we mustn’t walk in the counsel of the world, we are to walk in the counsel of God’s Word! Meditate in it day-and-night – read it and heed it – love it, learn it, and live it! If that’s your heart, the promise of this Psalm is that you’ll be like a tree planted in a perfect spot, with plenty of water to bear good fruit, even your leaves won’t wither…and whatever you do will prosper (Psalm 1:3). You will be successful in God’s eyes and accomplish His purposes for your life.

But those who reject God’s Word and choose to live according to the counsel of the world, (the ungodly) will not stand on the day of judgment before God…the ungodly will perish.

Psalm 1:6 (NKJV) “For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

Proverbs 1:1-6

Proverbs 1:1 (NKJV) “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

Let’s begin by asking a couple of questions, “What is a Proverb?” and “Who is Solomon?”

What is a Proverb? A Proverbs has been defined as a sermon in a sentence, making these points of wisdom easier to memorize – to hide in our hearts with the hopes of living it out in our lives.

I’ll bet a lot of you have a lot of Proverbs already memorized – not found in the book of Proverbs. Are you familiar with any of these?

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

“Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

“Better late than never.”

“Birds of a feather flock together.”

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

“The early bird gets the worm.”

“Actions speak louder than words.”

“Practice makes perfect.”

“Easy come, easy go.”

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

“Good things come to those who wait.”

Proverbs can be powerful.

Warren Wiersbe said this – “Keep in mind that, apart from kings, prophets, and priests, the average Jewish adult didn’t own copies of their sacred books and had to depend on memory to be able to meditate on God’s truth and discuss it (Deut. 6:1–9). If Solomon had written a lecture on pride, few people would remember it, so he wrote a proverb instead: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18 NIV). There are only seven words in the original Hebrew, and even a child could memorize seven words!”

And that’s part of the beauty of this section of the Bible. What’s easier to remember a sermon on pride – or a sentence on pride?

Who is Solomon?

At one time Solomon was the wisest man on earth – as a matter of fact, we read in:

1 Kings 4:32 (NKJV) “He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five.”

700 are recorded in this book, which is absolutely amazing considering the fact that in the original language these Proverbs sometimes had rhythm and rhyme, along with the truth!

To write a proverb is much more difficult than you might realize. Pastor Chuck Smith gave us a couple of Proverbs – sermons in a sentence. Many of you probably know them:

“Where God guides…God provides.”

“Blessed are the flexible…for they shall not be broken.”

Solomon is the brilliant author of the majority of these Proverbs. We read here in v. 1 that Solomon was the son of David, his mother was Bathsheba (something we see in 2 Samuel 12:24). He succeeded his father David as king. But before we give David or Bathsheba credit for his wisdom, we need to know that he actually graduated from the University of Jerusalem from above. God is the one who granted Solomon His wisdom (see 1 Kings 3:5-14).

Proverbs 1:2-3 (NKJV) “To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity;

There are definitely some great goals here, that through knowledge, perception, and reception, one could get a grasp on wisdom, instruction, understanding, and all we’ll need to live life skillfully, to draw near and hear from God those personal plans HE has for our lives – principles from above.

4 To give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion— 5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, 6 To understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles.

We’re all at different places in our life as human beings, some are younger, older, wiser…and we’re all wired differently,

Solomon mentions the simple – a reference to the naïve, maybe even the gullible; he mentions the young man who’s not as experienced; he also mentions a wise man who is still willing to hear and learn; and finally, he writes of this man of understanding…not a know-it-all, but open to counsel and guidance.

All of this is to make sense of the proverbial truths of life, to put together the puzzles of life, to work out or figure out the riddles, those enigmas – in reference to those people or situations that are mysterious and difficult to understand.