January 2-Daily Bible Reading
Insights: Preacher RichD
Each day Preacher RichD shares some of the insights from his Daily Bible Reading. You will notice his insights line up with Scripture, not within the box of a certain denomination.
Only Two Sexes
Once again Scripture makes it there are only two sexes, male and female, and male is husband and female is wife.
22 And the LORD God [s]fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
“At last this is bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called ‘woman,’
Because she was taken out of man.”
24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
Knowledge of Good and Evil
There was no need for Adam and Eve to know anything about evil. They were not missing out by knowing only good. The only thing they were missing out on was pain, suffering, and a dysfunctional relationship with their Father (God). Some people say we need to know about evil so we can stay away from it. Adam and Eve did not need to know about evil to stay away from it. They only needed to know God’s will and obey it. The knowledge of evil creates rebellion, guilt, and separates us from God. One does not have to view pornography to know not to view it.
Think about it. As loving parents we try to protect our children from evil and to do our best to keep them innocent. Just like God the Father with Adam and Eve. Yet our culture today is adamant on bringing evil to our young children The serpent (devil) is still at work.
It is interesting to note that the more man gains knowledge the more the knowledge is used for evil.
Genesis 3:5, 7, 9-11
5 For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will become like God, knowing good and evil.”
7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves waist coverings.
9 Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?”
Death is the Consequence of Sin
The Lord clothed Adam and Eve with garments of skin. Where did these garments come from. It would be safe to assume that an animal(s) were killed to obtain their skin for garments. If so, most likely the Lord killed the animal(s) before Adam and Eve so they may see the consequence of their sin. Think about it, Adam and Eve never saw death until this point. Every time we sin there is some form of death.
And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.
Cain-A Way of Escape and a Warning
God gave Cain a way of escape-confess his angry and bitterness to His heavenly Father who would have removed it from Him. God warns Cain that if he does not get things right, sin will take him down a road of evil. We need to listen and obey the voice of God.
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why is your face gloomy? 7 If you do well, will your face not be cheerful? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” 8 Cain talked to his brother Abel; and it happened that when they were in the field Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.
Call Upon the Name of the Lord
This passage is very interesting. It says the people began to call upon the name of the Lord. When did they do this? It was only after Cain had grandsons and great grandsons and Adam and Eve had their second child. Notice that until Adam and Eve had a son it did not happen even though Cain had many grandsons. Does willful sin block people from God? Absolutely! Does generational sin pass on? Yes! (Take not that Lamech, one of Cain’s great grandsons created murder like his great grandfather.)
Lamech said to his wives,
“Adah and Zillah,
Listen to my voice,
You wives of Lamech,
Pay attention to my words,
For I have killed a man for wounding me;
To Seth also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then people began to call upon the name of the Lord.
Magi and Herod
It is clear in Scripture that the Magi did not come to see Jesus at the time of His birth. It had to have been within a two year timespan from the date of His birth.
2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, [a]magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent men and killed all the boys who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.
John the Baptist
It could certainly be said about John the Baptist that he was quirky. Quirky-characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits; a strange or unique action or personality. Yet he certainly was called by God. If you study about the prophets you will find they also had some ‘quirkiness’ in them. Along with their uniqueness was their boldness. When you see what God has for them to do, it takes a unique personality that will do it. Regardless of the calling, those who are called by God for uniqueness ministries, normally are unique in their personality and bold in their actions. At times, you do not fit in? You are in good company. Be bold for the Kingdom of God.
Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 3 For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said,
“The voice of one calling out in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight!’”
4 Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
Leaders Mock God
Government leaders may mock God, rebel against the things of God, and shake their fist at God, but at the end of the day, the God of Heaven and Earth Reigns.
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
Powerful Advice to Leaders
This passage has some powerful advice to leaders, especially for government leaders. What would our nation be if they followed these guidelines? Among our Founding Fathers and for many decades there was a desire to follow this guidance. Ask yourself, “How long can a nation survive if it totally rejects this counsel from God Himself? At what point will God bring judgment. A judgment that cannot be reversed without repentance by the nation.
10 Now then, you kings, use insight;
Let yourselves be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, that He not be angry and you perish on the way,
For His wrath may be kindled quickly.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
Listen to Counsel
This passage specifically states father and mother. As followers of Christ God places leaders in our life to give us counsel. We should take heed to their counsel. Their counsel can protect our minds from evil and keep us from being in bondage to evil. (Much rather have a beautiful necklace on my neck than a chain.)
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction,
And do not ignore your mother’s teaching;
9 For they are a graceful wreath for your head
And necklaces for your neck.
These Insights are based upon the Daily Reading Plan from the TyndaleAudio’s The One Year Bible NLT. The bible verses are from the NASB.