I have learned that before I read a book in the Bible I need to know a few things such as:
- Who wrote it.
- When they wrote it.
- And who they were writing it to.
It makes the scriptures make sense. Until last year, I never asked these questions (no wonder I was often more confused about scripture). If asked, would you know who wrote the first book of the Bible, or the first 5 books of the Bible? Many of you would answer with “Well, of course”; and others would look at me like a deer caught in the headlights. The human author of the first book was actually the human author of the first 5. Of course, the “human author” is only the vessel that God used. Technically, God wrote the Bible by BREATHING it into the person who actually penned it. So in this case, the man who penned the first 5 books was Moses. (Take note of the words “breathing, breathed, breath” as you begin to read the Bible; God breathed and SPOKE everything into existence which is one reason it is so important for us to SPEAK the word, but we can’t speak it if we don’t know it).
The first 5 books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. They are referred to in different ways by different people. They are the Books of Law. The Pentateuch (Penta meaning 5) . The 5 Scrolls. The Torah.
We will begin reading Genesis and in 4 days move into the book of Job. ” WHATTTTTT???” you say. Reading the Bible Chronologically means we will be not reading the books in the order they are currently in the Bible. We begin tomorrow with the famous “In the Beginning….” This month we will learn some AMAZING insights, read about the Creation, the Fall, the Flood, how we got different languages, the Abrahamic Covenant, the story of Joseph, and Jacob’s blessing. There will be many “new Beginnings” in what we read. The beginning of the world, humans, sin, promises, family, nations, and Covenants (promises).
So here we go…. Genesis 1-3 is the first read tomorrow. Buckle up and get ready for the ride of your life :-).