At the beginning of the year I started a 365-Day Chronological Bible reading plan. So far I’ve finished Genesis, Job, Exodus, and Leviticus. I am now on Numbers. I’ve realized that I never really took the time out to reflect on anything I’ve read. So when the time comes, I will do so here. This will be the brighter side to this page. 🙂
So let’s start with Genesis. Keep in mind that these first few will not be as detailed because I finished them all a while ago. But Genesis… My absolute favorite part of Genesis is after Adam and Eve bite the apple (hold your horses, I am not happy that they sinned) and Adam runs from God. God calls out to him and Adam tells God that he hid from Him because he was naked. Then God says, “Who told you that you were naked?” DRAMAAA! That always pops into my head after I read it. I don’t know why but if anyone made a movie off a Genesis, I’d be “that” girl in the movie theater who doesn’t shut up. Anyway, after a little while, Genesis gets kind of saddening. The fact that God created people to be in His own image… He made man and woman and walked with them in the Garden of Eden. Can you imagine walking on earth with God? Having Him RIGHT THERE. It’s overwhelming to think about. But what is saddening is how eventually, God was upset that He ever even made us. Our sins and the temptations of the world overcame everything. So He destroyed us all. Except for Noah, his wife, his sons, and their wives, of course. And the animals, two by two. But God. He made the heartwarming promise to never wipe out humanity ever again. He also gave us the beautiful rainbow reminder of His promise. To know that the Creator of us all and the One who has the power to end everything remains just and true to His word and His promise… It is amazing. God, we are not worthy of Your promise, Your love, or Your presence, for we are all sinners. We are all Eve who became deceived by the serpent, disobeyed Your commands, and ate the fruit. We are all Adam who had Your rules in mind, but disregarded them due to an influence. We are all Cain who murdered his brother out of jealousy. We are all Jacob, stealing the blessings of our brother. We are all the sons of Jacob, who have abandoned our own brother. We are all sinners and we are unworthy of Your love, Lord. But we thank You and we magnify You for all that You have done for us, Lord God. O Heavenly Father, we are unworthy to be in Your presence but You call us near to You anyway, since the dawning of time. And for that, we will never stop praising You, o God. You are worthy and we praise You, Lord God. We exalt Your name forever and ever. Amen.
Jeremiah witnesses this, and though his heart is torn, he still puts his hope in God and His faithfulness!: “The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By His mercies we have been kept from COMPLETE destruction. GREAT is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!'” (3:19-24, NLT)
God punishes us for our own good. No parent would let their child get away with everything if he/she truly loved them. God loved His chosen people and dealt with them as He should have, but He did not destroy them completely. He kept His promise of destruction all while keeping His promise of His love, mercy, and faithfulness and praise the LORD for opening Jeremiah’s eyes to see that!