Daily Reading 1.1.14

Psalm 1 – the sequence in association (from walking to standing to sitting) and the sequence of action (from listening to their counsel to being like them and sitting with them and scoffing) is very good. How do I guard against these ungodly? I need to meditate on the Law of the Lord day and night. Gods word protects me from sin.

Proverbs 1:1-3

Matthew 1 – the genealogy is centered on David. It begins “the record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David…” Everything then leads up to David and away from David, he’s the reference point everything hinges on

– Abraham to David
– David to Babylonian captivity
– Babylon to Messiah (son of David)

Also there is this idea of 14 generations. There is an ancient Jewish practice called gematria. Gematria (Hebrew: גימטריה‎, gēmaṭriyā) is a system of assigning numerical value to a word or phrase, in the belief that words or phrases with identical numerical values bear some relation to each other, or bear some relation to the number itself as it may apply to a person’s age, the calendar year, or the like. According to this Jewish practice of gematria the name of David would add up like this D + V + D or 4 + 6 + 4 = 14. So if there is a significance to 14 it’s probably this, again a pointer to David.
Why is Matthew doing this? He is doing it because Messiah must come from David. The Jews knew when Messiah came He would have to be from Davidic line. So Matthew writing to Jews primarily is saying “David, David, David, the Davidic king is here! Messiah has come!”

Also we find out in 1:21 that Jesus will save His people from their sins

Genesis 1-3 – God is actively doing everything, He is the singular agent of creation. Man tells us that everything is by chance and without order or reason. The Bible tells us that God has made everything and has used order and reason. Birds in sky, fish is sea, plants on earth etc.

Probably the greatest understatement in the Bible 1:16b “…He made the stars also.” Man says that the reason stars and such are where they are at is because if a Big Bang, the Bible says they are where they are because “God placed them there…” (v17)

After creating it says in 1:22 “God blessed them…” This is the first occurrence of the word “bless” in the Bible (there are tons more to follow, see Psalm 1 above) Did the creation do anything to earn Gods blessing? No, they were simply operating as He designed them to and by His grace He blessed them. The same for me, I cannot earn Gods blessing, it is by His grace, undeserved, unmerited. And His blessing usually comes when I am operating as I was designed to (i.e. obeying).

Man is supreme to all of creation: he is only creature made in Gods image according to Gods likeness, God sets man to rule over creation. (1:26)

It appears that before the fall man and beast were vegetarian (1:29-30)

“God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food” (2:9), I am amazed that God would care so much for us to make it not only good for food but pleasing to look at. God is not a mean ogre, just look at the world and the beauty in it. When you see a tree or created thing that is pleasing to the sight praise God for His abundant love.

There was no suitable helper found for Adam, so God provided Him with one. God always provides. (2:20-25)

Gen 3:1 the first question, the first lie, and the first sin. Satan knows the truth and will try and twist it just enough to make it deadly. We must be diligent to know what God has actually said. Satan attacks Gods word, His Character, and His trustworthiness. Satan tries to make God look like He is withholding some good from you as if you and Satan know better than God what is good for you. Eve thought it was good, it really looked good, and Satan said it was good, but God said it was bad. Never trust my own perception or experience over and against what God has said.

Eve was deceived but Adam willfully ate, her sin was his fault too because it was his job to protect her.

Sin causes shame and separation from God “the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God” (3:8) but the LORD graciously seeks them out and provides. Once again God is not the mean ogre Satan plays he out to be, instead He is extremely gracious and merciful.

Adam and Eve sin hard against one another and even impugn God. I wonder what would have happened had they repented and said “God, we sinned and ate of the tree you told us not to, something is wrong, please help us and forgive us!” Instead they heaped sin on top of sin…

Twice in the first three chapters God says about Himself “Let us” (1:26) and “become like one of Us” (3:22), these must reference the trinitarian nature of God.


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