I’m reading the Bible in a year, in chronological order… (I’m into year number 2 because I can’t read 3 chapters a day.) I’ve been through Genesis, Job, Genesis, into Exodus, took several detours into Jeremiah, Psalms, Proverbs, etc., and now I’m back to Exodus.
During my remaining time in Genesis, I was reading away and stopped dead. Hollered at my husband in the other room, “Oh my gosh! How are all of these people committing the same sins over and over again?
Husband: “What are you talking about?”
I’m reading my Bible and so many of the people are following the same footsteps of their ancestors, lying, cheating, and killing! What in the heck!?”
Husband replies: And you’re just learning this now?
Me: No, but in Bible study, we’d go through one book at a time for a loooong time. I never connected the dots before. Now that I’m really focusing and reading the Bible in order, I see it in a whole new light – the sins of the father (prior generations) playing out in the later generations. Didn’t the new generations see how that worked out for the prior generations? How did they not learn?
Husband: Hun… Why do you think Jesus had to die on the cross? Because All have sinned. It’s human nature.
Me: I know, it but I don’t like it one bit! This is horrible! So much killing and death and …
So now I’m at the part in Exodus where the Israelites fall away and have been grumbling, etc… I’m thinking, “Seriously? Again? They’re messing up again!?”
Then I remembered my journey on this earth. How many times do I ask for forgiveness? How many times do I look up and say, “God, I’m sorry.”
Awakening – I feel like I just woke up – again.
Dear Jesus, Please forgive me for anything I may have done that was not in line with Your will. Help me walk a straight path, following You. Guide me as I stumble or fall. And thank you for loving me after all. AMEN!
In our busy days of rushing to work and/or play, we often forget to take Jesus with us. Sometimes we forget to take time alone with Him. Do a test for 5 days. Wake up and spend the first 10 minutes of the day with our Lord. If after 5 days you notice a difference in your life, please let us know. Either post a note about it or IM me. You will be amazed at how much better your days are when you put God “first”.
Thank you for sparking my interest– or NEED rather, to read the Bible in chronological order. I have no desire to read it in a year, I like soaking it in. But i see now I need to read it in order. Not sure where to find the plan but, Im on a mission!
Susie Glennan says
Hi Rebecca, There are several links if you do a search. I feel comfortable with Bible Gateway. It’s in chronological order for reading but in a year. Ignore the dates and just read as you can. Or you can just type into the Google search box: read the bible in chronological order.
As I read, I wrote what popped out at me and researched things that I didn’t know about or understand. I had trouble (as many before me) with the lineage reading. So I looked for the main person for that reading and tried to figure out who it was trying to get us to and highlight that person’s name. Sometimes it was to show us how everyone was connected and I didn’t go further. I try to keep it simple so I don’t get overwhelmed.
God Bless You! ~Susie