At the start of the New Year I made some nice purchases in Bibles, one, a chronological Bible, and the other a beautiful women’s study Bible. Deciding to make it a year of reading through the Bible chronologically, I began reading in Genesis with my highlighter and fancy gold pen. I began making notes in the margins of the Bibles, as I always do. I have lost count of the number of times I have read different books of the Bible, Genesis included.
While I have never found Genesis to be dull as a whole, and I have generally been fascinated in learning about the lives of the Patriarchs, this time around, something has gripped me. Since 1979, after reading and rereading this first book of the Pentateuch, one might consider that I have a great working knowledge of the history it holds. And I do!
Insights on the Torah
Somehow, though, by the time I reached chapter three, the text started jumping out of the page at me, bringing me new inspiration. I wanted to share it with you in case you share my interests. When I complete this book, I will move on to Exodus, and so on, making notes on my insights to compile into blogs.
If you have any of your own insights, I would be interested to know them! Some people hesitate or procrastinate reading the Torah, specifically the first five books of the Bible, because they don’t understand the history and think they are quite dull, compiling of nothing more than unusual, forgettable names of a lineage or a long list of rules. The unending chapters of the specs of the Tabernacle can make one’s head bob, as well.
Each book of the Bible is precious in its own way.
But each book of the Bible is precious in its own way and together they weave into a masterful tapestry, which would be incomplete and lose it value if any of the words were missing. With the Torah in mind, that is, the Law, we are introduced to our Creator. We learn a condensed version of Creation, get insight of who God is and His nature, Holy and Complete. In contrast, we read about the wicked, grievous nature of men.
Righteous Men in the Pentateuch
Amidst the evil, There are those who stand out. Noah, Enoch, Melchizedek and of course, our Patriarch, Abraham. Through Abraham, we begin to witness the very special journey of these Hebrews and the nation God was birthing, always with the intent of saving humanity through this special nation. We see one special man set apart to redeem Israel, Moses. Through his intercession, Mosaic Law comes down to protect and direct the masses as the population of Israel grows. We see Israel come into her promised land and we observe how God wants to be intimately involved in every aspect of his bride’s life.
I hope you will learn something as these blogs unfold. If you have any questions or comments, please send them my way. I would love to know you are out there!
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…