Week 3 Chronological Bible Reading – 2014
Begins Monday January 20th
|Week 3 – 2014||January|
|Monday||20||Genesis 36 – 37|
|Tuesday||21||Genesis 38 – 40|
|Wednesday||22||Genesis 41 – 42|
|Thursday||23||Genesis 43 – 45|
|Friday||24||Genesis 46 – 47|
|Saturday||25||Genesis 48 – 50|
|Sunday||26||Job 1 – 3|
Author: Uncertain. Suggestions include Job himself, Elihu, Moses, and Solomon.
Date: Uncertain (although we do not know who wrote the book or when it was written, the book of Job appears to be set in the days of the patriarchs—though not in the land of Israel.)
Theme: The book wrestles with the age-old question: If God is a God of love and mercy, why do the righteous suffer? In answer, Job clearly teaches the sovereignty of God and the need for man to acknowledge that sovereignty. Job’s three friends gave essentially the same answer to the problem of pain: All suffering is due to sin. Elihu, however, declared that suffering is often the means of purifying the righteous. God’s purpose, therefore, was to strip away all of Job’s self-righteousness, and to bring him to the place of complete trust in Him.
(More JOB overview next week)
Note: Above text taken from program booklet.
The following exerpt is retyped from the program booklet if you’d like something extra to read this week. Does anyone know from the legal standpoint should I be stating info about the program booklet when posting here? Originally our group at church decided not to all go out and buy the booklet as they felt accomplishment would result by doing it with others, with the program in hand one might decide to go it on their own and as so many of us already know, reading the entire Bible is a wonderful experience yet difficult to bring to fruition experience. So, I leave the program information off, but ethically perhaps that is not the thing to do.
Going Deeper – The Primary Names of God*
In the ancient Near East, one’s name provided a key to his or her character. Adam was named for the ground (adamah) from which he was formed (Genesis 2:7). Eve, as the mother of all people, was named “Living” (havvah; Genesis 3:20). The fool who refused hospitality to David and his men in I Samuel 25 was appropriately named Nabal, or “Fool.”
In the Old Testament, three terms are generally considered the primary names of God. Elohim In our English versions, they usually appear as “God,” “Lord,” and LORD.” Each name has a meaning all its own. The word God is usually translated as one of the three related Hebrew words—El, Eloah, and Elohim,—which have the basic meaning of “might” or “strength.” So they describe deity as “the Mighty One.” It is no wonder that Elohim is used 35 times in Genesis 1:1-2:3 to describe God who created the universe.
These words assume the existence of God and describe His power (Romans 1:20), but they convey nothing unique about the God of the Bible. In fact, the Bible and other ancient texts use El, Eloah, and Elohim to describe other gods (Genesis 31:30-32) or even mighty people (Exodus 22:8-9, “judges”). But what is unique to biblical usage is the plural word, referring to one God.
The use of plural to address one individual is not uncommon in ancient texts; it is called the “plural of majesty” or “respect.” But there may be a hint of the Trinity when this form is used in the Bible. It occurs at least 2,340 times as a name of God in the text, compared to about 205 times for El and 50 times for Eloah, both singular forms.
The word Lord occurs nearly 640 times in the New Testament (as a title for Jesus or the Father), but only about 460 times in the Old. Like the words for God, the Hebrew word for Adon can refer to lords or masters other than the Lord of all creation (Genesis 42:30, 33). But like Elohim, the plural form Adonay is the normal form of this word when referring to the Lord. Furthermore, the “ay” at the end of this Hebrew word includes the personal pronoun my. In other words, the term could be translated as “my Lord,” especially when the relationship of Sovereign Master to submissive servant is clear from the text (Genesis 15:2, 8).
The word Loi outnumbers the combined total of all other names and titles of God, occurring more than 6,800 times. Unlike these other words, it is the unique proper name of the one true God—the name He shares with no other. Most scholars believe the name was originally pronounced “Yahweh.” Yahweh is the name by which God relates to His people. It’s the name that implies His presence and interaction. Thus, though God, “the Mighty One,” created the universe in Genesis 1, Yahweh stooped down to form man from the dust and to breathe life into his nostrils.
*text taken from program booklet