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52 Weeks Discussion > Week 1:Day 4: GenesisĀ 10-12

A few things really stood out to me today.

1) I love that the author of the book pointed out the law of first mention and how important it is to grasp that concept in order to rightly divide the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV). What this means is that when an important word is mentioned for the first time, it will be consistent throughout the Bible. This is an amazing thing because the Bible literally is able to interpret itself when we use concepts like the law of first mention because these words serve as keys or foundational work to unlock other parts of the Bible. Isn't God amazing?!

2) The second thing that really stood out to me was the phrase, "If you want to understand the things that are happening in the PRESENT and the things that will be happening in the FUTURE, you must understand the things in the PAST... History repeats itself" (Trotter, 2019, p. 11). The author also used Ecclesiastes 3:15 to explain his point. This idea makes me think of Solomon's phrase, "There is no new thing under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9, KJV). The relation in the lesson was about seeing a "type" of Nimrod and the Antichrist, so I am going off topic here. However, the bigger picture I am seeing in this lesson is that there is nothing God hasn't seen, there is nothing that hasn't already been done, and there is no problem that we are having that God hasn't already seen before. Our problems are because of sin and because of the fall of man and therefore, the root causes of sin haven't changed since the garden. "Satan tempted Eve through the lust of the flesh ("the tree was good for food), the lust of the eyes ("it was pleasant to the eyes"), and the pride of life ("a tree to be desired to make one wise") (Genesis 3:6, KJV) (Trotter, 2019, p. 2). "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world" (1John 2:16, KJV).

3) Finally, the last thing that stood out to me was how despite Abraham continually messing up in his life, God still used him. I know most of my life I saw these men in the Bible as people who never did anything wrong and lived not perfect, but close to perfect lives and that is why God was able to use them. As I dig deeper into God's Word, I am beginning to see how wrong I was. God used people because they were willing to be used. God used people who put faith in him. Despite Abraham's messed up mistakes, he still is called "Faithful" (Hebrews 11:8, KJV). It is a comforting promise to me that even though I have made mistakes in my life and have messed up more than not, God can and will still use me for His will, if I am willing to renew my mind, put Him first, above everything, and be led by Him (Romans 12:2, KJV).

March 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJamie F.

On a side note regarding your last observation -- seeing the imperfections of people in the Bible is one of the proofs that the Scriptures are truly the Word of God. Had man written the Bible without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, man would have presented himself in the best possible light, because who wants to reveal their dirty laundry? However, the Scriptures don't do that. They show us these people, warts and all, so to speak. Why? So we can learn from their lapses into sin and its resulting consequence (Romans 15:4 - "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope."; 1 Corinthians 10:11 - "Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.")

March 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPastor Ken