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Curious,

Are people journaling throughout this journey? Are people going to read commentary each day? I am trying to develop a strategy. :)
-Frank

Frank,

This is my first time reading through the WHOLE Bible in one year, so I am still developing a strategy myself. I am journaling every day, and, as time permits, wading through the comentary. I can see how it would be hard to read all the comentary every day, so I am going to leave it to days that I have more time, mostly weekends. Good luck to you as you explore God's Word.
-Randy

I found it interesting that Judah was in the geneaology. For some reason I thought it was through Joseph.

I wonder why, out of all the mothers, those five were mentioned. Besides the fact that at least 3 were Gentiles, what is special about them?

From Genesis:
Everything God made was good! Out of an "empty, ...formless mass cloaked in darkness," God has the same ability to take the dark places, the empty formless mass that I have made of my life and bring forth "good" things if I just allow Him to speak into the confusion I have created in my own life. What he speaks is always good.

Matthew:
Of The five mothers (comment by Randy) almost all are non-Jews in the sense of geneology; however, they were Jews in trusting in the God of Israel, well almost, Tamor was a non-Jew; Rahab, was a prostitute in the city of Jericho, a non-Jew; Ruth a Moabites. Bathsheba was the mother of Solomon, the wisest man ever upon the earth before Jesus. Bathsheba had been the wife of another man, who King David had killed to cover-up their extra-material relationhip.
I see the naming of woman in the geneology as conformation for me of the importance of 1)woman and 2) the proof that a Jew/Christian is one birthed by heart and not so much blood relations, and 3) God can use anybody!

Psalms:
It is better, in the long run, to walk uprightly then to gain, in the short-term, the admiration and respect of unrighteous "folks."

Proverbs:
The book, the Bible, cannot be understood, comprehended without seeking Wisdom. And this Wisdom is Jesus Christ.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

The words that always get me are "In the beginning God..." It all starts with God and yet mankind does its best to try and eliminate God from everything.

Hi there!
I am taking this journey with your in 2005, and I just wanted to let you know that I have set up my own blog where I'm planning on reflecting on the passages.
I seemed to find meaning in different areas than you, if you want to check it out, click the link on my name below.

ianvh

Great comments everyone! Thank you so much for posting up!

Frank - good questions. I think it will definitely vary person by person. I have heard journaling is a great way to go - as is blogging. :)

Which, by the way, Ianvh, great blog! Thanks for sharing that with everyone. I will definitely be checking out your blog regularly.

I do recommend picking up a good commentary to aid you in the daily readings. The Tyndale One Year Bible Companion is a nice brief Q & A for each day's readings. Some folks may want more. I personally love Zondervan's NIV Study Bible. The commentary at the bottom of each page is tremendous.

I know some folks are meeting in small groups, which is a great idea too. It could even be just 1 or 2 other people that you meet with.

How are others maximizing your experience of the One Year Bible? Please post up and let us know!

Grace,
Mike

Stacy,

I think what is remarkable about the five women mentioned in Jesus' geneology is that they each help underscore the great theme of all of scripture: REDEMPTION!

Tamar went through 2 husbands, then was treated as a prostitute by her father-in-law/husband? Judah.

Rahab was the harlot in the city of Jericho.

Ruth the Moabitess (from the line of Lot's incestuous relations with his daughter).

Bathsheba was in the center of a far-reaching scandal of adultery, treachery and murder.

Mary herself was no doubt slandered by some - causing Joseph to ponder how to "deal" with her privately.

Yet in all of these lives -- and in ours today, God's purpose runs its course and His will is ultimately accomplished. Our salvation is ever so much precious when we consider how fragile humanity is, yet how a sovereign God is not deterred by our shortcomings.

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