Day 1: In The Beginning… (Genesis 1-2; Matthew 1)

Beginnings always mean that there’s a fresh start just like we’ve recently celebrated with the ushering in of 2016.

The book of Genesis records the beginning of creation; each day for six days, every animal and plant created until finally the first man and first women were made. Creation, the imagination and artistry of God, was exactly as He intended it to be and it was good. Each chosen person from Genesis to Matthew became a link in the passage of time that lead to the birth of the Messiah. Like evening and day, Matthew 1 records every life and death of each man and woman, from generation to generation, until one day the Promised Messiah finally came to earth.

Have you been waiting for a new season to finally begin and believe that with this new year it will?

God is a god of new beginnings but He is also trustworthy to finish what He has started. You may not have been able to see it in the past but whatever blessings He ordained for your life, you can be sure that it will come to pass.

Today, we start 2016 filled with promises and hopeful expectations yet we can’t forget that all of our days are in constant need of God’s mercy and grace. Jesus was at the dawn of creation and the very reason for the new covenant we get to be apart of today.

As you meditate and hope for what the upcoming days and months will bring, remember that Jesus is in this new beginning and in all the days ahead.

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8 thoughts on “Day 1: In The Beginning… (Genesis 1-2; Matthew 1)

  1. I love this post and I can’t wait to read through the Bible with Tirzah in the Word!!! Y’all are doing wonderful things!

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    1. Thanks Hana! We’re so glad you’re starting this journey with us. It’s such a blessing to be walking through the Bible with you and the rest of our Tirzah community. We pray that every devotional will be used by God to show all of us (the contributors included) His amazing love ❤

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  2. Question about scripture: Genesis 1:27-29 Does this speak directly of Adam and Eve or does this speak to God having created all mankind in that time? I often wonder about where everyone else came from, is this the scripture that provides clarity on this topic?

    27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.
    28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

    29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

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    1. Thanks for that great question Leasley! God created Adam and Eve first in Genesis 2. They were the first parents and from them the world would be populated meaning their sons and daughters would marry and have children. God stops inter-sibling/cousin marriages in Leviticus 18, since there were enough human beings that inter-sibling/cousin marriages were no longer needed. In today’s time, we look very unfavorably on incest since we know genetic problems that can arise from it. However, until the time of Moses, it was not considered incest by God and therefore not sinful. Genesis 5:2-4 tells us that Adam lived 800 years and had many sons and daughters although the number is never specified (the Bible doesn’t state how long Eve lived). So Adam and Eve, whose name means mother of all living (Genesis 3:20), were the very first human being and from them every single person who has lived is from. I hope that provides clarity for you. If you have any other questions, please let me know!

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      1. Thank you Liv. This answer is very helpful; I appreciate that you have taken the time to respond. I am looking forward to reading through this 365 day bible plan with the tirzah team and the tirzah community. I’m sure I’ll have many questions along the way and feel confident and comfortable knowing that I’ll be able to get some of my questions answered. Thanks again 🙂

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  3. I always wish we were told more about the tree of life! As it is, I feel like there’s a great lesson for us there about being content with the *life* we are offered through Christ, and not seeking to lean on our own *knowledge of good and evil.*

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