In Genesis He's the Breath of Life
Hello, my name is...
Many of you who have read my blogs know my name; but, that's about all you really know about me. Here's a little more...
My full name is Shirley J. C. Johnson. I have the most awesome husband in the world, along with eight of the most well-behaved, well-mannered kids that could ever be. I'm also blessed with the title "Meemaw" to my two gorgeous grandchildren (soon to be three). We live in a rural area of Oklahoma, not too far from Ft. Smith. I attend the most blessed church in all the world; they have been a blessing and then some when my family has had a need. I am working on branching out more within my church, and, in fact, have a License of Ministry (though I am not ordained). The calling on my life has come to its fruition, and my studies in all things Bible have led me to many, many truths that, in the past, were not known to me. I hope to pass on my knowledge through these devotionals, and others that I have already posted. Someone, somewhere, needs to read the words that I have to share. My prayer is that God's Light and Love shines through with each letter that is pressed on my computer keyboard.
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME! AND ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD!
2 Timothy 3:16
66 Books in 1 Book
I thought I would give a quick study on each individual book of the Bible. There are 66 total books within the pages of the Bible, separated into two different parts...the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament contains 39 individual books, while the New Testament has 27 books. The Bible, in its entirety, was written within a span of about 1, 500 years and compiles the writing of 40 authors.
The Old Testament is divided further:
- PENTATUECH: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
- HISTORICAL BOOKS: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
- WISDOM BOOKS: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
- MAJOR PROPHETS: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel
- MINOR PROPHETS: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
The New Testament is divided thusly:
- GOSPELS: Mathew, Mark, Luke, John
- APOSTOLIC HISTORY: Acts
- PAULINE EPISTLES: Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
- GENERAL EPISTLES: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1 & 2 & 3 John, Jude
- APOCALYPSE: Revelation
1 John 3:1a
Genesis = "origin" or "in the beginning"
Genesis is the presentation of the origin of the world and the creation of mankind; it is our earliest history. Chapters 1-11 describe the creation itself and provide a history of the first man (Adam) and the first woman (Eve) up thru Noah, who built the great ark. Chapters 12-50 provide details concern the history of Israel's patriarchs...Abraham to Isaac to Jacob to Joseph.
Seven Key Themes
The book of Genesis has seven distinct themes within it's 50 chapters...
- God created the world in six days and on the seventh day He rested.
2. The goodness of creation and of the world.
- God created ALL living creatures; man and woman, the creatures of the land, the creature in the sea and the creatures of the air.
3. God shows His love for mankind, even in spite of man's sin and disobedience.
- Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent leading to all three of them being cursed in their own individual ways, thus leading to a spiritual separation between man and God.
4. God promised the gift of hope to all of mankind; a future Savior (Jesus, the Christ).
- Genesis 3:15--"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring [seed] and hers; he will crush [strike] your head, and you will strike his heel."
5. God shows mercy instead of issuing justice.
- When man's corruption became so great in the eyes of God, He was determined to destroy all of mankind; but, He saved mankind through Noah and Noah's family.
6. God remains active in the promises that He makes and the blessings He bestows on mankind.
- Abram became Abraham and Sarai became Sarah.
- God made a covenant with Abraham and the promise of a great nation.
- Abraham and Sarah birth Isaac, who in turn is the father of Jacob.
7. God's remains steadfast with His covenants with the nation of Israel.
- Jacob's name is changed to Israel and has 12 sons who become the heads of the 12 tribes through which the nation of Israel is blessed.
The next book is Exodus. It relates to us how the nation of Israel was delivered out of their slavery into Egypt and settled in the Promised Land after a 40 year sojourn in the desert. I hope you look forward to it as much as I do.