I made it through Genesis in four days. Four days could possibly be all I am able to keep on track for. It seems like an accomplishment to manage ten chapters in a stretch without serious interruption!
I want to say though, that as many times as I have read Genesis before, I was amazingly humbled and blessed this time around.
I couldn't believe how much of a difference it made to read in one gulp like this, for not chopping all the "stories" into tiny segments.
I mean, I knew that Sarah was barren. I knew that Rebekah was barren. I knew that Rachel was barren. Did I ever really see the pattern like that? Coincidence maybe? (tongue in cheek here) ;-)
I was also more heavy-hearted than usual for Jacobs wife Leah. I was impressed with a full heart how the Lord God ended that story with Jacob desiring to be buried next to his wife Leah in the place of his fathers. It gave me pause for thought.
You know, I bet this will sound silly, but we have intentionally avoided cartoonish Bible illustrations for our children. Largely because we want them to have a picture that the Bible is stories recounted of real people. Much of what is recorded there is larger than life. Why confuse it with fairy tales?
This said, I have my own flannel graph pictures of Josephs brothers before him in Egypt.
In my mind they are all between seventeen and forty-five (don't ask me where this came from - I blame the illustrations) ;-D
What I really enjoyed this time was realizing that the Judah and Tamar "incident" took place before Judah went before Joseph in Egypt. Judah was an OLD guy! I didn't do the math, but 80's maybe? Anyway, I love how Benjamin is referred to by his brothers as a "little one" (inferring fewer years of age); how they protected him as a "daddy's boy" and yet we discover the fella had ten sons already. TEN!!
Just too fun! I really enjoyed myself. I love Exodus too, so ten chapters a day shouldn't pain me much - especially after the refreshing read of the last four days.
So how is YOUR reading going? What has popped out at you most? I'd love to hear, even if you leave me a comment telling me to come read your blog!
When I thought of being a mom, I never dreamed of THIS! ~Five heart melting smiles ~never getting tired of midnight feedings ~having all the answers ~not minding dirty faces ~enjoying watching the boys eat! ~falling in love with pigtails ~appreciating overalls ~appreciating a washing machine! ~wanting to do everything better ~falling in love a million times