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Day 1 of 365 • This day’s reading

Devotional



Congratulations on starting TODAY on a life-transforming
journey! The Digging Deeper Daily plan will help you be successful in your
commitment to read the whole Bible in a year. The unique order of the
readings— together with the brief devotional notes, will help see the
various threads that unify the message of the Old and the New Testaments. I
hope these notes will help you remember what you have read the day before,
and hint at the deep and incredibly rich treasures in God’s Word. But the
most satisfying treasures that you find this year will be the ones you dig
to discover for yourself! Check out the ‘Shovels
blog post at dailybiblereading.info for tools to help you go deeper in your
study. Consider joining our Digging
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Introducing GENESIS:

The first five books of the Bible are the Jewish Torah, and the Bible refers
to them collectively as ‘the Law’. Many other books in the Bible attribute
the authorship of these five books to Moses. Genesis is the foundational
book of the whole Bible. When we were in our first Bible translation project
among the Orya in Papua, Indonesia, I witnessed how getting a little detail
of the foundation wrong (such as, how the first sin happened) can wreck the
whole building that is being constructed. This book of Genesis tells us what
God wants us to know about the beginning of our world, the beginning of sin,
mankind’s rebellion against God, and who God and Satan are.



Introducing JOB:

The story of Job is set in the period of the patriarch Abraham, and it takes
place in the land of the East. What I did not realize until recently is that
signs indicate that this book was written at a later time and almost
certainly by an Israelite. By the author writing that Job was “the richest
man in the East”, it places the author in the West, in the land of Israel.
The author frequently uses the name of ‘Yahweh’, which I think would not
have been done in Abraham’s time— which was long before God’s name was
revealed to Moses at the burning bush. The author was a highly educated man.
All of the book— except the first two chapters, are in exquisite poetry. The
author displays an in-depth knowledge of mythology, the constellations, and
the current wisdom concerning the world— including the underworld and traits
of exotic animals. I might as well say it: The philosophy of this book is
worthy of Solomon. Whoever he is, the author displays incredible wisdom. One
would expect an ancient book that is didactic in nature to end with a neat
answer that sums up the author’s opinion. Or one would expect an ancient
author to create a debate where the hero is totally right and the other
speakers are clearly wrong. Instead, all the human speakers in the book of
Job mix truth and error. It is a mark of inspired wisdom that in the end,
the book of Job leaves us still pondering and searching for some answers.



MARK 1a:


Due to space restrictions, the introduction to Mark’s Gospel will be in
tomorrow’s Devotional Content.