Setting the Stage


Day 3
Genesis 3-8, Psalms 3, Matthew 2:1-12, Acts 1:1-21

A few things jumped out at me in the Genesis chapters, for example Seth didn’t become a father until he was 105 years old (Gen. 5:6.) Why was that? Did he just marry late? Interesting that after the oldest man in the Bible was mentioned (Methuselah-969 years), God reset the normal lifespan to 120 years (Gen 6:3). Then the flood came. This year I noticed Gen. 8:13 for the first time, which says, “it came about in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up from the earth.” What a way for Noah and his family to begin the year.

Have to mention the Matthew passage, too, because Matt. 2:6 quotes Micah 5:2, written around 700 B.C., which says Messiah will be born in Bethlehem. Even before someone showed me this astounding prophecy, I loved the music of “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” but now I am touched even more by its message.

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