Rolling the Dice for an Important Decision

Here are the Scripture readings for the whole Bible in a year, month of June, set #2:

– Genesis, chapters 3-4
– Psalm, chapter 2
– Matthew 1:18-25
– Acts 1:12-26

I always find the account of the Fall in Genesis 3 interesting, and today in particular I’m noticing the way God’s punishments for Adam/Eve land squarely on male-female issues (child-bearing, desire, working in the fields). Are there implications here for Biblical manhood/womanhood? I’m just thinking out loud here.

Then, in the Acts reading, I am really blown away by the Apostle’s decision to pray that the Lord would show them who Judas’ successor should be, but then cast lots to make their choice (vs 24-26).  Is this action perhaps rooted in the Apostle’s awareness and understanding of Proverbs 16:31?

Moving on to the June readings, set #3…

– Genesis, chapters 5-8
– Psalm, chapter 3
– Matthew 2:1-12
– Acts 2:1-21

Sheesh, reading Genesis is just fascinating.  Verses 5-6 in chapter 6 really jumped out at me just now: “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth.” In these verses we find the Bible’s first clear description of what theologians call “Total Depravity,” mankind’s inability to do anything but sin (“EVERY intention of the thoughts of his heart was ONLY evil”).  Also noteworthy is God’s being “sorry” that he made man, a concept that many of us struggle to fully understand.

In the Matthew and Acts readings I noticed a couple Old Testament prophecy fulfillments, which are always worth paying attention to (Micah 5:2, Joel 2:28-32).

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