Today’s reading: Genesis 1-11, Psalm 1-2
In a book that is meant to tell us about God and God’s relationship with humanity, what comes first? Well, a good place to start is, “In the beginning. . .” And what a beginning it is. In the first 11 chapters of Genesis, there is creation, deception, stories of origin, murder, mystery, genealogy, flood, covenant, and pride, just to name a few. And we only have to get as far as the first two chapters of Genesis to realize that the early community of faith was willing to let multiple voices participate in telling the story.
Reading two different accounts of creation in the first two chapters is just one of a number of places in today’s reading that might have you scratching your head–which is why it’s important to ask the right questions as you read. Today, and at other points along the way, instead of getting stuck on the question, “Did that really happen?” ask, “Is it true?”
Is it true that God is the creator of all things? Is it true that we have a hard time resisting temptation? Is it true that we want to be in control? When we ask these kinds of questions as we read and begin to offer our own “yes” in response, we will find that the Bible has taken us to a much deeper place in our own journey of faith. And we will be free to appreciate the many forms in which Scripture communicates truth.