OYB Blogroll Additions January 1

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Lots of new additions today to the 2007 OYB Blogroll:

Jenz Thoughts and Feelings (Jenz), welcome to the OYB Blogroll!

Atropica (Patrick), welcome to the OYB Blogroll!

Ever Looking Upwards (Romayne), welcome to the OYB Blogroll!

Dawn 119:176 (Kimella), welcome to the OYB Blogroll!

Mrs. G. (Leslie), welcome to the OYB Blogroll!

JazzCaster (Karen), welcome to the OYB Blogroll!

A Lily Among the Thorns (Tiffany), welcome to the OYB Blogroll!

Gloria's Musings (Gloria), welcome to the OYB Blogroll!

Joy in the Morning (Loni), welcome to the OYB Blogroll!

2007 OYB Blogroll

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I will be continuing to maintain the blogroll for OYB bloggers in 2007. Here's the output:

Here's the code:

And, thanks to the From Knowledge to Wisdom blog, for putting together the original blogroll list, from which this blogroll was developed in 2006!

OYB January 1

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 1-2
NT: Matthew 1, Matthew 2:1-12
Ps: Psalm 1
Pr: Proverbs 1:1-6

OYB Theme for 2007: The Gospel Thread
On this year's One Year Bible journey, rather than just listing "notable" verses from each day's readings, I am instead going to go through the year following a theme (something I intend to continue in future years, with different themes each year). The theme for 2007 is "The Gospel Thread" - a theme borne out of a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) study of the book of Genesis. The lecture the first week made the point that the Gospel of Christ can be found as a consistent thread throughout the entire Bible. As I have read through the Bible, I have often noticed this thread. This year, as I go through the One Year Bible, I will make note of all references to God's plan for salvation through Jesus Christ.

Gospel Thread - OT:

2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Genesis 2:2-3 (NIV)

Genesis chapter 2 is so rich with the foundation of God's redemptive plan for His creation! Here we begin with the ordination of the Sabbath rest, symbolic of mankind's eternal rest in Messiah (see Hebrews 4:1-10).

8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:8-9 (NIV)

We continue with the first, definitive reference to Jesus Christ (that I could find): the Tree of Life in the middle of the garden of Eden. The correlation between the Tree of Life and Messiah exists in several places in Scripture. The HebRoots website lists the following references: Prov. 3:1, Prov. 3:4, Prov. 3:13, Prov. 3:17-18, Psalm 19:7-8, Psalm 19:10, Psalm 1:1-3, Jeremiah 17:7-8, Psalm 92:12, Revelation 22:1-2. (Be sure also to read the site's interesting explanation of the fifth and sixth creation days in light of God's plan for Creation.)

As Answers in Genesis explains, the correlation between the Tree of Life and Jesus Christ is eternal life; that is, the Tree of Life is symbolic of the source of eternal life - that source, of course, being Jesus Christ.

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

Genesis 2:16 (NIV)

Here we find one of God's first commandments to man, and with it, man's first exposure to sin. God also reveals what we know from Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (note also, this verse ties back into the previous point of eternal life through Christ). Earlier, in Genesis 1:28, God gave man another charge: God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." - and man's failure to fulfill this charge as well also played into his downfall. Also in this charge, we see that God created Adam as a "type" of Christ, and where the First Adam fails, the Last Adam - Jesus Christ - succeeds (see I Corinthians 15:42-48); mankind was created physically and died through the First Adam, and mankind finds eternal life and will be raised spiritually in the Last Adam.

23 The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man." 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

Genesis 2:23-24 (NIV)

Here we find the institution of marriage, which is a foreshadowing of Christ's perfect union with His church (see Ephesians 5:32). The above-mentioned HebRoots website article also explains that Adam's wounds are symbolic of Christ's wounds suffered on the cross.

Gospel Thread - NT:

The entire book of Matthew is one of the four gospels of Christ.

21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."

Matthew 1:21-23 (NIV)

From the NIV footnotes: "Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the LORD saves." Again from the footnotes, the prophet quoted in verse 23 is Isaiah 7:14.

3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5 "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: 6 " 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'"

Matthew 2:3-6 (NIV)

From the NIV footnotes: Christ means "Messiah". Again, from the footnotes, the prophet quoted in verse 6 is Micah 5:2.

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

Matthew 2:11 (NIV)

Many believe the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to be symbolic of Jesus' royalty, divinity, and atoning death, respectively.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

Psalm 1:3 (NIV)

Here the tree symbolism extends to the "planting" of one in God's Word; the tree here symbolizes the blessing of life and prosperity for the believer.

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Psalm 1:3

Psalm 1:3
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The One Year Bible Blog´s comments for today, whose question of the day includes a "roll call":

1. Have you read the entire Bible before? 2. Why do you want to read the entire Bible in 2007? 3. What are you looking forward to about reading the entire Bible in 2007? 4. Is there anything you might be nervous about in terms of reading the entire Bible in 2007? 5. What's your favorite book or verse in the Bible? 6. What's a fun or interesting fact about yourself? 7. Do you have a blog or website link that you can share with everyone?

  1. 2006 was the first year I read through the entire Bible in a structured manner.
  2. Having started, I intend to make a yearly reading-through of the Bible a habit.
  3. Well, I'm looking forward to documenting the "Gospel Thread", but I also look forward to new light and revelation in general.
  4. If today's post is any indication, I might need about two hours a day!
  5. Paul is my favorite author, and Philippians is my favorite book. Philippians 3 is my favorite chapter. I have too many favorite verses to be able to pick just one.
  6. 2007 will be the year I: turn 30, get married, and become a father - talk about a monumental year!
  7. I will continue to follow the OYB blog here at www.chipbennett.net.