January 2 – Scripture of the Day

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Today’s reading was: Genesis 4:1-26; 5:1-32; 1 Chronicles 1:1-4; Genesis 6:1-22

Tomorrow’s reading is: Genesis 7:1-24; 8:1-22; 9:1-10:5; 1 Chronicles 1:5-7; Genesis 10:6-32; 1 Chronicles 1:17-23

The passage that stood out to me in today’s reading was Genesis 6:11-13 (NLT):

11 Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. 12 God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. 13 So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!”

This is a difficult piece of scripture because we see God’s anger and sadness at the evil, violence and corruption in the world.

Often we tend to think of God in terms of Jesus in the New Testament; loving, forgiving and full of grace. And He is all those things.

But God is also righteous and just. He cannot tolerate evil and sin. And so we see there are consequences for our choices in our lives. There are earthly consequences, but ultimately there is an eternal consequence as well.

God loves us so much he gives us that choice. We can choose to love him back, or choose to reject him.

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