I just love studying the Word of God. For many of us, the temptation can be to focus on the words of our Savior in the New Testament. But we must not forget, as one of our former pastors used to say, that the New Testament is the completion of the Old Testament and not the replacement of it. The Old Testament, especially the first five books ~ The Torah, is the foundation that has been laid for the birth, ministry, and resurrection of our Savior; as well as the development of the New Testament Church.
The Old Testament is the story of God’s Chosen people. Yes, I know. It can be hard to read. The names sound funny. There are long lists of family trees that seem irrelevant. We don’t live under the Law any more ~ there is grace after all. Yes, I hear you on each of these points, but as modern believers we will not fully understand the significance of the New if we disregard the Old.
I have recently had the opportunity to review an amazing resource that I would like to share with you, specifically about this very topic of study.
Devotions from Genesis
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I first received a copy of Devotions from Genesis. But it proved to be just that – a devotional book that examines the book of Genesis from the first chapter to the last. This 216 page book begins right in the beginning. As a matter of fact, in the very first devotional, we studied “In the beginning was God…” Did you know that God in this very first verse of the Bible is the name Elohim? Elohim means God, but actually refers to a plural form of the word indicating from the very opening words of scripture that God is the triune God – the Father, the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God took the care when He inspired this very first verse of scripture to be consistent in disclosing that He is a triune God. I had never gotten this from the study of Genesis 1:1 before because I never did a study on what Elohim really meant. God’s Word is filled with these significant elements that we many times brush over. This may be because we no longer read the Scriptures in their original language. I love the fact that the author has done the research and brings out these important findings that really give us insight into the full meaning of God’s message to us.
Not only does the author provide insights to us based on the original language studies of the passages, but also uses scripture to support scripture. There are many times that she compares various passages in showing the consistency in God’s Word and to provide insights based on the larger breadth of His word.
In the closing of each devotional section, Vaughn does a great job of applying the highlighted passage to our lives today. She brought the challenges of Joseph to life in such a way that one realizes that our circumstances may be different, but the basic challenges remain the same.
A Great Resource
Devotions from Genesis is truly a great resource for someone interested in really digging deeper into the very first of God’s Word. This book is the first in a series called Devotions from the Torah. I was able to preview Devotions from Exodus and it was of similar quality and format as Devotions for Genesis.
These great resources are available at your major book retailers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The paperback edition of Devotions from Genesis and Devotions from Exodus Part One are currently available for $12.59 each, while the Kindle edition can be purchased for $8.95.