1. Carolyn Lynch
    January 1, 2021 @ 5:14 am

    I enjoy hearing others’ comments and ideas. Every time I read the Bible I see something different. I think God allows us to “see” what we need at that time.

  2. carolynruth55
    January 1, 2021 @ 6:05 am

    I got up early today to start the Bible reading plan, Christy. I have enjoyed your comments and plan to reread them. Thank you so very much for loving and serving our Lord and all of us. God bless you according to His riches in glory.

  3. Diana
    January 1, 2021 @ 6:08 am

    I’m excited to be on this great learning experience that allows me to see the Bible and God’s word more clearly.

  4. Carol Slater
    January 1, 2021 @ 7:52 am

    I have read the Bible many times and I’m amazed at what I learn new each time.

  5. Belinda Heichel
    January 1, 2021 @ 8:05 am

    Isn’t it interesting that the serpent appealed to Eve in 3 ways: Delight to the eyes (sence) good for food (flesh) knowledge (pride)

  6. Billy Smith
    January 1, 2021 @ 8:25 am

    I agree with Carolyn, no matter how many times you read the Bible, God shows you new things.

  7. Jackie Padovani
    January 1, 2021 @ 8:39 am

    Is there a way to print notes. I like to reread and prefer paper.

    • Christy Jordan
      January 1, 2021 @ 8:42 am

      sure is! I have a “print this post” at the bottom of each post. You probably missed it today because there is a paragraph at the bottom under it about membership in the facebook group 😉

  8. Paul Sowders
    January 1, 2021 @ 10:35 am

    There’s a couple things I’m thinking about. The first is that the first light (owr) I believe can be found in Revelation. That light always amazed me!

    The second is that Adam and Eve actually HID from God. Can you imagine doing something that makes you hide from GOD? I’m in this current situation! I believe many of us are. We call it “being human” and “a work in progress.” And although those are certainly both true, come on…isn’t that a crutch we are guilty of using to soften the blow of our sin?

    Going to be a great study, Christy. God bless you for being available to God to reach so many for Him, sister.

  9. Cynthia Thompson
    January 1, 2021 @ 11:07 am

    It touched my heart that YHWH the Most High humbled Himself and made them garments.. He showed He was a servant right from the beginning of the story., I hadn’t made this connection before.. Wow what grace! They caused the problem but He still provided the solution and provision! What’s not to love about our Abba❤️ Thank you Christy this is going to be good for me😊🙏🏼 Blessings to all!

  10. Antoinette
    January 1, 2021 @ 11:44 am

    What stood out to me is even after sewing fig leaves together Adam and Eve still hid themselves from YHVH could it be that this nakedness wasn’t just only physical?

  11. Kathi Small
    January 1, 2021 @ 11:55 am

    What stood out to me and perhaps I had O had never considered is the pattern of creation teaches us something important about God. Here is an example: 1:20-21. First God says what he will do (20) and then He does it (21). This is a truth taught all over in Scripture: What God SAYS He will do, He DOES.

  12. Patsy Farmer
    January 1, 2021 @ 11:55 am

    Did you ever wonder why the serpent did not suggest the tree of life instead of good and evil?

  13. Donnie Young
    January 1, 2021 @ 12:42 pm

    Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ! I am going to attempt to do something simple this year and that is to just point out 1 thing a day that really speaks to me.

    Today is Genesis 1:27. We are made in His image. This reminds me of when the Messiah tells us to render to God what is God’s in Matthew 22:15-22. He compared this to the coin for the tax. The coin had the image and inscription of Caesar. We already know from Genesis 1:27 we are made in His image. Now the question is if we also have His inscription. Because if we do not have both are we really His? Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Jeremiah 31:31-34 are all about God’s inscription on our lives.

    So, render unto God what is God’s.

    Be blessed and be a blessing.

  14. Sherry A.
    January 1, 2021 @ 12:47 pm

    Hello there! Well, I just finished reading the Bible in its entirety on December 30th. I have to say that it was remarkable as well as emotional! I am joining this Bible reading in hopes to get a deeper understanding of what I spent the last year reading! Thank you Dawn, my cousin, for sharing this invite! Have a blessed day to all!

  15. Pamela s Brummitt
    January 1, 2021 @ 2:11 pm

    Thank you Christy, i just finnished the bible yesterday so looks like the plan is starting again ,, i like biblegateway,, but love what youve brought us today.Nice to see this group and to help us all study deeper. is there a way to save this each day???dont have a printer but would love too have this daily saved to look back on let me know thanks Yahs blessings on all here!

    • Christy Jordan
      January 1, 2021 @ 3:26 pm

      Afternoon sister! If you click the “print this” button, it actually opens up the notes in a pdf file that you can save to your computer if you’d rather not print it. Is that what you had in mind?

  16. Summer King
    January 1, 2021 @ 2:23 pm

    So blessed to be here! THANK YOU!

  17. ccardiff1
    January 1, 2021 @ 2:43 pm

    No I haven’t thought about that but it is an interesting question to ponder. I wonder if they would have been exiled from the garden for eating that fruit. Perhaps it is being able to distinguish between good and evil with its ensuing guilt that made God so mad. They knew before the serpent that they weren’t suppose to eat it but did anyway. Hmm!

  18. Jean Bell
    January 1, 2021 @ 4:08 pm

    Wonderful time! Learned so so much!
    One new thought:
    The serpent brought confusion and distortion of God’s very WORD, of coarse, as eve listened to him, and caused her very perspective to change, to flip and become backwards.
    I saw a flip in comparing the details in 2:9 &3:6.
    2:9 “…the LORD God caused to grow every tree that
    1) is pleasing to the sight” – thus giving God Glory
    2)and good for food.
    But what Eve saw 3:6. the tree was
    1)good for food- what it will give ME
    2)was a delight to the eyes- giving God glory but also giving me something,
    3)desirable to make one Wise- it will give ME Glory..

    Her very perspective flipped from Him to Me.

    Oh May this year be a year that I am less about myself and all about Him and His Glory!

  19. Elaine Perry
    January 1, 2021 @ 5:32 pm

    I have been using YHWH since 2012 that’s when my teacher told me this and how to spell. Man that was an I opener for. And you use it also. I use to do bible studies all the time but I did mine different then ever one else, if there was a word that i didn’t know what it meant i would use a dictionary, because I didn’t know there was many other translates of the bible. So I can’t wait to find out more.

  20. Jacque Bohner
    January 1, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

    I notice in the story that Adam blames Eve for tempting him, rather than just admitting he disobeyed and was responsible for his own actions. I find this story troubling because of how it has been used for thousands of years to blame women for original sin and justify treating women badly…and even the two of them blaming the snake rather than just admit to choosing to disobey. This is looking through a modern lens of course. This story has irked me since I was 13 years old and read it for myself the first time. Now I am 63. I think there is more depth to this story than meets the eye, and plan to dig deeper into the hidden spiritual meanings when viewed as an allegory. One immediate impression is that this story is an example of spiritual battles we have to fight daily, between our lower material nature that tends to turn away from God to feed some desire that is not of God, and our higher spiritual nature that yearns for reunion with God. It speaks to me of choices…a gift from God. So, I need to find the gifts in this story.

    I am new tot his process. I can’t figure out how to like comments on this page. Anyone have advice?

  21. Christopher Cain
    January 1, 2021 @ 7:38 pm

    In Genesis 3, we see that Eve did not receive her name until She and Adam sinned for the first time. Maybe she didn’t need one until then. God said they were joined as one flesh. In their purity and righteousness, they would have been seen as one person. The Bible talks about us becoming so righteous that it is no longer you that live, but Christ who lives in you. We want to get to the point where people no longer see us, but only Christ.

    Galatians 2:20 ESV — I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me

    We strive for righteousness, so that we can lose our identity in this world and join together with the other righteous elect to become one identity, His bride. When we join with the bridegroom, we become one. And as one, we hope we can not be seen as individuals, but as Christ.

    Ever since mankind first became unrighteous, his people were no longer one, and were recognized as separate identities. Adam and his wife were one identity until they sinned. And then she was given the name Eve. The entire Bible that we are reading is about God wanting us to passionately love and obey him to the point that we want to lose our identity and what we represent to this world. We want to come out of it and no longer care about the desires of this world. He wants us to become pure and righteous to the point that people no longer see us and as a part of this world. We no longer want them to see who we were. We want them to see Christ.

    We read that when we go to the next level, the Millennial Kingdom, we are given a new name.

    Revelation 2:17 ESV — He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.

    Is it possible that his chosen who are giving immortal bodies will be given a new name that only He knows, because to all of the mortals in the Millennial Kingdom we will just be seen as one extension of the Messiah? The Bible says we will reign with him and even judge angels. Will a mortal look and see a multitude of immortals judging them, or will they see “The One”, the Chosen righteous of the Messiah who are now indistinguishable from Him? Perhaps as alluded to in that last verse, only the Messiah will know us by our individual new names.

    Are you ready to become as one with a Messiah? The true Way is in then Word. Reading it and studying it daily is one of the greatest things you could have ever decided to do. HalleluYah!

    And just think, we are just getting started with this great book! May Yah bless you Christy for creating this wonderful group. The Holy Spirit has guided you perfectly.

  22. Debi Colleen Schwertz
    January 1, 2021 @ 8:21 pm

    Christy – can you please point me to the .pdf file of your notes that I can save to my computer? I want to be able to sort out a certain word or phrase, but all I see is the “print” button and it does not give me an option there to save to a file. Thanks, in advance, for your help in this. My husband is doing this with me this year – and we had a great discussion today!! This is going to be such a blessing for us!!

    • Christy Jordan
      January 2, 2021 @ 4:45 am

      If you click “print this” it opens a separate file. from there, Right click on it and click “save as” to download. 🙂 They will also remain here for reference as well. Thank you, sis!

  23. Lynn Phillips
    January 1, 2021 @ 9:51 pm

    Really enjoyed the first day of this study!

  24. Patricia Boshers
    January 1, 2021 @ 10:48 pm

    My thought was about how God rested the 7th day after all his work. I don’t think of God as a being that has to rest. Obviously, he had created an amazing earth, but are there other instances in the Bible where something “tires” God? And of course, not counting when Jesus was in human form.

  25. Joy Broom
    January 2, 2021 @ 12:07 am

    Hi! I enjoyed the reading today. I already have some thoughts from just 3 chapters. I can’t wait for Tuesdays reading!

    • Christy Jordan
      January 2, 2021 @ 4:43 am

      Make sure you check back each day, we read seven days a week <3 Glad to be on the journey alongside you!

  26. ANNA (Angel) LOOMIS
    January 2, 2021 @ 9:08 am

    I know this comment is late…we had some bad weather so my computer wouldn’t work. I’m so excited about being with all y’all. I enjoyed my first reading.

  27. Natalie Raidoo
    January 2, 2021 @ 9:55 am

    Amen , my time zone in SA is different , late but I’m so enjoying this already .

  28. Sherry A.
    January 2, 2021 @ 10:18 am

    Day 2: Thank you Christy for your notes that go along with the Bible reading, extremely helpful! Quick question, do we continue to leave daily feedback here in this forum or on the FB page itself?

    • Christy Jordan
      January 2, 2021 @ 2:56 pm

      You can leave it here if you like but the monitored discussion and Q&A take place in the group. We have a whole team of almost 40 people there who help answer questions and I’m afraid its just me here and I’m unable to do it on my own. <3

  29. Jacque Bohner
    January 2, 2021 @ 10:42 am

    I commented yesterday about the story of Adam and Eve having deeper meanings than meet the eye. I have deep reverence for the Word of God, and have found that all scripture has layers of meaning, and multiple messages. When I look up a word in English, one word often has 4 meanings. Add Hebrew and Greek to the mix, and add that every word and phrase have layers of symbols, well this explains why at every reading we gain new insights.

    I mentioned yesterday I needed to look for the gifts in the story of Adam and Eve at age 63 (since this story has irked me since I was 13) and have meditated further on the matter. Some scriptures have symbolic meanings and some have both literal and symbolic meanings. Christ spoke of this when he explained his Kingdom was not of this world but with His Father in heaven (the prophecies seen literally had people looking for an earthly king) and when he said the spirit of Elijah had already returned (referring to John the Baptist as the material literal manifestation of a spiritually symbolic event) and when he said his tongue was his sword, just to give a few examples of the need to look for spiritual meanings and symbols in scripture. The story of Adam and Eve in Genesis chapter 3 has troubled me for years because some interpretations have been used (wrongly used in my opinion) to justify the oppression of women through the ages.

    I offer some thoughts about the story of Adam and Eve by examining some possible symbols in the story. There are most likely many possible messages, but I will just mention one. I have been pondering what the message is to me if I read the passage with the following symbols in mind: Adam in the story of the fall from Grace symbolizes the spirit of Adam. Eve symbolizes his human self. The Tree of Life symbolizes the Word of God as given to us by Christ for our salvation. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil symbolizes the material world, and the serpent symbolizes attachment to the material world, which is sin.

    By plugging these hidden meanings into the the story, I gained new insight into the whole story. I will mention one in Genesis 3:16. ” Unto the woman he said…and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” If Adam is the spirit of Adam, and Eve is the human self of Adam, the message to me is that our spirits are meant to rule over the human self. If we follow our spiritual nature and turn to the Word (the Word of God revealed by Christ, the Tree of Life); are detached from the material world (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil); we are protected from the serpent (the sin of attachment to the material world) and are redeemed from sin. In this example, Adam and Eve are a symbol of humanity’s spiritual battle between our spiritual nature and material nature.

  30. Sara
    January 2, 2021 @ 8:02 pm

    I’ve not wondered that but now I am…. good question!

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