January–the month of the year where people read 37 chapters of Genesis.
As people re-familiarize themselves with the beginning of the Bible in one more failed attempt to read the Bible through in a year, I will take an opportunity to fill you in on the sequence of events, in short form, to show a fascinating progression in God’s progressive revelation.
Genesis–Focuses mainly on family interaction. Adam and Even, Cain and Abel, Noah and his sons, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and then Joseph with his brothers. The emphasis is highly focused on families.
Exodus through Malachi–Focus spreads out to cover the leadership of the nation of Israel beginning with Moses and Aaron and covering Israel’s leadership under their prophets, priests and kings. The focus is on a nation, no longer on a family.
New Testament–Focus now shifts to the individual and the individual’s interaction with the Gospel and with Jesus Christ. As the individual gets to know Christ, the individual also has interaction with the Body of Christ (all believers) and the implications for the believer’s interactions with the “world.”
What is of note here, assuming my assumptions are remotely accurate, is that the whole family business in Genesis was wildly unsuccessful–Adam and Eve ruin creation, Cain kills Abel, Noah survives the world destruction and gets drunk and shames himself in front of his sons, Abraham and Sara have interesting times and then Jacob is even weirder in his marriage, and the relationships between Joseph and his brothers is horrendous.
The rest of the Old Testament covers the unflattering history of Israel, their turning from God and their subsequent destruction and dispersal among the nations of the world.
In the New Testament, you don’t see this level of failure. There are always warnings about false brethren and those who fall away, but when the Gospel sinks in, the individual is transformed.
I don’t yet know what my point is, but I think there’s something to all this. Good luck finishing the Bible this year! It’s a great book, one worthy of being ready many, many times.