Note: I am using the S.O.A.P. Bible study method (Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer) as well as reading each book word for word. While I am studying, I do my own prayer for each verse. I encourage you to pray your own prayer about these verses.
These studies are not a thorough walkthrough of the Bible (I would encourage you to still study on your own!). These are a few scriptures that jumped out at me as something I could use in my life today and want to show you how you can apply it to yours (not to mention the Bible is enormous!). I hope that explains why I leave some stories or scriptures out.
All scriptures are from the NKJV.
Book of Genesis Bible Study
2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
Thinking about the creation story is really mind boggling. It’s probably the first thing I remember from childhood teachings, Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.
God’s creation of this earth is simply amazing and even He took a well-deserved day of rest! How many of us don’t ever take days off? Miss church because of work?
When I was younger and working my first job, I never thought about resting on Sundays. I had a retail job that never gave me Sundays off. Maybe the Sabbath isn’t actually on Sunday (I know there’s much debate on that issue!) and of course there is a great other discussion about why we don’t have to actually keep the Sabbath anymore.
I recommend reading the full explanation I agree with at: Got Questions.org
Now that I don’t work outside the home, I do choose to take Sundays to rest and worship. It allows me to prepare and recharge for the week ahead. I do try and read my Bible other days of the week but Sunday is the only day I’ll allow myself to be totally lazy! (Of course there are exceptions, sometimes sweat pants and the couch are just fine!)
Of course, I believe this choice is completely up to you. Working on Sunday is no sin and Jesus provides us plenty of “rest”, so if you don’t feel the need to take Sunday off, that’s completely okay!
23 And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
There are many scriptures about marriage. This one in particular is something that is hard to comprehend.
That means your husband is actually a part of you, there is no separation after you decide to get married.
As hard as it might be, we need to care about our spouse as much as ourselves. Falling in love with someone is the easy part, valuing them above yourself is not. We get caught up in being “right” all the time or thinking that they are treating us unfair, etc. when we need to just stop and remember to love our spouse as ourselves.
That kind of attitude can go so much further than nagging or belittling our husbands. Trust me, I used to be a nagger without even realizing it. And just recently I overheard a man in public saying he’s had real fights with his wife just because he did the laundry.
I’m not talking about abuse here, only a healthy marriage based on both spouses living according to God’s plan. I think we as women have a bad reputation for treating our husbands like children. I know I have in the past and now that I am fixing that, my relationship is growing leaps and bounds and I know my husband appreciates the difference.
If he loads the dishwasher wrong or turns your white blouse pink, just appreciate that he tried and move on, starting a fight about it isn’t going to strengthen your union.
Communicating the upset you have in a kinder way will get you better results than undermining their ability to do the task by just “doing it yourself”. We can’t always just sweep that stuff under the rug, otherwise it turns into bad habits! So it does need to be something you discuss, just not in the typical womanly way.
16 To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”
Such severe consequences for disobeying God, thanks Eve!
Honestly, we all like to blame it on Eve but who are we to think we would have done any differently? I very much doubt it. I think Eve gets a bad rap and I am doing a study on her in my upcoming book.
This scripture explains a lot about why things are the way they are and how different life will be on earth than in heaven. From painful childbirth to working hard for a living, we get a lot of understanding that those are punishments for the sin they couldn’t resist.
Disobeying God’s will is always going to end badly. Even if it seems like He wants us to do a small thing, our number one priority should just be to do it.
Many times we don’t know God’s plan. Many times we know exactly what He wants but we’re either too afraid, too busy or too proud to just give in and do what He’s asking.
One memory comes to mind for me that taught me a big lesson on listening to God’s voice. I was shopping at my local grocery store and heard something like merchandise being dropped. Thinking nothing of it, I kept pushing my buggy along and passed by the cosmetics where I glanced over to see a woman in a wheelchair. The noise was her dropping something over and over again as she tried to put it in her basket.
Normally if I see something like this, I stop and help. But that day by the time I had put two and two together to realize she needed help, I was already way across the store! (Boy was I booking it that day!)
I kept hearing God’s voice telling me to turn around and go back but I reasoned that I was too far away and by the time I got back, she would be gone. (I was also in a big hurry to get out of the store).
Well, the guilt ate away at me the rest of the day! I promised God if He ever told me something like that, no matter how busy or silly I thought it was, I would turn around and listen.
It’s the seemingly unimportant things like that that matter to God. So what if the lady was gone? What would a few more minutes in the store add to my life? I would have obeyed God’s will.
And I did have another chance to redeem myself, He put me in another similar situation that I had to turn around and go back down another aisle I had already been on. But guess what? I listened that time!
6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
It’s almost impossible for us to imagine being God. Imagine being so saddened and disappointed by your children that you would destroy all of them. It also makes me think just how much evil was running rampant at that time for Him to be so saddened.
But thank God for Noah! I love the story of how Noah helped God change His mind and basically started a brand new world.
We all need to try our best to please God. Work hard at having a close relationship with Him so we know what He wants of us. Study the word and hide it in your heart, the strength and power in God’s word is never ending!
I personally never want God’s heart to grieve because of me. I know sometimes we disappoint Him but constantly growing and maturing as a follower of Jesus is the best strategy at pleasing our great heavenly Father.
Today I hope you marvel at the descriptions of the great world our Lord created for us. Imagine His original plan of the way our lives were meant to be lived. May we always obey His will, even when we do not understand or see the purpose of His plans.