The Family Reading Bible: You Can Lead Your Family Through God's Word

The Family Reading Bible: You Can Lead Your Family Through God's Word

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by Jeannette Taylor, Doris Wynbeek Rikkers
     
 

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If you are one of the millions of Christian parents looking for a way to engage and understand the Bible together as a family, The Family Reading Bible is the Bible to meet your needs. Throughout the development of this unique Bible, the special content (reading paths, questions, fun facts, and more) was tested by Christian families just like yours, who provided

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If you are one of the millions of Christian parents looking for a way to engage and understand the Bible together as a family, The Family Reading Bible is the Bible to meet your needs. Throughout the development of this unique Bible, the special content (reading paths, questions, fun facts, and more) was tested by Christian families just like yours, who provided insightful feedback and help in order to make this Bible useful for you and your family in everyday life. The Family Reading Bible is designed to help parents use the Bible itself as their family devotional tool. A reading system with three easy-to-use paths allows parents to accommodate children of various ages and stages. Readings of manageable length along with age-appropriate, engaging questions will encourage and maintain your kids’ interest in God’s Word. The Family Reading Bible is the perfect tool for parents in their role as the spiritual leaders of their home. CORE FEATURES 1) Three reading tracks: • Track 1: Short Path—for families with tight schedules or children under 9 • Track 2: Long Path—for longer devotional times and children over 9 • Track 3: Off the Beaten Path—provides an opportunity for creative exploration of various topics of the Bible such as the Christmas story, Angels and Demons, Kings and Queens, and other fun topics. 2) The Family Reading Bible is arranged in standard Bible order – Genesis to Revelation – but you’ll be reading the Bible stories and events in the sequence in which they occurred. Example: when a reading about David in 2 Samuel is connected to a Psalm David wrote, you will be directed by page number to a devotional reading from that Psalm. You will then be returned by page number back to the next reading in 2 Samuel. 3) Brief summaries connect reading passages to provide continuity and understanding 4) Engaging, relevant fact and discussion questions written for children at various learning levels 5) Trivia facts keep both kids and parents engaged

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310941965
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
08/05/2010
Pages:
2336
Sales rank:
721,302
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Family Reading Bible

You Can Lead Your Family through God's Word
By Jeanette Taylor Doris Rikkers

Zondervan

Copyright © 2010 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-94196-5


Chapter One

genesis

The word genesis means "beginnings." The book of Genesis is about many beginnings - the beginning of the universe, the creation of the first people and the first human sin. Genesis tells us about the beginning of God's special relationships with the people he created: Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob's sons, especially Joseph. In Genesis we find the beginning of God's plan to save his people: his very special promise to Abraham as the father of a great nation (12:1-3).

Genesis is the first book in what is called the Pentateuch - a word that means "five books." The Pentateuch includes the first five books of the Bible. These books are also known as the books of the Law because they contain God's instructions and laws for the people of Israel. Genesis tells how the Israelites became God's chosen people. These five books were most likely written by Moses, except for the last chapter of Deuteronomy, which tells about Moses' death.

Genesis relates the story of God and his relationship with his creation from the beginning of time. Standard dating of Biblical history starts at 2500 B.C., sometime after the building of the tower of Babel but before the birth of Abram (Abraham) in about 2166 B.C. This book covers the time of the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph), from 2250 B.C. to 1805 B.C. (the death of Joseph).

The Beginning

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was a form less and empty, dark ness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he sep a rated the light from the dark ness. 5 God called the light "day," and the dark ness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning - the first day.

6 And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning - the second day.

9 And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, "Let the land pro duce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning - the third day.

14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to sep a rate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made two great lights - the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to sep a rate light from dark ness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning - the fourth day.

20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and in crease in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." 23 And there was evening, and there was morning - the fifth day.

24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: live stock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the live stock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our like ness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the live stock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and in crease in number; fill the earth and sub due it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

29 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-every thing that has the breath of life in it-I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day.

2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, be cause on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Adam and Eve

4 This is the ac count of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens - 5 and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground - 7 the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man be came a living being.

8 Now the Lord God had plant ed a gar den in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground - trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the gar den were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was sep a rat ed into four head waters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the en tire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin d and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Goon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Gar den of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God command ed the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the gar den; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

18 The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and what ever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the live stock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.

But for Adam no suit able helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs a and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib b he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

"This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man."

24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be unit ed to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

The Fall of Man

3 Now the ser pent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

2 The woman said to the ser pent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the gar den, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the gar den, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"

4 "You will not surely die," the ser pent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also de sir able for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for them selves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the gar den in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the gar den. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?"

10 He answered, "I heard you in the gar den, and I was afraid be cause I was naked; so I hid."

11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eat en from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"

12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me - she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?"

The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

14 So the Lord God said to the ser pent, "Be cause you have done this,

"Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.

15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring a and hers; he will crush b your head, and you will strike his heel."

16 To the woman he said,

"I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

17 To Adam he said, "Be cause you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,'

"Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."

20 Adam named his wife Eve, d be cause she would be come the mother of all the living.

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, "The man has now be come like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be al lowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live for ever." 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Gar den of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side a of the Gar den of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Cain and Abel

4 Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she be came pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, "With the help of the Lord I have brought forth d a man." 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was down cast.

6 Then the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face down cast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it de sires to have you, but you must master it."

8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain at tacked his brother Abel and killed him.

9 Then the Lord said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?"

"I don't know," he re plied. "Am I my brother's keeper?"

10 The Lord said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a rest less wanderer on the earth."

13 Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 To day you are driving me from the land, and I will be hid den from your presence; I will be a rest less wanderer on the earth, and who ever finds me will kill me."

15 But the Lord said to him, "Not so f; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord's presence and lived in the land of Nod, a east of Eden.

17 Cain lay with his wife, and she be came pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.

19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise live stock. 21 His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play the harp and flute. 22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain's sister was Naamah.

23 Lamech said to his wives,

"Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me.

24 If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times."

25 Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, "God has granted me an other child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him." 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.

At that time men began to call on e the name of the Lord.

From Adam to Noah

5 This is the writ ten ac count of Adam's line.

When God created man, he made him in the like ness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them "man."

3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own like ness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 5 Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.

6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he be came the father of Enosh. 7 And after he be came the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. 8 Altogether, Seth lived 912 years, and then he died.

9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he be came the father of Kenan. 10 And after he be came the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 11 Altogether, Enosh lived 905 years, and then he died.

12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he be came the father of Mahalalel. 13 And after he be came the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 Altogether, Kenan lived 910 years, and then he died.

15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he be came the father of Jared. 16 And after he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Altogether, Mahalalel lived 895 years, and then he died.

18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he be came the father of Enoch. 19 And after he be came the father of Enoch, Ja red lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Altogether, Jared lived 962 years, and then he died.

21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he be came the father of Methuselah. 22 And after he be came the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, be cause God took him away.

25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 And after he be came the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died.

28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah and said, "He will com fort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed." 30 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Altogether, Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died.

32 After Noah was 500 years old, he be came the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from The Family Reading Bible by Jeanette Taylor Doris Rikkers Copyright © 2010 by Zondervan. Excerpted by permission.
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Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and her family and friends.

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