You always remember your firsts. The first time you rode a bike. The first time you drove a car. Your first date. Your first kiss. The first time you said, “I love you.” Your first job. Your first house. Your baby’s first step. Your child’s first word.
The reason we remember our firsts is because they’re significant. They’re important. They’re the beginning of what is to come, and each one has the potential to develop and grow into something more.
It’s the same way with firsts in the Bible. The very first time an important word or phrase is mentioned in Scripture is significant because the meaning behind that first mention often establishes a precedent or a pattern that can be seen throughout the rest of the Bible. The first mention almost always contains the most complete and accurate meaning of the word. This not only serves as a key to understanding the word’s biblical concept, it also provides a foundation for its fuller development in later parts of the Bible.
Over the next 21 days, as you read about first mentions, you’ll notice the principles God set in His Word from the very beginning. While each day unpacks a different word or phrase, I encourage you to go even deeper in His Word by looking up and meditating on the Scriptures listed for further study. When you spend time in the Word of God every day, something miraculous will happen. Your life will change, and you will never be the same.
I’m excited about all that God is going to do in and through you over the next 21 days! I pray this devotional helps you fall more in love with the Bible and opens your eyes and heart to God’s Word in a whole new way.
Pastor Robert Morris