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Category: Genesis 8

11-18-2015 Genesis 8:20-22

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20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though[a] every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

22 “As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”

Here we see Noah gave God thanks.  He knew to give God the credit for bringing him and his family through the destruction of all except for that which was on the ark. God knew Noah’s heart just like He knows ours, and so God had mercy on Noah.  God has mercy on us also, however we are saved by His grace.  Mercy is deliverance from judgement or the fact that God is not punishing us as our sins deserve. Paul the apostle writes: ” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Grace is extending kindness to the unworthy, or God’s blessing even though we don’t deserve it.  That’s the second part of Paul’s statement.  It’s a gift from God. This gift is free to us because Jesus paid the price.  Someone died in our place so that we could be made righteous.  That’s how much God loves us.  He desires to have a relationship with us. So He went all out and gave His Son.  Can you imagine giving something so precious for everyone else, and they don’t deserve it? That’s who God is! Today I pray for mercy on our country, our world, and the people of this world.  I believe He is doing that now, however if we reject His free give of salvation He has no place for us.  Why would any of us reject a free gift? I’m not sure, but if you’re reading this and aren’t sure, cry out, call out, reach out, do something.  But if you don’t know what to say…just say Jesus!

11-17-2015 Genesis 8:13-19

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13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. 14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried. 15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.

Here again God commands Noah.  He tells him to go out of the ark.  He tells him to bring everything out also. For me I see how God calls all of us to come out, and not only that but bring the stuff with you.  For me, my mess becomes my message. When I can share what Jesus did for me it has power.  John the apostle writes in the book of Revelation: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Revelation 12:11). My testimony shows others the power of Jesus.  Jesus brought me out of a dark place, gave me new life, and put in my heart to share that same love with others. Noah was told to be fruitful and multiply the earth.  When I share the love of Jesus, He multiplies.  It’s a ripple effect. If I want to be loved I must love.  Yesterday I quoted 1 John chapter 4 verse 8; it reads: “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” When we learn to love others, we can then come to know God.  Today I will try to love everyone I encounter.  Give it a try, but if you don’t know how to do this or what to say….just say Jesus.

 

11-16-2015 Genesis 8:6-12

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6 So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. 7 Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth. 8 He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. 10 And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. 11 Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. 12 So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.

In verse 10 and verse 12 Noah waited or in other words he was patient.  Patience is defined as the ability to accept or tolerate delays, problems or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. This is a hard one.  We want what we want, when we want it.  If we can understand that God has a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11), and know that He will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8) we can begin to understand why God needs us to be patient.  In 1Corinthians 13:4 Paul writes ” Love is patient, love is kind”.  All of us need love.  John the apostle wrote: “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8).  So if God is love then God is patent, and God has been patient with us.  Today I will try to be patient and show love to everyone I encounter.  However, if your not sure how to do this or just don’t know what to say….just say Jesus!

11-13-2015 Genesis 8:1-5

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Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. 2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained. 3 And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. 4 Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.

Just as God remembered Noah, He too will remember us.  To me this is extremely comforting.  Jesus told us “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Luke 12:7). In Noah’s time there was but one man and his family that walked with God.  That was Noah.  He brought them through the most horrific storm the world has ever seen.  God tells us “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).  If we follow God He not only remembers us, but He walks right along side of us.  Our world seems to be much like the days of Noah.  I don’t know how much longer the Lord will allow it to last.  There will be a final judgement and this world will be wiped out once again.  Jesus said ” Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:35).  And in that final judgement Jesus will have only two statements for you: “Well done my good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21), or “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 21:23).  If we follow Him, He knows us. He tells us “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and the follow Me” (John 10:27). God remembered Noah, and He will also remember you.  If your not sure of this and don’t know what to say or do…just say Jesus!

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