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Sunday, November 15th 2009

8:07 PM

Genesis 9

Genesis 9 is where we are reading today. Two of the things that stand out to me in this chapter - the first recorded sin ( I am sure it isn't the first sin after the flood, but it the first recorded sin) was drunkeness and then a sexual sin. It has continued to be thus. Drunkeness and sexual sins abound in the age we live and are often tied together.

The thing I am mentioning second is actually the first thing one should notice in the chapter and that is GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES. He promised not to flood the earth again and He hasn't.  God has given us many promises in the Bible and He will keep each and everyone of them. 

Are you trusting His promises? He promised that all that come to Him for salvation, would not be cast out. (John 6:37) He promised that all that would repent of their sin and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour, would be saved (Romans 10:9-10;13) He promised that we will reap what we sow in this life. (Galatians 6:7-9). He has promised He is coming again and it will be soon (Revelation 22:20) and that is a promise He is going to keep just as sure as He has kept all the others. Are you ready?

As you read this chapter today, think of the promises God has already kept and ask yourself if you are trusting His promise of salvation and are you ready for his promised second coming. Please feel free to ask any questions in the comment area.  

Ge 9:1 ¶ And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
 3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
 4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
 5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
 6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
 7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
 8 ¶ And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
 9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
 10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
 11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
 12 ¶ And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
 15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
 16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
 17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
 18 ¶ And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
 19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
 20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
 21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
 23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
 24 ¶ And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
 25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
 26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
 27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
 28 ¶ And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
 29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died. (KJV)

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Thursday, October 1st 2009

6:42 PM

Genesis 8

In the Bible the number 8 is representative of a new beginning and here in Gen 8 we have a new beginning for mankind. Those who do not wish to believe the Bible and who sell God short say that the flood was only a localized flood, but God said it destroyed everything living on the earth except what was in the ark. I choose to believe God over man.

You can have a new beginning also. All of us have sinned and are guilty before God. Jesus Christ died for our sin, shedding His blood to wash away our sin. On the third day He arose in victory over death, sin, hell, and the grave. You can be washed clean from your sin and given a new start if you will repent of your sin ( turn from it) and trust Jesus to cleanse you and save you. 2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Will you let Jesus make you new?

Ge 8:1 ¶ And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;
 2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
 3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
 4 ¶ And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon 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, were the tops of the mountains seen.
 6 ¶ And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
 7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
 8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
 9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
 10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
 11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
 12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
 13 ¶ And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
 14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
 15 ¶ And God spake unto Noah, saying,
 16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
 17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
 18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:
 19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
 20 ¶ And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
 21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
 22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. (KJV)

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Monday, September 14th 2009

6:39 PM

Genesis 7

Note as you read chapter 7, that when it was time - the Lord shut the door. For all the years that Noah and his sons were building the ark, God's judgment was on hold. 1 Peter 3:20, mentions, "the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing," In 2 Peter we see Noah was a preacher of righteousness. So while the ark was being built, the people could have heeded the warning - that judgment was coming. Instead the only ones to go into the provided method of salvation was Noah, his wife, his 3 sons and their wives. Once God closed the door it was too late.

Right now the door to salvation is open. Jesus says come freely and He will save you. I will warn you though, time is running out. One day it will be too late. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation for us today. He took our punishment, shed His blood to wash away our sin, died in our place, and physically arose from the dead - alive in victory- all for us  - to provide one way of salvation for us - so that we would not have to perish in a lake of fire for eternity separated from God. Will you listen better than those of Noah's day or will you wait till the door is shut and it is too late?

Ge 7:1 ¶ And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
 2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
 3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
 4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
 5 ¶ And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
 6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
 7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
 8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
 9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
 10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
 11 ¶ In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
 13 ¶ In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
 14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
 15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
 16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
 17 ¶ And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
 18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
 19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
 20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
 21 ¶ And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
 22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
 23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
 24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days. (KJV)

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Monday, August 31st 2009

11:31 AM

Genesis 6

As we read the chapter for today, we see that thankfully Noah did believe God and obey Him. God gave one way of salvation to Noah and his family and God has given one way of salvation to us today. The Bible tells us that just as judgment came on the world in Noah's day, judgment is coming on our world. Jesus told us that when days are as they were in Noah's time, we can look for His second coming. (Matthew 24)

Jesus will return to judge this world. The first part of His coming will be for His children - it is often referred to as the Rapture. Those left here will face the wrath of God poured out on a rebellious, sinful world. You can read about it in Revelation 6-19. Over half the people who enter the tribulation will die. Everyone, now or then, who enters eternity without knowing Jesus Christ as their Saviour will spend that eternity in horrible torment and suffering forever separated from God.

The only way to be saved from God's wrath is to be in the ark of safety He has provided us and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus took our punishment for us on the cross, died, was buried and three days later arose again in victory. All who believe God and are willing to repent of their sin and trust Jesus Christ alone as their Saviour, will be saved. If you come to the Lord Jesus Christ believing He died for you, shed His blood to wash away your sin, that He arose and is alive now willing to save you - He will save you and take away your sin and clothe you in His righteousness.  The choice is yours. Will you believe God or face His judgment?

 

Ge 6:1 ¶ And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
 3 ¶ And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
 4 ¶ There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
 5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
 6 ¶ And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
 8 ¶ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
 9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
 10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
 11 ¶ The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
 12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
 13 ¶ And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
 14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
 15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
 16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
 17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
 18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
 20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
 21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
 22 ¶ Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he. (KJV)

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Thursday, July 30th 2009

3:08 PM

Genesis 5

I know you may not be too enthused about reading Gen. 5 and think it is just a long list of names - another long genealogy, but do you realize this genealogy includes YOUR relatives?  EVERY single person listed in this chapter is kin to YOU and to me, in fact every person who ever lived, lives now or will live is kin to these people.  Each of us are descended from one of Noah's three sons, so Noah is our great.......great.... etc grandfather and each of his ancestors is also our ancestor. I am pretty sure that Japheth is my main anscestor, but I can also count Shem among my ancestors, since I have Indian in me.

Some of our relatives are intersting to read about and we can learn much from them. I want to be like Enoch - I want to walk with God. I hope you do too. Enoch is a type of those who will be raptured before the tribulation and I look forward to that day. I hope the Lord comes soon for His children. Are you ready if He were to come today?

The Choice is yours -

 

Ge 5:1 ¶ This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
 2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
 3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
 4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
 5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
 6 ¶ And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
 7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:
 8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
 9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:
 10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:
 11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
 12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:
 13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:
 14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
 15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:
 16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:
 17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
 18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:
 19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
 20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
 21 ¶ And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
 22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
 23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
 24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
 25 ¶ And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
 26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:
 27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
 28 ¶ And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
 29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
 30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:
 31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
 32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
(KJV)

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Monday, June 15th 2009

1:26 PM

Genesis 4

In this chapter we are reading today, we see some of the fruit of Adam's sin. 

Sin brings death.

Blood of an animal sacrifice was the only way to cover their sin. It didn't remove it but it did cover it and point to the ONE, the Lord Jesus Christ, who would come and shed His blood to remove our sins.

Cain rejected that and brought the fruit of his work. There are many today who are trying the same thing. They are baptized, take communion, do good works, go to church and think all of that makes them right with God, but it doesn't. Those are good things but they will not save. God tells us plainly - Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.


Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Jesus Christ did all the work necessary for us to be saved. He took our punishment, died and arose again. He wants to save you if you will let Him. Will you? or will you reject the Truth as Cain did? Acts 16:31b, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" Hebrews 7:25, "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."

Ge 4:1 ¶ And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
 3 ¶ And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
 6 ¶ And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
 8 ¶ And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
 9 ¶ And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
 10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
 11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;
 12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
 13 ¶ And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
 14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
 15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
 16 ¶ And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
 17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
 18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
 19 ¶ And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
 20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
 21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
 22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.
 23 ¶ And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.
 24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
 25 ¶ And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
 26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.(KJV)

You might enjoy reading this story booklet based on Adam.  "Earthman"

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Tuesday, June 2nd 2009

11:45 AM

Genesis 3

Here in this chapter we see sin enter the world. What is sin? Sin is disobedience to God. It cause a separation from God. (Isaiah 59:2). The good news is God knew that man would sin, but He loved man enough, He made Him anyway and He made a way for every person would would, to be reconciled to Him. He told Adam and Eve He would send a deliver in verse 15 of this chapter and He did. Out of His great love for us, Jesus came took our punishment, died, was buried and arose again, so we could be reconciled to God and not spend eternity separated from Him in the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:14-15)

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

So now as you read this chapter, I hope you will see we have sinned just as Adam and Eve did. We also have tried to cover it up with fig leaves of good works, false religion etc. God provided a sacrifice for them and covered them. Jesus is our sacrifice and He is the only one who can reconcile us to God. It is His righteousness that we must be clothed in to enter Heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

I hope you know HIM today!

Ge 3:1 ¶ Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
 6 ¶ And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
 9 ¶ And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
 11 ¶ And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
 14 ¶ And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
 16 ¶ Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
 17 ¶ And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
 20 ¶ And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
 21 ¶ Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
 22 ¶ And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.(KJV)

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Monday, May 25th 2009

11:54 AM

Genesis 2

Ge 2:1 ¶ Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
 4 ¶ These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
 5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
 6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
 7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
 8 ¶ And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
 9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
 10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
 11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
 12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
 13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
 14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
 15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
 16 ¶ And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
 18 ¶ And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
 19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
 21 ¶ And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
 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 Man.
 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (KJV)

I'm thankful I am not just a happenchance - I was planned, created and have a purpose. My purpose in life is to please God, my Lord, my Saviour, my Creator, my God, my Best Friend. You are not a happenchance either - God has a purpose for you also. Are you fulfilling your purpose?

You might enjoy exploring this site: Creation Moments. It has some excellent stories of nature that show how unlikely evolution is and also show the glory of God.

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Wednesday, May 20th 2009

2:59 PM

Genesis 1

When we started this blog it was for the purpose of encouraging people to read the Bible. I want to get back to that. We have read through the New Testament and now I want to post through the Old Testament. I may not get to post everyday, but I hope you will be reading everyday.  As before I will post the chapter for reading then any comments I have or interesting commentaries I have found on the chapter.

Genesis 1 -

Ge 1:1 ¶ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
 3 ¶ And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
 6 ¶ And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
 9 ¶ And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
 14 ¶ And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
 19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
 20 ¶ And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
 21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
 23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
 24 ¶ And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
 26 ¶ And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
 29 ¶ And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
 31 ¶ And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (KJV)

This chapter sets the base and foudation. There are many people who have a problem with these first few chapters. They will try anything not to believe that God is the Creator. If they acknowledge that God is indeed the Creator, they must admit to being accountable to God, and they don't want to have to account to anyone but themselves. Refusing to believe the truth, doesn't change it.

In the beginning - GOD!

He created all we know plain and simple  and He did it in six literal days.

People want to say but evidence shows evolution, but truth be told much of the so called evidence of evolution is not really evidence - some of it is twisted facts, some of it is just made up.  Like it or not evolution is still just a theory - not a proven fact. 

Either way you decide to believe it will be by faith. You can choose to put your faith in ever changing science or you can put your faith in God. I choose to trust God who loves me. He loved me enough to tell me the truth of how I came to be, of how I came to be a sinner and what the future holds. He loved me enough to make a way I could be forgiven for my sin and delivered so I could KNOW I would live forever with Him in eternity. I choose His way - the Lord Jesus Christ.

I believe that In the Beginning God created and I believe about 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins and arose again in victory. I believe when I told the Lord I was sorry for my sin and asked Him to save some 30+ years ago He did and that He is keeping me now. I also believe His Word when it says that Jesus is coming back for those that are His and it could be any minute. I want to be ready and watching, because I love Him and I believe Him.

Who or what do you believe?

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Thursday, April 30th 2009

8:38 PM

Joshua 7 - God gives time to repent

In my Bible reading the other day, I was reading the book of Joshua. I read about the walls of Jericho falling and the great victory for Israel, then how they failed at Ai because of sin in the camp because Achan had disobeyed what God said and took of the accursed things and hid them in his tent, bringing that trouble to the camp of Israel. It is a familiar story, one I have read many times, but like often happens with the Word of God, something new jumped out at me this time. 

Thirty-six men died because of the sin Achan brought to the camp and disrupted God's blessings. God had Joshua tell the people that evening that the next morning they would be taking family by family to see who had brought sin into the camp. That means Achan and his family (who had to know the forbidden stuff was hidden in the tent) had ALL night to come and repent, BUT they didn't. Why? I know God is merciful, I can't help but think if they had repented to God, it would have made a difference.   I think the problem was the same that many have today - they didn't believe God.  They didn't really think they would be discovered, but they were and it resulted in death to his whole family.

Do you believe God? God has said there is ONE way of salvation and that if you miss that you will separated forever from Him in a lake of fire. Do you believe Him? Or will you bring distruction to yourself and possibly  your family too if they follow your beliefs?

Achan and his family had warning and time to repent. You who are reading this right now - have warning and time to repent. Jesus said in Luke 13:3b, "except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." Repentance is believing God about you being a sinner and needing salvation. It is turning from your sin and your way to go HIS Way.

God said in Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  Jesus said in John 14:6b, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." and in John 3:16-18, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

The choice is yours whether to believe God or not, but He has told you the penalty ahead of time of not believing Him.  Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

So you can salvation in Jesus Christ or condemnation without Him. Achan chose to not  believe God and ended up destroying not only himself, but his family also. I hope as you read the story of Achan below, you will consider that you have even great opportunity than Achan. Right now you can choose to believe God, repent of your sin, and trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour. You will have peace with God and an eternal home with Him.

What will you choose?

Joshua 7:1 ¶ But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.
 2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.
 3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.
 4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.
 5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.
 6 ¶ And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.
 7 And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan!
 8 O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!
 9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?
 10 ¶ And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?
 11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.
 12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.
 13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.
 14 In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families thereof; and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man.
 15 And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.
 16 ¶ So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken:
 17 And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken:
 18 And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.
 19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.
 20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:
 21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.
 22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.
 23 And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD.
 24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.
 25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
 26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day. (KJV)

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