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Spiritual Sunday

 

On Monday.. Go figure… I could have done it yesterday but I really wanted to share my Bullet Point Journal with you and also to whine about the demise of my A5 binder folder.. I wont keep going on about it except to say, I’ve been out today again looking and I still cant find anything similar! Moving right along….

So last week I told you about the latest Bible studies I’ve been doing, refresher Here  and in there I said that if I wasnt careful I’d burn out. Well I didnt burn out but I did get an email from “Cooking up Faith” that she was burning out and would not be continuing the “Love in 2016” the one year study of 1  Corinthians. That was disappointing but kind of also gave me a little bit of breathing space..

So this is whats new this week.

Good Morning Girls– We studied the Book of Job chapters 6 – 10. Job has been through a hard time when God allowed Satan to tempt Job but was ordered not to Kill Job. I was happy that Job never once accused the Lord of allowing these bad things to happen, but then Job started complaining and whining, you know “woe is me, I wish I’d never been born” ( Ugh that sounds like me before I started this journey!)  quite frankly I want to smack Job and tell him to stop being a sooky lah lah, and be patient and see what God has in store, I read some of the later chapters for another study, so I know its all good.

God Chickes Awakend– it’s a daily devotional and so we are working through the Book of Genesis, last week we got up to Genesis 30- part of this was when Rebekah tricked Jacob (who was her favourite)  to get Isaac’s blessing over his twin brother Esau, who was the elder. This caused a big rift and  Jacob left the family. We also learnt how he went and found his cousin Laban and fell instantly in love with Rachel, he worked 7 yrs for Laban so he could marry Rachel who as the youngest daughter should not have been married first, so Laban made him marry the older daughter Leah whom he didnt love, and he had to work Another 7 yrs to get Rachel who he did love. BUT God saw that he loved Rachel more than Leah so he made Rachel barren and Leah had all the children, all sons… I’ve been enojoying following this family!

The next Bible study I am doing is called “Journey in the word” and its a private group on Facebook and each week day, so Monday to Friday we are given a scripture to read and to S.O.A.P and the a daily question, last week we studied about praying. So we read verses

  • Acts2:41-47
  • Hebrews 4:15-16
  • Jeremiah 10:6-7
  • Psalm 145:1-7
  • Romans 15:30 & Colossians 1:9

Our weekly verse for memorising was Hebrews 4:16

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time if need”  We are also required to post in the group daily with our thoughts and comments and talk with other members, I have to confess I’m struggling with that because I’m naturally not as advanced as other women in the group, but I will say I am learning alot, and that was the point of joining.

This week I posted off three of my exams to Emmuas College as part of my Biblical studies, so I’m offically on the way! It’s been a busy week and I’ve really enjoyed it all.

 

 

NaBloPoMo.. catch up… day 27

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Tell us about your morning routine. What is one thing you want to change?

my morning routine consists of waking up between 6.40 and 6.50 am, once my eyes can focus I start my bible studies… at the moment we are doing Exodus and so I read that and then use the S.O.A.K method… (stands for S-Scripture, O-Observation, A-Application and K-Kneel in prayer.) Thats get written in a small ring binder. Then we use a colour chart to colour in the chapter, so my bible is getting very colourful and at the start I found it to be “time-consuming” but now I am enjoying it because my word for 2015 is “Deeper” and with this method you really have to pay attention to whats written there and use different colours for different things.

What is one thing I would like to change? Maybe to have a bit more time to soak deeper.. but I get my studies done and then I have to get the rest of the household into their morning routines.

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NaBloPoMo– Habits.. One book?! say it isn’t so!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015
If you had to read the same book year after year after year, what would it be?

If you asked me this last year I would have said “Gone with the Wind” I love the book, I love the history and I just love all of it.

but then In July last year I discovered the Bible, and Jesus, and began doing Bible studies and reading different bits, the challenge I had previously with the Bible was that I would pick it up and “attempt” to read it cover to cover… I never got far and always threw it away… and then I had a good Christian friend who explained to me “oh NO! you don’t read the Bible like a normal book” OHH.. “OK so how do I read it?” those seven words changed me! Because her answer was so thorough and helpful (Oh and I was trying to read the “wrong” sort of Bible, you know the ones with “thee, thou, shalt” etc ect, so she suggested NIV and start from there,) I brought myself a pretty little green bible and then I was too scared to mark the pages.. in my next letter from my pal I received a hand written sheet with verses and chapters to read for different things, and THAT begun my love affair with the Bible and the stories it held within. I have read a portion of it every day twice a day since then!

Along came “Good Morning Girls” with Courtney’s challenge to “Read the Bible in a year” so I signed up for that and have been working on her plan ever since. I know I have read some parts of the bible in other studies because the pages are highlighted (EKKK you HAVE to write in the Bible it’s mandatory.. that was a hard lesson to learn!!) but then I read it again in context to what I am studying and it seems to read differently.. so I am still learning from stuff previously read..

That is why if I can take ONLY one book, (and even typing that makes me feel nervous!!) I would choose the Bible.. as long as I could have my highlighters and crayons to colour code!!

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Spiritual Sunday – last blog for 2014

Spiritual Sunday

 

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Monday- Psalm 18:1-3

Scripture– “I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my god is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my strong hold. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies”

Application

  • David is singing this Psalm in praise to the Lord for saving Saul.
  • he is praising the Lord for being his shield.
  • God is a shield to protect those who walk with him.

Tuesday- Psalm 19:1-5

Scripture-  “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands, day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends pf the world. In the Heavens, God pitched a tent for the sun.” (I love this verse!)

Application-

  • God is singing of God’s glory in Nature
  • “Day after Day they pour forth speech” the days turn from night to day everyday God did that.
  • everything on display in nature in the natural world God made that!

Wednesday- Psalm 20:6 & 7

Scripture- “Now this I know, the Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary, with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, nut we trust in the name of the Lord our God”

Application- 

  • The Lord gives victory to the anointed. Meaning he helps those who believe in him.
  • David is speaking about God.

Thursday- Psalm 21:1-5

Scripture- “The King rejoices in your strength Lord. How great is his joy on victories you give! You have granted him his hearts desire and have not withheld the request on jos lips. You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure go,d on his head. He asked you for life, and you gave it to him length of days, for ever and ever. Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty”

Application-

  • With the Lords blessings for loyal fellowship, we can rejoice in the Lords strength
  • with the Lords blessings we can be victorious in our dealings, following the Lords ways we will have splendor and majesty, all things are possible with the Lord.

Friday- Psalm 22:6-10

JeaScripture- “But I am a worm and not a man, scorned ny everyone, despised by the people, all who mock me, they hurl insults, shaking their heads “He trusts the Lord” they say. “Let the Lord rescue him, Let him deliver him, since he delights in him” yet you brought me out of the womb, you made me trust in you, even at my Mother’s breast, from birth I was cast on you; from my Mother’s womb you have been my God”

Application-

  • David is singing praises to the Lord, even though he is despised and mocked, he believes in the Lord.
  • hold firm to your faith even when those around you mock and scorn. The Lord will reward you.

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Week Four- “Peace”

Monday- Scripture- Isaiah 9:6

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.”

Application- 

  • Jesus is born! The government will be on his shoulders (meaning: he will deal with decisions made by the government)
  • he will be called all those good names because he is “Prince of peace” Son of God who wants only good and calm. For his children.

Tuesday- Scripture- Zephaniah 3:14-15

“Sing, daughter of Zion, shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned his back on your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you, never again will you fear any harm”

Application

  • The Lord is telling the people that he will destroy Israel and when he restores the remains the rest ( followers) this is what will happen.
  • He will be with the loyal followers and the need never fear him

Wednesday- Scripture Philippians 4:4-7

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let you gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts nd your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Application

  • The book of Philippians was written by Paul and Timothy.
  • they are reminding us all to rejoice (be glad and happy) that the Lord is near.
  • the peace of God will come into our hearts and minds when we give our worries to Jesus and God.

Thursday- Scripture- Matthew 1:20 & 21

“But after he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from sin”

Application- 

  • Angels visited Joseph to reassure him that  the Un-wed Mary was carrying the Messiah, child of the Lord.
  • Angels prophesied that Jesus would be the one to save the people from their sins.

Friday – Scripture- John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; my people I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives to you. Do not let your hearts ve troubled and do not be afraid”

Application- 

  • Jesus promises us that by following his example of living peacefully, God will give us his love.
  • do not be troubled or afraid, live as Jesus did and receive the Fathers Love and protection.

 

So that my friends concludes this years Bible Studies, I went through all my notes to see what else have I done in the last 74 days since I began my “Walk with the Lord” and I was surprised at how much I have managed to fit in and learn.

Studies and Bibles books I’ve completed so far!

  • The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, read the book and completed the studies.
  • Wives of the Bible -Jolene  Engel book and study.
  • girlfriends in God, email studies.
  • 30 Days Husband Encouragement-Darby Duggar. Through emails.
  • study of Psalm 139, for the entire month we had to read it and then re write it in our own words.
  • How to hear from God – Joyce Meyer, Book and study session.

From the Bible studies group, we’ve done..

  • Book of Genesis
  • Psalms 1-22
  • Book of John
  • Books of 2 John and 3 John
  • Book of Jude
  • Books of 1 Peter, and 2 Peter
  • Book of Esther.

Over all, I am really happy with how much I have read, studies and learnt. I am so excited to start the next session on January 5th when we are studying “Book of Exodus” I hope you’ll come back and join me.

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for more information check our Courtney’s site : http://womenlivingwell.org/2014/12/lets-go-deeper-with-god-in-the-new-year/

 

Blogging through the Bible with Good Morning Girls and the Heart of Esther. Genesis is complete..

Learning about Noah

Learning about Joseph

This week we finished “Genesis” the biggest book in the bible with fifty chapters.

Monday– Genesis 46:2-4

Scripture- ” And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said “Jacob Jacob” – “Here I am” he replied. “I am God, the God of your father” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”

Application-

  • Israel had always walked with God and been a faithful servant, so God spoke to him to reassure him to go to Egypt.
  • Being a faithful servant had rewards and allowed Israel to have direct speech with God.
  • So by me walking faithfully with the Lord I might hope to one day hear his words.
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Blogging through the Bible

Tuesday– Genesis 47:28-31

Scripture- “Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were one hundred and forty-seven. When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called his son Joseph and said to him ” If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise me you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried”

“I will do as you say” he said, “Swear me to me” Jacob said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff”

Application- 

  • Jacob moved to Egypt to be with Joseph even though his heart belonged in Canaan.
  • Jacob made Joseph swear an oath to bury his back in his home land.
  •  Jacob went to Egypt to be with his son because God promised him all would be right.

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Wednesday– Genesis 48:18-20

Scripture- “Joseph said to him (Israel) “No My father, this one is the first-born; put your right hand on his head” But his father refused and said “I know my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations” he blessed them that day and said “In your name will Israel pronounce his blessing “May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh ” So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.”

Application-

  • Israel blessed the younger brother over the elder brother, just as he and his Mother Rebecca had tricked his father Abraham into doing.
  • Israel made great claims about Josephs sons.
  • “The younger son will be greater than the older” In my case and in my son’s case also.

Thursday– Genesis 49:22-26

Scripture- “Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall. With bitterness archers attack him, they shot at him with hostility. But this bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the mighty Jacob, because of the Shepard, the rock of Israel, because of your father’s God, who helps you, because of the almighty who blesses you, with blessings of the sky above, blessings of the deep springs below, blessings of  the breast and womb. Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all those rest on the head of Joseph, ont he brow  of the prince among his brothers.”

Application-

  • Israel called all his sons to him on his death-bed to give them blessings
  • Israel understood that Joseph was walking with the Lord and was protected by that.
  • I am like the fruitful vine, bitterness archers also  attacked me with  hostility. I remained stead and turned to the Lord for guidance.
  • I have the blessings of my father’s GOD who helps me!

Friday- Genesis 50:24-26

Scripture- “Then Joseph said to his brothers”I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you out of this land to the land promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said “GOD will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place” So Joseph died at the age of a Hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.”

Application- 

  • Jacob died and was returned to the cave in Canaan to be buried with his wife.
  • Joseph lived to one hundred and ten years and revealed to his brothers the oath between God and Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  • Joseph walked with the Lord which meant he was lifted to a position of great power and had the ability to help his family, even though they meant to harm him.
  • Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, four generations of men who walked faithfully with the Lord.

If anyone had said to be a year ago that I would be reading the bible and doing bible studies and getting so hooked into the word that I would miss the key players of Genesis when we finished reading it, I would have laughed.

Because twelve months ago, I was not in the place I am now. Now I look back on my recent past and I see that God has been calling me and suddenly in July this year I heard him.. why? how? I do not know, other than to say suddenly I was ready to hear and learn all I can about Jesus, and God and all the people in the bible. I am so very thankful that I found Courtney James over at Good Morning Girls, who has made my journey easy and enjoyable.

Tomorrow we start the Psalms and we read that all of December and we are also doing an advent study alongside our Psalms.

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Why don’t you come and join us? you can find out more information right here: http://womenlivingwell.org/

Blogging through the bible with Good Morning Girls and Heart of Esther… Genesis… Oh LOTS!!

Learning about Noah

Learning about Joseph

First of all I want to apologize because I know some people (Thank you Terri Deiley from Pennsylvania) actually read my Bible study posts… Sorry for the delay in between last posts. We went away camping for a week and had limited internet connection, so I didn’t blog for the time I was away and since I’ve been back life has hit me at full speed.. but I’m going to attempt to do a short update on each chapter…hang on, hold it.. that’s an awful long post.. my last one was Genesis 29.. EEK now I’m up to 47.. that’s 18 chapters, so I’m NOT going to do that!I’ll recap last weeks and then on Sunday night recap this weeks studies. Forgive me for missing so many in between..Sometimes life just gets too busy and I try to juggle and end up missing all the balls Laughing!

Blogging through the Bible

Blogging through the Bible

So right now I have no clue what week I am even up to.. but it doesn’t matter what matters is… I studied every day and I spoke to the Lord every day, I even spoke to him face to face one day at the Abbotsford Convent read about that in this post.. https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/nablopomo-2014-day-9-abbortsford-convent-and-salads/

Jesus on the Cross

Jesus on the Cross

We had a quiet word and I got a bit emotional… So see, it doesn’t matter what week I am up to what matters is I am having a relationship with the Lord every single day, prayer, studies and quiet time in his word and now The Daniel Plan is working on the body that he gave me

 

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Monday- Genesis 37:21-23 

Scripture: “When Reuben heard this he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life” he said “Don’t shed any blood, throw him into the cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him” Reuben said this to rescue him (Joseph) from them (his jealous brothers) and take him back to his father.  So when Joseph came to his brothers they stripped him of his robe the ornate robe he was wearing”

Application

  • Reuben managed to save Joseph by throwing him into the cistern, rather than letting the brothers kill him
  • Reuben refused to spill his blood, he’s a good man.
  • The other brothers were consumed by jealousy and were not God-fearing men.

Tuesday- Genesis 38:25 & 26

Scripture- “As she was brought out she sent a message to her father-in-law. “I am pregnant by the man who owns these” She said and she added “See if you recognize whose seal and cord and staff these are” Judah recognized them and said “She is more righteous than I, Since I would not give her my son Shelah” and he did not sleep with her again”

Application-

  • Judah slept with his daughter-in-law who had disguised herself as a prostitute.
  • Tamar asked for a token until payment could be made
  • Tamar arranged for a payment for the “prostitute” not realizing it was his daughter-in-law Tamar.

Wednesday- Genesis 39:19-21

Scripture- “When his (Joseph) master heard the story his wife told him, saying “This is how your slave treated me” he (The Pharaoh) burned with anger. Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, in the place where the kings prisoners were contained. But while Joseph was there in prison, the Lord was with him, he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warder.”

Application- 

  • The Lord was with Joseph ALL the time, so he gave Joseph favor because Joseph walked with the Lord.
  • The Lord knew the truth of the matter with the king’s wife so he blessed Joseph with kindness while he was in jail.
  • The Lord sees people’s hearts and knows them inside and out and he will reward them for their loyalty.

Thursday- Genesis 40:21-23

Scripture- “He restored the Chief cup bearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into the Pharaoh’s hand – but he impaled the Chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation. The chief cupbearer , however, did not remember Joseph, he forgot him”

Application- 

  • Joseph was in the Lord’s favor and so was able to correctly interperate the dreams of the Chief cup-bearer and the Chief baker
  • All Joseph asked in return was that the Chief Cup bearer remember his name, which he did not.

Friday- Genesis 41:25-27

Scripture- “Then Joseph said to the Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good grains are seven years, it is one and the same dream. The seven ugly cows that came up afterwards are seven years, and so they are seven heads of worthless heads of grains scorched by the east winds, they are seven years of famine”

Application- 

  • The Lord favored Joseph by giving him the ability to interperate dreams.
  • This ability lead Joseph to hold a high position within the Pharaoh’s kingdom

Saturday- Genesis 42:6 & 7

Scripture- “Now Joseph was the governor of  the land, the person who sold grains to all the people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them “Where are you from?” he asked “From the land of Canaan” they replied “to buy food”

Application

  • These brothers misused Joseph and sold him into slavery, he was testing them.
  • The older brothers did as they were told, went back to their father to bring the younger brother Benjamin.

Sunday- Genesis 43:29 & 30

Scripture- “As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own Mother’s son, he asked “is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?” and he said “God be gracious to you, my son” Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.”

Application

  • Joseph blessed his own brother from his own Mother upon their meeting.
  • Joseph did not mean harm to his brothers he just wanted a way to meet his brother Benjamin.

{On this day I posted  a question, the first time I have asked the Lord for anything for myself. Reading about all these family reunions I wondered if the Lord had a message he was trying to get through my fat head. So I asked him “Do I need to do more? please guide me in your wisdom” I wrote that at 7.20 am and went about my day as usual, that night we went to visit my M-I-L and God revealed a surprise.. you can read about it in this posting here: https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/nablopomo-2014-day-13-serendipity-or/  }

Then there was so kind of hiccup, I don’t know what I did, I think I worked over the weekend when we were not supposed to.. but somehow I got ahead of the rest of the group, so I stopped a few days and then I was behind or something.. I got totally lost!!

So Scriptures 44 and 45 have no days allocated to them.. confused yet?? I know I am…

Genesis 44:32-35

Scripture- “You servant guaranteed the boys safety to my father, I said “If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, I will bear the blame before you my father, all my life” Now then please let your servant remain here as my lords slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father”

Application-

  • Judah guaranteed  Benjamin’s safety to Israel  so Judah offered himself as a slave in place of Benjamin.
  • This was a test from Joseph to see if his brothers regretted the way they treated him all those years ago.

Genesis 45:7-9

Scripture- “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay”

Application-

  • Because he (Joesph) so believed in God, he put his faith in God’s will and turned a negative situation into a positive one.
  • Now he is using his new God-given talents to help those who hurt him the most FORGIVENESS!!!

So again I felt like this was a bit of a personal message to me about turning a bad situation with my siblings into a more positive one. So I asked him for further guidance. As I was putting away my bible (usually I am so careful because the pages are so thin I hate them creased) and it fell open randomly and there was a highlighted section obviously from a previous bible study and it was on Proverbs Chapter 12 verse 15 and this is what it said

Proverbs 12:15The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice

So Fools and Wise ones.. I am definitely awaiting more advice!!

I’ll be back on Sunday with this week’s Blogging through the Bible, this week we finish Genesis and I have really enjoyed it. I have heard of Joseph and his Technicolor coat, mainly through Dolly Parton’s classic.

Have a great rest of the week meet you back here Sunday for Bible Study and Genesis 45- 50!

Here’s one more to leave you with…

 

 

 

Blogging through the Bible with Good Morning Girls.. Heart of Esther… Week 8- Genesis.

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Learning about Noah

 

Monday- Genesis 23:17-20

Scripture: “So Ephroms field in Machpelah near Mare, both the field and the cave in it and all the trees in the border of the field were deeded to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who come to the gate of the city. Afterwards Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Cannan. So the field and the cave were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.”

application

  • Abraham purchased the land with the cave as a burial-place for Sarah.
  • Abraham was very precise about where he wanted Sarah buried

Tuesday- Genesis 24:64-66

Scripture: “Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel and asked the servant “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?” “He is my master” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. Isaac brought Rebekah into the tent of his Mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. She became his wife and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.”

application

  • Rebekah went with the servant because it was God’s will.  She had faith and trusted God’s promise.
  • Rebekah was Chaste and respectful covering herself with a veil before she married Isaac.

 

  • Research more on Rebekah!!
  • Rebecca was beautiful, shrewd, energetic, physically robust and strong-willed. We first meet her at the well of Aram-naharaim, where she showed that she was willing to work, and confident enough to speak without fear to the strangers who had been sent by Abraham to find a wife for Isaac.

    This moment, with its symbolism of the well and water, has been popular with artists.

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http://www.womeninthebible.net/1.3.Rebecca.htm

Wednesday- Genesis 25:7-11

Scripture: “Abraham lived One hundred and seventy-five years. The Abraham breathed his last and lived a good old age, an old man full of years and he was gathered to his people.His Sons Ishmael and Isaac buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephrom son of Zohar the Hittite, the field Abraham ad brought from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi. ”

application

  • 175 years is a good life time.
  • He was buried with his first true love Sarah
  • God Blessed his faithful servant by blessing his son Isaac.

Thursday- Genesis 26:22-25

Scripture: “From there he went up to Beersheeba. That night the Lord appeared to him and said “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid for I am with you. I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham” Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. There he pitched his tents and there his servants dug a well.”

application

  • The Lord spoke to Isaac and promised him good things because of Abraham’s loyal following.
  • Isaac stayed in Beersheeba because the Lord promised him good things.
  • Isaac also had a good relationship with the Lord.

Friday- Genesis 27:46

Scripture: “Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am disgusted with living because of these Hittite women, If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”

application

  • Rebekah should not have been so judgmental. All people were created by the Lord.
  • Rebekah lied to Isaac, which is turn cause both her sons to lie to Isaac.
  • Bad example to set for her children and to lie is to sin against God.

Saturday- Genesis 28; 20-22

Scripture: “Then Jacob made a vow saying” If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return  safely to my father’s household, then the lord will be my God and this stone I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house and of all that you give me I will give a tenth.”

application

  • Jacob should trust the Lords word without question.
  • Seeking “Proof”  from the Lord shows distrust

Sunday- Genesis 29:31 & 32

Scripture: “When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben for she said “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”

application

  • I felt sorry for Leah, she was judged unfairly because of her “weak eyes” and yet she was more loyal.
  • Leah was unloved but fertile
  • Beauty is only skin deep that is why the Lord enabled Leah to conceive and beautiful Rachel could not.

I have just done a study on the book called “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant. Its based on this story, of the two sisters and in the book Leah’s eyes were multicolored, one blue and one green. in that book Rachel was a spoiled brat and Leah was the wiser more useful sister.

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Monday- Genesis 16: 4&5

Scripture: “He slept with Hagar and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me”

Application- 

  • Sarai “thought” that she was doing the right thing by giving her maid to Abram to have a son (misguided) she resented the idea.
  • Hagar resented her  Mistress, maybe because she did not like being a pawn in the game (research)
  • Sarai complained to Abram (he was only doing as HE was told) because Hagar Hated her ( wrong move Sarai, Loyalty?)

So again this verse brought up more questions than answers so I went to “Mr Google” and then onto Wikipedia and asked the questions..

  • Why did Hagar despise Sarai? A: Hagar is hebrew translates to  “to flee” or “fugitive” so she had been named that after she left Egypt, she had once been a Pharaoh’s daughter.  Legally any children born of the union between Hagar and Abram became the Wife’s property.. so possibly Hagar didn’t want Sarai to have her Child.
  • Abram and Sarai had been living in Canaan 10 years by then and the Rabbi say that when a woman has been childless for 10 years, her husband may marry another woman, So Sarai gave Abram “Hagar” so he would not go and marry someone else. She took matters into her own hands.
  • Their fault (Abram and Sarai’s) was that they did not take the Lord at his word.
  • In Biblical times women who were barren were despised, Hagar did not want to share her child OR Abram with Sarai and so she began to despise her.
  • Abram failed in his Husbandly duties because he did not act like the head of the household for fear of getting between the two angry women.
  • God did NOT approve of Sarai’s methods because he created a monogamous marriage and anything LESS than that will always cause problems.
  • Sarai mistreated Hagar because she was jealous of the fact that Hagar had conceived a child and she could not.

Lessons learnt- 

  • Faithful should never try to force the Lords hand or be manipulative
  • Faith rests in the sovereignty of God
  • Hagar now believed that she was superior to Sarai because she had conceived and Sarai had not so she resented submitting to Sarai.
  • Abram was a passive husband not a loving leader, he did as Sarai told him, he got the heir that Sarai wanted but not the one God Promised!
  • Abram failed as a husband because he slept with Hagar which was against the Lord word.
  • Abram also failed by avoiding the confrontation between the women, showing he is passive and not Intentional.
  • Abram was a “faith failure” meaning he did NOT wait on God’s timing but took matters into his own hands.

Tuesday- Genesis 17:5 & 6, 15 & 16.

Scripture- “No longer will you be called Abram  your name will now be Abraham for I have made you the father of many nations” God also said to Abraham “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so she will be the Mother of Nations; Kings of people will come from her”

Application- 

  • God made a pact with them and Sarah having children and as such they changed their names.
  • Abraham and Sarah believed Gods word about children
  • God showed them what to expect by telling them about the “Kings of people will come from her”

Wednesday- Genesis 18: 11-15.

Scripture- “Abraham and Sarah were already very old and Sarah was past the age of child-bearing. So Sarah laughed to herself “After I am worn out and my Lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” Then the Lord said to Abraham “Why did Sarah laugh and say “Will I really have a child now that I am old?” Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at an appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said ” I did not laugh” but he said “Yes you did laugh!”

Application:

  • They were untrusting of the Lord promise.
  • They questioned the Lord’s words.
  • The Lord foretold of things to come, who was Sarah to question him?

Thursday- Genesis 19:30-32

Scripture- Lot and his daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. One day the older daughter said to the younger daughter “Our Father is old and there is no man around here to give us children as is the custom in the world. Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him, and preserve our family line through our father.”

Application– Lots daughters were deceitful against their father Sinning, to get him drunk and have sex with him.

(more questions) Why were Lots family scared to stay in Zoar?? Off to visit the Googlemeister…

  • Why were Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed?
  • These cities along with Admah, Zeboim and Bela were known as “the Cities of the Plains” situated on the Jordan river in the South of Canaan (North of today’s Dead Sea)
  • God passed judgement on Admah, Zeboim, Sodom and Gomorrah and they were completely consumed by fire and brimstone. Only Bela (renamed to Zoar) was saved.
  • Lots wife known by Jewish traditions as Ado or Edith, although not named that in the Bible.  In Judaism one common view of Lots wife turning into a “pillar of Salt” was as a punishment for disobeying the Angels warning, by looking backwards at Sodom she was betraying a secret longing for “what was” the old ways of life. Another Jewish theory is that Lots wife sinned with salt..When the angels visited she had run out of salt and so went to borrow some from the neighbors to make bread, thus alerting the neighbors of visitors. resulting in the mob attacking their home and endangering her family, causing them all to flee.

Friday- Genesis 20:13-15

Scripture- “And when God had me wander from my father’s household, I said to her “This is how you can show your love to me, everywhere we go, say of me “He is my brother” Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave then to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him and Abimelek said “my land is before you, Live wherever you like”

Application-  Abraham sinned by convincing Sarah to lie about being his sister.

  • Sarah (Wife of Integrity) did as she was told, Sinned for her brother/husband
  • Abimelek was scared of God’s wrath after having a dream.

Saturday- Genesis 21:1-7

Scripture- “Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said and the Lord did for Sarah as he promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name “Isaac” to the son Sarah had bore him. Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born to him Sarah said ” God has brought me laughter and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me” And she added “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a children? Yes I bore him a son in his old age”

Application- 

  • Nothing is Impossible for the Lord.
  • What the Lord says he delivers
  • The Lord dealt fairly with Hagar and Ishmael.

Sunday- Genesis 22:2 and 10-13

Scripture- “The God said “Take your son, your only son whom you love Isaac- and go to the region of Morich. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel called out to him from Heaven “Abraham! Abraham!

Here I am” he replied

Do NOT lay a hand on that boy” he said “Do not do anything to him. Now that I know you fear God, because you have not withheld him from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up and there in the thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son”

Application-

  • These verses had me holding my breath! I was really nervous for a while but Abraham was being tested and he passed the test
  • Instead God supplied the Ram to be used as the burnt offering.
  • Abraham was a true servant of the Lord.

So that was this week in Genesis.. wow we had some ups and some really lows points.. It had me wondering if I would be brave enough to sacrifice any of my Children so willingly for God..

What about you? would you be so brave as Abraham and make the ultimate sacrifice?

Coming up Next week….

 

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Learning about Noah

Monday- Genesis 9:12-14

Scripture: “And God said, “This s the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come. I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds .” ( I think this is a sweet story to explain to my Grandchildren when they are older)

Application- “God really felt bad about the floods, so he made a pact with Noah never to flood the earth again.

“To seal his covenant he gave a rainbow, so that whenever we see the rainbow we know that the earth will never again be washed clean”

So Covenant was mentioned so 8 times I did a quick Google search to find out exactly what it was: “A contract, treaty, pact or agreement

I also wanted to know “Why did Noah Curse Canaan?” So off to Wikipedia I went and found out this… ” Noah cursed Canaan, because Ham went into Noah’s tent and saw him drunk and naked , he laughed but did nothing to help cover his father

Tuesday- Genesis 10:32.

Scripture-  “These are the clans of Noah’s sons, according to their lines of descent with in nations, from these nations spread out over the earth after the flood.”

Application-  I had done all this research in Genesis 5, so I didn’t repeat any of it.

Wednesday- Genesis 11:4-7.

Scripture- “Then they said “Come let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches heaven, so that we may make a name for ourselves, otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole world” But the Lord said “Of as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan will be impossible for them, come let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.

Application– I didn’t understand this so I wrote “team work upset the Lord why?” and then I went over to Wikipedia and looked up all about the Tower of Babel.

“Tower of Babel was designed  to reach the sky “a tower with its top in the sky” so they could make a name for themselves, and so they would not become scattered across the face of the earth. The name “Babel” means “Gate of God” in the bible the name “Babel” was given the meaning “Jumble” The story of Babel explains the originality of multiplicity of languages.God was concerned the humans had too much freedom, so God brought in multiple languages, this humans were divided into linguistic groups, unable to understand each other.

Thursday Genesis 12:17:-19

Scripture- “But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of  Abram’s wife Sarai, So Pharaoh summoned Abram “What have you done to me?” He said “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say she was your sister? So I took her to be my wife? Now hen here is your wife, take her and go!”

Application- Do not lie with another’s wife or lie to the Lord.

Do not cheat with anyone, the Lord will punish those who do not follow his simple commands.

  • (So this raised Questions about Sarai and why her name was changed to or from Sarah so again I visited Google- (I’m getting good at Google searches!)
  • Originally named “Sarai”  translates “My Princess” , then named “Sarah” meaning “Princess”
  • in Biblical times the changing of ones name was used to bind a covenant, In Sarai’s case to end her barrenness, giving her a child Issac – Hebrew for Laughter.
  • Sarah died  at age 127, the only woman in Hebrew scripture to be given an age.
  • Sarah was the Wife of Abram, also his half-sister, they shared the Father Terah.
  • Sarah was 10 years or more younger than Abram.
  • Sarah was considered a great beauty, Abram feared that she would be taken away and given to another man
  • Twice Abram pretended that Sarah was his sister so that he would be treated better.
  • Although she was beautiful she was barren.

Friday- Genesis 13:14-18

Scripture- “The Lord said to Abram after Lot had departed from him “Look around from where you are, to the North and South, east and west. All the land you see I will give you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go walk through the length and breath of the land, for I am giving it to you. So Adam went to live near the giant trees of Mamre at Hebron where he pitched his tents. He built an altar to the Lord.”

Application- 

  • Abram and Lot separated peacefully.. no quarrels.
  • The Lord rewarded Abram for his good management.

Once again, I was interested in more details “Where is Mamre? Hebron?”  Thank you Google!

  • Mamre (Full Hebrew name is: Elonei Mamre) or Oaks/Terebinth of Mamre, it refers to a Canaanite Cultic shrine dedicated to the supreme, Sky God of Canaanite pantheon.
  • It lies approximately halfway between Halhul and Hebron
  • Pottery Shards at the site suggest the shrine was used from “2600- 2000BC”
  • Mamre was one of the three Amorite Chiefs who joined forces with Abram in pursuit of “Chedorlaomer”
  • “The Oak of Mamre” is at “Hirbet es-esibte”, 2 kilometers south west of Mamre near Hebron (Palestine territories)
  • it is believed that this tree is where Abram entertained 3 angels OR where he pitched his tents.
  • it is estimated that the Oak is approx 5,000 years old.

Saturday- Genesis 14:22-24

Scripture-  “But Abram said to the King of Sodom “with raised hands I have sworn an oath to the Lord, God, most high, creator of heaven and earth, that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say ” I made Abram rich” I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men that went with me Aner, Eshkol and Mamre. Let them have their share”

Application- 

  • Abram deal with the Lord was worth more than riches.
  • His Pact was worth more and he cared more for others getting their fair share.

Sunday- Genesis 15:4 & 5

Scripture- “Then the word of the Lord came to him “This man will not be your heir but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir” He took Him  outside and said “Look up at the sky and count the stars- if indeed you can count them” then he said to him “So shall your offspring be

Application-  

  • All the days of our lives are already written before God formed us.
  • By giving our lives to Christ/The Lord and following hi, we are taking the right path
  • The Lord foretold of Abrams offspring to keep him on the right track.

 

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The Heart of Esther- Week 5- Its all about the Psalms and Genesis…

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Well I have been having the best fun this week as we work our way through the bible. I have a little routine, I wake up at about 6.45am and my Bloke brings me coffee before he goes to work, and so that gives me an hour and 15 minutes before I need to be up to start my day, (On School days, its been school holidays so a bit more relaxed.)

So I am not actually sure what I am doing and if I am doing it right.. I have been doing the “Psalms” as we started off doing, and then I just added “Genesis” when everyone else did that, now I am wondering if maybe I was meant to stop with psalms and only do Genesis.. HA HA trust me to stuff it up if indeed I have. My Heart of Esther group has gone a bit quiet so I’m floundering.. but anyways I’ll share with you all what I did this week and I’ll figured out next week as I go…

The Heart of Esther was doing Psalms

MondayPsalm 4:1 & 2

Scripture- “Answer me when I call you, my righteous God, give me relief from my distress, have mercy on me and hear my prayer, How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false Gods?’

Application-(The Psalms have brought up more questions than anything for me so I used application to ask questions)

Who was David? Where was he from? what was he famous for? Who was he singing to and about?

Do not seek false Gods or idols.

Well this brought about some research and I discovered David was A king at one stage and is featured in 73 of 150 psalms, He was a poet as well.

Brief outline of David’s life.. (c1040- 970)

  • the youngest son of Jesse of Judah.
  • Started off as a shepherd in Bethlehem
  • Started with king Saul as a Musician
  • David made a sling shot invoked Gods name and killed a giant,
  • Promoted by king Saul as “Commander of troops”
  • David was successful in battle against the Philistines and made Saul jealous , so he tried to kill David by throwing a spear at him.
  • David remained loyal to king Saul who gave his daughter Merav as his wife
  • Saul rescinded his daughter and gave David his second born daughter Michel, in exchange for 100 Philistine foreskins. David paid up!
  • Jonathon, king Saul’s son was good friends with David. King Saul asked Jonathon to kill David and Jonathon hid David and convinced Saul not to kill David.
  • The promise did not last long when Saul attempted to kill David. Michel helped David to escape to the prophet Samuel in Ramah.
  • David returned briefly to make a pact with Jonathon and confirmed that Saul still wanted him dead.
  • David found refuge with  the king of Moab, whose priest gave David a weapon. Saul sent Doeg to kill 85 priests for giving David the weapon.
  • David fled and gained support of 600 men
  • David crept on Saul to kill him but instead he cut a piece of Saul’s robe, Saul confessed that David would become king.
  • Saul never gave up trying to kill David who joined the service of Achish the Palestine king.
  • While David was off battling, Saul  and Jonathon were killed on mt Gilboa. David mourned and then began a new stage of life as King of Judah.
  • The Kingdom of Judah and Israel fought and finally king Abner made a pact to allow David to unite the two kingdoms.
  • David was 30 years old, ruled over Judah for 7 years and 6 months.
  • David died after 40 years as a King, 33 of those years in Jerusalem.
  • Buried in the City of David.

TuesdayPsalm 5:11 & 12

Scripture- “’But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them;that those who love your name may rejoice in your. Surely Lord, you bless the righteousness you surround them with your favour as with a shield.”

Application- Seek the Lord and be glad of his word so that the Lord will spread his protection over you.

Those who seek the Lord (righteousness) will be blessed by the Lord and you will be surrounded in his blessing as though wrapped in armor.

Wednesday- Psalm 6:6-9

Scripture- “I am worn out from groaning, all night long I flood  my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes. Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; The Lord accepts my prayer.”

Application- Instead of wearing yourself out from groaning and shedding tears, turn to the Lord.

The Lord hears your prayers for mercy.

The Lord accepts your heartfelt prayers.

Thursday- Psalm 7: 10 & 11

Scripture- ” My Shield is God most high, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day”

Application- Believe that God is righteous and he will shield those  who are true of heart.

David says God will Shield him.

 

Friday- Psalm 8:3-5

Scripture- When I consider your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place. What is mankind that you are mindful of them? Human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lowers than the angels and crowned them in your glory and honor.”

Application- Be appreciative of all that God has created.

All things from heaven to beyond he has created

Humans are a little less than Angels? ( research Angels)

 

Saturday- Psalm 9:16,17 & 18

Scripture- “The Lord is known by his acts of justice the wicked one ensnared by the works of their hands. The wicked go down to the realms of the dead, all nations that forget God. But God will never forget the needy, the hope of the afflicted will never perish.”

Application- Do good and rest assured you will find favour with the Lord at the time of Judgement.

People who need God and walk with God will not be forgotten or put aside.

 

Sunday- Psalm 10: 14, 17 &18.

Scripture– “But you God, see the trouble of the afflicted, you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.

You Lord bear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.”

Application- Trust in god for security, trust, love, healing and strength

Those who turn to God will be protected always.

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Monday- Genesis 2:21-23

Scripture: “So the Lord God caused man to fall into a deep sleep and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken from man and he brought her to man. The Man said “this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called Woman for she is taken out of man.”

Application- Women are created from men. Men are supposed to cherish women. Adam created from dust, Eve created from Adam ” Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh”

Tuesday- Genesis 3:6, 12 & 16.

Scripture-  “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her and he ate it. The Man said ” The woman you put here with me she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it” To the Woman he said ” I will make your pains in childbearing very severe, with painful labour you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, he will rule over you.”

Application-  Just because something looks pretty and might be good for you, doesn’t mean it is.

Coercion is not wise, if you must sin do it alone! Adam, you KNEW it was wrong, why did you listen to her?!

Every action has a RE-Action!

Wednesday- Genesis 4:16 & 17.

Scripture- “So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain then built a City and he named it “Enoch” after his son.”

Application- This scripture brought up more questions than anything (WARNING this bit is going to be LONG!!)

Why was Cain’s offering to the Lord rejected??

Cain left the Lord’s presence towards sin??

Cain found a Wife? who was she? where was she hiding?

Why did he name his City after his son? So off I went to research this took me such a long time, to decipher what I was reading and piece it all together, so I will give you the simplified version…

Why was Cain’s offering to the Lord rejected??

Cain’s offering was rejected because it was a “blood sacrifice” Cain was cocky and expected that his offering would be acceptable it was offered in presumption not in Faith. So then I asked “What does that mean?”

“Faith, is the result of hearing God’s word, submitting the mind and body to its dominion and acting as instructed, not simply feeling confident expectation.”

“If Adam and Eve were the first people, where did Cain’s wife appear from?” (This one had me stumped and I was so pleased with myself when I was able to piece together a response that I could understand, many hand written pages of notes later!)

Adam and Eve were told to “go forth and Multiply” and apparently they did. It doesn’t actually say When Cain got married  it is believed that he would have married a relative or a sister. The word “Wife” in Genesis 4:17 is “Ishshah” and it means woman/wife/female it means “from man”  If we read it in Hebrew it would make more sense but some of it was lost in the translation. Also keeping in mind that breeding with a brother and or sister did not produce abnormalities back then as it does  today because God created everything and it was perfect, meaning that Adam and Eve were perfect people, once sin crept in, things began to change, which is also why our live spans became less. “God cursed the world so that perfect creations began to degenerate, suffer death and decay” (Romans 8:22)

“Why did Cain name his City after his son?”

Enoch= Initiation it is believed that he was named that to celebrate a new (God Free) way of life since he was sent away from God’s presence after murdering Able. He believed that here, the God estranged wander  could settle in take root and consider himself “at home”  The name was a celebration of his freedom from God. Cain had gone East to the land of Nod which translates into “wanderings” even though he would never really have peace after being sentenced by God “to go no where and find perpetual insecurity” to escape from his curse he built the world’s first city “Enoch”, this city was destroyed later in Noah’s floods.

Thursday Genesis 5

Scripture- I wrote a family tree time lines.

Adam- 130 years old (when he had Seth) – lived to 930 years.

Seth- 105 years old(When he had Enosh) lived 912 years.

Enosh- 90 years old(When he had Kenan)  lived 905 years.

Kenan- 70 years(when he had Mahalalel)  lived 910 years.

Mahalalel- 65 years( when he had Jared)  lived 895 years.

Jared- 162 years(When he had Enoch)  lived 962 years.

Enoch- 65 years(When he has Methuselah) – lived 365 years and God took him, he walked faithfully with God.

Methuselah 87 years (When he had Lamech) lived 969 years.

Lamech- 182 years(Noah)  777 years.

Noah “He will comfort us in the labour and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed”

Noah had three sons Shem, Ham and Japeth.

Application–  Again more questions…

Enoch- He walked faithfully with God (his whole life apparently) and God took him. WHERE??

He was taken by faith so that he did not experience death as we know it. He was taken to Heaven and appointed guardian of all the celestial treasures, Chief of the archangels, The Jewish also believe that he was taken by God before he could become corrupted.  (Hebrews 11:5)  Because he walked in faith with God, no matter what happened he believed in God. God loved Enoch so much he spared him death.

The next question I had was “Why was Noah the only one who’s three sons were all named in the passage?

There are actually 6 hand written pages full of notes and I am tired and I can’t be bothered typing them all out, but what I will say is “Noah’s 16 Grandsons are identifiable on the pages of history, not only is the bible a collection of myths and legends it is also the key to the history of the earliest ages of the world. I learned for example that Japeth had Seven sons– they went on to form places like  modern-day Turkey, France, Wales, Armenia, Romania and Ukraine, Iran, Greece,  Etc etc. Ham had four sons– famous for Egypt, Asia, Africa, Palestine and Jerusalem. Shem had Five sons  their claim to fame included places like parts of Persia (now Iran) Assyria, Lydia (which is now Turkey) I spent a few hours chasing all this down on google searches, so please don’t take me as an expert, I am sure there might be other more accurate stuff out there. I simply wanted to understand some of the things I was reading.

Friday- Genesis 6: 19 & 20

Scripture- ” You are to bring into the ark, two of all living creatures male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive”

Application- I think everyone in the world knows the basic story of Noah’s ark, even me who was not raised in any kind of religion, but this few scriptures I still found I had questions. You know I could have taken the easy way and asked my friend James who is studying to be a Pastor, but I wanted to try to find the answers myself.. so again with the Google!!

I wanted to know “What constituted “Unclean”? What does that mean??”

it was there that I discovered that there was a misinterpretation..Genesis 7:2 says ” Seven pairs of every clean animal, a male and its mate and one pair of every “unclean” a male and it’s mate” Actually it is supposed to say “bring 7 of each animal” the clean ones mind you.. which meant that 3 pairs of breeding animals and a spare to offer up as a burnt offering to the Lord. So what is an  “Unclean” animal? I bet you are wandering too right?!

Unclean Animals– Land animals that do NOT chew cud, or do not have a split hoof. So that means things like pigs, dogs, cats, horses, donkeys and rats,

Seafood- Lacking either fin or scales. Such as shell-fish, lobster (my husband was horrified!) oyster and catfish. Some birds like owls, hawks and vultures, and other animals such as reptiles and amphibians.

So why were those listed above “Unclean“? not that I WANT to eat a donkey or a vulture.. but why?

“These were considered “unclean” because it was believed that by eating those things you could become sick (yeah I think Vulture would make me sick!!) and these types f animals were not suitable for offering as a sacrifice.

Friday was a very busy day with research and it prompted me to think about different things all day. So on Saturday I went and hired the movie “Noah” with Australian Russel Crow. I really enjoyed it and I think I was better able to follow along having had just read those scripture verses.

Saturday- Genesis 7:22,23,24

Scripture- “Everything on dry land that has the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people, animals and the creatures that moved along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him on the ark. The waters flooded the earth for 150 days.”

Application- “Every living thing was wiped out” this is repeated many times in verse 7

Only Noah and his family  was chosen to be saved because like his father and Grandfather he had faithfully walked with the Lord his whole life.

Sunday- Genesis 8: 20-22

Scripture– 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. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart “Never again will I curse the ground because of the humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done. As long as the earth endures seed-time and harvest, heat and cold, summer and winter, day and night they will never cease”

Application- Even in Biblical times Blokes had BBQ and were burning them back then!!

God had regrets about regrets about murdering all the evil people.

God compromised “I will never again destroy even though human hearts are evil”

So that my friends has been my busy week of blogging through the bible. I am awaiting an answer as to whether I am supposed to be “blogging Psalms and Genesis” so possibly next week things will be shorter.. if you read this far! Bravo!! and thanks for reading me and keeping up. I am having so much fun with this bible study!!

Next week looks something like this….