Genesis 11-Making A Name

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Genesis 11
Making a Name for Ourselves.
In this day and age of social media socialites, it seems everyone is trying to shine! Self centered sheninangans that will thrust them ahead of everyone. As you can see in Genesis 11, this is nothing new…
1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”
“Let us……Let us…Let us” all about us…
We must be careful when we are busy putting our own fame ahead of God. Thinking we are outsmarting God, who really and truely knows our heart.
Not every door is meant to be walked through. Too often our pride and egos cause us to think we know what’s best. What works, what will cause us to excell….but if it is not pure, genuine and gives God the glory….it will fail every time!
God came down, confused their language and STILL dispersed them over the face of the earth…
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” ~Psalm 127:1
We must be careful in our busyness that we do not neglect seeking Gods direction and guidance. Putting HIM first before ourselves…lest our efforts be in vain!
So far Genesis has given us some deep revelation. I pray you are learning something new daily. I pray you are digging in and asking God for insight in each chapter
Digging Deeper does not mean quoting scripture or verses that are plain for everyone to see.
If we truly want to study the word and minister to others, we must cross reference across different versions ie. King James, NIV, NIT. Consider reading the Jewish Bible as well.
Look up key words and find other scriptures within the Bible that contain these key words. it often gives insight into what the verse really means or even another interpretation. Many times we just take what we’ve heard as fact, quoting things we have grown up with. Sometimes people you encounter already know what the Bible verse says….what they are looking for is revelation….

Wear your name and your knowledge well!

Stephanie

Dig Deeper Genesis 10

Genesis 10
Dig Deeper
2 Tim 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God…..
The genealogy of the sons of Noah and the beginning of Kingdoms
This Genesis study has me and many others digging in the word. Comparing scriptures and versions. I have even pulled some Pastors into this study through the many questions I’ve asked. Did you know if you truly studied Genesis in detail …it would take you a year to finish?
So here’s some questions for you. I would love to hear your thoughts. Now don’t shoot from the hip, its going to require some research and some time of reflection…Most importantly some Godly insight. Understand these questions are for discussion. These questions have come up during my studies.
1. Why do you think Noah cursed his grandson Canaan instead of his son Hem? Hem was actually the one who saw Noah’s nakedness and went to tell his brothers.
2. Was the flood local or global?
3. When you look at the people who stepped off the ark, they were all family right? So was the “be fruitful and multiply’ with each other? Are we all products of incest?
Food for thought and a challenge to go deeper in Gods word, seeking insight from him! Which is often required when we listen to others preach, teach and prophesy!

Let me hear your thoughts!

Stephanie

Genesis 9- Atonement

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Gen 9:1-3 1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. Similar to what God told Adam and Eve in Genesis 1.

Did you notice this time God is only speaking to the men…Perhaps it had something to do with Eve’s punishment for her disobedience to God (Gen 3:16) “And he shall rule over you.” Man was now ruler or head of the relationship
Also man’s eating habits changed. In Genesis 1 God did not command man to eat the animals.. Remember Gen 1:29-30 29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 “Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
Even the animals were commanded to eat herbs, fruit etc.

But after sin…it all changed In Genesis 9: 3 God says “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. Wow gives you a thought about what food we as humans should put in our temples…doesn’t it?
However there was a provision in Chapter 4: “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.
“Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed for in the image of God has God made mankind.
God Wanted Noah and others, including us to acknowledge that there is life in the blood.
John 6:53-58 53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 “For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. This is our monthly communion

Jesus was reminding them that there is life in the Blood, but not just ordinary life, but eternal life.
Think on this: From the beginning God was showing that the shedding of blood was atonement for sin. Remember when Adam and Eve sinned? God sacrificed an animals life to cover their nakedness. Cains offering was rejected because it was not a blood offering…he offered the first of his fruits
We could go on and on, but what it comes down to is; Are you cleansed by the blood of the Lamb?
Have you excepted Jesus’ sacrifice and shedding of His blood for your salvation?
Are you serious about God…or are you playing church?

Interesting thoughts isn’t it?

Stephanie

Genesis 8- The Waiting Season

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Genesis 8
The Waiting Season
Noah is still faithful, patient… waiting on God to say when to move!! Here it is around 7 ½ months after the flood and Noah still waited 4o days ..after seeing the mountaintop…before he opened the window and let out a raven and a dove.
Even after the dove came back with the olive leaf, Noah still waited 7 more days.
Talk about patience! Wow, Noah was on the ark for almost a year, the dove brought back a live olive leaf and Noah say’s let’s wait one more week.
I’m sure by this time Noah’s wife and family were ready to get off the ark, but Noah knew that God would let him know when to get off the ark.
Noah knew that it would be in God’s time not his. Noah was more obedient to God then his own feelings.
God gives us direction in our lives, and before we get to far we say, “OK God, I can take it from here, I know what to do now.”
If we use Noah as the example, we should see that we should always allow God to be in control, no matter how much we want to take control ourselves!
After a year on the ark what’s the first thing Noah does when he gets off the ark? He basically said, “I love you God and thank you for being my God”, and acknowledging His awsomeness and protection!
Gen 8:20-22 20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.22 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”
What areas in your life do you need to relinquish control of to God?

Here’s the bigger question, when do you plan to start?

Stephanie

Genesis 7- The Cleansing Begins

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The Cleansing starts…

Genesis 7:5 ” says “And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.”
Noah obeyed every specific detail that God gave him! Not only did Noah believe God would send the flood, he actively prepared for it.
Did you notice that Noah and his family lived inside the Ark seven days before the rain even started.? Another test of faith! To wait one more week after more than 100 years of preparation!
Can you imagine the ridicule and naysayers who stopped by to ask Noah if he was truly crazy? Even his family inside the Ark with him, probably begin to feel some kind of way…
Then God sealed the Ark!!
Here is something to think about, one day the door will shut on salvation, just as it did on the Ark. The Ark was salvation for Noah and his family, but condemnation on the world. Once it shut there were no second chances for those who chose to ignore Gods word and the message that Noah had imparted. Lord knows they had plenty time to heed the message!
Staying steadfast and holding onto Gods word can be hard. Our faith can often dwindle when we must endure the “waiting season” especially after we have put in the work that God has commanded we do….and nothing seems to be changing…no rain seems to be coming
But we must continue to press towards the mark, because surely God is not man that he would lie. He’s definitely going to do what he says he will do!!!
Don’t give up , before the blessings start to rain down! Don’t grow weary…the flood gates are about to burst open!!

Hang in the there..the rain is coming!

Stephanie

Genesis 6

Genesis 6
The wickedness of man provoked Gods wrath! So much evil that God regretted He even made man… Can you imagine? It sounds like the world today. Yet there was one righteous
Genesis 6:9 Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.
Noah was not popular with man, but with God. Its easy to walk upright when everything is well, but it takes a real act of faith to go against the tide!
To stand for God…when NO ONE else does. Could you have been a Noah in that day? Standing firm for God, obeying his instructions on building the Ark, when the world laughs at you?
Obedience is better than sacrifice. What we do in obedience surely brings a just reward from God
How is your faith walk??

Hebrews 11:1-7 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
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Matthew 24:36-39
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
What would you say is your greatest hinderance to your walk with God?
How do you relate to Noah and the things God required of him?
What else is God teaching you right now in your reading in Genesis?

Genesis 5- Begat, Begot, Be Who?

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Genesis 5
Begat? Begot? Be who?
I will be honest enough to say that I normally skim through Genesis 5. However this time I decided to read it and truly study it. Genesis 5 is a chronological timeline from Adam to Noah.
It shows history, a lineage , something that is tangible for us to wrap our minds around to see that yes “ This really happened!” God also dropped this on me while I was studying …”What is in a name?” Wow EVERYTHING!!!! What rides on your name?? EVERYTHING! We take great pride in picking names for our children. Because we want it to say something, mean something.
Your lineage, your history plays an important part in who you are!! It can also play a huge part in your future
Look at your own life, your parents, your grandparents, great grands etc…. Think back over your family. Those generational blessings and unfortunately cursings can pass through generation to generation.

As you study Genesis 5 this time, take a closer look at the meanings of the names. Each name had significance, it meant something and they lived up to the meaning of the name given them. Unfortunately some were doomed with the names given to them as well
Are you living up to the meaning of the name given to you.?
What about the lineage , the heritage of your family?
What about the name of Christ….do you truly represent HIM well?
Some of us may have come from a broken past. ..but that does not determine our future!
Start today, making a name for yourself and your children. Start with instilling the word of God in your family so that HIS name can be passed from generation to generation!
Most importantly, our lineage of being the children of God makes us heirs to the Kingdom.!

Who you representing?

Stephanie