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Yes I am still reading the Bible in chronological order, but it is among all of my other readings and life.

Job 4-42

My Thoughts:

  • When we are helping those that have gone through a loss or a difficult trial, we need to be considerate and full of compassion. Not condemning them or accusing them of sin and thus are in the trial. We are not to judge the state of someone’s heart or determine why God has chosen to lead them down this path. We are to offer comfort and the hope of God’s grace.
  • It is true that in all this, Job sinned not. But that didn’t mean that he was with out fault. God correct Job for his doubt and his assumption of God’s will. We cannot know the vast mind of God. We just have to trust.
  • When Job realized his position before God, he was quick to acknowledge it and to rectify his thinking to that which would follow God.
  • God is all powerful, he made all, is all, and in all. He was there in the beginning. He spoke the world into existence.
  • When we are going through a trial, let us be careful not to doubt the power, will and plan of the almighty God.

Genesis 8

My thoughts:

  • The pure offerings of Noah were a precious thing to God. With those he promised not to destroy the earth even though he knew that the heart of man was inherently evil. The earth would remain whole and time would continue as he had planned in order for those that chose to serve God could have life.

Genesis 4-7

My thoughts:

Genesis 4

  • God requires our First and Best fruit, not just any fruit of our labors
  • If we don’t give our best, we shouldn’t expect to receive the best. We can only get as much return as we are willing to give.
  • We cannot deceive God, he sees and hears everything
  • Once sin started in the world it grew exponentially.
  • Adam and Eve’s grandchildren began to seek a relationship with God; they called upon the name of the Lord in prayer. (4:26)

Genesis 5

  • Adam and Eve were created in God’s image; their children were created in Adam’s image. Adam and Eve were created Holy until they chose to sin at which time they became carnal. This carnal image is what was passed down to their children.
  • In reading through the lineage of Adam, the one that stands out is Enoch. Besides those scriptures pertaining to him, each generation is recorded in a similar manner. Enoch walked with God. In our busy lives, with the world around us, in our lineage, do people testify that we walked with God? (5:24)
  • Noah was a promise that offered hope to his family. (5:29)
  • Trivia – there were 1056 years between creation of Adam and the birth of Noah. (if you add all the years of the father before the son was born)

Genesis 6

  • God shorten the life span to 120 years.
  • Sin was very vile and of every kind even in Noah’s day. We often think that it can’t get any worse, and that may be true, sin has been here almost since the beginning. Sin is sin, no matter how atrocious the deed, it was vile in Noah’s time and still vile now.
  • Because of the expanse of sin in the heart and minds, God was sorry for creating man.
  • Noah is the second man that was mentioned to walk with God.
  • God again had an organized plan to cleanse the world: an ark and a flood.
  • God was very specific in his directions in building the boat as he was in the Garden of Eden with his commandment to not eat of the tree.
  • God made a promise to Noah.
  • The earth is still around because of Noah’s faithfulness.
  • When someone writes our story can they say: “Thus did [YOUR NAME]; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.”? (6:22) Even when we don’t comprehend the rain that is coming, can we still obey and build the boat.

Genesis 7

  • The account of the flood is so fantastic. First Noah receives the instruction to build an ark. What is that? For rain? There was no comprehension for either thing. Then with specific guidelines the ark is built. With out question from Noah. He just followed God’s directions. Then the gathering of the animals. These are wild animals, not from a zoo. They came from all over in pairs to the boat. Imagine the traveling that Noah and his family did to gather the animals and bring them to the ark. They couldn’t take the ark to the animals and load them up. Then the food. It wasn’t just the 40 days and nights, but also the 150 days that they remained in the boat until they could exit on dry land. The many mouths that needed food. The space and means to hold it fresh for that length of time. And where does the food go after it is eaten? Imagine the sanitation issues for all those people and animals for 200 days. Only God could have directed the whole thing, calling the animals, and providing for the food, sanitation and housing of all the beings. It is heard to wrap my brain around. Our God is an AWESOME God.
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