God our Shield and Great Reward

Genesis 15:1 After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”

Abram came from a great victory over four kings who had taken everything from the five cities of the plain. He rescued the people and their stuff. He did not take a reward for it but gave all the glory to God. But there were some possible fears that he had. He could have feared the revenge of those kings and also the envy and jealousy of his neighbors. But God told him not to fear. He was Abram’s shield and would protect Abram from all danger. He was Abram’s great reward. He promised He would bless Abram.

Just like Abram, a Christian has nothing to fear. God will shield us from dangers, including the coronavirus. Even if we get it, God can still heal us. And even if we die, we will go to heaven.

The person who has to fear is the unbeliever. He has no shield and no great reward. If they die, they will go to hell. I do not want this to happen to them. The greater danger comes after death because we are all infected with sin. The Christian’s sin is nailed to the cross, but the unbeliever still has sin infecting him or her everyday. So I say to those who do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, confesses your sins and believe on Jesus who can save you and protect you. “If you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth, that Jesus Christ is Lord, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) Then you have nothing to worry about. Please do this today.

Light and Darkness

I am going back to the creation story because I need to consider several new things in this account.

Today, I want to consider: why did God create light and darkness?

I have been listening to a preacher, Stephen Armstrong on a website called Verse by Verse Ministries. He has pointed out many interesting things in Genesis.

In this first question he pointed out that light and darkness are very often linked with good and evil.

Job 30:26 “When I expected good, then evil came; when I waited for light, then darkness came.

Isaiah 9:2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.

Second, he noticed that when God made the new heaven and earth there was no more need for darkness.

All this suggests that God was already preparing to show humans that he knew that sin and evil would exist later on in the world.

Thank you Stephen Armstrong for that observation and insight. We will continue on in the study of Genesis with Verse by Verse Ministries and write about other insights Pastor Armstrong has for us. If you want to listen to his sermons yourself go to http://www.versebyverseministries.org.

Abraham Type of Rescuer

Genesis 14:1-16

I am thinking that this is a type of rescue that shows how Jesus rescued us from the world.

Abram found out that Sodom and Gomorrah and the other cities of the plain were invaded and captured by 4 other kings. This is the world in which we live in. Chedorlaomer could very well be a type of Satan capturing the world for himself.

How many times have we tried to free ourselves from Satan’s rule by trying some self-help books or going to psychologists or hiding behind alcohol and drugs only to see that we are not freed but more entangled in his web.

Abram, like Christ, could have just ignored the fact that his nephew, Lot, was taken captive. Christ could have left us alone to our own devices and let Satan enslave us.

But like Christ, Abram rescued the people of the plain and his nephew, Lot, in particular. Jesus Christ died for the whole world and rose from the grave so that we could have life. The believers are those that benefited most from his sacrifice.

Abram acted out of love for Lot and compassion for his neighbors just like Jesus acted out of love for us and the world. Just like Lot did not deserve Abrams love, for he acted out of selfishness by going to the cities of the plain, we did not deserve Jesus love because we were sinners.

The Precious Life-Blood of Humans

Genesis 9:4-6

But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.  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.

Our blood is precious because of a number of ways.

  1. Our blood is our life. Without blood we cannot live. It carries molecules of oxygen, proteins, carbohydrates and fats that nourish our body and keeps it healthy. It also carries the junk, like carbon dioxide, toxins etc. out of our bodies through our lungs and elimination organs. Our cells would not survive without the blood circulating throughout our bodies.
  2.  More importantly, the blood represents our redemption. In the Old Testament, the Israelites sacrificed animals when they were confessing their sins. It represented what God would do when Jesus Christ came into the world and made Himself to be a sacrifice for the whole world so that we would be redeemed from sin and to God. Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.  Now we don’t have to sacrifice animals anymore because the sinless Lamb of God bore our sins on the altar of the cross. His blood was the most precious of all blood.


Isaiah 44:8New International Version (NIV)

Do not tremble, do not be afraid.
    Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?
You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me?
    No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”

I will not tremble, God

I will not fear,

For You are in control, my Salvation and my Rod.

There is no one like You,

No one in all the earth.

You are my Rock on which I stand.

Abide-John 15:4

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.

What does abide mean? It means to remain. So when Jesus says that we are to abide in Him as He abides in us and he uses the analogy of a vine and its branches we see that we are to remain connected to Him in all the areas of our lives. We cannot live without Him. We get our nourishment from Him like a branch does when it is connected to the vine. The branch will only wither on its own and die. We must stay connected to Jesus every single day or we wither without Him. How do we remain connected to Him but by His Word (the Bible) and by prayer (talking to Him) every single day.

Starting Fresh: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Israel, Jesus, The Church, The Kingdom


  1. Adam

Blessing and Command – God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; Genesis 1:28

  1. Noah

Blessing and Command – God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. Genesis 9:1

III. Abram (Abraham)

Command and Blessing – The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. Genesis 12:1-2

  1. Israel

Their Beginning: the Blessing (Passover) and the Command – The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household….(Exodus 12)

  1. Jesus

Command and Blessing – But after he had considered this (divorce), 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 the 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 their sins.”Matthew 1:20-21

Blessing and Command—After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said, “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:14-15

Command and Blessing – But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdome will never end.”

Blessing – The true Light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—

  1. The Church –Jewish part

Command and Blessing – “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit….you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The Gentile part:

  1. Phillip and the Eunich (Acts 8)
  2. Peter sent to Cornelius (Acts 10)
  3. Paul commissioned to go to the Gentiles Acts 13:46 –Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.

Acts 22:21 Then the Lord said to me, “Go, I will send you far away to the Gentiles.

VII. The Kingdom

The Blessing – Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4




Opinions Without Facts

‘When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, “Surely this man is the Prophet we’ve been expecting.” Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others said, “But he can’t be!…

Source: Opinions Without Facts

Names of God in Old Testament and Jesus

Les Feldick taught that the name Elohim Yahweh or as he said the God Jehovah or LORD God is Jesus or the I AM. I am thinking he is correct because this is the person that appeared to the patriarchs and other Old Testament people. You can watch the episode on YouTube. I am going to leave the video here because I found out I could using the link.

Salvation and Noah’s Ark

The symbolism of the ark and the flood are profound.

  1. What does the ark look like? A coffin. It represents the death of Jesus and our dying with Him. In this death we find safety because we are no longer facing hell and damnation because of our sins. This is not any easy road to go and so the majority, as in Noah’s day, does not head the warning. They laugh and scoff and give reasons why they will not do it this way.

2. The pitch or tar which covered the ark is like the blood of Jesus covering us. The pitch was to make the ark waterproof and to keep the ark from sinking. The blood of Jesus covers us and makes us righteous in the sight of God.

3. The ark had only one door to get in and when the rain was about to come it was shut by God Himself. Jesus is the doorway to God and salvation. He is the only way in and one day God will shut that door to sinners.

4. Also the time spent on the ark can be seen this way:

Noah and company goes into the ark and it starts raining. — God judges — Jesus suffers and dies.

The inhabitants of the ark live there for at least 1 year — God “forgets” — Jesus is buried three days.

God “remembers” Noah and family and they come out of the ark — God’s mercy returns — Jesus rises from the grave forever saving all who believe in Him.

What do you think? Am I off my rocker or is there something to this? Other people have had similar thoughts, check out Les Feldick in his lesson on Noah and the flood (Book 2, Lesson 3, Segment 4) and also the commentary on Genesis 8:1-3 in Benson’s commentary.