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.

Tremble

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.

The Difference Between Noah and the People of His Day

The People
Lustful – Genesis 6:1,2
Half-Breeds – Genesis 6:1, 2, 4 (Nephilim were people bred from angels (sons of God) and human woman. https://youtu.be/FC8wWsBKc88
These half breeds corrupted the human genome so much that Jesus could not have come. This is one of the main reasons for the flood.

The second main reason is found in verse 5: The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race (not just men but women) had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil.

This verse shows that all people thought about was how to do wicked and evil deeds. They did not believe in God anymore. Not that they did not believe there was a God but that they turned their backs on God. The biggest sin was that of unbelief

Noah
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord vs 8. Why???
Noah was righteous, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. This does not mean he was sinless but that he believed in God, believed God and obeyed God to the best of his ability. He taught his wife and children that. He preached that to the people of his time. 2 Peter 2:5 It was his faith that saved Noah and his family. Hebrews 11:7

Chaos and Order Darkness and Grace

I know I am going backward but I found something else in chapter 1 of Genesis that is worthy of mention.

I was reading a commentary written by a man named Matthew Henry. He was commenting on verse two and I saw another way the grace of Jesus could be seen.

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. He said this is like the unregenerated soul, chaotic and empty, useless and without any beauty. Mankind made the earth that way again with his sin. The soul is without God so that it is empty, in confusion and evil. Then the Spirit of God begins to hover over this new world and things begin to happen. Light is turned on by The Word. The sky is made, earth appears, plants begin to grow, birds begin to fly in the sky, and fish in the seas and rivers, animals appear and then the crown of God’s creation: mankind. In the same way, the Spirit of God hovers over us and as soon as we place our faith in Jesus the Light is turned on. The Spirit begins the work of a new creation and we become beautiful and useful to God. Isn’t that a beautiful way of seeing our salvation and regeneration by Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.

Mankind in God’s Image

Genesis 1:26-27 And God said, “Let us make mankind in Our image, in Our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish of in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God made mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them.

God made mankind to rule over the animals and to take care of the earth (Genesis 2:15)

You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky,and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. (Psalm 8:5-8)

Mankind was NEVER made to rule mankind.

Barnes Notes says: “He contemplates the objects around him, marks their qualities and relations, conceives and resolves upon the end to be attained, and endeavors to make all things within his reach work together for its accomplishment. This is to rule on a limited scale.”

We are all made in the image of God. We are suppose to help each other and love each other. Also God never intended for the male to dominate the female or vice versa. Both were made in His image and He created them with equality.