God remembers

Genesis 7:24, 8:1 The waters flooded the earth for one hundred and fifty days. But God remember Noah….

I had a terrible crisis the other day. I thought I had a job and I praised God for it. But it turned out to be a phony job. The guy was trying to scam me in a way I never heard before. I didn’t give him any money but he did get some information about me. He said his company for which I was hired to work for would send me a check to cover new equipment that I would need for the job. My husband thought it was funny that he did it that way. I should have listened to him and questioned him. Thankfully, God was looking out for me and the post office saw that the letter was phony with a phony address and sent it on to the authorities.

The reason I am telling you my crisis is this. For many years my family has been struggling financially. And I thought maybe our financial woes were coming to an end. But I was wrong. And I felt sad, angry, depressed. I though maybe God had forgotten me and my family. But He didn’t.

Noah was on the ark for 150 days plus the 40 days it took to get to high water (covering the mountains). That’s a long time to stay on a floating house with a whole lot of animals. Noah must have thought that God had forgotten about him. But he didn’t. Even though the flood waters receded it still took a long time before the earth dried up.

God did not forget me. It took a long time for my family to get into this mess and it will take us some time to get out of this mess. This morning, I was reading about the flood and listening to a Bible study on this subject. He said that when the Bible says that God remembered it didn’t mean He forgot but that it was finally time to get Noah on to dry land. God could have done it instantly like He did in creation or even in a few days. But He chose to do it naturally through a wind to let the waters recede slowly. God did not forget me but we have to wait for Him to move things in a slower manner than I anticipated. I trust God. He knows what He is doing. I will wait and test the waters like Noah did. My family and I are going to be okay.

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Why Should We Believe in the Trinity?

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Cloth yourself with Jesus

Genesis 3:21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

Notice how caring God was even after they sinned. He could have eliminated them right away but He didn’t. He had to make it harder for them so that they might think about what they had done and be prevented from rebelling further (Genesis 3:16-19). But He clothed them. This is something man tried to do with the fig leaves (Genesis 3:7), but was wholly inadequate. Now God gives them garments of skin. Why did He do that?

Well, first He obviously cares about them. But there are other considerations. In order to make the garments of skin, He had to kill some animals–probably in front of Adam and Eve. It showed them that death was necessary to make their clothes. It showed them the consequences of sin without killing them. These animals (Adam named them) were probably friends with Adam and Eve. It hurt them to see these animals die. It showed them that they must make sacrifices for their sin. And thirdly, it showed them a future event. One day, a sacrifice of woman’s seed would be made — His name was Jesus Christ. This would be the final sacrifice that would cleanse them and other people who believed of their sins. It showed early man that we must clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14). They did not know who He was yet but they had the symbol of His sacrifice on their bodies.

The First and Second Adam

The name Adam means earth, it comes from the word adamah, which means red earth. This name is connected to the earth from which he was made. Genesis 2:7 says that “the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Because he was the first man, when he and his wife sinned by eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, all of mankind inherited the sin nature. It became part of man’s DNA structure. Through Adam, according to Romans 5:12, sin and death were now a part of all people.

However, one Man reversed this curse of man. He is the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave us the gift of salvation and grace through God’s forgiveness by dying on the cross. Romans 5:17 He is the second Adam, the “life-giving spirit”. 1 Corinthians 15:45 No ordinary human could have done this. God had to become man so that He could save us from our sins.

Jesus Our Sabbath Rest

The sign of the Sabbath was to show that God gave the Israelites rest from their labors in Israel, to show that He was the one that made them holy, and because God completed His work and rested on the Sabbath. But it was only a shadow of the rest that Jesus gave when He completed His work on the cross and rose from the dead. The Sabbath showed us that as God’s people, His body, we rest in Jesus. He is our Sabbath rest. The Sabbath day is a shadow of the rest we receive in Jesus because of His death & resurrection on the cross. Now we “rest” on Sunday because that is when Jesus finished His work of salvation by rising from the dead, just like God finished His work of creation on the sixth day and rested on the Seventh–Genesis 2:2,3. He is our High Priest who offered His own blood as the spotless Lamb of God. Now His body–those who have faith in Jesus Christ–rests in Him. One day, when He comes back, we will have our permanent rest forever. Read Hebrews 2:17; 3:17-5:10.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Reference: Warren, Tony “Who Changed the Sabbath Day to Sunday”, 1996, http://www.mountainretreatorg.net Please read Tony Warren’s article for a complete study on Jesus and the Sabbath day rest.

Jesus in Genesis 1: 1 ; 3

Did you know that you can see Jesus in the first few verses of the Bible. Generally, you see God the Father (Creator) and you see the Spirit in verse two but where is Jesus? I see Him in three different ways in verse 1 and 3.

First, when the Bible says, “In the beginning,…” I don’t think that was meant just as a time but also as a way to identify Jesus. Jesus said, in Revelation 22:13: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Second, when God spoke it was through Jesus. John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.

Third, God said, “Let there be light: and there was light. In John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world.”

These are my own observations about Jesus in Genesis 1: 1, 3.