Friday, July 21, 2017

day no. 14,151: salvation and sacrifice

Genesis 8:20
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
 
Salvation and sacrifice have always gone hand in hand.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

day no. 14,150: ...but God

Genesis 8:1
But God remembered Noah
 
Despite everything going on around him, Noah had this one very important thing going for him: he was on God's mind.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

day no. 14,149: never alone

Genesis 7:23
Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark.
 
Elijah felt alone, but God had saved back 7,000. Noah was alone with only 7 saved back.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

day no. 14,148: forty

Genesis 7:17
The flood continued forty days on the earth.
 
"40" is the number of testing with judgment that follows as observed in many Biblical texts.
 
It rained here for 40 days and 40 nights
Moses will flee to the wilderness and be a shepherd for 40 years.
Moses will spend 40 days and 40 night on Mt. Sinai
Moses will spend 40 days and 40 nights pleading for Israel
The most lashes by Law one could receive was 40
The spies of Israel spent 40 days observing the promised land of Canaan
Israel would wander for 40 years for not believing Caleb and Joshua's report
Israel served Philistia 40 years before Samson set them free
Goliath taunted Israel for 40 days before David showed up and ended his boasts
Elijah ran 40 days away from Jezebel when she threatened to kill him
Nineveh had 40 days warning that they were about to be destroyed
Jesus spent 40 days in the desert being tempted
Jesus spent 40 days on earth after His resurrection before He ascended
 
The Bible never states specifically that 40 means something, but it does frequently show up as a character or plot device in many stories.

Monday, July 17, 2017

day no. 14,147: called, commanded, sealed and saved

Genesis 7:16
And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in.
 
All those who went in, were safely in and kept in by God Himself. He called, He commanded, He sealed and He saved.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

day no. 14,146: believes, receives, achieves

Genesis 6:22
Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
 
Noah's faith was observed in his doing what God had commanded him. Faith saves every time because faith believes the warning, receives the promise, and achieves the good works that lead one out of the storm and into sanctuary.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

day no. 14,145: the torrents of God's unabated wrath

Genesis 6:18
But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you.
 
And yet the covenant will survive the torrents of God's unabated wrath by a warning, a promise, a way of escape and a man's faith in all three. If Noah didn't heed the warning, he would have died. If he believed the warning but didn't believe the promise of rescue, he would have died. If he believed the warning and the promise, but didn't apply himself to the work God had given him, his faith and hope would have been drowned out.

Friday, July 14, 2017

day no. 14,144: an ocean of air

Genesis 6:17
For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die.

We live in an ocean of air so familiar that we are likely to forget it -- just as a fish forgets he's wet. Everything we need, even something as simple as air, is given and can be taken away.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

day no. 14,143: all flesh had corrupted their way

Genesis 6:11-12
Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.

Each and every one of us has been so radically corrupted by sin as to find ourselves totally depraved. This doesn't mean we cannot do any good, rather it points out that even the good we do is corrupted or tainted in some degree by sin.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

day no. 14,142: duel with dust

Genesis 5:28-29
When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son 29 and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the Lord has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.”

If you believe your primary conflict is with the ground, that war will one day be over… and the ground will have won. It will devour your corpse just like it drank your sweat during the days of your life. But our conflict is not against flesh, blood or dirt, but against God who gives the spirit of life. And everyone loses that war unless God provides a safe haven.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

day no. 14,141: a penchant to pursue

Genesis 5:1-3
This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.

In the image and likeness of Adam, all subsequent generations would be fathered, containing a remnant of what it meant to be made for God's glory combined with a penchant to pursue self-interest.

Monday, July 10, 2017

day no. 14,140: serpent crusher search committee

Genesis 5
The search for the Seed of Eve had begun. While each of the families listed boast of many sons and daughters, the story focuses on one son from each generation and the passing of that particular baton forward. The search for the Serpent Crusher was laying down bread crumbs to follow the evidence back to God's promise in the Garden.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

day no. 14,139: on your marks... get set... trip!

Genesis 4:25-26
And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.” 26 To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.
 
The promise God made to mankind was that through their progeny, One would come who would eventually put an end to death by a swift kick to the serpent's skull. With Abel in the ground and Cain AWOL, that plan seemed to be off to a rocky start. But God provided Adam and Eve with Seth who produced offspring who called again upon the Lord. So while death seemed to quickly rule and reign after the fallout of the Garden, life by God's design passed the baton forward hoping to find the One who would rule and reign over death.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

day no. 14,138: let the dogs devour him

Genesis 4:13
Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear."

Yeah Cain, it must be rough. I'm sorry to hear that being held accountable for killing your brother is turning out to be so hard for you. I wonder how you'll ever survive it.

That would have been my response, but…

Genesis 4:15
the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him.

My heart is all, "let the dogs devour him," but God shows mercy and places a mark on Cain that protects him from being murdered. It does not, however, protect him in the long run from his decision to be separated from God and His people.

Friday, July 7, 2017

day no. 14,137: is being accepted what you still want?

Genesis 4:7
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.

Cain, you know what to do. I haven't given you a command too confusing or too difficult. You can do this and you can be accepted, but I cannot accept anything other than what I've told you specifically to do. It is within your capacity to understand and to perform. You have chosen to do things your way and you are in danger. Repent. Change your mind. Do what you've been told, the way you've been told to do it. Please. Say, "No," to whatever story you are telling yourself. The bald facts are that I am willing to accept you, even now, if you will just do what I've clearly asked. So it is back on you, "Is being accepted what you still want?"

Thursday, July 6, 2017

day no. 14,136: know it all

Genesis 4:1
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord."
 
Of all the euphemisms that have been created to describe sex, "knowing" has got to be the most profoundly accurate.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

day no. 14,135: whether for death or for life

2 Samuel 15:21
But Ittai answered the king, “As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king shall be, whether for death or for life, there also will your servant be.”
 
Ittai is legit. David tried to give him an out previously in vs. 20, but rather than take it, it only strengthened Ittai's resolve. Much like when Jesus asked, "Do you want to go away as well?” to which Peter replied, "Where else would we go? We're with You."
 
Ittai was a man who chose his love and then loved his choice. He would rather die as David's servant than live as his own king.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

day no. 14,134: masculiner

God is MORE masculine than any of us
With respect to Him, all other souls are feminine

God is HUSBAND, we are BRIDE
God initiates, we respond
God woos and pursues, we faint
God opens doors, we walk through them
God purchases our salvation, we accept His gift

God is DAD to all fathers
God instructs, we follow
God disciplines, we are trained

God is KING of all kings
God rules, we bow
God reigns, we lay prostrate

God is COMMANDER of all armies
God gives orders, we follow them
God wins, we receive from His spoils

God is HEAD of all heads
God is over, we are under

Monday, July 3, 2017

day no. 14,133: a great chasm has been fixed

Genesis 3:22-24
Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

The sin of Adam and Eve broke the relationships between God and man, man and man, man and Eden, and man and nature. Living forever in that state would be a living hell. Eternal life that is life indeed now would require a Mediator between God and man, man and man, and a brand new Heaven and earth in order to be put right again.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

day no. 14,132: skin for skin

Genesis 3:21
And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
 
God covered the shame of Adam and Eve. Sin spoiled the unashamed place of being naked before God (Gen. 2:25), but God provided a way for them to be clothed before Him and each other in right standing. The skins that covered them required something else to die. Blood was shed in order to cover the sins of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve lived without shame because something else died.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

day no. 14,131: the mother of all living

Genesis 3:20
The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
 
Adam believed the Good News by naming his wife, Eve – the mother of all living. The curse just revealed she would be the mother of all the dying. Because of sin, everyone, as God had said, will now die. But Adam doesn't name her the mother of all who will die, but the mother of all who will live and the One who will live, die, rise and live forever will be born as a result of her maternity.