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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 13: – Seeing Through Spiritual Eyes

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Genesis Chapter 13:

 

Gen 13:1-18

(1)  And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.

(2)  And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

(3)  And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;

(4)  Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

(5)  And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.

(6)  And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.

(7)  And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.

(8)  And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

(9)  Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

(10)  And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.

(11)  Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

(12)  Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

(13)  But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

(14)  And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:

(15)  For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

(16)  And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

(17)  Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

(18)  Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

 

 

 

Thought For This Chapter…

 

In this very familiar account of Abraham’s and Lot’s separation, we have a very important truth presented to us… the need to examine everything in this world with our spiritual eyes and not just our physical eyes…

 

2Co 4:18

(18)  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

 

 

Our account tells us that “And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.” (vs 10

…which resulted in Lot choosing to travel closer to Sodom. As we all know, this was the very beginnings of his sorrows.

On the other hand, Abraham, trusted the sovereignty of God to lead him through Lot’s choice. He trusted in the Lord for his protection and safety, and then traveled away from the lush plains of Jordan, taking him and his loved ones away from the sinful influences of Sodom.

 

What happened? Lot’s physical eyesight failed him while Abraham’s spiritual eyesight was the key to his success. Lot only looked at the plains of Jordan with physical eyes seeing their beauty and reacting to it.  Abraham, trusting in God’s sovereignty, used his spiritual insight to see beyond the physical, fruitful fields and saw the corrupt sinful Sodom standing in the distance.

 

If only Adam and Eve had looked at the fruit of the tree with the same spiritual insight!  If only Peter had used his spiritual insight to see the great opportunity of testimony he had placed before him when he denied our Lord three times!  The Bible is replete with example after example of men making life decisions using their physical sight alone.

 

But folks, what about us?  How many of us face life’s choices content with using our physical eyes to dictate our next move and determine the long-term goals of life. May we all be like the faithful men of Hebrews 11!….

 

Heb 11:13-16

(13)  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

(14)  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

(15)  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

(16)  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Unbelief In The Midst Of Belief

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGenesis 12:12-13 –  Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 12 – Unbelief In The Midst Of Belief

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Genesis Chapter 12:

Gen 12:1-20

(1)  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

(2)  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

(3)  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

(4)  So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

(5)  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

(6)  And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.

(7)  And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

(8)  And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.

(9)  And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.

(10)  And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

(11)  And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:

(12)  Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.

(13)  Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

(14)  And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.

(15)  The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.

(16)  And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.

(17)  And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.

(18)  And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?

(19)  Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.

(20)  And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

 

 

 

 

 

Thought For This Chapter…

 

Unbelief in the midst of belief.  Sounds like an impossibility doesn’t it?  How can a person who is actively trusting the Lord find themselves relying upon their own devices to face a difficulty that comes their way?

 

Although this seems like an absolute impossibility, we see this very thing takes place in the life of Abraham in our text for today.  In this historical account, we see Abraham taking a HUGE step of faith by packing up his family and belongings and setting out to a promised land sight unseen.  This was true faith in the Lord and His promises.

 

And yet, in the midst of his travels, following the Lord’s will, Abraham runs across a great life choice that demanded his continuing faith in God. Sadly he failed.  As he approached Egypt, we find Abraham looking to himself to direct his relationship with Sarah and the Pharoah of Egypt.  Instead of trusting in the Lord and looking to Him for direction, he choose to rely upon his own wisdom and planning as he concocted a plan that resulted in His abuse of his wife and deception towards Pharoah.

 

Although Abraham obviously sinned and failed His Lord, we should not be too quick to condemn him.  Keep in mind, we do the same type of thing every day.  Although we have committed our lives to Christ as Lord and Savior and committed our lives to following Him, how many times do we fail to seek His will in making the daily life choices that we all face.  How often in the midst of trials/temptations do we find ourselves planning and plotting a way out of the situation instead of looking to Him for the only Godly way of escape.

 

Remember our Lord has promised a way through these things if we only look to Him in faith and not rely upon our own fleshly means and methods of escape…

 

1Co 10:13

(13)  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 

 

 

As Christians, who have trusted the Lord and seek to follow Him daily, may we all look to the Lord with the same heart desire and prayer as the boy’s father in Mark 9:24…

 

Mar 9:24

(24)  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

The Dangerous Nature of Pride

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGenesis 11:4 – And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 11 – Pride

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Genesis Chapter 11:

Gen 11:1-32
(1) And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
(2) And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
(3) And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
(4) And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
(5) And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
(6) And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
(7) Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
(8) So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
(9) Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
(10) These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:
(11) And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
(12) And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:
(13) And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
(14) And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:
(15) And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
(16) And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:
(17) And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.
(18) And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:
(19) And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.
(20) And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:
(21) And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
(22) And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:
(23) And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
(24) And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:
(25) And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.
(26) And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
(27) Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
(28) And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
(29) And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.
(30) But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
(31) And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
(32) And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.

Thought For This Chapter…

Pride: “Let us make a name”(vs 4). What was one of the motives behind the sinful building of the Tower of Babel? It was pride, man’s desire to exalt and honor himself in the eyes of others. It was pride that eventually led to a majority of mankind rebelling against the Lord. They sought to rule their own lives instead of allowing the Lord to have His way.

Folks, unchecked pride can destroy the testimony and service of the most dedicated Christian. Over and over again, the Bible warns us against allowing pride to get a foothold in our life. This is because pride runs in direct contradiction to trust, humility, knowledge and submission to Christ…

Jeremiah 9:23-24 is great verses to illustrate this…

Jer 9:23-24
(23) Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
(24) But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

We know by experience that pride affects those around us. We know what is like to work or live with someone who is prideful. Needless to say, it is no fun at all. Those who are prideful will put themselves first and be willing to use others for the sake of self-gain. However, the Christian’s attitude should be the exact opposite…

Php 2:3
(3) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

And, finally, the greatest of all motivations the Lord gives us to keep pride from our being is…

Jas 4:6
(6) But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

There is not one of us that desires for the Lord to oppose us. May our attitudes, actions and heart continue in a state of humility and trust knowing that He will bless us and walk with us every step of life’s way.

The Importance Of Our Testimony …

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGen 10:8-9 – And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.  He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 10 – Our Testimony

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Genesis Chapter 10:

 

 

Gen 10:1-32

(1)  Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

(2)  The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

(3)  And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.

(4)  And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.

(5)  By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

(6)  And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.

(7)  And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.

(8)  And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

(9)  He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

(10)  And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

(11)  Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,

(12)  And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

(13)  And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,

(14)  And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.

(15)  And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,

(16)  And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,

(17)  And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,

(18)  And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.

(19)  And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.

(20)  These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.

(21)  Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

(22)  The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.

(23)  And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash.

(24)  And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.

(25)  And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

(26)  And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah,

(27)  And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,

(28)  And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,

(29)  And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.

(30)  And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.

(31)  These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.

(32)  These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

 

 

 

 

Thought For This Chapter…

 

Buried within this genealogical listing of the descendants of Noah, we find an interesting description about Nimrod… “… Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.  He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.”(Vs 8-9).  From this small, yet important testimony we can learn two things…

 

  1. First of all the importance of our testimony comes into clear view.

 

Why was Nimrod’s testimony included in this genealogy?  It was because Moses was moved by the Lord to include a description it. This speaks volumes about the importance of Nimrod’s testimony and, by implication, our public testimonies as well.

 

 

  1. Secondly, the importance of what we do in our public life.

 

Whether we realize it or not, people are watching our actions and are influenced by them.  In Nimrod’s case, because he was a “mighty hunter” he gained much respect and honor from those around him.  Apparently this led to a great following of men which resulted in the beginnings of the kingdom of Babel (vs 10).

 

Not only did was Nimrod famous due to his great abilities, but he also influenced the lives of many people leading them into sin and rebellion against God which is always associated with Babel.

 

  1. Thirdly, the Lord knows our ways.

Moses emphasizes that all this was done “before the Lord”.  In other words, God was present during the rise of Nimrod and establishment of Babel and, by implication, would hold him accountable for what he was doing with his talents and authority that had been given to him.

 

Folks, what will be our testimony after we die?  One of the greatest ways to think about this is to ask “What would my acquaintances put on my tombstone if they were given the choice?”.  By God’s grace, our epitaph would speak of our loving service to Christ and others!

The Rainbow…

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGen 9:11-13  And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.  And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:  I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

 

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 9 – The Lord’s Faithfulness

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Genesis Chapter 9:

 

 

Gen 9:1-29

(1)  And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

(2)  And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.

(3)  Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

(4)  But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

(5)  And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.

(6)  Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

(7)  And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.

(8)  And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,

(9)  And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

(10)  And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.

(11)  And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

(12)  And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

(13)  I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

(14)  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

(15)  And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

(16)  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

(17)  And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

(18)  And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.

(19)  These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

(20)  And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

(21)  And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

(22)  And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

(23)  And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.

(24)  And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

(25)  And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

(26)  And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

(27)  God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

(28)  And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.

(29)  And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

 

 

 

 

Thought For This Chapter…

 

The rainbow.  Today the rainbow is used as a symbol of many different things.

Back in Noah’s day, and throughout the Bible, the rainbow stands for two basic truths.  It is a constant reminder to us of the faithfulness of God and His promise to never again destroy the world with water (vs 13-17).  When we see a rainbow, and at all other times in our lives, do we remember that our Lord is faithful?

Folks, the Bible is filled with all of the promises that our Lord has given to us. In every case, the Christian can rest assured the Lord is faithful and will keep His promise to us…

Deu 7:9

(9)  Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

 

 

 

As Christians, we can live our lives without doubt and fear, knowing that our   Lord will keep all of His promises to us, and as a result, watch over and care for us throughout our lifetime on earth…

2Th 3:3

(3)  But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

The Lord Has, and Will, Bring An End To Our Trials

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGen 8:21 -22 –   … the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 8 – Joy Comes

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Genesis Chapter 8:

 

Gen 8:1-22

(1)  And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;

(2)  The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

(3)  And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

(4)  And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

(5)  And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

(6)  And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

(7)  And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

(8)  Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

(9)  But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

(10)  And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;

(11)  And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

(12)  And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.

(13)  And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.

(14)  And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

(15)  And God spake unto Noah, saying,

(16)  Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

(17)  Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

(18)  And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:

(19)  Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

(20)  And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

(21)  And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

(22)  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

 

 

 

 

Thought For This Chapter…

 

What a wonderful experience for Noah and his family this must have been!  Finally, after 40 days and 40 nights of facing the storm, Noah and His family see the first signs of their deliverance close at hand. We all have experienced a slight taste of this same feeling when God’s gracious deliverance appeared on the horizon during many of the storms of life that we have faced.

However, perhaps, we are going through a trial right now that has no end in sight. Even worse, maybe we are facing several trials at one time and we are beginning to feel that our situation has totally hopeless, with no end in sight for any of them.  What are we to do?

Our Lord helps us to understand that He is in control and, by keeping our eyes on Christ (and not ourselves), He will keep us from drowning in our sorrows and becoming hopeless in our spirits…

Heb 12:1-2

(1)  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

(2)  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

 

 

 

 

And keep in mind, if we have trusted in Christ as our Savior, no matter what trials we may face, our “joy cometh in the morning”, when our Lord Jesus takes us home to be with Him!

 

Psa 30:5

(5)  For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

God’s Salvation Found In The Ark Of Christ

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGen 7:15-16  And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.  And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 7 – Ark Of Salvation

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Genesis Chapter 7:

 

Gen 7:1-24

(1)  And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

(2)  Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

(3)  Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

(4)  For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

(5)  And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

(6)  And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.

(7)  And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

(8)  Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,

(9)  There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

(10)  And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

(11)  In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

(12)  And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

(13)  In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;

(14)  They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.

(15)  And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.

(16)  And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

(17)  And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

(18)  And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.

(19)  And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

(20)  Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

(21)  And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:

(22)  All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

(23)  And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

(24)  And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought For This Chapter…

 

The historical account of Noah’s ark and the world-wide flood is well-known by the people of God.  As we think about the construction and use of the ark, our attention is drawn to the wondrous miracle God performed when He saved Noah and his family from the devastating flood of judgment that was sent upon the earth.

However, our thoughts should not be limited to the historical account of the ark. Our minds should also look upon the ark as a wonderful picture of Christ, and His work of deliverance, that He performed on behalf of His people.

Stop and think about it.  Christ is the ark into which each one of us entered to gain deliverance from wrath of God that was deserved by each one of us in at least three main ways:

  1. Just as one door led to the ark and the salvation that it gave, so too Christ is the only door to salvation from our sins…

Joh 10:9

(9)  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 

 

  1. When the whole world was facing destruction for their sins, God invited Noah and his family to enter into His salvation via the ark.  Likewise, as we all face divine wrath against our sins, our Lord calls to each of His people, draws them to Himself, and reveals truths about Him and the gracious salvation He offers to us…

Joh 6:44-45

(44)  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

(45)  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

 

  1. Entering into the ark secured physical life for those destined to die, so too, coming to Christ and accepting His work through faith secures eternal spiritual life to those facing never-ending spiritual death…

Joh 20:31

(31)  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

 

 

Jesus reaffirmed all these truths about Himself when He said…

Joh 14:6

(6)  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

 

May we all remember Christ and His work on our behalf when we think upon the miracle of the ark, and then share these truths with the lost world around us!

The Influence Of The World

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGen 6:5  -And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 6 – Worldly Influences

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Genesis Chapter 6:

 

 

Gen 6:1-22

(1)  And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

(2)  That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

(3)  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

(4)  There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

(5)  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

(6)  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

(7)  And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

(8)  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

(9)  These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

(10)  And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

(11)  The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

(12)  And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

(13)  And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

(14)  Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

(15)  And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.

(16)  A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

(17)  And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

(18)  But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

(19)  And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

(20)  Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

(21)  And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.

(22)  Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought For This Chapter…

 

The importance of the influence of the lost world upon Christians can never be over-emphasized.  In this chapter we read of the “sons of God”, men who are saved, choosing to marry “daughters of men”, unsaved females.  The result? Due to the lost women’s influence on the lives of the believing men, we find the world becoming more and more corrupt.

Stop and think about it.  Men of God willfully chose to join themselves to the lost women of this world.  As heads of the family they held a great responsibility to marry Godly women who would work together with them to lead their families in a way that pleased God. Due to the lost wives’ influence upon the family (both the husband and the children), the succeeding generation of families became more corrupt.  This resulted in the situation found in verse five… “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

This should remind us of the basic Scriptural principles given to us from God Himself.  In all areas of life we are to recognize the importance of, and be on guard against, allowing lost individuals to influence our beliefs or lifestyles…

2Co 6:14-17

(14)  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

(15)  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

(16)  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

(17)  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

 

In this text, to be “unequally yoked” not only speaks of the marriage union but also business, social, and spiritual unions as well.

As God’s people we are called to be sanctified, in other words we are to be separated from the world’s sins to the service of God alone.  Because of this great responsibility, we must recognize that the influence of lost people in our lives is a constant threat to living holy lives for Christ.

Amo 3:3

(3)  Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

 

1Co 15:33

(33)  Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

 

Pro 13:20

(20)  He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

 

 

How can we expect to successfully put Christ first in every area in our lives if we chose unsaved people to partner with us in our life pursuits? May we all seek to be witnesses to love, care for and witness to the lost, while not giving them a place of influence in our life!

Walking With God

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGen 5:24 –   And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 5 – Walking With God

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Genesis Chapter 5:

 

 

Gen 5:1-32

(1)  This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

(2)  Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

(3)  And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

(4)  And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

(5)  And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

(6)  And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:

(7)  And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:

(8)  And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.

(9)  And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:

(10)  And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:

(11)  And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.

(12)  And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:

(13)  And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:

(14)  And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.

(15)  And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:

(16)  And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:

(17)  And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.

(18)  And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:

(19)  And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

(20)  And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.

(21)  And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:

(22)  And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

(23)  And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

(24)  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

(25)  And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:

(26)  And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:

(27)  And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

(28)  And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:

(29)  And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.

(30)  And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:

(31)  And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.

(32)  And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought For This Chapter…

 

Enoch “walked with God” (vs 22 & 24). What a wonderful thought!  What it would be like to have such close communion with the Lord!  The phrase “walked with God” brings to our mind a close, intimate, harmonious, mutually loving, friendship with the Lord Himself.

This type of communion with the Lord is a rarity indeed. It is only attributed to two men in the Bible… Enoch and Noah (Gen 6:9).

We are told two things about Enoch’s life on earth…

Heb 11:5

(5)  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

 

Jud 1:14

(14)  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

 

 

In these passages we are told that Enoch’s public reputation was that he pleased God with his life.  We are also told that Enoch shared God’s Word as he prophesied of the Lord’s second coming.

Of Noah, we are told that he was a “just man” and “perfect in his generations”. In other words he lived according to God’s desires for his life and was spiritually mature and prepared to be a faithful servant of the Lord…

Gen 6:9

(9)  These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

 

How do we obtain such a walk with God?  We must remember that having this type of walk with the Lord is entirely an act of His grace.  Our good works, or good intentions, cannot obtain this type of walk.  It will be an act of God choosing to reveal Himself to us in such an intimate way, granting to us the type of heart and spirit that will allow us to be humbly, wholly in submission to Him.

 

What are some of the characteristics others will see in our lives when we are walking with our Lord?…

We will be seen seeking and living according to the Lord’s will.

We will be seen as spiritually mature, active and successful in spiritual warfare.

We will be seen having a willingness to share the Word of the Lord in a kind, compassionate, and loving way.

We will be seen as living sacrifices for Christ, giving of our time, talents and possessions to see others come to Christ and grow in His Word.

Finally, our lives will be seen as patiently, peacefully, joyfully enduring heartaches and trials.  This joy, peace, and patience will be based upon a consistent dependence upon the Lord, knowing that He is with us and working out all life events for our good and His glory.

May we all go home to be with the Lord being blessed of Him and leaving the testimony behind that we have “walked with God”!

Jealousy

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGen 4:4-5 – And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 4 – Jealousy

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Genesis Chapter 4:

 

 

Gen 4:1-26

(1)  And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

(2)  And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

(3)  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

(4)  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

(5)  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

(6)  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

(7)  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

(8)  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

(9)  And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

(10)  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

(11)  And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

(12)  When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

(13)  And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

(14)  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

(15)  And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

(16)  And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

(17)  And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

(18)  And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.

(19)  And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

(20)  And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

(21)  And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

(22)  And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

(23)  And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

(24)  If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

(25)  And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

(26)  And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought For This Chapter…

 

Jealousy… we all have experienced the burning feeling inside of us as we became jealous of those around us.  In this chapter, we come face to face with the irrationality jealousy of Cain and the devastating results of that jealousy that remained unchecked in his life.

Cain, the firstborn of the family, clearly held a much higher position in his family than that of Abel.  After all, we are told that Cain was the one that Abel would “desire” and Cain would be the one that would “rule over” Abel.

In spite of all of these benefits, Cain took matters in his own hands, did as he pleased, and offered an offering to the Lord that was the work of his own hands.  He had offered fruit from the field he had planted, nourished and reaped.  He did not follow the will of the Lord for his life. His offering was rejected by the Lord.

Abel, on the other hand, by faith, unquestioningly followed the Lord’s commands and offered an offering of a slain lamb. Abel’s offering, made by faith, according to the instructions of His Lord, and picturing Christ, was pleasing to the Lord and accepted by Him.

In spite of all that Cain possessed, and in spite of all the family authority that Cain held, Cain found himself in enflamed with jealousy because Abel’s offering was found acceptable in God’s sight, while his own offering was found lacking.

Sadly this type of jealousy was not limited to Cain’s heart, or among physical family members; but it can also be seen in a Christian’s heart toward other Christians.

How easy it is for each one of us to forget the many blessings our Lord has graciously given to us and the privilege of His service that we possess. Instead, we find ourselves concentrating on the one area of our Christian walk that seems to be outdone by others around us. In the midst of all our spiritual blessings, we find ourselves becoming jealous of those who are faithfully serving Him.

Instead of encouraging them, and holding thankfulness in our hearts for what the Lord is doing in their lives, we find ourselves becoming bitter and jealous because another Christian has “outshined” us.

May we always be on guard against this every present temptation that we all face during the course of our life on earth.

1Co 13:4

(4)  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

The Three Targets For Temptation

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGen 3:6 –  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

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