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God’s Faithfulness

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGenesis 15:17 –  And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 15 – God’s Faithfulness

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Genesis Chapter 15:

 

Gen 15:1-21

(1)  After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

(2)  And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

(3)  And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

(4)  And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

(5)  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

(6)  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

(7)  And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

(8)  And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

(9)  And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

(10)  And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.

(11)  And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

(12)  And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

(13)  And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

(14)  And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

(15)  And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

(16)  But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

(17)  And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

(18)  In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

(19)  The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

(20)  And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,

(21)  And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

 

 

 

 

 

Thought For This Chapter…

 

In this account, we find a very unusual event… a furnace and a lamp passing between pieces of a heifer, goat, ram, turtledove, and pidgeon that has been divided and laid out on the ground…

 

(17-18) – …And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying,…

 

 

What in the world is going on here? God describes the meaning of this type of ceremony in Jeremiah…

 

Jer 34:18

(18)  And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant, which have not performed the words of the covenant which they had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed between the parts thereof,

 

 

In other words, God is affirming that a He has entered into an agreement with Abraham concerning giving the Promised Land to Abraham’s descendants (vs 19-21) during the time of Moses.

 

The idea is this, the two sets of responsibilities laid upon the parties of the agreement are symbolized by the two halves of the animals laid next to each other.  The parties of the agreement passing between the pieces represents their acceptance of their joint responsibilities and reaffirms their intention to fulfill them.

 

In this case, we have a smoking furnace and burning lamp passing between these pieces.  Both of these symbolize the parties of the covenant during the time this covenant would be brought to fulfillment.  The smoking furnace, represents the future Israelites suffering under the harsh treatment in the “furnace” of the Egyptians during Moses’ time.  And the burning lamp is representative of Christ, the Light of the World, who appeared to the Israelites as a pillar of fire by night to lead them to the Promised Land.

 

In this night vision, we have God confirming the convenant has been made and that it would be brought to completion in the days of Moses.

 

This reminds us of the faithfulness of our Lord.  What a blessing it is to know that when our Lord makes a promise to us, He will ALWAYS keep His Word!

 

Why can we have such certainty?  Because God is faithful to us on behalf of Christ and His work on our behalf, and the indwelling Spirit’s presence in our lives…

 

2Co 1:19-22

(19)  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, … was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.

(20)  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

(21)  Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

(22)  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

 

What a wonderfully faithful Lord we serve!

Seeing Christ In Melchizedek

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGenesis 14:18-20 – And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.  And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:  And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 14: – Seeing Christ In Melchizedek

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Genesis Chapter 14:

 

Gen 14:1-24

(1)  And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations;

(2)  That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.

(3)  All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.

(4)  Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

(5)  And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,

(6)  And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which is by the wilderness.

(7)  And they returned, and came to Enmishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezontamar.

(8)  And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim;

(9)  With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five.

(10)  And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.

(11)  And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way.

(12)  And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

(13)  And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram.

(14)  And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.

(15)  And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.

(16)  And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

(17)  And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale.

(18)  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

(19)  And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

(20)  And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

(21)  And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.

(22)  And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

(23)  That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

(24)  Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.

 

 

 

 

Thought For This Chapter…

 

Melchizedek, King of Salem, is a very interesting character that is mentioned only a few times in the Bible.  According to some, Melchizedek was simply a human priest sent by God to bless, comfort and reassure Abraham.  To others, Melchizedek was a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ who was visiting Abraham in a great time of need. Although none of us can know for sure, I have a tendency to look at Melchizedek as Christ Himself.

 

One thing we can know for certain… we can learn much about Christ by looking at this priest and king. The following is a short list of what we can learn about Christ from this text only, as we study Melchizedek…

 

  1. “Melchizek” means “king of Righteousness” in Hebrew. – Christ is the righteous king that rules over all who are righteous.

 

  1. Melchizedek carries the title “King of Peace (Salem)” – Christ is the One who creates and sustains peace between God and Man

 

  1. Melchizedek nourished a weary and faint Abraham with bread and wine.  Christ is the One that spiritually nourishes His people.

 

  1. Melchizedek was a priest of God.  Christ holds the office of Priest of God.

 

  1. Mechizedek recognizes and proclaims God’s work as “Possessor of heaven and earth” and “Deliverer”.  These were two of the main messages of Christ as He ministered following His incarnation.

Also this helps us to understand that Christ holds the office of Prophet as well as King and Priest.

 

  1. Melchizedek received the tithes belonging to God.  Christ, as the Priest of God and God Himself, is God’s representative on earth. As such, He is the One that is to receive our worship, honor and obedience (which is all embodied in the tithe).

What a wonderful blessing Melchizedek is for all of us!  In the Old Testament account of Melchizedek, we can see several truths about the Christ who would not come to earth until New Testament times!!!

 

Actually, this is just like all the Old Testament scriptures.  As we read through the OT let’s keep in mind that they all teach us about Christ.  As we read let’s be on the lookout for all the many truths about Christ whether by symbol, appearance, statement or implication.

 

Joh 5:39

(39)  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Seeing Through Spiritual Eyes

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGenesis 13:14-15  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:  For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

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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!