Thursday, January 28, 2010
And it happened after seven days that the waters of the flood came into being on the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, in the seventeenth day of the month, in this day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of the heavens were opened up. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Once again, when we were young, we were told it rained so much, the earth became flooded. However, that’s only half the truth. In these verses, we are told that, “…all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of the heavens were opened up.” The fountains of the great deep and the windows of the heavens? What’s that? I think it’s important to remind ourselves what the world looked like prior to the flood, as it was created in the days of Adam.
The earth had land, seas, plant and animal life, pretty much as it is today with a few exceptions. There was no rain. All water came seeping up through the ground which resulted in a mist. Also, there was a canopy of water moisture that surrounded the earth, just above the atmosphere. In these type of conditions, it was most likely a warm, humid place, similar to the amazon today. However, it was a constant temperature due to the canopy. There weren’t any storms and probably very little wind due to very little variation in sunlight, again due to the canopy.
In these verses, we are told that the fountains of the great deep were broken up. How did this happen? Well, with canopy in place, the atmospheric pressure, which is now 14.7 psi, was, at some estimates, approximately 30 psi. Without going through all the Physics, when G-d opened up the canopy, the windows of heaven, the atmospheric pressure would have fluctuated violently until it finally dropped to the 14.7 psi we have today. However, that fluctuation would have resulted in the earths crust heaving violently, thereby causing the giant underground aquifers to spew its contents up into the atmosphere like many fountains.
This water would also have mixture with the moisture in the canopy resulting in a lot of water raining back down on the earth. As this account tells us, it took 40 days and 40 nights for the water to fall back to the earth. This type of upheaval would and did result in a lot of changes to the surface of the earth, including the grand canyon. You won’t about this in todays classroom because it goes against the evolutionist agenda, that is to deny any possible references to a creator. However, if you look at all the facts, you can’t deny the possibily of a designer, that is our Lord and G-d.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
For in seven more days I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights. And I will destroy from off the face of the earth every living thing that I have made. And Noah did according to all that Jehovah commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. And Noah went in. And his sons and his wife and his sons' wives went in with him into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
It is interesting that G-d wants us to make note of how long after he tells Noah to come into the ark that the flood waters were to come. That is seven days. He also wants up to know that Noach is 600 years old when the flood came. If you are of the camp of those who feel that there’s more to the text than meets the eye, this should be a red flag.
Could these seven days be a foreshadowing of the 70th week of Daniel, the seven years of tribulation that comes at the end of days? We will look at that as another level of understanding, when we finish the account of Noah. But for now, this is very straight forward. G-d tells Noach to come into the ark, because in seven days, he will bring judgement upon all the earth.
This reminds me of Isaiah 26:20-21.
Come, my people, enter into your rooms and shut your doors around you; hide for a little moment, until the fury has passed by. For behold, Jehovah comes out of His place to punish the people of the earth for their iniquity; the earth also shall reveal her blood, and shall no more cover her dead.
Again, could this be a model or foreshadowing of our future?
Of the clean animals, and of the animals that were not clean, and of the fowls, and of everything that creeps on the earth, two by two they went in to Noah into the ark, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.
As children, we were told that Noach went out and gathered all the animals. However, it shows here that the animals went into the ark on their own fruition. I, for one, believe that it was G-d that told the animals to go into the ark. It’s also interesting to note that the animals went into the ark in an orderly fashion. When we see animals herded, it’s never in an orderly fashion. Another sign of the supernatural power of G-d.
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
”And Jehovah said to Noah, You and all your house come into the ark, for I have seen you righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you every clean animal by sevens, the male and female. And take two of the animals that are not clean, the male and female. Also take of the fowls of the air by sevens, the male and the female, to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.”
It’s interesting to note that G-d tells Noach, Noah to come into the ark, not go into the ark. This is very important as to recognizing the model of the ark. Again, as we go through this account of the flood, please take notice of the aspects of the ark in order to determine who or what does this ark represent.
”…for I have seen you righteous before Me in this generation”
Wow. Can you imagine G-d saying that to you? Noah was righteous and perfect in his generation. Remember, G-d said the same thing in Genesis 6:9. What does G-d mean by that? Was Noach, Noah sinless? No. However, this is referring back to when the B’nai Elohim came down and corrupted the lineage of man, with the daughters of man, and bore the Nephylim. There was none of that in Noahs lineage. Therefore, G-d said that Noah was perfect in his generations and was the perfect vessel to carry on the Messianic line.
” You shall take with you every clean animal by sevens, the male and female.”
Wait a second….Weren’t we taught that Noach took only two of every animal into the ark, not seven pairs. Yes. This is one of those traditional teachings that is out and out wrong. Back in Genesis 6:20, didn’t G-d say to take two of every animal? Isn’t this a contradiction.? No. The Hebrew word, Shetahyim, is used to either imply two or pairs. Therefore, in Genesis 6:20, G-d said to take pairs or couples of every animal. Here, in Genesis 7:2, he defines it a little better for Noach. He wants him to take couple, male and female, into the ark. However, of the clean animals, G-d wants seven couples of each.
It says here, “…to keep seed alive…” That understandable. But why the seven pairs? This is due to the fact that all the plant life will be completely gone immediately after the flood. It'll take some time to regrow the plant life and Noach and his family will have to eat. They will also need animals as sacrifice unto G-d. Therefore, clean animals will be needed for both food and acceptable sacrifices.
But, wait a second. Clean and unclean? Sacrifices? Isn’t that part of the Mosaic Law, a Jewish thing? No. That is a misnomer perpetuated by todays Christian church. Yes….G-d gave the law to Moses. However, the law was known by man long before Abraham and his offspring, as evident here. G-d used the Abraham and his Jewish seed to bring the law back to common knowledge. We’ll get further into that as we go along.
I would like to introduce a concept that may be foreign to you. We have heard that the Jews were the chosen people of G-d and that is true, always have and always will. But, what does that mean? As we go further along, you will find that the Jews were not picked to be an exclusive people unto G-d, but the exclusive people through which G-d would bring his salvation to the world. That may sound the same to you but it is not. Even though the my Jewish brothers attempted to keep the law and G-d to themselves, G-d had other plans, to bring salvation, by way of a Jewish man, a perfect Jewish man to offered up as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. That man, according to the scriptures, was also G-d himself, Yeshua, our Messiah.
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
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. 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. 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. 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. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
What is not easily seen here is the fact that Noach, Noah, does all that G-d says to do without knowing the specifics of the covenant. Again.....what faith. How many of us would do that just on G-d Word? In a way, we do that as believers in the Messiah. We are relying on life everlasting based on G-ds Word, which is Yeshua.
Notice that these scriptures say, "two of sort thou shalt bring into the ark." Traditionists appear to only have read this verse in preparation for teaching thier children. As we will find out, there were more than two of every sort, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Finally, this is the first covenant in the bible. So what's so important. In these verses, it's not told to us. However, we are told that salvation from the deadly flood can be found by taking refuge in the ark. I'll give you a hint. As we go through the account of Noach, Noah, think about the aspect of the ark and how it resembles G-d future salvation for mankind.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. 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. 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.
Here G-d is telling Noah to build an Ark to house every specie of animal and the eight members of his immediate family, Noah, his wife, three sons and their wives. In case, you haven't studyied cubits before, the ark was 450 feet, 137.16 meters long, 75 feet, 22.86 meters wide and 55 feet ,17.76 meters tall. In the United States, that's 1.5 times the size of a football field and five feet taller than a five story building. That's incredible and a monumental task and it took him approximately 120 years to do it.
Another interesting aspect of the ark is the requirement of having in pitched on the inside and outside. The Hebrew word for pitch is kofer, which means a covering, redemption, a redemptive price and a sum of money.
And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth,...
The other incredible thing about the account of Noah and the ark is what is not mentioned here, Noahs response to the flood. I'm sure Noah knew what a flood was, but it had to run through his mind on how there was going to be enough water to flush out all of mankind. Up to that time, G-d nourished the earth with water and a mist that rose up from the ground. Humans had no idea what was rain. Think about it, to build an ark, without fathoming a flood that would require it and all the ridecule from his neighbors, took a lot of faith.
...to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
Some estimates have the worlds population in this pre-flood world at approximately 10 billion people. I don't care how faithful you are, that's a lot of people to have on your conscious. That's not including all the animals and property damage. Think about it. All those people and animals die and you and your family survive. Isn't that the way the world thinks? However, Noah had the right frame of mind. The same frame of mind, we should have. G-d is righteous and holy and has every right to lay down the law and the ramifications for not following it.
We know that G-d says that death is required for all who are disobedient. However, we have a savior who was sent to this earth to die for our sins, that is Yeshua ha Mashiach, the perfect lamb sacrifice for all mankind.
Do you except the sacrifice provided by G-d?
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Monday, January 11, 2010
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. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 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.
In studying the scriptures, there is a law of first mention. It says that something is usually important, the first time something or someone is mentioned. The reason I bring this up is that this verse is the first time יהוה YHWH, exclusively makes a decision, as יהוה YHWH, not Elohim. Yes, G-d is multidimensional and is made up of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit and much more. G-d is far more than what he reveals to us. However, there is a hierarchy to G-d. There is a dimension to G-d that has the final say so and that is the Father, יהוה YHWH.
No. That doesn't mean that the other dimensions to G-d, ie:Yeshua, The Holy Spirit, are subserviant. In the same way that the mind cannot live without the body or the soul, the Father isn't complete without the Son or the Spirit.
With that said, what makes the first time YHWH being mention so important? Up to now, all things done by G-d was done by the fullness of G-d or Elohim. Here, the Father, without the Son or Spirit, is making the decision to destroy all mankind, except Noah. Some believe, as do I, that this is when the Father first revealed his plan of salvation to Yeshua, including the need for him to become a man, live a sinless life, die a horrible death and worst of all, be separated from the Father.
Is this pure conjecture. As always, there are reasons, some feel this way. As we go through the story of Noah and the flood, we'll go over the reasons why some feel this way and how this account models the G-ds Plan of Salvation. All I ask is let G-ds Holy Spirit be your guide.
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Saturday, January 9, 2010
And it happened, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and when daughters were born to them, sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were good. And they took wives for themselves from all whom they chose. And Jehovah said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, in his erring; he is flesh. Yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days. And also after that, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore to them, they were mighty men who existed of old, men of renown.
We are going to get into some things that are weird and totally disputed by mainstream Christianity. One more thing before we get into the text.
Why is it that mainstream Christianity always wants to down play the supernatural. Isn't G-d supernatural? Isn't denying the supernatural, in effect, denying G-d? OK. I'll get off my soapbox and get to the text.
When the population of man began to increase, the "b'nai Elohim (sons of G-d) rawaw or looked at the daughters of man. Not translated into english is the Hebrew word, eth. As we discussed in earlier blogs, eth is used to emphasize either the subject or the object specifically. In our vernacular, it should be written as, "The B'nai
Elohim or sons of G-d really looked longingly, lustfully at the daughters of man."
This brings up the question, "Who were the sons of G-d?". Everytime b'nai Elohim was used in the scriptures, it directly referred to angels. Job 1:5, Job 2:1, Job 38:7. There are five times, sons of G-d is used in the B'rit Hadashah, the new testament and that is Rom 8:14, Rom 8:19, Gal 4:6, Php 2:15 and 1John 3:1-2. In the B'rit Hadashah, it refers to you and me, the holy men and women of G-d, true believers.
So, who were these sons of G-d? Our lone clue is what their offspring looked like. They were giants. How many human offspring were giants? The only other candidate were angels. But what about Matt 22:30.
"For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven."
My answer to that is...that's true about obedient angels. How about the disobedient ones?
For me, the final clue was the giants. In Hebrew, the word giants, used here, is nephilim, which come from nafal, which means the fallen ones. The b'nai Elohim were fallen angels who took the daughters of man as their own. Fallen angels were bad enough, the fall of man pushed G-d to anger. However, the two coming together to produce unholy offspring pushed G-d to declare that all of mankind had 120 years to repent. We know they didn't. 120 years later came a world wide flood that destroyed all mankind except for eight people and a whole lot of animals. But, that's for the next few blogs.
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Friday, January 8, 2010
"This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them. And He called their name man in the day when they were created."
I’ve had a few emails ask basically the same questions.
“Doesn’t these verses prove that Adam and man, as mentioned so far in Genesis, one and the same?”
“Doesn’t this prove that God created Adam and the rest of mankind came from him?”
I agree, on the surface, the view of two separate creations, one of Adam and a separate one of man and female, appears to be in jeopardy. However, a closer look at the text reveals the bias of the translators.
Let’s perform an exegesus of the troubling verses. Before I go any further, even though I’m going to include the transliteration of the original Hebrew, I am going to keep them in the order written in English in order to ease the troubleshooting of the verse.
First of all, “This is the book of the generations of Adam.” is pretty straight forward. The genealogy following these verses, is all about Adam and his offspring, no one else.
Now comes the first evidence of biased translating.
“In the day that God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.”
In Hebrew, it is:
yom Elohim bara adam d’muth Elohim asah
Now let’s perform a word for word translation.
yom means day.
“Yom” can either imply a specific day or and era. This is the reason, “In the day…” was used.
Elohim means G-ds
“Elohim” Implies the multidimensionality of G-d in the form of the Father, Son and Spirit.but as “echad”, one
bara means created.
“Bara” implies creation out of nothing or the basic elements, usually a specific creation. In this case, specifically Adam referring back to the “This is the book of the generations of Adam.” Section of the verse.
adam means man
Even though pronounced the same, this is not the same as “Adam”, the name of the first man.
d’muth means likeness.
Used prior to a noun of whom the likeness was. This is the reason for the translators to use “…in the likeness of”
Elohim means G-ds.
Same as above.
Asah means created.
This "created" is different from “bara” in that is a general creation usually in the plural.
More correctly, the verse so far should have been translated as:
“This is the book of the generations of Adam, who G-d created in the day G-d made man in the likeness of G-d.”
Notice that the word, “him” isn’t in or even implied in the original Hebrew. The addition of “him” changes the meaning of the verse.
Let’s do the same with the rest of the verse.
"zakar nekaybaw bara barak kawraw eth shame Adam yom bara"
zakar means male
nekaybaw means female
bara means created
barak means praise, kneel before in adoration. Can be used in reverse.
kawraw means to call one out
eth not translated in English, but used to “specifically” point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IN UNDERSTANDING THIS VERSE.
shame means an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; Otherwise used as “namely”
Adam, the name of the first man.
yom means “…in the day”
bara means created.
Let’s put it all together,
“This is the book of the generations of Adam, who G-d created in the day G-d made man in the likeness of G-d. Male and female was created to kneel in adoration. Called out was one specifically named Adam, in the day “he was” created”.
If you translate word for word, you get an unbiased translation. But don’t take my word for it, dig into it yourself. Let G-ds Holy Spirit guide you.
Shabbat Shalom my friends
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Thursday, January 7, 2010
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. 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.i>
We now switch back to Adam and his line, the Messianic line. The words "to call upon" could be translated as "to profane". As we study the account of Noah, let the Spirit guide you to which is more correct and compliments the account.
I normally don't include this many verses to read, but it is necessary.
This [is] the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat [a son] in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos: And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died. And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan: And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died. And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel: And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died. And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared: And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died. And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch: And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Wouldn't it be nice to have that kind of relationship, daily walking with the Almighty G-d? It is possible.
And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him. And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech: And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died. And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: 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. And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died. And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
As I mentioned in the last blog entry, it's very important to understand the meaning of the names in order to recieve G-ds message.
appointed, as an afirmation
mortal as in temporary existance, incurable
the blessed God
descend, come down
his death shall bring
comfort, peaceful rest
If we put it together, we get:
Man is indeed appointed an incurable mortal (temporary) sorrow, but the Blessed G-d shall descend and teach that his death shall bring the despairing, rest and peace.
So cool. We have the first time the gospel of G-d shows up in a cryptic form that only the beloved of G-d will receive as a prophecy of G-ds salvation plan. However, the complete message is when we put the genealogy of Adam and Cain together.
Get over your sorrow quickly and teach the hidden things of those who are in love with and belong to G-d. That is, the despairing shall have a covering or mark that should be displayed with great joy. Rejoice descendants of Cain, be at peace. Indeed, man is appointed an incurable mortal (temporary) sorrow, but the Blessed G-d shall descend and teach that his death shall bring the despairing, rest and peace.
You see the message is not only for the beloved of G-d but all who will come and accept the blood offering of G-d. G-d is offering his blood covering for all mankind. All we have to do is accept it.
In the same way Moses lifted up the serpent in the dessert, so shall the Son of Man be lifted up. That whosoever looks upon him and believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life, a covering. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever looks to him and believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. And Irad was born to Enoch. And Irad fathered Mehujael. And Mehujael fathered Methusael. And Methusael fathered Lamech. And Lamech took two wives to himself. The name of the first one was Adah, and the name of the other was Zillah. And Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents, and with cattle. And his brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all those playing the harp and the organ. And Zillah also bore Tubalcain, the hammerer of every engraving tool of bronze and iron. And the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah. And Lamech said to his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice, wives of Lamech, listen to my speech. For I have killed a man because of my wound, and a young man because of my hurt. For Cain is avenged seven times, and Lamech seventy-seven times.
How many times have you come to a genealogy and got glossy-eyed from boredom? This one isn't bad. How about when you got into the book of Numbers? I used to think, "What a snoozer." However, ever since a great bible teacher, by the name of Chuck Missler, taught me how to allow the Holy Spirit to guide me through the scriptures, it's been a different story. It the case of genealogies, we need to find out what is the root meaning of every name and lo and behold, a supernatural message to those who are willing to diligently search out G-d. The first message says exactly that. Let's look at the names and their meanings of the first genealogy, the genealogy of Cain.
quickly, mourn as a woman. get over your sorrow quickly.
initiate, discipline, train, teach
fugitive, sequester, something that is hidden, hidden things
those smitten of G-d, in love with G-d, sold out to G-d
man who is of G-d
shade, covering, defense
stream, to bring with pomp, rejoice
stream, to bring with pomp, rejoice
offspring of Cain
Putting it all together, we get the following message:
Get over your sorrow quickly and teach the hidden things of those who are in love with and belong to G-d. That is, the despairing shall have a covering or mark that should be displayed with great joy. Rejoice descendants of Cain, be at peace.
Wow. Here, we are told not to wallow in our sin, but to reveal to others that we have a covering, which was supplied to us by the blood of Yeshua. We are not only to reveal but to eagerly share G-ds salvation plan (his covering for us) with others.
In Proverbs 25:2, it is written:
[It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter.
In Revelation 1:6, we are told:
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
These two verses tell us that we are kings and G-d has hidden things for our pleasure. We have a responsibility and honour to seek them out and share them.
If this isn't enough to blow you away, check out tomorrows entry because it continues with Adam to Noah genealogy and another message.
We have an amazing G-d or is it just coincidence? :-)
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
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. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment [is] greater than I can bear.
Cain, the first murderer, is also the first man to be ousted completely out of the presence of the Lord. Think about it. Even Adam and Eve, who were kicked out of the garden, still were in the presence of the Lord. Cain knew what was about to happen and for the first time in his existence, he didn't know what the future had in store for him. The one thing he did know for sure was that the other people would do him harm. Why?
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.
What people? Why would these people do him harm? How did Cain know that without a doubt these people would slay him? The answer? Because these people, who were created on the sixth day, also enjoyed living in a sinless environment and in the presence of G-d. They also would have enjoyed life everlasting if it weren't for Cains parents. However, they are now living under a death curse because of Cains mother and father. I'd be afraid for my life too.
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.
It's amazing that G-d would still protect Cain after what he's done...but he does. This begs the question, why? I would understand if the Messianic line, through which we are saved and bored Yeshua, but it doesn't. The Messianic line goes through Seth.
I believe the answer is that G-d wanted to keep Satan and he cohorts guessing as to how his plan of salvation was going to pan out. This was one of those times that G-d was winking at those of us who are given the gift of knowledge of his Word. More on this as we travel through G-ds Word.
And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
Nod means wandering. All wanderers, including you and me, are descendents of Cain. The good news is that G-d is calling us back via the descendents of Seth which produce the human Messianic line and the path of our salvation. Praise G-d for the Messiah and his perfect sacrifice for our sins which will finally put an end to our wandering.
Posted by No Doubt at 9:54 PM
Monday, January 4, 2010
And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;
I have always said that there was more to this story than meets the eye. The word translated here as “opened” is the Hebrew word “paw-tsaw'” which means to rend, to tear as a sign of anger, grief, or despair. We often over look creation and the ramifications to it because of our sin. We won’t know for sure until we go home, but I wouldn’t be surprised if all of creation is alive and cognitive of what’s going on. I’m reminded of the following two verses.
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
There is much more to G-ds creation. I wouldn’t be surprise to see all of creation bowing before G-d while we praise him.
However, here we don’t have creation worshiping but crying out in agony and pain for the first recorded and violent murder in the history of mankind.
Posted by No Doubt at 9:24 PM