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The Floodwaters Recede

The Floodwaters Recede

Are we as obedient as Noah? Noah did everything god will ask him to do. He did not walk out of the ark till God had spoken, though the waters had receded. Such obedience comes with deep faith. And trust in God. How marvelous it would be to follow and believe in God!
In today’s world where humanity is very rarely to be found and there are things that allure us away from God. And it is the word of God which is provided to us in the form of Bible that we can hear God speak to us. By the grace of God we would just not be saved from this world but we shall be granted eternity eve n after we are long gone.

The verses that have touched our hearts while reading the chapter are as follows:
“Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.
And when the LORD smelled the pleasing odor, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, for the inclination of the human heart is evil from youth; nor will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done.
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

Let’s Pray: Lord, it is through you that my soul shall be delivered. Your grace had guided Noah through the great floods. Help, me too, Lord, in my day-to-day endeavors, that I may seek Your counsel always. Amen

Chapter 8: The Floodwaters Recede

1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided;
2 the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained,
3 and the waters gradually receded from the earth. At the end of one hundred fifty days the waters had abated;
4 and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.
5 The waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains appeared.
6 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made
7 and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth.
8 Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground;
9 but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him. 10 He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark;
11 and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.
12 Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove; and it did not return to him any more.
13 In the six hundred first year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and saw that the face of the ground was drying.
14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.
15 Then God said to Noah,
16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.
17 Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh — birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth — so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”
18 So Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives.
19 And every animal, every creeping thing, and families.
20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
21 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing odor, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, for the inclination of the human heart is evil from youth; nor will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done.
22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in My Christianship

 

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Cain and Abel

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The sin has rooted itself in the humanity and we can see that the first child of Eve was jealous and he killed his own brother out of jealousy. It teaches us a great lesson that we may have a lot of vices and bore heavy burden of our sins we should never ever compare ourselves with anyone and that how can God favor one and not others. We all in our time will be able to please God. It’s the heart that matters not the expensive gift.
God also points out that the evil is just standing by the door lest we should fail to do the will of our Father. God is always trying to protect us from the evil but we lose the grip at the slightest shake.
We must affirm our faith deeply and avoid evil at all times. Reading the bible and knowing God helps us to do so. Let us grow more and more in God’s protection and love.

The verse that have touched our hearts while reading the chapter are as follows:
“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

Let’s Pray: I, a great sinner, come before you Lord, acknowledging my many sins and with an earnest desire to repent and to sin no more.

Chapter 4: Cain and Abel

1 Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have produced a man with the help of the LORD.”
2 Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground.
3 In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground,
4 and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering,
5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
6 The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen?
7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
8 Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him.
9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 And the LORD said, “What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!
11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.
12 When you till the ground, it will no longer yield to you its strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.”
13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear!
14 Today you have driven me away from the soil, and I shall be hidden from your face; I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and anyone who meets me may kill me.”
15 Then the LORD said to him, “Not so! Whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance.” And the LORD put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him would kill him.
16 Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

First overview of generations from creation to flood
17 Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch; and he built a city, and named it Enoch after his son Enoch.
18 To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael the father of
Methushael, and Methushael the father of Lamech.
19 Lamech took two wives; the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
20 Adah bore Jabal; he was the ancestor of those who live in tents and have livestock.
21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the ancestor of all those who play the lyre and pipe.
22 Zillah bore Tubalcain, who made all kinds of bronze and iron tools. The sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.
23 Lamech said to his wives:
“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say:
I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man for striking me.
24 If Cain is avenged sevenfold,
truly Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”
25 Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another child instead of Abel, because Cain killed him.”
26 To Seth also a son was born, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to invoke the name of the LORD.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2015 in My Christianship

 

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The Creation

The First Book of Moses called GENESIS: Creator and Promised Redeemer.

Day 1: Genesis: Chapter 1

Day 1: Genesis: Chapter 1

Genesis, meaning “origin” (genealogical), covers the time from creation to the descent of Jacob and his sons into Egypt. The book is generaly divided into a “primeval history” focusing on all of humanity (chs 1-11) and an “ancestral history” focusing on Abraham and his descendants (chs 12-50).

The book of Genesis informs us, as to who, we humans really are: We are beings created in the image and likeness of God.

Today’s reading gives us not only the knowledge about how the world came into being but also about our Creator.

The verses that have touched our hearts while reading the chapter are as follows:
“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,”

“Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

We learn a lot from this first chapter. If we can take time out to marvel at every creation of God we would surely start putting in our faith where it rightfully belong- in our Creator. Let us thank God for creating this world and our lives so that we can know Him and be with Him.

Let’s Pray: Lord, as we begin this journey of reading the Bible to know You. Help that we do not miss a day. We stay committed to this task and everyday as we read, we learn about You and grow our faith. May this life bear the witness and love that you pour out to the world so generously upon your children Lord, pardon our shortcomings and regulate our thought process. Amen.

Chapter 1: The Creation

1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,
2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
6 And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
7 So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so.
8 God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.
10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so.
12 The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years,
15 and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made the two great lights — the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night — and the stars.
17 God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth,
18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.”
21 So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so.
25 God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
29 God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

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Posted by on February 5, 2015 in My Christianship

 

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Genesis Chapter 1

The Book of Genesis

Simple things are the hardest to fathom, and it is quite clear from the first chapter of the Bible from the Old Testament.

It has taken thousands of years for mankind to understand and acknowledge the simplest idea as that for everything there is a creator. Science defies the simple by calling it a religious scripture and believes makes us believe that millions of years ago “Big Bang” happened and thus originated our world. Since the theory is complicated, it is accepted quite unquestionably.

Well, it is an unending debate and one has the free will to choose either of it to be true.I am beginning my journey with the simple faith of believing in my Creator and His Word.

Read Genesis Chapter 1, and know the simplest answer to how this beautiful world came into existence.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2015 in My Christianship

 

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