Daily Word Buddies – January 2 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 2 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Genesis 4-6

Cain and Abel – 4:1-25
Adam and Eve conceived a male child. Eve named him Cain {oldest son, worked soil}. Eve acknowledged God’s help in the matter. {as should we} Later, she gave birth to another son named Abel {younger, kept flocks}. Cain and Abel brought offerings to the Lord. God favored Abel’s but not Cain’s. This angered Cain. The Lord asked Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? {again God asks questions He already knows the answers to simply for our benefit – to help us see and process the situation} But if you do not do what is right, sin crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” {God makes a statement here that applies to all of us. Sin crouches at our door, the act of crouching can mean to hide or avoid detection but it also means to be in a position to strike! God goes on to say that sin desires to have us, when you ‘have something’ you take authority, possession and ownership of it – ‘the something’ yeilds to your authority. That is exactly what sin wants us to do, to get us to yeild to it. Oh, no, no friends that must not be! God says, “you (we) must rule over it (sin)!” Let’s put that into practice right now!!} Cain didn’t do what was right, he let sin have him. He lured Abel into the field then attacked and killed him. God starts to question Cain about Abel’s whereabouts. {Cain’s response is rich} “I don’t know, am I my brother’s keeper?” {oh, come on buddy the gig is up, quit the act, God’s about to call your bluff} God said, ” What have you done? Listen your brother’s blood cried out to me from the ground.” {We like Adam and Eve, can’t hide from the Lord} God told Cain that He knew all along, He also informed Cain of the consequences of his sinful submission/action – cursed and driven from the land that opened to receive the blood of his brother. This emotionally seemed to crush Cain {guilt perhaps?} Driven from the land he loved, hidden from God’s presence to be a restless wanderer, whoever finds him will kill him {note that some people today believe there was only 4 people on the face of the earth during this time but according to verse 14 there was enough people on earth at that time for Cain to be worried about running into others that might want to kill him- just something to think about.} and this was more than he could bear. But God showed His kindness to Cain, {God still loves, cares for, and provides for us when we mess up like Cain} and declared anyone who killed him would suffer vengeance 7 times over. Then God put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. {I wonder what that looked like – a mark designed by God to thwart people from killing the one who wore it…hmmm} Marked by God, Cain went to live in Nod, east of Eden. He married and had a son named Enoch. {I feel a special connection to Enoch, I hope to learn more about him} Cain named the city he was building after his son Enoch. {Obviously, despite his severe punishment Cain – married with child, city builder – was living a good life} The lineage of Enoch is this: Enoch fathered Irad, who fathered Mehujael, who fathered Mathushael, who fathered Lamech. Lamech married two wives (Adah and Zillah) and his sons were credited as follows: Jabal, son of Adah, was the father of those who live in tents {campers, LOL just kidding} dand raise livestock. {shepherds} His brother Jabul, son of Adah, was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes. {musicians} Tubal-Cain, son of Zillah, forged all kinds of bronze and iron tools. {metal and iron workers} He had a sister was Naamah. Lamech killed a man for wounding him and declared to his wives, Cain is avenged 7 times, then Lamech, 70 times. Adam and Eve had another son they named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” {again they acknowledged God’s life giving gifts} Seth was the father of Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord. {praise God for that but the reverence seems short lived}
From Adam to Noah – 5:1-32
Written account of Adam’s family line: God created mankind {male and female}, in His likeness, and blessed and called them Mankind. When Adam was 130 years old, he had a son {in his own likeness, in his own image}; he named him Seth. Adam lived another 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Adam lived a total of 930 years, then he died. At 105 years old, Seth became the father of Enosh. Seth lived another 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died. When Enosh was 90 years old, he became the father of Kenan. Enosh lived another 815 years and had other sons and daughters. Enosh lived a total of 905 years, and then he died. When Kenan was 70 years old, he became the father of Mahalalel. Kenan lived another 840 years and had other sons and daughters. Kenan lived a total of 910 years, and then he died. When Mahalalel was 65 years old, he became the father of Jared. Mahalalel lived another 830 years and had other sons and daughters. Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, and then he died. When Jared was 162 years old, he became the father of Enoch. Jared lived another 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died. When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah. Enoch walked faithfully with God another 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. {Okay, that’s special! Imagine those last lines written on his tombstone. Remembered for walking faithfully with God! See, now I know why I felt such a connection to Enoch – way to go buddy! No death, or decay, just carried away by God to spend eternity with Him. Praise God!} When Methuselah was 187 years old, he became the father of Lamech. Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died. When Lamech was 182 years old, he had a son named Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.” {wow – awesome words to speak! I wonder if this insight was a prophecy from God, or was he just speaking and declaring a good future for his son?} Lamech lived another 595 years and had other sons and daughters. Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and then he died. When Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.
Wickedness in the World – 6:1-8
Mankind increased on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God {who are these exactly?} saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. {were the sons of God not human?} Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” {and with that decree from God, our days in this life were shortened from 900+ to 120 – that’s a big difference} The Nephilim {I assume angels?} were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God {who are these again??} went to the daughters of humans {so they’re not human?} and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. {1/2 human, 1/2 what exactly?} The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. He regretted that He had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. The Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Noah and the Flood 6:9-22
This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. {like Enoch} Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. The earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. So God warned Noah, saying, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. God told Noah to make an Ark of cypress wood; {wood? wooden cross? coincidence? I think not!} God gave him extensive details – make rooms in it, coat it with pitch {like a tar or sealant} inside and out, make the ark three hundred cubits long {450 ft long}, fifty cubits wide {75 feet wide} and thirty cubits high. {45 ft high} Make the roof, leaving an opening one cubit high {18 in high} all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. God said, “I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.” {yum! Can you say ‘big time prepping’?} Noah did everything just as God commanded him. {Complete obedience! Imagine how Noah and his family felt. Chosen by God, knowing all the world outside the ark will die – wow! That’s super heavy!}

Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 2

The Magi Visit the Messiah – 2:1-12
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi {wise men, it doesn’t say 3 of them, they’re just counted as ‘men’, who knows how many?} from the east {who knows how far?} came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” {not spectacle seekers but true worshippers} When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. {apparently, Herod took his anger/emotions out on his people – his distress equals their distress} He called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” {Micah 5:2-4}Then Herod called the Magi secretly {as a scheme, alternative motive} and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent the Magi to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” {lies, he wanted to kill the Savior} After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. {picture this star literally moving ahead to  guide them and then it stopped over the exact place they’d find Jesus – we’d be overjoyed too!} On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, {not baby, but child, remember we don’t know how far they traveled or how much time has passed} and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. {true worship, they gave God gifts} And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. {God warned and guided them}
The Escape to Egypt – 2:13-18
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” {God warned and guided Joseph and Mary} So he got up, took the child {child} and his mother during the night {prompt obedience} and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. {patience and waiting} And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” {Hosea 11:1} When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, {for they were warned and guided by God} he was furious, and he gave orders to kill {his plan from the beginning} all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. {It appears the Magi had traveled far and long, Jesus was approx. 2 yrs old} Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” {Jeremiah 31:15}
The Return to Nazareth – 2:19-23
After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”  {again, God guided Joseph and Mary} So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. {prompt obedience} But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, {God came through with warning and guidance once again} he withdrew to the district of Galilee, {they were consistently obedient to God’s Will and guidance} and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene. {a verse reference is not listed, but ‘said through the prophets’ suggests it was said (perhaps only verbally) by more than one prophet}
   
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Now, it’s your turn to get involved – your turn to take action! Are you ready? 
                       

                           《—-Start here—-》

A) What popped off the page at you? Share your reflections and insights from these passages in the comments below.
B) Share your reflections and insights from your own daily scripture study.  
D) Go public – make an announcement on social media using #DWB2015. This will be an easy way to find and connect with other participants – iron sharpens iron!

Please join in and encourage one another – sharing is caring!       
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Today’s reading was SUPER long! I hand wrote it 1st thing in the morning and came back in the afternoon to share here. Boy, oh boy! I didn’t want to get so detailed but the content of these chapters is far too rich to simplify. I realize there will be times ahead {Kings and Chronicles} where I may need to modify the current format to support the ‘less is more’ theme. So, this is IMPORTANT —> What do you want to see? Do I need to recap the entire reading? How about only my notes (everything written in here –> { }) but add corresponding verse numbers? What’s helpful and what’s not? If you have any format or level of detail suggestions…my ears, eyes, and mind are wide open, please share your ideas with me.

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I hope you enjoyed day 2:) I pray God spoke to you while you read this, I urge you to listen to whatever He put on your heart. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. The goal and purpose of Bible study is for us to grow spiritually. I pray God gives us the wisdom to provide mutually beneficial thought-provoking, Christ-like inspiration.

God bless you all!

Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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I am a daughter of God, a servant of the Lord, a wife to a patient husband, and a mama of two forgiving boys. God has placed these three men in my life needfully so. I thank Him for them everyday. And like so many of the Lord’s children, I am a work-of-glory-in-progress. I am on a journey to reclaim and renew my life in Christ. It took me 34 years to learn that when nothing else works, God does!

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