Daily Word Buddies – January 3 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 3 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Genesis 7-9

Noah and the Flood {continued} – 7 and 8
God told Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.” Then He told Noah to take 7 pairs {male + female} of every kind of clean animal and bird, as well as, one pair {male + female} of every kind of unclean animal to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. God said, “Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.” {I noticed 2 things here: #1: ‘7 days from now,’ there is not a clear timeline for how long it took Noah to build the ark but it appears that God gave him 7 days to prep and receive the animals, that could have been a final countdown too (see Genesis 6:19-20) but in any event – whew, what a task! #2: God said ‘every living creature I have made.’ which shows again His responsibility in all of creation. Nothing is made apart from Him} Noah did all that God commanded him. {obedience} Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth, he and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. {future parents of the entire world} Pairs {male + female} of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, came to Noah and entered the ark, {see Genesis 7:2-3, now we know he didn’t go out wrangling animals but God sent them to Noah at the ark} as God had commanded Noah. And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth. {see Genesis 7:4} On the 2nd month, 17th day (Noah was 600 years old) all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened, rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. {Genesis 7:11-16 recaps Genesis 7:6-10} Noah and is whole family {his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, his wife and the wives of his three sons} entered the ark with male and female of very kind of wild animal, every kind of livestock, every kind of creature that moves along the ground, and every kind of bird, everything with wings. Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.{I love this line, it shows God’s provision and protection over the ark} For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, the waters increased and lifted the ark high above the earth. {Imagine what sounds and turmoil came from outside the ark. Imagine what they must have felt. Imagine what the suffering ones outside the ark felt, it makes me cry. They were on the outside of salvation because of the choices they made, because of the evil in their heart, Lord don’t let that be us} The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. {23 feet} Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. {what a sad, sad day} Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. {I’m not sure if I’d be rejoicing or mourning – probably both! Praising God for His goodness and salvation and then mourning the greatest loss of life} The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days. But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. {what a testament to God’s faithfulness and love for us} The flood and the rain had stopped. The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the 7th month, 17th day the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. {where are these today, were they renamed?} The waters continued to recede until the 10th month, 1st day the tops of the mountains became visible. {3 mths more} After forty days {a recurring number in the Bible} Noah opened a window {I wonder what it was made from and if they had seen through it during the flood} he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. He waited {patience} seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! {Like Enoch, I feel a connection to the olive tree…hmmm?? I must look into this more} Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him. By the 1st day of the 1st month (Noah was 601 years old), {He had a birthday during the flood, I imagine others in the ark did too. I wonder when it was and how or if they celebrate such things} the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark {what was the covering made from} and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. By the 27th day of the 2nd month the earth was completely dry. God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.” {God guided and instructed him. Noah waited obediently for God’s go ahead.} So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another. {imagine how different the world must have  looked} Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. {I love that his 1st act on dry land is to build an altar, sacrifice and worship God. May we also offer Him worship before all else.} The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, {God loves us and is pleased by our pure worship of Him} even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. {I never thought about this before but our sin is with us from birth, we’re tainted by it when we come into the world (Romans 3:23), it’s not something we can fix ourselves only Jesus can (Ephesians 2:8-9)} never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” {God reestablished the times and seasons}
God’s Covenant With Noah – 9:1-17
Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. {and the carnivores were born lol! After rereading Genesis 1:29, I assume we were originally herbivores} “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being. {My NASB study Bible says, this was a captial punishment for every animal or person who took a human life unlawfully} “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed, {Jesus quoted this also (Matthew 26:52)} for in the image of God has God made mankind. As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” {like God told Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:28} Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” {we can trust God’s Word and covenant promises} And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, {the rainbow is a sign of hope for us all!} and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth {God controls EVERYTHING, even the clouds} and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” {help us to do the same Lord} So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
The Sons of Noah – 9:18-29
18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth. {future parents of post-flood earth} Noah, being a man of the soil, planted a vineyard. He drank some of its wine, and became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. {tried to shame his father} But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked. {this did wjat was noble, right and true} When Noah awoke from his wine and found out {how’d he know, who told him?} what his youngest son had done to him, he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.” He also said, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! {the God of me too} May Canaan be the slave of Shem. May God extend Japheth’s territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.” {that’s some serious cursing business Noah declared over Ham} After the flood Noah lived 350 years. Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died. {he lived a long life, he got to see the world changed – destroyed and renewed!}

Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 3

John the Baptist Prepares the Way – 3:1-11
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 40:3): “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. {honey yes, locusts no way} People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. {big crowds} Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. {Beautiful!} But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. {John openly rebuked the false behavior of the Jewish leaders and teachers of the Law} “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes One {Jesus} who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear his threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” {Jesus the Messiah}
The Baptism of Jesus -3:13-17
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” {We’d be the same way saying, “No way Lord, who am I but your servant? I need You to baptize me!”} Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. {God’s Way always prevails} As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” {oh, yes Lord! Beautiful Savior! I am so glad we get to read these words!Thank You for Your provision!}

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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 again! I didn’t want to repeat yesterday’s lengthy post but the content of these chapters is so good. Yet again, I was compelled to share it all and as you can tell, it’s too long! But I am not going to let that overshadow the joy I feel for getting this post I uploaded before dinnertime – success – thank You Jesus! Yesterday was a long, long day but thank God today is better. God-Willing, I’ll be able to post by 6PM CST everyday!

P.S. – I am still looking for format imput from you guys too, so please do tell!

> What do you want to see?
> Do I need to recap the entire reading?
> How about only my notes (everything written in the {brackets}) but add corresponding verse numbers?
> What’s helpful and what’s not?

I’d love to hear from you, please share your opinions!
             
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I hope you enjoyed day 3:) 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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2 comments on “Daily Word Buddies – January 3 2015 – #DWB2015
  1. The Baptism of Christ is such a humbling and awesome passage. God certainly had no sins to be cleansed of, but He still showed us the way to begin anew through Baptism. That is so humbling to me! And I love the image of the Trinity revealed through Christ the Son, the Holy Spirit as the dove, and God the Father. It’s amazing and awesome beyond out comprehension how One God can be present in Three Persons. God Bless!

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