Daily Word Buddies – January 4 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 4 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Genesis 10-12

The Table of Nations -10:1-32
The account of Shem, Ham and Japheth (Noah’s sons) and their sons after the flood.
The Japhethites – the sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, 
Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshek and Tiras.The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath and Togarmah. The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, the Kittites and the Rodanites. From these the maritime {boatman, sailor, seafarer, mariner} peoples spread out into their territories by their clans within their nations, each with its own language.
The Hamites- the sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put and Canaan. The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabteka.The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.” {I grew up thinking a ‘nimrod’ was a nitwit, oh Lord, thank You for revealing the lies we believe) The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, {I didn’t realize this} Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar. From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh {Jonah}, Rehoboth Ir, Calah and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah—which is the great city. Egypt was the father of the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites, Pathrusites, Kasluhites (from whom the Philistines came) {I didn’t realize this either, it’s cool that cities were named after them} and Caphtorites. Canaan was the father of Sidon his firstborn, and of the Hittites, Jebusites,  Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites and Hamathites. Later the Canaanite clans scattered and the borders of Canaan reached from Sidon toward Gerar as far as Gaza, and then toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyim, as far as Lasha. These are the sons of Ham by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.
The Semites – {word etymology is awesome! I had no idea this word meant sons of Shem} sons of Shem: (sons were also born to Shem, whose older brother was Japheth; Shem was the ancestor of all the sons of Eber.) Elam, Ashur, Arphaxad, Lud and Aram.The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether and Meshek. Arphaxad was the father of Shelah, and Shelah the father of Eber. Two sons were born to Eber: one was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan. Joktan was the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah and Jobab. All these were sons of Joktan.The region where they lived stretched from Mesha toward Sephar, in the eastern hill country.These are the sons of Shem by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.
These are the clans of Noah’s sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood.
The Tower of Babel – 11:1-9
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. {can you imagine a world with one tongue? language barriers make it super hard to communicate} As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. {ingenuity, masonry} Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” {we’re not supposed to worry and we should be especially careful of our thoughts} But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. {God came down, from Heaven, to see what they were doing. God not only paid attention but He also showed up!} The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. {reread that one more time! planned, intentional unity makes all things possible, unity magnifies and solidifies. This is still availble to us today with Jesus (Philippians 4:13)} Come, let us {us – Father, Son, Holy Spirit?} go down {again he came down} and confuse {He is not a God of confusion} their language so they will not understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. {exactly what they didn’t want, what they tried to avoid is what happened – watch our thought life}  That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord
confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
From Shem to Abram – 11:10- 26
This is the account of Shem’s family line. Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father of Arphaxad. And after he became the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters. {what happened to the 120 year limit from Genesis 6:3?} When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah. And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters. When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber. And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.
When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg. And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters. When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu. And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters. When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug. And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters. When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor. And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters. When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters. {closer to 120 year life limit set by God} After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
Abram’s Family – 11:27-32
This is the account of Terah’s family line. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; she was the daughter of Haran, {his neice?} the father of both Milkah and Iskah. Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive. Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there. Terah
lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.
The Call of Abram – 12:1-9
The Lord had said to Abram {God spoke to and guided Abram}, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; {obedience} Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared {showed up again} to Abram and said, “To your offspring[s] I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. {1st things 1st, he worshipped like Noah did} From there he went on toward the hills east of Betheland pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord  and called on the name of the Lord. {he worshipped again} Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
Abram in Egypt -12:10-20
Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.” {human lies and manipulation, but God is bigger than our failures and weaknesses} When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels. {it happened as Abram said/thought, like the Tower of Babel builders – worrying is bad, we try to work out our own plans but God is always in control}
But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. {this seems unfair and Pharaoh doesn’t know she is married but God is just, she is married and what’s going on is wrong} So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? {how did he learn this? did someone tell him? God perhaps?} Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” {nothing can thwart God’s Will} Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had. {Although, Abram messed up and did wrong, God fixed it and still provided generously for him}

Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 4

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness – 4:1-11
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted {or tested} by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. {the tempter came when he thought Jesus was at his weakest. So how does this apply to our lives today? We should assume he is trying to do the same type of things to us. The enemy actively seeks weak spots in our armor. We must be on guard} The tempter {satan} came to Him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” {sorry, enemy, the old triple-dog-dare won’t work on Jesus. 1st test: food, fleshly need/desire } Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”{Deut. 8:3} Then the devil took Him to the Holy City and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command His angels concerning You, and they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’” {2nd test: power/authority. Satan showed he too knows Scripture by quoting Psalm 91:11,12. How does that make you feel? Do you think it’s possible that satan knows and more fully understands Scripture better than we do? If so, he would effectively know how to twist and distort it against us, right?! How does that effect us?} Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” {Deut. 6:16} Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give You,” he said, “if You will bow down and worship me.” {3rd test: idolatry/false worship. Satan is not God} Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’” {Deut. 6:13} Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him.
Jesus Begins to Preach – 4:12-17
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, He went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—  to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” {Isaiah 9:1,2} From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” {like John the Baptist (Matthew 3:2)}
Jesus Calls His First Disciples – 4:18-22
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” {imagine this invitation? Wow!} At once {immediate obedience and submission to His Will} they left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him. {immediate obedience like Peter and Andrew}
Jesus Heals the Sick – 5:23-25
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news {good news it is indeed} of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about Him spread all over Syria, and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and He healed them. Large crowds {can you picture this?} from Galilee, the Decapolis, {the Ten Cities} Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed Him. {Huge crowds followed Him but were they fans or followers? it is one thing to go along with the crowd but quite another to actually follow Jesus}

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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 a SUPER long three-peat! I decided to copy and past the reading, then go through and add my comments – it was easier for me than paraphrasing the entire thing. This post will be uploaded within 30 minutes after my 6PM CST goal but that’s okay. I still consider it a success – thank You Jesus!

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 4:) 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 4 2015 – #DWB2015
  1. I am always struck by the temptation of Jesus in the desert. It reminds me just how very human Jesus was. And also reminds me that if even my Lord was tempted by the devil, I am certainly not immune to temptation and always need to be alert to resist it. God Bless!

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    • Amen!

      God, help us to quickly recognize the deceiving work, temptations, and traps set by Satan to trap us. Help us submit to You, resist the enemy, and recall Your Holy Words for guidance in everything. In Jesus name we pray.

      God bless you!

      Jennifer

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