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Genesis 29:1-30 Double Wedding

The start of a not so happy relationship.

Jacob reaches his kinsmen after his long journey and finds exactly the bride he was seeking. But instead of one bride he ends up with two.

When Jacob finally arrives in the area of his relatives he happens upon a group of shepherds. This was his profession while at home. He is intimately familiar with the demands of this job. These shepherds had their sheep lying down in groups waiting for water.

Before doing anything else, Jacob established where these shepherds were from and if his uncle was doing well. He had to make sure he had come to the right place. He didn’t have GPS and he had never visited this part of the world before. Read more »

Genesis 12:1-9 Moving On

I wonder what “names” are pointed out here. There may be some cracks but as long as you stay wrapped around the heart, you are in His hands.

We follow Abram, Sarai and Lot into Canaan today. From this “pared down family” God would build for Himself a new family. They are following God’s call.

Imagine waking up one day and God speaking a promise to you like He did to Abram. It has been eleven generations since we have seen such a might promise of God. This doesn’t mean God hasn’t made other promises to other people or even some smaller promises, but this one is BIG and He wants us to pay attention to it.

I just received a vision of a plant growing and being pruned back over and over again to create an even more magnificent and healthier plant. Adam was the first growth. From him spread out MANY branches. As the tree grew the parts closest to the “heart” of the tree remained strong and true to the original tree. Branches further out became “wild” and stopped bearing good fruit. This tree was then pruned back HARD and only the trunk remained. This was the time of Noah. When the tree began to grow again this process was repeated. The second pruning wasn’t as severe as the first in terms of “branches burned”
but it took our tree back down to the healthy trunk again. Read more »

Genesis 8:20-9:17 Thanks giving

Thank You Lord for ALL You have done! And ALL You have planned for our future.

The flood is over. Dry land is once again available to man and beast. Noah and company have a LOT to be thankful for. God had new marching orders for the family too.

Noah learned to honor God from a young age. He knew about giving offerings to God. He knew how to build and altar and that was his first task after coming out of the ark. I’m not sure if the offering came before getting all the animals off the ark or after. It could go either way for me. If it was after, he would have needed to hold a few of the “clean birds” and “clean animals” back for his sacrifice. He certainly wouldn’t want to have to chase them down. If he did it before letting them off, they might have smelled death on him and been difficult to control. The animals were not afraid of humans until this point, although sacrifices had been taking place for over 1,600 years. Read more »

Genesis 8:1-19 Land Ho!

Praise God for His hand of protection and the dry land.

Our water weary family has been checking the window for months. “Is it time yet?” No. Wait for it… All in God’s perfect time.

My favorite line in our reading is this: “But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark” (verse 1). He didn’t just set them afloat and let them figure it out from there. He took the time to dry the earth, let new growth happen, and settle everything back in place for them; THEN He called them out of the ark. Let’s look back in on our family as they wait for God’s call.

The rain has stopped but looking out the window hasn’t brought joy to Shem’s wife. She asks Noah every day to open the window so she can track the progress, but he knows that doing so would only make her spirits sink lower. He reminds her that she must have patience. She long for the feel of earth between her toes. “When will this water ever dry up?” Noah opens the window once a week to give her some encouragement. But it is hard to see any change without visible landmarks to judge change by. Read more »

Genesis 7:1-24 All Aboard

“It’s time! All aboard!” God tells Noah. “You have seven days until the rain falls. Use it wisely.”

It has been decades in the making and preparations. Now it’s time to load the ark with the animals, provisions and people.

Noah had undertaken this task from God not knowing on what day the rain would come. He didn’t know if he should be rushing trying to finish this task or leisurely taking his time. I believe he worked steady at it throughout all the years. His wife also worked steadily at preparing the food that they were to take. His sons helped him on the building project and their wives helped Mrs. Noah on food preparation and storage. The eight of them made an awesome team! Read more »