A Fate Worse Than Death? Genesis 4 part 2

The punishment of living without repentance is not death, it’s not a beating—often it is simply seeing the pain that was caused and losing the ability to walk with God. Many who have walked with God have selfishly struck out on their own either because God did not act how they wanted him to or just not as quickly as they wanted him to.  Then, when the sin bears out and the damage is done, the greatest pain is bearing under the weight of the irreversible result.  God could have killed Cain, but rather than that, he simply made him live with his choice.

When we fail God, we need to repent and turn. Like David and Samson, when we repent, God forgives and restores.  He may not remove the consequence, but he will restore fellowship and walk with his kids through the mess they make. I John 1:9 says—if we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us of the unrighteousness.  We all sin. We simply need to be humble and submit.  God has always and will always support us in that.  Help me Lord, to follow closely and remain faithful!

God Bless You

10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth. ” 13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over. ” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

Brother’s Keeper–Genesis 4 part 1

It seems often the case, the innocent pay a price for our sin.  Abel simply worshipped God and took care of his business.  Cain was jealous and frustrated with his issue with God—So, he killed Abel.  Then, even though God saw it all, Cain refused to take responsibility.  What a shame, sin is a devastating thing.

Nothing has changed. Sin has such deep impact.  Sinners still do not wish to take responsibility. Innocent  folks are hurt and God is saddened.  The key is to submit to his leadership and focus on walking with him.  When we sin, repent and take responsibility.  God is not fooled or mocked.  Help me Lord to walk in your path.

God Bless You

Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. ”

8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know, ” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

A Better Way–Genesis 3 final

Does God Love us? absolutely! Will he simply ignore the sin in our lives? Absolutely—NOT! It was a terrible thing to have to change the relationship between God and man.  It was a sad thing to remove them from the Garden.  The wages of their sin were severe and painful.

It is amazing that the desire for knowledge outshined the desire for life.  Had they eaten from the tree of life, they would have been immortal—truly like God, instead they chose knowledge and received death and separation from our Lord.  God was also sad that their choice precluded his desire.  Had they eaten from the tree of life, that would have been awesome—but, in their fallen state, to do so would have given God no opportunity to restore what had been destroyed.

God had a better plan—Jesus. He made away to restore our relationship with God and restore life without the stain of sin.  All we have to do is accept that life he offers.  Help me Lord to submit to you and enjoy the life you offer—

God Bless You!

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you. ”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”

20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

What, Me Naked?–Genesis 3 part 2

When we sin, we want to hide, cover up and shift blame.  When we sin…it’s our choice, our fault and our consequence to bear. There is no use in trying to hide it or cover it up.  There is no use in trying to make excuse or shift blame.  We will ultimately be found out, we will ultimately have to repent and make things right.

God continually looks at the attitude of our heart.  Sin is most often merely the manifestation of a heart that seeks independence and control, and when we sin and things seem to be going out of control—we want to put distance between us and the mess we have made.  Sadly, it does not happen.  God won’t allow it—just like Adam and Eve, we have the opportunity to admit, own and repent of the acts and attitudes that separate us from God.  We have to seek to repent and make things right.  Help me Lord, to be ready to repent and face my actions.

God Bless You

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking   in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid   from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid  because I was naked;  so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked?  Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? ”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me —she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me,  and I ate.”

 

Stinkin’ Serpant-Genesis 3 part 1

He still is the most crafty critter on earth.  Our enemy the devil is always seeking ways to hurt God and destroy us.  His tactics are mainly simple and haven’t changed much since the dawn of time.  The only crazy thing is—we still fall for all the tricks.  I used to shake my fist at Adam and Eve, but as I get older and realize how easy it is to fall for the tricks, I have simply become sad that we cannot discern the truth from lie and submit to God’s leadership.

Satan is called the enemy because he is!!!  He will not show mercy, give grace or allow do overs. He will convince us to sin, plague us with guilt and accuse us before God!  Laughing the entire time.  He will never be anything but our worst enemy—We are God’s and God is truly his worst enemy!  Flee, Resist and submit to the our savior. He is our best defense to resist the enemy.  Help me, Lord to recognise the enemies tricks and resist him and follow you.

God Bless You

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? ”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

WO…Man, Genesis 2 part 2

What a great gift God Gave us in women.  I am fortunate to be married to the most hard working and industrious woman.  She has battled much in the twenty years we have been together.  This years adventures have been especially challenging and has taken its toll on all of us.  Still, my wife works to make sure our daughter has a great wedding, we find a suitable home, we have a suitable life and we remain a family that Loves the Lord.  Clearly, in my house, it would not be good for man to be alone.

God’s intent was that we work as one as a couple, as parents and as his chosen.  When we do, there is a sense of who God really is.  That is the most fun thing about being around Godly couples.  When you leave, it is as if you caught a glimpse of heaven.  My life goal is to be that couple.  With God’s help, we can be a model of what he calls us to be.

Thanks Jesus for my wife—Please bless her in a special way, today!

God Bless You

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam[f] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[g] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[h] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man. ”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

Man O Man Genesis 2 part 1

The question of the day, did God create the earth for man, or man to till the earth.  The answer seems to be that God created earth for man’s enjoyment.  What an amazing place it must have been.  I picture beautiful flowers, trees, animals and fruit.  As the man walked through the garden naming the things that he found it was probably a delight to the Lord.  The fact that at the center of the Garden was the tree of Life and the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil is also amazing.  Clearly from the beginning, the man had a choice—Priority—Do I want to live or do I want to have control.  We still get that choice each day.  When we walk with God, we submit to his direction and enjoy life.  As we try to pull away from God, we often think we are gaining knowledge, control and independence, but what we really experience is loss of freedom and life.  God desires that we simply trust his leadership and follow him.  He then can bless us and allow us to be free.

God Bless You

4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. 5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. 8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Even God Took a Break–Genesis 2 part 1

God took a break.  What a novel idea.  As people we need to set aside time to balance our lives.  The need to set aside time for the Lord is overwhelming.  When we try to blow through life without making time for him, we quickly find that we are less productive, more behind and absolutely overwhelmed.  Amazingly, when we keep the balance, we not only achieve more and accomplish more, but we do so with a peace that passes all understanding.  It is an attitude issue that acknowledges our inability to control our circumstances and our need to surrender to God’s leadership.  One outstanding way to do that is to simply stop and worship him.  God will always honor our obedience and he will always bless the time we have, if we allocate the 1st fruits to him.  Help me, Lord, to honor you with my life and allocate a portion to you.

God Bless You

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. 2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

The Wild Kingdom–Genesis 1 final

Then God did animals—he started with fish and birds, then he moved to land creatures and finally man.  The amount of creativity and care that was used to balance all of the animal kingdom must have been spectacular.  I love the cycles of life and the balance of nature. 

I also love God’s sense of Irony.  The mosquito being the most prolific killer and Blue whale one of the most gentle creatures on earth.  I also love God’s imprint on  every aspect of creation.  At the end of Day 6, he had completed a masterpiece from the microscopic to the universal.

If we ever wonder how great God is, we need look no farther than creation to remind us of his power, style and sense of amazing.  Help me Lord, to always stand humbly in your presence and in the beauty of your creation.

God Bless You

 20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”

23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.

24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. 25 God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

27 So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.

31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!

And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.

Highlights About the Skylights-Genesis 1 (cont’d)

God is an amazing artist, but as profound is the beauty of his work—so practical is the specifics of his plan. The sun, moon and stars are a prime example. Each amazingly beautiful in their own right. But the world operates because of the intricacy of their positioning. Tides, seasons, navigation and even prophecy have rested in the sky. God left nothing to chance. More amazing is the fact that after the sun the next closest star is trillions of miles away. Not a quick days journey. With that said, we enjoy the warmth of the sun, the light of the moon and the absolute astonishing beauty of the stars.

We need to remain in awe because while he spoke all this into being, he takes out time for you on a daily basis. You and I are so special to him, that he created and documented so much into the sky to assure we know he is there and he cares. Help me Lord to look up and remember you did this and I need to accept it for the practical masterpiece it is!

 God Bless You

 

14 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. 15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. 16 God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.