Genesis 5:1-32

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This is the written account of Adam’s family line.

When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind”[a] when they were created.

When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.

When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father[b] of Enosh. After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died.

When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan. 10 After he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 11 Altogether, Enosh lived a total of 905 years, and then he died.

12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. 13 After he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 Altogether, Kenan lived a total of 910 years, and then he died.

15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. 16 After he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Altogether, Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, and then he died.

18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 19 After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died.

21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years.24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.

28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah[c] and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.” 30 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Altogether, Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and then he died.

32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.  Genesis 5:1-32

In Chapter 5 of Genesis we are given the continued line of Adam which would also be the line that would lead to the birth of Jesus Christ.  Everything placed in God’s word is importance and has been put their for a specific reason.

God has an appointed time when people will live and when they will die.  Each of those listed in chapter five had an appointed time in which they would walk upon the earth.  Couple of important take aways are how long the people lived upon the earth before the flood that came during the day of Noah.

Many of them lived almost for one thousand years and we can see that living that long upon the earth would cause the earth to be filled with people.  Even though during these genealogies it pointed to the person who would be born by the person listed.  It is important to realize that wasn’t the only descendant created by that person.

They had other sons and daughters and we see this in Adam alone that after Adam had Seth that he continued to have other sons and daughters.  Another important dynamic this created was that the truth of what happened during the fall of Adam and Eve was passed down from generation to generation.  Because of how long Adam lived he would have the opportunity to share first hand knowledge of what the garden was like and what happened during the fall.

Another important part of this genealogy is the mention of Enoch.  Enoch was the seventh from Adam and his place in this genealogy is not by mistake or chance.  The number seven in the bible stands for fullness or completion.  Enoch faithfully walked with the Lord and we know from Jude 14-16 that Enoch was a preacher of righteousness who spoke for the Lord.  Beside Elijah, Enoch was the only other man in the word of God who never tasted death but was taken home by the Lord.

But through each generation the hand of God guided those who were born on the earth so that one day Jesus Christ would be born.  It is also interesting the most of those listed had children born to them around 100 years old but Noah did not have children until he was 500 years old.  Noah would be God’s man for the hour.  He would be chosen by the Lord simply because he was a faithful man of God who simply was willing to be used by the Lord.  Even though many would call Noah a fool for building the ark, his faithfulness made it possible for the human race to continue and one day for Jesus to be born upon the earth.

Often times in scripture when we see a genealogy listed we will quickly gloss over the names listed.  But in every genealogy listed the Lord demonstrates His faithfulness, grace, and power.  It is by the grace and power of God that the plans and purposes of God are fulfilled upon the earth.  No matter how hard the enemy tries he will never be able to stop or hinder the plans and purposes of the Lord.  May we be diligent students of God’s word and be willing to study the whole council of God’s word.

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Genesis 4:1-26

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

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

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 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.”

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

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

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

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[e]; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeanceseven 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,[f] east of Eden.

17 Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.

19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes. 22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of[g] bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.

23 Lamech said to his wives,

“Adah and Zillah, listen to me;
    wives of Lamech, hear my words.
I have killed a man for wounding me,
    a young man for injuring me.
24 If Cain is avenged seven times,
    then Lamech seventy-seven times.”

25 Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth,[h] saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.

At that time people began to call on[i] the name of the Lord.  Genesis 4:1-26

In Genesis chapter four we have the account of Cain and Able.  Cain worked in the fields and Able took care of the sheep.  Both men brought a sacrifice to the Lord and it was Able’s sacrifice that was received and Cain’s who was rejected.  The question is why was Cain sacrifice rejected.

We understand from Hebrews 11:4 that Able’s sacrifice was accepted because Able brought his sacrifice accompanied with faith.  God always examines the human heart and when He examined the hearts of both Able and Cain, He found that Able’s heart was right before them.

We also see the condition of Cain’s heart that when his sacrifice was rejected the way he responded was not to bring a better sacrifice, but instead was to turn on his brother and kill him.  The Lord even warned Cain about the sin at work in his heart and Cain rejected the word of the Lord.

Cain ended up killing his brother and was required to wander by the Lord.  A mark was placed upon Cain to signify to all that they were not to touch his life.  Cain continued to have other sons and daughters and we are given information for the line of Cain.

But the Lord is faithful and in the missing place of Able the Lord once again blessed Adam and Eve with another son and he was given the name Seth.  The name Seth means appointed and it was through the line of Seth that Abraham would eventually come and through that same line that Jesus Christ Himself would be born upon the earth.

God’s will is sovereign and no matter how much Satan tries to stop or corrupt the plans of God, the Lord will always have His way.  The Lord knows every tactic of the enemy and will always turn what Satan has meant for wickedness around for God’s goodness and His glory.

It was after Seth was born that people began to call upon the name of the Lord.  On the earth the Lord always has a remnant of people who draw near to Him and call upon His name.  Jesus said narrow is the road that leads to life and few will find it.  On a daily basis we are surrounded by people who are lost and bound in sin.  May we be a light and a beacon in this hour and share our faith as we have opportunity.  God on a daily basis is fulfilling His plans and purposes and the time of the return of Jesus is coming very soon.

Genesis 3:1-24

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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’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,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.’”

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

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. 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.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walkingin the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 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.”

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[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] 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[c] named his wife Eve,[d] 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[e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.  Genesis 3:1-24

When the Lord created Adam and Eve, He created them and told them they could eat from any tree in the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Once God gave them His command, Satan found how he would deceive Adam and Eve.  But God was not surprised by the deception of Satan and God was not surprised by the fall of man.

When Adam and Eve at of the tree of knowledge of good and evil their eyes were open to the fact that they were indeed naked.  They sowed figs together to cover themselves and hid from the Lord when they heard the Lord walking in the garden.  The intimacy they had with God before they sinned was gone.  They were now separated from God because sin had entered their lives because they disobeyed the command of the Lord not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

When Satan first speaks to Eve the thing he begins with is challenging what God has told Adam and Eve.  Satan’s question is ” did God really say that you should not eat from any tree in the garden”.  Whenever Satan is going to tempt us he is always going to attack and distort the word of God.  God told Adam and Eve that if they ate from the tree that they would surely die.  But Satan challenges the word of God and says to Eve that the only reason God told you not to eat of the tree is because you would become just like Him.

Satan is the father of lies and every word that proceeds from his mouth is a lie.  God has given us His word and His word is truth.  The way we attack and destroy the lies of the enemy is with the truth of God’s word.  That is why the word of God is known as the sword of the Spirit.  It is with the word of God that every lie, deception, and stronghold of Satan is demolished.

Adam and Eve when they partook of the fruit of the tree died spiritually and were removed from the garden of Eden.  When Adam was confronted about his sin he blamed his actions on Eve.  When Eve was confronted with her sin she blamed it on the serpent.  All of us are accountable for our actions.  Even though Satan may tempt us to sin and deceive us, we are reasonable for the choices that we make.  There is nothing that Satan can ever force us to do.  But just like the piece of fruit from the tree it was appealing to the eye.  When Satan presents sin to our lives it is very appealing to the eye, but carries with it a sentence of destruction.

Satan’s only desire is to kill, steal, and destroy.  When Satan was created he was originally named Lucifer and was created perfect and had incredible beauty.  This can be found in both Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28.  But Satan in his pride rebelled against God and deceived a third of the angels to follow him in his rebellion.  This is why he is the father of lies.  He has been a liar from the beginning and today his lies and deceptions fill the world leading many to destruction.

What we can learn from Adam and Eve is the importance of walking in obedience to the word of God.  Under the new covenant found in Christ we are called to walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  The enemy will continually present things to use that will be appealing to the eye, but we must remember that if we begin to indulge in sin that it is incredibly deceptive and will only result in destruction.

The greatest way that we will guard our hearts is developing deep intimacy with Christ.  The relationship that was lost in the Garden of Eden was restored at Calvary.  Through Christ we can walk in deep intimacy with God on a daily basis.  This is our greatest defense against the lies and deceptions of Satan.

God created Adam and Eve perfect and He created them with freewill.  Some will ask that if God knew Adam and Eve would sin why even create them.  But before God ever created Adam and Eve the plan of salvation was established because it was God’s plan from the beginning that Jesus the Son of God would be the center of everything.  That He would be the ultimate King and because of our love for Him for what He did for us that we would give Him our lives by choice.

God could have created humanity and required humanity to serve Him, but what would be missing is love.  God is love and without choice and freewill, love cannot exist.  But even when Adam and Eve sinned the Lord gave them skins to wear.  These skins would have come from animals and it required that the blood of an animal be shed so that Adam and Eve would have their needs met.

Life is found in the blood and because Adam and Eve sinned blood had to be shed so they could be covered in skins.  When it speaks of skins it speaks of animal hides.  Even though they were removed from the Garden God did not abandon them.  They had to be removed because of sin and they could no longer eat of the tree of life.  But God in His grace, love, and mercy has not left the human race to simply die in their sins.  He gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be free and spend all eternity with Him.  Through Jesus Christ anyone can be saved.  By simply placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ our sins are forgiven and we are born again.

 

Genesis 2:4-25 commentary

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This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[a] 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, but streams[b] came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed a man[c] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 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.

10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[d] and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.[e] 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

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.  Genesis 2:4-25

Man was created from the dust of the ground.  It was the Lord God who breathed into Adam and gave him life.  God alone is the creator of all things and has created man in His image.  When man looks at creation he must come to a conclusion.  He either believes that indeed all that he sees is created and has a creator.  Or man believes that this some how came by accident or chance.  But when you examine to complexity of life and creation it is pure foolishness to reject the existence of God and He alone being the creator of all things.

God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden and in that garden the Lord placed many different trees that were pleasing to the eye.  In the middle of the garden God placed the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  God has to give man a choice because He gave man freewill.  Love cannot exist without choice and freewill.  It was not God’s desire that man would be forced to love God, but to choose to love God.  This is why what Jesus did at Calvary was incredible.  He chose to lay down His life because of His love for us.  Even though we rejected Him, because of His love for us He chose to die for us.

The Lord placed a river in the garden of Eden that would water the garden.  This river would break off into four head rivers that would water the land.  These four rivers can be seen today if you go onto any map and look at their location in the middle east.

The Lord placed man in the garden and had him steward and take care of the garden.  God told Adam he could eat of any tree except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  God was very clear that if Adam ate of this tree that he would surely die.  God was very clear with Adam and in giving Adam choice and freewill, Adam had the ability to obey or rebel.  The choice still stands for each person on the earth.  Every person has a freewill to choose God and His ways or to live in rebellion and seek after the ways of the world.

It is incredible that in the garden of Eden Adam was told that he could eat of all trees except one.  Today we who are on the earth are told by Jesus that there is only one way to Heaven and that is through Him alone.  Jesus said that broad is the road that leads to destruction and many will walk on it.  But narrow is the road that leads to life and few will find it.

God sees Adam in the garden and sees that it is not good for Adam to be alone.  God has created us to live in relationship.  Not only with God but with others.  God began by creating animals and birds from the ground and they were brought to Adam to be named by Adam.  When God created Adam, He created him with authority over all creation because Adam was created in the image of God.  But when Adam sinned he lost their authority he had when he was deceived by Satan.

God saw that all the animals and the birds were not suitable companions for Adam.  For the animals and the birds were not created in the image of God.  So God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep and from Adam’s rib God created woman.  She was brought to Adam by God and Adam named her woman because she was taken from part of Adam.  It is important to see that number one Adam named woman showing that Adam still had ultimate authority.  The other thing that is important is the word woman.  We live in a culture that desires to empty culture of all masculinity and rid our vocabulary of the word man.  But this attack of our culture on masculinity today is simply demonic in nature and the whole strategy of political correctness is a demonic strategy to paralyze and silence people.  We need to know God’s word and understand the power of words.

The Lord sets the president for marriage when the Lord states that a man shall leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and become one flesh.  God’s created order is that man would marry woman and they would become one.  The culture and world we live in which is based upon the lies and deceptions of Satan has tried to distort God’s design and definition of marriage.  But God’s design for marriage is between a man and woman.

Before sin entered the human race Adam and Eve felt no shame.  Even though both were naked they didn’t understand they were naked.  For they were created perfect without any blemish.  It wasn’t until Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil that they understood they were naked.  It wasn’t until sin entered the human race that shame entered the human race.

Genesis 2:1-3

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 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.  Genesis 2:1-3

Did God need to rest?  The answer is no.  God is all powerful and the concept of God being tired or exhausted from His work is ridiculous.  He is all powerful and has no limit to His power.  Therefore the feeling of exhaustion or being tired does not apply to an all powerful God.

God rested on the seventh day to create a spiritual principle by which we must live our lives.  God knew when He created Adam and Eve that they would sin.  The plan of salvation was put into place long before Adam and Eve were ever created.  Both God the Father and Jesus understood that if man was created in God’s image and was given freewill, that man would choose to reject God and His ways.

God knew that man would sin and therefore when sin entered the human race that death would enter the human race.  Our bodies every day are breaking down and because of this we require proper rest to be able to perform at maximum capacity.

The Sabbath under the law was observed on the seventh day.  The Jews were called to observe the Sabbath and were to take part in no work.  Under the New Covenant we no longer are bound by the law.  The observance of the Sabbath is not a requirement, but it is spiritual principle that should be applied to our lives.

As believers in Jesus Christ we observe the first day of the week in which we get together and honor the Lord as one.  We do this because it was on Sunday that Jesus rose from the dead.  We honor Sunday as the Lord’s day because it was the day that He was resurrected.

It is also important as believers that we understand the importance of rest.  Many times our lives can become overloaded with activity.  It is very easy to get lost in all the hustle and bustle.  But if we are truly seeking the Lord each day He will bring balance to our lives.

Many in ministry have become burned out because instead of seeking the Lord they have become focused on doing ministry.  Ministry should never be the focus, our focus must always be in seeking the Lord.  The Holy Spirit will give us wisdom and guidance for all things.  The Holy Spirit will tell us when to move forward and the Holy Spirit will tell us when to rest.

But it is important for us to dedicate time each day to the Lord.  It is also important for us to dedicate time each week to come together with our fellow brothers and sisters in the body of Christ.  We are not called to live in isolation with the Lord.  We are part of a greater body and when the body of Christ comes together the gifts of the Holy Spirit are in operation.

Let us honor the Lord each day and each week.  May we set aside time to seek His face and may we stay balanced in our lives between work and rest.  Anything in life can become an idol and that includes work and activity.  In our face paced culture it is easy to become enslaved to activity, but may we have eyes to see and hearts to understand.  May our heart desire be to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.

Genesis 1:1-31

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds:the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.  Genesis 1:1-31

When God created all things He created them good and did it with order.  There was a sequence of how God created all things.  God created the Heavens and the earth.  When the earth was dark and void the Spirit of God was hovering over the earth.

All three persons of the God head were involved in creation.  It was through Christ all things were created.  God spoke into the darkness and said “let there be light”and there was light.  He does the same things in our lives before we come to Him.  Before we come to Christ our lives are filled with darkness and they are void.  But when we accept Christ the Spirit of the Lord comes in and brings forth light.

But as we see how God systematically created all things we see how His character and nature is reflected in creation.  When we view the beauty of creation we see the glory of who God is.  Creation itself is magnificent and seems as if it is without limit.  When we look at the character and nature of God we see how great God is and we know that He is without end.

God has created man in His image.  When Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden the relationship man had with God was broken, but Christ has come to redeem that relationship.  Through Christ we have authority because of what Jesus has accomplished at Calvary and it is through us that God accomplishes His will upon the earth.

God had a due time for each step of creation in the matter of six days all things were created.  People have many different theories about how creation took place, but when we examine the truth of scripture we see that it was six 24 hour days that God created all things and on the seventh day God rested.

The way God created all things is the same way He accomplishes things in our own lives.  He has a designated and sovereign time when His will is carried out in our lives.  He has a due time when each door will open and when other doors will close.  The most difficult time we can have in our relationship with God is waiting on the Lord for His timing and His will.

Many will hold to the theory of evolution.  But when we examine the truth of scripture we see that the theory of evolution is simply a lie.  It is a lie and deception of Satan and when people hold to the theory of evolution they reject the truth of God’s word.  To reject the truth of God’s word is to reject the truth of who God is.

It is clear from scripture that with God nothing happens by accident.  When He created all things He did it with specific purpose.  Let us trust the Lord each day and know that He holds all things in His hands.  He spoke all things into existence.  He created all things out of nothing.  No matter what we face today it is not greater than the God we serve.  But the key is simply trusting Him in all things.

Genesis 8:1-14: Noah’s time in the ark

The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. 4 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.”  Genesis 7:1-4

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. 2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. 3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.

6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 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. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.

13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.   Genesis 8:1-14.

Noah was an incredible man of faith.  During a time of great violence and sin upon the earth the Lord spoke to Noah and asked him to build an ark.  He shared with Noah that He was going to flood the earth because of the wickedness of mankind.  Noah not only was obedient to build the ark, he was also a preacher of righteousness and cried out to the people of his day but no one heeded his call.

The ark the Lord told Noah to build was 520 feet 8 inches long, 86 feet 9.3 inches wide, 52 feet .8 inches high.  This was a massive structure that took Noah many years to build before the flood waters ever came.  Those during Noah’s time would have mocked him over and over again because they had never experienced a massive flood that would cover the earth.  To them hear Noah preach about the righteousness of God and the coming judgment of the flood would have been foolishness unto them.

But Noah faithfully heeded the voice of the Lord and this is why the Lord choose Noah.  Within Noah the Lord saw the heart of a man who was not perfect but who was willing to heed the word of the Lord.  The Lord is never looking for perfect people to accomplish His will because He understands more than anyone the fallenness of humanity.  He understands how broken humanity is and He understands that things are only accomplished on the earth by His grace and His power.

But what the Lord seeks most of all are those who are simply willing to say yes.  Noah was a man who was willing to say yes even though he was a man that was surrounded by a generation of people that was entrenched in violence and sin.  The Lord came to Noah making a covenant with him and stating that He would save Noah and his family.  To do this Noah had to be obedient to build the ark even when those who surrounded him would mock and laugh at him.

When Noah finally finished the ark and two of every animal was drawn to the ark by the power of the Holy Spirit and Noah’s family was securely locked inside of the ark is when the flood waters began to fill the earth.  Not only did the flood gates of the heavens open, but the great deep opened up and filled the earth.  I am sure as the flood waters began to fill the earth and the Lord began to judge humanity at that time that there were those on the outside of the ark who screamed and cried to get into the ark.  But they failed to heed the truth that Noah preached and in the end they were found on the outside of the ark.

Noah’s wilderness experience began as his family was locked in the ark and he didn’t know exactly how long he would be in the ark.  We have to sit back for a moment and imagine what it must have been like in this giant structure with all of these animals and the only window to the outside world was up above them.  It kept Noah’s eyes to the heavens which is key when we walk through the wilderness.

When we find ourselves in the wilderness it is very easy when we are going through the wilderness to get our eyes focused on our circumstances.  In the wilderness the Lord never tells us how long we will be there.  But the purpose of the wilderness is to build within us a trust in the Lord and His word.  So many times we will go through an emotional roller coaster when we find ourselves in the wilderness, but we must let go of our emotions and place our trust in the promises of God.

God’s promise to Noah was that He would save Noah and his family.  Noah simply trusted the Lord at His word and did not question the Lord.  I am sure there were many times when Noah and his family were in the ark that they began to question him as to whether the Lord would surely fulfill His promises.  I am sure there were moments in Noah’s humanity where doubt and worry tried to creep in, but in the end Noah placed his trust in the Lord and the promises that God had spoken to Him.

But we must remember that the purpose of going into the ark was to protect Noah from the flood waters that were coming.  So many times when the Lord sends us into the wilderness it is not to punish us but to protect us.  It is in the wilderness that we are stretched and refined and prepared to receive all that the Lord has for us.  There would be a time when Noah would leave the ark and receive the promises that God had for him and his life.

When we view exactly how long Noah was in the ark we see that it was 370 days.  If we view each month under the lunar calendar and base it upon a twelve month thirty day year.  When we examine that length of time and really meditate on the fact of being in the ark that long without ever being able to leave it we can only imagine the cabin fever that set in.  But when we find ourselves in the wilderness the Lord is not concerned with our comfort.  He is concerned with refining us and finishing within us the deep work that He had planned from the beginning.

Noah was an ordinary man like anyone else.  But the only difference between Noah and those of his generation is that Noah was willing to say yes when the Lord called him and Noah was willing to trust the Lord at His word.  When we are drawn into the wilderness by the Lord it will come in many different forms and will be different for every person.  But in the end the purpose of the wilderness is to prepare us for the promises that God has for our lives.  Let us simply stand strong upon the promises He has for us and keep our eyes focused upon the author and finisher of our faith, Christ Jesus.

Heavenly Father I come to you today and ask you to help me to have a deep faith that trust you solely at your word.  Lead and guide me each day by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit.  My desire is to walk in deep maturity and be the man or woman you have called me to be.  I know Father I am not able to do this in my own strength.  But I simply ask you to empower and strengthen me by your grace and your power.  In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.