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Archive for July, 2010

Genesis 2:8-14

Dear Lord, as I read the description of the Garden of Eden it sounds amazing!  Here are a few of the beautiful descriptions:

  • The Lord God planted a garden – it had your personal touch.  You Lord, the master gardener planted it.
  • The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.
  • In the middle of the garden was the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
  • A river that watered the garden flowed from Eden and from there was separated into four headwaters.  The four were Pishon (winds through Havilah), Gihon (winds through Cush, Tigris (runs along the east side of Asshur and the Euphrates.

What an amazing place this must have been.  Just knowing what I see now of creation and its beauty I can’t even imagine how beautiful this must have been!  Full of trees that were both beautiful and had not just food to eat but good food.  You are the God of perfection so I know this had to be a wonderful garden.

Lord, as I look at these verses I am awed again at your love in creating this world we live in and the love you displayed in providing not just needs but beautiful things to see and to taste.  I love trees and rivers and fresh fruit.  As I let my mind try to imagine it I see beautiful lush green trees and plants, sparkling clean water, fruit so abundant and delicious with no pesticides or chemicals to change them and prolong their life.  They would be readily available to just reach up and pick them off.  I think of sitting on the bank of the river talking to you and basking in your loving communion.

Thank you Lord, that I have this today.  Not in the Garden of Eden but right here this morning at my computer.  As I open your Word I feel your presence and love as I read about this beautiful place you created.  Thank you for being a loving God who is hands on with creating this world I live in.  Thank you for providing not just my needs but an abundance in my beautiful family, friends I love, my home, my church and the rest of what makes up my life.  Life has its ups and downs but through it all you are my ever present, loving, kind, able to do all things God.  I am truly a blessed woman Lord!  I love you so!


Staying in Genesis for now

Dear Lord, I feel we are not quite through with Genesis. Since it is the beginning of the story so to speak, I feel we haven’t looked at who you are through the scriptures of the details of the creation of Adam and Eve, your provision for them, the beginning directions you gave them for living in relation to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, etc. We need to look at the fall of man and the entrance of sin in the world and who you are in regard to that. Then of course we need to look at who you are through looking at our first glimpses in your Word of our precious Lord Jesus and about Saten (I know, I purposely refuse to spell it correctly) the evil one, deceiver, liar and defeated one who is still in our world today. Since all through the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation there is God, man, Saten and your provision for redemption and restoration after the fall.

So my precious God, teach me as we go through these scriptures together. Reveal more fully who you are. Allow me to know you better and to see your character more clearly. I pray that anyone who might join us feel free to examine these scriptures and post their comments on who they see you to be in them. It is always a blessing to share with others what you give each of us separately as we study. It just expands our knowledge of who you are. Your will Lord whether I study only with you or others join us. I just love being in your Word with you and am so blessed to know you love being there with me too!

Genesis 2:4-7

This gives more detail Lord as to when you created Adam. Verse 4 wraps up the creation of the heavens and earth. I love that what I see about you is you assure us that this is the way you created it. You spoke and it was! Verse 4a says “This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.” In other words it underscores chapter 1 and 2:1-3 as truth.

Verse 4b-7 tells in more detail about when and how you created man. Some of those details of when in the creation process it took place I have listed below:

  • No shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth
  • No plant of the field had yet sprung up because you had not sent rain to the earth yet and there was no man to work the ground

Verse 7 gives more detail as to how you created Adam. “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Oh, dear Lord. What I see today from these scriptures is that you are a God who plans and times things perfectly. You created man and then created plants and shrubs and a purpose for his life, to work the ground. I see that where you spoke and all of creation came to be it was different with man. You could have spoken and created Adam but you didn’t. You formed him with your very hands. You took the dust of the earth and shaped and made him just as you wanted him to be. And you still do that Lord! Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Lord, I too know from this scripture in Genesis that you created us differently than the rest of creation. You touched man personally as you created every detail by hand. Then Lord you went even further and breathed your very own breath into his nostrils and gave him life! Lord how can we not feel loved by you? How can we ever feel you don’t care? How can we doubt that our existence is important to you? These scriptures of the creation of man and the care you took, the personal touch and giving your very own God breath to give us life screams your love for us.

Dear, dear Lord. I so love you! Thank you that you are a hands on God. Thank you that you give of yourself for us to live. Thank you that you took dust and created a masterpiece that was fearfully and wonderfully made. Then you breathed your very life into man. You are an amazing God! I stand in awe of you today. It is so humbling to realize that I am but dust. It is the power of your mighty touch and breath that give me life. Thank you my precious God! Thank you!

Where next Lord?

Dear Lord, when I began this study I wasn’t sure where it would take me. I wanted to start in Genesis because that was where you began it all. I loved learning more about you through the scriptures on creation. What fun and a blessing it has been to go through them with you and the others who joined from time to time. My question is dear Lord, do we continue in Genesis or move to other scriptures in your Word? I have been loving the Beth Moore study on Daniel that I have been doing and love so many other books of the Bible that we could go anywhere and I know it would be awesome! Lord, I pray that you direct me to where next. I pray you make it clear and then I will enjoy going through it with you and anyone else you bring along. I can’t wait to see where you take me next. I can’t wait for you to reveal yourself in mighty ways as I open my Bible and my heart to all you have for me. I so love you my precious Lord. I so love you!

Sabbath Rest

When I decided to see what the original word meant I didn’t find in my Strongs for the New American Standard that the word holy was used. When I looked it up the NAS uses sanctified.  The American Standard uses hallowed. 

Here are some things that the commentaries mention on the first Sabbath or Sabbath Rest:

 The first Sabbath:  Here is what Matthew Henry’s commentary on Bible says about this 7th day:

After six days, God ceased from all works of creation. In miracles, he has overruled nature, but never changed its settled course, or added to it. God did not rest as one weary, but as one well pleased. Notice the beginning of the kingdom of grace, in the sanctification, or keeping holy, of the sabbath day. The solemn observing of one day in seven as a day of holy rest and holy work, to God’s honour, is the duty of all to whom God has made known his holy sabbaths. At this time none of the human race were in being but our first parents. For them the sabbath was appointed; and clearly for all succeeding generations also. The Christian sabbath, which we observe, is a seventh day, and in it we celebrate the rest of God the Son, and the finishing the work of our redemption. (Ge 2:4-7)

I found a great website with many commentaries.  Check it out for yourself.  I love to study God’s word just one on one with Him and then share with others what He gives us as we study together.  After your own study, commentaries are a great tool to read what great theologians who know the meanings of the original text, etc. have to say about it.   They are just people though so always read it one on one first to see what God tells you personally.  Try this website called Bible Study Tools with Dr. J. Vernon McGee.

This is from this online resource from the Commentary Critical and Explanatory of the whole Bible by Robert Jamison, A.R. Fausset and David Brown.

3. blessed and sanctified the seventh day–a peculiar distinction put upon it above the other six days, and showing it was devoted to sacred purposes. The institution of the Sabbath is as old as creation, giving rise to that weekly division of time which prevailed in the earliest ages. It is a wise and beneficent law, affording that regular interval of rest which the physical nature of man and the animals employed in his service requires, and the neglect of which brings both to premature decay. Moreover, it secures an appointed season for religious worship, and if it was necessary in a state of primeval innocence, how much more so now, when mankind has a strong tendency to forget God and His claims?

Same website from the Geneva Study Bible

3. And God blessed the seventh day, and (c) sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
(c) Appointed it to be kept holy, that man might in it consider the excellency of his works and Gods goodness toward him.

In conclusion:

I think it is very clear that our mighty, never tiring God created the 7th day to be set apart as Holy, a day to worship and focus on Him as our creator God.  A day He knew we would need because we do tire and need to rest.  Even much more, this is a day to pull away from the things of this world and focus on Him.  How so like my precious God to bless me with permission to spend time with Him, drawing away from the day to day good and bad of life and remember who He is, who I am in Him, and what He can do.  This restores my soul, refreshes me spiritually, physically and emotionally and most of all fills me with His love and gives me hope!  Hope for the things yet unseen that I yearn so for.  What a blessing and gift this 7th day is to me!  May you too be so blessed by His Sabbath Rest!

Genesis 2:2b-3

“So on the seventh day He rested from all His work.”  What a gift you have given us in this small sentence in your mighty Word.  It says that my God who is almighty, complete in every way, all powerful and never sleeping rested.  I believe you did this for us Lord more than for yourself.  You weren’t tired because you never tire or run out of energy.  You didn’t say that you needed to take a nap after all of this mighty work you had done of creating.  I believe you knew that we as humans need to recharge.  That we would go, go, go until we drop and need to have some down time.  It goes much deeper though than that.  Verse 3 I believe explains it in more detail.

“And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating what He had done.”  This day of rest was about you Lord.  This day of rest was Holy and set apart from the previous 6 days.  You made it clear that in all that you had done; the creation of skies, sun, moon, stars, all the creatures including man and all the plants and vegetation, this 7th day was different.  You saw all of the others and they were good and very good but this day was HOLY, set apart, a day of rest for you.  Oh dear Lord!  I do not want to miss what this says about you.  I don’t want to just feel like this was not as important when I think it might have been the most important of all.  Lord guide me and teach me more about who you are.  Allow me to know you better by studying this Holy 7th day of creation.