Devoted to Scripture

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This will be a daily posting of my trip through the Bible. I will be reading the ESV aloud. Each day I will introduce the passage with a brief commentary. But mostly I will simply be reading the Word of God for you.

I'd love to hear how God is using this podcast to help you or answer any questions you may have. You can contact me on twitter: @nemoyatpeace or via the comments.
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#017 Genesis 46-47
Day 17 of the podcast, reading Genesis 46-47 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+46-47/ This is day 17 of our journey. What a blessed reunion!  After 22 years, Jacob is finally reunited with his beloved son Joseph.  The entire house of Israel travels to Egypt, 70 people in all.  They settle in the land and prosper there as Joseph provides for them.  As Jacob enters Egypt, he is brought before Pharaoh and blesses the most powerful ruler in the land.  As God had once promised, Abraham's family IS a blessing to the nations! Join me in Genesis 46-47 as we witness God's preserving power at work in the house of Israel! Key verses: Genesis 46:3-4 Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. [4] I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph's hand shall close your eyes.” Genesis 47:7 Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and stood him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Genesis 47:27 Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen. And they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied greatly. All Scriptures are from the ESV. Check out these links for more thoughts on the topic: I really enjoyed listening to a series of sermons on the final act of Genesis.  I'll be including them over these next few readings: Genesis 46-47 - http://subspla.sh/qk2bkj5
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January 16, 2019
#016 Genesis 43-45
Day 16 of the podcast, reading Genesis 43-45 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+43-45/ This is day 16 of our journey. Back in Canaan, Jacob is distressed at the thought of sending Benjamin to Egypt and possibly losing another son but Judah steps up to take responsibility for his life.  All of the brothers return to Egypt and are put to the test; Joseph claims Benjamin as his servant and sends the others away in peace. Rather than return home to his family, Judah shows the changes in his life by offering himself as a substitute for Benjamin.  Seeing God's work in his brother's life, Joseph finally breaks down and reveals himself to his family.  The reunion is rich with tears and rejoicing, and Joseph reassures his brothers that God miraculously used the harm that they had intended as a way to preserve all of their lives!  We end today with eleven brothers rushing home to retrieve their father, Jacob, so that he could embrace his once lost and beloved son! Join me in Genesis 43-45 for every detail of the intrigue and emotion of this great reunion! Key verses: Genesis 43:9 I will be a pledge of his safety. From my hand you shall require him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever. Genesis 43:30 Then Joseph hurried out, for his compassion grew warm for his brother, and he sought a place to weep. And he entered his chamber and wept there. Genesis 44:33 Now therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the boy as a servant to my lord, and let the boy go back with his brothers. Genesis 45:5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. Genesis 45:28 And Israel said, “It is enough; Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.” All Scriptures are from the ESV. Check out these links for more thoughts on the topic: I really enjoyed listening to a series of sermons on the final act of Genesis.  I'll be including them over these next few readings: Genesis 44-45 - http://subspla.sh/pdpwxv5
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January 15, 2019
#015 Genesis 41-42
Day 15 of the podcast, reading Genesis 41-42 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+41-42/ This is day 15 of our journey. Two years have past since the previous passage. Despite his faithfulness, Joseph still remains in prison and is holding on to the hope that the Pharaoh's cupbearer would remember him.  Finally, Pharaoh has a dream that no one can interpret and God provides an opportunity for Joseph to sit before the most powerful ruler of the era! By God's power, Joseph is able to interpret the dream and tells Pharaoh all that will happen over then next 14 years.  Impressed with his wisdom, Pharaoh appoints Joseph as his second in command, and "God's man" begins to rule over the entire nation.  After 7 years, as God predicted, a severe famine hits the entire known world and, due to the Lord's provision through Joseph, Egypt is the only nation that has food during the calamity.  People come to Joseph from every neighboring land to buy food from Egypt's plentiful stores...to his surprise, this even includes his own brothers (a scene he once witnessed in his dreams as a boy)!  After years apart, Joseph's brothers don't recognize the boy they once sold into slavery when they come face to face with him as an adult.  Because of their past treachery, Joseph doesn't fully trust his brothers and devises a test to prove whether or not they have changed.   Join me in Genesis 41-42 as God provides for His people and fulfills His promises. Key verses: Genesis 41:25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. Genesis 41:57 Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth. Genesis 42:5 Thus the sons of Israel came to buy among the others who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan. Genesis 42:22 And Reuben answered them, “Did I not tell you not to sin against the boy? But you did not listen. So now there comes a reckoning for his blood.” All Scriptures are from the ESV. Check out these links for more thoughts on the topic: I really enjoyed listening to a series of sermons on the final act of Genesis.  I'll be including them over these next few readings: Genesis 41 - http://subspla.sh/7xfms6h Genesis 42 - http://subspla.sh/fzs2zm8
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January 14, 2019
#014 Genesis 38-40
Day 14 of the podcast, reading Genesis 38-40 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+38-40/ This is day 14 of our journey. The contrast between Judah and Joseph starts with a troubling story of sexual misconduct by Judah and his sons with the Canaanite Tamar. In the midst of the sinfulness of man, we see God is always at work, and that the mistreated widow Tamar becomes a part of the family line that leads to the Messiah! Joseph, on the other hand, remains pure despite constant temptation and opportunity while enduring slavery in Egypt.  Instead of being rewarded for his faithfulness, Joseph is thrown in prison. While he is incarcerated, God continues to bless him and is at work in everything that Joseph does. By God's provision, Joseph is given the ability to interpret the dreams of a high official of Pharaoh.  Even after displaying the Power of God to his captors, the passage ends with Joseph still sitting in prison, forgotten. Join me in Genesis 38-40 and marvel at God's faithfulness to both the righteous and the wicked. Key verses: Genesis 38:26 Then Judah identified them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not know her again. Matthew 1:3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, Genesis 39:10 And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her. Genesis 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 40:8 They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.” All Scriptures are from the ESV. Check out these links for more thoughts on the topic: I really enjoyed listening to a series of sermons on the final act of Genesis.  I'll be including them over these next few readings: Genesis 38 - http://subspla.sh/2wpbhd4 Genesis 39 - http://subspla.sh/tdj5n2v Genesis 40 - http://subspla.sh/n2ch63z
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January 13, 2019
#013 Genesis 36-37
Day 13 of the podcast, reading Genesis 36-37 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+36-37/ This is day 13 of our journey. We are entering the final act of Genesis.  We are first told of God's blessing on the house of Esau (despite his brother's past deception) as his decendants becomes a great nation. We are introduced to Joseph; a teenage boy looking for a place among his older brothers.  Israel's preferential treatment of Joseph leads to jealousy and contempt from his older brothers who reject the boy, fake his death, and sell Joseph as a slave. Throughout this final act, we will see a contrast between Joseph and his brothers, specifically his brother Judah. Join me in Genesis 36-37 as we see God's work of redemption in the midst of human wickedness. Key verses: Genesis 36:1 These are the generations of Esau (that is, Edom). Genesis 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. Genesis 37:26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? All Scriptures are from the ESV. Check out these links for more thoughts on the topic: I really enjoyed listening to a series of sermons on the final act of Genesis.  I'll be including them over these next few readings: Genesis 37 - http://subspla.sh/cgmscns
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January 12, 2019
#012 Genesis 33-35
Day 12 of the podcast, reading Genesis 33-35 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+33-35/ This is day 12 of our journey. God has been faithful to bring Jacob home to Canaan and, much to his surprise, Esau actually welcomes Jacob back! As they settle back into the promised land with their large company, they are noticed by the current inhabitants of the land. Jacob's daughter Dinah is raped and, as a result, her brothers Levi & Simeon, sinfully, slaughter every man in the city. God again states his promise to bless Jacob and his family and Jacob is given another son, Benjamin, but at the cost of his beloved wife, Rachel, who died shortly after childbirth. Join me in Genesis 33-35 to witness God's provision through the joys and sorrows of Israel's return to Canaan. Key verses: Genesis 33:10 Jacob said, “No, please, if I have found favor in your sight, then accept my present from my hand. For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me. Genesis 34:30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. My numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and my household.” Genesis 35:11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body. All Scriptures are from the ESV. Check out these links for more thoughts on the topic: I really enjoyed listening to a series of sermons on the final act of Genesis.  I'll be including them over these next few readings: Genesis 35 - http://subspla.sh/589zq2k
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January 11, 2019
#011 Genesis 31-32
Day 11 of the podcast, reading Genesis 31-32 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+31-32/ This is day 11 of our journey. After 20 years in Haran, God calls Jacob to return to Canaan with his family. Despite his Uncle Laban’s dishonesty, Jacob has become wealthy by the grace of God.  He slips away quietly with his family and possessions for fear of what Laban would do to him if he had announced his intention to leave.  Then, on his way to Canaan, Jacob remembers his reason for fleeing his home in the first place and the way that he had wronged his brother Esau.  Jacob receives word that Esau is on the way to meet him and is terrified.  He sends gifts ahead to his brother and then settles down for the night, only to meet a mysterious man and wrestle with him until daybreak.  Despite his injuries, Jacob refuses to yield until the man would offer him a blessing.  At this point, God reveals His favor, changes Jacob’s name to Israel, and blesses him.  Join me in Genesis 31-32 and watch the father of Israel grow from one "who cheats" to a man who "strives with God" Key verses: Genesis 31:13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me. Now arise, go out from this land and return to the land of your kindred.’” Genesis 32:10 I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. Genesis 32:28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” All Scriptures are from the ESV.
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January 10, 2019
#010 Genesis 28-30
Day 10 of the podcast, reading Genesis 28-30 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+28-30/ This is day 10 of our journey. Today we begin the crazy story of Jacob, his 4 wives, and 12 sons.  The reading is full of human deceit and trickery, but throughout the text, God’s provision and faithfulness toward Jacob are clearly evident.  After tricking his father and stealing from his brother, Jacob flees to his uncle back in Haran.  There he falls in love with his cousin, Rachel, and works for seven years to marry her, only to be tricked into marrying her older sister Leah instead.  He promises to work another 7 years and is given Rachel to marry as well.  Now, competing for the love and respect of the same man,  the sibling rivalry between the two women escalates into a conflict that will change the course of human history.  The sisters battle for Jacob's love by providing sons and concubines to their husband.  By the end of our reading today, he has 11 sons, a daughter, and a significant amount of family drama to deal with.  Despite the sin and poor decision making that brought Jacob to this turbulent era in his life, God faithfully fullfilled His promises and blessed Jacob with prosperity and his own flock to care for.  Join me in Genesis 28-30 as we marvel at God’s faithfulness in spite of man’s petty foolishness. Key verses: Genesis 28:15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 29:20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. Genesis 30:26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the service that I have given you.” All Scriptures are from the ESV.
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January 9, 2019
#009 Genesis 26-27
Day 9 of the podcast, reading Genesis 26-27 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+26-27/ This is day 9 of our journey. Today, we read of God’s appearance to Isaac as He reaffirms the covenant that He made with his father, Abraham, and promises that those blessing will continue through Isaac's lineage. Then, as Isaac is approaching the end of his life, we see his son Jacob living up to his name (a word that means "he cheats").  Working with his mother, Jacob enacts a cunning plot to deceive his father, Isaac, into giving him the blessing reserved for his older brother (and, with it, the promises of God).  As a result of his scheming, Esau begins to plot the murder of Jacob. Join me in Genesis 26-27 for a tale of the cunning and deceit of man contrasted with the power and sovereignty of God. Key verses: Genesis 26:24 And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham's sake.” Genesis 27:29 Let peoples serve you,        and nations bow down to you.    Be lord over your brothers,        and may your mother's sons bow down to you.    Cursed be everyone who curses you,        and blessed be everyone who blesses you!” All Scriptures are from the ESV.
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January 8, 2019
#008 Genesis 24-25
Day 8 of the podcast, reading Genesis 24-25 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+24-25/ This is day 8 of our journey. After the death of Sarah, Abraham sends his servant back to his hometown to find a wife for his son, Isaac. The servant takes this task to heart and prays for help and wisdom in finding the right woman. God, always faithful, answers the servant's prayers and selects Rebekah, the daughter of Isaac’s cousin. Rebekah makes a choice that would be unheard of in today's world: She agrees to leave her family and the life she had always known in order to travel to an unknown land and marry a man she has never met.  Upon arrival in Canaan, Rebekah marries Isaac and she gives birth to twin sons, Jacob & Esau.  These two sons are destined to be 2 great nations, nations that will quarrel for years to come. Join me in Genesis 24-25 as the next generation of the family of promise enters the stage. Key verses: Genesis 24:27 and said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the LORD has led me in the way to the house of my master's kinsmen.” Genesis 25:23 And the LORD said to her,    “Two nations are in your womb,        and two peoples from within you shall be divided;    the one shall be stronger than the other,        the older shall serve the younger.”   All Scriptures are from the ESV.
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January 7, 2019
#007 Genesis 21-23
Day 7 of the podcast, reading Genesis 21-23 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+21-23/ This is day 7 of our Journey: The promised son is finally born...and to a 90 year old woman, no less! Isaac brings both laughter and strife into the home, as a result, Hagar and Ishmael are sent away. Reading on, God tests Abraham’s faith by asking him to sacrifice the life of his son. Abraham passes the test, and at the last minute God provides a substitute...another beautiful example that points to the future Salvation through Christ. Today’s reading ends with the death and burial of Sarah as Abraham purchases land in Canaan as a burial plot. Join me in Genesis 21-23 as we see God work in the life of Abraham and begin to understand the lengths that God has gone to to save us from ourselves. Key verses: Genesis 21:6-7 And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.”  And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” Genesis 22:8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. Genesis 23:19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah east of Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. All Scriptures are from the ESV.
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January 6, 2019
#006 Genesis 18-20
Day 6 of the podcast, reading Genesis 18-20 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+18-20/  This is day 6 of our journey. Today’s reading includes three stories of God’s faithfulness to Abraham. In Chapter 18, God reiterates his promise of a child born to Sarah, and finally gives a timeline for when it will happen. In Chapter 19 we read about Lot and the depravity of Sodom, but mostly about God’s care for Abraham by rescuing Lot. In Chapter 20, Abraham reverts to his old ways of relying on his own wisdom to protect himself, but even still, God blesses and protects him!  Join me in Genesis 18-20 as we read about a Holy, Faithful God who keeps every promise.  Key verses:  Genesis 18:19 For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”  Genesis 19:29 So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived.  Genesis 20:11 Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ " All Scriptures are from the ESV.
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January 5, 2019
#005 Genesis 14-17
Day 5 of the podcast, reading Genesis 14-17 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+14-17/  This is day 5 of our journey. This is a PACKED reading today. We are introduced to the mysterious Melchizedek, only mentioned briefly here and in 3 passages in the New Testament where he is connected to Christ. Can you find them? Then God restates his promise to Abram about his many descendants. It speaks of their 400 years in Egypt and their return to the land of Canaan. But Abram isn't perfect, in chapter 16, Abram and Sarai attempt to bring about the promise in their own way. Despite his failings, God gives Abram the name Abraham and tells him that the promised descendants will come via Sarah & Isaac, NOT Hagar & Ishmael.  Join me in Genesis 14-17 as God reveals his faithfulness.  Key verses:  Genesis 14:18-20 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.  Genesis 15:5-6 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.  Genesis 16:15 And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.  Genesis 17:5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. All Scriptures are from the ESV.
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January 4, 2019
#004 Genesis 11-13
Day 4 of the podcast, reading Genesis 11-13 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+11-13/ This is day 4 of our journey. Today we are introduced to Abram...a simple man who God called to become the father of His chosen people. We begin Chapter 11 with the birth of the nations at the tower of Babel where God steps in to deal with the flawed plans of arrogant men who had refused to spread out and to fill the earth as God commanded. As God halts their vain efforts and confuses their languages, a world of nationalities and varying cultures is brought into existence as humanity separates into groups and spreads throughout the world. One such group, a family led by a man named Terah, becomes the focus of God's plan to redeem the world to Himself. The rest of the book of Genesis (and the majority of the Bible) follows the descendants of this family. Most prominently, we are introduced to Abram. God promises to bless him and give him a land of his own. He also tells of a blessing that will be for the whole earth and will come through the line of Abram. That blessing is ultimately fulfilled in the man Jesus Christ. Join me in Genesis 11-13 and learn of the origin of the nations and of Israel. Key verses: Genesis 11:7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another's speech.” Genesis 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. Genesis 13:15 for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. All Scriptures are from the ESV.
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January 3, 2019
#003 Genesis 7-10
Day 3 of the podcast, reading Genesis 7-10 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+7-10/  This is day 3 of our journey. Today we will read about the devastation of the Great Flood and God’s preservation of life. Within 40 days, heavy rainfall and great geysers (the fountains of the great deep) covered the entire surface of the earth to a depth of 22 feet! As Earth is forever changes, God reveals His faithfulness through the protection and deliverance of his Servant Noah. After 40 days of devastation, the land begins to dry out and, 330 days later, Noah and all the animals are able to leave the ark and begin to fill the earth once again. As Noah exits the ark, he makes an offering to God and God, in response, makes a covenant with him that is marked by a miraculous sign in the sky: Never again will God flood the whole earth. Every time we see a rainbow, we are reminded of God's promise to us. Join me in Genesis 7-10 and marvel at the power and the mercy of God!  Key verses:  Genesis 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.   Genesis 7:19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered.  Genesis 8:1 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.  Genesis 9:13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  Genesis 10:1 These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Sons were born to them after the flood.  All Scriptures are from the ESV.
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January 2, 2019
#002 Genesis 4-6
Day 2 of the podcast, reading Genesis 4-6 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+4-6/ This is day 2 of our journey. Today we see the tragic consequences of sin as it begins to spread through God's perfect creation. The passage begins with 2 brothers offering a sacrifice to God with very different intentions. God's response is one that we will see countless times through our journey: Despite the words or deeds that we outwardly show to the world, God always looks within to see our hearts and our true intentions. We witness the hearts of two very different men and watch as the sin of jealousy leads to murder. Reading on, we come to my favorite chapter in the Bible! Genesis 5 introduces ten generations of men over 1600 years as Mankind begins fulfilling God's call to fill the earth. Unfortunately, we also find that the earth is filling with violence and sin. Seeing his creation tainted by such depravity, God regrets having made man and vows to destroy the earth. But, one man, Noah, is faithful in God’s eyes and is given a command that will save him and ultimately the whole of creation. Join me in Genesis 4-6 and see a God who is long-suffering, just, and, in the midst of our sin, still seeks to redeem His creation to Himself. Key verses: Genesis 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it. Genesis 5:29 and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” Genesis 6:5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Genesis 6:22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him. All Scriptures are from the ESV.
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January 1, 2019
#001 Genesis 1-3
Day 1 of the podcast, reading Genesis 1-3 ESV, read along at: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+1-3/  This is day 1 of our journey. Today we will read about how it all began. In Genesis chapters 1-3, we witness the power of God as he spoke everything into existence. Seeing that His creation was very good, God continued to bless our world by instituting the concept of love, marriage, and family as he brought Adam and Eve together. As we read on, we discover that, despite the perfection of God's creation, mankind easily falls into the trap of sin by breaking "the one rule" that God had set for them to obey. This first act of sin changed everything and caused a terminal separation between God and Humanity...a separation that could only be repaired roughly 4000 years later through the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. While the sin of Adam and Eve led to centuries of pain, suffering, and death...chapter 3 also offers us hope: God gives a promise that the ultimate defeat of the evil one is coming. Even here, at the beginning of all things, God revealed that He had a plan to redeem his creation to Himself.  Join me in worshipping our Creator today as we read Genesis chapters 1-3.  Key verses:  Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 2:3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.  Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” All Scriptures are from the ESV.
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December 31, 2018
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