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The Craving of God

I have been in the first 8 chapters for 6 weeks. I kept having the sense that there was more God wanted to show me so I have read and reread these chapters. I especially had that sense about Noah. I kept thinking about all that he went through to build the ark and that it would lead somewhere . . . and it did.

God started with a ‘heaven on earth’ setting. He had two people that he could walk and converse with. By the time we get to Noah – 1,500 hundred years later – “all the people on earth had corrupted themselves”. Noah was the only one, “blameless among the people of his time”, that chose to “walk with God”.

If God “hovered over the waters” of the earth, devising a way to bring life into it, is it any wonder that he could hover over it once again to devise a way to preserve that life while he destroyed the part of it that had become corrupted? Once again, the waters would cover the earth. Through Noah’s toil and hard labor, a means was provided.

At an appointed time, God will once again destroy this corrupted world. Through the toil and hard labor of Jesus, a means has been provided to preserve the good. God will finally get what he has craved from the beginning of all creation – people in the purest setting with whom he will be able to walk and converse with.

From Genesis 3-5

Have you ever wondered where Cain’s wife came from? After he was banished to a different area, the text reads as if he immediately found a wife and had a son – Enoch. But consider this likely possibility. 

First, 3:20 says that Adam named his wife Eve because, “she would become the mother of all the living”. So, believing the Bible says what it means and means what it says, Cain’s wife had to be one of Adam and Eve’s daughters – his sister in other words. But before you gasp, consider this. 

It says that when Adam was 130 years old, he had Seth. And, “after Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters”. It also says that Seth lived a 105 years before he “became the father of Enosh”.  

105 years provides plenty time and opportunity for Adam and Eve to have several daughters, both for Cain and Seth to end up with. And at least for Cain, since he was banished to a different place, it wasn’t like it was the sister he grew up with.  

And so, at least in my mind, I now am at peace with a question I have wondered about for years. Where did Cain’s wife come from? She came from Eve.

 

Day 6 – What a Day

I offer this opinion, in an attempt to reconcile, what seems, on the surface, to be some inconsistencies in the order of creation. For example: on the 6th day, God created male and female. And though God created vegetation on day 3, by day 6 “no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth”. And yet, “God formed the man (on day 6) and put him in the garden that He had planted”. And it was not until after Adam had been put there, and after he had named some of the animals that God made the statement, “it is not good for man to be alone”. It was apparent that for Adam, “no suitable helper was found”. (I lighten up – don’t worry.)

It appears that God worked 5 days a week and then twice as hard on Saturday. By 9:00 AM (because we know that God does more by 9:00 AM than most people do all day) on day 6, He had created livestock, animals and man. At the beginning of the day, the vegetation which He created on day 3 had not yet sprung up, so in addition, He made His garden grow – really fast.

Towards the end of the day, (but before nightfall (because nightfall marks the beginning of day 7 and we know He rested on day 7) after Adam put in his first day of work naming all the animals that came to him in couples (because God had made them with the ability to reproduce) there was still a few hours left in the day (because it just happened to be daylight savings time) it was noted that there was no suitable helper for Adam, and with just a few hours of daylight left, God wraps up his creation with Adam’s suitable helper – suitable primarily for reproduction, but just like God to think of everything, suitable also for all the help and companionship He knew Adam would need.  Slam dunk; day 6 is done. Time to rest.

Mantles

Do you remember the old Coleman lantern? The white mantles were attached to a stem that was connected to the fuel reservoir? At a point, the mantles were lit and the amount of light they gave off was determined by the amount of fuel that flowed through that stem.

I believe when we first come to God, our mantles are lit. Mine has been lit for over 40 years. There have been times that it has had a fair amount of fuel flowing to it, and regrettably, though it has never gone out, there have been some times that it had little.

The mantle, own its own, cannot burn brighter. Its brightness is in direct relation to the amount of fuel that flows from the reservoir through that stem.

From John 18

For a while I have been disturbed by the left’s use of the word “illegitimate”. Designed to chip away at Trump’s and his supporter’s confidence, somebody coined the word and everyone who has something negative to say about him will somehow use that word. There’s a lot of hateful intolerance coming from the same people who for years have been pushing for “tolerance”.

I don’t think it would bother me as much, if people were expressing their own opinions; but as it is they are all just following the lead of a few.

With that being on my mind lately, I noticed something similar in my reading this morning. When Jesus went before Pilate, Pilate asked Him if He was the King of the Jews. Jesus’ response . . . “Is that your own idea, or did others talk to you about me?”

Pour Your Heart Out

It is good when we pour our hearts out to God. It is especially good when He pours out His heart to us.

From John 17: Love Motivated

Have you ever had something that you just couldn’t wait to show your closest friends? Jesus did.

“I want those you have given me to be with me where I am and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”

 

A fitting poem from a while back:

 

The Streets He Walked 

 

The streets He walked were made of gold;

stepped down to dirt and stone.

That we might one day be with Him,

left angels round the throne.

 

The light of heaven came to us

with truth to light our way.

To any who believed in Him,

with Him they’d ever stay.

 

With Him to walk the streets of gold,

forever in His light;

then we the ones around His throne,

then we our God in sight.