Monday, May 28, 2007

Genesis 9 - Noah's Three Son's

Noah's Three Son's

Gen 9:18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.

The three sons of Noah are always listed in this order: Shem amd Ham, and Japheth; although Japeth was the elder and Ham the younger brother. Shem would bring forth the lineage of the Messiah, through Abraham.

Gen 9:19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

Gen 9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

Time had passed, a vineyard had grown and grapes were harvested.

Gen 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

Perhaps, this was the first fermented wine. Noah became drunk and passed out in his tent. He lay naked on his bed, within the tent.

Prov 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Prov 23:30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
Prov 23:31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
Prov 23:32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
Prov 23:33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
Prov 23:34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
Prov 23:35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

Gen 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

Ham saw the nakedness of his father, and instead of saying nothing, he told his brothers.

Gen 9:23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.

Shem and Japheth covered their father without looking upon his nakedness. They had respect for him.

Rom 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
Rom 4:7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Rom 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Gen 9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

Threre is no record beyond the scriptures of any other wrong doing, but Ham did not show honor and respect to his father. The son's had lived in a wicked world before the flood and apparently the wicked imaginations were in Ham.

Gen 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. One of the abominations of the LORD:

Prov 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

Jesus spoke of the time of Noah and the time of Lot as it would be on earth at his coming. We know the people of Lot were wicked homosexuals.

Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
Luke 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Luke 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Luke 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Luke 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

Gen 9:25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

Noah as a prophet of God, spoke a prophecy to Ham's grandson: Canaan. Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

This doom has been fulfilled in the destruction of the Canaanites.

Gen 9:26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Shem brought forth Abraham, the Jews and the Messiah.

Gen 9:27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Japheths decendants were the Greeks, the Gentiles, who would make up the church and occupy the tents, the spiritual place of Israel.

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Gen 9:28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
Gen 9:29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

Noah was a chosen man of God, the second Adam, let us see what was said of this man of God.

Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Noah lived a long life, as did his sons. Noah was called a righteous man, because his faith found grace in the LORD.

Gen 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Gen 6:9 These are the generations of Noah:
Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

2 Pet 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

The order of the Son's names are always, Shem, Ham and Japheth.

Arthur Custance writes:

Abraham's Three Wives

The first was Sarah, a daughter of Shem

Gen 11:29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.

The second was Hagar, the Egyptian, a daughter of Ham.

Gen 16:3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

The third wife Keturah, was descended in the line of Japheth, according to Jewish tradition.

Gen 25:1 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. The gospels are in the order of thethree son's of Noah.

Matthew was written to Israel, the descendants of Shem.

Mark was written to the servants, the descendants of Ham.

Luke was written to the Greeks, the descendants of Japheth.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Genesis 9 - Noahic Covenant

Noahic Covenant

The LORD'S New World Order

Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

God blessed them, and told them to be fruitful and multiply. God's blessing establishes the covenant and gives man a new start. The covenant was from God to man, not of man's work or doing. It is God's will for man and by following it, mankind would be blessed. It is important to note that every covenant begins, as did the covenant in the Garden, with God blessing man.

Animals were to fear mankind

Gen 9:2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.

Adam was given dominion over the animals, now God has put fear in the animals towards mankind. God's spirit brings peace, whereas the spirit of the devil brings fear and confusion. Man was no longer as a shepherd to the animals, but as a terror to them. With the sin nature from Adam, the animals could not be at peace with man, not knowing what they would do.

Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Sin in man and dark demonic powers have brought the creation into bondage. The creation awaits our redemption in Christ Jesus, so that he will come and bring his peace to earth.

Gen 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

This is a change, for in the beginning the food was to be vegetables and fruit forman and beast. The fall brought meat, flesh to the diet and also of some animals. This would make animals prey to predators, seeking food; or killers, killing for the fun of it.

There were no restrictions as to diet until the law of Moses. Mankind could kill and eat anything they wanted. After Jesus came and the new covenant the dietary restrictions were once again removed.

Acts 10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
Acts 10:14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
Acts 10:15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

Gen 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

The blood is the life of the animal, it was not to be eaten. This prohibition continued in the New Testament .

Acts 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

The shed blood was a picture of Jesus, who would have his blood shed for our sins.

Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Jesus is the redeemer of fallen mankind.

1 Cor 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Gen 9:5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.

If an animal kills a human, it would be killed. If a human willfully kills another, he or she is to be put to death. This does not apply to a righteous war.

Gen 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

The LORD instituted Capital punishment as God's law; blood for blood. This is a command to mankind from God. He who murders, his blood will be shed, why? for in the image of Godmade he man. In this act of capital punishment, man would act on behalf of God—he would reflect the moral image of God, namely, His judgement and sentence upon the murderer.

Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Rom 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Rom 13:5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

Government acts in God’s behalf in punishing the evildoer and rewarding those who do good. Any society which loses its reverence for life cannot endure long. Criminals go unpunished and crime increases. Abortion is the shedding of innocent blood; God is not mocked.

Gen 9:7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.

The LORD repeats the command to be fruitful and multiply. Any time something is repeated, it is to be sure that it is heard.

Noahic Covenant

A covenant made by God for all humans

Gen 9:8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
Gen 9:9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

A Covenant made for all living creatures

Gen 9:10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.

No longer will flesh be judged by an earth covering flood

Gen 9:11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

No longer a flood to cover the earth

Gen 9:12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

The rainbow is the sign or token of the covenant.

Gen 9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

Every covenant has its accompanying sign. The sign of the Abrahamic Covenant is circumcision (Genesis 17:15-27); that of the Mosaic Covenant is the observance of the Sabbath day (Exodus 20:8-11; 31:12-17).

Gen 9:14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
Gen 9:15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

An everlasting covenant. The rainbow comes at the end of a storm as a beautiful reminder to God and a sign to us of his faithfulness.

Gen 9:16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
Gen 9:17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

A rainbow also appears above the throne of God as a reminder of his faithfulness.

Rev 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Isaiah 16 - Warning to Moab

Warning to Moab

Isa 16:9 Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.

God takes no pleasure in punishing transgressors. He understands the sorrow and weeps in the spirit with them.

John 11:35 Jesus wept.
John 11:36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

Their blessings were removed because they did not seek him.

Isa 16:10 And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease.

No more good harvests and joyful feasts, I the LORD have caused it to cease.

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
James 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Isa 16:11 Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh.

Bowels refers to the tender feelings and affections.

Phil 1:8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

Phil 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Phil 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

The LORD will mourn as the strings of a harp play gentle soothing music.

Isa 16:12 And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail.

Moab will pray in their pagan altars and seek their own help and it will be for nothing. Just as the afflicted in our land seek the government and are critical, instead of seeking the LORD for strength and guidance.

Isa 16:13 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning Moab since that time.
Isa 16:14 But now the LORD hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.

Isaiah announces that the LORD had said that in three years these things would come about. They were told ahead of time so that they were without excuse if they did nothing to change their ways. Mighty Moab will be reduced in number and their land ravaged. They would be small and feeble.

God judges all nations who will not repent and turn to him. He gives warnings, and time to repent, but if no repentance comes he will bring His wrath. There is a mistaken idea in our land that God is only love and all is grace. Grace is towards those in Christ Jesus who follow him in obedience. Just as Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. So be the promises and wrath of God on those who will not come to him.

Isaiah 1 Table of Contents

Friday, May 11, 2007

Genesis 8 - Noah on land

Noah on land 
Gen 8:1  And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;
God remembered Noah, was Noah doubting? He had been aboard the ark for 6 months and in a completely strange environment. When we are in the midst of a great trial, we hang onto God, even if you think he is not responding.
Psa 8:4  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Psa 8:5  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Psa 8:6  Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
God had never left Noah; Noah was the best God had, now he was going to do something towards ending the trial by water. God is not leaving us;  for he has called us for His purpose. He knows our beginning and end.

Gen 8:2  The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
No more artesian wells and the rain was only sprinkling. Jesus also stopped the raging sea and storm.
Mark 4:39  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Mark 4:40  And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

Gen 8:3  And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
After five monthsthe waters were reduced.

Gen 8:4  And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
The Hebrew word for Ararat, was missing the vowels, rrt, the name may be Urartu, where there were tribes by that name. Whatever, the mountain range is the same. Therre are hundreds of mountains in the range. Note that the verse says the mountains. There is one Volcanic mountain in the range that is near 17,000 ft high with a frozen ice cap 300 feet deep. Most believe the ark is somewhere in the ice of the highest mountain. The mountain is located within modern day Turkey, near Iran.
Gen 8:5  And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
Gen 8:6  And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
The window, only one window in the ark, that was closed. I have read that there were many, but does the Bible say so?
Gen 6:16  A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
Just one window, no cross ventilation. I have read stories and seen scale moselsof the ark with windows all the way around the ark, which seems logical for ventilation, but the Bible says one window.

Gen 8:7  And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
There were two pairs of unclean animals and birds, and seven pairs of clean animals and birds. The raven was an unclean bird. The raven went to and fro, looking for dry land. It did not return into the holy ark, perhaps resting on it. The unclean are without, as unrepentant sinners who will not enter into the salvation of Jesus.

Gen 8:8  Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
Gen 8:9  But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
The dove found no dry land, although the mountains were cited in verse 8:5.

Gen 8:10  And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
Gen 8:11  And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
Seven days later and an olive leaf was plucked off, the olive trees had survived the flood. They do not grow on high mountains, so the waters had receded. I assume many seeds were planted and roots again brought forth new life. Perhaps by the hand of God to bring forth food and shelter for the animals and birds.The dove and the olive branch have become symbols of peace. Although the scriptures said it was one leaf, not a branch.
A white dove with an olive branch
The dove was mentioned as representing the Holy Spirit, as in the baptism of Jesus.
Mat 3:16  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
The dove is a gentle peaceful bird, as the spirit is gentle and brings peace to those he is with.
John 14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Gen 8:12  And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
The dove stayed on dry land.

Gen 8:13  And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
Not sure what the covering was, perhaps a skin over part of the roof or the window. The same word was used  for the covering of the tabernacle of Moses.
Exo 26:14  And thou shalt make a covering for the tent of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering above of badgers' skins.

Gen 8:14  And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

This was one year and ten days from the entering of the ark.
Gen 7:11  In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Gen 7:12  And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Gen 7:13  In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
Gen 7:14  They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.

Gen 8:15  And God spake unto Noah, saying,
Gen 8:16  Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
Noah waited on God to tell him to enter and to go forth. We as Christ's followers are to do the same.  He has told us to go forth, in the great commission. Where and how depends on his Spirit speaking to you.
Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Gen 8:17  Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
As in the beginning, this was a new beginning for man and the animals and birds.
Gen 1:28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
What about the dinosaurs?
When Adam and Eve rebelled, God pronounced the awful curse of death on all of creation. In doing so, He not only fulfilled His promise that they would begin to die (2:17), but evidently He actually changed the genetic makeup of each "kind" so that all their descendants would forever be different. He changed Eve's body structure (3:16); the plants (v. 18), and the animals, as well (v. 14). Perhaps at this time dinosaurs and other animals acquired or began to acquire body parts designed for aggression or protection. This may be over-speculation, but sin ruins everything, and before long the entire planet was corrupt (6:11,12, 7).

God had told Noah to bring pairs of each kind of land animal on board the Ark, including, evidently, the dinosaurs (7:15). Recognizing that as reptiles, dinosaurs would have continued to grow as long as they lived, implying that the oldest would be the largest, there was plenty of room on board the Ark for the younger ones. Thus the dinosaurs on board the Ark probably would have been young adults, no bigger than a cow perhaps. But the world after the Flood was much different than before, with much less vegetation and a colder, harsher climate, and evidently the dinosaurs gradually died out. Perhaps they were even hunted to extinction, as would be indicated by the many legends of dragons, the descriptions of which closely resemble dinosaurs.(Dr. John Morris, president of the Institute for Creation Research)

Gen 8:18  And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:
Gen 8:19  Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
They were to go down from the mountains.

Gen 8:20  And Noah builded an altar untothe LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Wow!  He could not wait until they had reproduced? That was a true sacrifice.

The Jews have a tradition that the place where Noah built his altar was the same in which the altar stood which was built by Adam, and used by Cain and Abel, and the same spot on which Abraham afterwards offered up his son Isaac.

Gen 8:21  And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
The sweet savor was the prayers and obedience of Noah. For without a heart for God, the sacrifices meant nothing to God. An example is Israel at the time of Jeremiah.
Jer 7:22  For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
Jer 7:23  But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
Jer 7:24  But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
Jer 7:25  Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them:
Jer 7:26  Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.
Jer 7:27  Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee.
Jer 7:28  But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
Jer 7:29  Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem,and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on high places; for the LORD hath rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath.
Jer 7:30  For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it.

Gen 8:22  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

What a wonderful promise. The order of nature destroyed for a year by the flood, was restored again. God was no longer angry with man. All will continue in seasons until the end.
2 Pet 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Pet 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2 Pet 3:11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
2 Pet 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
2 Pet 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
The sin nature was not removed. God is loving but he is also the giver of wrath and judgement upon the disobedient.


Sunday, May 6, 2007

Isaiah 16 - The Sin of Pride

The Sin of Pride

Isa 16:6 We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.

Moab's sin was pride. Although they were a small nation, they were judged because of their pride. God does not like people to be full of pride and to not honor him in all they do. The prominent movement of pride that comes to mind is "Gay pride," that which is abomination to God, some people call pride.

Ezek 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
Ezek 16:50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

Psa 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Psa 10:5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
Psa 10:6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.

Prov 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Prov 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
Prov 8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
Prov 8:16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
Prov 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Isa 16:7 Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the foundations of Kirhareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are stricken.
Isa 16:8 For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah: the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come even unto Jazer, they wandered through the wilderness: her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.

The Moabites took great pride in their vineyards, but God used the lords of the nations to break them down, and to destroy everything Moab took pride in. Even though this prophecy was given before the judgement of God, pride kept them from hearing and changing their hearts. How many do we witness to who will not hear our message, because of pride in something else. Even pride in their rebellious hearts?

Prov 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Prov 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Prov 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Jer 48:29 We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart.
Jer 48:30 I know his wrath, saith the LORD; but it shall not be so; his lies shall not so effect it.
Jer 48:31 Therefore will I howl for Moab, and I will cry out for all Moab; mine heart shall mourn for the men of Kirheres.

What do we have pride in? Is the Lord the center of all we love and do?

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1 John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

1 Cor 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
1 Cor 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.
1 Cor 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
1 Cor 16:16 That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.
1 Cor 16:17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.
1 Cor 16:18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.

Eaglewings Ministries

Friday, May 4, 2007

Genesis 7 - Aboard the Ark

Aboard the Ark

Gen 7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

His was the only family who worshipped and obeyed God.

Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Gen 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

There were clean animals, those suitable for food and for sacrifice. God had revealed this to Noah, before the law was given. Clean beasts were gathered in seven pairs and the unclean in twos; male and female.

Gen 7:3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

This rule applied to the fowls of the air, as well. For example: seven pairs of geese, a clean bird and one pair of heron.

Gen 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
Gen 7:5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
Gen 7:6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
Gen 7:7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
Gen 7:8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
Gen 7:9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
Gen 7:10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
Gen 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

Fountains of the deep were broken up. The water under the earth.

Windows of heaven were opened. The firmament that was lifted up.

Gen 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. The firmament was there; a large supply of water that dropped to the earth. It had never rained, now it came down in a deluge.

Gen 7:12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

The number 40 would be associated with trials and testings.

Moses was on Mt. Sinai 40 days to receive the law and the people fell into sins.

Exo 24:18 And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.

Exo 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

The 12 spies searched the promise land 40 days and 10 of the princes brought an evil report of no faith.

Num 13:25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

Num 13:31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
Num 13:32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.

Num 14:6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
Num 14:7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
Num 14:8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
Num 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Jesus fasted in the desert 40 days and was tempted by the devil

Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.
Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

Jesus appeared after the resurrection 40 days and still most would not believe.

Acts 1:3 To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

Are you going through a 40 day time of testing? Stand fast and trust the Lord. Be a people of faith, for unbelief is of the devil.

Gen 7:13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;

On the appointed day, all the family entered the finished ark. Jesus is our ark and by the faith of the mother and father all the family will enter into him and dwell in safety. Keep interceding in prayer, for salvation is of the LORD.

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Acts 16:32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
Acts 16:33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

Gen 7:14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
Gen 7:15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.

God controls the animals. Noah did not have to go looking, for God sent them two by two and of the clean animals and birds, by sevens. All that had the breath of life.

Gen 7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

The LORD shut the door of the ark. The LORD chose them, selected and delivered them and kept them safe within. This is exactly how he saves us in Jesus.

God the Father chooses

John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
John 6:39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Gen 7:17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
Gen 7:18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
Gen 7:19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

All the earth was covered with water.

In the early days of geology, especially during the 17th and 18th centuries, the dominant explanation for the sedimentary rocks and their fossilized contents was that they had been laid down in the great Flood of the days of Noah.

Toward the end of the 18th century, and especially in the first half of the 19th century, the ancient pagan evolutionary philosophies began to be revived and promoted by the various socialistic revolutionary movements of the times. These could make little headway, however, as long as the scientists were predominantly creationists. Evolution obviously required aeons of geologic time and the scientific community, including the great Isaac Newton himself, was committed to the Ussher chronology, with its recent special creation and worldwide Flood.

Therefore, it was necessary, first of all, that the Flood be displaced as the framework of geologic interpretation, so that earth history could once again, as in the days of the ancient Greek and Oriental philosophers, be expanded into great reaches and cycles of time over endless ages.

Ussher Chronology

Up until fairly recently, nearly all printings of the King James Bible included dates in the marginal notes which helped place Biblical events in their chronological context. Using this as a guide we can see that "God created the heaven and the earth" in 4004 b.c.; the Flood covered the Earth in 2348 b.c.; the Exodus occurred in 1491 b.c.; David became King of Israel in 1056 b.c.; and the Nation of Judah was carried into captivity in 593 b.c. Obviously, the numbers are helpful in understanding the sequence and timing of events, but where did they come from, and are they reliable?

The chronology was derived by Archbishop James Ussher, and first published in a.d. 1650.

While Ussher had access to documents we no longer have, numerous discoveries have come to light since Ussher, which enhance our understanding. But none of them change his conclusions to any great extent. There have been over 100 attempts to establish a chronology since Ussher, and each one is slightly different, but all are fairly close to his.

Gen 7:20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
Gen 7:21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
Gen 7:22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

All flesh that breathed air died, this does not apply to water creatures.

In the Scopes Monkey Trial, Clarence Darrow humiliated William Jennings Bryan by asking him if he believed every word in the Bible. When Bryan said he did, Darrow asked him how the fish drowned in the flood. Bryan didn't know the answer, gave a great, confused speech, and died the next day. If only he would have known the Bible better, he would have known it says All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. The fish did not die in the flood; only animals with the breath of life in them died, the animals on dry land.(Guzik)

Gen 7:23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
Gen 7:24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

How could the animals survive all this time? There was food and perhaps God put them in a state of slumber or hibernation. Perhaps there were angels aboard controlling the animals?This way the lions would not eat the deer, etc. If God closed the Lions mouth for Daniel, he could do it on the ark.

Isaiah 16 - Receive the refugees

Receive the refugees

Isa 16:4 Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.

A change of focus from Moab reconciling with Jerusalem and paying tribute, to the asking of Moab to receive the refuges from Jerusalem. Remember when king David was fleeing from a hostile King Saul, that he brought is family to dwell in Moab?

1 Sam 22:3 And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.
1 Sam 22:4 And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the hold.

This prophecy from Isaiah was of a future event; perhaps at the time of the antichrist Beast, when Israel had to flee his persecution.

Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Mat 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Mat 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
Mat 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Mat 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

Speaking of Israel, as the woman.

Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

The eagle was an airplane, perhaps?

Isa 16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.

Jesus returns to establish his throne at Jerusalem, for the Millennial reign. The Messiah of the tabernacle or house of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

2 Pet 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Heb 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Jesus shall reign!

Eaglewings Ministries

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Isaiah 16 - Send ye the Lamb

Send ye the Lamb

Isa 16:1 Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

The LORD speaks through Isaiah to Moab to once again bring tribute to Jerusalem, in submission to God. They had done this until King Ahab was dead.

2 Ki 3:4 And Mesha king of Moab was a sheepmaster, and rendered unto the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred thousand rams, with the wool.
2 Ki 3:5 But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.

Just a thought on this. King Ahab and Jezebel were wicked and were judged by God. When a nation turns from the worship of God in truth and turns to idols, then God allows other nations to despise them. We are despised by other nations, even ungodly nations, some from envy, others because of the evil they see from the suppliers of pornography, violent entertainment and wasteful living. Some despise us because they serve another god and see weakness and an opportunity to conquer us, exploiting our weaknesses. Without unity and God's help, no nation can survive.

Isa 16:2 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.
Isa 16:3 Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.

Moab under judgement wanders aimlessly as birds cast from the nest. God counsels them once again to submit to the king of Jerusalem. The real king is the LORD and Jerusalem is the place of worship. Make thy shadow as the night. To dwell in a shadow is protection.

Psa 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

Send ye the Lamb of God!