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Monday, April 10, 2006

Genesis 8:15-22

3R’s (Relax, Read and Reflect)
Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
15 Then God said to Noah, 16 "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it."
18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives. 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on the earth—came out of the ark, one kind after another.
20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though [
a] every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
22 "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."
Noah waits until God gives him the OK before he gets out. The last few days were he is on dry ground and he can see the area around him must have been very difficult to wait for God’s permission. His family was probably telling him that all was alright, and the animals could probably sense what was going on. But he showed patience.
When they got off the boat, they built an altar and had a barbeque. This is why a believe Noah was a Texan. God liked the way the barbeque smelled,(who wouldn’t) and he told Noah he would never destroy the earth. That must have been some good barbeque. Even though human inclination is toward evil, God continues to reach out to us. I, for one, am glad he does.
Prayer-Lord, thanks for always reaching out to us, even though you understand we are not worthy of your love. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do-Read Genesis 9:1-17

2 Comments:

Blogger Danielle said...

Could you explain the whole altar thing..is it a ceremony?

4:39 PM  
Blogger Steve Killam TMTL said...

In order to make a proper sacrifice to God, it had to be on an altar. This was a way of giving it to God. Cain and Able did it, soon we will read about Abraham and Issac. We still do this today. When we offer ourselves to God, many times we kneel at an altar. When some religions baptise by sprinkleing, they kneel at the altar. We take collections to the altar to offer them to God,etc. Noah offered his sacrifice, and he wanted to do it correctly. Since there were no trees around,(remember the flood) he used part of the ark.

6:45 PM  

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