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Yes scripture comes to me as do Christian songs when in times of trouble

God reminds me to lean on him
Proverbs 3:5

and I remember to tell the devil where to go - far away from me and behind me
Matthew 16:23 and Mark 8:33

Thank you for inviting to one year Bible reading blog,
your description on Old and New testaments are really good which I'm in search and the image of Jesus Christ sitting on the rock alone is very beautiful art on your post I think He is thinking about his children to save form there sin. No I'm not memorizing scriptures from now I will try to do that and thanks for your good advise form your post.

I love the book of Matthew and today's reading about the baptism of Jesus is wonderful. Whenever I feel like I'm being tempted I bring to mind the days that Jesus spent in the desert being tempted. I don't have scripture memorized but when I bring these temptation versus to mind and how Jesus used scripture to ward off the devil, the temptation in my life seems to vanish.

Genesis 7:2-3
2 "You shall take with you of every (AH)clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female;
3 also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth.

In Genesis 7:2-3 it says that Noah should take every clean animal by sevens and the unclean by two. It also mentions taking the birds by seven. Does this mean that of the clean animals he took seven of each or seven pairs of each? What does the reference to by sevens mean?

Yours in Christ
Skip

Mike you asked about memorization material - aids. This is a long one condense if you need to.

WHY MEMORIZE SCRIPTURE?
1. To avoid sin.
"Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee."
Psalm 119:11

2. Out of obedience.
"My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
Keep my commandments, and live;
and my law as the apple of thine eye.
Bind them upon thy fingers,
write them upon the table of thine heart."
Proverbs 7:1-3

3. In order to resist the devil
In Matthew 4 (which was in today's reading), Jesus was tempted three times by the devil, and each time He quoted scripture back saying "it is written...". In the end (v. 11) the devil left Him. We too can do that, if we lay up His words in our heart through memorization. John 14:26 says: "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."

4. To teach our children.
"And these words,
which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house,
and when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7

5. To be prepared to share the Gospel
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
and be ready always to give an answer to
every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you
with meekness and fear:
1 Peter 3:15
We are commanded to put on the armour of God which includes putting on shoes of preparation to share the Gospel. Ephesians 6:15 says "And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace." Memorization is one way to be prepared to share the Gospel.
That you may answer. Proverbs 22:20-21 says "Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?"

6. To overcome our own will
Then I said, I will not make mention of him,
nor speak any more in his name.
But his word was in mine heart
as a burning fire shut up in my bones,
and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
Jeremiah 20:9
In this time of Jeremiah's life, God's word had been made a "reproach" and a "derision" daily. So Jeremiah had a bad attitude and decided that he was no longer going to speak out for God. But God's word was burning inside him, and he could not stay silent.

Here´s a good Bible Memorization Plan:
1. Choose a topic
2. Find a verse and write it on a card
3. Read the verse several times for meaning
4. Set the verse aside until tomorrow
5. Read the verse phrase by phrase, looking away from it as you begin to remember the words. Repeat several times
6. Do this for five days in a row, or until you can remember the whole verse and its "address" (reference) without a prompt
7. Use weekends to review memorized verses.

This is a part of a series of lessons on memorization.

Hope it helps!

There's a beautiful picture,Enoch walked with God inspite of all the wickedness around.Today the issue of clean and unclean animals struck me because I thought this only came up when Israel was given a culture to follow by God.I see a lot of indications of commnunication and God revealing Himself from the start.
Funny that Lamech whose name was first associated with polygamy and killing two men give birth to Noah..Guess here again Noah had to decide who to follow,God or family tradition.Noah had one wife,no criminal record..I really can't see any verse that Noah's sons and daughter in law were also righteous...could Noah have interceeded for his family?(These are the musings of a girl praying for her unsaved family).Also signs of God's judgement were evident,His people were building an ark that must have been huge,putting together the world first's zoo....Even Lamech hoped God's curse would be lifted
"Now he called his name Noah, saying, "This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from (G)the ground which the LORD has cursed."
Yet though God still communicated with His people,His laws though not written were known,the people ignored the signs...they could have asked God...but they chose to go with what they knew/what was popular/what was comfortable..........................................................................
"(E)Therefore bear fruit (F)in keeping with repentance"
Another passage that stood out today,how many times have I repeatedly repented over the same issue...Guess,my memory verse this week should be"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires"...as well as other verses that have "self-control"in them...
God bless you all

My children and I find that we learn scriptures best through song. We sing them! If the scripture you want to remember has not been put to music, we make our own composition by using any well known tune

Genesis 5
You don't need Bible Code to make interesting discoveries

I buckle sometimes at reading genealogies, but if you look at names from Adam to Noah and look at translations (meanings of names) - it gets kind of interesting.
Seth - Appointed
Enosh - Man
Kenan - To Acquire
Mahalalel - God's Praise
Jared - To descend
Enoch - Dedicated
Methusaleh - Man who was sent
Lamech - Mighty
Noah - Rest, Quiet, Peace
http://www.biblicalbabyname.com/

If you add the names Shem - dusky, Ham - black , Japheth - fair

We have:

Appointed Man to Acquire God's Praise to descend...Dedicated Man who was sent ..Mighty...Rest, Quiet, Peace.... dusky, black, fair (the whole world)

I guess you have to assume that the appointed man was to bring: Rest, Quiet, Peace to the whole world. However, I think this is a good enough description of Christ.

I apologize if this is "old hat" to some, but I found it kind of neat and wanted to share.
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Kill or Corrupt

Satan has two strategies kill or corrupt.

Satan is not omniscient, and probably thought Abel was "the Redeemer". After working on Cain, and getting Abel dispatched - along came Seth. Realizing that God can always raise another, he shifted strategies to Corruption.

If he could corrupt the whole world, and make God mad enough to just give up and destroy it - he WINS.

Satan must have been dancing a jig. How close did God allow it to get. EIGHT PEOPLE.

I am not sure about the "sons of God" - I lean to "fallen angels" - but corruption took place, and it must have made Sodom look like Disney World.

The bottom line is God has a plan, and nothing Satan did surprises him or catches him off guard. Satan continues to kill and/or corrupt to this day, but in the end - he will lose.

if people have natural questions about the flood - you may want to go here:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/faq/flood.asp
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Matt 4

I used to think that the Temptation was a picture of the Second Adam (Jesus) passing the test that Adam and Eve failed. It may be that, but I have run across another picture of this chapter.

Jesus originally came for the Jewish nation, the nation that had failed so miserably in following and obeying God.

This story seems to reflect Jesus' success where Israel failed. Jesus seems to be repeating Israel's wilderness experiance. After coming out of the water, Jesus is led into the wilderness for 40 days of hardship (like the 40 years for Israel).

One way to respond to Satan's temptations is given here - memorized scripture. It is not by chance that Jesus quoted Deut. - it was given to the Israelites before they entered the Wilderness.

1st temptation - Like with Eve it starts with doubt -"If you are the Son of God" and goes on to say - you can not trust God - go ahead and feed yourself. You don't need God, why wait for nourishment from Him. Go ahead - Do it yourself.

Jesus' resoponse was from Deut 8:3. Jesus responds to Satan's temptation by trusting God's word. The Spirit of God led him into the wilderness, and this fast was evidently God's idea. Jesus experienced need in the wilderness, just as Israel (Exodus 16:2-3). But whereas Israel grumbled against the Lord (Exodus 17:2), Jesus does not. He trusts God to meet his needs, though he had every ability to meet them himself.
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2nd Temptation

OK - Jesus trust's God. Now the Devil says - let's test God. Throw yourself down and let the angels save you. Let's put this God you trust to the test.

Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy 6:16, which reads fully, "You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah." What happened at Massah? The people tested the Lord there by demanding that he give them water, demanding proof that the Lord was with them (Exodus 17:1-3, 7).

Jesus refuses to test God, but will follow His plan all the way to the cross.
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3rd Temptation

Ok, you trust God and refuse to test God while on this mission - but there is an easier way. Just worship me and I will give you this world that you came to save. Let's cut to the quick, and not go through with God's plan, and you can have it right now.

[NOTE: Interestingly, Jesus did not call Satan a liar. In fact the world belongs to Satan, and it will until Christ comes back.]

Jesus again quotes from Deuteronomy, and his specific use of Deuteronomy 6:13 is no accident. Israel was called to worship the Lord, but its ultimate failure was that it worshiped other gods. Its idolatry was its failure. The devil is the god behind all the false gods (1 Corinthians 10:19-20). Jesus again is walking in the footsteps of Israel, and he is tempted to fail where Israel failed.
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So Jesus trusted God, refused to test God, and would not worship false idols. Jesus comes through the Wilderness succeeding where Israel failed. Instead of being sent away in dispersal like the nation of Israel in it's failure to follow and obey God - Jesus is ministered to by Angels. Fed and protected like Israel would have been had it obeyed.

If Jesus had given in and sinned, then he could never have been the perfect sacrifice.

The Devil is a created being (fallen angel) - he was out of his league when he took on OUR LORD. And so it will be in the last days.

Hey all, my name is Kelly. :-) I'm a bit behind on commenting because I usually just read, but I really feel that as I begin this journey I need the fellowship and support of other believers to hold me accountable. I've never read through the entire Bible before, but I really feel God calling on me to pursue Him more so that I can better understand what His purpose for my life is. I am also currently (finally!) reading "The Purpose Driven Life" and I was so excited to see Proverbs 1, right on the first day of our reading!
"The purpose of these proverbs is to teach people wisdom and discipline, and to help them understand wise sayings. Through these proverbs, people will receive instruction in discipline, good conduct, and doing what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will make the simpleminded clever. They will give knowledge and purpose to young people."
Ahh, what a relief to know that God has a plan for me! I just graduated from college and I’m really having a hard time pinning down where exactly I should start. I know that God is in control and I’m learning to completely surrender to Him! In answer to today's questions: reading scripture and memorizing have always been something that I struggle with, but I'm praying that as I become intentional about learning more, the desire to know more will grow. I have so many favorite verses! My favorite book is James though. Kinda reminds me as I'm going through the tough stuff that I'm going through it so God can refine me and that I'm never alone. Anyway, looks like I've babbled on long enough.
I look forward to many things as we go on this journey together!
Kelly

I definately love John's boldness in Matthew. he paved the way, he never considered himself great, he said, One is coming who is far greater, One who's shoe straps i am notfit to buckle. John must have been so blessed! wat an amazing purpose in life!
Water baptism means nothing if we are not renewed on the inside and baptitized in the Spirit. Our hearts must be circumsized, we must put off the old man, reckon him/her dead, and put on the new. When we truely repent and Christ enters our lives, we are saved. Its an inward change and only can be done by the power of the spirit. Outward acts may testify to what happened on the inside, but outward acts alone, within the change inward is worthless.

I was thinking about Jesus' temptation...I often saw pics when i was a kid of this hideous devil speaking with Jesus. I believe it was a temptation like we face...we dont see it, its our inward thoughts, subtle...like say we find a wallet full of money and we feel this urge to take the money...that is satan tempting us. We must obey and use of scripture is very necessary, for example, just saying in your mind over and over, 'tho shall not steal'. the enemy will flee. the enemy appeals to our individual desires. No matter what, we can always cry out as Peter did when he was sinking, 'Lord, save me!' when your tempted with watver, cry out to God, Lord svae me! DEFINATELY memorizing scripture for our indidvidual attacks/temptations is critical...it is soooo powerful. i wasted too many years trying to fight off temptation on my own instead of grabbing the sword, the word of God!

Also VERY important to see in Matt 4...satan knows scripture! He will use this in our temptations...we must be discerning!!!

In Psalm I loved: "But you are a shield around me, O LORD". How true...to fully trust God has your back at all times is such a peace and comfort.
v. 8 "From the LORD comes deliverance". I love this...so true!
v.3 stood out for me as well: "Many are saying of me, 'God will not deliver him.'"
...this is a reminder not to listen to others, ppl may discourage us, both unbeleivers and believers (in my life anyhow). But trust the Lord, listen to Him, dont receive what the naysayers speak. (in fact there are many unbelievers in my life that are more supportive than sum believers! they will encourage me to trust in my God! whereas some of the believers in my life have discouraged me.) Its very imprtant to build each other up, especially those of the same faith! How awful when we tear our brothers and sisters down!

Prov: "if sinners entice you, do not give in to them" this reminds me of the other day's readings, eve enticed adam. But in the end, it was adam's fault for his sin and eve who blamed the serpant, it was her sin as well. We should not give in when enticed, but when if we do, we have NO one else to blame but ourselves. Lets not pass the buck, but take responsiblity for our wrong!

Gen has more great history! Wow, some old peeps. I would not want to live on earth that long! How cool, "Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away". This is the only man that didnt have a physical death....he was just raptured out. Lucky guy ;)
Another verse that stood out: "My Spirit will not contend with man forever..." God will not strive with hardened hearts forever..there is a point where God will give people over to their sins, tho know God is very patient and longsuffering.
Gen 6:6 touched me as well, "The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain". aaaaw :(( I know I have pained the Lord many times.
I believe it took Noah like 40 yrs to build the ark? around there...and he was mocked by the ppl, this guy making this huge boat for this suposed flood...they thought he was off his rocker. Oh but, why or why did God allow the cockroach, potato bug, and those nasty things to remain, haha. Its amazing tho, God had control of those animals.
notice Gen. 7 tells Noah to go in the ark and the rain will begin in 7 days...God was giving ppl time to repent...God is always gracious!
I definately believe in the literal flood...there were seashells found at the top of the Hymalayas...there's all kinds of evidence to support that! Love today's readings!!

Hi,

I just wanted to say I am committed to OYB. I am excited about this journey. I am here to encourage everyone, I have had many a trial in my life but God is ever faithful. Here is to us being faithful back throughout this year. Have a great day and stay encouraged.

Dan

When I read about Noah, it makes me think back when I was a little girl. I used to have a cassette from The Ark of Noah. I remember hearing the rain fall down, I was pretty scared to hear it! It sounded like a huge flood in my own room! Funny to think about how I thought about it when I was a little girl, I thought of it as a "Exciting story!", never understood why there was a flood. I remember God telling Noah to make the ark, but I never wondered why. But I did know that Noah was pretty lucky that God told him to build an ark, that way he was saved! And I still feel that way! Noah and his family were lucky to be the chosen ones!

I like reading Matthew. I saw 3:16 marked in my Bible "And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;". I marked it during my readings in the week after I got saved. The Pastor gave me a little book that I had to study in the first week of my rebirth, he told me that it was an important week. In that week I read about Jesus being baptised. I recognize what you wrote "whenever we make a public declaration that we love Jesus and God and that we want to follow him, the devil and temptation very likely will appear". I had a hard week after my baptism. I really didn't know what happened. I had thought that weren't mine, I had moment that I was scared in my own house, I was impatient towards Jaden, I wanted to go to the midweekservice and got a temporary flue that only lasted 3 hours. I didn't know what happened! I was not myself! Finally on Sundaymorning I went to church, I got sick Sundaymorning but I faught myself through that, I got into the car, I hardly saw a thing, I was so sick! When I arrived in church I cried all the way to the altar, I got on my knees and prayed together with one of my sisters. After the service my pastor layed his hand on my forehead and that was the moment of relieve! I faught for a week and then finally the devil left me alone 4:11 "Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to Him". I didn't know what happened to me that week. My pastor told me that I had 'attacks', I didn't know it had a name! I didn't know everybody goes through that from time to time. I had my struggles, but not like in the week after my baptism. That was so heavy and intens ... Now I know that if that happens again I just have to find my way to go to church. Sick or not sick, just make sure to get there. So I can pray at the altar. The devil just doesn't want me to go to my Fathers house. But now I'll make sure that I'll get there! No matter how sick I am!!!

Again such a wonderful Psalm!!! Verse 3 stood out for me "But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head". Because of His strength I can lift my head up high, no matter what! Thinking of myself as being His child makes me lift up my head. I want God to shine through me while I lift my head! Because of Him I am the person that I want to be!!

Proverbs 1:17 stoot out for me today "If a bird sees a trap being set, it knows to stay away". Well, let me be a bird then!!! I mostly stay away when I see a trap being set. But I can be naive from time to time or I can trust people when they say "It's not a trap, it just looks like one". You know what I mean? But I surely want to teach myself, or I have to say "have God teach me" to recognize a trap and to stay away from it!

WOW! People lived really long! I'm with Jenny on that one, I wouldn't want to live that long. I thought it was funny how God says in Gen 6:3 "My spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal, his days will be a hundred and twenty years" - Kind of like God got tired of all our sin and takes away years of our life. Just a reminder that God is in control...He gives and he takes away.

Matthew 3:8, John the Baptist says "produce fruit in keeping with repentance" - I love that! It's so reminds me that I need to continually confess and turn from sin in order to still be productive for God. If there is unconfessed sin in my life, there is a barrier between me and God and I probably won't be as effective in resisting temptation, sharing my faith or obeying God the way that I should.

I also like to be remineded of my baptism. I was baptized as an infant but when I got saved, I wanted to come up out of that water so badly! And when I finally was able to...WOW...what a feeling of freedom! I will cherish that day forever!

Psalm 3 is just awesome for me and my husband right now. We are praying for a new job for him because he travels ALOT with the one he has now. Psalm 3 reminds me that God has our back...He is in control and He is the shield around us. Even when it feel like the enemy is coming at us from all angles, God sustains us to keep pressing on and trust Him. I also love the verse that says "from the Lord comes deliverance" - what a great memory verse in times of any trouble!

Proverbs is great! Even though we need to be around non-christians in order to share Jesus with them, we do not have to "be enticed by them or give in to them" - I know some of my friends do things that I no longer do - it's tough saying "no" sometimes and being the outcast - but because of my own convictions, I know there are certain things that I can no longer be a part of or I wll fall back in to my old ways! I love my non-christian friends...even thought they think I've fallen off the deep end, I love them and pray that God will open their eyes and heart to Him!

Genesis 6
1 When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them,
2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.

Or, hey! anyone here have a problem with motion sickness? I don't think they were issued any Dramamine!


Angels are depicted as women in our culture.

Yet I believe every angel in scripture has been described as masculine.

Where did we get this concept of angels being feminine? We put them on the tops of Christmas trees, they are portrayed as babies in pictures, and yet each time I read about angels in scripture men are in such awe of them that they fall to their knees, and how frightening would it be for feminine or infantile angels to be guarding the garden of Eden?

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150 days of flooding! That is five months folks! You get stuck in an ark with all those bleating animals, feeding all that livestock, cleaning out all the excrement, and trying to eat with that stench, you BETTER be righteous, or there is going to be a problem, HOUSTON! *LOL*

I live in the Pacific Northwest, and science has determined that the amount of rain here causes depression in many people, and they advise heat lamps to treat the depression!

Just imagine if you don't get along with your mother-in-law in that ark!

Or not just TWO women in the same kitchen--you have FOUR women now who perform their tasks with their personal ritual.

Oh, and how about all that testosterone, guys? Brothers notoriously are having spats!

My what a ride that must have been for five long months!!!

Or, hey! Anyone have problems with motion sickness? I don't think they issued any Dramamine back then.
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Matthew 4
4Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'[a]"

I think of how God created the heavens and the earth, this was all SPOKEN into existence. Scripture says our days are numbered! It is only because of the WORD THAT COMES FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD that accounts for our very existence at this moment!
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Selah

I don't know exactly where I heard that this means: Meditate on this.

I think it may have been through one of Bill Gothard's seminars--anyway, whenever I see "Selah" in the Psalms, I pause (I hope I meditate too).

On memorizing Scripture I find that learning hymns or listening and singing great musical works as found in Handels' Messiah helps.

Join the choir and you will learn to sing praises to God and commit to memory great biblical verses.

Matthew 3:7-4:11


My attention was caught straight away by the first verse in today’s Gospel reading:

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them. “You brood of snakes!” he exclaimed. “Who warned you to flee God’s coming wrath? (NIV)

In the previous day’s readings, verses 5 & 6 of chapter 3, people, plan folk, the ones sitting in the pew, were coming and getting baptized and there was not a peep from John about their state. He didn’t rebuke them but when the leadership showed John started doing dome snake killing. I have noticed in my readings that it is leadership that God rebukes, it is leadership that is held to a greater standard. Leadership must not only look out for the sheep (AKA, sheeple), but they also must not ass-u-me that their position shields them from scrutiny by God. The people they shepherd might look up to them but God is looking down on them with a great big magnifying glass.

Righteousness is NOT based on what we do for the church, our neighbors or our family, righteousness is based on what Jesus Christ has done for us and us accepting it and walking in it.

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"
Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented. (Mat 3: 13-15 NIV)

John, in his own understanding of sin and holiness just knew that Jesus didn’t need to be baptized; however, Jesus knew that he had to be baptized because he needed to obey and also to begin his ministry. So too we may be discouraged by believers to refrain from doing something that God has appointed us to do but because we listen to them and follow their advice doesn’t mean we are operating out of righteousness. Righteousness isn’t righteous unless it is in the Father’s will.

Grace and peace.

This is just a note, right now, to you friends!
I'm playing catch up... duh! I waited cuz I didn't have where 1 year thru the Bible would start. duh!!! I shoulda known. I have a 3 day travelling job- out of touch online, unless I go to hotel on layover- which I never seem to do; sleep is necessary.
Anyway, I'm just bout caught up with ya!!!! By tonight for sure. I love reading your comments, but specifically avoided today's--- til I'm there! From now on I'll be in the Word whether outa town or not; cuz I got my bearings!
Missed roll call, but better later than never- don't you think?
1st question I remember- yes I have read the whole Bible. Have not read it in this orderly, godly way, positive study type situation before. Study it has been- for me who has read His Word- WOW- His mercies are new every day! I have learned stuff I never knew before. Wonder why? How will the Lord use this for His Glory? ... or maybe it's just for me!
'Til next time- I share again- " that they would desire the mercies of the God of heaven."
YSIC, susanne

Just an interesting tidbit from the begats... After Methuselah lived 187 he begat Lamech... who lived 182 years before he begat Noah. Noah was 600 years old when the floodwaters came. So that same year, his Grandpa Methuselah was how old? 969. Coincidental (?) that he lived 969 years hearing his own grandson preaching righteousness... and then died the year of the flood.

Someone here on the list commented that they struggled with the 'begats'. I did too... until I encountered someone who told me they believed 'Genesis was a poem -- only to be taken figuratively'. I thought about it a moment and asked if Jesus was historical. "Sure". Then go backwards a few begats, I asked him... Was David historical? "Sure". Then go further backwards some more begats... Was Abraham historical? Adam & Eve? You can see the point... Those begats then tend to force us to make a conscious decision to either read His Word at face-value... or decide to 'take it figuratively' and just make it come out however WE WANT IT to come out.

It's early in the year. If we're to read His Word at face-value, there are a lot of wildly miraculous accounts ahead of us... of angels, waters parting, prophesies coming true, water turned into wine... and God coming down as a man and dying on behalf of people like us. We might as well decide now if we can handle a God of the wildly miraculous... or not.

I'm committed to learning from Jesus' role model to rebuke the devil's temptations with Scripture. I used to memorize at least 2 passages of Scripture every week, but I haven't done that for a while. But now when temptations or difficulties come up, the Scripture that I memorized before always comes to mind still. This passage in Matt 4 reminds me that I should commit to memorizing more scripture on a regular basis again. OK this is going to be one of my goals in 2008!

The verses I have found useful in my life are many, some of them include: Psalm 46:1, Proverbs 3:5-6, Philippians 4:4,6-7, Romans 8:28, Matthew 6:33, John 15:5 and Revelation 3:20.

In terms of Selah in response to Jit, I heard someone described it as follows:

S: Silent yourself
E: Enter into God's Presence
L: Listen to God
A: Admit your sin
H: Humble yourself

I think these are good things to do before reading God's word everyday. What do you think?

I just want to thank you for this wonderful ministry you have here! I came to the One Year Bible website to just get the passages to read thoughout the year without having to buy a One Year Bible and to share this with my family. I wanted to, as a family, commit to read through the bible in one year. I have done it once and I tell you-even though I wasn't "studying" the bible, I was more calm, at peace and I believe God blessed the effort. Faith comes from hearing the word-THE BIBLE and also JESUS who is the word. I was surprised to see this wonderful link that brought me to this page. I can't tell you what the images, pictures, commentary and videos mean to me. I read the word, I read the commentary, I see the word pictures you use to illustrate certain truths from the bible and I especially like the video and music you have. I am learning in many ways! I too have tried to learn scripture in the past. I carried cards around with me to review when I have a free moment and took the opportunity when I was exercising to memorize it too-what else was I going to do? I want to get back in that habit because I know how valuable it is. Many times the Holy Spirit has brought scripture to my head and heart when I needed it. I have many times asked God for a certain scripture-I worry about my salvation and relationship with God-and He has "given" it to me in odd ways! He is so good! I pray that my family takes the opportunity to read the bible this year and to take advantage of the time and effort you take Mike to put this lovely commentary and visual aids! God bless you! I look forward to journeying through the bible with you and the other members of my family and my spiritual brothers and sisters!

One way I have found memorizing scripture to be sort of fun is to write verses on index cards. Then, I put them in my pocket and everytime I reach in there out of habit I just feel the paper and recite the verse in my head. My friend likes to use a dice but I always forget the words, so I find it helpful to have the words in my pocket in case I forget.
I as well, would like to have more scripture memorized!
One verse that I know foward and backword is Romans 8:28. Everyday I get goose bumps and feel completely comforted by that verse!! Have a great day! =)

What strikes me today with the readings is Matthew 4:10, You shall worship the Lord Your God, and serve Him only (NASB). I have to admit that my flesh gets the better of me at times. I need to really worship and serve God only, otherwise the devil with overpower me.

Every word in today's reading has blessed my heart and has revealed the love of God in greater perspective to me.
Matt. 4:4 is very important to store in our memories because the devil does not rest from tempting the children of God, so when the old man comes our way we should be ready to ward him off with the writen word of God as Jesus did. Every word of God is important!!!
Turning the verses to a song is a good way to memorise the word, it has often helped me.

I love the story of Noah, most of it has to do with the fact that my son (5) loves it so much. It's one of his favorite stories from the Bible. I love it when my son tells me story from Noah's Arc. It's encouraging to see how my son understands the story! Not to long ago he and a friend of his (not Christian from down our street) came to our house, it was for the first time. The first thing he emmidiatly saw is that we don't have a tv, I was thinking to myself "You can watch tv at home? Why would you go to someone else's house to watch tv?". It didn't make any sense to me. But okay, he was considering going home because we didn't have a tv, but my son showed him the cd "Old Testament". "It's not a music cd! It's stories from God!!!!!!! Great adventures by God!". This kid was not amused by the Creation, nor by Adam & Eve, nor by Cain & Abel ... but I saw his mouth wide open while they were listerning to Noah's Arc! He was asking all kinds of questions, so my son went upstairs to get his Arc from Playmobil. To visualize the whole story ... I was so proud of my little boy! He explained the story over and over again. His friend asked him who God was and my son answered "He is the Father of all fathers!". I never taught him that, so afterwards I asked him how he got an answer like that. He told me "Well, when daddy talks to God, he calls Him Father God. Grandpa calls God Father and so do other daddy's too. So I suppose God is the Father of all fathers". Anyways, what I was trying to say at first: Noah's Arc really makes people think about things. Just like my son's friend, he asked things too. A few days later his mother came to ask if they could borrow the cd and she asked where I bought it, she went to the cd-store, but they didn't have it. My son, the little evangelist!!! I pray that those people will get more curious and want more from God's Word!

"Our lives should look very different from our past. Do they?" ~ I can't even begin to tell you how different my life today is from the past! I came to Jesus, accepted Him as God's offer, asked Him to live in my heart and from that day on my life hasn't been the same. I believe that is the only way. To radicly serving the Lord! You have to decide which god you're going to serve. You can't serve both God and Mammon. You can't be in both the world and Gods Kingdom. It will only mess up your mind! It will stagnate your growth in Christ! Really, it hasn't been easy for me, people have been mean to me, calling me names and talk behind my back. But I pray for them and hoping that, someday, I can be an example for them.

"If the devil showed up to tempt Jesus, don't you think he might try to show up in our lives when we are starting something big in our faith walk?" ~ Sure, the devil hates it when we give it all to the Lord! He hates it when we deliver ourselves to the Lord! Satan always bothers and attacks us right before a breakthrough. When I have the worst attacks I know I'm getting closer and closer to a breakthrough. Satan tries it every time, it's getting really old. But that's satan: predictable. Doesn't he know it??? WE WIN!!!!!!

OLD TESTAMENT - Genesis 5:1-7:24

Quote: "...Those who believe these ages in this genealogy are literal believe this is the case because of a few reasons: 1. the human race was more genetically pure in this early time period, so diseases did not shorten life spans; 2. no rain had yet fallen on the earth - until the next chapter - so the expanse of water above the earth protected people from environmental factors; and/or 3. God gave people longer life spans so they would have time to fill the earth - per Genesis 1:28... "

I believe that the ages are literal years. All of these reasons given for the long life spans may have validity. However, my view is closer to the "genetically pure " concept. My conviction is that the long life spans were primarily due to the effects of the Tree of Life which were still in the genes of the children of Adam and Eve. This effect seemed to have gradually weakened over time with each passing generation resulting in the shorter life spans.

In the Kingdom Age, which is the millennial reign of Jesus Christ on earth, life spans of people will again be dramtically lengthened which will be due to the elimnation of poverty, starvation, disease and war. A person in that day who dies at the age of 100 will be as an infant today who dies within days of their birth. Most people will probably live through the entire 1,000 years of that age. Nevertheless some will die because of sins that they committ and death at the age of 100 will be viewed as premature in that day.

" And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. "

- Isaiah 65:19-20 ( kjv )


Quote: " In Genesis 6 we read about the Flood. Most evangelical commentaries say that this was a literal flood that covered the entire earth, while some do say that it's possible that it was a flood that covered the Mesopotamian region of the earth. More seem to go with a literal flood covering the entire earth..."

I believe that it was a worldwide flood, not a regional flood. Common sense alone says that it had to be worldwide to drown all life on the face of the earth and for there to be a water level high enough cover the highest mountaintops. One thing I found interesting when I visited the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona several years ago was that the tour guide told us that the area was once covered by an ocean. It was likely the Great Flood which also carved out the Grand Canyon.

NEW TESTAMENT - Matthew 3:7-4:11

OYB Quote: "...Verses 16 & 17 are phenomenal as we see the three persons of the Trinity interacting with each other! God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit..."

Good point! The Bible also says again:

" For there are THREE that bear record in heaven, THE FATHER, THE WORD [ JESUS ], and THE HOLY GHOST: and THESE THREE ARE ONE."

- 1 John 5:7 ( kjv )

Though Judaism rejects the doctrine of the Trinity there is Scriptural support for the teaching in the Old Testment:

" And GOD said, Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So GOD created man in his own image, in the image of GOD created he him; male and female created he them."

- Genesis 1:26-27 ( kjv )


" Hear, O Israel: The LORD our GOD is ONE LORD: "

- Deuteronomy 6:4 ( kjv )

* Please note that the word " GOD " ( Gen 1:26; Deu 6:4 ) is transliterated from the original Hebrew word " ELOYHIM " ( el-o-heem' ) and it's usage is plural. The word " ONE " ( Deu 6:4 ) is transliterated from the original Hebrew word " echâd
" ( ekh-awd' ) meaning "united " or " to unify."


Concerning the testing of Jesus in the wilderness by Satan, I will just add that it is important to note that the Devil is also very knowledgable about the Word of God and that he will twist or distort the Scriptures to try and deceive us as He did Jesus. Generally Satan works through false teachers which is why it is so important to take care when studying the Bible that we are " rightly dividing the word of truth " ( 2 Timothy 2:15 ) lest we also be found guilty of this sin. Satan will also exploit the Bible illiteracy of those who have not taken time to read and study the Bible for themselves, nor have been stablished in the Word, and of course those also who have not been taught properly ( 2 Peter 3:16 ).

OLD TESTAMENT: Several verses in Genesis stood out to me today.

First, Gen 5:24 "Enoch walked with God; then he was no more because God took him away.

I have always been fascinated by Enoch's life. What kind of man must he have been that the Lord would just take him like that? I understand this passage to mean Enoch didnt experience the normal earthly death we all will experience but that he was taken up to be with the Lord. I think about Enoch and wonder what he was like. What did he do or say that made him stand out or make him special that the Lord would do this? Obviously I dont have any answers but I thought I would pose the question in case any of you have thoughts or comments about it.


Secondly, another part of Genesis that always puzzled me is the reference to "the sons of God" in Genesis 6:2. Over the years I have heard alot of wild things about this portion of scripture, some suggesting these were fallen angels that married human women. Can anyone one shed light on this and also what were Nephilim, referenced in verse 6:4?

When I read the story of Noah it always amazes me how obedient he was several times in these chapters it states "Noah did everything just as God commanded him." Of course God's covenant with Noah and his percise building instructions must of helped remove any doubt that the flood would come. Still I cant even imagine what Noah must of felt.

I long to be that obedient! Noah really understood his life and the lives of his family were at stake not to mention the survival of the human race. Talk about pressure!

This was a good read today...truly a blessing.

RITA: " I have always been fascinated by Enoch's life. What kind of man must he have been that the Lord would just take him like that? I understand this passage to mean Enoch didnt experience the normal earthly death we all will experience but that he was taken up to be with the Lord. I think about Enoch and wonder what he was like. What did he do or say that made him stand out or make him special that the Lord would do this? Obviously I dont have any answers but I thought I would pose the question in case any of you have thoughts or comments about it."

Hi Rita :) You are correct that Enoch did not die physically. God translated Him just as He will one day translate ALL believers in Jesus Christ who are alive in the hour when Christ comes for His Church which also includes those who have died in the Lord. Enoch is a foreshadow of what is known as the Rapture.

What was Enoch like? According to Genesis 5:24, " Enoch walked with God." The Scripture says the same thing about Noah ( Genesis 6:9 ) and also says that " Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord " ( Genesis 6:8 ). In other words Enoch and Noah walked by faith as all believers are called to do ( 2 Corinthians 5:7 ). Both Enoch and Noah are given as great examples of faith in Hebrews 11. Both were saved the same way that people are saved today which is by grace through faith. Of Enoch we read:

" BY FAITH Enoch was TRANSLATED THAT HE SHOULD NOT SEE DEATH; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that HE PLEASED GOD. But without FAITH it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

- Hebrews 11:5-6 ( kjv )


Although it is not mentioned in Genesis 5, it appears that Enoch was also a prophet of God who had foretold the Second Coming of Jesus Christ:

" And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,"

- Jude 1:14 ( kjv )

RITA: "Secondly, another part of Genesis that always puzzled me is the reference to "the sons of God" in Genesis 6:2. Over the years I have heard alot of wild things about this portion of scripture, some suggesting these were fallen angels that married human women. Can anyone one shed light on this and also what were Nephilim, referenced in verse 6:4? "

I agree with those who teach that these are angels. The same Hebrew text for " sons of God " in Genesis 6:2 is the same written of " the sons of God " in Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. From the Book of Job we know for a fact that these "sons of God " were angels because Satan was also among them ( Job 1:6 ). We also know from The Bible that angels are able to take on human form and appeared to men on earth as such. Although it is not said in The Bible, it is likely that God had forbidden them to touch women in a sexual manner but some obviously chose to disobey. Whether the angels spoken of in Genesis 6:2 had previously joined Satan in his attempt to overthrow God or whether they became fallen angels after they had sexual relations with women I cannot say for sure. I believe that these fallen angels are the same ones spoken of in The Bible who had left their place of principality in Heaven to come down to earth ( Jude 1:6 ) and are now bound in chains in the River Euphrates ( Revelation 9:14 ), which as has been mentioned in a previous blog, is the region where the Garden of Eden was located. In Jude 1:6 these angels are likened to the inhabitants of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah who had committed fornication and had gone after strange flesh ( sexual perversion ). I'm certain that sexual relations between angels and female human beings would be the ultimate sin of sexual perversion in God's sight. These angels will be loosed in the endtimes to go forth and deceive many nations but will be judged when Jesus Christ returns to earth.

" And THE ANGELS WHICH KEPT NOT THEIR FIRST ESTATE, BUT LEFT THEIR OWN HABITATION, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to FORNICATION, and GOING AFTER STRANGE FLESH, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."

- Jude 1:6 ( kjv )


My view also is that the nephallim were the offspring of these unions which resulted in a superhuman race of men who were giants on the earth. Some believe that the legendary heroes of Greek mythology such as Hercules mirror the account of the " mighty men which were of old, men of renown " which we read of here in Genesis 6. So maybe Hercules wasn't a myth after all. Evidently they were extremely wicked and violent which is one reason why God saw fit to destroy the inhabitants of the earth by The Flood. All of the nephallim perished by water. However, the genes may have been passed on even through Noah's three sons, most likely Ham, because the children of Israel saw remnants of the giants in the land of Caanan when they came out of Egypt and feared them. However, they did finally defeat them in battle. The bed of Og the King of Bashan was made of iron, was 13 1/2 feet long and 6 feet wide ( Deuteronomy 3:11 ) which should give you an idea of the size of this giant.

I hope that this answered your questions for you, Rita.

Are you memorizing Scripture on a regular basis?
No, not yet. But I know I need to.

Are you bringing Scripture to mind when faced with temptation or sadness or whatever ails you?
Yes.

I would love to know which verses you have found useful in your life?
Ummm... where do I begin? Currently Romans 8

Do you have advice on how to best go about memorizing Scripture?
I buy tiny notepads that I can flip between pages easily like flashcards.

Will you join me in my plan to memorize more Scripture verses in 2008?
Yes!

Also, what verses or insights stand out to you in today's readings?
Gen 6:6-7 - that it grieved God so much when His children sinned that He regretted ever having them.
Mt 3:17 (for personal reasons)=])
Ps 3 - this is one of my favorite Psalms. When I get discouraged, God is right there to comfort and deliver me

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