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Several verses caught my eye in this reading, the first is:

1) 1When God created people, he made them in the likeness of God …3When Adam was 130 years old, his son Seth was born, and Seth was the very image of his father. (Genesis 5:1,3 NLT)

Hmm, First man was made in the image of God, and subsequently all the others were made in the image of his father, Adam. There is a BIG difference when we have an image of the original then when we make an image of the “copy” so to speak. (Could this have something to do with the sons of God/daughters of men? Just a thought and I’m not throwing out a theology.)

2) Then the Lord said, My Spirit shall not forever dwell and strive with man, for he also is flesh; but his days shall yet be 120 years.
(Genesis 6:3 AMP)

I used another translation for my second eye-catcher. “My Spirit will not forever strive with man for he is ALSO flesh.” The image God made Adam in, in my humble opinion, was not after our outward appearance. There was something else about us that was placed within us that reflected God’s image back to Him. I think that is a hint for me, for us to get off of the skin color, straight hair curly/nappy hair, wide nose thin note, big lips thin lips kick we find ourselves on in an attempt to demonize each other.

3) It’s not so much as what you know but who you know.

But Noah found grace (favor) in the eyes of the Lord. This is the history of the generations of Noah. Noah was a just and righteous man, blameless in his [evil] generation; Noah walked [in habitual fellowship] with God.
(Genesis 6:8-9 AMP)

Noah’s sons and daughter-in-laws were given favor by God not because of their righteousness but because of their father’s righteousness. Proverbs 13:22 states:

A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children's children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.
(Proverbs 13:22 AMP)

Our lives are lived not so much for ourselves but for our progeny. What kind of inheritance are we leaving?

Grace and peace,

Memorizing Scripture has been life changing for me. Memorizing chapter 8 of Romans delivered me from fear and memorizing the book of Philippians produced a lot of good fruit while I was still young in the Lord. I would say the verse 3 to 5 times (some say 3 to 10). I would read the old verses every day and tack on one to three verses a day. I dont remember how long it took me, but it was such a blessing. The tricky part is keeping it memorized and it is much harder when you are old, so I encourage young people to do as much as they can.

Stand out scripture: “As it is Written” (I found out, this is mentioned 31 times in the Bible)
In this particular passage of scripture, it has always intrigued me. When, Jesus is physically saying those words to satan. Jesus the written word (John 1:14).
To me, this is Jesus saying, I AM telling you!

Dear Mike.
I have been reading "The One Year Bible" now for 22 years. I love it and miss it when I've missed a day.
Thank you so much for this website and the helpful commentary that you give.
thank you,

Sometimes I wonder if we have inching ever closer to the point just before God wiped out the earth. It is recognizing the wretchedness we are in that we realize how dire we are in need of Him.

p.s. I am also grateful for this website as I have followed along and has kept me from wandering away for many years now. I have been encouraging the youths that I work with to use it as well, hope they will catch on....

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