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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,
Ramona

I like that Ramona..that closing statement..what kind of inheritance are we leaving? I pray we all leave Godly inheritance and the Word written on the hearts of all around us. His spirit rests upon us as believers in the faith. Good stuff.

Comments and Questions of the day: Am I memorizing scripture on a daily basis? I am. I am going back and reading the daily verse over and over for memory.
Am I bringing scripture to mind when faced with temptation or sadness or whatever ails me? I pray I will this year. Often, I have done that in the past. So far, I have stayed focused in the Word this year, been @ home-watching 98% Christian or TBN or SBNand I pray for ones going through pain and them them how strong they are and the God is with them. Verses useful..
Is 40:27 He will lift us up on wings like eagles- we will run and not faint..
Prov 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on thy own understanding..in all thy ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.

Advice for memorizing scripture: Journaling is good. Reciting several times a day. Put it in a place of recurrance. Bathroom mirror is a great place.

Yes, I will join you Mike in memorizing scripture this year.

I prayed for the one year bible blog this morning!

verses or insights interesting this morning:

verses that were interesting were at beginning of our Genesis read, and how long people lived. I wonder what it must have felt like to have lived 900+ years. Not just a decade, or century but a millenial (almost 1000 years) wowsa

Methusalah living longest at 969

and Lamech was interesting living 777 years.. what a number: year of completion..and Lamech was the first in bible mentioned to include not just one important descendent but 3! (shem, ham, japheth)

Then, mans sin and disobedience of living in the flesh and of course the half man/half angels cast down caused mans lifespan to be written to live no more than 120 years.

But..Noah. Love that conjunction here.. "but"

But Noah found favor with God! I hope when God sees me, He finds favor in me.

I wonder sometimes why God wiped out not just the human race but all living beings..the creatures too. He said all living things were corrupt! Verses though with saving animals 2 by 2 and 7 clean ones of every bird.. show me that the Lord loved animals and preserved them too for future creation and reproduction.

I wonder what was going through Noah's head during his conversation with God? An ark? What's a flood? Why Lord? Why do I deserve favor? All this would go through my mind! Where will I get the manpower to build an ark? Noah was 500 years old by now.
The first covenent was demonstrated in the chapter too.. God made a covenant between himself and Noah.

Numbers were important and significant too: 2 X 2 except for birds 7 of every kind.
and it rained 40 days and 40 nights ..we will see that recording in Matthew today also.
Noah was 600 years old when waters flooded the earth.
17th day of 2nd month all underground waters erupted the earth
(that was the first calendar time we saw in bible too)
Flood waters covered earth for 150 days!

Matthew 3:7-4:11
I like how bold John is to the Pharisees and Saducees-he pointed out their intent to "repent" for show. How many times in our lives do we put on a show? Do we @ times act a lil more like a Pharisee or Saducee? than we care to admit?
No one by race, creed, notoraity, special family ties or religion is given preferential treatment here on Earth. We have to be sincere, our heart, intentions, actions stand alone-no one is beyond punishment or redemption-we all are on the same playing field when we approach God.

Again the number 40. Jesus tempted in the desert 40 days and 40 nights (reckon 40 is a judgement number or redemption number)? Jesus defeated Satan with the Word.

Jesus was tempted 3 x's by Satan then the devil fleed.
If Jesus had to stand up to Satan-think we do too?

Psalm 3:1-8
Teaches us to remain in the Lord
He is out shield! Our buffer, our Glory-our hope
the one who holds my head high

It quotes not being afraid of 10,000 enemies-we will see that in Psalms again-and learn to not fear.

quote I want to leave you with is this..
"A true friend listens with her heart- Author unknown

I pray I am a true friend and truly listen to my friends and give encouragement this year Lord. Amen.

Activity for Children:

Living Room Ark

Pretend your family is Noah’s, and the flood’s coming! Can you make yourself an ark? Be creative—push furniture together, gather up stuffed animals, and ride as a family through the (pretend) waves, holding on to one another in God’s love and protection.

The readings today made we really think about how to apply scripture to my life. Thanks Joseph that is a wonderful example.
Most of my thoughts went to "memorizing" scripture as a lot of Mike's commentary revolved around that. The testimony's I have about that are my personal experiences.
One comes to mind that shows the power of God's Word (even just one), to thwart the Devil. About 20 years ago, as I was out for a walk in the night I found myself in the dark valley of Psalm 23 and I was so frightened for my life I could not remember any "scripture". The attack was so real and yet it was only on me. All I could think was the words your rod and staff will protect me! Some how that truth came alive and stirs awe in me even to this day. . It lasted about 10 minutes but it continually reminds me of how knowing the meaning of a scripture is far more important than just memorizing it.
Yesterday, I was reminded of the most powerful word in the Bible. "Jesus"

The readings today made we really think about how to apply scripture to my life. Thanks Joseph that is a wonderful example.
Most of my thoughts went to "memorizing" scripture as a lot of Mike's commentary revolved around that. The testimony's I have about that are my personal experiences.
One comes to mind that shows the power of God's Word (even just one), to thwart the Devil. About 20 years ago, as I was out for a walk in the night I found myself in the dark valley of Psalm 23 and I was so frightened for my life I could not remember any "scripture". The attack was so real and yet it was only on me. All I could think was the words your rod and staff will protect me! Some how that truth came alive and stirs awe in me even to this day. . It lasted about 10 minutes but it continually reminds me of how knowing the meaning of a scripture is far more important than just memorizing it.
Yesterday, I was reminded of the most powerful word in the Bible. "Jesus"

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