Monday, September 30, 2013

Genesis 27

It would be a great mistake if the blessings were given to Esau. Upon the birth of the twin, the Lord  has already prophesied, "The older shall serve the younger" (25:23). Isaac was insensitive to God's voice, Rebecca was. Though it was hard, Jacob has to carry out God's plans, and has to go through all those steps. The same thing with us, that if we are careless to our calling, God will allow our journey to be rough just to accomplish His plans... Reading: Gen. 27, God bless. PF

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Genesis 26

The God of Abraham is the same God of Isaac & Jacob, yesterday and forever, identifying Himself to a family, willing to bless the whole world. To prove that, He blessed first this family and their descendants, making them very prosperous. It is the will of God for the whole humanity to experience the goodness and blessings of the Lord, first in spiritual realm, then physical. This has been realized though Christ the Savior... Reading: Gen. 26, God bless. PF

Friday, September 27, 2013

Genesis 25

Abraham lived 175 years; just 100 years after he came to Canaan. Whether our stay in this life be long or short, it matters but little, provided we leave behind us a good testimony and faithfulness to our Lord. And the Lord blessed Isaac with 2 sons. However, Esau the firstborn despised his birthright, a grace of God to him, while Jacob valued it, and even took advantage of his brother's need. The issue is the attitude of men to God's grace, do you value it or not... Reading: Gen. 25, God bless. PF

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Genesis 24

The effect of good example and godly character of Abraham can also be seen in the faithfulness and affection of his  servant. He acknowledged God, and put all the affairs of his journey to the care of Divine providence. It shows that our life and times are in God's hand, if we are willing to commit everything to Him. Even the marriage between Isaac and Rebecca tells the spiritual concern of God in human affairs... Reading: Gen. 24, God bless. PF  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Genesis 23

Sarah died at the age of 127, buried at the cave of Machpelah, now Hebron in Israel, which is still there until today. It shows that even God's people, and those whom we love, and even our own bodies must become lumps of clay and buried. The highlight is the land that begins the acquisition of the promised land given by God to Abraham. He paid the piece of land with sum of money, & made a good title. He did not grab it from their enemies... Reading: Gen. 23, God bless. PF. 


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Genesis 22

God would never allow human sacrifice in His altar. It was not intention of God that Isaac should be sacrificed, but animals, and even nobler blood in due time. In reality, we're all destined to eternal damnation, but God shows the great exchange in man's life. When Isaac asked, "Where is the lamb?" Abraham knew that only God can provide the salvation to all men, He is Jehovah Jirah, the provider of the Lamb sacrifice for humanity. Gen. 22, God bless. PF. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Genesis 21

God is the God of all people, and even takes notice of what children say and do in their play. But there is always distinction when it comes to the seeds of covenant. The seeds of Abraham, physical and spiritual, must be people by themselves, not mingled with those who were not. It is wise to connect ourselves with those who are blessed of God, and we ought to show kindness to those who have been kind to us... Reading: Gen. 21, God bless. PF

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Genesis 20

God gives Abimelech notice of his danger of sin, and his danger of death for his sin. Every wilful sinner is a dead man, but Abimelech pleads ignorance. Once again, Abraham used wisdom to protect them from harm. God knows our hearts and consciences, that if we have ignorantly done wrong, it will be exposed. If we repent and admitted our mistakes, we will be forgiven, otherwise we remain dead person in God's eye... Reading: Gen. 20, God bless. PF

Friday, September 20, 2013

Genesis 19

All the people of Sodom were very wicked and vile. Like Lot, we were once living in a wicked world, and if God had not been merciful to us, our former life has been our ruin. Return not to sin, don't look back like Lot's wife, but move forward, look unto Jesus who is able to save us to the uttermost. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is a revelation of the wrath of God against sin and sinners of all ages... Reading: Gen. 19, God bless. PF 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Genesis 18

Sarah thinks that the news to have a son at 90 is too good to be true. But nothing is too hard for the Lord. This is a Divine promise, beyond their son Isaac, a specific promise God made only to His people, and we are the recipients of that promised Seed, Christ our Savior. Abraham laughed because of faith, Sarah laughed because of unbelief, that's why God reacted. To distrust Divine truth is a sin against God that needs forgiveness... Reading: Gen. 18, God bless. PF 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Genesis 17

God's covenant of grace with Abraham is from everlasting in the counsels of it, and the sign was circumcision. Those who will be God's people must resolve that they are, and understand their responsibilities. Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael and servants were to be circumcised. For this reason, the Muslim people are doing the same. God's main point is not physical but spiritual circumcision of the hearts, which was realized in time of Christ... Reading: Gen. 17, God bless PF

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Genesis 16

Sarah's proposal to take Hagar was done without asking counsel of the Lord. God's mighty power was forgotten, and the unbelief of the 3 men worked. This was not a good example, and became the major source of manifold troubled of the ancient people until today. When Hagar departed, the Angel came to stop her in a sinful way. Similarly, it is a great mercy from God to intervene in our lives when we depart from our duty... Reading: Gen. 16, God bless PF 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Genesis 15

God assured Abram of safety and happiness by saying, I am your shield and great reward. God also promised of son, descendants, and land; blessings after blessings. Abraham believed in these promises and God counted him as righteous because of his faith. In Rev. 22:12, Jesus said, My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. Let's obey and serve the Lord, the way Abraham did when God commanded him... Gen. 15, God bless. PF

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Genesis 14

Melchizedek is spoken of as priest of the Most High God and king of Salem,  the place afterwards called Jerusalem. It is generally thought that he was only a man; but said nothing more about him. Melchizedek blessed Abram from God, and blessed God from Abram, acting like a mediator between them. Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, is the Mediator both of our prayers and praises, and not only offers up ours, but his own for us... Reading: Gen. 14, God bless. PF 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Genesis 13

God in His providence made Abram rich, and he used his prosperity an opportunity for doing good. When their servants fight, he shows himself to be a man of gentle spirit, knowing how to turn away wrath by a soft voice. The land chose by Abram was the same land given by God unto him. Then he built an altar a token of thankfulness to God. When God meets our needs He expects that we will bless Him with humble praises... Reading: Gen. 13, God bless PF

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Genesis 12

God's covenant with Abraham is the foundation of both Judaism and Christianity. Remove it from our faith means spiritual disaster. The promises are: a great nation, blessings, great name, become blessing to all families, and land. God pronounced that He will bless those who bless Abraham and his people, and vice versa. Jesus Christ is the great blessing of the world, the greatest that ever the world possessed... Reading: Gen. 12, God bless. PF

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Genesis 11

Tower of Babel was a symbol of rebellion of men against God, where all forms of idolatry took place. So God confused their language and scattered them abroad, showing that God is able to bring to nothing all the devices and wisdom of men. Then God started to deal with one family, Abraham's that began the story of salvation of humanity. From Ur of Chaldea they moved to Haran and stayed there for many years... Reading: Gen. 11, God bless. PF 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Genesis 10

This chapter shows concerning the 3 sons of Noah, from them the whole earth was populated. Only the lineage of Shem was preserved by the Israelites, until the birth of Messiah (Luke 3:36). Verse 15 shows the birth of Sidon, son of Canaan. They became Canaanites, the modern day Lebanon and part of Jordan, Syria and  surrounding. The old enemies are still the same in modern day, proving the authenticity of the Bible... Reading: Gen 10, God bless. PF

Monday, September 9, 2013

Genesis 9

The blessing of God is the cause of our well doing. On Him we depend, to Him we should be thankful. He reminds us that life of men is in the blood, so don't eat blood. It also keeps us that the blood is the object of atonement, the exchange of life. The 2nd was the rainbow, a sign of God's covenant to mankind that water shall never again destroy all men. The 3rd is the blessing that God made to Shem, the ancestors of the Israelites... Reading: Gen. 9, God bless. PF

    Genesis 8

    The whole mankind, except Noah and his family were now dead, and God remembered them by His mercy. Here, we see 2 attributes of God; His mercy endures forever, but His justice demands righteousness. God sent the wind for restoration, the same power that brings desolation, after 150 days. Then Noah waited for the command from God to go out of it again. Like Noah, let us learn to wait upon God's timing... Reading: Genesis 8, God bless. PF 

    Friday, September 6, 2013

    Genesis 7

    Noah was 500 years old when he received his calling, and 600 when the flood came up. He had taken great pains and sufferings to build the ark, and now he was kept alive because of his faith and obedience to God. Jesus said that people were eating and drinking up to the day Noah entered the ark, and they were all destroyed. Men were deaf and blind to divine warnings. Let us pause, and consider this tremendous judgment... Reading: Gen. 7, God bless. PF

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    Genesis 6

    God saw that the wickedness of men was great, and every imagination was only evil. Enoch was God's witness in the past generation (6:24); this time its Noah, where God graciously commanded him to make an ark in order to save for the impending judgment. The giants were said to be the result of the union of sons of God (fallen angels) and daughters of men (human). Their intent was to fill the earth with wickedness and violence... Reading: Gen. 6, God bless. PF

    Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    Genesis 5

    Adam was made in the image of God; but after sinning, he begat a son in his own image, sinful and defiled, like himself. This was the reverse of that Divine likeness in which Adam was made; having lost it, he could not convey it to his seed. Though he did not die in the day he ate forbidden fruit, yet in that very day he became mortal. Man's life is but dying by degrees. It is well to observe the deaths of others, except Enoch... Reading: Gen. 5, God bless. PF

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    Genesis 4

    Cain was a farmer, Abel was a shepherd, both had a calling. It is the will of God for every one to have something to do in this world. Cain's offerings was rejected because of pride and unbelief.  Abel's was accepted for he came as a sinner, expressing faith and humility. In all ages, there have been two sorts of worshippers.  God said to Cain, "You will be accepted if you do what is right." This could also be true to our service to the Lord... Reading: Gen. 4, God bless. PF

    Monday, September 2, 2013

    Genesis 3

    The serpent assaulted our first parents, to draw them to sin, and so to separate them from their God. Satan teaches men first to doubt, and then to deny. Today the devil still draws people into his interest, by suggesting to them hard thoughts of God, and false hopes of advantage by sin. Adam had no corrupt nature within, but had freedom of will. Because of disobedience, both serpent and ground were cursed, but men were punished... Reading: Gen. 3, God bless. PF