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The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Isaiah 58:11 (NKJV)

This verse is filled with great promises offering hope. The Lord will:

1) guide you continually,
2) satisfy your soul in drought,
3) strengthen your bones,
4) make you a flourishing garden, and
5) make you a never-failing spring of water.

1) The Lord will guide. The road may be uncertain. The road may be bumpy. It may be very dark ahead. You may have no idea where you are going (most of us don’t), but He is with us. He will lead and guide us continually. God is our G.P.S.–He knows exactly where we are at any moment, and He will take us to where we need to be next. See Exodus 13:21-22.

2) The Lord will satisfy your soul in drought. Spiritual drought is inevitable. Just as there are mountain tops and valleys in the spiritual life, there are also deserts to cross. As we pass through the desert seasons, we experience drought. We get all dried up. God brings water of the word to refresh us and hydrate us. Then He brings His Spirit to seal us and protect us from the heat and dryness until the season changes.

3) The Lord will strengthen your bones. In life, we can grow weary. It can be the result of physical illness, aging or simply from trials and tests that sap our strength. God sees this need in our life, and He promises to restore us to strength. See Isaiah 40:31.

4) He promises to make us like watered gardens. In my mind’s eye, I see the watered garden, a beautiful tapestry of diverse shades of green leaves and stems, along with all different colored flowers, The word that comes to mind is life. A well-watered garden brings forth life. Psalm 1promises that the man who delights and meditates in God’s law will “be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3. The prophet Jeremiah said, “blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8.

5) He promises we will be springs of water that never fail. In John 7:38, Jesus promised, “he who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. The living water that flows out of us–believers—will bring life to those around us.

For further study on this passage:
1. Recall a time of drought either at the time of your salvation or in your walk with God when He satisfied your soul. Describe in a few sentences or paragraphs that experience.

2. When you imagine a watered garden, what do you see? How do you see (or not see) yourself like a watered garden?

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CREATION (Chapter 1)

Read Genesis Chapter 1 and answer the following questions.

Day 1

What did God create?

How did God create it?

Day 2

What did God create?

How did God create it?

Day 3

What did God create?

How did God create it?

 

Day 4

What did God create?

How did God create it?

Day 5

What did God create?

How did God create it?

Day 6

What did God create?

How did God create it?

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There is a reason Genesis is called the book of beginnings.  We are now in the 4th chapter of Genesis and still finding firsts.

verse 1 – First record of intercourse (“Adam knew Eve”)

verse 1 – First record of conception

verse 3 – First record of an offering to the LORD

verse 4 – First record of God respecting an offering

verse 5 – First record of God not respecting an offering (first time we find “unacceptable” worship)

verse 8 – First recorded murder/fratricide

verse 16 – First time someone is described as going “out from the presence of the LORD.”

verse 17 – First record of a city being built

verse 19 – First recorded incidence of bigamy

verse 21 – First record of music/musical instruments

verse 21 – First record of craftsmen working in bronze and iron.

verse 26 – First record of men calling on the name of the LORD.

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One of the prayers I came across for Rosh HaShanah goes like this:  “Remember us for life, O King Who desires life, and inscribe us in the Book of Life for Your sake, O Living G-d”

I find this intriguing in light of the New Testament teaching on the Book of Life and those whose names will be found therein.  For example, in Revelation 3:5, we read “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”  This is Jesus who is speaking here.  He is making it clear that He, Jesus, is the one who determines whose name is in the Book of Life.

In Revelation 20:12, John tells us “I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”  

Revelation 20:15 confirms the importance of the Book of Life stating that “anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

In speaking of the new Jerusalem, in Revelation 21:27, John tells us “there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

The interesting thing about the Book of Life in the New Testament is that it is linked to Jesus.  Jesus is the judge and only those whose names are listed in the Book of Life with be with Jesus in the new Jerusalem.

Father God, maker of heaven and earth.  Hear the prayers of our Jewish brethren this Rosh HaShanah and cause their names to be  forever written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  May they come to know Jesus, the Christ and enter into the atonement provided by His shed blood on the cross of Calvary.

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Rosh HaShanah (Feast of Trumpets) is one of the 7 holidays instituted by God which were intended to be times to meet with God.  It was NOT one of the feasts during which Jewish males were required to go to Jerusalem.  Rosh HaShanah marks the beginning of the Civil New Year on the Jewish calendar.  The 10 days of repentance that follow and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) make up the High Holy Days for Jewish people.

Prior to Rosh HaShanah, the shofar (ram’s horn) is blown to call people to repentance and to remind them that it is  time for the holy days.

In Leviticus chapter 23, the LORD spoke to Moses regarding this feast day saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.’

The Jewish tradition teaches that God writes every person’s words, deeds and thoughts in the Book of Life, and He opens it and examines it on Rosh HaShanah.  Jewish tradition further holds that if an individual’s good deeds outnumber sinful ones for the year, that person’s name will be inscribed in the book for another year on Yom Kippur.  As a result, during Rosh HaShanah and the 10 days of repentance following it, people can repent and do good deeds to increase the likelihood that their names will be written in the Book of Life the following year.

Many Christians believe that Rosh HaShanah along with the other 2 fall holidays (Day of Atonement and Feast of Booths) will be fulfilled at the second coming of Christ.

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Firsts in Genesis 3

As we mentioned in 2 previous posts, the book of Genesis, is a book of origins or beginnings.  We found many origins or “firsts” in Chapters 1 and 2, but there are more to be found in Chapter 3:

First misrepresentation of God’s word (by Satan verse 1)

First sin (violation of God’s clear command)

First invitation to another to sin (Eve gives Adam to eat)

First religious act (cover themselves to approach God)

First time nakedness becomes an issue

First time man hid from God

First time fear is mentioned

First time a husband blames a wife for his sin

First time a wife blames the devil for her sin

First curse on an animal

First curse on a person

First curse on the ground

First mention of childbirth

First time Eve’s name is mentioned

First animal sacrifice (verse 21 – God made skins to cover them)

First mention of leaving the garden

First mention of eternal life

First mention of Adam working the land to eat (farming)

First mention of Cherubim

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As we mentioned in the last post, the book of Genesis, is a book of origins or beginnings.  We found many origins or “firsts” in Chapter 1, but there are more to be found in Chapter 2:

Verse 7 – First record of rest

Verse 8 – First garden

Verse 9 – First record of Tree of Life and Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Verse 10 – First record of a river

Verse 11 – First record of a job (Adam was to tend and keep the garden)

Verse 16 – First record of God giving a command to Adam.

Verse 20 – Origin of the names of animals

Verse 21 – First surgery

Verse 22 – First woman

Verse 23 – First words of Adam

Verse 24 – First Marriage

Verse 25 – First husband and wife to wear matching outfits

If I missed one, post a comment and let me know.

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