Tag Archive | Genesis

Genesis 9:14-15 ” Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember My covenant between Me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”

After the great flood, this was the covenant between God and Noah.  But it is also a covenant between all of mankind for generations to come.  It goes on to say in verse 16, “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”  So the next time you notice a rainbow in the sky, stop and reflect upon what you’re seeing and what it actually stands for…a promise from God that’s eternal, everlasting, and forever.

Psalm 131:1-3 ” My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forever more.”

Have troubles gone beyond the bounds of your human strength…put your hope in the Lord.  Have all your expectations, desires, and dreams crumbled before your eyes…put your hope in the Lord.  Are you in the middle of an impossible situation with no seemingly way out…put your hope in the Lord.  For God can perform wonders that cannot be fathomed and miracles that cannot be counted. (Job 5:9)  He is the God of the unattainable, the unsolvable, and the hopeless…for He is the God of the impossible, and nothing is too hard for Him. (Genesis 18:14)

Genesis 49:10 ” The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until He comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is His.”

This Messianic prophecy is of Jesus coming to rule and reign over all the people of the world…both Jew and Gentile.  This is also shown in Isaiah 49:6 where it says that Jesus is coming not only to Israel, but to the Gentiles…”that You may bring My salvation to the ends of the earth.”  It’s not that there’d be a continuous reign by the descendants of Judah…only the promise of the permanent right to rule…this being in Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  And at that time He will say, ” Before Me every knee will bow; by Me every tongue will swear.”  (Isaiah 45:23)

Genesis 39:7-9 ” Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’ But he refused. ‘With me in charge,’ he told her, ‘my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?’ “

This Scripture specifically deals with immorality and adultery…but in the bigger picture, it deals with sin against God.  Have you ever considered that every time you sin – you’re  defying God to His face?  For every time you allow evil to reign in your life, you’re in direct opposition to God and rebelling against Him.  Joseph understood that giving into a temptation was a sin…but that sin isn’t self contained…for no matter how hidden we think it is, others will be affected by our lack of judgement.   And ultimately, Joseph knew he would be sinning against  God.

Genesis 17:1-2 ” When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before Me and be blameless. I will confirm My covenant between Me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.’ “

So here we have this very old couple…the husband is 99 and his wife is 90.  At that age, it’s virtually impossible physically for that couple to conceive a child together.  Yet here in this Scripture  the Lord is promising them children…and all He asks of them is to trust and obey.  Many think at a certain age they can “retire” from doing God’s work…but God’s saying, “No way!”   There is no retirement age in God’s Kingdom…and there’s no impossibility that God can’t overcome…and all He asks of us, is to trust and obey.

Genesis 1:3-4 ” And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.”

The diversity between bright sunshine and complete darkness is a stark contrast.  In bright sunshine, we can walk confidently, even in unfamiliar terrain, for we can see the path we’re following and the obstacles around us.    But when it’s total darkness, we struggle to make our way…stumbling, falling, and lurching along…fearful of the next step.  Isaiah 42:16 speaks of this, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.”  Allow the God of light to illuminate your path today with truth and wisdom.

Genesis 2:15 ” The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

In this verse the concept of stewardship first appears.  Adam was to tend the garden.  He was to carry out the vision of the owner (God), be accountable to Him, and not be careless with what he was given.  So, what makes up a good steward?  First, it’s acknowledging that we own nothing…God owns it all – even our very lives.  We then need to trust Him completely, embracing the plan and purpose of our life and “tend the garden” He has given us.