Monday, January 06, 2014

January 4, 2014 Devotional - Genesis 7 & 8, and Matthew 4

Genesis 7 – The Flood Begins 
The Lord commanded Noah to enter the ark with his family, and 7 pairs of clean animals and 1 pair of the unclean animals. The Lord made it rain 40 days and 40 nights and water burst forth from the sources of the watery depths to kill every living thing. Noah was 600 when the flood came. The water even covered the high mountains by more than 20 feet. Every living thing on dry land perished, and the waters surged 150 days.

Genesis 8 – The Flood Recedes 
God remembered Noah and the animals and caused the waters to subside. After 150 days the waters receded and the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. Noah sent out a raven that never came back, but when he sent out a dove, it came back because there was nowhere for it to land. He sent it out a second time, and it came back with an olive leaf. The Lord told Noah to come out with his family and the animals, and when they did Noah built an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings of every kind of clean animal on the altar. When God smelled the pleasing aroma he said to himself to never again curse the ground because of man, even though man’s inclination is to evil from his youth. Further, that he will never again strike down every living thing as he had done.

Matthew 4 - Temptation of Jesus & Beginning of Jesus' Ministry 
Jesus was led by the Spirit to the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. After fasting 40 days and 40 nights the tempter (1) told Jesus to turn stones to bread. Jesus responded with Scripture to live not on bread alone but God's word. Then the tempter (2) told Jesus to throw himself off the temple because Scriptures says He wouldn't strike His foot. Jesus responded with Scripture not to test the Lord your God. Then the tempter (3) told Jesus to worship him and he would give Him all the kingdoms of the world. Jesus responded with Scripture to worship the Lord your God alone. After this the Devil left Jesus and angels came and served Him. Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been arrested, and He left Nazareth to fulfill the Scripture in Isaiah, and from then on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!" As He was walking he called the brothers Peter and Andrew when they were fishing. He said, "Follow me...and I will make you fish for people!" The immediately dropped their nets and followed. Then He saw two other brothers, James and John. When Jesus called they immediately left the boat and their father and followed Jesus. Jesus was going all over Galilee preaching the good news of the kingdom in Synagogues, and healing every disease. News spread about Him in Syria, so they brought to him those who were sick with diseases, and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.

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