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Jehovah Rophi

These past two weeks, I continue to be reminded of floods. As we continue our series through Genesis, we were discussing Noah and the Flood, and the aftermath. As well, Facebook has reminded me of the flooding we had in 2011, with photos of local areas flooded from Tropical Storm Lee. I cannot fathom the view Noah would have had from the Ark as the earth was destroyed by flood waters.

When I look back on these flood photos from Tropical Storm Lee, I still cannot believe the area was flooded. I remember seeing photos of Knoebels Amusement Park underwater and thinking I would never again get to take a family visit to the park. Two years ago, I found myself walking around at Knoebels as if the place was never flooded. Some of the photos of the roads flooded by Lee I have driven on just last week. It was as if nothing ever happened.

All of this talk of flooding these past few weeks reminds me of the restoration of God. He is Jehovah Rophi, God who heals, Who restores. In Exodus 15, God proclaims this to the Israelites as they cry out because of the bitter water at Marah. Still today, God restores. Yes, we will suffer a little while; however, “He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.” Keep pressing forward. Restoration will come!

“He said, ‘If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, obeying His commands and keeping all His decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you.’” – Exodus 15:26 [NLT]

“In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.” – 1 Peter 5:10 [NLT]

God Remembered Noah

In Genesis 8, we read that “God remembered Noah.” This doesn’t mean that God forgot Noah, but then remembered Him later. When saying God remembered Noah, it means that God faithfully did what He told Noah He would do. This verse is saying that God was going to fulfill the promise He made to Noah (see Genesis 6:13-22).

Our God is faithful. Don’t think for a second that He has forgotten you or overlooked you. He remembers you and He remembers the promises He made to you. If you don’t know what He has promised you, spend more time in His Word seeking out these promises.

Just as God remembered Noah, God also remembers you.

“But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the floodwaters began to recede.” – Genesis 8:1 [NLT]

Tower of Ourselves

In Genesis 11, we have another example of people moving away from God and His grand design. After the Fall and the Flood, it seemed like mankind was being restored. Noah and his family departed from the Ark, but it did not take much time before one brother leads the others to see a drunk, naked Noah in his tent. Canaan was cursed. Later, we read of the Tower of Babel.

As we look at this historical moment, we can note that the people were focused on themselves. The people wanted to build a city for themselves. The people also wanted to construct a tower that would reach all the way up to the heavens. The question that begs to be asked—why are the people desiring to build a city for themselves when God already has a place for His people?

Adam and Eve sinned long ago. Although they did not outright say they wanted a city for themselves, it is clear that they could not even follow God’s directions in the Garden. They risked everything they had with God—such a special, intimate relationship—for the words of the serpent. They chose something other than God at that point, at that moment they did not accept the Word of God. The cycle continues again and again, as we try to build for ourselves a life, a life apart from God. We try so desperately to make a name for ourselves, yet God has already chosen us and named us. Not only are we children of God through faith, but He will give each one of us a new name. Today, ask yourself this question: are you a tower builder?

“Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.’” – Genesis 11:4 [NIV]

Nimrod

I love the name Nimrod. Although it typically means socially inadequate to most people who use it, the actual name means “skillful hunter” or “mighty hunter.” The Bible tells us that Nimrod was not only the great-grandson of Noah, but also a renowned hunter.  I personally became curious about the name Nimrod when I heard the name while researching my family genealogy which is connected to the Blue Eyes Six. Every once in a while, I’ll say Nimrod Spattenhoover. This is the name of another person who was punished by hanging in my local area.

The name Nimrod isn’t the first name usually mentioned when we consider someone from the Bible. Many people likely do not even remember Nimrod. Some possibly would say the name doesn’t appear in the Bible at all, because they skimmed over it or never heard it once in a sermon or Sunday School lesson. But Nimrod was renowned to some people. He lived a life and he left a mark. Some traditions even hold that Nimrod led in the building of the Tower of Babel, although I don’t think someone would want to brag about that attempt to live without God.

Nimrod may not be remembered, but he appears in Genesis along with so many other names you and I may not remember. Even so, everyone matters. Not everyone gets their names in lights. Not everyone gets to be the leaders. Not everyone gets the attention. In life, it is not about lifting yourself up or trying to be better than anyone else. Having the second position is okay. God will use you wherever He places you. Be satisfied with where He places you, and you will enjoy a great partnership with God, building His kingdom and serving His people. He will honor you for it and you will be blessed by it.

“Cush was also the ancestor of Nimrod, who was the first heroic warrior on earth. Since he was the greatest hunter in the world, his name became proverbial. People would say, ‘This man is like Nimrod, the greatest hunter in the world.’” – Genesis 10:8-9 [NLT]

Covenant

In Nehemiah 10, the people are agreeing to a covenant. A covenant is something we see many times in the Bible. A covenant is also known as a partnership, an alliance. I always like to consider it as a promise which outlines a relationship’s boundaries. When we look at a covenant between God and His people, we can see that it is a spiritual agreement.

The process of entering into a covenant is interesting. It was something pagans participated in, as well as the Jewish people. First, it is important to note the pre-ceremony actions. This is a time when the different sides discussed terms. We see this happening in Genesis 15 between God and Abraham. There is also a time of representative selections. With regard to the Abrahamic Covenant, God and Abraham were the representatives. During the covenant process, there is typically an exchange of belts, weapons, or robes. Then there is the walk unto death part of the process. This is where the people walk around the sacrifice and basically say, “Do so to me as has been done to this animal if I break this covenant.” We see God doing this with Abraham in Genesis 15:17, as the smoking fire pot and flaming torch pass through. There is a pronouncement of blessings and curses, an exchange of names, and a covenant meal to share as part of the covenant sealing process. We cannot forget the seal of the covenant, where we have a sign of the covenant that will be remembered. For Noah, it was the Rainbow. For Moses, it was the Sabbath.

It is awesome to study about covenants, but it is most important for us to understand these covenants with the vantage point of the New Covenant. Remember friends, we entered into a New Covenant. Jesus is our representative (Son of Man), God’s representative (Son of God), and He was the sacrifice (Lamb of God). He took off His robe of glory to come to us, and we now have His righteousness (Philippians 2:5-7). Jesus’ walk unto death was His walk from Gethsemane to the Cross. The sign of the New Covenant is a circumcised heart (Romans 2:28-29). As you share in the Lord’s Supper, and one day as you share in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, you are sharing the covenant meal. Today, thank God for the New Covenant, and most important, for our Representative and Sacrifice, Jesus Christ.

God Shut

There are moments in life when it can feel like you are doing everything. As a mother, I know a lot about carrying the load. Sometimes I go from chore to chore and forget to finish one before getting to the next. I often feel like a taxi driver. I actually have a bag filled with all I need so no matter where I am at, I’ll have what is needed for work or church or the kids’ school events. Sometimes it can feel like you are doing everything alone. Sometimes it can feel like you are in charge of making things finish up okay. You consider it your job to make it all come to success.

In Genesis 5, we read about Noah and the flood. God commands Noah to build this ark and to gather all these animals. It was a huge undertaking placed upon the shoulders of one man and his family. They worked hard for decades to build the ark and many years later they got everyone inside the ark. The Bible says he did everything that God commanded. He was faithful over many, many years. Then what happens? We read in Genesis 7, God shut the door behind him. God shut the door. God protected him and his family. God kept His promise. God finished it. The door needed closed from the outside. Only God could get the job done.

If you are following God’s plan for your life, don’t get discouraged. No matter what He has called you to do in life, He is going to ensure it is finished. You follow His commands and He will keep His promise. You follow the plan, you follow His will, and He will finish it. He sees things to completion. Every time. There are moments that we are following the path He has us on and we become doubtful—we don’t see the finish line. We worry. We lose focus. We don’t see the numbers. We don’t see the fruit. We don’t see what we think we should see. We forget that God finishes. Today, remember that He is in control of the completion of the great work He called you to begin. Each step you take, He is with you and He will see you to the finish!


I have been reading The Message 100: The Story of God in Sequence by Eugene Peterson. I am grateful for the opportunity to review this new release from NavPress. I received this Bible free for review thanks to Tyndale House Publishers. I have read The Message (NavPress) twice and I have read the NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible (Tyndale) as well, so I was eager to dig into the Message 100 to read this new version.

I am enjoying the chronological layout with the trusted paraphrase from Eugene Peterson. Reading in this order allows for a deeper understanding of the Bible, but written at a level that builds bridges for any reading level. It is a pure pleasure being able to sit and read God’s Word in the evening. During a recent message I preached, I recommended this new Bible, because I know that the Message paraphrase is a great translation to read along with a daily reading Bible. I always recommend having a few different translations to read for a deeper understanding. A chronological Bible is a blessing because it helps the reader to see things in an order that is not easy to understand when not in sequence.

The Message can be understood by any type of reader. This new Bible displays the verse numbers so you can look to your daily reading Bible for further study. As well, there is a guide to show where the books can be found as the order is chronological. The 100 readings are designed for a great progression through the books, without any loss to the message of the Gospel. The Bible allows for anyone to encounter Jesus and be moved by how He reveals Himself to us through His Word. There is plenty of room to write in the margins of this Bible as the Spirit leads.

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Sons of Noah

In Genesis 9, the sons of Noah came out of the ship. There were three of them: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham had a son named Canaan. Noah planted a vineyard and one day he got drunk from the wine. It wasn’t a sin to drink wine; it was a sin to be drunk. As he was laying naked in a drunken stupor, his son Ham came upon him.

Everyone falls short of the glory of God (Romans 3). There will be a moment when you will come upon someone who is in a sin stupor. It is then you have a choice. When Ham saw his father’s nakedness, he ran and told his brothers. He broadcast the sin. His brothers immediately went to their father with their faces turned away. They did not want to look upon this sin. Then they covered his nakedness so as no one would see. This reminds me of when Adam and Eve sinned and were naked; God’s first redemptive act was making them garments.

Ham was punished for how he handled his father. His brothers were rewarded with blessing. Why? Wasn’t Noah the one who was drunk? Yes. But Ham did not privately address this sin. Instead, he responded to the sin but himself sinning. There was no need to get his brothers. He could have easily covered his father. He brought the brothers to broadcast what happened.

Sin is not to be broadcast among all. Sadly we live in a society of media and social media where shortcomings are out for all to see. The Bible tells us we are to speak directly to the person in quiet to address the sin. If there is no repentance, then we go to the elders. We aren’t to run and get others to come and see. God commands us to handle sin in this way. When we do, we are leading others to repent and reach for Jesus, rather than run and hide. When we do, we are not glamorizing sin. When we do, we are showing grace with truth.


I have been reading The Message 100: The Story of God in Sequence by Eugene Peterson. I am grateful for the opportunity to review this new release from NavPress. I received this Bible free for review thanks to Tyndale House Publishers. I have read The Message (NavPress) twice and I have read the NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible (Tyndale) as well, so I was eager to dig into the Message 100 to read this new version.

I am enjoying the chronological layout with the trusted paraphrase from Eugene Peterson. Reading in this order allows for a deeper understanding of the Bible, but written at a level that builds bridges for any reading level. It is a pure pleasure being able to sit and read God’s Word in the evening. During a recent message I preached, I recommended this new Bible, because I know that the Message paraphrase is a great translation to read along with a daily reading Bible. I always recommend having a few different translations to read for a deeper understanding. A chronological Bible is a blessing because it helps the reader to see things in an order that is not easy to understand when not in sequence.

The Message can be understood by any type of reader. This new Bible displays the verse numbers so you can look to your daily reading Bible for further study. As well, there is a guide to show where the books can be found as the order is chronological. The 100 readings are designed for a great progression through the books, without any loss to the message of the Gospel. The Bible allows for anyone to encounter Jesus and be moved by how He reveals Himself to us through His Word. There is plenty of room to write in the margins of this Bible as the Spirit leads.

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Waiting on God

Waiting on God

One of the hardest things to do is to wait for God. I will be the first to admit that I can get impatient. I like to get things done. When there is a project, a problem, an assignment, a task to be done, a schedule, etc., I am on top of things and I want things done at a set time and if things are slowed down, if someone or something makes me wait, I get frustrated. When it comes to waiting on God, there are moments when I am ready to jump in with both feet, but it’s not go time. God didn’t tell me to move. But still, I want to move. I want to get started. I want to get going. It looks like it’s time.

Waiting on God requires more than patience—it requires faith. Faith in His timing. Noah was on the ark for a very long time; scholars say he and his family were on that ark for a year. Wow. Imagine being on a boat of sorts for an entire year with your family and animals galore. I can hardly make it in my car on a road trip with my kids and the dog without wanting to jump out of the car (while it is moving).

The dove came back holding an olive leaf. The water had subsided. Verse 11 says that “Noah knew that the waters had subsided.” So he waits another week and then sends out a dove again. Then they take the top of the ark off, but they still do not leave. They do not leave until God says, “Go out from the ark” (v. 16a ESV). Talk about waiting on God. Today, may you find ways in your life to wait on Him. Stop trying to rush decisions and actions. Pull yourself back and pray about things. Consider your steps.

“Then God said to Noah, ‘God out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.’” – Genesis 8:15-16 [ESV]

Lord Shut In

If you read the instructions to Noah, they were very specific. One of the instructions was in Genesis 6:16 where God told Noah to have a door on the side of the ark. One door. This door, this single door, was the only door to pass through to escape the judgment of God.

From this door we see two great things. First, Noah and his family by faith had to enter through the door. This demonstrates man’s responsibility. The second thing we see is God shutting the door. God alone could shut the door so Noah and his family could escape judgment. When God shut the door no one else could enter.

Salvation. We see it here with Noah and his family. We see how God spares them all and keeps them safe and secure in the ark. He shuts them in. This same salvation is offered to each of us. We too have only one door, one gate. Remember, Jesus said, “I am the gate for the sheep” (John 10:7 NIV). He continued, “Whoever enters through Me will be saved” (v. 9 NIV). When we enter His gate, when we give our life to Him, He promises that “no one can snatch [us] from the Father’s hand” (John 10:29 NLT). Safe. Secure. Salvation.

“And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in.” – Genesis 7:16 [ESV]

Waiting on God

Noah was told to build and ark for him and his family because a great flood would be coming to cleanse the earth. He and his family would be the only survivors. They followed the commands of the Lord and built the ark and entered, trusting God to fulfill His promise. The storms came and the waters rose.

For forty days and forty nights it rained. They were on that ark for a long time. Many scholars believe they were on the ark for a year. Yes, a year! So when the rain stopped and the dove came back with the olive leaf and the land was dried up, what did he do? Did he run from the ark with his arms raised in excitement to see dry ground? No, he waited. He waited till God said he could leave the ark.

He was on the ark for a year but he waited. Then God told Noah to “go out from the ark.” It was time. God said it was time. Waiting on God and His timing requires trust. Noah trusted God when he entered the ark and He continued to trust God even when it required waiting on His timing. Today I pray that you too are able to trust God and wait on Him and His perfect timing.

“Then God said to Noah, ‘Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.’” – Genesis 8:15-16 [ESV]