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God's Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                              February 1, 2011

Good Morning!
The Lord banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.

CONSEQUENCES OF SIN: SEPARATION:
Genesis 3:23. “Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Adam and Eve were driven from their garden home, driven from security and safety and serenity and success and satisfaction, separated from God. As they look back, they could see at the entrance to what had been their home a powerful angel standing guard with a sword swirling around and round, preventing any way of return. Think of the loneliness and agony of the loss which they experienced. 

They knew what it was to talk with God. They knew how He listened to them. They knew the expressions on His face, they knew the sound of His voice, they knew the touch of His hand; they knew what it was to walk with Him in the cool of the day. These things would always be in their memory. Anyone who leaves God has this memory.

They knew the power of His presence as they worked side by side. Adam and Eve had an intimate, personal loving relationship with their creator as no one else has ever experienced. And I am sure they clutched this to their bosom as they were banished from the garden. But even in judgment God was merciful.

Since there was only one entrance into the Garden and it was guarded constantly, it was not just hard to get back into God’s presence—it was impossible. God Himself prevented it. Neither Adam nor Eve, nor you nor I, not anyone ever born could ever get back into God’s Presence. The Garden of Eden, God’s heavenly home, can never be regained through human effort. Paradise has been lost.

But Praise God, the plans were already made to restore man to his rightful place with his creator. God would send the Second Adam (His Son) who would live and walk, as God intended the first Adam to live. The Second Adam would pay the price of restitution by giving His life at Calvary, and His blood would cleanse men from the sin of Adam’s transgression, thereby Paradise can be regained by fallen man.

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Exodus  36 37

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God's Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                            February 2, 2011

Good Morning!
In order to clothe Adam and Eve with skins, the Lord God killed an animal, which introduced the Old Testament system of animal sacrifice.

THE FIRST DEATH ON EARTH WAS MADE TO COVER MAN’S SIN:
Genesis 3:21. “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”

These coats of skins had significance. These beasts whose skins were used, must be slain, slain before their eyes, to show them what death is, and that they may see that they, themselves were mortal and dying. They were slain, not for food, but for sacrifice, to typify the ultimate sacrifice, which later should be offered once and for all. Thus the first thing that died was a sacrifice, typifying “The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

The cross is very subtly pictured here. Many times we fail to realize how much God loved the man and woman He had created, and the depths to which His grace would go in order to bring them back to Himself. God would commit the fullness of His eternal divine nature to bring man back into a right relationship with Himself. He would eventually lay down His own life in atonement (the reconciliation of God and human beings) for man’s sin.

Under the law of Moses, when someone sinned, that person was required to bring a lamb without blemish to the priest at the temple. The sinner had to hold the lamb with both hands and then confess his sin. It was as though the guilt was conveyed through his hands and transferred to the lamb. Then the sinner took the knife and killed the lamb, so the lamb died as direct result of the sinner’s behavior. The priest took the blood of the lamb and sprinkled it on the altar to make atonement for the person’s sin. The sacrifices were like IOU notes.

When someone sacrificed for sin, it was as though God said, I owe you forgiveness, I owe you redemption.” The blood of lambs and bulls and goats could never atone for man’s sin, because it was symbolic. It pointed to God sending His own Son in the person of Jesus Christ. And when Jesus died on the cross, His sacrifice was accepted by God, and all the IOU notes were paid in full. Including Adam and Eve’s. There is no other answer to sin, none other than Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

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Exodus  38 39 40

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God's Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                          February 3, 2011

Good Morning!
The most tragic day in human history could not be relived. The only hope for Adam and Eve and the entire human race to come was the promise of God that one day He would send an offspring, a Savior, Who would destroy the power of the Serpent and in some way restore them to a right relationship with their Creator.

THE BIRTH OF CAIN AND ABEL:
Genesis 4:1. “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

Life outside the Garden was much harder than it had been in paradise. After some time of struggle, sweat and frustrating toil with the elements and unyielding ground, Adam and Eve were given their first child, a son they named Cain. Eve looked upon the miraculous little bundle of life in her arms and exclaimed, “With help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” Evidently Eve thought her firstborn was a fulfillment of the Lord’s promise of an offspring who would take away her sin. This expectation was as natural on her part as that of the immediate return of our Lord by some of the early Christians. She was wrong. Cain was not the promised Savior. His life would be an added distress in itself; the seeds were sown for deep rooted grievances in her life.

The disease of sin entered the human race through Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God’s commandment. It was easily diagnosed in Cain, the first child born to them, when he broke out in bitterness and deep rooted resentment. Some feel that Eve had such high expectations for Cain that it turned into resentment in him when he could not live up to them. This resentment was to come to a head in his feelings towards God and his brother. Possibly he felt like his mother and father were the cause of his loss of a home in paradise and of his struggle to make a living. Maybe he blamed God for being such a hard taskmaster.

If we are harboring any type of resentment towards our parents, our teachers, our lot in life, our physical deprivations, whether from some misfortune caused by someone else or by our own failures, we must find a way to let it go. If we don’t let it go it will eat as a cancer till it consumes us. The Writer of Hebrews tells us where it will lead. “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” (Hebrews 12:15)

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Leviticus  1 2 3

James & Mary Lee Thornton

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God's Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                           February 4, 2011

Good Morning!
The Bible summed up the occupations of Cain and Able in the statement that “Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” Honorable occupations.

SACRIFICES OF CAIN AND ABLE:
Genesis 4:3. “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5. But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.”

Cain and Able are bringing an offering to God to an appointed place to worship. All this would indicate that they are doing it by revelation from God, possibly a precedent was set by God himself in remembrance of the animal which was slain by God Himself to cover Adam and Eve. The main clause in the verses is “And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect.” We could ask, “Why did God not accept Cain’s offering?”

Someone may say, “I don’t see anything wrong in the thing Cain did.” “Cain brought of the fruit of the ground.” There is nothing wrong with the fruit. Don’t think that he brought the leftovers—his attitude is not that of giving old clothes to the mission. I think that the fruit he brought would have won the blue ribbon in any county or state fair in the country. He brought the best of his beautiful, delicious fruit, and he brought it as an offering to the Lord. The difference between Cain and Abel’s offering was in the obedience to what God had set as acceptable.

We must remember when we are doing business with God; we must always do it on His terms. Cain was like many people today who think that any form or type of worship is acceptable as long as the person is sincere. God, in some manner, had let them know which sacrifice He had accepted. Possible God himself lit the fire which consumed Abel’s sacrifice as He did on several occasions (Genesis 15:17; Judges 6:21; 1 Kings 18:38).

When Cain saw that his sacrifice was not consumed, or accepted, “his countenance fell.” This was an indication that he realized that God had not accepted his offering. Offering still makes a difference in our worship of God today (Romans 12:1).

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Leviticus  4 5 6
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 God's Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                           February 5 & 6, 2011

Good Morning!
Regardless of how energetic and busy  we are in Christian service, regardless of how loving and thoughtful we are in personal relationships, regardless of how gifted or respected we are by others, the root of bitterness will so defile our lives that it is wasted in God’s sight with no eternal value and therefore no hope of eternal reward.

THE WORD “SIN” ENTERS THE BIBLE STORY:
Genesis 4:5. “And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7. If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.”

When God rejected Cain’s offering, he was “wroth” (angry). The scroll and frown on his face showed his feelings towards God, angry that the labor of his own hands was not enough to please God, angry that God would not lower His standards for him. The root of bitterness had begun to take root. God was looking on the two brothers when they brought their offerings and he was quick to respond to Cain’s anger. We notice when God reprimanded him he held out the offer of another chance with the words, “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.” This is the first time this awful word, “sin,” enters the Bible, but falls on almost every page afterwards.

Sin begins in the heart and mind of man. A few thousand years after the fall of Adam, the writer James looks back on the failures of the human race and sums them up, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death (James 1:14-15).

The fact that Cain knew right from wrong was made clear, as well as the warning that if he refused to do what he knew to be right the sinful attitude would begin to dictate his life. The real problem in his life was not his brother nor the sacrifice but the attitude lurking within him. Let us face our own attitude. What sin is lurking at the door within your heart? Is it pride, un-forgiveness, revenge, anger, jealousy, lust, lies, selfishness, bitterness? You must master it. You must get control of it by confessing it to God, asking Him to cleanse you and release you from its power through the blood of Jesus Christ. If you do not, it will rise up to dominate your life.

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Leviticus  7 8  --------  Leviticus  9 10 11 

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 God's Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                            February 7, 2011

Good Morning!
One day the hatred that had been lurking at the door of Cain’s heart rose up and took control of his life because he did not take heed to the Creator’s warning.

THE MURDER OF ABEL:
Genesis 4:8. “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.”

The Bible does not record the last conversation between Cain and Able. Maybe Able, as they walked and talked, was trying to reconcile the bitterness he could feel in Cain toward him. Maybe Cain responded with harsh words, thinking he had the right to be angry and bitter, and lost control of himself and smashed his brother with a rock. Many people have the same attitude and believe they have the right to feel resentful and bitter because life has been so unfair and unjust. We seem to be afraid that if we forgive and reconcile with those who have wronged, or mistreated us that somehow they will “get away with it.” Cain’s life testifies that seeking revenge by withholding forgiveness wont work. You have the power to hurt the other person, but in the end you will destroy yourself.

What a shock it must have been, even to Cain in his anger. To struggle with his own flesh and blood, to smash the life from his younger brother, to see the still and crumpled form on the ground at his feet, lying in a growing pool of blood—surely it must have caused him to want to fall down on his keens and cry out to God, “What Have I Done?” “God Help Me.” “I’m sorry.” “Sin mastered me just as you said it would, but I don’t want to be enslaved by it, Oh God, help me, forgive me, and show me what to do to get right with you.” But Cain didn’t react with any evidence of regret of repentance at all. He went from bad to worse. He went from bitterness rooted in resentment to bitterness that grew into rebellion, climaxed with murder.

In our pleasure-seeking, anything goes, feel-good society, guilt is abhorred. We run from it through frantic activity, drown it in alcohol, drug it with mind altering drugs, escape it through entertainment, blame it on someone else, suppress it, but it keeps coming back. The only thing that can “wash away” our sin and guilt before God is the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. We must go to Jesus for cleansing. What a difference there would have been in Cain’s life if only he had sought a place of forgiveness.

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Leviticus  12 13

James & Mary Lee Thornton

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 God's Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                  February 8, 2011

Good Morning!
The Bible is so true when it says, “Your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23)

THE CURSE OF CAIN:
Genesis 4:9. “And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? 10. And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. 11. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 12. When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
16. And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD..”

We do not know how long it was before God came to Cain and confronted him with his awful deed. Was it minutes, hours, or days, or weeks of misery such as King David described when he cried out, “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.” It was a year before God sent Nathan to him and confronted his sin with Bathsheba. David knew the agony of rebellion against God.

Whenever it was, sometime after the murder, God approached Cain and asked him, “Where is thy brother?” God knew where Able was. He wanted Cain to tell Him where he was. He wanted Cain to confess his sin, but like King David, in his rebellious condition, Cain resisted. If you and I resist confessing our sin when God brings it up to us through our own Bible reading, our spouse, a friend, or a Pastor, or just our conscience, we harden our heart. And a hardened heart is an impenetrable barrier in our relationship with God, our enjoyment of His blessings, our emotional and spiritual security and our eternal reward. A hardened heart is the seat of a miserable life.

Cain was accountable to his Creator for his actions whether or not he acknowledged it or not. The Judge (God) rendered the verdict: “And now art thou cursed from the earth…” Cain lost his peace. He lost real meaning to his life. He lost inner security and contentment, his satisfaction and sense of fulfillment. The ground would no longer produce for him, forcing him to wander from place to place seeking peace. As he wandered, frightened, his conscience would constantly remind him of his guilt.

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Today’s First Thoughts                            February 9, 2011

Good Morning!
Cain’s sin, left to take its own natural course, intensified with each generation until the entire civilization of the world in his day was ravaged by it.

CAIN’S DEGENERATE GENERATION:
Genesis 4:16. “And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. 17. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.”

Life without God can be attractive. It can involve lots of money, successful business ventures, exciting travel, and pleasurable entertainment. Cain’s world evidently had all these things. Superficially, he led an interesting life. He married and had children whose descendants were progressive and aggressive. They built cities, raised cattle, produced music, and generally did some amazing things (Genesis 4:16-24). Sounds like our own generation. Does life apart from God look attractive to you? Could it be that the attractiveness of such a lifestyle is blinding you to its reality?

As we look closer at Cain’s generation, we see in his activities the restlessness that characterizes someone on the run from God. “He builded a city.” Cain’s civilization was a time of booming construction. Everywhere you go in the world today someone is building something. Someone who recently visited China told me that everywhere he looked, in every direction he could see building cranes some reaching ¼ of a mile in the sky. Someone told him that ½ of all building cranes in the world were in use in China.

A few years ago Las Vegas, Nevada went through an unprecedented building boom. Cities are growing in every direction. Our own city has been rated as one of the fifteen “boom towns” in the United States. Roads, airports, streets, shopping malls, schools, office complexes, auditorium expansion, civic centers, sports arenas, are all being built. The majority of people in the world are living lives that are not right with God, and they get busier and busier, running faster and faster without realizing the real need in this world is not more buildings but reconciliation with God. Cain’s civilization was marked not only by construction but by the corruption of all moral values that would provoke the judgment of God. “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

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Leviticus 16 17  

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 God's Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                           February 10, 2011

Good Morning!
God has never left himself without witnesses even in the most darkened age.

A NEW GENERATION THAT WOULD PROMOTE GOD’S PRINCIPALS:
Genesis 4:25. “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. 26. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.”

When it seemed that the light of God’s glory would go out during Cain’s civilization, God gave Adam and Eve another son through which the light would be passed from generation to generation unto the end of time. Cain’s civilization provoked the judgment of God and was washed away in the flood. All the culture all the plans and progress, all the construction, had no eternal value in God’s sight. Jesus warned us that it would be like that at His Second Coming. “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:38-39).

Cain’s civilization was washed away without a stone of it left. The only trace of it is found in the Bible. God did not even record the years of their lives (Genesis 4:16-24). On the other hand the genealogy of Genesis 5 reminds me of a relay race in which the baton is passed from runner to runner. In the race of life, the baton is the truth that leads to peace and eternal life. Each generation receives the baton from the previous generation, runs the race to best of its ability, then passes the baton smoothly and securely to the next generation.

In contrast to the society surrounding them, the ten men listed in Genesis 5 stood out like giants in the land. In the midst of ungodliness, they were godly. In the midst of wickedness, they were good. In the midst of rebellion, they were righteousness, In the midst of bitterness, they were blessed. In the midst of those running from God, they walked with God. In the midst of a wasted world, they lived lives that were worthy of eternal honor. From those who had preceded them, they received the “baton” of truth which leads to faith in God. They ran their race with diligence and perseverance, and then they relayed the truth on to the next generation.

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Leviticus  18 19 20

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Today’s First Thoughts                            February 11, 2011

Good Morning!
Enoch walked with God every day, one day at a time, 365 days a year, for 300 years.

WALKING WITH GOD:
Genesis 5:22. “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23. And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24. And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”

After the birth of his first son, Methuselah, Enoch made the choice of walking with God. Maybe Enoch felt the awful responsibility of raising children (he also had other sons and daughters) in the midst of a corrupt world, so he shared his burden with God by a daily walk with Him. He had received the “baton” of faith from his father, Jared, and took seriously his duty of parenting in order to pass “the faith” on to the next generation, a lesson that every parent needs to follow. When your children see your daily walk with God it will become a permanent lesson for them.

In order to walk with someone there are two basic rules to follow when you walk or you cannot walk together. One is that each must walk at the same pace. The other, each must walk in the same direction. The same two rules apply when walking with God. To walk with God Enoch had to walk at the same pace; this meant a moment by moment obedience to God’s Word. Disobedience, neglect, or ignorance of God’s Word would cause him to get out of step. And he had to walk in the same direction God was walking, which would mean a moment by moment surrender to God’s will.

Enoch couldn’t go off in a direction of his own. He had to stop insisting on his own way, or he would find himself off in a direction of his own. Enoch must have discovered that God doesn’t adjust His pace for anyone. Enoch had to adjust his pace and direction to God’s if he wanted to walk with Him. Surely Enoch, with all his family duties, must have been stressed-out at times but he still took time to walk with God. Think of the blessing those walks were to God. Since Adam and Eve had been banished from the Garden of Eden, God had longed for a human companion to share walks with. In Enoch, God found that one. Enoch loved walking and talking with God and the walks got longer and longer until one day he walked all the way home with God. What A Walk! Let us begin daily walks with God.

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Leviticus  21 22 23

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Today’s First Thoughts                         February 12 & 13, 2011

Good Morning!
We have to get up in the morning and read the newspaper or watch the morning news to see what happened during the night, but God sees it as it is happening, and be sure He is taking notes and names of those involved in all the wickedness.

NOAH’S FAITH EXEMPLIFIED BY WORKING FOR GOD:
Genesis 6:5.“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 8. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD
Hebrews 11: 7. “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

The righteousness of Noah, who, in obedience to God, built an ark in which his family was saved from the flood, preserved the human race from being exterminated. God saw the wickedness of Noah’s generation and “it grieved Him at His heart” to the point that He “repented (regretted) that He had made man.”

Think what would have happened if Noah had been too busy to work for God? Or too tired? Or too apathetic? Without his work you and I wouldn’t be here today. His work for God was of eminent proportion. Noah could have made the same flimsy excuses that some people today offer. What if Noah had felt overwhelmed by the gigantic task to build a vessel of proportions large enough and strong enough to carry all that God demanded, would God have looked for someone else or would He have carried out His threat to destroy mankind? But Noah “moved with fear” and worked for God to save his house and condemned the world of its sinful ways. 

What will happen to our household if we do not work for God? What will happen to them if we do not warn them of judgment to come upon a world that is as sinful as the world of Noah’s day? Day after day Noah worked, for over 100 years he labored on the ark. His grandfather Methuselah lived to see the ark almost completed, (he died 2 years before the flood) and his father Lamech lived to see the completion of it (he died the year the flood came). No doubt both of these helped and encouraged Noah in his work for God. What a day you and I have to work for God. Paul gave us admonition, telling us, “redeeming the time for the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16).

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Leviticus  24 25  --------  Leviticus 26 27

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Today’s First Thoughts                            February 14, 2011

Good Morning!
In the same book that God warns us that judgment is coming, He issues an invitation to come into the ark He has provided as a means of salvation to escape it.

NOAH AND HIS FAMILY ARE INVITED TO COME INTO THE ARK:
Genesis 7:1. “And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.”

I like the King James Version of Genesis 7:1. It reads like an invitation by God for Noah and his family to come on board. The invitation suggests that God was already in the ark, inviting Noah to come join Him in there. God had been watching Noah’s obedience. He knew all about Noah’s hard work, his perseverance, the sacrifice of his time, his energy, his resources, his entire being, during the long years it took to build the ark. Now the work had paid off and the ark was ready to be occupied.

The offer God extended to Noah was an invitation to be saved from the judgment that was coming. What if Noah had refused the invitation, saying, “No, I believe there are other ways to be saved,” or “I really don’t believe there is judgment coming, there has never been a flood before.” If that had been Noah’s attitude he would have perished, because judgment did come. On his own Noah would have been as helpless as all those who were outside the ark.

God is inviting you and I to come into the ark to escape the judgment which is coming on the earth. Physical death is coming which will usher us into eternity where sin has condemned us to hell, separated from the One for Whom we were created. On our own we are absolutely helpless to avoid it. God has given us the invitation to join Him in the ark He has provided. Jesus Christ is the Ark in which we hide; He is our Savior from the storm of God’s coming judgment. Accept His invitation to “come in.” If you have not done so, what is your excuse? You cannot survive the coming storm outside God’s ark.

The sun may be shinning and the sky blue, in your life today, no sign of a storm, but what about next week? God has issued the invitation to come, saying, “now is the day of salvation.” James says, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a time, and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14).

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Today’s First Thoughts                            February 15, 2011

Good Morning!
The storm that no one thought was coming came. “In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” The Bible records this as an historical event, even the date is recorded.

OVERCOMING OUR FEARS IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM:
Genesis 8:1. “And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark:”

The flood came suddenly, all at once. It did not start to drizzle then begin to rain harder and harder until the water rose and flooded the earth. Instead the flood gates of heaven suddenly burst open, and the fountains of the deep broke open. When God sent the flood, the earth’s crusts ruptured so that all the underground streams gushed out, and the atmosphere, which contains trillions of tons of water, falls suddenly to earth. The storm howled and raged for forty days and nights. It was not just “the storm of the century,” it was the mightiest storm of all time.

What would it have been like to be inside the ark and suddenly hear the water crashing down on the roof and feel the thrust of the water raising the ark. It would have been terrifying to feel the huge boat jerking from side to side as it settled into the deep. Noah could have wondered, “Did I put enough pitch between the timbers?” “Will the braces hold up under all the strain?” During this storm it was vital to know that he had done everything just as God commanded. Now he had to depend upon God to save him during the storm. “And God remembered Noah.”

The disciples strained to keep their boat afloat; they were unaware that Jesus was watching, although they had not seen Him, He never let them out of his sight. As the storm raged around them, Jesus went to them walking on the sea. When He climbed into the boat with them the storm ceased. Like Noah, after we get into the ark, the storm is going to come. If you are in the midst of a storm that has suddenly taken a turn for the worse, look up. Your Savior sees you where you are and will come to you. He will give you peace through His word. The circumstances in your life may not change, or they may change completely. Regardless of your circumstances, the storm raging inside you will cease, and you will have peace. It was Saturday, and Jesus was in the Tomb! But Sunday was coming! And God remembered Jesus!

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Today’s First Thoughts                           February 16, 2011

Good Morning!
The very first thing Noah did in the new world was to worship God by building an altar and offering sacrifice.

NOAH BUILDS AN ALTAR AND OFFERS SACRIFICE AS GRATITUDE:
Genesis 8:20. “And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour (aroma); and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. 22. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

This is the first time an altar is mention in the Bible as the place of sacrifice. The clean animals and birds that Noah sacrificed would have probably been the domesticable ones, cattle, sheep, goats, oxen, chickens, doves, & etc.  Therefore they would have been the ones Noah would need the most in rebuilding his life. But he took one-seventh of all of his flocks and herds and offered them in an extravagant sacrifice to the God of his salvation. “And the LORD smelled a sweet savour;”

Two-thousand years later there was another extravagant sacrifice of praise offered by a grateful woman to a gracious God. Shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus was the honored guest at a feast in Bethany, Lazarus being present. Mary entered the room with an alabaster bow. The box contained very expensive perfume equal to a year’s wages that possibly would have been her dowry. Mary took the box of perfume that represented her future hopes and dreams, broke it, and poured it on the head of Jesus and the fragrance filled the room. When she was criticized as being wasteful, Jesus sharply rebuked them, while praising Mary for her act of sacrificial worship.

“The Lord smelled the aroma.” And the fragrance was a blessing to His heart. How extravagant is your sacrifice to God? Do you give God as little as you think you can get by with? A little bit of energy and effort, a little bit of time, a little bit of money, a little bit of love, if there is any left. A sacrifice is not a sacrifice until it’s a sacrifice.

We give to God if we can afford it, if we feel like it, if we want to if it’s not too hard, if we can get some real credit for it. How can we think such stingy sacrifices are pleasing to God? He will reject such sacrifices, just as He rejected Cain’s.

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Today’s First Thoughts                            February 17, 2011

Good Morning!
Overflowing doctors’ offices, hospitals, prisons, and other facilities all give witness to our ignorance, or our indifferentness, or our outright rejection, of God’s Laws.

GOD GIVES NOAH TWO COMMANDMENTS FOR MEN TO LIVE BY:
Genesis 9:3. “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. 4. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. 5. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. 6. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”

In the beginning God had given Adam and Eve fruit, vegetables, and grain to eat as their food (Genesis 1:29; 2:16; 3:17-18). Perhaps it was the perfect environment before the Flood that made meat unnecessary for the health of the human body since man was not given permission to eat it. However that restriction changed after the Flood as God instructed Noah, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”

1st Law. However God made a universal law for humans that prohibited the eating of flesh that still had the blood in it. This principal was given partially for safety and sanitation in food preparation and storage, and also to promote healthy eating habits. Healthy eating is one of God’s principals and we need to heed His principals for our own benefit and to enjoy a life that works. Many of our dietary problems today can be traced to the abuse of the balanced nutrition God gave Noah and his descendants. But it was also the first of a lengthier list of laws that were later given to Moses.

2nd Law. There was one law of primary importance that God gave special attention to as Noah established human life on Earth after the flood. It was the law of first degree murder, the sin of willfully taking the life of another human being. God, who created man, knew that the heart of man “is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). God knew it was only a matter of time before the wickedness that was in man’s heart would give expression in all manner of sin; anger, fighting, stealing, lying, wars, and killings. God gave these laws to protect society from itself. Later by Moses, He would add many more.

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Today’s First Thoughts                            February 18, 2011

Good Morning!
I’m sure that every storm that came up after the flood people would have been terrified and fearful that God was going to send another flood to destroy them, so God established a covenant with Noah to assuage men’s fears.

GOD SET A RAINBOW AS A TOKEN, OR SIGN, OF HIS COVENANT:
Genesis 9:14. “And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15. And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17. And God said unto Noah, This is the token (sign) of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

This covenant was the first of five covenants God made in the Bible (to Noah, Genesis 9:8-9; to Abraham, Genesis 15:18; to Moses, Exodus 19; to David, 2 Samuel 7; to you and me, Matthew 26). God’s covenants were commitments He initiated and guaranteed with His own word. The fulfillment of God’s covenant is unlike a human contract that depends on the commitment of two or more parties who enter into it; the fulfillment of God’s covenant depends solely upon Himself.

Perhaps Noah had never seen a rainbow, so maybe God projected one against the clouds to demonstrate His covenant to him and all living beings. As God explained to Noah the meaning of the rainbow, surely peace and gratitude filled his heart as he knew, based on God’s Word alone, he was safe and secure. God has kept His Word to Noah and his descendants. While the earth has seen some devastating floods, none has been so great as to overflow the entire earth. Every time we see a rainbow we need to remember that first Covenant God made with man.

Thousands of years after Noah, God made the fifth and last covenant with man when He promised He would “make a new covenant…I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (Hebrews 8:8-12).

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Today’s First Thoughts                         February 19 & 20, 2011

Good Morning!
At no time is human weakness more exposed than when the mighty fall.

GOD’S COMPASSION FOR OUR FAILURES:
Genesis 9:20. “And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 21. And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 22. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.”

Noah did not have the Holy Spirit within him since he lived before Pentecost (Acts 2:4). His actions after the flood simply reveal how much he needed It, because “Noah was a just (righteous) man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9”. How could a man of Noah’s character and faith be found in such a condition? How could he have consistently resisted the wickedness of Cain’s civilization for hundreds of years, how could he have remained so steadfast in the face of such overwhelming opposition and discouragement, experiencing the power of God to deliver him from the flood, and end up in a drunken stupor?

But Satan didn’t drown in the flood. That old Serpent the Devil, who had been unable to corrupt Noah and his family for more that 600 years as he tried every wicked devise, succeeded with the help of alcohol. Satan is no gentleman. He had no respect for Noah’s past victories, nor did he respect Noah or his relationship with the Lord. And he will pay you the same respect.

 I’m quite sure that Noah never intended to get drunk. He probably drank one glass of wine, enjoyed the taste, drank another glass of wine, enjoyed the taste, drank another glass of wine, enjoyed the feeling coming over him, then enjoyed still another glass of wine. And if he had not been drunk, he would not have uncovered himself. And if he had not uncovered himself, he would not have exposed his children to temptation. And if he had not exposed his children to temptation, the impact on his grandchildren, the entire human race, might have been different.

Let us pray that when that old Serpent, the Devil, comes with temptation that we can find strength to resist him. The difference between strength and weakness, righteousness and wickedness, success and failure, is Jesus, the Holy Spirit, in us.

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Today’s First Thoughts                            February 21, 2011

 Good Morning!
God himself must have seen the worn out old warrior who succumbed to sin in a moment of weakness, and looked the other way, we find no reprimand from Him.

HAM’S SIN:
Genesis 9:22. “And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

One of the most awesome realities of being a parent is your children watch you, even when you are unaware of it. Noah’s son “Ham the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers.” There are two things we will consider in this incident. Let us lay aside the fact of Noah’s drunkenness and nakedness for a moment and think of Ham’s sin in this.

1. First, the fact that “Ham saw the nakedness of his father.” This verse indicates that it was not just a glance. It is one thing to inadvertently (not duly attentive) see something, or someone, or unintentionally, or unwittingly, glimpse something, but to look directly, and fixedly, to gaze, to stare, as Ham did, is another matter. Jesus says, “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh (does not turn his eyes away, but, to gaze, to stare,) on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart (Matthew 5:28). When David saw and looked (stared) on Bathsheba, with a certain thought in his mind and feeling in his heart, he had virtually done the deed of which we have record.

2. The second thing Ham went and told his brothers. Silently something must have risen in Ham’s mind that his father had always been so righteous, now look at him. And he couldn’t wait to tell someone about his father’s failure. Paul says, “If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye that are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness.” It does not tell us to scatter someone’s fault all over the area. This happens so many times. Do you know someone’s secret fault? Who have you told? Have you rationalized your tale-telling by calling it a prayer request or therapy or a healing process, when it fact it’s a form of revenge, a getting even with someone. Ham should have quickly turned his eyes away and gone somewhere and prayed for his father.

One of the definitions of Love, “Love does not delight in evil, love always protects.”

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Today’s First Thoughts                          February 22, 2011

Good Morning!
As did many of the early Patriarchs in the Old Testament, before he died Noah prophesied concerning his children.

NOAH PLACED A CURSE UPON HIS GRANDSON BECAUSE OF HAM’S SIN:
Genesis 9:24. “And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. 26. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. 27. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.”

Peter told us, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21). These prophecies by these ancient men are amazingly accurate. Many times they were far reaching prophecies that would come to pass in subsequent years. Abraham’s response to Isaac’s question about a lamb (Genesis 22:7-8) would not only come to pass immediately, but it also was later fulfilled at Calvary. Isaac’s prophecy concerning Esau and Jacob (Genesis 27), and Jacob blessing upon his son’s (Genesis 49), all were literally fulfilled, as did Noah’s prophecy concerning his sons.

It is amazing that early in the Bible we are made to realize that our children, many times, are the ones to suffer for our sins. Noah first turned his attention, not to Ham, but to Ham’s son, Canaan, who was to bear the curse, who turned out to be rebellious and wicked and whose descendants, the Canaanites, dragged Israel into idolatry. In time they did become slaves to the Gentiles.

In contrast Noah placed God’s great blessing upon Shem. His descendants became the Shemites, or Shemitic tribes, of which Abraham and his family, and became the nation of Israel, as was the Lord Jesus Christ. The sixty-six book of the Bible were written almost solely by the descendants of Shem, the Lord was indeed his God.

Japheth was told he would become a large nation that would come to “the tents of Shem” for a relationship with God. Japheth’s descendants are the Gentile Nations (Genesis 10:5) who, in a very real sense, have to go to the tents of Shem, to the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ, in order to be saved. This all lets us know that God knows the future.

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Today’s First Thoughts                           February 23, 2011

Good Morning!
After the flood, instead of choosing to live in a right relationship with God, men chose to live rebelliously, so God, having lost forbearance with them, confused their language and scattered them all over the earth, where they still live in disobedience, disregard, and defiance of God. But God promised to one day gather those who called upon His name and give them “a pure language” (Zephaniah 3:9). 

THE TOWER OF BABEL:
Genesis 11:1. “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 4. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 9. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”

God had told Noah “be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.” But they seemed to cling together in one general area. One of the first things the human race did was to establish a means of worshiping God while harboring disobedience, disregard, and defiance of Him in their heart. It is possible that by the time of the building of the Tower of Babel that there were many thousands of people on the earth. The same spirit that caused Satan to rebel when he was an angelic being, and tried to ascend above the throne of God, induced Nimrod’s generation to try to build a tower that would reach to heaven. God knew that their next step would be to try to ascend into heaven itself by their own effort.

God confused their language and dispersed them forcibly to every part of the world. One of the things these rebellious people did was to take with them every form of idol worship to the far corners of the earth. That’s the reason we have so many different religions in the world. As we look around at our world today, we can name the major religions, and the area of the world that propagate them, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, as well as hundreds of minor religions such as Animism, and Spiritualism. Our world, while rebellious, is also religious. Genesis shows us that every religion in the our world today, outside of Judaism and Christianity can be traced back to the Tower of Babel.

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Today’s First Thoughts                                 February 24, 2011

Good Morning!
Our problems in this country would be solved if we would get right with God. Who are our heros? Who are our role models? Who are the modern days Nimrods?

WHEN GOD VISITS EARTH:
Genesis 10:8. “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. 10. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” Genesis 11:5. “And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.”

On more that one occasion we read in the Bible where God came down to earth. At times He came in judgment, as to Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24-25), at other times He came with mercy, as to Nineveh (Jonah 3:10). In every instance He proved His love for His creation. There are some people who believe that God created the world and then left it to work out its own problems, but the scriptures indicate He is always looking on and is involved in the world’s affairs.

Rather than trust God to lead them, Noah’s descendants looked to one of their own for leadership, and Nimrod became their choice. Nimrod, the grandson of Ham, seemed to be the world’s first hero. He was a mighty hunter, a builder of cities, a mighty warrior, and a conquering hero. He did all this “before the Lord,” that is, he did it right in God’s face. He had no fear, no respect, nor reverence for God at all. He lived by his own strength, as a self-made man who was totally self- sufficient, and self-reliant. People must have admired his macho manners, his power, and his physical strength. He had no moral character, yet the people followed his leadership and he led them in rebellion against God under the cloak of religious expression.

Paul give us a description of this kind of world, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them, so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
(Romans 1:18-21) Don’t we see this manifested in our generation? God help us.

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Today’s First Thoughts                            February 25, 2011

Good Morning!
We see in genealogy a demonstration of God’s ability to keep his promise to Eve.

THE GENERATIONS OF SHEM, THE ANCESTOR OF ABRAM:
Genesis 11:10. “These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood: 11. And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters. 26. And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.”

This is the second of the genealogical tables recorded (Genesis 5 first). Now ten more generations further down the stream of time we see the promise carried on in this second genealogical table. Already twenty generations had come and gone, and neither was the promise forgotten nor had the holy line been allowed to become extinct. Ever since Adam’s day in Eden the covenant-keeping Jehovah had found a seed to serve him, even in the darkest times, and He had been careful to raise up saints who would transmit the hope of the gospel to future times. It was a proof to the passing generations that God was still remembering his promise, and was intending to make it good in the fullness of the times.

Not once through all the bygone centuries had a link been found wanting in the chain of saintly men through whom the promise was to be transmitted. It was a clear pledge that God would still be able to supply the necessary links that might be required to carry it forward to its ultimate fulfillment. Abraham was born 292 years after the flood and probably was acquainted with Shem who had come through the flood, and possibly with Noah himself, who was still living, he lived 350 years after the flood.

It was also most likely that it was during the generation of Shem that Job lived, which is a further proof that God had people that stayed true to Him even in the darkest times. Shem lived well onto Abraham’s day and probably related to all who would listen the story of the flood and his preservation by helping his father, Noah, build an ark whereby the human race was saved. When we read these genealogy tables in the Bible we can trace the blood line down to the birth of Jesus, who was the promised seed that God promised Eve in Genesis 3:15.

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Today’s First Thoughts                         February 26 & 27, 2011

Good Morning!
In the next few days we want to spend some time with Job. I feel that Job lived just prior to Abraham, during what is called the generation of Shem.

THE GREATNESS AND THE INTEGRITY  OF JOB:
Job 1:1. “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. 3b. … so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.”

When the Holy Spirit began the narrative of a particular season in the life of this Old Testament saint, Job is described as “the greatest of all the men of the east.” Not only was Job wealthy in family and ancestry, lands and livestock, but also he is described as a man who “was perfect (blameless) and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed (turned away from) evil.” Job’s uprightness and lifestyle was well known. We note Job’s concern for the spiritual welfare of his family. Job “continually” offered burnt offerings for his family, lest they might have turned their backs on God and sinned (v. 4-5). He was the priest of the family, and at his altar they all attended, valuing their share in his prayers more than their share in his estate.

Job’s life was “perfect” (v. 1); he treasured God’s words more than his food (Job 23:12): Job wasn’t aware of any inner secret sins (Job 31:33): was a respected Judge in the community (Job 29:7-14); didn’t abuse his power (Job 29:15); maintained moral purity (Job 31:1, 5, 7); and didn’t put his confidence in his great wealth (Job 31: 24-24). God testified of him “that there is none like him in the earth,” (Job 1:8). All of the above could be said of few, if any, other man who ever lived, only of the Lord Jesus Himself.

Job was not only so rich and great, but also so wise and good, and had such an interest in spiritual things, that one would think the mountain of his prosperity stood so strong that it could not be moved; but there is a thick dark cloud gathering over his head boiling with a horrible tempest. We must never think ourselves secure from storms as long as we are in this life. The storms come in our lives suddenly unexpectedly, even though we feel we do not deserve to be treated that way. We have gone to church, read our Bible, prayed every day, lived the best we know how, yet the storm came and took almost everything, including our health. We cry as Job did, “Why Lord?”

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 Today’s First Thoughts                           February 28, 2011

 Good Morning!
This devotion reminds us that we live in two worlds, a spiritual world and a natural world, and what takes place in the natural world is controlled by the spiritual.

SATAN, APPEARING BEFORE GOD:
Job 1:6. “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Satan is likely to show up anywhere, even in a holy spiritual environment. From time immemorial Satan has been involved in the affairs of man. He was in the Holiest environment ever on earth, the Garden of Eden, he attended our Lord’s Prayer and fasting in the wilderness, he was in the Garden of Gethsemane, and he has attended every religious service since that day. Now here we have Satan (an adversary to God, to men, to all good) coming into an assembly of the “sons of God that came to present themselves before the Lord.” What an intrusion! One would think that he would be barred from the place of the holy. So we can expect him to show up at our Church, to distract, to lull you mind off the service, to try to keep you from worshiping.

Some feel that our scripture reading took place in heaven when the angels came to a meeting with God. But I feel that Satan is barred from heaven since he was thrown out when sin was found in him. This must have been a meeting of saints on earth. Men of religious nature in the patriarchal age, were called “sons of God” (Genesis 6:2); they had their religious assemblies and the stated times for them. In our reading God inquires of Satan where he had been, although He already knew, “give account of yourself.”

Every one, including Satan, is accountable to God for all our time, where we have been, where we are going, what we were doing. I come from “going to and fro on the earth.” (walking about in his own territory) He could not pretend he had been doing any good as the son’s of God could, yet he would not own that he had been deceiving people, destroying souls, causing pain and havoc everywhere he went. While we are on this earth we are within his reach, and with so much subtlety, swiftness, and persistence does he penetrate into every corner of it, that we cannot be in any place secure from his temptations. 1 Peter 5:8 cautions us and warns us of Satan’s actions.

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