Genesis 1-3

Genesis 1:1-3 ‘Genesis’ means ‘beginning.’ These opening verses challenge us to get our priorities right - (a) The priority of God (1). God comes first. Before anyone else is mentioned, He is there. (b) The priority of God’s Word (3). God is the first to speak. Before any human word is spoken, there is the …

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Seeing the bigger picture

"So Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” And he said, “Here I am.” So he said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133 or Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

We gather together to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. In the reunion of Joseph with his brothers, there is a great testimony to the God of grace: ‘Do not be distressed... because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life... God sent me before you to preserve for you …

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"God Has Blessed Us In Christ With Every Spiritual Blessing."

Genesis 49:1-28 Jacob blesses his sons, ‘blessing each with the blessing suitable to him’(28). The most significant blessings are reserved for Joseph (22-26). This is not simply the blessing of Jacob. This is the blessing of ‘the Mighty One of Jacob... the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel... the God of your father... God Almighty' (24-25). …

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Lord, sometimes, the things that happen to us don’t seem to make sense – to us!

Genesis 11:10-32 Lord, sometimes, the things that happen to us don’t seem to make sense – to us! We try to tell the story of our life. We try to make sense of it all. We try – but we fail. Why? – We don’t know the full story. Sometimes, we feel like we’re living …

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When nothing seems to be going right for us

"The Lord was with Joseph in a very special way" (Genesis 39:3). Did this change when Joseph was put in prison? No! - "But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him" (Genesis 39:20-21). His circumstances had changed - but his God hadn't changed! What a word of encouragement for us! When nothing seems …

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God Is Still At Work, Calling Sinners To Worship Him.

Genesis 4 This chapter tells the story of the progression of mankind, the increase of sin and - in its final sentence - the development of worship. There are interesting snippets of cultural information (vs. 20-22). There may be progress in the horizontal dimension - agriculture, music, industry, but history reveals again and again that …

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Are we content to live our life at the surface level? or Are we looking for something more than that?

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:2). Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me (Psalm 42:7). The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God …

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First Sunday of Lent: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

Created by God, Created for God Genesis 2:7 "the breath of life" Everything changes when the Lord breathes His breath of life into us. * Until God comes to us in power, our situation is desperate - "I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry" (Ezekiel …

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Special Days – Springtime: Genesis 8:15-22; Psalm 65:9-13; Galatians 6:7-10; Matthew 6:24-30

Christ has taken away our sin. Let us rejoice in Him. Following the flood, we have this simple yet striking declaration: ‘the ground was dry’ (Genesis 8:13). Safe from judgment! This is the message which comes to us from the Cross: ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ (John …

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Turn your eyes upon Jesus.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6). "Let light shine out of darkness": this takes us all the way back to Genesis 1:3-5. And God said, “Let …

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The darkness of sin, and the light of God’s salvation

Genesis 19 is a chapter that's full of the darkness of sin. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is followed by the sordid episode with Lot and his daughters. Sin leads to judgment. That's the lesson of Sodom and Gomorrah. sin leads to judgment. we see this in the birth of these two illicitly conceived …

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From grace, we receive salvation. Works can never earn salvation.

Genesis 25:1-34 In the first half of this chapter, we read about Abraham's family (1-6), Abraham's death (7-11) and - Ishmael's family. The sections which call for closer attention are the birth of Jacob and Esau (19-26) and Esau sells his birthright (27-34). In Romans 9, Paul contrasts the way of grace (Jacob) and the …

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The plan of God is emphasized and the presence of God is experienced.

Genesis 26:1-35 Of the various sections in this chapter - the most significance are verses 1-5 in which the plan of God is emphasized and verses 23-25 in which the presence of God is experienced. Sometimes - we can get bogged down in details about things that happened a very long time ago. These are …

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A famine in the land, a famine of hearing the words of the Lord

"Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe." (Genesis 12:10). Later on, in the time of Joseph, we read about Egypt being a place of refuge in a time of famine. This story is told in Genesis 41-50. …

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The ‘Amazing Grace’ Of God: ‘Wonderful Grace Of Jesus, Greater Than All My Sin!’

Genesis 25:1-18 What will we leave behind us? What will we pass on to the next generation? In this passage of many names, there is a challenging contrast between the influence of Abraham and Ishmael on the next generation. In verse 11, we read, ‘After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac’. In verse 18, …

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Learning from Genesis 1 (23): God’s Gift – Eternal Salvation

Genesis 1:30 - “I have given” The gift of God – Life is God’s gift. He is our Creator. Salvation is God’s gift. Jesus is our Saviour. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift. He has come to live in us. He will take us to live with God – to give glory to God forevermore. …

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Learning from Genesis 1 (20): Created And Called

"So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27). Created in the image of God - this is our high calling. As we journey through life, we're being called to become more like our God - filled with His love and His holiness. …

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Learning from Genesis 1 (19): The Beginning Of Conflict And The Promise Of Victory

This post begins in Genesis 1, takes us on to Genesis 3, and far beyond that - to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! “Created in the image of God” (Genesis 1:26-27) - “God saw everything that He had created … it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). At the end of Genesis 1, things couldn’t …

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Learning from Genesis 1 (17): Jesus is Lord! – He Gives His Victory To Us.

Genesis 1:24 - The “beast” Whenever we read, in God’s Word, about “the beast”, we are reminded that we face constant and determined opposition from Satan, the enemy of our souls. Whenever we feel that Satan is getting the upper hand, let us remind him that Jesus is Lord. Genesis 1:25 - “every thing that …

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Learning from Genesis 1 (16): God’s Great Faithfulness

Genesis 1:23 - “the evening and the morning” The repeated pattern of nature – evening, morning, evening, morning… – speaks to us of God’s great faithfulness. Without the sustaining power of God of perfect faithfulness and constant love, our world would return to chaos – “without form and void” (1:2). Whatever changes may take place …

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Learning from Genesis 1 (15): Blessed By The Lord

Genesis 1:22 - “God blessed them” What a great thing it is to be blessed by the Lord. Without His blessing, we have nothing. We must never forget these challenging words of Jesus; “Without Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). What a great challenge they are to our human pride. When we think we …

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Learning from Genesis 1 (14): Bearing fruit for Jesus Christ, the risen Lord

Genesis 1:11 – “the fruit tree yielding fruit” We bear fruit as we build our lives on the Word of the Lord (Psalm 1). There is the fruit of the Spirit in our own lives (Galatians 5:22-23). There is the fruit of God at work in the lives upon whom we are able to exert a …

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Learning from Genesis 1 (13): Out of the darkness – and into the light

Genesis 1:5 – “Day and Night” It’s like the difference between Day and Night. What a great change there is in us when the Lord brings us out of our darkness and into His light. Genesis 1:6 - “a firmament” Firm – We have a firm foundation upon which to build our faith. There is …

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Learning from Genesis 1 (12): The day and the night, the light and the darkness.

"God called the light day, and the darkness he called night" (Genesis 1:5). Here, we read about the day and the night. We, also, read about the light and the darkness. There is physical light. That's daytime. There is, also, physical darkness. That's night time. What are we to say about daytime and night time? …

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Learning from Genesis 1 (8): A voice from the ancient past

Genesis 1 From its very first verse, the Bible speaks to us as a voice from the ancient past and a message for our present and our future. The Bible speaks to every generation because it is a Word that comes to us from the eternal God, the everlasting God, the God who is both …

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Learning from Genesis 1 (7): This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes.

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). Here, we are taken back to the beginning. Immediately, we feel that we are way out of our depth. Everything is surrounded by mystery. This is too much of us. We try to understand, but we can't take it all in. We confess our faith. We …

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