January 3

Genesis 5:1-7:24

It’s fascinating how Genesis 5:1 reminds us that we are created in the image and likeness of God, but Genesis 5:3 reveals that we are also born in the image and likeness of Adam (Romans 5:12). We are all fallen, in this sense, and depraved, we are all part of the “Adam’s Family.”

The Bible doesn’t tell us everything that has taken place in human history, only those things God determines we need to know. Genesis 5 streamlines us through the genealogy of Noah. Along the way we run into this man named Enoch. Enoch walked with God 300 years. He walked with God and “was not, for God took him (Genesis 5:24). Everyone else died, but not Enoch. He was beamed up and is therefore a picture of that generation who will not die, but those who will be raptured up (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:50-51).

Enoch is also mentioned in:

Hebrews 11:5 (NKJV) “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

The days got dark and demonic. It breaks my heart to read those words in Genesis 6:5-7. It reminds me of today. Evil is everywhere, deeply embedded in the heart of humanity. God in His justice, HAD to judge the world.

It’s important to know that there is a precedent for the rapture, and there is a precedent for worldwide judgment.

Genesis 6:8 (NKJV) “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”

That’s the key for you and me, grace (John 1:14, Ephesians 2:8-9).

Noah did according to all that God commanded him.  He built an ark with Godly fear in order to save his family, and in the process warned the world, who no doubt mocked him along the way. Some say it took him 120 years, but others (see Answers in Genesis) say it was probably between 20 and 40 years.

Hebrews 11:7 (NKJV) “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”

Matthew 3:7-4:11

John the Baptist did not have the “Seeker friendly approach.” He called the hypocrites out, “Brood of Vipers – snakes. You think you’re saved because you follow all the rules and regulations meticulously? Because you’re descendants of Abraham? No way!”

Matthew 3:12 (NKJV) “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

John reminded them and us that the evidence of salvation is a changed life, the fruit of the Spirit.

Matthew 3:12 (NKJV) “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

John reminded them and us that these are not trivial matters.

Although Jesus had no sin to wash away, He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness, He was baptized to be that example for us, and He was baptized to identify with the ministry of John the Baptist. As His ministry began, He would be anointed by the Holy Spirit, and He would go toe-to-toe with Satan defeating Him with the tools of prayer and fasting, and the Word!

Psalm 3:1-8

What a horrible time that must have been – David was torn as he ran from his son Absalom (2 Samuel 15-18). His enemies were many and his trials increased, but by faith he not only wrote this song, he sang this song and made important declarations:

Psalm 3:3 (NKJV) “But You O LORD are a shield for me, my glory, the One who lifts up my head.”

David sang, he cried (Psalm 3:4), he prayed. When his eyes were heavy he wasn’t sure if he’d make it through the night – but he did, and he gave God the glory.

He encourages himself (something we all need to do), just say it, “I will not be afraid…” Believe it, know it, there’s nothing to fear, the future is our friend for God is our Father.

If we pray as David prayed, “Arise O Lord and fight for us.” He will…for He is our salvation!

Proverbs 1:10-19

Proverbs 1:10-15 (NKJV) My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait to shed blood; let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the Pit; 13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, we shall fill our houses with spoil; 14 Cast in your lot among us, let us all have one purse”— 15 My son, do not walk in the way with them, keep your foot from their path;

Sandy Adams, “Through Proverbs Solomon wants to give his son the inner anchors to say “no” to sin’s enticement. He wants to build into his son a healthy independence where he can stand against the current of this world.”

Proverbs 1:16-19 (NKJV) For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. 17 Surely, in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird; 18 But they lie in wait for their own blood, they lurk secretly for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.

*Please read Luke 12:13-20

What did Jesus warn us to beware of, and why? Covetousness. Our life does not consist in the abundance of the things we possess.

What was the man’s “problem?” He had nowhere to store his crops

What was the man’s solution to the “problem?” Build bigger barns

What was the man’s retirement plan? Take it easy, eat, drink, and be merry

What did God call him? A fool

God called him a “fool” (878 aphron af’-rone) = without reason, senseless, stupid, without reflection or intelligence, acting rashly; the Greek word literally means to have “no understanding.”

He was a fool because he was covetous (laid up treasure for himself), and he was a fool because he wasn’t rich toward God (v. 21)

I wonder if there’s anyone here whose cupboards, rooms, houses, and garages are stuffed with too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter. We tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. Our toy rooms are messy, our drawers don’t close, and our closets are filled from top to bottom. The evidence of clutter is all around us. 

If this is the case, I need to be careful, I might be bordering on being a fool – according to Jesus.

Tragically, there are many American “fools.” Statistics tells us that there are 300,000 items in the average American home; 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage; 25% of people who own 2 car garages don’t have room to park cars inside of them, and 32% are unable to park even 1 car inside. The United States has upward of 50,000 storage facilities (in comparison there are close to 15,000 McDonalds and 15,000 Starbucks in America). The average 10-year-old owns 238 toys, but only plays with 12 of them. 3.1% of the children in the world live in America, but 40% of the worlds toys are in America. American homes have more television sets than people. And those television sets are turned on for more than a third of the day—eight hours, 14 minutes. Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches ($100 billion) than on higher education. Shopping malls outnumber high schools. And 93% of teenage girls rank shopping as their favorite pastime.

The numbers paint a jarring picture of excessive consumption and unnecessary accumulation. Fortunately, the solution is not difficult. The invitation to own less is an invitation to freedom, intentionality, and passion.[1]

We’ll see that the Proverbs speak frequently about money, riches, and the foolishness of greediness. 

Proverbs 15:27 (NKJV) “He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, but he who hates bribes will live.”

You see, wisdom brings the “full” life, as opposed to the “fool” life.

Proverbs 22:3, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.”

[1] http://www.becomingminimalist.com/clutter-stats/

If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, maybe something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward together in 2021.

2 thoughts on “January 3”

  1. Reading about Noah, I had to ask myself, ‘Am I willing to be a Noah in today’s world?”
    The Lord asks me to be set apart for Him and His purposes , even though others may mock at my obedience to His Word. It isn’t easy , but by His grace and by faith , I too must continue and BE READY for the return of my Lord Jesus’s return. The Lord in His mercy warned Noah of the coming judgement , and He has warned all of us— Thank You my Lord for You are merciful and ever sooo good!

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