Genesis 10 – The Hunter


When I first began studying the Bible I always skimmed or skipped over these “genealogy” sections/chapters in the Bible. It was just boring to read a long list of names that I couldn’t pronounce. But as I’ve grown in age and my knowledge of Christ, I have a greater appreciation and interest in genealogy, my own and the ancestors recorded in the Bible.

Chapter 10 is the genealogy of Noah’s three sons. In this chapter alone there are a total of seventy nations accounted for out of these three sons and their offspring. This chapter is rich with historical content and study. We could probably spend a year just exploring this chapter. This might be a fun side study for those of you are enjoy genealogy.

But for today, I want to explore Nimrod.

Cush fathered Nimrod, who was the first powerful man on earth. He was a powerful hunter in the sight of the Lord. That is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a powerful hunter in the sight of the Lord.” His kingdom started with Babylon, . . . (Genesis 10:8-10)

Both my husband and son are bow hunters. This isn’t something I grew up around, but I’ve grown to enjoy the hard work, skill, patience, and adventure this sport requires. So often when we hear the word “hunter” we think of someone with a bow, gun or other weapon stalking deer or other wildlife through the woods. However, with Nimrod when they use the word hunter, they are referring to him being a hunter of men, not wild animals.

Notice they did not say, he was a “fisher” of men (Matthew 4:19), but a hunter of men. This wasn’t a compliment. When we step outside the Bible and read about Nimrod in history books, we find that Nimrod was responsible for the Tower of Babel and trying to get all the nations after the flood to unite. Unfortunately, it wasn’t for their good or because of his great love of people, but his greed and lust for power. Nimrod’s ultimate goal was to rule over the entire population of people on the planet. He hunted for power and control of everyone and everything around him.

This image of being a “fisher” of men versus a hunter of men resonated with me. When we step out and share our faith to draw others to Christ it should be with a heart that wants to find someone, reel them in, marvel over their beauty through Christ and release them back with the knowledge of the grace of God. We shouldn’t approach sharing our faith like a hunter. It isn’t about the stalk, winning the prize, the numbers, and checking them off the list as a goal accomplished. It can be a subtle difference, but easy to distinguish when we approach others with love. Both fisherman and hunters are sportsmen and pursue their prey, but it’s the approach and tools used that make the difference.

I pray God places people in our paths that we can show and offer the love of Christ. May this great love slowly draw them into to His love and light so they may experience His grace, love, and forgiveness.



Genesis 9 – Noah’s Sin


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In Scripture, before the flood, drunkenness had not been mentioned as a sin. However, we see in chapter 9 that Noah gets drunk (whether on accident or on purpose) and it is a called out as a sin. I began to wonder why God would include Noah’s sin in the book of Genesis. If a reporter from one our regular media outlets or social magazines was reporting this story about Noah I figure they would either leave it out because drunkenness is so normal and “worldly” these days or they would blow it up into some media scandal that tied up the headlines for days.

Thankfully, God is the author of this book and story! So, why did God leave in this detail of Noah’s story for us? What can we learn or glean from it?

All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 HSB

Just like we can’t condone David’s sins of adultery and murder, we can’t condone Noah’s sin(s) either. I believe God made Noah’s sin, and the sins of so many others, a part of his story in the Bible because He loves us. He wants to train and teach us how to live a righteous life while here in our temporary home. I believe He also wants us to understand that Noah was chosen by God for an incredible task, he worked hard to honor God’s plan and although he sinned, he NEVER lost his salvation. God never left him or gave up on him. Noah fell prey to the weakness of the flesh, as we do, but he God didn’t turn away from Noah. He was redeemed by his Heavenly Father.

In a nutshell, none of us are perfect. Even those who were distinctly chosen by God and written about in the Bible were flawed and fought the flesh and “worldly” pull. Sometimes falling short, but trusting and knowing they were chosen, loved, forgiven and promised salvation through their Heavenly Father. And so it is today, for all of us! Stand up, brush it off, turn the page, hand it over to God, leave it with Him and rely on His strength, voice, and courage to lead you to a deeper of understanding of His great love for each of us.

Genesis 8 – So He Thought


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There are so many things that crossed my mind this week as I read Chapter 8 of Genesis. Should I sit and study the significance of all the numbers mentioned in these verses(7, 150, 27, etc.)?  What about how Noah felt when the boat finally hit solid ground or when they stepped off the ark for the first time after all those months? And then there are those first few words of the chapter, “But God remembered Noah” that struck my heart. It’s amazing how many rabbit holes one can explore in just one chapter of scripture.

Even with all of those great topics and questions, I didn’t choose any of them. Instead, I chose verse 21 to meditate on.

When the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, He said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, even though man’s inclination is evil from his youth. And I will never again strike down every living thing as I have done. Genesis 8:21

It’s incredible to consider that because of man’s actions, God destroyed “every” living thing on earth except for those on the ark. The neighborhood dogs, farm sheep, and donkeys certainly weren’t worshipping idols and living sinful lives of adultery, thievery, and lies. They suffered due to the actions of man (and woman). As much as that tugged at my heart, it was these three words, “He said to Himself” (Genesis 8:21, HCSB) that drew me in.

In other translations, it says God,  “thought to himself” (MSG) and “said in his heart” (KJV & ESV).  These are the thoughts that flooded into my heart.

First, I think or speak to myself often. When I studying, cooking, folding clothes, or in an unusual situation I’ve got all kinds of thoughts rolling around in my head. It’s a common, ordinary and human thing to do. Now, God is FAR from human, but I love to see this quality in our Creator. He did, after all, create us in His image. These few words give me an image of God that I can relate to and understand. With so many things we don’t and can’t understand in this world, it’s these small glimpses of God in us that draw me closer to Him.

Second, I adore how God was sure to include all we needed in the Bible. Even his thoughts. The words He spoke to His own heart. Some might argue that there isn’t a way we could be sure God really thought such a thing and dispute the Bible. I don’t argue that point at all. Why would our God, who allowed His Son to die for each of us on the cross so we could have eternal life, let that be tainted or ruined by allowing false statements into His written Word? I don’t think He would. Even as a mom, if something happens and my child is misrepresented or misunderstood I have a strong desire to clear the air and clarify things.

There is only one God, but He created us in His great image. So, even though we aren’t God’s, we have bits and pieces of God’s qualities and ways just as our own children do. After all, He is our Father in Heaven and we are all His children. Keep an eye out for other small traits or ways that show we are created in God’s image as we continue to study through Genesis.

I would love to hear how your journey through Genesis is going and how “listening” has improved, changed or challenge you in your Bible study.




Genesis 7 – Trapdoors


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In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.  Genesis 7:11-12

It’s interesting how something new can catch your eye in scripture. Today, it was the phrase, “windows of the heavens” that brought a clear and wonderful vision in my mind. There is something extraordinary about imagining my forever home and the home of my Father and King. I adore the image of God flinging up the windows of Heaven and throwing out His blessing upon us, so I wanted to explore more about this imagery and see if I could find it anywhere else in scripture.

In Genesis when the windows of the heavens open, the pouring rains are released. In Isaiah 24, the open windows of Heaven bring trembling to the Earth, in Malachi 3 we read if the windows of Heaven aren’t opened, blessings won’t be received. In 2 Kings 7, the windows of Heaven open to end a famine. The Message translation calls these windows of Heaven, “Trapdoors opening in the sky.”

As a child, it was secret small spaces and trap doors to the attic that intrigued me. Even my own children seek out these tiny hidden trapdoors and nooks in our home and yard to escape and set up covert camps. Just as we seek and crave these tiny spaces of secret and safety as children, God created us to seek and crave Him from deep in our hearts.

It’s a small space (a trapdoor) created within our hearts from the time of our conception that can only be filled and secured by the Creator. Our Father, King, and Savior. Just as the heavens can open to receive Him, so our hearts can too.

The definition of a trap door is “a door in a floor or ceiling that lead to another, often hidden room.” There is a trick to this trap door of the heart though. God won’t open it. He will knock and knock at it, but we have to be the one to open up. He will seek us, love us in the wait and never give up on us. The beauty of this is that once we open up the trap door to our heart, God will enter into that hidden place that He created in us. The space that only He can fill. He will complete us. His radiant light will restore, heal, and repair us from the inside out and shine from within us forever more.

Today, my prayer is that if you haven’t opened up the trap door in your heart to the saving grace of our Heavenly Father that you would allow Him in. Dust off the cobwebs and pull open the door. It may have been closed so long that it’s a little stuck and squeaky, but you can do it and God will help you. May your heart open to His peace, joy, love, and hope. You are loved!

Genesis 6 – Desire Not Demand


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Two of everything—from the birds according to their kinds, from the livestock according to their kinds, and from the animals that crawl on the ground according to their kinds—will come to you so that you can keep them alive.  Genesis 6:20

As busy as I can be as a wife, mom, friend, daughter, and teacher, I’m pretty sure Noah may have me beat. Can you imagine building a boat this big without any of the modern tools we have today?! helps us put its true size into perspective with a few facts:

  • It would take nearly one and a half football fields to equal the Ark’s length.
  • Sixty-two Smart Cars parked bumper to bumper would stretch from the Ark’s bow to stern.
  • NASA could lay three space shuttles—nose to tail—upon the Ark’s deck.
  • To float the Ark in an Olympic size swimming pool, you’d need to line up three of these large pools.
  • Noah’s Ark was a bit longer than twelve, forty-foot telephone poles laid end to end.
  • Using the standard boxcar, it would require lining up ten of them to equal the Ark’s length.

It doesn’t say exactly how long it took him, but we know it’s less than 120 years. Now that’s a longterm project. In that time, Noah wasn’t roaming the Earth searching out and gathering all the animals to put on the ark. God tells Noah, in Genesis 20, that the animals will come to him. I marvel at this image and want to reflect on it today as we consider how much we have in common with the creatures who came to Noah and boarded the ark.

As a forest fire, flood or snowstorm approaches, wild animals sense the danger and run towards humans.  Any other time, they are doing the opposite and run from us. I think the animals of Earth also sensed a great danger was approaching and ran to Noah for saving. God guided them to the great door of the ark.

This image reminded me of how fickle we can be as followers of Jesus. Running towards Him and breaking out the prayer journals in time of danger, stress, and fear. Only to set Him on a shelf and make our lives a DIY project when the snow has melted, the fire has been put out and the floods have receded.

How do we keep God front and center all year? How do set our internal GPS to seek Him always not just when we are in despair and lost? Life, to do lists, kids, activities, work, and families are so loud. They are always calling, beeping, tugging and in our faces demanding our attention. We can quickly jump and react without giving a second thought to the direction God desires.

God is ever-present, always waiting, but unassuming, and certainly never demands our love and attention. He desires it but doesn’t demand it. How do we make God the loudest and our top priority? Like everything else, it’s practice. Reading scripture every day, praying and conversing with Him throughout the day, seeking Him in our hearts for our daily purpose. We will never conquer this skill this side of Heaven, but we have His unending mercy and grace to keep us coming back over and over again. Sit at His feet this week. Run to Him when you are in despair and run to Him to share victory and praise. Run to Him in joy and uncertainty.

My prayer for us all this week is that we RUN TO HIM always!



Genesis 5 – How Old was He?


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Up until this point in Genesis, we have learned and focused on Creation and the story of Adam. It’s essentially a short biography of the first man God created in His image, but chapter 5 is where Adam’s story concludes and one of his descendant’s begins.

So, before we move on to Noah and the others in Adam’s bloodline, I want to consider something I hadn’t until this reading. Chapter 5 throws a lot of large numbers at us. There are people having babies at 130, 105 and 162 years of age and living over 800 years, but let’s focus on verses 3-5.

When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died.

So, here’s the big question. . . How old was Adam when God created him? Had that question ever entered your mind? Crazy, right?! You may be well ahead of me, but I had never even considered this. (Side note: I just have to say, the Bible is so cool! You can read it over and over and every single time you glean a new insight that you missed the earlier time you read it.)

Genesis tells us that man was created in God’s image. So, I’m assuming Adam wasn’t created as an infant hanging out talking with God in the garden. So, how old was he? When God created Adam, was he 27, 35, 50 or 89 years old? Well, the Bible doesn’t say so I guess we won’t know until we get to Heaven, but I find this interesting to think about.

We could even take it a step farther and ask how old were the animals, stars, sun, and mountains when God created them? I can imagine how that would create another level to the debate between the evolutionists and creationists. Don’t worry! I’m not going down that road because I’m not qualified to go there! I’m more into the faith side of things. 

This week’s reading has reminded me that we don’t have to have all the answers. When we open God’s word it’s ok to ask questions, to wonder about His grand plan and majesty. We receive glimpses into His glory and Mighty works, but only He knows ALL. So dig in and wonder about the big and the small stuff. Ask the questions and start a dialogue. God’s great mystery is sometimes difficult or impossible to explain and comprehend, but it doesn’t make Him less real. In fact, to me, it makes him more real and I sit and marvel at His creative, imaginative love that He has displayed throughout the Universe from the beginning of time.

This week I pray we all open God’s word with the awe and wonder of a child. Ready to ask questions no matter how small and seek Him in new ways to discover Him on a deeper level.

Genesis 4 – Unrivaled Mercy & Love


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Genesis chapter 4 is well-known for the first sibling rivalry lived out between Cain and Able. We see Cain become so jealous of God’s satisfaction with Able’s offering that his anger gets the best of him. The sin of jealousy and anger swell over Cain and cause him to murder his own brother. We read God’s strong reaction to Cain in verse 12, but then we see something else.

God said, “What have you done! The voice of your brother’s blood is calling to me from the ground. From now on you’ll get nothing but curses from this ground; you’ll be driven from this ground that has opened its arms to receive the blood of your murdered brother. You’ll farm this ground, but it will no longer give you its best. You’ll be a homeless wanderer on Earth.” (MSG)

Cain calls out to God . . .

Cain said to God, “My punishment is too much. I can’t take it! You’ve thrown me off the land and I can never again face you. I’m a homeless wanderer on Earth and whoever finds me will kill me.” (v. 13-14)

and then we see the profound mercy and love of God showered on this murderer.

God told him, “No. Anyone who kills Cain will pay for it seven times over.” God put a mark on Cain to protect him so that no one who met him would kill him. Cain left the presence of God and lived in No-Man’s-Land, east of Eden. (v.15-16)

God sends Cain off. He didn’t take away the consequences of Cain’s great sin, but He still offered Cain protection.

This is my BIG take away and a reminder of the God we serve from this week. Even when we sin, when we really mess things up or take the big wide worldly way over the narrow way of God – He still loves us. He is still for us. He will protect and forgive us when we ask humbly before Him. It doesn’t mean that we escape the consequences of our sin or that we get to take the easy way out, but God doesn’t leave us or forsake us. He doesn’t take away His great love or mighty protection just because we sin. Once a part of His family, always a part of His family. Now, that’s the good stuff!

It’s such a beautiful reminder of the God we serve and who loves us dearly. Who never gives up on us, never stops fighting for us and is always waiting for the day we will return to Him if we have walked away.

AMEN and thank you, Jesus!