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Lifespan 3

In the Today's Word for January 3 and 5 we began investigating the age of individuals and found that before the worldwide flood the age of people mentioned was an average of 907 years old. After the flood that average began to deteriorate until it reached the prophecied age of 120 years and below. (Genesis 6:3b) We also noted that human wickedness on the earth (Genesis 6:5) was the reason for the flood. God wanted to push the reset button and begin again with a faithful few which were Noah and his family, eight in all. So, was there any natural cause and effect that God used to lessen the amount of years that man would live on the earth? My answer is yes. We have to go back to the creation of the world to understand this natural cause and effect. God said on the second day of creation, "Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth…God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens…

Lifespan 2

On January 3, 2018 I wrote the first "Lifespan" blog showing that the lifespans of those Adam to Noah averaged out to be 907 years. However in Genesis 6:3 God shares that He will cut the lifespan of humans to 120 years because of the wickedness of their hearts. He shortened their lifespan to lessen the amount of wickedness they could do. So, did this really happen after the flood? Noah and his family made it through the flood as the only survivors due to God's help in designing the ark and Noah's obedience to what God said to do concerning the animals that would also be survivors. After the flood they begin to multiply and so Genesis 11 reviews the lives of the developing families of Noah. Note in the following examples the difference in how long they lived from the original examples I shared from Genesis 5: Noah at 500 years old became the father of Shem. Noah lived a total of 950 years (600 before the worldwide flood and 350 after) Shem at 100 years old became the fat…

Fishing

There are many men and women that love to fish. Lots of memories are made also in fishing. I remember the first fishing I did at age 11 with my brother-in-law Paul. He liked to fish from the shore of the Pacific Ocean, so he taught me how. I caught a small shark! I did not eat it but I will never forget the experience. Later, when I was 21, I spent a summer working in the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone Park. I went fishing there, too, in a lake and caught some Rainbow trout. I can visualize that scene also.  My last fishing story took place high in the Colorado Mountains when our wilderness trek group stopped for the night at about 12,000 feet. There was a small stream flowing into a large lake and one of our guys let his arms hang down in the stream. The fish were not familiar with this tactic so he was able to just flip fish out on to the ground. That was great fun to see them flopping around, surprised to be breathing air. It's a good sport and a great food source. As Jesus beg…

Lifespan

"In the future, their [humans] lifespan will be no more than 120 years." (Genesis 6:3b) As Adam and Eve have more children, those children have more children, and on and on it goes. When you look at Genesis 5 you find a series of repetitive statements, each one sharing the lifespan of a father and the point in his life where there was the birth of a son. Here are some examples: Adam at 130 years old became the father of Seth. Adam lived a total of 930 years.Seth at 105 years old became the father of Enosh. Seth lived a total of 912 years.Enosh at 90 years old became the father of Kenan. Enosh lived a total of 905 years.Kenan at 70 years old became the father of Mahalalel. Kenan lived a total of 910 years.Mahalalel at 65 years old became the father of Jared. Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years.Jared at 162 years old became the father of Enoch. Jared lived a total of 962 years.Enoch at 65 years old became the fath…

Joseph

There are two great Josephs in the Bible. The first was the first son of Rachel, Jacob's wife. He was favored and given a coat of many colors by his dad. He was sold by his brothers into slavery, worked for Potiphar in Egypt, thrown into prison, and at age 30 was released from prison and appointed ruler over Egypt under Pharaoh. It is a magnificent story of a man who had to deal with some terrible circumstances but came out a winner. The other is the husband of Mary, who birthed Jesus Christ. He was a simple man, a carpenter by trade. He lived in a time of strict rules and traditions. So, when Mary, who was engaged to him, came and told him she was pregnant, he had to make an important decision. Joseph's humble heart sought whether to divorce Mary in the engagement or continue forward with the marriage ceremony. God sent direction to Joseph through an angel's appearance. The angel gave Joseph the bigger picture saying, "do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For th…

Boundaries

Do you live with boundaries or without them? You might say that you live without them and I would have you consider the boundaries that surround you: stop lights, white stripes on a roadway, money in your bank account, walls in your apartment or home, survey of your property, time to be at work, work necessary to get a check, bills that need to be paid have a due date, and I could go on and on. These just illustrate the multitude of boundaries that each of us faces every day. Genesis 1 is a passage that gives us so much about God, man, and the eco system around us. It stresses through its emphasis that boundaries are important and actually freeing, unless you step over them. Take a look for yourself: Boundary 1 was the earth. Creation was not done outside the earth like it was done on the earth. Look at Mercury, Venus, Mars and more, all planets in our solar system but none created like the earth. Man was meant for earth and God gave us all we need to exist here. Boundary 2 was the light…

Reflect

This word means to seriously think about or contemplate. It also is related to the word "consider," which means to think about in order to understand or decide. Other words which bear shades of this same action would be deliberate, meditate, ruminate, or ponder. This is an important action to engage in on the last day of the year before the new year rushes in and captures our attention. So, here are a few questions to reflect on today: In whose lives did I make a difference this year? (write their names down)What was the most significant event for me this year? How did it change me?What would I like to make the focus in the new year?How will I make it so?Under the inspiration of God, Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, which is a reflection on life. Many things are discussed through Solomon's ponderings but one is worthy of repeating on the last day of the year: "I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, …