Welcome to my online blog for our Vineyard Life Journal!
This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: Genesis 3, 4, 5; Luke 2
Here is my SOAP for today, Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Genesis 3:1 “Did God really say?” “Don’t touch it…” Perhaps God did say don’t touch it, but the question he asked them was, “Did you eat of the fruit from the tree which I commanded you to not eat?”
It all made perfect sense to Eve… It looked good, makes you wise…
Chapter 4, amazing how the Bible truncates a story… Eve became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil… At least a few years giving birth… how old were they when they started working the fields for themselves… at least young teenagers!
4:7 “But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you…”
Like when Jesus told Peter, “Satan desires to sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for you.”
16 “Cain went out from the Lord’s presence.” Not a good idea…
(Same with Noah after he got off the ark… planted a vineyard, made some wine and got drunk… that doesn’t happen in a short period of time.)
Adam to Abraham, from Abraham to David, and from David to Jesus Christ.
There very possibly could have been (there must have been) other people… Otherwise, how could Can have gotten married. It is conceivable that Cain could have married a sister (or cousin…) The Bible doesn’t give genealogies, unless there was a purpose…Only one lineage was important that it be preserved exactly… so as to prove that God kept his word that the seed of David would be on the throne forever… So, what I am saying is that it’s very possible that not all of Adam and Eve’s children were mentioned…
One commentary I read suggested that Cain and Abel were 120 years old when Cain killed Abel.
If you are interested in a commentary to use as a reference, here’s one that is very thorough, by Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA. CLICK HERE to check out the commentary.
I also enjoy using the Blue Letter Bible blb.org for word studies… it has great resources and is a lot of fun to dig around on…
Great verse! 4:26, “At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.”
5:22 “Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years.24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”
- Methuselah lived to 969 years, died in the year of the flood.
- Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth (wowzers!)
- It was a “fruit” (not an apple… as typically depicted.)
- btw, it only took 4 chapters and 8 verses for the first murder to take place.
Luke 2, the birth of Jesus, aka the Christmas story…
Caleb just did a message series regarding the angels surrounding the announcements of Jesus’ birth to Mary, Joseph, Zechariah (the father of John the Baptist), the shepherds… “Fear Not.” Check it out at dvc.life/messages
22 Jesus was dedicated by his parents according to the Law of Moses… not baptized until he was 30 at the start of his public ministry.
Simeon, a righteous man, and Anna, a prophet (Ha! Who says a woman can’t be in ministry?) Both spoke declarations over Jesus… both got to see a promise fulfilled.
– Anna prophesied about Jesus and the “redemption of Jerusalem”
– Simeon was waiting for the “consolation of Israel.”
40 ”And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.”
52 Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
It’s easy to forget that Jesus was a kid… he had a childhood… at 12 years old he taught in the temple!
Today’s blog is a great example of reading 4 chapters… I could do SEVERAL SOAPs for each chapter! So you just have to hit the highlights and not get bogged down in all the details…
(I tend to blend in my observations with the Scriptures… I can’t help it. Just works for me.)
4:7 “But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you…” Doing good/what is right seems to keep “sin” at bay… Doing what is right IS spiritual warfare!
Notice Cain left God, “went out from God’s presence…” God doesn’t leave us… we leave Him.
In God’s presence there is safety and joy. A good place to be! In Your presence there is freedom, in Your presence there is hope.
Psalm 139, “Where can I go to flee from Your presence?”
My prayer today is a declaration of God’s goodness and faithfulness from this song, “In Your Presence” by Elevation Worship. CLICK HERE to listen.
In Your presence there is hope
In Your presence there is healing
Love restores me, I am whole
You are with me
No matter how far I fall
Your kindness never ends
God You never leave me
Your presence goes before us
Your glory has no end
God You never leave me