Day 4

 

Daily scripture reading

 

Genesis 8-10

Matthew 4

Psalm 4

  • God’s reaction to the wickedness of man was destroying earth He created, that shows howmuch God hates sin.

  • Genesis 8:2 “Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky”.

  • Genesis 9:4, But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.

  • The life and blood of every creature is very important. Lev 17:11 says For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

  • The flood lasted 371days

  • God promised never to destroy the whole earth by flood again, but God can destroy by any other means. 2peter 3:7,10 says the heavens and earth would be destroyed by fire. Fire sounds much more deadly than fire.

  • The dove had an olive tree, an olive tree sprouts even after it seems to have died. An olive tree represents restoration.

  • Genesis 9:13-15 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.

  • Genesis 10:21. The name Eber appears, he was Abraham’s ancestor and the word Hebrew was derived from Eber.

  • Ham, was the father of Canaan, Noah cursed him saying, may Canaan be the lowest of slaves. In the old testaments curses usually affected a person’s generation and legacy; that’s why Noah cursed Ham’s generations and not him particularly.

Psalm 4

1 Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
3 ;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

  • Tremble and[d] do not sin;
        when you are on your beds,
        search your hearts and be silent.

    Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
        and trust in the Lord.

  • Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
        Let the light of your face shine on us.

  • In peace I will lie down and sleep,
        for you alone, Lord,
        make me dwell in safety.

 

Matthew 4

  • Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted. At times God can led us to situation that are very uncomfortable.

  • Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights

  • All the three temptations of Jesus worked around the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life. The devil would always offer nice shortcuts but never follow shortcuts only trust in God’s provision and guidance.

  • Turn stones to bread. We must depend on God’s provision and not any our own procedure to fix a problem. The devil often uses pride to lead us to sin. Pride comes in when we think we would make better decisions and choices than God. When we depend on our own efforts instead of trusting in God it is sin. We must depend solely on God not on our efforts

  • Always remember that temptation must not end in sin and failure. Surely you would be tempted with the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and pride of life

  • Man shall live by every word that comes from God’s mouth and not by bread alone.

  • God didn’t tempt Jesus but God led Jesus to the wilderness to be tempted.

  • After Jesus was tempted angels came to attend to him.

  • Peter and Andrew were brothers, they went fishing and Jesus said to them,” come I would make you fishers of men”

  • James and John were brothers, their father was Zebedee. They were with their father preparing fishing nets when Jesus called them to follow him

  • Jesus withdrew when he heard John the Baptist had been arrested.