Genesis – Chapter 11

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Construction of the Tower

Verse 1 – At this time, there was one language and one speech.  They made brick from stone and asphalt for mortar.

Verse 4 – The Tower of Babel was most likely a ziggurat.  They looked like pyramids with steps or ramps leading up the sides.  It might have been a temple used to worship their pagan gods.  The whole city was focused on one point.  They built this for their own greatness.  People do this today by the houses they build, cars they drive or clothes they wear, showing people what a success they are.  These are not wrong in and of themselves, but when you leave God out, watch out.  We are free to develop in many areas, but we shouldn’t replace them with God.

Verse 7 – When God said, “Let us go down,” proves Jesus was always with Him.  They went down and made them all speak different languages and dispersed them to all over the earth.  This is how people ended up everywhere as it says in Verse 8.

Verses 10-27 – Noah had cursed Canaan.  From Shem’s line came Abram and the entire Jewish nation, which would eventually conquer the land of Canaan in the days of Joshua.

Verse 29 – Abram and Nahor took wives.  Nahor took his niece (daughter of his brother, Haran, who died).  Genesis 20:12 says Abram married his half sister – same father, but different mother.  Sarai was barren.  Abram’s father took his grandson, Lot, and, Abram and wife, and went to Haran.  The whole family moved towards Canaan but settled in Haran

Genesis – Chapter 10

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I have read that from Noah’s three sons came black, white and Asian people.

Verse 2 – Japheth’s descendents lived on the coast lands.  They had their own language.

Verse 6 – Ham begot Cush and Cush begot Nimrod.  The Bible says he became a mighty hunter.  Even people with great gifts can become proud.  Shinar is where Babel was and is the beginning of all the idols of worship, myths, and devil worship.  At this time, the earth was divided, separated by water.  All three sons went their own way and built their own nations.

The Book of Proverbs – Chapter 8

Verses 1-7 – Wisdom is portrayed as a woman who guides us and makes us succeed. Wisdom was from the beginning and was with the Creator. God approves of those who listen to wisdom. Those who hate wisdom love death. Wisdom should enter every aspect of our lives. Open up everything in your life to God and He will guide you.

Verses 8-11 – Wisdom is a person. Solomon writes in the first person in these verses. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. Find knowledge, receive instruction and choose wisdom over any precious tones is what this verse is saying.

Verse 12 – This states again how important it is to seek God in all wisdom and understanding.

Verse 13 – The love for God and love for sin cannot coexist. This fear of God is filled with respect and love for God. This is not the kind of fear you have towards someone who is constantly harming you. That kind of fear makes you hate. Our God is love and His loving kindness causes us to love others.

Verses 14-21 – These verses list what all comes with wisdom. Godly wisdom will give your life what God intended it to be: 1) Love those who love wisdom, 2) Seek wisdom and you will find it, 3) Riches and honor are with wisdom when she is used, 4) The fruit of wisdom is the results of using wisdom, it’s better than gold, 5) wisdom will cause you to inherit wealth.

Verses 22-31 – Wisdom is the foundation on which all life is built. Paul and John pointed to Christ’s wisdom and presence at the creation of the world (Colossians 1:15-17; 2:2, 3; Revelation 3:14).

Verses 32-36 – Follow wisdom’s ways and instruction and do not ignore or despise it. Wisdom says the person who will listen to her will be blessed, find life, and obtain favor from the Lord! But those who sin against wisdom, wrong’s his own soul and loves death.

The Book of Proverbs – Chapter 7

Verses 6-23 – Without aim or direction, an empty life is unstable, vulnerable to temptations. To fight temptation, make sure your life is full of God’s word and wisdom. Run from temptation.

Verses 25-27 – There are a number of things you can do to combat sexual sin: 1) Guard your mind, 2) Don’t intentionally look at books, pictures or movies that stimulate the wrong desires, 3) keep away from gatherings and settings that tempt you in this area, 4) don’t think of what is going on now. Remember every choice has a tomorrow which will involve several consequences.

The Book of Proverbs – Chapter 6

Verses 1-5 – These first verses aren’t telling you not to be generous. They are telling you to be responsible with your finances. You have to have a balance between being a good steward over what God has given you and you’re giving to help someone. You don’t put your finances in jeopardy to help a person or it will lead to poverty. God wants us to help our friends and the needy, but He does not promise to cover the cost of every unwise commitment.

Verses 6-11 – These verses are a warning against laziness. For example, when you sleep in instead of working, and calling into work because you would rather sleep.  God gave us a day of rest. He designed the Sabbath for the Jews to rest. If laziness takes hold of your life it will lead to poverty.

Verses 12-15 – This is a good example of some people with bad attitudes. They never see anything good in their lives and they let everyone know it by what shoots out of their mouth. Everything wrong in their lives is because of someone else and they let you know it. The scripture says calamity will come upon them suddenly and there will be no remedy.

Verses 16-19 – We have listed 7 things people do that the Bible says the Lord hates. It would be a good thing to carefully look at these and make sure you are not doing them: 1) A proud look-‘like saying I am better than you’, 2) A lying tongue-there is no such thing as a little white lie. If you lie, it’s a lie, 3) Hands that shed innocent blood-murder of any kind.(not talking about soldiers in war, 4) A heart that devises wicked plans-plotting a scheme against another to steal, kill or destroy, 5) Feet that are quick in running to do evil-getting involved with someone or devising a plan to cause another harm, 6) A false witness who speaks lies-making up things about someone else in front of others to cause them harm, 7) One who sows discord among brethren-as if to say, “Let me tell you what they did to me”- or wait till you hear what I heard they did-we call this character assassination.

Verses 20-23 – As you grow older there will be times when what your parents taught you will help you make the right decisions. The elders in the body of believers just might be able to help because of their life experiences also.

Verses 25-29 – People believe its okay to break God’s law when it comes to sexual sin. Don’t deceive yourself. Someone else is affected. This type of sin almost always involves others.

Verses 30-35 – Lets talk about the thief. Now of days it’s hardly ever heard of someone stealing a loaf of bread because they are hungry. There are all kinds of motives; mostly it’s just plain greed. If our courts would demand the thief when caught to pay 7 times back what they stole it would stop an abundance of people stealing to satisfy their material lust. If the law of the land were as such I believe they would only steal once. The rest of these verses speak about taking someone else’s wife and when the husband finds out, them losing their life.

The Book of Proverbs – Chapter 5

Verse 3 – The Bible considers an adulteress a prostitute. In today’s culture, a prostitute is anyone, male or female, who exchanges money for sex. First, a prostitute is any temptation that causes you to leave God’s wisdom. Second, sexual immorality of any kind destroys family life. It erodes a person’s ability to love. It degrades human beings. It can lead to disease. It can result in unwanted children. It is also against God’s law.

Verses 4-10 – These verses are good examples of how sin is. The pleasure is good for a while, but in the end the consequences are more than we want to pay.

Verses 11-13 – The Bible gives us clear warnings about ignoring sound wisdom. At the end of your life it will be too late to ask advice. That’s why it’s easier to make your mind up of the choices you’ll make before the temptation. The resistance will be a lot easier when the temptation comes. For instance, I’m not going to commit adultery. I’m not going to have sex outside of marriage. I’m not going to drink. Make up your mind beforehand, then when the desire comes to do these things your halfway there.

Verse 14 – I may be wrong, but look what this verse says. I believe it’s talking about sitting smack-dab in the middle of the house of God, getting good instruction and still committing whatever. Indifference is a bad place to be. Instruction, help all around, and someone can still choose to ignore it. I’m sure we’ve all heard where pastors, lay people, the secretary and whomever having affairs with someone in the cognition and no one knows till somehow it gets told. Then the families are destroyed of both parties. Sometimes churches will even split. Be faithful to your own spouse.

Verse 15 – Drinking water from your own cistern is a picture of being faithful in your marriage. Enjoy the person God has given you. Water is a precious commodity just as your marriage should be.

Verses 16-21 – In today’s society anything goes. There is no shame if someone is caught committing adultery or being found out they were with a prostitute. But the results are still the same as they were in the Old Testament. God designed marriage and sanctified it, and only with this covenant relationship can we find real love and fulfillment. I’m sure you’ve heard that saying,  “ The grass is greener on the other side.”  Need I say more?

Verses 18-23 – Bottom line, there will be struggles, temptations and crisis in any marriage. God says when you marry, you become one. A bonding will take place if you keep your heart focused on God’s wisdom and not your own lustful desires.

The Book of Proverbs – Chapter 4

Verses 1, 2 – Solomon was writing to all children to tell them to pay attention to sound doctrine and get understanding.

Verses 3, 4 – Solomon is talking about how his father, David, encouraged him to get wisdom when he was young (see 1Kings 2:1-9 and Chronicles 28, 29). Wisdom can be passed on from generation to generation. All wisdom comes from God; therefore, you must seek it from God by having a relationship with Him. Some parents never teach their children wisdom, let alone right from wrong. But blessed is the generation for having access to the word of God.

Verses 5-7 – Getting wisdom from God is an ongoing process. It must be done daily, seeking to choose righteousness over wickedness. James 1:5 assures us that God will grant our request for wisdom.

Verses 8, 9 – We have to learn to go to God first in every decision. Scripture says she will promote, preserve, and honor and place an ornament of grace on your head.

Verses 14-17 – Avoid the wicked.  We as believers have to have a good perception of what those around us are doing. Friends and family may try to lead you into places that don’t line up with the word of God. You have to be bold in speaking up for yourself. It will save you a lot of heartache in the end. You may lose them along the way, but your principles have to be on the side of righteousness.

Verses 20-27 – Wisdom and understanding will help you through the issues of life. We are to guard our hearts. Desires can be strong emotions that might cause us to lose sight of the bigger purpose. The scripture says to stay on the path of integrity. Don’t look to the right or to the left. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus.