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The Tower of Babel

This story can be found in Genesis 11:1-9— this particular story is under the law, in the old testament. The story took place approximately 100 years after the flood. The whole earth had one language and one speech– in which time God told Noah to take his family about the Earth– to spread out– and to re-populate.

As they journeyed from the east they found the land in Shinar– and dwelt there.

Humanity decided to build a great city so they could all congregate together. They also decided they wanted to build a massive tower that reached the heavens– to symbolize their power– to make a name for themselves, as if they were equal to God.

God was not pleased. He came down to see the city and tower that the men had built– He was displeased that this was the choice the men made– even though they knew what God’s instruction was.

So God scattered them among the Earth– confused their language, so that they would not be able to understand one another. The building of the city, ceased.

This is where the name Babel comes from– because it was there that the Lord confused the language of the people and then scattered them abroad.

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan

The Parable of the good Samaritan is told by Jesus in the gospel of Luke– in the new testament of the Bible. Let’s first take a look at the meaning of parable and of good Samaritan– so that you fully understand the text.

Parable is defined by dictionary.com as a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.

A good Samaritan is defined by grammarist.com as a person who does good deeds out of compassion and not because of any hope of reward.

The story is about a traveler who was stripped of his clothing, beaten, and left on the side of the road half dead. Jesus tells this parable in response to a series of questions from a lawyer (expert in the law)-that was testing Jesus.

The lawyer asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responded, asking him what is written in the law and what he read of it.

So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

But the lawyer, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

This is when Jesus responded with the Parable of the good Samaritan.

A man set out on a journey from Jerusalem to Jericho– on his journey he came across thieves who stripped him of his clothes, beat him, and left him half dead on the side of the road. A priest happened to come by–he saw the man wounded on the side of the road–yet he passed him by on the opposite side of the road. Then a Levite happened to come by and did the same– saw the man wounded yet passed him by on the opposite side of the road. Than came the good Samaritan whom happened to come across the man on his own journey. The Samaritan saw the wounded man and had compassion. He went to him– cleaned his wounds– bandaged him up– took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day, before the Samaritan departed to continue his journey– he gave the innkeeper two denarii– and said to him ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

Jesus than asked the lawyer which of these men did he think was neighbor to the wounded man. The lawyered responded with the one who showed mercy.

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

I encourage every person to read it for themselves in Luke 10:25-37

The moral of the story is that everyone is your neighbor, even those who is normally considered an enemy. Choose to show love and compassion toward others– not because they do/don’t deserve it–but because through Jesus, God gives us compassion and unconditional love.

We love because God first loved us.

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Adam, Eve and the Garden of Eden

God created man on the sixth day. (Genesis 1:26-31)  God then planted a garden east of Eden and placed the man he formed in it. God then made every tree grow in the garden including the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:8-9) God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. (Genesis 2:15) God instructed the man the he may eat freely from all trees in the garden except for the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God commanded the man not to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge or he would surely die.  (Genesis 2:16-17) God seen that the man needed a companion so that he would not be alone. (Gen 2:18) God created every living creature and brought it to Adam and whatever Adam called it, became its name. Adam named every animal/creature but did not find a helper comparable to himself. (Genesis 2:19-20) God then caused Adam to go into a deep rest and removed one of his ribs. God closed the wound on Adam and used his rib to created woman and then brought the woman to Adam. (Genesis 2:21-23) Both man and woman were naked and neither were ashamed. (Genesis 2:25)

The serpent was the sliest of all beasts on the land. He asked woman (Eve) of what trees she was aloud to eat. Woman told the serpent she could eat from all trees except for the one in the midst of the garden. She told the serpent that she could not eat from nor touch the tree or God said she would die. The serpent convinced Eve that God did not want her to know that the fruit from the tree would make her wise like Him, opening her eyes to knowing good and evil and that eating the fruit would not make her die. Even then saw the tree as good fruit that would make her wise and ate it. This is how the knowledge of good and evil and sin entered the world. She then gave the fruit to her husband and he ate it. Once they had eaten the fruit they knew they were naked and sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. (Genesis 3)

The Lord entered the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve hid among the trees from the presence of God. God called out to Adam asking him “Where are you?” Adam told God he was hiding as he was afraid because he was naked. God wanted to know how Adam knew he was naked and asked if he had eaten from the tree of knowledge that he commanded him not to eat from. Adam explained that his wife gave him the fruit. God asked the woman what she had done and the woman explained. She explained she had been deceived by the serpent into eating the fruit. (Genesis 3)

God cursed the serpent more than every other beast in the field. To the woman God said he would greatly multiply her sorrow and conception. To Adam God said the land is cursed for his sake because he did not listen to God when he commanded him not to eat the fruit. God then made clothes from tunics of skin to cloth the man and his wife. The Lord then said now man is like Him to know good and evil and now man MUST reach out to the tree of life and eat to live forever.  (Genesis 3)

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In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth

Genesis 1:1-2:3

The Creation Story:

The opening chapter of the Bible begins with these words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (NIV) This summarizes what was about to unfold. We learn from the text that the earth was formless, empty, and dark, and God’s Spirit moved over the waters preparing to perform God’s Word in the creation of Earth. And then God began to speak into existence his creation. The day by day account follows:

  • Day 1 – God created light and separated the light from the darkness, calling light “day” and darkness “night.”
  • Day 2 – God created an expanse to separate the waters and called it “sky.”
  • Day 3 – God created the dry ground and gathered the waters, calling the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters “seas.” On day three, God also created vegetation (plants and trees).
  • Day 4 – God created the sun, moon, and the stars to give light to the earth and to govern and separate the day and the night. These would also serve as signs to mark seasons, days, and years.
  • Day 5 – God created every living creature of the seas and every winged bird, blessing them to multiply and fill the waters and the sky with life.
  • Day 6 – God created the animals to fill the earth. On day six, God also created man and woman (Adam and Eve) in his own image to commune with him. He blessed them and gave them every creature and the whole earth to rule over, care for, and cultivate.
  • Day 7 – God had finished his work of creation and so he rested on the seventh day, blessing it and making it holy.