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Beginnings- Settlement (?-1440 BC) Part 2

In the first part of beginnings through settlement we discussed how we could get to know God’s character by reading stories through-out the Bible. We read and broke down what we could learn about God from the story of Noah’s Ark in Genesis.

Today we are looking at how we can see ourselves in the first 5 books of the Old Testament and Job. Grab your Bible if you don’t already have it and lets dig in.

Open your Bible and read each scripture to discover how we can see ourselves in the following scripture.

Genesis 4:1-5

Cain was jealous of Abel and the offering he was offered up to the Lord.

In Cain’s jealousy we can see our own sense of competition and desire to be “better” than someone else.

Genesis 6:7-8

God was sorry he created man and beast as the world was full of wickedness. God said He would destroy the Earth with the flood. Noah found grace from God and was instructed by God to build an ark to be saved from the flood.

In Noah’s need for the ark for salvation- we can see our own need to be rescued from God’s judgement. It also demonstrates if we obey God and follow His lead, He will save us from complete destruction.

Genesis 12

Abraham had great faith in God. He was obedient when God told him to do something.

In Abrahams faith in following God- we can see our own potential for belief.

Genesis 25 & 27

In both of these scriptures Jacob is lying and scheming- following his own desires and relying on himself to get what he wants. Manipulating situations to take what was for his brother Esau. (In Genesis 25 his birthright, in Genesis 27 his blessing.)

In these two examples we can see our own inclination to trust in ourselves to provide our needs and wants.

Genesis 42-45

In Josephs kindness and forgiveness for his brothers who sold him into Egypt- we see our own responsibility to forgive and overcome evil with good.

Exodus 14

Israel struggles to keep faith when the Egyptians began to march after them. Israel feels they are trapped in the wilderness to die. God instructs Moses to lift his rod and stretch out his hand and part the sea so that Israel may cross on dry land.

In Israel’s struggle to keep faith- we see our own struggles and weakness of faith.

Job 3

In this scripture it’s expressing Job’s feelings in response to him suffering. In Job’s response we can see our own feelings and disappointment when things work against us.

These are only a few examples of how we can see ourselves throughout the Old Testament of the Bible. I encourage you to read deeper into each of the beginning books in the Old Testament and make notes on how you relate to the scripture you are reading.

This will help you to develop a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus as you discover the powerful truths packed within the books of the Bible.


Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for providing us with the tools we need to discover who You really are and who we are created to be in You. Lord, I thank you for each person who reads this post. I pray that you would give us all understanding and discernment as we study Your word. I pray each person would desire a deeper, stronger, and more intimate relationship with You. I pray You open the hearts of each person that they would see Your hand at work in their life. I pray that you will guide each of us and cover us with Your peace, love, and protection in Jesus mighty name I pray.


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Daily Devo-Having A Fruitful Process For Studying God’s Word

Reading the Bible can be confusing and overwhelming especially if you do not have the correct foundation and/or tools to have a fruitful study. Just reading the words on the page is not enough to have a life changing transformation from the inside out.

Let’s take a look at some helpful tips to having a fruitful study.

When reading the text in the Bible we need to look at it for what it is- know the historical and cultural settings of the scripture you are studying. Read the actual words of the text as they are used in the context. Let the passage speak for itself in it’s original settings.

Next we need to figure out what it means. Within Bible passages is a main idea or a spiritual truth that is meaningful in all ages. These truth’s are not bound by time or to an era of hundreds of years ago. The truth’s can be applied to life in every time period. God is the same today as he was yesterday, thousands of years ago, and in the future. God and spiritual truth’s do not change because our society’s culture changes.

Then we will need to look at the text and discover how it applies to our life. Asking ourselves- in what ways should my life change as a result of studying this passage?

The Holy Spirit is our helper in this. When we allow Him into our lives- His Holy Spirit will start to work in our lives from the inside out. Changing our thoughts, speech, and behavior to reflect the spiritual principles found in God’s Word.

Once we have an understanding of what the text says and means, we then need to take time to digest our spiritual meal. Processing and pondering on the newly learned spiritual truth or guidance. Allowing it’s words and meaning to permeate deep within our being.
(Jeremiah 15:16)

When we read the Bible it is very easy to find ourselves “skimming over” the Word and missing the “bigger picture”- the significance and meaning behind what we have read. Jeremiah tells about how he felt joy and had a rush of rejoicing when he would “ingest” God’s Word.

Another way to ensure your study time is fruitful is by writing down key verses, your reflections, and any questions or ideas that come about when you are studying. This will help you to memorize scripture and will also be a great tool to look back on as you grow and dig deeper into God’s Word.

Writing down questions or ideas that you have can open doors for you to further your study in search for answers to your questions and ways to build on your knowledge.

The final thing I want to discuss is prayer- Prayer is how we respond to God.

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

Daniel 6:10 NKJV

Giving thanks in prayer is a way of gratefully responding to God for gifts and blessings He gives you or already has given to you. Daniel’s prayers permeated with the spirit of thanksgiving as he made his requests known to God.


Heavenly Father,

Thank you God for Your many blessings and gifts that we receive each day. Your mercy and love for me is simply amazing. Without You I couldn’t be where I am today. Lord forgive me for being ungrateful and not always recognizing that no matter what struggles I face, I still have many things to be thankful for. God help me to pray like Daniel with the spirit of thanksgiving and to actively seek Your Word. I ask that Your Holy Spirit would help me to understand what I read in Your Word and know how to fruitfully apply it to my own life. God, I want to have the rush of joy and rejoicing as Jeremiah talks about. Thank you for this message and help me to apply these tips to my study time with You in Jesus name I pray.


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Helpful Tips: Reading the Bible

* There are 66 books in the Bible

* The front of your Bible has a table of contents to locate each book of the bible by page number

* Bible verses are broke down into the format of:   Book Chapter:Verse for example
Genesis 1:1

* Most Bibles have a Index-Concordance in the back where you can look up scripture that is about a specific topic or do a word study.

* When you read the Bible and come across a word you may not fully understand, look it up in a Webster dictionary to get the literal meaning. Sometimes using our own understanding of a word can be misleading in the scripture.