Sunday, October 13, 2013

I Am Still In Genesis-The Truth

I am still in Genesis!  Genesis is a place to know where it all began and also the place to see everything branch out from that garden of Eden. The first few chapters, in my case chapters 1-8 is a study on it's own. The places, names and the writing styles, sets a solid foundation for the story of God to be told over a host of generations. I would encourage anyone to sit down one evening and write out Genesis chapter 5, make three columns beginning with the life span until the birth of the first son, then the life span while having other sons and daughters and the last column being the life span until death. A lot of people may motion towards this being some numerology scheme, but  I recognized that the center column being the 2nd column, represents life all throughout the generations from Seth to Noah. A line of people chosen by God to carry out his spirit and then branch out even more after the flood and through the seed of Noah sons. I know that this seed continues throughout the Torah, the first 5 books of Moses and continue into the writings, which Christians identified as the Old Testament. If you have not already came to this question, here it is: what happen to that "line" that was created by God through Noah? Yes, the obvious answer for Christians would be Jesus Christ. However, we forget there is a gap between Jewish writing versus Greek and the Christians writers. Jesus is Jewish and so was his apostles. He commanded his own followers to stay put, whom he put Paul in charge to continue his story. This is a mystery, it's not about the story, but how the writing style has change from the Torah and Jewish writings to the Old and New Testament texts. This puzzlement carries through the arrangement of books in the Bible, whether we read from right to left, down and up, or the resources that we find in the commentaries and cross references.   There is a language that is well hidden beneath the writing of the Torah and it's not a foreign language. This language is one that was set by God and only the truth will decode it's meaning. In the meantime, I continue on my journey and I am beginning to see that God, is leading me through the valley of truth.

Reflection: Genesis chapters 1-8

Sunday, October 6, 2013


If you have not already, please go and see the movie "Gravity". A great 1 1/2 hour well spent, regardless of the price of the tickets. Which is a great way to start out my reflection on the Book of Genesis. There is so much to say in the wonders of our existence, our connection to planet earth and the ring of fire, that protect us from unknown objects or other external life. I realized that we are still at civil war because, any human being that fights against another human being, is at war against humanity. I'm beginning to believe that we would rather hold onto the past and die, than reach outside our comfort zone and live forever.  The word "power" is a concept that we have yet grasp, it's something we all want, but the force of power is way out of our control. I personally don't know the full truth of the beauty of being a human, which brings me to this point: Jesus Christ, had a full plate in his hands. God really did not have a one on one relationship with his people, until Jesus walked with us. Dying on that cross had to be the most difficult task, that God himself had to choose, against his own will. Although he acknowledge the sin in us, Jesus love those moments and having that one on one relationship with his people. However, just like any parent today or yesterday, there is an authority decision to be made. Jesus had to choose from enjoying his time with us, leaving us to die forever or drink from the cup, that would station himself on the cross so that we can live forever. As I reflect on the first words of Genesis 1:1 "In the Beginning"...  I realized that the gravity of my decisions makes life unnecessary difficult and all I need to do is to let go, so that I can walk with God forever lasting.

Visualize this:
Genesis:2:10- A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the four rivers are Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates and then Genesis begins the story of "man".

Visualize this: The New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, goes on to tell the story of Christ, Jesus, the son of "man" from Genesis.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Exodus from Genesis to Revelation

Wow, I woke up this morning and realized I have to do this. Beginning from Genesis all the way to Revelation. Therefore, there are a lot of versions out on the market and I am resisting the temptation to go and purchase a new one. I already have several Bibles here at home and I enjoyed the New Inductive Study Bible. This Bible does not have the double columns in the old or new testaments, which makes it easy to read. However, the New King James version and KJV with their all color editions looks very tempting. I see how long I can resist the temptation.

I've noticed after reading the same stories over and over again, I have those ah ha moments. I jump for joy and then wonder why I have not seen that before in the readings. At 5:00 am this morning, as I look out my window at the two Seattle Westin Hotel Towers, I actually gasp, because I realized that both God and Jesus was always on the move and they cover only a certain amount of territory in these stories. There is a lot to be seen in the skyline of Seattle. One of my joys is bird watching, I love to see them take off in sequence and put their flying skills to test. I called it flight training school,  they mark their route and cover only a certain amount of territory of their flight plan. They just don't start flying all over the place, they leap out in faith together, maintain their flight plan and return back to their base together. It's a beautiful sight to watch and just grab my attention each  and every time. This is what my journey is all about, allowing God to give me a flight plan that does not require me to cover more ground, than I am able to handle. I will for the first time of my life, begin to read from Genesis to Revelation and I know this will be a long drawn out process that will require a lot of patience on my part.  It will be interested to see how this reading journey will guide me, help me to use the word as a reflection tool, teach me to implement God's word into my prayers and help me to grow in faith and grace. Therefore, I apologize up front, I'm always all over the place and my reading habits is not excused from my normal living habits. Keep checking on me though, giving me a nudge and cheer me onto victory.... Genesis to Revelation, here I come-

Friday, October 4, 2013

Exodus 12:13 The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. Therefore all those that truly believe in Jesus Christ and God's word... God says it here, he will pass over you and no plague will befall you to destroy you.... But you truly need to believe in God and his son Christ, Jesus.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Comfort, comfort my people

Isaiah 40:1-5
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that her warfare is ended
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord's hand
double for all her sins.

A voice cries.
In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.