Redundant introduction for Redundants:
You can now listen to my audio podcast guiding you through your reading of the One Year Bible readings. Tune in weekly to catch the highlights of passages, key theology, and some of the best passages to strengthen your Christian life.
You’ll be blessed.
All three blogs, the devotional from a key verse, the Old Testament/New Testament passages, and the Psalms and Proverbs will be here every day. The “Choose Life” devotional will be last following the OT/NT commentaries and the Psalms and Proverbs.
Here’s some helpful hints. There are links in each blog. The titles are structured to help you understand and get an insight into the passage. You might have to think a bit. They are somewhat like a Far Side or Argyle Sweater cartoon but in words.
They all assume that God’s Word is perfect and inspired (cf. Ps. 19:7; 2 Tim. 3:16).
They also assume that Jesus is the Savior of all who trust him (see “How To Be Sure You’re Going To Heaven (no fine print, no caveats)” on the right-hand column of the jerryrothauser.com site.
Here we go!
Old Testament: Genesis 8:1-10:32
Genesis 8:1-10:32 My Three Sons
The Flood recedes, the first rainbow, Noah gets drunk and then you can skip over or through the genealogies.
In Chapter 8, the water begins to recede after 150 days and leaves the Ark on top of Mt. Ararat (vv. 3-4). It’s there today, actually. Surveillance pictures show it up there. Groups of scientists have attempted to hike up to it but Turkish officials won’t let them up there.
Noah sent out a dove which eventually returned. A raven had been sent earlier but would have found unclean things to eat and unclean places to land. A dove wouldn’t stoop to that level but returned with an olive leaf in its beak, producing our modern-day metaphor for peace (v. 11). God told Noah it was OK to leave the ark (v. 16) and he proceeded to offer animal sacrifices (v. 20) that were pleasing to the Lord. He promised to never again curse the ground or destroy the animals (v. 21). The seasons would never be disrupted again (v. 22).
In Chapter 9, Yahweh allowed Noah and his family to eat any kind of animal or fish as well as the vegetables that they already were allowed to eat (v. 3). He was not allowed to eat the blood, however, of any animal. The life of any creature is in its blood and belonged to God (Lev. 17:10-12). Even at the first church council in Jerusalem to set the Gentiles and Jews on the same course, this was disallowed (cf. Acts 15:29). Capital punishment was decreed for anyone who took another’s life (v. 6). Noah and his family, instead were to “be fruitful and multiply” (v. 7).
The rainbow was to be God’s reminder to mankind that He would never again destroy the earth with a flood (v. 11-17). The whole world was re-populated through the three sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth (vv. 18-19).
Noah became a farmer (v. 20). One day he got drunk on his own wine and fell asleep naked. His son, Ham, saw him but his other sons covered him back up. Ham’s son was accordingly cursed , forever to serve his other brothers (v. 25). Canaanites were the first to live in Palestine but then were subdued by Joshua and later Solomon (cf. (cf. 1 Kings 9:20- 21). The Canaanites have long been gone from the earth, the curse coming to full fruition.
The descendants of Shem were to be blessed (v. 26). They became the Semites aka the Jews. The descendants of Japheth would “dwell in the tents of Shem,” meaning they will be blessed by the Semites (v. 27). Noah lived to be 950 years old.
In Chapter 10, is a genealogy of Noah’s three sons. Everyone today is descended from one of these three guys. Ryrie tells us the descendants of Japheth (vv. 2-5) settled an area from Eurasia to the Black Sea and from the Caspian Sea to Spain. Gomer’s homeland was the eastern part of Turkey. Magog (cf. Ezek. 38: 5-6) is Russia today. Tarshish is the southern part of Spain (cf. John 1:3).
The sons of Ham are recounted in verses 6 -10. You would think Nimrod (v. 8) would have a Cush job since that was his father’s name. He was a hunter (v. 9). Some young kids call each other a “nimrod” these days. It is not a compliment. He was a dork. He founded a couple of the worse cities in the world, Babel and Nineveh (vv. 10-11). He helped build the Tower of Babel (cf. 11:1-9).
The sons of Shem, the Semites, are recounted in verses 21-31.
All of the nations of the world at that time were separated out from the three sons of Noah (v. 32).
New Testament: Matthew 4:12-25
Matthew 4:12-25 Something Fishy Going On
Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would preach in the area of Naphtali and He did (vv. 15-16, cf. Isa. 9:1-2). He, like John the Baptist, preached that people would have to change their minds and their ways to be ready for the kingdom to be ushered in (v. 17).
Jesus saw a couple fisherman and told them to leave their nets and follow Him (vv. 18-19). He would take them from being fisherman to being fishers of men (v. 19). They were brothers, Peter and Andrew. Jesus called another set of brothers, James and John (v. 21a). They were fishermen, too (v. 21b). They left their boats behind to be His disciples and to follow Him (v. 22).
Jesus used the synagogues as places to teach and to proclaim the kingdom, validating what He said by what He did, healing every kind of disease (v. 23). News about Him spread all around Syria since some really sick people with epilepsy, paralytics and demon-possessed were all being healed (v. 24). People came from all over the Jordan, Iraq and northern Israel area to see Him (v. 25).
Psalm 4:1-8: Chill A Psalm of Trust By David
Psalm 4:1-8 Chill
Paul quotes verse 4 in Ephesians 4:26 as “Be angry” (NIV84 ESV RSV). He was using a Greek translation called the Septuagint. Your version may say, “Tremble” (NIV11 NASB). David was saying it’s OK to be agitated when it seems God is silent.
Unanswered prayer is a recurrent theme in Scripture. Habakkuk was particularly incensed because He didn’t think Yahweh was paying attention (Hab. 1:2). He twisted himself into a knot when God would’t answer him. The Psalmist expresses impatience with God numbers times. Just do a search in Psalms for “how long” ( Psa. 13:1-2, 35:17,62:3, 79:5, 80:4 , 82:2, 89:46, 90:13, 94:3).
It’s OK to be upset but by bedtime we should reconciled with God (v. 4b, “be still”) and trust Him (v. 5).
We should trust God so much that we have more joy (NIV11 ESV) than the rich have from their prosperity. God is bigger than anyone’s wealth!
Peace out (v. 8)!
Proverbs 1:20-23 Keeping It Simple . . . (Is) Stupid!
The little old ladies in my church would often remind me after I preached to “Keep It Simple Stupid.” I could have answered with a paraphrase of a famous movie theologian and said, “Simple Is As Simple Does.” But I bit my tongue. Bit a hole through it, in fact. No, I didn’t, really. I took their advice. I tried to dummy things down.
Here wisdom is depicted as a person. “How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?” (v. 22 NIV). Simple people often are mockers. There are a lot of young mockers out there today. They don’t have any answers because they are “simple” but they like to mock a lot. Ringo, the famous Beatle not the cowboy, was once asked if he was a “mod” or a “rocker”? He said he was a “mocker.” He was the archetype for generations.
We might ask who is really stupid one here. Well, it’s not “Wisdom” (v. 20). She is smart. I “Binged” (like Googled) if the word Bible should be capitalized. I found this on a board, “I know it’s stupidtalized, I don’t know about capitalized.” It was written by “Blasphemous Heretic.” Drop mic.
I know Wisdom’s frustration. She is shouting at the top of her lungs, “Don’t Be Stupid!” (v.21).
Don’t be stupidtalized. Be wisdomized instead.
Don’t be simple. Don’t be stupid.
Choose Life: Scripture: Genesis 9:13 NASB “Rainbows Are Not Gay”
“I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.” Genesis 9:13
OK. Don’t get your bowels in an uproar. I guess rainbows are gay. But they weren’t gay first. First, they were a sign that God was not going to destroy the earth with a flood again. They came after a storm. Secondly, Ezekiel saw a rainbow (cf. Ezek. 1:28) in the middle of a storm when he saw the vision of the wheels. Finally, John saw a rainbow that encircled God’s throne right before there was a gigantic storm of judgment (cf. Rev. 4:3). Weirsbe says, “The personal lesson for God’s people is simply this: in the storms of life, always look for the rainbow of God’s covenant promise” (commentary on Gen. 9). It says they are the Old Testament version of Romans 8:28, ” . . . we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Rainbows may come before, during, or after a storm but they always signify God’s grace and promises (see yesterday’s blog Unarmed To A Fight).
Whenever you see a rainbow, think of how God’s promises can bring you through the storms of life.
If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
God’s Word can get your through the tough times in life, if you have faith. But do you have God’s promises stored away in your heart and brain? Yesterday’s blog mentioned memorizing Scripture. Besides the Topical Memory System, where you can find stuff to memorize?
There are many “promise” books out there that can be purchased cheaply. The same people who do the Topical Memory System also publish suggested verses on Life Issues.
Here’s one from an online Christian bookseller called simply, Bible Promises For You. I’ve seen them at the local CVS.
The method I used is just memorizing the Bible verses that I like a lot. That also gave me incentive to learn them. How do you find verses you like? Read this blog or read through some other reading plan and underline the ones you like. Then memorize them. Hear a good one in a sermon? Look it up and memorize it? Find one using a concordance? Memorize it.
You’ll be really blessed if you do. You’ll be amazed how the Holy Spirit can use those verses. And when you are old and grey and alone in an MRI with nothing to do, you’ll be glad you can sense God’s presence through those verses.
For now, memorize, and thank God in the morning!
The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: See You Next Fall