Am I My Brothers Keeper…..YES.

July 2nd, 2009

READ: Genesis 4:9-16

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know, “he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9).

Cain’s insolent and arrogant response to God’s question is a sign of his inward, unacknowledged guilt. This is always the way of guilt—to disclaim responsibility. Cain replies, “My brother? What have I to do with my brother? Am I my brother’s keeper? Is it my responsibility to know where my brother is?” The hypocrisy of that is most evident. Though Cain could disclaim responsibility for knowing where his brother was, he did not hesitate to assume the greater responsibility of taking his brother’s life. Read the rest of this entry »

My Jealousy…..

July 2nd, 2009

READ: Genesis 4:1-8

The LORD looked with favour on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favour. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast (Genesis 4:4b-5).

The account says that Cain was angry at God’s rejection of his offering, and his face was downcast. Obviously he came expecting God to accept his offering. Perhaps he was very pleased with himself. Perhaps he felt that his offering of fruit and grain was much more beautiful, much more aesthetically pleasing, than this bloody, dirty thing that Abel put on the altar. But when the smoke rose from Abel’s offering and his own remained untouched, Cain’s smile changed to a frown. He was angry and resentful.

How well we know this feeling! And for the same reason: jealousy. He was jealous because his brother was accepted and he was rejected. As the New Testament tells us, he was angry “because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous” (1 John 3:12), and so he was filled with jealousy. Read the rest of this entry »

Genesis 3:8 to 3:14

June 26th, 2009

Over the past few weeks we have been looking at

· Creation out of chaos – Gods purpose in our lives

· Man as an extension to Gods community, and

· Freewill, the independence God gave us

Today I wish us to go on a journey through the consequences of Sin , the space that man puts between him and God, Man’s propensity to blame – ‘It’s the devils fault’ ‘It’s the woman’s fault’’ it’s your fault’ and ultimately Mankind’s loss which leaves God walking in the Garden crying out to all of us. ‘Where are you?’

For many, the punishment of the sin seemed overly harsh. Not the image of God we like to visualise. But don’t you think he cried over the decision?

The Hasidic Jews have a story that tells of the great celebrations taking place in heaven after the Israelites are delivered from the Egyptians at their crossing of the Red Sea, where all of Pharaohs’ armies were drowned. The angels are all dancing and cheering and all of heaven is full of joy. One of the angels turns to the archangel Michael and asks ‘Where is God?’ ‘Why isn’t God here celebrating?’ Michael replies ‘God is not here because he is off by himself weeping. You see, many thousands of his children were drowned today.’

God cared, He cared about Adam, He cared about the Egyptians and He cares about us. Read the rest of this entry »

Elohim…….God IS….

June 16th, 2009

READ: Genesis 1:1

For this last devotional for the series on Genesis I went back to the beginning. I reread my copious notes that I had taken and one thing cried out from all of them. Elohim.

I am sure that you all know it is the plural form of El and means eternal creator. It is the only plural form of Gods name and the most frequently used name for God in the O.T. used more than 2500 times in the Bible and 32 times in the 1st chapter of Genesis. Read the rest of this entry »

The Love That God Is…..

June 16th, 2009

Yesterday I reviewed Chapter 1, we read where God spoke things into existence. That is the power of His mighty word. He spoke and it happened. He did this with everything except for man.

In verse 7, it tells how God formed man from the dust of the ground and then, instead of speaking life into us; he gently breathed life into us. I heard a preacher say recently that God thought so much of man that He got down in the mud Himself and fashioned us by getting his hands muddy, and then He breathed life into us by gently kissing His loved creation. I like this image. Read the rest of this entry »

A Statement of Fact……

June 15th, 2009

No matter what book or piece of poetry you read, Genesis is the only book that starts with the five most-important words known to man: “In the beginning, God created …”

This first sentence is important for several reasons. But to me it is a definitive statement that God exists. It does not try to debate the fact or argue the point. It flatly states that God does exist.

Many people, throughout history have denied that fact. I am reminded of a man who went to get a haircut one day. As usual, he and the hairdresser began talking about many things, and finally the topic came to God. Read the rest of this entry »

Gods Promises from The Cross

June 5th, 2009

Written for a member of Amblecote Christian Centre who wished to know what I saw in the Cross.

The Gifts of the Cross

We are at our best when giving. In fact I feel we are most like God when we are freely giving.

Have you ever wondered why God gives so much? We could survive on less and we wouldn’t have known the difference.If we give gifts to show our love, how much more would he? If we, spoilt and imperfect as we are, love to give gifts, how much more so does a pure and perfect God enjoy giving gifts?

Jesus asked in Matthew 7:11‘if you hardhearted, sinful men know how to give gifts to your children, won’t your father in heaven even more certainly give good gifts to those who ask him for them?’

God’s gifts shed light on God’s good and generous heart. Every gift reveals God’s love… but no gift reveals his love more than the gifts of the cross.

They came not wrapped in paper, but in passion.

Not placed around a tree, but a cross.

Not covered in ribbons, but blood. Read the rest of this entry »

…….One Another

June 5th, 2009

The LORD God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18

What an amazing three chapters we are reading. One page of God’s glory after another, straight from the beginning and the book of Genesis is a book about beginnings. It tells of how this world, the one we see and touch, came into being and why the world is the way it is. Forgive my ‘arty’ side but Genesis 1-3 is a painting, an epic story, a beautifully crafted piece of poetry. And like all good poetry, its use of words and phrases are important to the overall message. Read the rest of this entry »

The Helmet of Salvation…..

June 3rd, 2009

Put on salvation as your helmet. (Ephesians 6:17)

Ever have an argument between your head and your heart? Ever know in your heart that something is real, only to have your mind tell you it’s not? Ever questioned a fact because of a feeling? Then you understand why Paul encourages us to “put on salvation” as a “helmet” (Ephesians 6:17).

Paul is warning us to guard our mind against thoughts of doubt and confusion. He is encouraging us to shield our head from Satan’s onslaught of arrows bringing uncertainty and disbelief. He is telling us to keep our thoughts in line with what our heart already knows to be true. Read the rest of this entry »

What Is Good…Comes from God….

June 2nd, 2009

Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above. (James 1:17)

Why was Eve so easily deceived by the serpent in the Garden of Eden? How did it happen that a slithery snake could convince her to take a bite of fruit when the Master of all creation told her not to? Did she forget who God was? I doubt it. Did she forget that he created her—that he was there to watch over her? Even more doubtful. Did she think that Satan knew more than God? We know better than that. Read the rest of this entry »