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Genesis 10

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 21, 2012

These are the clans of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, in their nations, and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood. (Genesis 10:32)

When I think on what has happened so far in our Bible readings, it is amazing to see how God right after punishing mankind goes on and makes him more fruitful. They had children who had more children, they conquered lands and built cities. It’s almost like an anthill that got washed away and springs right up again next morning, bigger and better!

How great are the mercies and goodness of our Great God Jehovah! That even when we deserve nothing, he makes us productive, fruitful and successful beyond what we can by our own ingenuity. Hallelujah! I can think of assessments I passed without much study or being accepted to college when I messed up an application.

To me, this story impresses on my heart that God is good to me and everyone though we do not deserve it. It is wonder of wonders that a Holy God would give us bountifully what we do not deserve and withhold the punishment that is truly worth our sin. Surely we could never be able to withstand the wrath of God.

It is so much more amazing that He freely gave His Son to die in our place and take up our punishment so that we can have life abundantly in Him – FOR FREE!!! Surely, we deserve worse than the flood! But this kindness and mercy God shows us is over and above!

When God rebukes and chastises us, we can take heart knowing that:

And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.” (Hebrews 12:5-6)

and that:

… his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

What great comfort, courage and strength we can find in knowing that God is good in judgement and mercy to His children!

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Genesis 9

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 20, 2012

And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.
(Genesis 9:5)

In our day and age, the meaning life is relative. That’s tragic isn’t it? How can there possibly be several meanings and definitions to life? Doesn’t commonplace language go like “there’s only one life to live?” We live in a confused era but often the things that confound us are so trifle if only we believed and trusted in God.

After the flood, God made a covenant with man to never destroy life and all creation as in the flood. In keeping with this, God commanded man and all his creatures to preserve the life of man. Why? Because only God is the Author of life – He alone can and should take and give life. It is his alone especially the life of man whom He made in his image. This is why God gave Noah and his family “permission” to kill and eat animals.

God said He will take to task every man and beast that takes the life of a man. We all can understand how grave one person killing another is. But shouldn’t animals killing men be justified since they are creatures of instinct? God says NO! Man’s life is worth more than that. If God will require a reckoning from a beast, what more of us?

You may never have killed or murdered or aborted – but there are subtle ways in which we are guilty of this. When we fail to preserve the lives of others, we kill or take another’s life. Jesus said, if you are angry with your brother or call him a fool, you are guilty of murder (Matthew 5:22). Consider that seriously dear friend.

How do we preserve life though? It is not only in the physical preservation of it, but also spiritually, morally, emotionally and psychologically. Anyone who calls a man foolish is in fact slighting his Creator.  When we do or say things and act in ways that strip any man of their dignity and honour, we take the value of their lives, kill and dishonour God.

When you call your pets, “good boy” or “good girl” and yet look a the drug addict on the street and think “that worthless scum,” YOU DO KILL MY FRIEND! When you refuse the homeless money or food and spend  thousands on animal food, YOU KILL! When people practice, promote and praise abortion around and about you and you sit silently without doing anything to stop it, YOU KILL and God will require a reckoning from your hand!

God made every human being in His image – regardless of age, color or status.  Thus, we have no justification for taking that life or treating it inhumanely, dishonoring it and stripping it of it’s dignity. Will you scorn and kill the very life for which Christ died to give life to?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)

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Genesis 7

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 7, 2012

And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him. (Genesis 7:5)

Perfection of one kind or another is the desire of every man. It is natural for every one to want to be highly esteemed by others and themselves. Even the worst of criminals would have themselves believe they are perfect or good in some area or aspect of their life.

The Bible, however, shows the true picture of our hearts and lives. As one reads through the Scriptures, it is easy to find reflections of our hearts, minds, thoughts and actions clearly rebuked and condemned. It is a sharp and clear mirror of who we really are and great benefit will be found in it by those that daily devote themselves to reading it prayerfully.

The Ten Commandments always come to mind when talk of perfection is on that table. Can any of us really claim to keep all the Commandments daily and continually? No, we are evil through and through so much so that even the least of our attempts to keep the law is sin!!!

We all like to pat ourselves on the back for how good we are and how we have never stolen, killed, etc. That is exactly why God gave us His commandments – He wanted to reveal to us the sin in our hearts and how impossible it is for us to keep them, please Him and escape His wrath. Yes He expects us to live holy lives but he also knows how impossible that is.

In His grace, God planned from eternity to provide us a way by which we can obey him and be saved. Noah found favour before God and did all that God commanded Him and he and his family were saved. The Bible tells us that Jesus grew “in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men” (Luke 2:52) He alone truly lived a sinless and perfect life and He alone is able to save us and indeed all who believe and call upon His Name.

Noah was not a perfect man. He was a man born in sin and unable to please God and meet His requirements for holiness. However, God chose him out of His own will and goodness to teach us how profound our sin is, His wrath against sin and our need for a Saviour to deliver us into a safe haven. He saved him despite his sinful nature. God is able to save man from sin, death and hell. But most of us don’t realise or acknowledge our deep and serious need for God and His saving hand.

Friends, God is able to truly deliver us and “shut us in” Himself so that we are not lost. He is able to do this because of Jesus who lived a perfect life and died for our sins. Only by trusting in His merits can we be saved and kept for eternal life.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29)

Praise God for this great and glorious truth. May our hearts be drawn to hear Him who speaks from Heaven!

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Genesis 6

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 6, 2012

 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually … But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD…  he did all that God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:5, 8, 22)

Self-righteousness is a trait I would have never dreamt of associating with myself. No one really would want to accept it. But truth be told, we all think we are perfect don’t we? We like to keep that sweet image of ourselves deep-seated within us so much so that anyone who points any wrong in us is quickly bashed down, ignored or hated. What would you do if everyone in the world knew the “real  you?”

God, however, clearly sees who we really are. When man fell and went about his ways, sinning more and more, God assessed the situation of man. He saw that every intention of the thoughts of our hearts was only evil and only evil continually. In other words, our hearts are bottomless pits filled with one evil intention after another – over and over and over again! Can you imagine that? Each of our hearts if split open and let loose could overly fill the entire universe with evil. It’s that bad.

I am always amazed to ponder on why a holy and pure God would take an initiative to save such wretched and deeply wicked men like me! It is one of those profound things that stagger me. Yet He mercifully and graciously promised and worked out His plan of reconciliation with man through  the life and death of His Son Jesus.The account of Noah and the Flood served to show the kind of punishment man deserved for his sins and how God would save some to be His people. Noah’s father had said that his son would be the one to bring them relief from all their  toil and labours of their hands.

Noah clearly foreshadows Christ in bringing the message of salvation from the wrath of God. In his day, people were called to believe that message and be saved from the flood. Something worse than a flood is coming  dear friends – God’s eternal wrath in hell. Yet through Christ Jesus, God freely offers us His Good News of Redemption. By believing in the Lord Jesus we will be saved and have eternal life with Him in heaven. Will you die when an offer so great, free, undeserved and unearned is freely given to you?  

Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 18:31)

RECEIVE THE GOOD NEWS TODAY!

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Genesis 5

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 5, 2012

 “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.”  (Genesis 5:29)

I often wonder what it was like that first day after the Fall. Guilt, shame, fear and alienation from God – I am sure those were just few of the emotions that surged in Adam and Eve’s hearts and minds.  They had lost God’s likeness in holiness and righteousness and were cut off from communing with Him.   But they had hope. God had promised them a Deliverer who would defeat the serpent that deceived them once and for all!

And so life went on and in keeping with God’s command to them, they “multiplied.” You see, though sin corrupted their ability to do good and please God in their spiritual walk, they were still able to fulfill His command to rule and subdue the physical world. And this is important to know because God will hold us accountable for what we do and what we don’t do in keeping with His purposes for us here on earth.

But things were not the same. Yes, their children looked like them but sin had distorted the image of God in them. Adam and Eve had been created in perfect holiness and righteousness, which they lost and their children followed suit! In other words, the children had the same rebellion and bent towards sin and like their parents, lost communion with God. Can you imagine the devastation that ripped their hearts knowing that if they had obeyed, Abel would not have been killed and Cain would not have been cast out by God? This is a solemn and sobering warning to parents. Remember that what goes on in your heart, mind and lives will have a bearing on your children – it may not be murder now, but eternal death in hell.

Living in such desolation and despondency, they had a hope. God had promised and they knew that unlike themselves, God would keep His Word and fulfill it. In His goodness, God began to reveal how He would save them from sin and Satan through the promise that He made to them in the garden (Genesis 3:15).  He also gave them another promise through the life and work of Noah which we will discuss later. Both of these promises were fulfilled in Jesus Christ – He alone is the “one who brings us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.

You may be struggling with sin and the issues of life at the moment.  Be comforted!  Take courage and have hope in Christ. He is able to deliver you and give you the rest and peace you need for this life and the next. He says, ” Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

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