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Day 23: A song that you think everybody should listen to

Aw, man! I don’t like recommending music at all. I’ve chosen Michael Jackson for the past few days or so and I have a feeling that I’ll be selecting some of his songs later on again, so I’ll leave him out this round! 😄 I’ll just leave 4 songs that I enjoy and hope you enjoy them too. Fair?

All I Want by Michael W. Smith

There is no greater desire than drawing closer to Jesus. 💙We’re nothing without Him and although we may fail Him, He is quick to forgive us when we come to Him. Our eyes should be set on the things above as we continue to seek Him every day and Mr. Smith couldn’t have sung it any better. Jésus est mon Univers!

Peace by Depeche Mode

When Dave Gahan sings, you shut up and listen. Eh, not really, but Gahan just happens to be my favorite vocalist after MJ. At the beginning of the year, this song chose me. It’s calm, it’s peaceful, it’s motivating, it’s uplifting, it’s about letting go of a negative nature, accepting the past, and moving forward. Peace is also my word of the year… and so is epic! 😆

Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins

Stay with meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

Was I disappointed when I found out that this band wasn’t actually a pair of dashing twins? Of course, I was! But they actually had some decent music such as this one and ‘Lay Your Hands’. It’s about reminiscing about a relationship gone bad, focusing on the good times they had while they were together. 

Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy

It’s just beautiful, soothing piano music. Clair de Lune is French for “light of the moon” or “moonlight” and it was originally written in 1890. It belongs to French Impressionism, although Debussy rejected this label in a 1908 letter. Now, this is giving me some serious inspiration for a poem!

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Are we truly humble?

HUMILITY: freedom from pride or arrogance 

“Lionel Messi is the humblest person I know,” 

Yes. Yes, he just might be especially when compared to this:

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Or this…

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And I do admire Messi’s humble trait, but he is not the humblest person I know. 

When Jesus Christ was here on earth dwelling among mere mortals they failed to realize who He was because pride was in the way and Christ did not take out a billboard in every city to advertise that He was the Son of God. When He was scorned and rejected, He could’ve easily revealed His divine glory and show those people who He truly was, but He chose to remain humble in every matter and verbal assault.

Being God, Jesus HUMBLED Himself to become Man.

Christ lowered Himself when He died for us on the cross without even insisting on His rights. Had He insisted, “Do you know who I Am?” I guess many people would’ve been astonished to see that He really was the true “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16), the “Prince of Peace” and “mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6) among other wonderful titles! 

So can we be as humble as Christ? According to Philippians 2:5, we can by having the same mindset as Him. We can start by confessing our sins regularly, not worrying about status, always thanking God, and putting others before ourselves. 

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Remember, not all angels were as humble as our Lord, who is gentle and humble in heart (Mattew 11:29). Jesus modeled humility and there isn’t another fine example that can match up to His humbleness. Check pride at the door and be a humble warrior!

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ACTIVITY: Your activity is to sit down and reflect on humbleness. Share in the comment section below what humble truly means to you or your favorite Biblical verse on being humble. 

“Above All” is a wonderful tribute to our humble Savior. It perfectly describes His humble nature. 💙 Happy Sabbath, all!

Crucified
Laid behind the stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone

Like a rose trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

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Genesis part V: The wickedness of the world and the great flood

In case you missed it:

PART 4: The first murder and genealogy of the Patriarchs

PART 3: The Original Sin

PART 2: The Making of mankind and the Sabbath

PART 1: Genesis: in the beginning

Before we begin, I must apologize for the delay in posting the Bible study. I am not about to make excuses because of the schedule I keep lately or the latest bout of anemia attack, if I want this to continue, I must make time. 

The last time we looked at Abel and Cain and an awesome genealogy! I guessed people from that time lived longer because there was no outbreak of diseases, famine, and rampant crime. Also, they grew and attended their crops without the interference of chemicals. 

Today, we’re going to look at wickedness in the world, the building of the ark, and the great flood.

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Corruption of the human race and building of the Ark

Scripture in focus: Genesis 6

Many of us know the story of the flood, but we tend to overlook the prequel (6:1-4). The sons of God (understood as fallen angels, but this is up for debate and it’s going to take another post to dive into this) saw how pretty the fair maidens were, married them, and they gave birth to the Nephilim race. When God saw the wickedness of His creation, it grieved Him that He made the human race (6:6). He set about to destroy the earth and all the wickedness thereof (6:7), but Noah’s righteousness made Him rethink the decision although the earth was corrupt and fill with violence (6:11).

God instructs Noah to build an ark which is just a really big boat. We can safely say that this was the first boat ever constructed, yes? Some of us don’t pay attention to the measurements, but it is also important. So the ark’s dimension was 300 cubits (138 meters) long, 50 cubits (23 meters) wide, and 30 cubits (13.8 meters) high (6:15). Then there was an 18-inch opening of 1 cubit (46 centimeters) below the roof encircling the boat providing light and air (6:16). Noah would then build a door in which God would close. Do you know what this mean? God was the Captain of this sailess boat.

Now pay attention for in 6:18, God makes a covenant with Noah, the first of several covenants between God and man. God gave Noah specific instructions on who/what was to enter the ark: Noah, his wife, his three sons, their wives (that’s 8 people) and a male and female of every creature and of course, food. (6:18-21). 

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The universal flood

Scripture in focus: Genesis 7

So Noah enters the ark and here is where confusion sets in for some readers where it concerns the animals. As we saw earlier in 6:19-20, God told Noah to bring in the animals by two, however in 7:2-3, He said 7. But pay attention for the keyword is clean: Seven pairs of each kind of clean animals were taken and one pair of the other animals. By clean, it means that those animals were acceptable for sacrifice after the flood. Hence the reason Noah had to take 7 of every clean beast.

With Noah, his family, and the animals safe inside the ark, it begins to rain after 7 days (7:10) for 40 days and 40 nights (7:12). The flood covered the entire earth for 150 days  thus cleansing it for everything is submerged including mountains and every creature and living being dies (7:17-24).

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Just imagine Noah building the ark and people around him carrying on and ridiculing him instead of checking their heart and then maybe they too, would’ve been saved. 

Additional Notes/Recap

^ Nephilim means fallen ones or giants. 

^ Although Noah found grace in the eyes of His Maker for he walked in close fellowship with God and was righteous, it doesn’t mean that he was without sin (Romans 5:12-14).

^ The Bible doesn’t specifically say how long it took Noah to build the ark. When we first come across Noah in 5:32, he is 500 years old and when he enters the ark he is 600 years old. It doesn’t necessarily means that he took 100 years to build the ark for it may depend on how much time passed when God told him to build it (6:14) to when he entered it (7:1).

^ The number 40 is very significant in the Bible. It is often associated with trial, punishment, testing or even affliction. Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights (as it rained on the earth), the Israelites ate manna for 40 years, after His resurrection Christ appeared to the apostles for 40 days before He was taken up to Heaven, the Lord delivered the evil Israelites into the hands of the Philistines for 40 years, it took Elijah 40 days and 40 nights to reach Horeb etc.

REFERENCES

* The Holy Bible

* padfield.com for the measurement of the ark.