Genesis 10-12, Matthew 4

Genesis 11:4
4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

Man’s bent is to make a name for himself. I embarrassingly admit that there was a day when I realized I wasn’t going to be famous. I was really bummed out about it, sad to say I was even a Christian at the time. I guess no one is exempt from this temptation to make a name for ourself. I am so grateful that I have come to the place where I want only to make a name for my God…I want Him and only Him to be famous in my life.

Genesis 11:24-25
24 Nahor lived twenty- nine years, and begot Terah. 25 After he begot Terah, Nahor lived one hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and daughters.

I don’t necessarily enjoy reading all of the genealogies throughout the bible, but I do appreciate how detailed the bible is and I certainly appreciate those bible scholars who have taken the time to dissect such verses and give us a more accurate picture of the times, people and places of the bible. It speaks volumes to the veracity of God’s word.

Genesis 12:1-3
1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Can you imagine God telling you to pack up your bags and and just head out? Most of us can imagine the packing your bags part, but without knowing where you are going…that is the crazy part. It is as if God said, I will give you the rest of the directions along the way. I want to be that obedient to God, I want to have that kind of faith. I believe that this is the way the Lord wants us to live our lives.

Here is where we first see the great promise of God to Abram, whose name God would later change to Abraham. I love reading about this promise, knowing that it’s fulfillment came through Jesus Christ…and that as Christians we are part of Abram’s blessing today.

Genesis 12:11-13
11 And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. 12 Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, “This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.”

Even men of great faith have lapses of faith. I am so grateful that this doesn’t disqualify me from being used by God.

Matthew 4:4
4 But He answered and said, “ It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. ’”

If anyone was to ever question whether or not it is important to read the bible, this should dispel any such thought. Our Lord Himself declared that it is through His word that we live. The bible is the ‘mouth of God’. When we open our bibles, God opens His mouth and speaks life to us.

Matthew 4:19-20
19 Then He said to them, “ Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

I love that the early disciples left everything they had to follow Jesus. It challenges me to live in the same manner.

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