Tuesday, September 27, 2016

God Is Still Speaking

Our Bible Class on Sunday was privileged to have Mary as our teacher, and I took notes and present an edited message.

In the beginning God gave Adam and Eve dominion over the earth and the animals.  He told them to eat of any tree except one; the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  We are reminded that Eve listened to the lies of the serpent and yielded to temptation, also giving to her husband of the forbidden fruit. 
Eve knew better, but she rationalized in her mind that perhaps God was not being fair and she was missing out.  After all, being like God was something to be desired.  This random act of rebellion caused them to lose everything resulting in the human race to also suffer the loss of Paradise.

Knowing they were naked, they hid from the presence of God, but a person can run from God, but they can never hide.

To cloth them, God slew an animal and made the first sacrifice for sin.  To prevent them from partaking of the tree of Life, it was necessary to remove them from the garden and pronounce upon them the curse of toil and hard work in order to make a living.

A Cherubim with flaming swords was stationed at the garden entrance to prevent anyone from re entering the garden of Eden and to guard the tree of life.

God created man with a Free Will and the ability to make choices; and desired that we would worship Him freely because He loves us.

God spoke directly to Adam and Eve and continues to speak today.

Genesis 12:1-2  Abraham was another one God spoke directly to, giving him a promise that He would make of him a great nation.

Abraham’s wife Sarah was barren and began to consider how to help God fulfill His promise.  She talked her husband into taking her handmaiden and having a child.  Foolish Abraham listened to his wife and from that child has come nothing but trouble to this world.  Hagar was a servant and she knew she had to obey her mistress, so we cannot blame Hagar.

Because man has a free will, it did not take long for everyone to do what seemed right in their own eyes and wickedness became common place.  Men began to make onto themselves idols to worship and they became vile and evil.

God repented that he had made man but Noah found grace in His sight.  God instructed Noah to build an ark to save his family from a flood of destruction coming soon over the earth..

Christ is our shelter in the floods of life.  He preserves us and our household.

We must know personally that God is real and that He desires to walk and talk with us as individuals. 

God made man in His own image and we are to be conformed into the image of Christ.

At Jerusalem the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the Jews.  Peter went to the house of Cornelius a Gentile and while there the Holy Spirit was given to Gentiles.

Peter knew that all believers Jews and Gentiles can also have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 15:8-9 (KJV)  And God, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

God The Holy Spirit dwells in us when we receive Jesus.  He is the one who speaks to us with a still small voice, and we can directly communicate with Him daily.


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