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Week 2 Day 4 Genesis 9-10 Matthew 9

25 January, 2015

God tells Noah that he can eat all living things now and vegetation.  The only instruction was that it’s blood was to be drained from the animal.

Anyone who sheds blood is going to answer for it.  That could be quite the thing for people to account for at the end of the day.

13 I set My bow [rainbow] in the cloud, and it shall be a token or sign of a covenant or solemn pledge between Me and the earth. God sets his covenant with man – never will flood destroy the earth.  The rainbow is not just to remind man but also to remind God of the covenant – as if He could forget it.

Then we get a short story about shame – Noah gets drunk one day and is lying naked – one brother tells the others.  The two brothers put a cloth over their shoulders and backed into the room and covered Noah.

Noah cursed Ham’s son and blessed Shem and Japheth.  Noah lived until he was 950 – much longer than the previous chapters suggested of 120 years.

Genesis 10

And then the sons had sons and generations – their own languages, areas of governance and nations.

Lineage is important in the bible

Matthew 9

Jesus is quite the forceful character – He seems to hate the unjust criticism from the religious leaders.  Some people bring a cripple to Jesus to be healed – Jesus confronts his critics and doesn’t just heal the man physically but also spiritually – not that anyone can see that.

When the crowds saw it, they were struck with fear and awe; and they [f]recognized God and praised and thanked Him, Who had given such power and authority to men.

Jesus then went to a tax collector – known for shortchanging the people.  Not only him, but his peers – other corrupt individuals.  This was not appreciated by those full of judgement who then criticised Jesus and His behaviour.

Jesus again is shown as talking in seeming riddles – Can the wedding guests mourn while the bridegroom is still with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

16 And no one puts a piece of cloth that has not been shrunk on an old garment, for such a patch tears away from the garment and a worse rent (tear) is made.

17 Neither is new wine put in old wineskins; for if it is, the skins burst and are [k]torn in pieces, and the wine is spilled and the skins are ruined. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.

He talks of partying, cloth and wineskins – do we understand what this means at this stage?  Do the Pharisees whom He directs this visual stories to understand – it seems the simple person does understand these kinds of examples and it’s the educated that have gotten so far removed from reality who have missed the point.

One minute Jesus is sitting with sinners – tax collectors and the next a ruler is bowing at His knee asking Jesus to come and heal his daughter. Before He leaves though some other mad woman determined to touch just the edge of his robe for healing gets close to Him and He sees her!  He talks to her, He calls her a term of endearment.

Jesus is then confronted by two blind men – He heals them and is again careful to say to them – say nothing. Of course the men go crazy and tell all and sundry. He is then met with a dumb demon possessed man who He frees and speaks.

36 When He saw the throngs, He was moved with pity and sympathy for them, because they were bewildered (harassed and distressed and dejected and helpless), like sheep without a shepherd.

37 Then He said to His disciples, The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few.

38 So pray to the Lord of the harvest to [m]force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.  Jesus must have felt overwhelmed at what needed to be done amongst the people.  Nowadays we tend to hide and medicate our mental cases – whether some are demon possessed or not who would know but God but in our larger communities that become less community-like we can ignore the worst of society and cloister them off out of view.

Selah

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