First day : Light (day & night)
Second day : Sky (expanse between waters)
Third day : Land (dry ground) & vegetations
Fou... Read more
First day : Light (day & night)
Second day : Sky (expanse between waters)
Third day : Land (dry ground) & vegetations
Fourth day : Lights in the sky to separate day from night & to serve as signs & mark seasons (greater light sun to govern day & lesser light moon to govern night and also stars)
Fifth day : Sea creatures & winged birds
Sixth day : Land creatures & man (Adam)
Seventh day : God rested & made it Holy.
Adam & Eve
God created women (Eve) from man's (Adam's) rib
Man & Women (Marriage) becomes one in flesh (verse 23-24)
The Fall of Man Read less
I just ADORE how everything God does it contrary to expectation and common sense! I've been doing some reading over the story of Christ's birth to pre... Read more
I just ADORE how everything God does it contrary to expectation and common sense! I've been doing some reading over the story of Christ's birth to prepare my heart for the Christmas season. And a simple verse in Matthew caused me to stop and praise God for his gracious surprises!!
Not only was Joseph a carpenter and Mary a 15 year old girl down the street, but they were soooo average that they lived in the middle of NOWHERE. These people were podunk, redneck, country folk. Bethlehem probably didn't even have a Walmart (metaphorically, of course!)! God truly chooses the little and despised (1 Corinthians 1:28) to carry out his magnificent plan!
On the other hand, we see Paul. Paul was one of the most highly esteemed and famous biblical heroes revealed to us in Scripture. At the beginning he was by no means uneducated, poor, or lowly, no matter how you look at it. On the contrary, Paul came from a highly affluent and esteemed Roman family. He was formally trained in numerous languages and religious doctrines. Our first glance of Paul shows him as an arrogant Pharisee...[Unfinished]
God's transformative powers were necessary to have him play a role in the kingdom.... Read less
v1 Always I will *praise you, my God and my king, and I will *bless your name!
v2 "*Bless you" I will say every day and I will always *praise you... Read more
v1 Always I will *praise you, my God and my king, and I will *bless your name!
v2 "*Bless you" I will say every day and I will always *praise your name.
v3 Clearly the *LORD is great and we can never *praise him enough.
We will never know how great he really is!
v4 Down from father to son people will say
what *wonderful things you have done.
They will tell each other how powerful you are.
v5 Everyone is talking about your *glory and your *beauty.
I will keep thinking about the *wonderful things that you do.
v6 Famous are the things that you have done. People talk about them.
I also will say what great things you do.
v7 Good things are what everybody remembers about you.
They all sing about how kind you are.
v8 How full of *grace and *mercy is the *LORD.
He is slow to become angry and is full of kind love.
v9 It is the *LORD that is kind to everybody.
He shows his *mercy to everything that he has made.
v10 Joining together, everything that you have made will *praise you, *LORD.
Your *saints will *bless you!
v11 "*Kingdom of *Glory" is where you rule.
People talk about it and about how powerful you are.
v12 Let everybody know the powerful things that you have done;
and the *glory and *beauty of your *kingdom.
v13 Many years, even for always, will your *kingdom remain.
You will always rule over it.
Now the *LORD will do as he has promised.
All that he does shows his *mercy.
v14 Out of trouble the *LORD will bring everybody.
He will give help to everyone that has fallen down.
v15 People and other living things look to you.
You give them food when they need it.
v16 Really, you open your hand.
And you give every living thing what it wants.
v17 So the *LORD is fair in all his ways.
Everything that he does shows us his *mercy.
v18 The *LORD is near to all that pray to him.
He is near to all that are honest when they pray to him.
v19 Very soon he will give what they need to those that love him.
He will hear what they say and save them.
v20 *Wicked people will the *LORD destroy.
But he will save the people that love him.
v21 You will hear me speak the *praises of the *LORD.
All that he has made will *bless his *holy name. Read less
We do not know when David wrote this psalm. Some Bible students think that Nehemiah wrote it 500 years after David died, using David’s notes. It is an... Read more
We do not know when David wrote this psalm. Some Bible students think that Nehemiah wrote it 500 years after David died, using David’s notes. It is an acrostic. This means that verse 1 begins with A, verse 2 with B, and so on. We have used English letters. As there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, we have left out 4 English letters.
Because it is an acrostic, some of the verses are difficult to understand. It may give help if you change the words round like this in these verses:
1. I will always *praise you
2. I will say "*bless you" every day
4. From father down to son
6. The things that you have done are famous
7. Everybody remembers your good things
8. The *LORD is full of *grace and *mercy (leave out "how")
9. The *LORD is kind to everybody (leave out "it is" and "that is")
10. Everything that you have made will *praise you (leave out "joining together")
11. You rule the "*kingdom of *glory" (leave out "is where")
14. The *LORD will bring everybody out of trouble
16. Leave out "really"
17. Leave out "so"
19. Leave out "very"
20. The *LORD will destroy *wicked people
You can see from this that some words are there just to make the acrostic! They are not very important. They help in this special use of words that we call "poetry".
Other notes are:
Verse 1: "*Bless" here is another word for "*praise". "*Praise you" means "tell you that you are great".
Verse 3: "*LORD" is the *covenant name for God. A *covenant is when two people, or groups of people, agree. God agreed to love and give help to his people. His people agreed to love and obey God. "Clearly" means "in a clear way".
Verse 5: "*Glory" is a word that tells us how much God shines. He shines more than the sun!
Verse 8: *Grace and *mercy nearly mean the same. "*Grace" is being kind to someone. And "*mercy" is not hurting someone when you should.
Verse 10: "*Saints" is a word meaning "God’s people". In the *New Testament it means Christians. Here it translates a Hebrew word that means "people who have accepted God’s kind love". David wrote Psalm 145 in Hebrew.
Verse 13a: (The first part of verse 13) Christians believe that God’s *kingdom will never have an end.
Verse 13b: This part is not in old Hebrew Bibles. This means letter N is not in their acrostic! It is in the old Greek Bible, and a Hebrew one found in 1947 at Qumran near Jerusalem. If you see an old King James Bible, it is not there.
Verse 20: "*Wicked" means "very, very bad".
Verse 21: "*Holy" means "very, very good". Only God is really *holy. Read less
There seem to be two different psalms here. Verses 1-11 may be words that David prayed before he fought Goliath. This is what some *Jewish Bible stude... Read more
There seem to be two different psalms here. Verses 1-11 may be words that David prayed before he fought Goliath. This is what some *Jewish Bible students think. The story of David and Goliath is in 1 Samuel chapter 17. Verses 12-15 are words that someone prayed for God’s people.
Both parts of the psalm have the word "*bless" in them. But the word means something different in each part.
· In verses 1 - 11, David *blesses God. This means he *praises God.
· In verses 12 - 15, someone prays that God will *bless God’s people. Maybe this someone was David. Here, *bless means "send plenty of good, strong children". Not only human children, but cows, sheep and food-plants also.
We know that the people in verses 12-15 are God’s people. We know that because the *psalmist uses the word "*LORD". The *psalmist is the person who wrote the psalm. He wrote it in the Hebrew language. The word "*LORD" is a special word for God. Some people translate it "Yahweh". It is the *covenant name for God. .
Verses 1 and 2 make us think about Psalm 18. Psalm 18:2 tells us that God is like David’s rock, his fortress, and his *shield. God is like David’s rock because David can "build" his life on God. A rock will not move if there is trouble. In the same way, God will not move. He will always be there to send help. A fortress is a strong building. People are safe in a fortress. In the same way, people are safe with God. So "like a strong place" is the same as "like a fortress". A *shield was what soldiers held over their bodies. It stopped their enemies hitting them. Some Bible students think that "my people" should be "foreign people". Maybe both are true.
Verses 3 and 4 ask questions. People are like wind ... they soon die away. So why does God interest himself in them? The answer is in verse 2. It is because of God’s kind love to people. This is the love that never stops. It never stops, even when we do not obey God.
Verses 5 - 6 again make us think about Psalm 18. Psalm 18:7-19 tells us that God came to help David in a great storm. The *heavens are where God lives. Flashes of *lightning are the lights in the sky in a great storm. A bow shoots arrows. But here the arrows are flashes of *lightning.
Verses 7 - 8 (and 11) talk about foreign people. If *Jewish Bible students are right, then these must be the Philistines. Goliath was a Philistine. The Hebrew Bible does not say, "when they make a promise". It says, "they have false right hands". We think that people lifted up their right hands to make a promise. Here, they were not telling the *truth. They had "false right hands".
Verses 9 – 10: David prays for help (maybe against Goliath and the Philistines). If God saves David from death by the sword, David will make music to the *LORD. The "ten-stringed harp" made music.
Verses 12 – 15: pray that God will *bless his people. This means that:
· their children will be strong and beautiful;
· their animals will have good health and many young animals;
· their plants will give plenty of food.
"Abortions", in verse 14, is when someone has a baby before the right time. Then the baby is born dead. Some Bible students think that it does not mean "abortions". They think that it means "knock down our walls, so that we cry aloud in our streets". Read less
Bible students think that David wrote verses 1-6 of this psalm. A later writer put verses 7-12 after what David wrote. Verses 7-12 all come from other... Read more
Bible students think that David wrote verses 1-6 of this psalm. A later writer put verses 7-12 after what David wrote. Verses 7-12 all come from other psalms. The later writer maybe did this to make the psalm better.
David wrote his part of the psalm when he had trouble. Maybe this was when his son Absalom tried to kill David. The story is in 1 Samuel chapters 15-19.
Verse 1: "*LORD" is a special name for God. It is his *covenant name. A *covenant is when two people (or groups of people) agree. Here, God agrees to love and give help to his people. They agree to love and obey him. You say a *prayer when you speak to God.
Verse 2: "*Judge" means "say whether someone is right or wrong". "*Righteous" means "very, very good". Only God is really *righteous.
Verse 3: The dark place was *Sheol. *Jews believed that they went to *Sheol when they died. There was no light there.
Verse 4: Our spirit is the part of us that lives after our body dies. The *Jews believed that you thought with your *heart.
Verse 5: Many Bible students think that:
· "all that you did" means what God did for his people;
· "all that your hands have done" means what God made, like the earth, the stars and the sun.
Verse 6: People raised their hands to God when they prayed to him. Many Christians still do this. Bible students are not sure what "*selah" means. Maybe it means "stop and think"; or "stop and pray"; or "a place for music".
Verse 7: "Hide your face" means "look the other way". If God looked away, he would not see (or answer) people’s *prayers. The Pit was the worst part of *Sheol. It was a hole. If you went into that hole, you never came out again!
Verse 8: "*Trusting" means "believing in and hoping". The *psalmist believed in God. And they hoped that God would send help.
Verse 9: "Hiding in you" means "*trusting that you will do something".
Verse 10: "Your spirit" is another name for God. In the *New Testament it became the *Holy Spirit. The "ground that is flat" means a place where it is easy to walk. It is like a picture of an easy life. The *psalmist hopes that God will lead him to an easier life.
Verse 11: "Because you are *righteous" may mean "because you do what is right and good". It is not quite the same as "very, very good". Read less
This psalm is a "maskil". There are 13 psalms called maskils. They are 32, 42, 44, 45, 52-55, 74, 78, 88, 89 and 142. Bible students think that "maski... Read more
This psalm is a "maskil". There are 13 psalms called maskils. They are 32, 42, 44, 45, 52-55, 74, 78, 88, 89 and 142. Bible students think that "maskil" means:
· either a psalm with something special to teach, like 32 and 78, or
· a psalm that the *psalmist wrote in a very clever way. David wrote this maskil in a cave. It is a *prayer to the *LORD. David was in trouble. His enemies were trying to catch him. He does not say who these enemies were. There are two stories about David hiding in a cave. One story is in 1 Samuel 22, the other is in 1 Samuel 24. David feels safe in the cave, but he does not want to stay in it. It seems as if the cave is a prison. But there are no friends to give him help. He writes "Nobody cares about me". This means "Nobody loves me enough to give me help". But the *LORD God can send him help. This psalm prays for that help.
Verse 1: *LORD is a special name for God. It is the *covenant name. A *covenant is when two people (or groups of people) agree. God agrees to love and send his people help. His people agree to love and obey God.
Verse 3: David wrote this psalm in Hebrew. That is because David spoke Hebrew. The words translated "when I do not feel brave" are "when my spirit feels weak" in the Hebrew Bible. Sometimes we all feel like this. There is so much trouble that we do not want to fight it. We want to run away from it! Our spirits feel weak. We do not feel brave. Our spirit is that part of us that lives after our body dies. But David knows that God will tell him what to do. His path here means what he does. David thinks that his enemies have put traps in the path for him. A *trap is what people catch animals and birds in. David’s enemies wanted to catch him. He did not know where the *trap was. But God knew!
Verses 4 and 5: No human friend cares about David, but God does! This was true for David, and it is true for us. We only have to pray to God and ask for his help.
Verse 7: "*Praise" means "tell somebody that they are very great". Here it means "*Praise God". David says "your name" but he means God. But he means more than the name God. He also means everything that God is. This includes these facts:
· he loves us;
· he is very powerful;
· he will always be alive;
· and many other things.
But who are "the *righteous"? Only God is really *righteous. But he says that his people are *righteous too. They are *righteous if they love him and obey him. Some Bible students think that here "the *righteous" means people who are *praising God with David in the *temple in Jerusalem. The *temple was God’s house. They made it from animal skins when David was alive. Other Bible students think "the *righteous" are people who joined David’s friends. This was while David was running away from his enemies. Read less
Some Bible students think David wrote this psalm when Absalom tried to kill him. Absalom was David’s son. Absalom wanted to be king. He did not want ... Read more
Some Bible students think David wrote this psalm when Absalom tried to kill him. Absalom was David’s son. Absalom wanted to be king. He did not want David to continue as king. As David left Jerusalem, we have some of his *prayers. Psalm 3 is a morning *prayer. Psalm 4 is an evening *prayer.
Perhaps Psalm 141 is another evening *prayer. In verse 2, we read about "incense" and "raising hands". David was not near the *temple in Jerusalem. The *temple was the house of God. It was a *tent made of animal skins when David was king. So David could not burn incense to God as they did in the *temple. Incense made a nice smell when they burnt it. David prays that his *prayers will be "like incense". Also, he could not sacrifice (kill for God) animals. They did this as the "evening sacrifice" at 3 o’clock each afternoon. Instead, David raised up his hands to God.
David wrote Psalm 141 in Hebrew. Hebrew was the language that David spoke. The Hebrew words of verses 5-7 are very difficult to translate. There are many other translations of these verses. Some Bibles leave them out!
Verse 3: Here David prays that God will not let him say bad things. He wants God to "listen to what my lips are saying". And he wants God to stop him "speaking *evil words". The Hebrew Bible talks about the mouth as being like a door. Through it, words come out into the world.
Verse 4: "*Feasts" are special meals that people have. In this verse, they are the *feasts that *evil people have as part of their religion. David’s religion was *Jewish. He did not want to have the religion of these *evil people. Our religion is how we love and obey our god (the god that we believe in).
Verse 5: This is a hard verse to understand. Maybe what David is saying is this: If a good man is angry with me, I will listen to what he says. The oil is not motor oil, but from a plant called the *olive.
Verse 6: This is another hard verse to understand. Perhaps what it means is this: Soon people will throw bad leaders down mountains so they die. Then people will know that David was right and not Absalom.
Verse 7: This is yet another hard verse! *Jews believed that people went to *Sheol when they died. It was under the earth. Maybe the verse means this: People will die Then people will throw their bones on the ground as like of wood or earth when people break them.
Verse 8: Here are two words, *LORD and *Lord. They are not the same in Hebrew. *LORD is the *covenant name for God. A *covenant is when two people (or groups of people) agree. Here, God agrees to love and give help to his people. His people agree to love and obey God. The other word, *Lord, means "master". As God’s name, it tells us that he has authority. He is the great ruler of everything! David says "My eyes are looking to you". It means that David is hoping that God will send him help. David is looking for help from God.
Verses 9 and 10: Here are three words that mean the same: snares, traps and *nets. People used these to catch animals or birds. His enemies put traps to catch David. They put them in places where David would not see them. He would not see them until the snare caught him! But David prayed that he would pass the *nets and be safe. He prayed that the snares, traps and *nets would catch his enemies. Read less
Powerful, powerful words that speak to me. You know everything there is to know about me. You know where I am, what I'm going to say before I say it... Read more
Powerful, powerful words that speak to me. You know everything there is to know about me. You know where I am, what I'm going to say before I say it.
You're all around me, and you have your hand on me. This is awesome, and hard for me to understand.
Wherever I am you are there. I can't get away from your Spirit and I thank you Lord for this powerful knowledge.
You created me. You knit me together inmy mother's womb. Again I am reminded that I am fearfully and wonderfully made because your works are wonderful.
How precious to me are your thoughts, Lord.
Search me O God and know my heart. Test me. Know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Thank you Lord. Read less