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WORD FOR TODAY- ‘DON’T MISS THE BOAT!’

Noah’s Ark Afloat
Oil painting by Liz

DON’T MISS THE BOAT!!!

Jesus said,I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved..’ (John 10:9)

And the LORD said unto Noah, ‘Come thou and all thy house into the ark: for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.’  (Gen 7:1)

And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark . . .  Of clean beasts and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,  there went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah . . . and the LORD shut him in.  And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.  (Gen 7:7-9, 16, 10)

Who didn’t go into the ark with Noah and his family and menagerie  of animals? 

Who didn’t heed Noah’s warnings and perished in the flood?

It happened just like Methuselah’s prophecy-

The grandfather of Noah was given a name that meant

’When he was dead (the deluge) shall come’.

Methuselah was 187 years old at Lamech’s birth,

Had other sons and daughters

And lived another 782 years, 

So Lamech, Noah’s dad, had brothers and sisters.

That means Noah had uncles and aunts

And many cousins, too!

They missed the boat!

An untold multitude of people living in Noah’s day

His friends, neighbors and acquaintances, too,

Messed up big time that fateful day,

They missed the boat!

Noah’s father, Lamech, was 182 years old when Noah was born.

He lived another 595 years and had sons and daughters, 

Lamech missed the deluge that came 5 years after he died.

But not so for  Noah’s brothers and sisters

And many nephews and nieces,

They missed the boat!

 Noah didn’t have children until he was 500 years old,

They were Shem, Japheth, and Ham

And with their mother and their wives,

They went aboard the ark!

God saved Noah and his family and selected animals from the flood

And though it  came 100 years later and covered the earth,

 A hundred years of warnings went unheeded even as today.

TAKE HEED, EVERYONE!

THE ARK IS READY TO DEPART!  ARE YOU READY TO LEAVE?!

THIS IS THE FINAL WARNING- GET ABOARD NOW!!!

 

Bible reference- Genesis Chapter 5-8  Noah’s genealogy and flood

Links:

https://heulu.wordpress.com/spiritual-experiences/   ‘Don’t Miss This Train!  All Aboard or Be Left Behind!!’  See Prophetic Visions in Tab Bar, Vision of a Departing Train 1-31-13, or Search ‘Train’

http://answersingenesis.org  For general information, Search ‘Noah’s Ark’

 

 

 

 

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The Story of a GOURD- The Wonders of God’s Grace and Mercy

And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief.  So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. (Jonah 4:6)

“And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.”  (Jonah 4:6)

One of my favorite Bible stories as a child and even now, is the story about Jonah.  I marvel at how God spoke to the obedient large fish which some say was a whale, but no matter. Just as great a lesson is the story about the GOURD. . .

When I take my grandchildren to the nearby park, we enjoy walking between the small plots in the community garden where we see many flowers, fruits and vegetables and smell the different herbs like basil and rosemary.   One particular day I pointed out a gourd hanging under its thick vine and told them the story of what happened to Jonah when he took God’s message to Nineveh.

The story lesson about the gourd is that of God extending His grace and mercy to Jonah and to us as sinners.  It is a story of God’s loving kindness and tender mercies toward us as individuals, a story about 120,000 people whose leader led his people to repentance of their sins and averted wholesale destruction and judgment of their city, Nineveh in 862 B.C.  It is a story of HOPE for anyone, any family, community, church, village, city, state or nation who will repent of their sinful ways, wicked living and moral decadence and instead, choose to OBEY GOD.

Jonah 3:8-4:11  King James Version (KJV)

But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?

So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.

And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.

But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.

And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.

10 Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:

1And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

God had GRACE on the one who pitied the gourd instead of the Ninevites. He extended His Grace and long-suffering to Jonah who did not pity the people who would have perished, had they not repented.  God had the LAST WORD:

11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

God is a God of SECOND CHANCES; He saw us in our sins and gave us another chance to accept His Grace.  He is the Judge of all men, but will be merciful to all those who repent of their sins and turn to Him.

Let us learn from God’s example to also extend God’s Love, Grace and Mercy  to the unsaved outside of the sheepfold.

Jesus said,

John 10:14-16 King James Version (KJV)

14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

John 17:20-24  King James Version (KJV)

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

MORE PHOTOS: 

https://heulu.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/birds-garden-and-jonah/