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David was a man from small beginnings. The youngest of eight children, he was a shepherd, who had stories to tell of his courage, only to be told when he would ascend to the heights. If you actually read about David and his dealings, you realise quite early why God loved David so much. He was a likeable character it seems, a man of justice, one who would not do things on his own desires but firmly stood by the fact vengeance was God’s alone.
This is the kind of character God could work with and ascend to much stature. Where Saul would make things his way and ultimately fail as king, David was different and understood who anointed him. While David followed these principles, he flourished and grew. When justice and equity left David, he stole another man’s wife, murdered a man in an act of injustice and started to be problematic. David soon remembered where he had came from and quickly resorted back to serving his maker.
Justice comes from God.
Genesis 5 goes through a genealogy of Adam, down to Shem, Ham and Japeth. Reading this timeline started making me think about how there must be someone important in every timeline in the Bible. Maybe more than one in certain ones. It started making me see this genealogy in a different light. Enoch walked with God and was not, his son Methuselah his son was 969 years old and Noah was prophesied as being someone who will help the Earth. Here are at least three people from the genealogy and there may be more.
This thought track then started making me think about our genealogies and where we stood. Are we just another name, or will we be special? Not taking anything away from any of the men mentioned in Genesis 5 (good or bad) however some we remember with ease and some we have never heard of consciously. The three men mentioned above were not different in regards to origin. They were all men and human. Are you a woman? Are you a man? If you can answer yes to one of these two questions you have the opportunity to be successful. God could have used any of those men to build an ark, walk with him or live to be 969 years old, however these three men were distinguished. I don’t believe by mistake. They made a decision to do something differently.
The Day of creation is something spectacular. I think I have found it hard to relate to God at times. We all have created something, so we can all relate to the creation in one way or another. Observing how God created the world and what he did. God had a plan to make something long-lasting as time suggests. God also progressed in a tangible way, assessing his work as he went on. God also created, reviewed and continued. If God had found fault, I’m sure he would have stopped and rectified it. Can we say the same? How many times do we create, review and settle for what the product is in front of us?
God looked over his work in reflection at the end and was totally happy with what he had made. Whether how big or small, we have created something in our time. Reading the story of a creator creating something, is something we can relate to on a personal level.
God is a man of his word, he proves it time and time again. Lets look at God’s statement hundreds of years prior to the encounter. “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.” This is taken from Genesis 15, as you can see, Abraham has not had his name changed at this point. God is instructing Abram of what is to come in the future of his line and nation.
This forewarning was made known to us in the book of Exodus, as the new king which knew not Joseph as the Bible depicts wanted to oppress the children of Israel. The nation of Israel were subject to torture and slavery for hundreds of years. The man of God Moses rose up to prominence and eventually walked in to God’s will and led the transfer from poverty to wealth. From poverty and oppression. When the Egyptians finally gave up and admitted defeat to God, the children of Israel were handed many pieces of substance. Clothes, ornaments and etc. God made a promise that this would be the case and this was just one of many examples where God takes a small thing and makes it much better than anyone onlooking could expect.
The best thing potentially about God is perhaps his omnipresent nature. This means he valuable to those who know him intimately. For someone needing foresight, he can prove very useful. For example, Genesis 31 begins with Jacob discussing how God had favoured him and given him much of the substance of Laban. He proceeds to tell the story of how God by a dream instructed him of his blessings. This was something he knew before he even spoke to Laban about deciding his wages. God is past, present and future for us. He is whatever we need him to be. God instructed Jacob to pick the right cattle and he also told Jacob to go back to his homeland at the right time also. The present man Jacob was blessed with future awareness and this excelled him in his circumstance. I can testify of many times the god of the future has testified to me of things oncoming and how this gave me the opportunity to position myself in great stead.
We see these occurrences timely in the scripture and time and time again. The believer should also be able to testify of these things because God is just portraying his nature when he does so.
Moving on to another piece of text, lets use Joseph who was in prison as a case study. A few chapters on in Genesis 41, we see how from being in prison one day, the next he was the governor of the Egyptians. God had showed the people a dream and he was the only man found able to unlock the code from God. Everywhere but Egypt was famished and this made Egypt the place to be. People would come, increasing the demand for bread, meaning the price went up. Joseph, through God’s leading, positioned himself and the nation under his government in the best possible position. The God of the future helped the present man and took him from poverty and imprisonment, to wealth, respect and riches.
Jacob and his son Joseph both had intimate relationships with God and it was made known through there actions and their harvest.