January 4 – Daily Notes – Amanda

Genesis 8:1-10:32:

  • 6-12 – Noah and his family must have been so eager to get off the boat.
  • 21-22 – Note that God does not say he won’t curse the ground because humans had learned their lesson. He recognizes that humans are incapable of living righteously but vows not to destroy them anyway.
  • 8-17 – This covenant is the only one established where nothing is required of humans. God simply makes a covenant not to flood the earth again and destroy everyone and humans just receive the blessing of that. The rainbow is our reminder of this covenant.
  • Imagine how scary it would have been the first time it started raining again after Noah and his family got off the ark. They would really have to lean into their belief in God’s faithfulness and the covenant he made with them.
  • 20-27 – Ham sins by not respecting his father and looking at him exposed while Shem and Japheth respect Noah even in his own sin of drunkenness. The Canaanites remain enemies of Israel throughout Scripture.
  • 15-20 – All tribes listed here were enemies of Israel at one time or another.

Matthew 4:12-25:

  • 12-16 – Matthew mentions many of the prophecies Jesus fulfills. People in darkness seeing a great light refers to people meeting Jesus, the light of the world.
  • 17 – John the Baptist’s message was about repentance. Though he was now in jail, he truly had “prepared the way” for Jesus to preach his own message of repentance.
  • 18-22 – Matthew makes no indication of why these men choose to leave everything and follow Jesus. The phrase “fishers of men” simply means that they will now set their sights on bringing people into Jesus’ message.

Psalm 4:1-8:

  • 5-8 – These verses hit hard the idea that we are tempted to trust in many other things but our true rest and comfort come only from God.

Proverbs 1:20-23:

  • These verses describe wisdom as something easily attainable and ready for the taking. It presents itself to us and we only need to choose to accept it.

4 thoughts on “January 4 – Daily Notes – Amanda

  1. I have never considered the next first rain after the flood and what Noah’s family might have been thinking. That gave me a laugh for sure because you know someone was like’ “Hey guys, I’m just gonna go check out the ark and make sure it’s okay still.”

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  2. Matthew 4:19-20 And he said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

    This image of two, blue collar commercial fisherman making a living dropped everything (i.e., quit their jobs on the spot) and followed Jesus simply because he asked

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    1. Yes! I wonder how crazy they felt. And I also wonder what actually caused them to follow? Had they heard about him or did the Spirit guide them? Scripture doesn’t make that 100% clear.

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