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Did You See That? October 11, 2016

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Welcome back to our story, faithful readers!

As the scene opens, a very interesting statement is made by God to Noah. And this statement literally changes everything.

And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”  Genesis 9:2-3 KJV

Apparently, before the flood, there was no fear between mankind and animals. No dread, no fear. Doesn’t that make you wonder what life was really like between mankind and animals? I don’t know that real life was the same as life in Narnia, where the animals talked with people and they worked together, but there was definitely a strong enough difference in how the two got along before the flood, and how they were going to get along after the flood.

And then in the next verse, God says every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you. So what did Noah and his family eat before then? Did they eat only certain types of animals, such as sheep? Or did they eat only vegetables and fruits? We don’t really know for sure. What we do know is that God made a declaration that changed everything. The animals would no longer be friendly to the humans, they would instead be fearful of humans. Plus, they would all become food for humans.

This, dear readers, is a big change for Noah and his family. They had to learn to hunt, to trap, to fish (if they weren’t already doing so), and to kill different animals.  They were already performing sacrifices, so they already knew how to skin an animal. But did they know how to scale a fish and prep it for cooking? Did they know how to pluck feathers? Or was this going to be a new skill they had to acquire?

Life changed in big ways for Noah and his family. The animals were now afraid of them. And it makes me wonder if Noah and his family would now become afraid of the animals. Now, they didn’t have to become afraid. But what does an animal do when it feels trapped and it’s scared? It growls. And how does a person react when an animals growls at him, usually? He reacts with fear. He tenses up. He doesn’t know what the animal is going to do, so he becomes afraid of the animal.

A whole new world, clean from the sin that covered the earth before the flood. New possibilities, and new opportunities, but also new responsibilities, and new thought processes. A lot to absorb and learn!

When life changes suddenly, it can be scary sometimes. It can also be frustrating, and challenging.  Isn’t it good to know that our God, the Father of all of us who follow Him, is there for us. He is willing and ready to help us through all the sudden changes we experience. Rest in that as you end your day, and sleep knowing that He is watching over you.

And next time we will cover the second big change that happened after the flood.

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The Miracle of the Animals August 23, 2016

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Welcome back to our bedtime story.

It’s so easy to read the Bible and just fly through the story of how the earth began, how it was tainted by the evil of Adam and Eve, and how the evil grew to the point that God had to step in and do something about all that evil. If the midst of all the pain, we often don’t stop to think about all the miracles that God performed in the midst of all the trouble.

I mean, with the limited tools that Noah had, how exactly did he build a three-story boat, you know? Was there anything else around that was anywhere near that tall?  Well, yes, there was the tower of Babel. I believe it was never completed because God confused the language of the people and they couldn’t communicate enough to finish the project. (there’s an entire separate story to think about, right there!) And now, there’s this huge boat that’s probably not anywhere near water, and yet Noah is building it all the same.

And then, there were the animals.bear for blog post 1

Where did they all come from? And how did they know where to go? And how did they knew exactly when to go, to arrive at the ark on time?

Noah was told by God to take seven of each clean animal, and two each of the unclean animals, one male and one female. God wanted to make sure there would be animals that survived the flood so they could repopulate the earth once the flood waters were gone.

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God thought of everything, you know? And He did so because that’s the way He is.  He doesn’t forget important details. He doesn’t do things haphazardly. He doesn’t rush through major projects.  He plans and He thinks and He keeps us in the forefront of His mind.  Why? Because He loves us.

But the animals! Think about it! We don’t know exactly how they got there, but animals of every kind were placed on the ark.

Suppose you were building a sailboat in your backyard, and you looked up to see dogs coming toward you from everywhere. You don’t know how they got there, but your yard is now filled with dogs of every size, shape, and color. And they’re all looking at you.

snake for blog post 1Don’t you think Noah was freaked out just a little by all the animals? And yet, there is no record of Noah being hurt by any of them. They just… calmly… got on the ark.

Think about this as you pull up the covers tonight and turn out the light. All those animals, all being patient, not attacking each other, not attacking Noah, being calm. God really had His hand on that situation, don’t you think?

And God has His hand on your situation, too. Why? Because He loves you.

Good night. Sleep well.

 

So Do You Know About JellyTelly Yet? January 16, 2009

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I know there are links in the sidebar to my page about JellyTelly, but word just isn’t getting out to the public like it needs to.  So I’m going to make A BIG DEAL about JellyTelly this month, because you all need to know about this!

The best way to know about this, though, is to watch this video:

 

You’ll be glad you did! And if you want to see more of this great programming, please go to www.jellytelly.com!  And tell all your friends about it too!