Blog Through The Bible: Genesis 1-21

We have arrived! Our very first opportunity to share all the wonderful things God has been showing us in the days behind us as we read through His Word one chapter at a time.

As I consider all we have read this early Monday morning I’m feeling in my heart a swelling as I realize that there is a common thread that runs through the twenty-one chapters we have considered thus far. Each recounted event involves two key elements: 1.) The person hearing the Lord’s voice; and 2.) the person choosing to agree with and do what they heard.

KEY VERSE: Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:11-12 (NKJV, emphasis mine.)

This really jumped out at me. I then noticed in Genesis 8:22 that God ordained Seedtime and Harvest in His covenant with Noah. Seedtime and Harvest.

Here is what I sense I’m hearing from God about seeds and fruit. “The fruit bears seed inside itself.” God’s Word equals the seed. But, the planting of that seed requires fruit that came before so the seed could be planted.

Each of us who sits at a keyboard typing out our growing faith is the result of someone else bearing fruit that had seed within itself. The harvest brings forth the very seeds that bless those that come behind us. What happens to the seed is important – I keep thinking about what would have happened to us had the person who planted the seed in our hearts would not have given away the fruit of their harvest.

How is it that people miss the opportunity to give their seed away?

1.) Hoarding it. Storing it up for that someday that never seems to come. We study, pray and hear the voice of God in our daily life, but we sit idly by and do nothing with it. Maybe fear paralyzes us and keeps us from it. Maybe we just don’t want to risk it. Let’s face it – some people may not want what we are offering.

2.) Ignoring it. Worse than keeping it all for ourselves, we just pretend we didn’t know. But, God knows the truth.

3.) Consuming it. We keep feasting and feasting on the fruit of our harvest and never look outward to see who might share in it’s benefits.We never plant again for another harvest.

GIVE. IT. AWAY. Give away the seed of your harvest away. Plant it into the lives of others and watch for it to grow. That’s the power of seedtime and harvest – God established it to bring forth new life in its season. Spiritually and Physically seedtime and harvest.

I’ll be back a little later today to share more thoughts. I’ve just been enjoying the Lord’s presence and His Spirit highlighting Scriptures for me as we work our way through the tissue-paper pages of His Holy Word.

Here is the link to this week’s post: http://michellebentham.org/2011/01/10/blog-through-the-bible-genesis-1-21/

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12 thoughts on “Blog Through The Bible: Genesis 1-21

  1. Amy M. from Montana left this on the reading plan post:

    During this first week, and I’m already into tomorrow, the thing that keeps jumping out at me, or the Lord keeps putting in front of me, is OBEDIENCE. Even during the worst of times. Even during the best of times. How much do we consciously think about Obeying the Lord? Really, during each day, how many times? I know the answer for me. It’s “not too many”.

    And yet, as you can tell from “my” website, which is all about our “new normal” here at the Fry house, I’ve been more and more focused on Him every day. I decided back in the the bleak hours of the morning of July 11th in the ICU that if the Lord could be glorified from whatEVER He chose to do with my husband’s life, and my life, then this would be ok. Not EASY, never easy. And I lose it at times with the best of them, but I’m trying to be Obedient to Him, and to give HIM the glory for every little thing, both good and not so good. Because it all is HIM.

    I can’t tell you a certain verse that stood out right now, but the disobedience in the Garden, then the subsequent obedience of Abraham, even though he’d sinned again and again, in never once doubting THE LORD WILL PROVIDE (loved that ‘new name’), when told to sacrifice his son Isaac…. WOW. And the Lord was glorified.
    How can I do any less? Obedience.
    Amy

  2. Thanks for coming along side of me in this journey, Colleen. Your friendship and support means more to me than words can ever express. You encourage, inspire and spur me on to love and good deeds! Just like our Lord has commended you to do. I’m breathing deep this morning because of you.

    Blessings,
    Michelle

  3. Amy M. Wrote:

    During this first week, and I’m already into tomorrow, the thing that keeps jumping out at me, or the Lord keeps putting in front of me, is OBEDIENCE. Even during the worst of times. Even during the best of times. How much do we consciously think about Obeying the Lord? Really, during each day, how many times? I know the answer for me. It’s “not too many”.

    And yet, as you can tell from “my” website, which is all about our “new normal” here at the Fry house, I’ve been more and more focused on Him every day. I decided back in the the bleak hours of the morning of July 11th in the ICU that if the Lord could be glorified from whatEVER He chose to do with my husband’s life, and my life, then this would be ok. Not EASY, never easy. And I lose it at times with the best of them, but I’m trying to be Obedient to Him, and to give HIM the glory for every little thing, both good and not so good. Because it all is HIM.
    I can’t tell you a certain verse that stood out right now, but the disobedience in the Garden, then the subsequent obedience of Abraham, even though he’d sinned again and again, in never once doubting THE LORD WILL PROVIDE (loved that ‘new name’), when told to sacrifice his son Isaac…. WOW. And the Lord was glorified.
    How can I do any less? Obedience.
    Amy

  4. Alexia shares: [ http://michellebentham.org/2011/01/10/blog-through-the-bible-iii-genesis-1-21/ ]

    Michelle and all you Bible bloggers!!

    I am currently caught up and ahead a little with my readings due to be on call a lot this week and not knowing if I would be available, so I am late on commenting on Genesis 1-21 but am indeed on que with the readings. So here are my thoughts on the first 21 chapters of Genesis. I am the type to collect thoughts carefully before posting. Hope this is helpful it was to me.

    I love how Genesis is the framework of the Bible, it is truly awesome the handiwork of GOD!!!

    On a second note, there is such a repeated cycle of sin and repentance.

    It is truly amazing the description of God breathed life into Adam’s nostrils, beautiful picture of the “breath of life”.

    How the sin of eating from the tree of knowledge produced thorn and thistles for me, again filtered down from generation to generation, I am certainly not exempt form it.

  5. Wow, I love the fruit bearing thoughts. My husband was at the church meeting with someone yesterday and saw a friend of our 27 year old daughter’s meeting w/her ladies’ bible study group in the cafe. He said to his friend, “That girl over there? She is fruit from the seed that was planted from someone totally unrelated to her back in 2008 when we first started coming here.” We have recently been reminded of how far reaching the fruit is from seeds that were planted well before us. It’s so amazing to watch God’s hand in all of it. I appreciate the detail in your post, it speaks a lot to me.

    And, here is my post for this week! http://www.jessicasteiber.com/blog/20/

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