Genesis 7 - The Flood
Verse 11 - In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
I wonder what that means. Woah, now that is a Nat Geo special I would pay to see.
Verse 16b: ...went in as God had commanded them; and the Lord shut him in.
Verse 24: And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.
Matthew 7 - Judge Not (Plank, pearls before swine, ask seek knock, golden rule, narrow gate)
Ezra 7 - Ezra on the scene, after Zecharaiah and Haggai had come and gone, took him four months to get from Babylon to Jerusalem,
Verse 10 - For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.
Interesting that Ezra had prepared his own heart...how we are part of God's plan. We choose to nurture the desire God places in our hearts before we are born. God doesn't want automatons for children. Ezra loved the Lord so much and made his life a prophet's life by preparing his heart to seek, do, and teach His word.
(Definition of Nethinim - servant; specifically of the temple and priests/Levites)
Acts 7 - Stephen's Address: "The Call of Abraham", Stephen is Martyred
I love this part... I don't love that beautiful Stephen is killed, but I love his response.
LORD, may I have even the slightest atom in common with Stephen someday. Help me to suffer the onslaught of peoples' negative reactions with your love and grace for them. Help me first to serve as Stephen did and then to "die" to myself as he did. Help me speak the truths of Your word with boldness no matter the cost. Help me be guided in this by Your Spirit so that I won't be led astray by my own will. I love You.