Today’s scripture is Genesis 6-8 and Luke 3 where we hear about Noah getting hammered and falling down naked. We also hear about the tower of Babel. In Luke we hear how Jesus fought temptation by turning to scriptures.
Scriptures That Stood Out
8 Cush was the father[c] of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth.
Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.
24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,
“Cursed be Canaan!
The lowest of slaves
will he be to his brothers.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Jesus had not eaten for 40 days. That is a new kind of hungry. Then the devil comes to tempt him (probably thinking Jesus would be weak). Every time the Devil tempts him Jesus replied with something that pointed back to scripture. He got through his trials by turning to God. Looking to God for guidance. He looked to God to help his judgement. He called upon the Holy Spirit to guide him in his decisions.
We also see how Jesus goes back home to Galilee only to have people so mad that he won’t do any of his cool tricks that they run him out of town and try to throw him off a cliff. This just goes to show you that not everyone is open to hearing the word of God – even from God himself. I know for me when I was attempting to be a pastor of a church I grew up in, they couldn’t see me as anything but “little Davey..”
So when you share God with those who are closest to you, realize that the door to their heart my be closes. All we can do is plant as seed. It’s what we are called to do, and let the Holy Spirit take over.