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Genesis 8:15-17, Exodus 20:1-23, 1 Kings 19:11-20

While spending time in God’s Word lately, I’ve become increasingly curious about His voice.  Moses, Noah and Elijah all heard God’s voice.  God chose to speak at a period in time when people couldn’t obtain an audio recording, so we can try to imagine what He sounded like.  But we don’t have to solely rely on our imagination.

In 1 Kings, when God spoke to Elijah on a mountain, He spoke in, “a gentle whisper.”  A whisper isn’t hard to imagine.

In Genesis, one thing God spoke to Noah was, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.”  How do you think a voice actor/actress would read what He said?  They might first notice that it’s an imperative sentence ending with a period.  They might try to deliver the line with a deep, partially conversational voice.

After the 10 Commandments were given In Exodus 20, the shaking Israelites witnessed a trumpet sound, accompanied by thunder, lightning and a dark, smoking mountain.  They said, “…do not have God speak to us or we will die.”  God followed up by saying to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this:  ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven:”  I think that Moses and the Israelites possibly heard God’s maximum communication.

We know that God can communicate in a booming way, conversational way, or in a whisper.  When I get to Heaven, I hope God will recreate those historical and dramatic moments.


I want to start the new year in Genesis.  How well do you know it?  Maybe you’re a little rusty.  Try this little quiz to find out:

1. Before God sent rain, how was the earth watered?

2. After Noah’s family and the animals were in the ark, who shut the door?

3. How old was Abram when he left his country?

4. What comforted Isaac after his mother, Sarah, died?

5. What did God change Jacob’s name to?

6. Was Joseph bilingual?

7. What were some of the things Israel sent with Joseph’s brothers on their second trip to Egypt?



1. …”streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground…”  Genesis 2:4-7

2. God did.  Genesis 7:13-16

3. He was seventy-five.  Genesis 12:1-5

4. He got married.  Genesis 24:66-67

5. He changed it to Israel.  Genesis 35:9-10

6. Yes.  Genesis 42:22-23

7. He sent balm, honey, spices, myrrh, pistachio nuts, almonds, etc.  Genesis 43:11-14


How did you do?  I hope you did well.  If not, taking a closer look at God’s living Word will be a blessing to you.  May God go with you as you glean gems from His Word in 2017!

Genesis 9:1-17

God is so good!  On Thursday last week my family went to the Ark Encounter in Kentucky.  I had just hoped for a cloudy day so it would somewhat make me feel like I was in Noah’s time.  I got my wish and more.  It was cloudy and sprinkling when we got off the ark.  We noticed a couple of people with cameras pointed towards the sky.  Then, as we looked up, we saw a double rainbow!    I immediately remembered God’s promise to Noah and all living creatures that He wouldn’t again destroy all life with a great flood.  I was moved to tears and felt very happy spiritually.


Genesis 7:4

It’s cloudy today.  When I was a teen, I was working at a Mexican restaurant when a customer approached me saying, “Do you know how long it’s been since we’ve seen the sun?”  Expecting an order for softshells or something else, the question surprised me.  The weather had been cloudy for awhile, and obviously, this man had been keeping track of the overcast days.  He looked distressed and I don’t remember the number of days he had counted, but I’ll never forget his question.

Today, I was curious about cloudy places.  I found out Seattle, WA is a very cloudy city with about 226 cloudy days every year.

When Noah was in the ark, there were forty days of raining and forty nights of raining, meaning of course that the sky would have been cloudy for a long time.  If Noah could have had a smart phone with a weather app, he could have seen many images of clouds with rain in the forecast.

My family plans on going to the Ark Encounter in Kentucky soon.  I’ll be glad if it’s a cloudy day when we get there so I can feel like I’ve been transported back to Noah’s time.


Genesis 6:9-22, Genesis 7-8

Surely nearly everyone has heard at least part of the Biblical account of Noah and the ark.  But have many stopped to think about his wife?  Though she’s not mentioned by name, she’s mentioned several times in Genesis.  She and Noah had three sons, Shem, Japheth and Ham.  So, she helped to raise three boys.  Once this family comes on the scene, all of the “boys” are married.  Since Noah was 600 years old at the time of the flood, I’m thinking his wife might have been about the same age.  This wife and mother was on the ark with her family and many animals probably experiencing ear-popping as they floated above the mountains.  What an adventure!

Later, Noah and his wife’s sons had quite a few kids.  So, if she was still around, she could have been a grandma too.

Being a mother can be so much fun!  Happy Mother’s Day!