Sunday, November 15, 2020

Bible DISCOVERY 4: The GOD of RAIN

 

It may be a small thing for others, maybe even mundane, but for me it was important when I read something very telling, on the second chapter of Genesis.

In fact, I got all excited.

Here's what I found:


There was NO rain when God created earth!

5 And every plant 

of the field 

before it was 

in the earth, 

and every herb 

of the field 

before it grew: 

for the Lord God 

had not caused it to rain 

upon the earth

and there was not a man 

to till 

the ground.

6 But there went up 

a mist 

from the earth, 

and watered 

the whole face 

of the ground.

Genesis 2:5-6 (King James Version)


Moisture was from a "mist" that came up FROM the earth.

I really found that fascinating.

Can you imagine a world without rain, and yet there was enough moisture around -- with the world pretty much taking care of itself?

But, of course, that all changed when Adam and Eve sinned against God.


God curses the ground because of Adam's disobedience.

17 And unto Adam he said, 

Because thou 

hast hearkened 

unto the voice 

of thy wife, 

and hast eaten 

of the tree, 

of which 

I commanded thee, saying, 

Thou shalt 

not eat of it: 

cursed is the ground 

for thy sake; 

in sorrow 

shalt thou 

eat of it 

all the days 

of thy life;

18 Thorns also 

and thistles 

shall it bring forth 

to thee; 

and thou 

shalt eat 

the herb 

of the field;

19 In the sweat 

of thy face 

shalt thou 

eat bread, 

till thou return 

unto the ground; 

for out of it 

wast thou taken: 

for dust 

thou art, 

and unto dust shalt 

thou return.

Genesis 3:17-19 (King James Version)


Where before, there was not a "man to till the ground", now Adam was tasked to do just that after the fall from grace.


Adam will now till the ground.

22 And the Lord God said, 

Behold, 

the man is become 

as one of us, 

to know good 

and evil: and now, 

lest he put forth 

his hand, 

and take also 

of the tree 

of life, 

and eat, 

and live 

for ever:

23 Therefore the Lord God 

sent him forth 

from the garden 

of Eden, 

to till the ground 

from whence 

he was taken.

Genesis 3:22-23 (King James Version)


Perhaps, now that Adam was to till the ground, there would be rain after he was asked to leave Eden?

But this much I know, God made it rain 40 days and 40 nights in the time of His faithful NOAH.

This was mentioned in an earlier article, but here's the verse that testifies to it.


God made it rain 40 days and 40 nights.

4 For yet seven days, 

and I will cause it 

to rain 

upon the earth 

forty days 

and forty nights; 

and every living substance 

that I have made 

will I destroy 

from off 

the face 

of the earth.

Genesis 7:4 (King James Version)


Here's how rain was described here.


The "windows of heaven were opened".

11 In the six hundredth year 

of Noah's life, 

in the second month, 

the seventeenth day 

of the month, 

the same day 

were all the fountains 

of the great deep 

broken up, 

and the windows 

of heaven 

were opened.

12 And the rain 

was upon 

the earth 

forty days 

and forty nights.

Genesis 7:11-12 (King James Version)


If you want to know how high the water was, here's the verse:


All the high hills and mountains were covered.

19 And the waters prevailed 

exceedingly 

upon the earth; 

and all 

the high hills, 

that were under 

the whole heaven, 

were covered.

20 Fifteen cubits upward 

did the waters prevail; 

and the mountains 

were covered.

Genesis 7:19-20 (King James Version)


Why did God make the water so high?


There were giants in those days.

4 There were giants 

in the earth 

in those days; 

and also 

after that, 

when the sons 

of God 

came in 

unto the daughters 

of men, 

and they 

bare children 

to them, 

the same 

became 

mighty men 

which were 

of old, 

men 

of renown.

5 And God saw 

that the wickedness 

of man 

was great 

in the earth, 

and that every imagination 

of the thoughts 

of his heart 

was only evil 

continually.

Genesis 6:4-5 (King James Version)


Apart from Noah, his three sons, their wives, his wife, and the animals that God asked to be included in the ark, all men and animals on earth perished from the flood.

God is really the ONLY power there is.

Look what He did here:


The day the rains stopped.

8 And God remembered Noah, 

and every living thing, 

and all the cattle 

that was with him 

in the ark: 

and God made 

a wind 

to pass 

over the earth, 

and the waters assuaged;

2 The fountains also 

of the deep 

and the windows 

of heaven 

were stopped, 

and the rain 

from heaven 

was restrained;

3 And the waters returned 

from off the earth 

continually: 

and after the end 

of the hundred 

and fifty days 

the waters 

were abated.

Genesis 8:1-3 (King James Version)


Noah then made an altar, and God was pleased with Noah's burnt offerings, and made a promise in His heart:


The vow.

21 And the Lord smelled 

a sweet savour; 

and the Lord said 

in his heart, 

I will not again curse 

the ground 

any more 

for man's sake; 

for the imagination 

of man's heart 

is evil 

from his youth; 

neither will I again smite 

any more 

every thing living, 

as I have done.

Genesis 8:21 (King James Version)


God abhors idolatry, disobedience, and wickedness, but He doesn't play favorites, just so you know.


God's rain falls on everyone.

44 But I say unto you, 

Love your enemies, 

bless them 

that curse you, 

do good to them 

that hate you, 

and pray for them 

which despitefully use you, 

and persecute you;

45 That ye 

may be 

the children 

of your Father 

which is in heaven: 

for he maketh 

his sun 

to rise 

on the evil 

and on the good, 

and sendeth rain 

on the just 

and on the unjust.

Matthew 5:44-45 (King James Version)


As you have seen, God is really the one, true GOD of RAIN.

The Creator holds ALL power over man, earth, and Heaven.

How MAGNIFICENT the LORD is!


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