Noah – A Patriarch’s Curse

by Brian S. Somers

Some years have gone by after the flood waters receded and Noah’s family exited the ark. They had adapted to the post-flood climate, and it was harsher than in the antediluvian period. With eight people to provide for, and more on the way, food was a necessity, and Noah became a farmer. We are not told what occupations Shem, Ham and Japheth took, but, undoubtedly, the younger men helped their father. By the time of our story, Ham and his wife had at least one child, Canaan, who was apparently the youngest male (Genesis 9:24). In addition to food crops, Noah also planted a vineyard.

It is with great peril…..

It is with great peril that we negotiate with the Elohim of Avraham, Itzhaak and Ya’acov. We may come with a list of terms, however, we quickly find it best to simply hand Him a blank check.

If you consider yourself a servant of the Most High, dare to take the leap. Quit negotiating and simply sign the check. Long-term, it is much less painful.

Let me tell you how AWESOME my King is!!!…

About four weeks ago, on a fine Friday morning, I pulled out of my drive while listening to James Block’s Restoration (Psalm 80) and singing at the top of my lungs.  Not paying attention and for no particular reason, I crested a hill less than a mile from home doing 2009-Dodge-Charger-police-car-1about 71 in a 55 and I got busted!  Immediately, I raised my hand and thanked the Father saying, “I don’t know what You are up to, but thank you.”  And, I stopped as quickly and safely as possible, was totally compliant and utterly disappointed in the $185 – 4 point ticket I was blessed with.

It could not possibly have happened at a worse time!  Seriously!  The day before, my job had submitted paperwork for me to go to school in late July with the SC DMV to be certified as a third party CDL tester.  Four points does more than jeopardize me as a CDL trainer/tester.  It ends my job!!  I asked for prayer, informed my supervisor and dreaded my day in court.

This morning was the day and I went prepared to plead guilty, ask for the points to be dropped and offer to pay the full fine.

Let me tell you what happened… Continue reading “Let me tell you how AWESOME my King is!!!…”

Tales from the Bus. A Gift.

A day or two ago I shared that I drive a school bus.  I also mentioned that it leads to some stories…  While many I cannot tell, for privacy reasons, there are some I can share.  Here is one…

My boys’ music teacher heard that I drive a school bus for elementary children.  He had two nice small coats and thought that there may numbersbe a student or two who could use them.  My wife accepted them and brought them home to be laundered before gifting them.

Two days ago, I took them with me for the afternoon run and was praying on the way to work asking Father who I should give them to.  I could not think of any child getting on the bus without a jacket, but then, I have been so busy learning other things as I adjust to the route that those details may have escaped me.  So, as I am praying a particular family comes to mind, but I really puzzled over how to give them the jackets without showing favoritism.  There are many needy families on my route.

Once on the bus, with the jackets, I headed to the school where I pick-up and, as is my usual habit, I arrive 20 minutes early so I can read and study.  While sitting in the lot, I ‘chickened out’ on giving the jackets to the family in mind and decided Continue reading “Tales from the Bus. A Gift.”

Blessed is the man…

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the Torah of the Lord,
And in His Torah he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.  Psalm 1:1-3