Rainbow Promise

Double rainbow and evening light on beach. Kauai Island. Hawaii. USA

God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them,
“Be fertile, multiply, and fill the earth.
Genesis 9:1

There is something that doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, I feel very happy.  It’s seeing a rainbow.  Whenever it’s raining and the sun is out, turn in the opposite direction of the sun and you’ll probably see one.

God decides to have the rainbow be a reminder that God is not going to end creation and start all over again as he did with Noah, his family and the animals.  In fact, God does something even better.  God offers a new relationship with us.  It is called a covenant. This means that there are promises that God makes to us and we make to God.  God promises to protect us in life; however, we need to stay under God’s protection—like being under an umbrella when it’s raining. 

Close your eyes and picture a beautiful rainbow. It is just like God’s love arching over us and embracing us.

 Genesis 8:15—10:17

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Cycles of the four seasons 8:22
All creatures placed in our hands 9:2
The bond between God and us 9:11
Rainbow promise in the sky 9:16

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I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.

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A Special Act of Love

A woman came to him with a vase made of alabaster containing very expensive perfume. She poured it on Jesus’ head
while he was sitting at dinner. 
Matthew 26:7

In Jesus’ time, you weren’t supposed to be in the presence of persons with a skin disease—and certainly never eat with them.  Jesus didn’t care about keeping rules that meant being unkind. He often healed people with such diseases.  Jesus probably wanted to be with this person so that he could be healed.

There was a woman there who knew that Jesus was getting into lots of trouble with the religious leaders.  With all that anger toward Jesus, she wanted to do something very special to show her love for him.  She took her most expense bottle of perfume and poured it all over Jesus’ head.  Imagine the lovely smell of perfume filling the air, making up for jealous, mean thoughts of others. If these thoughts could be smelled, there would be a stench!

Is there a special act of kindness that you are called to do for someone who needs to be loved?

Matthew 26:1–35

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Perfume poured upon Your head v. 7
Pouring out my soul in love v. 7
This my body; this my blood v. 26-27
Faithful to You to the end v. 35

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.‘s Commentary.

In Year A, we continue to read from the Gospel of St. Matthew.

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Holy Communion

Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup,
you broadcast the death of the Lord until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11:26

Many children today eat watching TV, often all by themselves.  Busy families say they don’t have time to sit down together and have dinner. 

In Jesus’ time, gathering for a meal was very special; a time to be close to one another.  People needed to forgive each other; otherwise they’d get an upset stomach if angry feelings toward another person lurked within.

Ever since the Last Supper when Jesus said that the bread was his body and the wine was his blood, something amazing happened.  We not only know that Jesus is still alive, but even more: he is with us when we celebrate Holy Communion.   St. Paul recalls this to the people of Corinth.  He wants them and all of us to get back to basics. To have a meal in Jesus’ name means that we eat and drink in Jesus’ love and then we know that he lives inside of us. 

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

This is My body for you v. 24
Cup of the new covenant v. 25
Bread and cup of the presence v. 26
Bread and cup until You come v. 26

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.