Noting Punctuation

Posted by on Jan 4, 2011 in Blog Posts | 3 comments

While reading in Genesis the other day, I noticed an exclamation point.  “So the LORD God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals!’ ” (Genesis 3:14, NIV)

I didn’t notice an exclamation point when God addressed Adam and Eve in this discourse.  Yet, He expresses a passionate displeasure in Satan’s victory of deceitful cunning over Adam and Eve that led to their sin and ours.  It ruined God’s plan for man, so Satan thought.  But in God’s plan He had known He has the ultimate victory over the enemy, sin, and death because in the next verse He pronounces the woman’s Seed, Jesus, will crush Satan’s head and have the ultimate victory.

As my quiet time progressed, I came across Psalm 35:27 affirming God’s ultimate care, love, and concern for man.  And notice His exclamation, “Great is the LORD, Who delights in the welfare of His servant!”

Now, Rob and I find great comfort in this for several reasons.  He healed me of breast cancer last year and showed us numerous times His care for me.  Today, my husband has been officially laid off as a result of a company’s downsizing.  So, we take stock of this verse and note God’s passion for our welfare and take rest in His provision.


  1. Reminds me of the words of an old spiritual, “Where would I go but to the Lord!” Note the use of an exclamation point, not a question mark. My heart grieves with you and your family over yet another challenge. Don’t we wish we knew His plan? Know you, Rob, and your family are in my prayers. Lou Anne

  2. Amy,

    God is bigger still. May you and Rob continue to experience the peace that passes all understanding.

    In Christ,

  3. Holding you close in my prayers.

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