Archive for February, 2012

Only Paper and a Pen

Don’t you remember your high school teacher saying those words just as you entered the room?! 

“Take everything off your desk.  You will only need this paper and a pen because today is QUIZ DAY!!” 

(At that point is when we all started to panic, lol!)  You then turn over the paper and begin to read the questions: 

During which book did Moses build the ark? 

On what day did the serpent eat the apple? 

Why did Abram’s wife turn to salt?

Hmmmm……something’s a little wrong here, don’t you think?!

We’ve been reading for 8 weeks now and though lately we’ve endured long descriptive details about the tabernacle and sacrifices, there have been many other details that may be getting lost!  I thought it would be fun to do a little review and see what we could remember.

The following statements have been scrambled.  If you choose to accept this mission, take some time to put them in order and then post your results in the form of a comment.  (Just list the letters in the order you think they should be.  No cheating!  Don’t use your bible to look back before posting your answers!  This is not an open book test, Bwa ha ha haaaaaa!)

I will post the correct answers on Wednesday of this week.  If you know group members who don’t check the blog very often, please send a message (or post a link to this) via Facebook or email.

Here’s the list:

A.  Frogs plague the land of Egypt.

B.  Isaac is born.

C.  The coming of Jesus is foretold as the serpent is cursed.

D.  Instructions for the Feasts are given.

E.  Instructions for Offerings are given.

F.  Instructions for Tabernacle are given.

G.  Creation.

H.  Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed.

I.  Lice plagues the land of Egypt.

J.  Moses reviews the events of the Israelites leaving Egypt, their wanderings, and arrival at the Jordan.

K.  Jacob receives his father’s blessing.

L.  Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers.

M.  Noah’s Ark.

N.  The first Census is taken.

O.  The Ten Commandments are given.

P.  Abram becomes “Abraham”.

Q.  Jacob becomes “Israel”.

R.  Balaam’s donkey talks.

S.  God provides manna for the Israelites for the first time.

T.  Moses is rescued by Pharoah’s daughter.

U.  Moses and Aaron are sent to tell Pharoah to let the Israelites go.

 

Yes, I know…..it’s a little hard….but we all like a good challenge, don’t we? 😉

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Check This Out!

Hi Everyone!  I had a moment today that led me to Hebrews.  You may have already read this before too, but I really want to encourage everyone on the Chronological plan to stop what you are doing and read:

Hebrews, Chapters 8, 9, and 10

While the OT Tabernacle and sacrifice requirements are fresh on our mind, I think it’s relative to read of it in the NT and the explanations of it all as Jesus came to earth, died and rose again.

Why did the first covenant require so much detail in sacrifices?  Why have a convenant that seemed virtually impossible to keep?

“For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.”Hebrews 8:7

Very interesting!  “…THEN NO PLACE WOULD HAVE BEEN SOUGHT FOR A SECOND”  Exactly!  In the first covenant, there was so much for people to do in order to be sanctified.  Every unholy action, every unholy thought required sacrifice, specifically carried out to such great detail.  There was so much to do, it just was humanly impossible to meet the requirements.  Even when the most humble, God-fearing OT Israelite attempted to follow the law, the bible reveals unintentional sin that the priests were required to make sacrifices for.

But this is the problem….we see the first covenant requirements through human eyes.  We question the craziness of killing animals, and spreading blood in a certain manner.  We can’t begin to understand why it was necessary to work through the holy “checklist” of preparations and actions they were instructed to take before coming before the Lord.  We see the world through human eyes.  We are human.  God is not.

God established the first law not to set us up for failure, but rather instead to help us see our depravity.  If we had not seen with our own human eyes how hard it was to make ourselves holy and sanctified, then we could not have begun to understand the need for a Savior.

The first covenant was established to help us see the need for a second one:

For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.”  Hebrews 10:1

“But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.” Hebrews 10:3

Jesus was in the OT law — the fulfillment of it like no other could do.  The Israelites just didn’t know it then.  They were too busy trying to please themselves and grumbling about manna!

As you may already know, the bible’s central theme is “Jesus”.

“He takes away the first that He may establish the second.  By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”  Hebrews 10:9b-10

“And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.  But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.  For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”Hebrews 10:11-14

There is more that will excite you as you read through chapters 8, 9, and 10 in Hebrews, but these verses really stuck out to me.  Jesus does not just enter our reading in Matthew, He was present in creation, and all through the Old Testament.

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Cupcake Party?

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A day in the life….

Just to be real … This is sampling of how my reading goes.

I woke this morning to the rest of the family already up and in full force. “Star Wars” was blaring on the television in the living room. One son was doing some online window shopping on the laptop. Sister was entertaining the granddaughter with breakfast and doing school work on her computer at the dining room table.

This was my chance!  I quickly made some breakfast, grabbed a cup of coffee, and retreated to my room with the door shut!

Sitting at the desk, opening my bible, I started devouring Numbers, eggs and french vanilla coffee goodness.  Ahhhhhhh! Then the door opens, and in comes the little one.

“Hi Gwa-maw!”

Oh wow, how she steals my heart (and my focus)!  We play hide and seek, “jumpy jumpy”, and “I’m gonna’ GET you”! Before long, 15 minutes or so had passed.

Second attempt: Must. Read.   Got my focus back on, and moving through the next chapter…In comes daughter.

“Hi Mom!”

This I can do. I think she has probably seen the need to escape from Obi Wan Kinobe’s adventures in the living room, and welcome the visit.

A voice from the living room:  “Mommmmmmmm!  Tell him to turn it down!”
“Turn it down son”. (Volume goes down)

“Hi Gramaw”
“Hi Baby”

Seriously.  Must. Read. (Turning back to the bible…)

I probably read another paragraph or two, something about waving offerings and counting people, then opens the bedroom door again.

In walks son with laptop ready to show me what all he HAS to buy with his money TODAY.  I make a proclamation:  “I will not do anything until I get through chapter 8!” so he begins to retreat.

Just as soon as I begin to read again, son #2 walks in to join the rest of the group because his movie is now over.  At this point, we have all four of them here in the “respite” room WITH me.

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Daughter on her laptop.  Son on other laptop.  Granddaughter hiding under the bed pillows and laughing.  Son making faces at granddaughter.

Me?  I’m still desperately trying to finish the reading assignment:  “Duties of each of the sons.  Golden altars, blue cloths covering some things….from thirty years old and up…unfaithful wives.  Wow, she had better HOPE that water doesn’t rot her thigh!?…”

Hmmm….I wonder if they had the “Toms” back in their day?  Tom Selleck, Tom Cruise……those would have been dangerous thoughts, especially if the women knew they’d have to drink the cursed water.”

(Granddaughter is now hiding behind the curtains)  “Boo  Gwa-maw!”  Laughing and playing, laughing and playing, …. “Whew!”  It’s not very quiet in here anymore!

(The living room is so quiet you could probably hear crickets chirping…)

Reading again:  “Oxen, goats, ram…yay!  I can see Chapter 8 coming!…almost made it

Wash those Levites…  I really need a shower….”

Aaron has to arrange the lampstands”  Oh, he gets to decorate!  I wonder if he’d like “Pinterest“?”

Yeah, well, as you can see my focus on this reading is less than perfect, lol.

End of chapter 8:  “Woo hoo!  I made it!”  “Can’t wait for Ashley to post so I’ll know what I read”  🙂

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Jesus, Obama, the Rich, and the Poor

This morning, I happened to catch a bit of “The View”.  It was a segment where the hosts were vehemently defending their opinion about a recent speech President Obama gave to a group of Christians.  Promoting his newest tax strategy, he apparently said that forcing the rich to pay more taxes than the poor would be what Jesus would condone when he said “….give to the poor” in Luke.

My first thought was, “this is ridiculous!”  I’ve never been an Obama fan. To use government to force people to give away their wealth is completely against American principles and the ideals that our founding fathers fought so hard against to help us all be free.

It wasn’t long, however, that I began to think more about this matter.  Did Jesus really feel that way?  Does He expect us to give to others in need?  Well, yes, I believe He does.

Just read the portion of Leviticus regarding the Year of Jubilee.  The notes in my bible say “Every 50th year in Israel was the Year of Jubilee (Lev 25:11-13).  The provisions of this sacred time were intended to maintain economic equality and prevent the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few.  In the Jubilee year, if property were not already redeemed, it was to be restored to the original owner.  This prevented the creation of great hereditary estates that would have reduced the families of small landholders to the status of serfs.”

So…..I thought I’d just share this with the group, and ask if any of you had thoughts about it?

Is government allowed to quote Jesus’ words and then use them to implement tax laws?

What about this “separation of government and religion” thing?  Is that right/wrong?  As I recall from studying history, it was initially part of our constitution so that government couldn’t require the citizens to worship in one particular way or another.  Now, we have government seemingly using Christian principles to justify taking money from the rich.

My 2 cents:  Yes, Jesus wants us to care for one another.   However, I don’t think a government forcing its’ people to do that is what He had in mind.   For us to be in obedience by helping one another, it should be done from a heart that is convicted to do so — not by the force of someone else.  What may seem “unfair” cannot be fixed by governmental interference in this case.  On the other hand, if Christians would start acting like Christians instead of just Americans, there may be a few less hungry people at the end of the day.

What do you think?

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27 Lashes with a Wet Noodle

Ok, it’s time to confess.  Once a week, we’ll do this and those of us who need Wet Noodle lashes will have to line up, ok?

Post here:  1)  Where you currently are in your reading      and     2) Where you should be

This is the A-C-C-O-U-N-T-A-B-I-L-I-T-Y portion of our group.  Don’t worry, wet noodles don’t hurt too bad 😉

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Welcome!

This is a blog created for our Read through the Bible group.  I’ve created categories for each book of the bible.  The idea is that when you have something to share, leave a comment on the appropriate post.  (check the side bar categories; click on the book of the bible you want to read or post about)  I will create a post for each book of the bible so that no matter what plan you are using, we will all be able to see the comments and posts.  This will enable those of us on different plans to benefit from each other’s research and observations.  If you don’t see a post yet created for the book you are reading, please let me know and I will add that in.

Still thinking through how this is to work in a blog format as opposed to Facebook, I wonder how each of us will know that comments have been made?  As the blog administrator, I will get notifications of every comment, but I’m not sure how that will work for everyone else.  Over time I’m wondering if it could mean alot of  threads getting lost in the posts and being left unresponded?  There may be a way to receive comment notifications through wordpress or follow conversations through notification options.  I will continue to research what we can do and let you all know.

**Update**:  I see a “Notify me of follow-up comments via email.” at the end of the comment page on each post.  Be sure to check that box as you comment and hopefully it will mean we all stay in touch through each conversation!

One thing you can do to know when a new post is being made is use the “Sign me up” system.  Located on the sidebar, just input your email address and it will automatically let you know when a new post is made.  (Still doesn’t solve the continued comment/conversation issue, but you won’t miss new posts that way.)

WordPress also has cell phone apps available.  I downloaded it on my android phone today.

Lastly, there is a page for reading plan links at the top.  I posted the one to the Chronological plan by Thomas Nelson.  If you will let me know what plan you are reading I will also add that to the page for easy access.  Just comment here with a link to the plan you are using.

If you are new to this site, we all welcome you to participate!  Whether it be January, June or December, the goal is just to read more of God’s word so jump in using any reading plan and join the discussion!  Be sure to comment on the “Shake Hands Here” page and let us know who you are!  Also, if you have a personal blog and would like to share it with the group, leave a comment with the address and I will link it to the group’s side bar.

Please also feel free to invite others to this page!  It is an open blog so all who visit here can view the information.

This will probably be a work in progress for a little bit so bear with me.  Thank you all for also bearing with me through my Exodus from Facebook!  I’m very excited about continuing this goal of reading through the bible with you all.  Please continue to encourage the others on Facebook to remain steadfast.  Many of us are behind in our plans, but it is only one month into the year.  Don’t be discouraged and quit!  Just keep plugging along, or jump in where you should be.

Every word read is a word gained – we can do this!

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Psalms

Comments here should pertain to your reading in Psalms only.  Please share what you have learned, observed, or applied.  Check back often for additional information from other group members.  As you comment, I will edit the post to include tag words that will make additional study/reference easier to access. 

**Please reference the beginning of your comments to include the following. 

  1. For comments pertaining to the whole book:  “ALL – (then write your comment)
  2. For comments pertaining to certain portions of the book:  “(Chapter #:Verse #’s) – (then write your comment)
  3. To reply to a particular comment from another person, click “reply” on their comment and then write what you want to say.  This will keep comment “threads” together.**

Thank you for following these guidelines.  This will help me keep the page organized and ready for easy reading!

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Job

Comments here should pertain to your reading in Job only.  Please share what you have learned, observed, or applied.  Check back often for additional information from other group members.  As you comment, I will edit the post to include tag words that will make additional study/reference easier to access. 

**Please reference the beginning of your comments to include the following. 

  1. For comments pertaining to the whole book:  “ALL – (then write your comment)
  2. For comments pertaining to certain portions of the book:  “(Chapter #:Verse #’s) – (then write your comment)
  3. To reply to a particular comment from another person, click “reply” on their comment and then write what you want to say.  This will keep comment “threads” together.**

Thank you for following these guidelines.  This will help me keep the page organized and ready for easy reading!

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Joshua

Comments here should pertain to your reading in Joshua only.  Please share what you have learned, observed, or applied.  Check back often for additional information from other group members.  As you comment, I will edit the post to include tag words that will make additional study/reference easier to access. 

**Please reference the beginning of your comments to include the following. 

  1. For comments pertaining to the whole book:  “ALL – (then write your comment)”
  2. For comments pertaining to certain portions of the book:  “(Chapter #:Verse #’s) – (then write your comment)”
  3. To reply to a particular comment from another person, click “reply” on their comment and then write what you want to say.  This will keep comment “threads” together.**

Thank you for following these guidelines.  This will help me keep the page organized and ready for easy reading!

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