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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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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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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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Numbers

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