Archive for January, 2010


The last couple of days in Genesis have been a challenge to me as well. I mean, wouldn’t it have great to be 13 yr Ishmael and have your dad come to you with a knife saying ‘God told me to do this’ (circumcision) UGH! The bargaining on Sodom and Gomorrah, Sarah and Hagar.  I know that there are definitely lessons that can be gained from this part of scripture. It is just so hard sometime to turn off my modern brain while reading it.

I honestly do not know if I would have followed the God of Israel if he hadn’t revealed himself in Jesus Christ. I can see why the early church fought about the Old Testament but without it we can surely miss out on soooooo much God wants us to learn and live.  It is just hard when God’s mercy and grace distant or at least a little harder to discern. I also try to remember Jesus was taught and went by this scripture as a guide as well, he even said remember Lot’s wife and he wasn’t talking about salt and light in the world.  

“My Father has given me authority over everything. No one really knows the Son except the Father, and no one really knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”  Matt 11:27 NLT

Anytime I feel a little discouraged in the OT I remember this scripture. It is really amazing. Jesus said no one,  so this might not be the most scholarly way to look at things but I just remember that Jesus is the truest revelation and other things that aren’t clear at least he is.

May the Father,Son and Spirit show me and all of us their heart and bind ours to theirs!

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I have to say I was looking forward to doing this reading the whole Bible in a year deal. I have done this before and usually trail off a little after David or Solomon. I do want to say the format  is better than what I have tried before.  It will be nice  to have the New Testament the whole ride this time.

I have decided to opt for doing this with my own Bible(s). I already have too many to count so I would feel bad to have another that may be on the shelf someday. I am going to be alternating versions throughout to keep myself on my toes and hopefully allow God to guide me to see what He is saying to me through His word rather than any specific theological philosophy behind the translation. I want to see/know Him more fully in this time and that is point to me! 

I really enjoyed getting started yesterday. I love how the Proverbs section can be applied to the whole scripture.

I read in both the Message and the NLT this time and I found Genesis 1:28 very thought-provoking.  The 2 versions stated the same thing in a slightly different tone.

 
 Holy Bible, The New Living Translation

God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals.”
 
THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language
God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

How different is it to take charge and responsibility of the creation versus being masters over it?  I fear my own arrogance if I am the ‘master’  but the responsibility I feel for my kids is overpowering and very humbling. I wonder if I begin to feel too much the master if I will lose sight of taking care of the world around me, I mean if it is there for me to master it then if I choose not to care about it isn’t that my prerogative?

On the other hand as a Christ-truster/follower I can also remember that he said to  be the master one must become the servant.

I hope we all keep this going all year and encourage others to just dive in wherever we are throughout the year!

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