Journey through the Bible in 13 months – weeks 1-14

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Update: Dec. 10, 2017

Week 14

Wow! We’re about 25% done our journey. How time flies….

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Numbers 26,27: Psalm 119:121-128 1 God’s acceptance of the daughters’ request for an inheritance on behalf of their father’s family line is just another little acknowledgement of God’s love for and view of women.

2 If only our national leaders would pray in such a way at election time: “May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.” (27:16-17) However, I guess there is nothing stopping the average person from praying such a prayer on behalf for their nation, church, business leaders, management/employer….

93 2 Numbers 28,29: Psalm 119:129-136 1 Lots of offerings! Daily, weekly, monthly…and then there’s the festivals!! Pretty much all of the seventh month (which I believe is around October) consists of sacred festival celebrations.

2 My mind cannot comprehend the number of animals that would be sacrificed if each household was to sacrifice the required number of animals for each offering/festival. The Levites would not have a glamourous job during these times.

94 3 Numbers 30,31: Psalm 119:137-144 1 I find the vows interesting. The men are held responsible, not only for their vows but also for their wives’ vows in that if they then speak out against the vows that their wife made after time has passed, they bear the consequences of the outcome of those vows. Therefore, the husband needs to take a vested interest in his wife or daughter’s (still at home) vows to the Lord.  I find comfort in that. To trust my husband has my back and if I wish to do something he will support me or tell me it’s not a good idea. Vows to the Lord are serious business.

 

95 4 Numbers 32,33: Psalm 119:145-152 We must be getting close to crossing over to the Promised Land. 40 years of wandering is almost complete.

The Journey of the Israelites:

Map Of Israel's Wilderness Journey

Taken from: http://www.keyway.ca/htm2001/20010411.htm

96 5 Numbers 34,35: Psalm 119:153-160 Map of the borders of the Promised LandMap of Twelve Tribes of Israel in Canaan

Taken from: http://www.bible-history.com/geography/maps/map_canaan_tribal_portions.html

2 The Cities of Refuge are a place of grace; a city of protection for the person who unintentional harms another. How often does that happen where someone accidentally seriously harms another person which results in death. The loved ones of the deceased would seek revenge however to know there is a place of safety for the innocent would bring great relief. God thought of everything for the care, safety and protection of his people, as well as, instilled rules to live by with consequences/ punishments if not obeyed.

97 6 Numbers 36:

Psalm 90,

Psalm 119:161-168

Psalm 90 is a psalm of Moses. It is his prayer for the people. In particular, verse17 is so beautiful:

May the favor[ of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.

May this be our prayer as we start each day.

98 7 Deuteronomy 1,2:

Psalm 119:169-176

 

40 years summed up. It is interesting in that Moses is going over the last 40 years with people who weren’t there in the beginning, since all the old generation is now dead. Even though they weren’t there, the history and God’s promise to the Israelites is theirs and they are now responsible to continue walking in God’s ways to the fulfillment of God’s promise for their nation. In the same way, as one who has received the promise of God through Christ, should I not continue to be responsible to continue sharing and walking forth in the promise, having a living relationship with the Lord and sharing all he has done to my children and the generations to come?


Week 13

Update: Dec. 3, 2017

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Numbers 12,13: Psalm 119:73-80

1 How often do we get grumbling about someone else’s abilities, just as Miriam and Aaron did towards Moses. However, we should learn from this story that we should be content with our own blessings, and respect and support the abilities of others. They are God given.

2 The scenario with God confronting Miriam and Aaron with Moses, reminds me a bit of his Fatherly rebuke with Adam and Eve.

3 The exploration in chapter 13 is a very exciting time. Two years after leaving Egypt, the Israelites are finally looking at the land God has promised to them. What an exciting time! …except for those stick-in-the-muds that shut Caleb down for being excited to inhabit the land.

 

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Numbers 14,15: Psalm 95

Eh to go Israelites!! …No promised land for you right now. They complained about the journey of the past two years; what will 38 be like? Can you imagine, all the people 20 years of age and older who rebelled against taking possession of the promised land will die in the next 38ish years. If you think about it, other than the ones who have been faithful and those would currently be 2-19 years old would ever know life in Egypt. Everyone else will only know life as a wanderer and God’s cloud and pillar of fire.

 

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Numbers 16,17: Psalm 119:81-88

How many times have we gotten jealous of a person’s stature, and considered, “What makes you better than me?” Well, this passage is a good reminder that our callings are from God. When we rebel against our calling or are envious of others than we are rebelling against God. Whatever God calls you to do, do it with all your heart and give him thanks. In the same way, be supportive of others in their callings.

 

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Numbers 18,19: Psalm 119:89-96

The Levites inheritance is the Lord. This is quite beautiful. I appreciate how the Levites wage is from the tithes of the Israelites, as well as the care of the tent of meeting and all its furnishings. This is the initial set up of how a congregation is to care for their shepherd and their church. However, are we dedicated offering givers. Do we give back to the Lord a percentage (tithe = 10%) of our blessings? …and we wonder why our churches cannot survive. I wonder how many people have the proper view of their offering giving.

 

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Numbers 20,21: Psalm 119:97-104

1 Wow what a day!…Miriam and Aaron die, another miracle received with having water come from a rock, the Israelites have had some battles with a couple territories, which were blessed with victories, and of course, we cannot forget some more rebellious behaviour by the Israelites. 2 We can see how Moses got frustrated/fed up with them. However, I am drawn to God’s explanation of what Moses’ actions of frustration display: “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites…”  How often do we get frustrated and act out towards others, even though at the same time trusting God to be in control? I experienced this quite often when my children were growing up. Prayer: Oh Lord forgive me! Help me to act in a way that shows my trust in you and that all things are under your control. Give me peace, patience and wisdom, and let my behaviour be that which directs others to see you. AMEN!

 

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Numbers 22,23: Psalm 119:105-112

1 The story of Balaam and his donkey is such a great story! Could you imagine being Balaam and having your donkey talk to you… “Come on! Really?! What have I done deserving of your treatment?…” Again, this is a great story for us to heed. Are there times you can’t see what’s in store for you and you become frustrated and bitter towards others? Well, maybe these are the times we need to cling more closely to them, heed what they have to say, and trust God to open your eyes to his will for you in his timing.

2 Now Balak is another story! At what point do you get the message that these Israelites are not going to be cursed? How many times does he think he needs to ask?…Well, he’s on his fourth request of Balaam, but its not done yet. Stay tuned for tomorrow…

 

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Numbers 24,25: Psalm 119:113-120

There is so much going on today:

1 First, not only does Balaam not curse the Israelites, as Balak requested, but he blesses them with the most beautiful of blessings. Then he goes on to prophecy the destruction of Balak’s people and surrounding nations. Wow, did that ever back fire on Balak.

2 As we are reading through Scripture, we have come to know the Israelites, and their rebellious ways. During the readings of the past couple days, I couldn’t help thinking of how the Israelites are towards Moses and God, and yet how faithful God is to pronounce his blessings upon them; how they are to be considered a blessed people. Again, not by their own acts, but by the grace of God and his promise to them.

3 Then I got thinking, is that us in our church? Could we transfer all of that to our congregations and behaviours towards one another within the church? As a family of God, our little Christian church is blessed by Christ as His body, not because of our own worthiness but solely by the works of Christ and the faith of the believers in that place. That is a fact. That is who the church is within the world. However, what do we look like within those church walls or when we go home and live out our days throughout the week? How do we treat the church, or anyone else for that matter? Where do we place the Lord in our life? Do we get seduced by the worldly ways like Zimri did with the Midianite woman and Midianite ways? Or are we zealous to walk with and trust in God’s guidance and will? Something to think about…

 

Update: Nov 26, 2017

Week 12

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Leviticus 25,26; Psalm 119:17-24

 

1 Chapter 25 would be one that farmers would appreciate, with regards to the care of their land. 2 God care for the land, to have a year of rest, and for the poor and foreigner, when he tells the people to leave the crop that falls to the ground so that others can eat from it, shows God’s character and love for all his creation.

3 In 26, God is forewarning the Israelites of the cost of disobedience. Even in their punishment, he promises not to leave them.

 

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Leviticus 27; Numbers 1;   Psalm 119:25-32

Well, we made it through all the laws and regulations. Well done! Now we enter a book of numbers and genealogies. You can do it! Don’t expect to memorize the genealogies. I recommend you get into a pattern and then skim through each verse.

2 Note of interest: Although the Levites and Joseph are not counted as tribes, there are still 12 tribes of Israel because Joseph’s sons are each included as a tribe.

 

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Numbers 2,3: Psalm 119:33-40

1 I found it interesting that the clans of Ephraim and Manessah we as large, or larger, than some of the original Israel clans and they we one whole generation behind. If Joseph was a clan both Ephraim’s and Manessah’s numbers would be combined. It would have been the largest.

2 One can clearly see that our God is organized and very thorough. He leaves no detail unaddressed.

3 The Psalm for today: What a beautiful prayer to start one’s day and guide one’s life.

 

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Numbers 4,5: Psalm 119:41-48

1 Well ladies…. Be faithful! Really, in the grand scheme of things, if a husband becomes jealous, the test for the unfaithful woman is actually a blessing for the wife because it would prove the husband wrong and it would justify the wife, allowing them to live in peace.

2 In the midst of the ‘dryness’ of the legalities of this and the previous book, the segments of Psalm 119 are so uplifting, which is allowing for a joyous end to a heavy read.

 

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Numbers 6,7: Psalm 119:49-56

1 I love this blessing following a church service: “‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ (6:24-26)

…followed by “Go in peace, serve the Lord.”

2 The summary of chapter 7 is simply that the Leader of each tribe brought:

For a grain offering:

• one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels, filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil

• one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels filled with the finest flour mixed with olive oil

For a burnt offering:

• one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense

 one young bull

• one ram

•  one male lamb a year old

For a sin offering:

• one male goat

For a fellowship offering:

•  two oxen

•  five rams

•  five male goats

•  five male lambs a year old

 

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Numbers 8,9: Psalm 119:57-64

1 Again I see God’s grace when the Passover was to be celebrated and those who were unclean were permitted to celebrate it the next month. All the Israelites had to do was ask and he answered. Now, I’m sure it would have been a different story if they just decided not to celebrate it knowing they were unclean, and didn’t ask.

2 God was certainly teaching the Israelites trust and patience with the cloud lifting and their following. That certainly would keep one from ever feeling settled; never knowing if they were setting up camp or moving on.

 

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Numbers 10,11: Psalm 119:65-72

Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?”

The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” (11:21-23)

The thought of the vastness of what God can do/does is so overwhelming for me. The words of Moses brings to light some of what I mean. He acknowledges the miracle it would take to provide quail every day for a month to that vast amount of people, approx.. 2 million people. Wow! Again, speechless…

Update: Nov 19, 2017

Week 11

 

 

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Leviticus 11,12; Psalm 114

Clean and unclean animals. Purification after giving birth. Although they seem like so many things to remember, I remember hearing once in a Bible study that many of these laws concerning the Israelite’s health or what is clean/unclean are very much for the health and wellbeing of the Israelites and their community considering their healthcare. We take many advancements in healthcare and medication for granted. In chapters like this, I am reminded of what a practical God our God is.

 

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Leviticus 13,14; Psalm 115

1 Wowzers! So much to remember! The priests have a lot of responsibility as spiritual leaders and now healthcare professionals. However, it just seems to fit with my thoughts from yesterday; it would be important to keep the people healthy and those who are seriously ill, isolated from the community.

2 The Psalm is uplifting on such a heavy ‘Leviticus law’ day. Take to heart verses 13-15: “He will bless those who fear the Lord—small and great alike. May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

 

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Leviticus 15,16; Psalm 116

Chapter 16 really brings to light the corporate act of forgiveness. The Israelites, as a community, were atoned for by the Priest through the sacrificed goat and the scape goat. In the same way, we God’s church, your little congregation, makes a corporate confession in Worship. We are God’s people, working together, as Christ’s body. This reality should eliminate that notion that it’s all about ‘me’. Do we say things like, “I’m not getting anything out of it”, “I don’t need to go”, or “It’s not my responsibility to do this or that”. Well, it’s not just about me, about you. It’s about us and God’s grace upon us, about his work among us to serve each other and to bring his love and salvation in Christ to those around us, as we are forgiven by Him, to work together as one body.

 

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Leviticus 17,18; Psalm 117

 “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” (17:11) This verse is quite meaningful in that it shows how precious a life is to God and the depth of His love for us, mankind. So, in order for God to atone/redeem mankind ‘permanently’, He required to be born flesh and blood so that he could take into his own hands our redemption, by the shedding of his own blood.

 

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Leviticus 19,20; Psalm 118

God didn’t mess around! For many of the sins, the punishment was death of the sinner. God took sin seriously, and he still does. We may consider the punishments to be harsh, but that is the reality of our sin and how much God hates it; that is the cost of our sin. It is exactly the price paid for our sin, for my sin, for your sin…except it was Christ who paid the penalty we deserved.

 

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Leviticus 21,22; Psalm 119:1-8

Out of all the laws and regulations given today, the one that is sticking in my mind is from 22:13 But if a priest’s daughter becomes a widow or is divorced, yet has no children, and she returns to live in her father’s household as in her youth, she may eat her father’s food. No unauthorized person, however, may eat it.”  I believe it shows God’s grace in our lives. Is there anything that sticks out in your mind from today’s reading?

 

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Leviticus 23,24; Psalm 119:9-16

God certainly enjoys celebration. The festivals, primarily being times of worship, are also times of gathering and social enjoyment where regular mundane life stop. In the same way, as Christians, we celebrate Christmas, Easter, and even Thanksgiving. What joyous times to give thanks and worship the Lord, and celebrate with the ones we love.

Update: Nov 12, 2017

Week 10

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1

Exodus 36,37;

Psalm 107

 

1 Could you imagine receiving so much offering you church to be able to tell the members to stop bringing the offering because we have more than enough? What a glorious day that would be! So many of our churches are struggling. However, if we are to look at the church’s sad state, we must first look back on our own giving. How willing are you to give an offering back to the Lord, as the Israelites were doing?

2 These are chapters for the seamstress, carpenter and metal worker. I’m sure these trades would find the details of these chapters very interesting. However, I realize, for the rest of us they can seem a bit dry. Take heart. You don’t need to memorize the instructions. Just do your best to read over the chapters. They are a slight repeat of the instructions given earlier. Just take note that each item in the chapters was hand crafted with detail and such precious materials.

 

 

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Exodus 38,39,40;

 

Oh to have the Lord present and visible as he was with the Israelites in the cloud and fire over the Tent of Meeting. Yet, on this side of the cross we can be sure God is with us because of his promises and all that Christ endured for us.

 

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Leviticus 1,2; Psalm 109

1 Burnt offerings and Grain offerings – Not only are these chapters the beginning of the types of sacrifices the Israelites are to make to the Lord, but we will see that some of them are the means by which Moses, the priests- Aaron and his sons -and their families ate.

2 Although this Psalm prays to God for the evil doer’s destruction, we need to focus on our own character in the midst of such individuals. Leave the discipline or revenge to the Lord, and keep guard on your own behaviour; that you still walk in the way of the Lord and his protection, despite how they treat you.

 

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Leviticus 3,4; Psalm 110

Although the Sin Offering is explained well in chapter 4, the Fellowship Offering may need further explanation. The Fellowship or Peace offering was a freewill offering, like we may give a freewill offering at church, outside of our regular offering. It is not commanded but is there for the Israelites to show their thanksgiving towards all God has done for them. For further insight see https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-is-the-peace-or-fellowship-offering-in-the-bible/

 

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Leviticus 5,6; Psalm 111

Continuing on with the Guilt offering, and more about the Burnt, Grain and Sin Offerings. In all of this, it is interesting how God is taking care of those who serve him, the priests. Through the select offerings God provides food for them. Only through the animals/grain the Israelites bring as their offering, do the priests eat. We will read more on this tomorrow.

 

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Leviticus 7,8; Psalm 112

Aaron and his sons’ ordination. Could you imagine being Aaron? Just one year earlier they were slaves working so hard, probably wearing worn out garments, and now… Now he’s being adorned with precious jewels and woven cloth. I would love to have asked Aaron how he was feeling as Moses was dressing him. In fact, isn’t that what God has done for us; he has taken our dirty, sin torn garments, and dressed us in Christ’s most precious, brilliantly white robe of righteousness, through the shedding of his blood. Thank-you Lord Jesus!

 

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Leviticus 9,10; Psalm 113

1 What a day for Aaron and his family. First the high of beginning his priestly ministry and then the deep low of the deaths of his sons. It is tough to hear how severe God’s demands are for his people. However, especially for his priests for his chosen people, God has high expectations, as examples obedience and blessing for his people, especially for the Israelites.

2 I can’t help but think how hunters, maybe even livestock farmers, would be those who would truly appreciate the details about the animal sacrifices. In today’s society, to the average person, we just go to the grocery store and buy our meat for our meals- if we eat meat at all – so the details of the sacrifice of the animals may seem gross. However, back then all families appreciated that meat came from the killing of an animal. Remember, sacrifices of livestock and first-fruits of crops have been occurring since Cain and Abel.

Update: Nov 5, 2017

Week 9

 

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1

Exodus 22, 23:

Psalm 97

1 More civil laws and the start of the religious laws of the Israelites/Jewish nation.

2 In the latter part of chapter 23, God requests the faithfulness and trust of his people and promises to be with them. This is a forewarning to the Israelites about the request that God will make of them regarding the promise land. However, it can also be for us. God’s encouragement to trust his promises and be faithful to him.

3 When people question whether there is a God, I can’t help but answer, “Does there exist a Jewish/Israelite nation?” If this nation came into being by God’s will alone, how can anyone deny God’s existence? He even gave the name Israel. If it weren’t for God, that nation would probably have been called the Jacobites.

 

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Exodus 24, 25:

Psalm 98

1 Moses is on the mountain for forty days and forty nights. This was the same duration of time that the waters filled the earth with the flood (Noah). This number of days is used again throughout the Bible. Could it be of importance? I really don’t know but it is worth remembering I think.

2 Could you imagine receiving building instructions from God? This would be any tradesman’s dream! And the materials they are using are absolutely precious. I would have loved to see the ark and tabernacle and all its items, and there are a lot of items. Just wait and see…

 

 

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Exodus 26, 27:

Psalm 100

It amazes me to think of the amount of skill and labour that went into creating all the items God desired to be built. It would have been so beautiful! The picture does not give it justice.

 

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Exodus 28, 29:

Psalm 101

Not only does God put such exquisite materials and detail into the building of his temple, but he does the same with the priestly garments.  Tod see an example of them go to: https://www.theburning platform.com/2016/12/10/the-book-of-exodus-tbp-the-big-picture/

 

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Exodus 30, 31: Psalm 102

The final articles and processes for the priests.

1 Through these and the previous chapters, it is clear to see that God is an orderly God. His instructions for the place of worship, the articles and the skilled people were all planned out to the smallest, most tedious of details. We see this order and intense love for detail in all of creation and the human body. He created you right down to the most insignificant detail, and He cares about the smallest of details in our work and life.

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Exodus 32, 33:

Psalm 103

1 Golden calf – Really?? After all they’ve experienced from the Lord, they were willing to turn away from him? I can’t imagine! They who personally witnessed God’s presence and miracles became impatient because it felt like God had left them. Have you ever felt like that; felt impatient because God was taking too long to seemingly answer your prayer or wanted to turn your back on him because he didn’t answer in your time or the way you wanted? Well take heart, he hasn’t left. Be encouraged by this story to stand firm in trusting in God’s words, through Christ, to be with you and never to leave you nor foresake you. Be patient and just know He is God! I’m not sure how long Moses was on the mountain, but ultimately it shouldn’t have mattered.

2 Moses must have been exhausted and at his wits end with the Israelites to ask to willingly have God take him. Yet, God didn’t. He still had a plan and purpose for Moses to lead the people. Instead, God encouraged Moses by promising to answer his request to see God, as best as possible. What a bold request, and yet God obliged. He is gracious!

 

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Exodus 34, 35: Psalm 104

 

1 God’s summary of himself in 34:6b-7a is good for us to remember: “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished…” God is just. He disciplines. He is a loving Father who doesn’t shy aware from tough love. He disciplines for our own good. Discipline is a good thing!

2 To see God….Wow!!! Speechless.

3 Another 40 days and 40 nights…

4 The people brought the needed items and served in their skilled areas to create the beautiful garments, the Tabernacle and all its items as directed by God. In the same way, God blesses you and me with skills, gifts and abilities to be used for his purpose. Could you imagine if some of these skilled Israelites said, “No, I don’t want to sew the priestly garments or build the tabernacle”? What a shame that would be! Let us use the abilities the Lord gave us to serve him in our church and in our everyday life, to bring him glory.

 

Update: Oct 29, 2017

Week 8

 

 

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Exodus 8, 9:

Psalm 70

1 Here also is God’s explanation for Pharaoh’s hardened heart, in Exodus 9:15-16: For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth. But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.

2 The Psalm could easily be Moses’ psalm. Too bad it wasn’t Pharaoh’s psalm.

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Exodus  10, 11:

Psalm 71

 

1 There have been a total of 10 plagues.

2 How many times do we feel we are following God’s call and these road blocks pop up, making us question if this is really what God is calling us to. How disheartened Moses would have been if the Lord hadn’t been foretelling him what to do and what would happen next. Likewise, don’t give up. Take it to the Lord in prayer. Trust him to open and close doors, if it is his will, and watch as he may be using this time to show his goodness and power to all, as he did in Moses’ case.

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Exodus 12, 13:

Psalm 86

Imagine the busyness of the Israelites in preparation for the Lord’s Passover. 600,000 men plus women and children…so let’s say 2,000,000 people rushing about. It would have been noticeable to the Egyptians. Not to mention watching them leave as a community with all their livestock and belongings. I cannot get my head around how this mass of 2 million people organized themselves. What did this whole scene look like?

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Exodus 14, 15:

Psalm 91

 

The Exodus (1446 BC)

What would it have been like to walk through the Red Sea on dry ground with walls of water stories high on either side of you and the other 2 million people and their belongings with you? How wide was the opening and how long did it take the Israelites to cross? Oh to have experienced such miracles. Our God truly is an awesome God!

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Exodus 16, 17:

Psalm 92

Taken from: http://bible-history.com/maps/ Map-Route/Exodus-Israelites-Egypt.jpg

1 You really get to start seeing the stubbornness of man. Already they’re grumbling. Did they not just not walk through the Red Sea, not to mention all the wonders God did back in Egypt. As a young child, I was under the impression that God chose the Israelites because they were really ‘good’ people. But now, in reading the Bible, it is clear that they are not; no different than any of us, and they even had God displaying themselves among them. God is the one whom is mighty, and faithful. He calls his people, you and me, and he will provide. We just need to trust him.

1 Amazing things that happened today: Manna every day-wow!, quail every night, water from a rock, God’s presence and speaking from the cloud

2 The importance of Sabbath- a day of rest. We have been made and instructed to take time to rest and praise the Lord. Even, the Lord rested on the 7th day.

3 Aaron and Hur support Moses. This situation shows us the importance of supporting one another, especially our leaders, in God’s work. No one is a lone soldier. We are called to walk with and support one another. Without the supporting ones, the war would not have been won.

 

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Exodus 18, 19:

Psalm 93

 

1 Who’d of thought that you’d received good management advice in the Bible. This is such a good and practical chapter. Training leaders and delegating duties is key to good management. It allows a team, with all skills sets and abilities, to build a company to be the best it can be and allows the team members/staff to take active enjoyment and accountability in the work that is done. Whereas, micro-managers only burn themselves out and keep others from using their God-given gifts and abilities. Jethro’s advice is very timely in that just prior to this was the battle with the Amalekites where Moses depended upon the assistance of Aaron and Hur. Perhaps having that experience fresh in his mind made him open to Jethro’s plan of delegation. God’s timing is everything.
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Exodus 20, 21:

Psalm 94

 

Here we get the Ten Commandments and the start of the civil laws. To think, these were the types of situations Moses was being judge over; bulls and slaves and pits, etc, for two million people. Exhausting!

2 “Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you.” (20:24b) What a beautiful verse of love and hope. Prayer: Dear Lord, let your name be honoured here in my home and family, and in my heart! In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!

 

Update: Oct 22, 2017

Week 7

 

 

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Genesis 44, 45: Psalms 62 Finally…Joseph reveals himself. Seeing how his brothers had changed and were willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of Benjamin, even after all the tests Joseph put them through, gave Joseph peace. He must have been bursting inside to reveal himself to them. Also, seeing and proclaiming God’s hand in the events of his life, Joseph must have brought peace and reconciliation to his brothers. To know that Joseph was still alive and that he not only forgave them for what they did to him, but that he gave God all the credit for the events, must have given them such a sense of freedom; to have had that burden of guilt removed.

 

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Genesis 46, 47:

Psalm 64

1 The family has been reunited. All is good in Israel’s family. The duration of time from Joseph being sold by his brothers until they are reunited is 23 years.

2 Joseph’s business actions were shrewd but wise.

 

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Genesis 48, 49: Psalm 65 1 Let’s remember these blessings when we get into the settling of the tribes after the Exodus. It will be neat to see how each of the tribe’s blessing is fulfilled.

2 Jacob/Israel died in 1859 BC. This piece of genealogy – from the call of Abram to Jacob’s death – is 232 years.

 

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Genesis 50;

Exodus 1;

Psalm 66

1 Beautiful words of trust and forgiveness by Joseph to his brothers in chapter 50:19-21:

“Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

We would do well to recall these words and Joseph’s attitude when we are done wrong by, and to remember that despite what man can do to us, God is still in control and takes care of us.

2 Joseph died in 1806 BC. Pharaoh’s order to kill all males is around 1539 BC. Almost 300 years have passed and Israel has multiplied immensely.

 

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Exodus 2, 3;

Psalm 67

1 To escape being killed, Moses’ mom hid him in a basket on the Nile, where he was found by Pharaoh’s daughter. This adoption was followed by a strange string of events which all lead to the start of God’s plan to release the Israelites from slavery, as was foretold to Abraham in Genesis 15.

2 Moses was 40 years old when he ran away, and 80 years old when he received the call from God. Ugh…could you imagine being 80 and starting a ministry?! If you have elderly people in your church that say they are too old to serve or that they have nothing more to give, just remind them of Moses and God’s call to him.

 

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Exodus 4, 5;

Psalm 68

Just as Abraham pleaded with God not to kill the people in Sodom for the sake of the righteous, so too does Moses plead with God due to his own fears. I find it very comforting to know we can take our fears and angers to God and he listens and provides assurance to calm our fears, just as he provided the signs and Aaron to give comfort and support to Moses.

 

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Exodus 6, 7;

Psalm 69

1 Have you ever felt like the Israelites: Where you hear the word of God and his promises, but because of the hardships, grief and/or chronic pain, you just don’t believe the words? Take heart. The Israelites just could’t come to believe Moses when he proclaimed God’s plan due to the increased torture and labour. Yet that didn’t stop God to continue with his plan of freedom from slavery. In time they will see that his words were true. In the same way, God knows our limitations, our doubts, especially in the midst of great hardships. When you feel like turning your back on him, don’t.  May your prayer be “Lord I believe, help my unbelief. Please strengthen me for this moment/hour/day… in Jesus’ saving name. AMEN!”

2 It’s hard to get our head around the words “God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.” I believe that we can think of it as if God left Pharaoh to his own devices. God was not going to stir his heart to have compassion. Remember how we read back in Genesis 6:5 with Noah that “every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” Well, God just let Pharaoh respond in his evilness.

 

Update Oct 15, 2017

Week 6

 

 

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Genesis 30,31: Psalm 46 1 Despite Laban’s mistreatment of Jacob, Jacob respected Laban’s demands and God blessed Jacob.

2 Interesting how Leah felt God blessed her because she gave Jacob her servant as his wife. How often do we feel God blesses us as a reward to our actions! This is not the case. He blesses us because he is gracious, merciful and he hears and answers our prayers; not as rewards to anything we have ‘done’. In such a mentality it would be tempting to get caught up in “works” righteousness.

 

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Genesis, 32, 33: Psalms 47 1 Another name change….Jacob to Israel. That’s how we get the name Israelites.

2 Time and humility heal. Esau could have still been harbouring ill against Jacob but had forgiven Jacob. Revenge, anger and withholding forgiveness can eat away at us like cancer. Forgiveness is freeing. For me it is miraculous how light and free you become through the process of confessing sins, asking for forgiveness and receiving/giving forgiveness. The burden of guilt and anger and physical unwellness are immediately lifted, and the feeling of freedom and joy and the heavy weight of a burden is lifted. Giving and receiving forgiveness is magical. How amazingly wonderful Israel (aka Jacob) must have felt after knowing he was forgiven by Esau.

 

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Genesis 34, 35: Psalms 48 Well…you never heard this story in Sunday School…

1 Despite the extreme actions of Levi and Simeon, God cared for the family for Jacob’s sake. Again, we can take comfort that our relationship with the Lord is not based on our righteous actions – like the story of today- but on our trust in the Lord. Jacob turned to the Lord like a friend.

 

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Genesis 36, 37: Psalms  49 1 Another happy family story…NOT! There are so many aspects to the dynamics of Jacob’s family. This would be a good family for a therapist to dissect.

2 Many would say Joseph’s brothers hated him because he thought he was a hotshot. However, I do not believe that he brought on their initial anger. I believe Joseph’s brothers viewed Joseph as Leah viewed Rachel and that animosity towards Joseph grew over the years as they viewed and experienced Jacob’s favouritism. In any case, they were extreme in their treatment towards Joseph.

3 How many times has someone said something to you and it gets you mad, like when Joseph shared his dreams with his family? Just like Jacob, we need to just tuck it away – as long as it’s not a plot for murder or an ungodly act- and trust God is in control. Just like it says in the Psalm of today, “Do not be overawed when others grow rich” (49:16a) or have good things happen or are blessed, etcetera, etcetera. If the thing happens, then they were right and who are you to go against it. However, if it doesn’t come true, then it is that person’s concern not yours, all the while keeping your own character intact. Focussing on your own life and relationship with the Lord is what’s important, not what God is doing in other people’s lives. This comes up again in a new testament story too.

 

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Genesis 38, 39: Psalms 53 1 My goodness.. today’s readings could easily be soap opera episodes with all the sleeping around and scandal. On a more serious note, Tamar’s action were considered righteous in that she was fulfilling the promise that had been made to her according to family law. Now, her sons from Judah would grow up being considered her husband’s. Just wait to see who comes from her genealogy.

2 Have you ever thought about how God blesses others, even non-believers, because of the service and faithfulness of a believer? Although this hasn’t been the first time this type of thing has been recorded, it is worthy to ponder. God blessed Potiphar and the prison for the sake of Joseph because God blessed Joseph. Have you ever thought about it; God blesses others, family, work, etc because of your faithfulness. Keep that in mind in all you do and may you continue to be a blessing and shine Christ’s light throughout your day and with all you meet.

3 Connecting the dots: The last line of today’s Psalm: “…let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad,” – That’s the one and the same person, however, the name Israel then extends to the nation as fathered by Israel (aka Jacob).

 

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Genesis 40, 41: Psalms  58 Dreams…dreams can be a gift from God, as well as their interpretation. Joseph said it in verse 8 of chapter 40, “Do not interpretations belong to God?” and again in verse 16 of chapter 41, “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” God gives dreams and interprets them. Through them he has a purpose: warning, comfort, peace, etc. However, whatever the reason, give God the thanks and acknowledgement.

 

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Genesis 42, 43: Psalms 61 Although Joseph tests his brothers, he is also extremely gracious to his brothers. This is a wonderful example of how gracious and forgiving we need to be towards others who wrong us, and to keep our eyes on and trust in the Lord. Notice that the brothers’ actions towards Joseph, those many years earlier, still haunted them. They were always questioning themselves and the actions of others towards them. They were living in and weighed down by the heavy and haunting burden of unreconciled sin. All the while, Joseph had followed and trusted the Lord and forgiven his brothers. Not to mention that Joseph’s dream, that his brothers had been so upset about in the first place, had come true. May you be encouraged to leave any anger and revenge with the Lord, and live in his peace

Update Oct 8, 2017

Week 5

Have a great week friends!

 

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Genesis 16,17: Psalm 32

1 Oh Sarai…. What an awkward mess Sarai created by giving Hagar to Abram in order to bear them a son. How often are we like Sarai; trying to control the outcome instead of trusting in God’s timing, and in so doing, make life harder for ourselves. Instead, always trust that God in his timing will bless you, and pray for patience.

2 24 years after God first calls Abram, God finally promises the birth of Isaac and institutes the Covenant of Circumcision for Abram’s descendants and household. What faith in God and commitment to Abraham his slaves and Ishmael had to willing get the procedure done.   3 Also it’s interesting to notice the name changes of Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah. He even names Isaac, as he did Ishmael.

 

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Genesis 18,19: Psalm 33

1 “So, what are you doin’ today?”

“Oh, just hangin’ out with God and a couple angels.” What an awesome privilege Abraham experienced in just physically hanging out with the Lord.

2 Abraham teaches us to be bold and persistent in our requests, through his request to save Sodom for the sake of 10 righteous people. God shows his mercy in that he saved the righteous, of which there was only 4, well only 3 who listened. Even the sons-in-law would have been saved for the sake of Lot’s family, except for their unbelief.

 

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Genesis 20,21: Psalm  35

1 Sarah follows Abraham’s instruction, even though it wasn’t God’s desire. God cares for Sarah despite Abraham’s sin/fear.

2 God shows himself and cares for the ungodly…Did Abimelek and his household believe after this incident? How could they not….

3 Birth of Isaac- God is faithful; human/earthly ways cannot stop him.

4 Recipe for blessings: God’s timing and man’s patience and trust in God’s faithfulness.

5 From God’s promise of becoming parents until the time they are, was 25 years.

6 God’s care of Hagar and Ishmael: God speaking to man and caring for him is amazing!

5 Ishmael will be the father of a great nation. Do you know which nation? – Islam

 

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Genesis 22,23: Psalm 36

Abraham is tested by God. Wow! What faith and trust Abraham had in God’s provision. He knew God’s covenant of descendants through him and his offspring, Isaac, and he experienced God providing his son despite human reason/limits. Therefore, if God was to ask for his son, then he could raise him from the dead. Abraham simply obeyed God. Prayer: Holy Spirit, instill in my heart the same faith and trust as Abraham had.

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Genesis 24,25: Psalm 38

1 The story of Abraham’s servant seeking a wife for Isaac is a beautiful faith story. God is faithful and present in our lives; constantly guiding and loving us.

2 People always make Jacob out to be the bad guy –you’ll see why in the next couple of chapters-but I feel Esau is just as much at fault with despising his birthright by accepting to sell it to Jacob.

 

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Genesis 26, 27: Psalm 39

Dysfunctional family? Isaac, Rebekah and the boys are not different than our families, even the most faithful families. Take comfort how God is still faithful and loving to them.

 

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Genesis 28, 29: Psalm 40

1 Jacob receives God as his God, as he receives God’s message of blessings in his dream.

2 It’s interesting how it seems to be the norm to have more than one wife, although God’s command was for one man and one woman to join together. However, I see God’s grace in that he doesn’t hold that against them. He still loves and blesses them.

Update Oct 1, 2017

Week 4

We’re finishing up Job and heading back to Genesis. Have a great week, friends!

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Job 33,34:

Psalm 25

Even Elihu seems to focus on Job to acknowledge he is sinful and to repent in order to be healed. Remember it has only been a few hundred years since the flood. God’s punishment was very real, is very real, and yes, we are sinners and need to take our sins to the Lord and repent of them. However, all these arguments that focus on God punishing people for their wickedness/sinfulness can be overwhelming for us. Yes, God is a just God –that is why someone had to pay for our sins- but God is a gracious merciful God too. We are part of a sinful world where sickness, disease and evil acts abound. Does God desire us to experience these things – Not at all! They just are. A person may be tested and refined by the Lord, but pray for them to keep their eyes on the Lord and for him to carry them through their days. Just as Jesus said in John 9:3 when asked if it was because of his or his parents’ sin that the blind man was born blind, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” If you are experiencing illness or great trials right now, take heart that God is with you, not punishing you. He desires you to find rest in Him. Remember: Jesus suffered at the hands of this World. He bore all the punishment we deserve.

 

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Job 35,36:

Psalm 26

1 When faced with affliction or hardship, it can be tempting to turn from God. Elihu’s plea to Job to “beware of turning to evil,” (26:21a) is one for us as well. I have always shared with others that are angry with their circumstances, don’t turn your back on and walk away from God. Instead go him with all you are feeling, yell at him if you need to. He has big shoulders, he can handle it. But then be ready to listen for him to respond.

2 Again this psalm of David’s could be Job’s song. However, in the words of this psalm, you can easily see how some people can get caught up in thinking that if I’m good, God will bless me and my life will be good. Or on the other side of the coin people think, I am such a good person, why are all these bad things happening to me? Remember our salvation is not dependent on what we’ve done or not done. It has nothing to do with us. It is solely dependent on the sacrifice won for us through Jesus, our Saviour.

 

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Job 37,38:

Psalm 27

God speaks. Humbling! We really are small against God and his grand design. How arrogant man is to think we deserve an answer from God when we call, in our time. He is so awesome! Who are we that he should care for us?… And yet he does, and it pleases him to do so!

 

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Job 39,40:

Psalm 28

Job is speechless in the presence of the almighty…  Not much to say now. Really who are we to question God in any circumstance? As he states, can we really do anything, let alone save ourselves. No matter what this world brings, he has taken care of what ultimately matters: a way to eternity when this life is over.

 

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Job 41,42:

Psalm 29

Remember the reasoning behind God allowing Satan to bring disaster and pain to Job? It was to see if he would still be faithful to God in the hard times too. Never did Job turn his back on God. He questioned God, yes. But did not turn away. What comfort for us to know we can go to God in our anger, frustration and let it out. But I encourage you not to turn your back on the Lord in hard times. Or think you are receiving a hardship because he’s paying you back for past sins. God doesn’t work that way.

 

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Genesis 12,13:

Psalm  30

Call of Abram (2091 BC – about 400 years after the flood)

1 God calls Abram to leave everything and follow him. (12:1-9)  Abram’s trust in God to leave his home and follow where God would lead him. A very scary thing to do and yet we can be encouraged by Abram’s story. If God calls you, he will guide and watch over you.

2 Their journey on foot

Taken from: http://www.israel-a-history-of.com/story-of-abraham.html

3 Sarai listens to her husband, even though his reasoning shows lack of trust in God’s care for them. God cares for Sarai despite Abram’s fear/lie. This is very encouraging for wives when we are inclined to oppose our husbands. We can be obedient and trust in God’s care and that the final outcome is still in God’s hands.

 

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Genesis 14,15: Psalm 31

1 In all the writings and research, Melchizedek, King of Salem (which means King of Peace), Priest of God most high, is Jesus Christ in the flesh. Cool eh!?  He’ll be spoken of again later in the Psalms and New Testament.

2 Abram lays his request of a child before God. God’s faithfulness to show that the inheritance of all the land he promised would be Abram’s and his heirs from a child who is born of his own flesh and blood….God makes a covenant with Abram and tells of what is to come with the Isrealites in slavery in Egypt.

15:6 is worthy of memorizing:

Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Righteousness comes from faith in the Lord, not works.

Update Sept 24, 2017

Week 3

We’re into it now… Hope you’re enjoying the journey.  Is this the first time you’ve taken a road trip through the Bible in its entirety. or have you read through it before? How are you feeling about the journey?  I’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment. Have a great week!

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Job 19,20:

Psalm 16

The most famous and beautiful proclamation of our Saviour is made here by Job (19:25-27):

I know that my redeemer lives,
    and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed,
    yet in my flesh I will see God;
I myself will see him
 with my own eyes—I, and not another.
    How my heart yearns within me!

 

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Job 21,22:

Psalm 17

1 Job continues on about the ways of the wicked, in continuation of Zophar’s speech in chapter 20. He doesn’t seem to make any personal connection, but we can imagine his questioning of, “why do the wicked prosper and why am I in such a state?”

2 Oh Eliphaz, Eliphaz!… better to just be silent dear sir!! Here Eliphaz tells Job that it is because of his sin that God is punishing him. He even states sins against Job. However, we know that is not why Job is in this state. Again, at times it is better to just be with a friend in their sorrow and be silent.

 

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Job 23,24:

Psalm 19

Again, Job continues on with the way of the wicked, which we can see to be true. However, he then prods his friends to prove him wrong. I see another rebuttal coming….

 

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Job 25,26:

Psalm 20

1 Bildad is correct in questioning, “How then can a mortal be righteous before God?” (25:4a) On our own, we can’t. We need a saviour.

2 Job continues by stating just some analogies that display the awesomeness of God’s power. I am personally drawn to the analogy of God’s greatness to control the clouds and the waters and yet the gentleness that the clouds can easily cradle the waters, despite the waters’ weight in 26:8. What beautiful analogies.

 

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Job 27,28:

Psalm 21

 “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
    and to shun evil is understanding.” (28:28) This statement is a foundational truth. True wisdom doesn’t come with years of study, or practice in deep philosophical debate, or sounding ‘really smart’. It is simply fearing, respecting, trusting, seeking and knowing God, and then following his ways is displaying wisdom. May God continue to bless you as you grow in wisdom and seek Him through our journey!

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Job 29,30:

Psalm 22

1 Oh those good old days! These chapters remind me of visits with elderly church members. Many an elderly person reminisces on the earlier years when life was good, and they were strong and healthy, and felt blessed by the Lord. But now, poor health, loneliness, aches, pains, grief and so much more plague their days. Job is not saying anything that I believe 99% of people feel at some point in their life. Especially our seniors. Take heart! God is still active. Hug a senior today!

2 Psalm 22, although written by David, could have been the words of Job. How appropriate. (The only difference is that David stays focussed on God’s goodness and salvation, where Job , even though he knows these things, gets caught up in questioning God.) However, even more importantly, this psalm is a foretelling of Jesus and the suffering and ridicule he would endure, as if Jesus was saying these words himself. It is so accurate!

 

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Job 31,32:

Psalm 23

Respect of the elder, or those older than oneself, is a character that Elihu sets forth with great importance. It is one we all would do well to follow and train our children in.

Update Sept 17, 2017

Week 2

How is it going? If you are feeling like you are getting behind, don’t worry. Just work through each of the days of each week in their order. You will get through the Bible in your own time. That’s what’s important! If you are just thinking of starting the journey now, scroll down to Week 1 and begin its readings. Continue through each of the weeks.

…and Welcome!

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Job 5,6:

Psalm 8

Job’s friend, Eliphaz, continues to try to comfort and encourage Job but it doesn’t seem to be helping Job. Have you ever been faced with pain and/or grief and other people’s words just don’t seem to be what you feel you need to hear. Well, this is Job right now. However, Eliphaz’s statement in 5:17-18 are trustworthy and encouraging: “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.”

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Job 7,8:

Psalm 9

1 Job starts questioning God. Why Lord, why?  Doesn’t that sound familiar? From our vantage point we know Job’s outcome. But even for us, when we get to that point and say, “Why Lord, why?”, we too can have hope in God’s healing hand.

2 Despite how prosperous Job was, in his pain and despair he seems to forget how much he was blessed. How forgetful of all God’s blessings can we be in times of trouble, too? What comfort we can have in Job’s story….

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Job 9,10:

Psalm 10

Job’s request of a mediator is the first reference to the promise that God gave Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:15. Job expresses his understanding of God’s justice and law, and our sinfulness that even in our blamelessness we cannot stand before God. As Job states, we need a mediator to represent us, to speak on our behalf. Only then could we have a chance to come before God, the Creator.

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Job 11,12:

Psalm 11

Another of Job’s friends, Zophar, tries to correct Job when he says he is blameless, with the understanding that none of us are blameless, however, it then becomes a battle of wits. A philosophical dispute around God’s power and character.

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Job 13,14:

Psalm 12

The dispute continues with a rebuttal from Job

Job is weary of his friends’ attempts of encouragement and correction. Job’s comment of “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face. Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance, for no godless person would dare come before him!” (13:15-16) is encouragement that in faith we can go to the Lord, no matter the situation or the sin. He will hear and help and deliver us.

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Job 15,16:

Psalm 13

It’s like listening to philosopher’s, or lawyers, debate. The arguments continue…

1 Job announces again his trust in a mediator, Saviour: “Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.” (16:19-21) So beautiful… Can you envision Jesus, standing before God, pleading our case? That is exactly what he’s done. It’s the ultimate court case.

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Job 17,18:

Psalm 14

1 The third friend, Bildad, chirps in now. However, is he saying these things because he feels that Job is complaining as one who does not know the Lord, and thus reprimanding him?

2 On one hand you can understand Job’s position in that who can fully understand the depth of pain someone is experiencing or the reason why something dreadful occurred. Nothing Job’s friends say is going to help, and when they continue to speak, they are just grasping at things that might be encouraging or bring correction to Job. They might be better off if they were silent. However, Job seems to poke at them to come up with better arguments.

Update Sept 10, 2017

 

Week 1

Let the road trip begin! …..

 

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Genesis 1,2,3

Creation (4000 BC)

1 Trinity is present at creation: (Father/Creator 1:1, Holy Spirit 1:2, Jesus/theWord 1:3 and following…)

2 Instituted marriage (2:24)

3 Freewill (2:16-17)

4 Promise of a Saviour to overcome Satan and sin in Genesis 3:15. Also known as the Protoevangelium

5 Character of God

– Merciful – killed the first animal to provide skin for Adam and Eve’s coverings and plan for salvation

– Orderly – order of events

– Just – disobedience receives consequences

 

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Genesis 4,5: Psalm 1 1 Sin is seen quickly – God is Just – Punishes Cain for Abel’s death, and yet Gracious –  saved Cain

2 God’s instruction for all of us: Genesis 4:7b “But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Two things: only in God’s Word do we know what is right (his law) and only in Christ do we have the power to do it by the Holy Spirit.

3 From Adam to Noah was 10 generations and 1000 years.

4 Trivia:

a)      Enoch was the only person never to die

b)      Methuselah was the oldest person ever to live at 969 years

 

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Genesis 6,7: Psalm 2 1 Original sin defined- every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. (6:5b)

2 Size of the ark – 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet (6:15)

Consider Noah’s faith in and relationship with God to faithfully build the very large, noticeable ark among people who most likely ridiculed, insulted and hated him and his family over a period of 100 years. Take heart in times of trials where you stand up for what is right and for your faith in Christ.

 

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Genesis 8,9: Psalm 4 1 Again the reality of our sin:  “… even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood.” (8:21)

We are not sinners because we happen to, at some point, sin. We sin because we are sinners…right from conception. Yet, God in his compassion and mercy saves us and extends his promises to us in Christ.  Just as God saved Noah and his family and made an everlasting covenant with him and all generations, you and me, in the promise of the rainbow, we can be encouraged of God’s faithfulness.

 

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Genesis 10,11: Psalm 5 1 Boy, there are lots of genealogies (10; 11:10-26) – Don’t get discouraged. You don’t need to memorize them and there is no test. However, they are important in that they show and prove God working in man’s history. These people are real! It is proof of the history of God caring for mankind. I usually try to find a pattern in the genealogies: ‘So and So’ was a certain age when he became the father of ‘this guy’. ‘So and so’ lived another so many years. ‘This guy’ was a certain age….  Each little paragraph is a generation, It’s an easy way to count up the generations between the people.

2 Tower of Babel ( around 2500 BC) – (11:1-8) shows the origin of the different languages, as well as, man’s greed and arrogance and how God keeps watch, and ultimately control, over such national behaviour. Trust in God’s control and Pray for our Nation!

 

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Job 1, 2:

Psalm 6

Job (between 2350 & 1750 BC… although scholars can’t agree)

1 The grief of Job would have been great, yet his stance was firm to trust in God. Are we enduring trials, grief or testing? In all things trust in Him for he is watching over you. Job didn’t know why it was happening but He continued to trust in the Lord.

2 Words to remember (if you like, this is a good one to memorize): (1:21)

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart,
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.”

3 The blessings of friends. This is a beautiful picture of friendship. When we are hurting, our friends comfort us by walking by our side, crying with us, being with us without saying a word.

 

7

7

Job 3,4:

Psalm 7

Physical/chronic/long suffering pain can take its toll on our frame of mind. It is hard to endure. Job felt that. In his desperation he cursed the day he was born. His reaction can give us comfort and hope when we have bad days. We’re not the only ones who can feel that way. Also, we know God never stopped watching over Job, even in his worst days. God will never stop watching over you, even in your worst days.

Update Sept 6, 2017

It’s getting close….

In five short days, we will begin our Journey through the Bible.

Here are some logistics of how I am setting up the readings and postings…

As I first mentioned, I will be posting the week’s readings on Sunday afternoon/evening, so they are ready to go for you on Monday. You will find them by clicking on the menu bar and then clicking on this page ‘Journey through the Bible in 13 months’. I will simply be adding each week to the top of this page.  You may wish to follow me, by clicking on ‘follow’ and supplying your email address, if you haven’t already.  By doing that, I believe, you will receive an email notification when I have posted the readings.

Each daily reading will consist of three (3) chapters of the Bible. It will probably take about 15-20 minutes to read through. I am attempting to set up the readings in as chronological order as possible, except for the majority of the psalms, so don’t be surprised if we skip to a different chapter at times.

The little ‘Nuggets’ of thought are not highly theological, scholarly pieces of writing, but thoughts or points or words of encouragement for the day. At times, you may feel bogged down, for example some of the genealogies can do that to you. Take heart! I pray my little nuggets encourage you. We will get through it together.

Overall I hope and pray that you will be enlightened, and come to know our God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, more intimately and your life enriched. For there is power in God’s Word, “for the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

God’s continued blessings to you this week and see you on Monday!

Original Posting August 2017

Hi Friends! Starting in September, I will journey through the Bible, starting in Genesis and ending with Revelation. I would love for you to enjoy the journey with me. I am posting this now to give you time to pray about this daily journey which will take us 13 months to complete, and only about 20 minutes each day.

We will read three chapters of the Bible each day.  On Sundays, I will post the readings for the week ahead. I will also include a truth NUGGET, that has caught my attention for reflection/clarification/understanding, from each day’s reading.

It is my hope to begin on Monday, September 11, 2017 and we should cross the finish line on (or around) Thanksgiving Monday, October 8, 2018.

Who doesn’t like a ROAD TRIP?….

Roadtrip

 

 

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