Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
In the 30th Psalm we read a very good passage to memorize for those going through sorrowful moments..."For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." What a great passage! Amen!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I remember also Dr. Bill Mallard teaching Moses models worship. 1) coming close to God 2) staying back on holy ground. Here is the encounter...
"Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Moses had three key movement early. 1) Spared in a basket to Egypt. 2) Fleeing Egypt after killing an Egyptian. 3) Back to Egypt after the burning bush. Of course, he will spend time with a final movement the Exodus itself!
My family has had a lot of changes. I am especially looking forward to reading Exodus. My connection will be the new ways God is calling me this year.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Joseph moved quickly to forgive. In fact, he seemed to forgive in spite of his brothers. Did he know their deceit? Overlook? Or just plain forgive in advance?
Here is Joseph's response..."When their message came to him, Joseph wept. His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. "We are your slaves," they said. But Joseph said to them, "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. So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them." Were the brothers ever redeemed? Or where they just fortunate to have a brother like Joseph and a father like Jacob? Is this still not our human condition today? Some "get" God's redemption of people and circumstances and others move quickly to the next "scheme"?
The story of Joseph could be summed up like this..."there are schemers, dreamers, and a Redeemer. Is this not our human condition today?
As it turns out, Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years. Here is the account..."Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven. When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, "If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried." "I will do as you say," he said. "Swear to me," he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
I am intrigued in how the people of faith lived in preparation to die and at the strong demands of where to be buried. Jacob and Isaac both prepared to die years before their actual death. What does this tell us? Is there a fuller life in knowing you are prepared to die?
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
How fitting that 23rd Psalm accompanies this reading today and speaks of "restoring our soul." Are not the "still waters" and "green pastures" the result of trusting God in all events?
In today's Genesis account, Joseph and his brothers continue to go back and forth about the youngest brother.
Monday, September 21, 2009
But they replied, "Your servants were twelve brothers, the sons of one man, who lives in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, and one is no more." Joseph said to them, "It is just as I told you: You are spies! And this is how you will be tested: As surely as Pharaoh lives, you will not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here. Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!" And he put them all in custody for three days. On the third day, Joseph said to them, "Do this and you will live, for I fear God: If you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here in prison, while the rest of you go and take grain back for your starving households. But you must bring your youngest brother to me, so that your words may be verified and that you may not die." This they proceeded to do. They said to one another, "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that's why this distress has come upon us."
Sunday, September 20, 2009
1) Joseph is thrown into a pit and sold into slavery 2) wrongfully accused 3) forgotten
...the road to God's glory has many pitfalls for Joseph. Is this reassuring for any setbacks that come our way? Pitfalls do not have to be "the pits."
Friday, September 18, 2009
How is the meaning of life revealed through a father's health, blessing, and death? Obviously, in Genesis these passages are paramount in the meaning of life. We are so life consious we could learn a great deal from these passages recorded in Genesis.
Did you feel anything when Rachel died from complications of childbirth? How sad that death at childbirth was so common that only only two verses described the event..."And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, "Don't be afraid, for you have another son." As she breathed her last-- for she was dying she named her son Ben-Oni But his father named him Benjamin." How interesting in these times that the blessing of a son overshadowed a tragic death.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Day 16 (Genesis 31, 32; Psalm 16)..."Some Blessings are Not the Ones We Have in MInd and Come Through Struggle"
How many of our blessing come through struggle and are not initially what we have in mind? Yet...God knows best and His blessings are ineffable! Great is His Faithfulness indeed!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Who says the Bible has no humor? Today, we read of the laughter of Abraham and Sarah when they hear the absurd. They are going to have a child pushing 100 years old! Miraculous births are yet another theme of the Bible. More later.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Another creation story emerges...this time the birth of a nation more "numerous in the stars." Is this already the fourth creation story in Genesis? Let's keep tabs in the Book of Genesis.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
After the awesome rainbow, a curse emerges. I do not know what to make of the family issues following the flood. We do not know exactly why his son was cursed. As with Cain, another theme of "blessing" and "curse" emerges and this will be common throughout the Bible. Also, every creation story has promise and loss of promise. Is this not also a prevalent theme throughout the Bible?
Let's look for the many occasions of blessing and curse and promise and loss of promise in future reading.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I did notice how the Lord decided to dramatically shorten the human life span with "the flood." Is this not another consequence for disobedience? Like labor pains at child birth and being cast out of paradise in the garden? And Cain's banishment? If I am counting right this would be the fourth consequence of disobedience. In these stories, we read of the beginning of sin and consequences.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
2. Hiddeness from God and the truth
4. Living short of God's intention
5. Consequences that are passed on to others
9. Lack of responsibilty
18. Lack of Self-control
Question for today. Is it the problem of sin? Or the problems of sin?
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Is the creation described in Genesis a science story or faith story? Rev. Adam Hamilton teaches that if Genesis had been a science story the detail of creation would have been the emphasis and would have required volumes and volumes. Instead...obviously Genesis is a "faith story" unfolding which reveals our purpose in being created. I remember Dr. Greg Clapper teaching... Genesis means "beginnings." Our readings will focus on God's beginnings with humankind the next days. Speaking of beginnings...what a joy to begin reading the Bible through with you today! May God lead all who are taking this journey to a deep encounter with His Word!