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Yes I am still reading the Bible in chronological order, but it is among all of my other readings and life.

Job 4-42

My Thoughts:

  • When we are helping those that have gone through a loss or a difficult trial, we need to be considerate and full of compassion. Not condemning them or accusing them of sin and thus are in the trial. We are not to judge the state of someone’s heart or determine why God has chosen to lead them down this path. We are to offer comfort and the hope of God’s grace.
  • It is true that in all this, Job sinned not. But that didn’t mean that he was with out fault. God correct Job for his doubt and his assumption of God’s will. We cannot know the vast mind of God. We just have to trust.
  • When Job realized his position before God, he was quick to acknowledge it and to rectify his thinking to that which would follow God.
  • God is all powerful, he made all, is all, and in all. He was there in the beginning. He spoke the world into existence.
  • When we are going through a trial, let us be careful not to doubt the power, will and plan of the almighty God.

Job 1-3

My Thoughts

  • As those in Job’s time could testify, can people say that we are perfect and upright, fearing God and eschewing evil? Will our history read: “There was a [man/woman] in the land of [your location], whose name was [your name]; and that [man/woman] was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
  • Job had a burden for his children. He might not have agreed with what they were doing but in chapter 1 verse 5, he offered sacrifices to sanctify them. To entreat the Lord’s protection on them.
  • God had great confidence in Job. God knew that no matter what Job faced, he was faithful to serve God. God boasted about Job to Satan.
  • Job lost all his animals and children. But in his grief, Job continued to worship God. He didn’t blame God for what happened. He understood that all things are God’s and they are his to do as he pleases. We can’t get too attached to the things that God has blessed us with. They are on loan to us and God has the ultimate say over them.
  • Job sinned not in his grief.
  • Job proved to God and Satan that he was made of some pretty strong stuff. God was able to boast again to Satan that Job wouldn’t turn his back on God when the things were going tough.
  • Even when tempted by his wife to give up his faith in God, Job continued to trust God.
  • Job’s grief was great. He went at least a week with out speaking. Those that were around had no words to comfort. There are not words in such great grief.
  • Job went through a period of what we might call depression. He cursed the day he was born. He wish he had never been born or died young so that he might not endure the sufferings he had now. His greatest fear had come true.

Genesis 4-7

My thoughts:

Genesis 4

  • God requires our First and Best fruit, not just any fruit of our labors
  • If we don’t give our best, we shouldn’t expect to receive the best. We can only get as much return as we are willing to give.
  • We cannot deceive God, he sees and hears everything
  • Once sin started in the world it grew exponentially.
  • Adam and Eve’s grandchildren began to seek a relationship with God; they called upon the name of the Lord in prayer. (4:26)

Genesis 5

  • Adam and Eve were created in God’s image; their children were created in Adam’s image. Adam and Eve were created Holy until they chose to sin at which time they became carnal. This carnal image is what was passed down to their children.
  • In reading through the lineage of Adam, the one that stands out is Enoch. Besides those scriptures pertaining to him, each generation is recorded in a similar manner. Enoch walked with God. In our busy lives, with the world around us, in our lineage, do people testify that we walked with God? (5:24)
  • Noah was a promise that offered hope to his family. (5:29)
  • Trivia – there were 1056 years between creation of Adam and the birth of Noah. (if you add all the years of the father before the son was born)

Genesis 6

  • God shorten the life span to 120 years.
  • Sin was very vile and of every kind even in Noah’s day. We often think that it can’t get any worse, and that may be true, sin has been here almost since the beginning. Sin is sin, no matter how atrocious the deed, it was vile in Noah’s time and still vile now.
  • Because of the expanse of sin in the heart and minds, God was sorry for creating man.
  • Noah is the second man that was mentioned to walk with God.
  • God again had an organized plan to cleanse the world: an ark and a flood.
  • God was very specific in his directions in building the boat as he was in the Garden of Eden with his commandment to not eat of the tree.
  • God made a promise to Noah.
  • The earth is still around because of Noah’s faithfulness.
  • When someone writes our story can they say: “Thus did [YOUR NAME]; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.”? (6:22) Even when we don’t comprehend the rain that is coming, can we still obey and build the boat.

Genesis 7

  • The account of the flood is so fantastic. First Noah receives the instruction to build an ark. What is that? For rain? There was no comprehension for either thing. Then with specific guidelines the ark is built. With out question from Noah. He just followed God’s directions. Then the gathering of the animals. These are wild animals, not from a zoo. They came from all over in pairs to the boat. Imagine the traveling that Noah and his family did to gather the animals and bring them to the ark. They couldn’t take the ark to the animals and load them up. Then the food. It wasn’t just the 40 days and nights, but also the 150 days that they remained in the boat until they could exit on dry land. The many mouths that needed food. The space and means to hold it fresh for that length of time. And where does the food go after it is eaten? Imagine the sanitation issues for all those people and animals for 200 days. Only God could have directed the whole thing, calling the animals, and providing for the food, sanitation and housing of all the beings. It is heard to wrap my brain around. Our God is an AWESOME God.

It is a new year with a new look, but the message is still the same.

God is a big God and he has a plan for each and every one of us. His desire is that we live Holy or with out sin. We in ourselves cannot do this, but he made the way possible when he gave his son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for our sins. When we accept Christ as our Savior and turn from our sins, God is faithful to forgive us and provide us with strength and grace to live sin free. It definitely is the best life.

I haven’t been as faithful to this blog in the past few months as I would like. I am sorry for that, but I have a plan for the future.

First – On Thursday night at church we were challenged to make a list of those things in our life that need to change this year for us to draw closer to God.

My list:
–          increase time in studying God’s word
–          increase prayer time
–          don’t be as quick to judge people
–          be more willing to help those in need
–          search for and take opportunities to share the Gospel
–          be careful to not get comfortable in Salvation but keep the challenge and excitement fresh
–          increase of patience
–          don’t procrastinate with God’s work

This list may grow as the year continues, but I plan to use this blog in a why that it holds me accountable for gaining the victory in these areas. As I have victory or challenges I will share my studies on and in these areas.

I challenge you to make a list. How can God better use you this day? What things might you need to change for God to use you? Seek God and ask him to search you. He has the power to help you draw closer to him.
Second – I don’t think I have read the Bible cover to cover. I know I have tried and often would get bogged down in the “begats”. This year I am challenging myself to read the Bible completely. It will be apart of my daily study, but it won’t take its place. A friend of mine had a list of the scriptures to read so that the Bible can be read chronologically. This appealed to me. I found that list and will post each day what those scriptures are so that you can follow along. We can discuss the different points that we read. I invite you to read along and join in on the discussion.
Third – At the end of last year, we moved some of our Bible study teachers around at Church. There was a need for a teacher in one of the elementary classes. I was asked to take this position. As we go through this year I will share the lessons that are brought to the kids as well as the lessons they bring to me. I believe we can learn from all ages. Christ told us that we needed to be as the little children. In the Children’s Bible class, we are making a chain of things we are thankful for and we learn verses. I will share those also. I believe thankfulness and God’s word are good things to learn at a young age. Feel free to add your “thankfuls” and learn the memory verses with us.
Join us this year as we draw closer to God and share how he helps us in our daily walk with him.

Last week at the Wednesday Night Bible discussion we discussed the 8th Commandment listed in Exodus 20, continuing our discussion on what is sin.

1. Exodus 20:15-Thou shalt not steal. God has a very specific outline of what he considers stealing; and it isn’t just taking something that doesn’t belong to you.

2. The Bible includes the buying and selling of human life in the discussion of stealing. Human trafficking is a serious offense to God. In the old testament the punishment for this is death. Exodus 21:16 and Deuteronomy 24:7

3. Leviticus 6:1-7 is very specific in dealing with having something that isn’t yours and the restitution that is required to pay for the sin. Stealing isn’t just taking something that isn’t yours, but also finding something that is lost and not giving it back to the rightful owner. The thief was charged the principle plus one fifth of what they took to repay the debt.

4. The Bible discusses fair business practice in order to keep from stealing on both sides. Just weights or measurements of goods and services and adhering to contracts are listed out in the word. Leviticus 19:35-36, Deuteronomy 25:13-15, and Luke 3:13

5. Stealing isn’t just an act of the body but a result of a heart condition. Matthew 15:19-20 “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.”

6. All of the above helps to define the sin of stealing. It isn’t just taking something that isn’t yours, but with holding something that belongs to someone. It can be tangible items, ones life, or reputation, if you deprive someone of what belongs to them, you are guilty of stealing. But there is a remedy. First repentance than restitution, returning or paying back that which is owed. Ephesians 4:28-Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

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