New tulip sprouts in my front yard!
Spring is sprunging! I have tulip and daffodil shoots popping up in my front yard. It is officially here. Haven’t you noticed the days getting longer?
Just like there is a newness in the air, on the trees, and springing from the ground, we finished Ezekiel today with an encouraging note of newness. I am always so blessed when I read the last line of the book. “And the name of the city from that time on will be: “THE LORD IS THERE.” Ezekiel doesn’t put it in all caps because he is yelling at us. It is a name- Yahweh Shammah. Continue reading
Oh Happy Day~
Why is this seemingly erotic little book included in the sacred canon? What is its message? Is it allegorical- really about God’s love for his people Israel (Jewish interpretation) or Christ’s love for the church (Christian interpretation)? Not definitive, but the accreditation to Solomonic authorship is pretty strong, probably the first of his three books. Song of Songs is patently a collection of ancient Hebrew love poems celebrating the experiences of a lover and his beloved as they taste the beauty, power, agony, and joys of human sexual love. Is such a book appropriate to be included in Hebrew/Christian Scriptures? Continue reading
Good day again~
Ecclesiastes is one of the most difficult books in the Bible to read and to understand. Its subject is the meaning of life. It investigates the validity of the common quest to find meaning in life “under the sun” or, as we would say, “in this life.” The answer is that each path pursued (wisdom, wealth, pleasure, power, legacy) has several potential drawbacks:
* It proves an unworthy pursuit.
* It is unachievable (i.e., no matter how much of it you get, there is always more to get).
* In the end you die anyway, so what is the point? Continue reading
Good morning Saints, Jesus bless you today~
I have something to admit, I got behind just a bit and am having to catch up. It is not too hard to catch back up, but it did a number on my spirit not reading daily as I had done for the 45 days straight prior to yesterday. When one is in a habit, it just feels different when that habit is not maintained. My spirit felt just a bit drier not flowing with what it had received before. The Word of God is so important to our souls and spirits, eh friends?
No one has answered the CRBC trivia question from a few days ago- “What three words we focused on in Luke 6 that propelled us to do Mashal March last year?”
Because we are flying through some short books here, you will be receiving a short note on each of them rather than a humongous, long one. Let’s see how it goes~
Wisdom literature does not operate like the commands of the law or the plot of narrative. It is not set forth as “Thus says the Lord” as in the prophets, nor is it even like the exhortation of the New Testament letter.
Good day Friends~
I know that the pace is rigorous, stay faithful my friends. The volume of reading is heavy and the blessings are even more so.
I wonder if anyone has categorized every proverb. Giving a tag name to each of them to see what the topical flow looks like. For instance, 19:24 and 20:4 could be categorized as laziness, however, 19:28 could be justice, lying, words, or mouth. Right off the top of my head, I would think that the tongue or how we speak, money, and honoring others are at the top of the list. Certainly the words one uses to describe the proverb can vary. But there must be a top theme in the whole bunch of them. If anyone comes across a chart like this, please pass it on. Curiosity is getting the best of me on this one. Continue reading