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B90X- Genesis thoughts Pt. 2

Have ever driven down the same road over and over again thinking you know every pothole, every curve, and every sight along the way? Then one day you notice something you have never seen before and wonder how you missed it.   Whether it is a building, a feature to the terrain, art of some sort, or an old sign.

The same thing happens to me every time I read the Bible.  I have no idea how many times I have read through the scriptures.  Whether for a seminary class, preparing for a sermon, B90X, or just feeding my own soul.  Each and every time, there seems to be something that catches my attention I had never seen or had never cognitively ruminated.

point of interestToday’s Biblical “Roadside Point of Interest” is found in Genesis 41.  Joseph has been in prison a full two years.  Pharaoh has a dream, is puzzled by it, and needs it interpreted.  Pharaoh’s cupbearer recalls a young man who can interpret dreams and tells Pharaoh about him.  Pharaoh send for this dream interpreter.

One sentence that grabbed my imagination- “When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh”  (NIV).  What did he look like?  Was he scraggly looking?  Was he dirty and where would he have cleaned up?   What did his clothes look like and where did he get a fresh set?

I digress.  The thought occurred to me on how we present our selves to others.  How we dress when we speak to a public official or stand in a position of authority?  Do we take the time to look neat and tiddy before others.  Did it matter?  The message is the message.  But yes, appearances do matter.  It is the first impression thing.  It was important for Joseph to look presentable as he had his moment in the presence of the Pharaoh.

I thought about the process of taking off and putting on that shows up in the Bible.  There is lots of imagery of taking of something lesser and putting on something greater.

“to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”  (Is. 61:3).

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off the old self, … and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:22-23).

“Put on the full armor of God” (Eph 6:13).

“So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Rom 13:12).

Colossians 3:14 tells us to “put on love.”

Let’s shave and put on a fresh set of outerwear.  Blessings.

 

B90X2012 Jan 19 “Burning Bush and Favor”

It happened again.  Just going through material read so many times before and boom- something new.

Last year when we did B90X, I had an ambivalent reaction to Moses’ death at the end of Deuteronomy.   The man worked really hard for God.  I know he was called specifically for his work, but think about what he had before he left Egypt for his second 40 years of life to be a shepherd in the wilderness he would eventually wander in.  He put up with a ton of carp from a whole pile of rebellious people.  He even talked the Lord out of killing the whole lot of them one time (Num 14).

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“Pharaoh’s hardened heart” Justin Taylor’s ideas.

I have read material of Justin’s in the past.  Normally,  thoughtful and engaging. This article jumped out today as timely.  I know that lots of folks question the issue of Pharaoh’s heart.  Why are so many verses reflective of the issue?  Why Does the Lord do this?  How does the sovereignty of God play into all of this?

I skimmed through the post and will process the information at a later time. See what you think about the matter.  What have you concluded in the matter? How would you have done things differently if you were Pharaoh?  Or the Lord?

If you want to take the time to read through, it is certainly thought provoking. Here is the article for you pleasure.  Enjoy.  If you have a response, I’d love to hear it.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2012/01/04/the-hardening-of-pharoahs-heart/

B90X2012 Jan. 8 “Pharaoh knows best”

Reading through the Bible every year like this is kind of like going on a long road trip.  We have driven to Los Angeles from Colorado so many times that we know the places to stay, great places to eat, the long stretches of highway, and even where to change drivers.  Yet even in the redundancy of the drive, the same ol’ same ol’ scenery, we would see something new, find a new restaurant, or see Father’s hand in the adventure.

Reading through the Bible this time is once again, just like that.  We are reading very familiar stories. Even stories we have heard all our lives and probably did a flannel-graph of them.  We can retell them with vivid detail.

Yet, each and every time I read, there is something new.  For example, here is a short phrase I had not seen before today.  It is only four words.  Yet in its brevity, a powerful truth is reflected.

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B90X2012 Jan. 6 “Don’t Sellout”

It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many times I read the Bible, each and every day, something new surfaces.  I don’t know if it is a heightened level of serene contemplation, therefore more aware of what I am reading, or just hungry.  Either will do.

This time it is from the Joseph story.  The Bible says Joseph’s family moves into Egypt.   The district of Rameses was the best part of the land, the most suitable for raising a family and grazing livestock.  The tribe was lost in delirious wonder as they recalled how the events of the past several decades unfolded.  However, their expectation darkened into anxiety and evanescent shades of worry dominated.

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