Good Monday Friends~
I hope your weekend was what you needed. Happy Presidents Day! What a great country we live in. Please continue to pray for all that happens in our nation as we continue to shine brightly in our generation.
We have turned a corner in our OT literature and are now at the threshold of the major and minor oracles used by Father to ongoingly proclaim His words. Isaiah is so well placed, because there is so much material that goes both the direction of judgment and hope. Some of the other prophets can lean the judgment way a bit too much leaving little room for our contemporary readers to be encouraged. Isaiah is so chock full of encouraging scripture. As I read today, so many of them really spoke to me. Continue reading
I will have to admit, it takes a high degree of fortitude to keep up with this pace of reading. And boy is it worth it! Great stuff today.
Key dates to jolt your memory:
971 BC The anointing of Solomon
931 BC The division of the United Monarchy into North (Israel) and South (Judah)
722 BC The fall of Samaria, the capital of Israel (invader: Assyria)
612 BC The fall of Nineveh (the Assyrian capital)
605 BC The battle of Carchemish
605, 597, 586 BC The three attacks on Jerusalem and the fall (invader: Babylon)
I have attached several charts today from a book I own, John H. Walton, Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament (1994, Grand Rapids: Zondervan). One is a map of the kingdom at its zenith, another at the split, one is all about family and ancestry of David, another the history of the United Monarchy, and a cool one, a list of the deities of the ANE we read about.
Elijah calling down fire upon the altar on Mt Carmel and the prophets of Ba'al.
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Happy Saturday Saints~
Jeepers, I don’t recall that much bloodshed in one day when reading this section. Wowzers. Joab is a fiercely loyal, cunning servant to David, eh? What a curse David puts on his family. Golly.
King David gives Joab Uriah's death sentence.
Every day when I read the section outlined for us, life principles jump out at me. It never fails. Even reading through some of these innocuous or gruesome sections, the nature of God and how we are to live our lives shines through. Here are some examples:
Am I loving reading through Deuteronomy! The thing that is striking me differently is the emphasis on repetitiveness. Moses says the same thing over and over. When he was preaching this he must have been doing it ‘no note style’ and forget what he said earlier and said it again. I was captured today with the following:
1. The number of times he tells us to teach our children, do not forget, to be carful to observe the all the commands, to love the LORD your God, reminders that the LORD brought them out of Egypt, and that He was delivering them in to promised land.
2. The use of the word ‘awesome’ six times in Deut.
3. 10:14-22 should be a song, it is sooo great. It needs to be composed so that we sing it over and over and over again to get it imbedded in our spirits. 17- ” For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, …” 22- “He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.”
4. I love the list in chapter 11 they saw. His majesty, his mighty hand, outstretched arm, signs he performed, things he did in the heart of Egypt, what he did to the Egyptian army, how he overwhelmed.
5. Anyone have any idea why the blessings were proclaimed on Mount Gerizim and the curses on Mount Ebal?
6. I wonder how many sons would be rebellious today if all the men of his town could stone them to death for disobeying? Good deterrent?
7. I love the way Father wants us to honor each other and provide equity in situations. He is always looking to have folks respect each other and to look out for the dignity in folks. Good lessons.