Saturday, July 30, 2016

Week 30 Bible Reading Review

Week 30  Isaiah 1:1 to Isaiah 31:1

Isaiah 2  The picture painted of Judah also fits the US and other nations.

Isaiah 9:10  This verse was quoted by US leaders after 9-11.  Did people read the context?

Isaiah 10  Shows God will judge wicked nations. We shouldn’t think we are safe from His judgement.

Isaiah 11  Yeshua’s reign will cause animal behavior changes.  This may not be worldwide as I have previously thought / been taught, but localized to Jerusalem as a witness to the world.

Isaiah 20:3  Isaiah was naked and barefoot for 3 years?  Was this in the winter too?  Would we be able to obey in such a way?  I wonder others treated him.

Isaiah 21:16  Some of Isaiah’s prophesies had a definite time frame.  This was a way people could test his words but it also tested Isaiah's faith too.

Isaiah 24  Those who think the end times only affects Israel should read this chapter.

Isaiah 26:9-10  An important principle to keep in mind while reading this book:  Judgements teach righteousness, favor to the wicked does not.

Next Reading:  Week 31  Isaiah 31:1 to Isaiah 59:1

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Week 29 Bible Reading Review

Week 29  Proverbs 18:1 to Isaiah 1:1

The book of Proverbs is good to read for someone desiring to be wise / righteous.

Eccl 5:5  Is there an advantage to vowing if one fulfills it over none at all?

The book of Ecclesiastes is another melancholy book.  It might be easy for one to conclude that what they do doesn’t really matter since “all is vanity”.  I think this is why we are admonished in the NT to store up treasures in heaven, since earthly treasures pass away.  If our focus is on ourselves, our accomplishments, or our possessions, then we will likely be disappointed.  Dying to self and serving our Creator and His will for our life is really the only goal worth pursuing.

Song of Songs, reads like a play. Why is it part of the Bible?  Chap 5:7  The guards beat and wound the woman, taking her clothes.  Then the play continues on like this wasn’t a big deal?  The man (Solomon) goes missing multiple times in the text.  Perhaps he is with another of his many wives.

Week 30  Isaiah 1:1 to Isaiah 31:1

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Week 28 Bible Reading Review

Week 28  Psalm 120:1 to Proverbs 18:1

Some psalms show praise for God in times of blessing, others show wonder where He is in times of trouble.  Does God change?  Maybe we just need to change our perspective.  A good goal would be to have peace in all circumstances, with faith in Him at all times.

Psalm 137:9  Would killing innocent babies, even if in retaliation, make one happy?  Another example that not all scriptures contain advisable behavior.

Psalm 141  The psalmist asks for correction and rebuke if needed.  Many proverbs as well say a wise man heeds rebuke as he knows the end result is for the best.  How readily do we accept correction?

Proverbs (1:7, 9:10)  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge.  (8:13)  To fear the Lord is to hate evil.

Proverbs 10+  Many one verse proverbs, mainly contrasting the wise / righteous person with the fool / evil one.

Next Reading:  Week 28  Psalm 120:1 to Proverbs 18:1

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Week 27 Bible Reading Review

Week 27  Psalm 79:1 to Psalm 120:1

Psalm 110  A Messianic psalm that the HCSB notes says is the most frequently cited psalm in the New Testament.

Psalm 111:10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His instructions have good insight. His praise endures forever.   To fear the Lord is to follow His instructions.

Psalm 119  This long psalm, near the center of the Bible, exalts God’s word and instructions to us and the following thereof, not a thing to do away with (v89).

Psalm 112:7-8  He (the righteous man) will not fear bad news; his heart is confident, trusting in the Lord. His heart is assured; he will not fear…  Do you live without fear?

To go along with my previous comment I read a blog post this week that I thought would be good to share entitled “5 Enemy Entry Points You Probably Haven't Thought Of”.  Below are the 5 points.

1) Harboring Anger
2) Indulging in Anxiety
3) Entertaining Fear
4) Withholding Forgiveness
5) Accepting False Guilt

To read further details about each point and how we can be victorious you can find the blog post here.

Next Reading:  Week 28  Psalm 120:1 to Proverbs 18:1

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Week 26 Bible Reading Review

Week 26  Psalm 35:1 to Psalm 79:1

Reading through some psalms is like a roller coaster ride with sometimes seemingly contradictory statements, even within the same psalm.  (God saves me / God rejects me (44))

Some of the psalms sound vindictive.  Easy to say, not being in the same position but just contrasting it with the NT teachings to turn the other check and loving your enemies. (35)

Many psalms and portions of psalms provide lyrics for modern day songs.  How many do you notice as you read through?

Psalm 44:6  “For I do not trust in my bow, and my sword does not bring me victory.”  How much do we rely on our possessions, money, tools, self…  It is so easy to place our trust in the wrong thing, but it is God who is the true source of victory.

Psalm 73 is a good reminder that things are not always as they appear from our perspective.  We need His perspective and understanding to make a righteous decision.

Next Reading:  Week 27  Psalm 79:1 to Psalm 120:1