Saturday, October 1, 2016

Week 39 Bible Reading Review

Week 39  Amos 1:1 to Haggai 1:1

Amos 4:6+  God lists several things He does to cause Israel to return to Him.  Would knowing God was causing our trials turn us toward or away from Him?  If we know why it should turn us toward Him.

Amos 5:4  “Seek Me and live!” v6 “Seek YHVH and live!”

Israel was being punished for their lack of justice and righteousness.

Amos 7:1-6  Amos request for mercy stops two severe judgments from happening.  The prayer of a righteous man avails much!

Obediah 15  God’s judgement on the nations will be as they deserve.

Jonah’s story seems surreal.  Did Jonah not want mercy shown to Nineveh because they were enemies of Israel?  Can we be merciful as God is to those we despise or are our enemies?

Micah 6:8  A good reminder:  What does God require of us?  Act justly, love faithfulness / mercy, and walk humbly before our God.

Nah 1:2  God’s primary character of love also includes by extension jealousy and vengeance!

Hab 3:2  “In Your wrath, remember mercy”

Zep 1:3, 18, 3:8  At least 3 passages that state God will destroy all flesh from the earth, yet 3:9+ speaks of restoration.  Which is it?  This makes literal interpretation of some scriptures difficult.

Zep 2:3  Seek God, righteousness, and humility, perhaps you will be concealed from His wrath.

Zep 3:5  Proper perspective:  “The Lord is the righteous one who does no wrong.”

Next Reading:  Week 40  Haggai 1:1 to Matthew 8:1

Wisdom for the week

Here is my choice post from Dale Cresap from this past week.

Even when you drive somewhere with total focus on getting to your destination, you don’t lock the steering wheel in place. In like manner when you follow me with all your heart with singleness of purpose the process involves continual course corrections. Do not be discouraged if it seems that you move in one direction and are then brought back to center. You are still making progress and you have things to learn from every segment of your path. Do you see your one true objective to follow me? Do you see that I lead you every step of the way, and that seeming course changes are a part of my purpose and plan?

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