Archive for June, 2010

Project 66 – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus

The Project

I just finished reading the Bible straight through having started May 1st. It only takes about 66 hours (though obviously not merely one hour per book — just compare the 1 minute it takes to read 3 John with the 3 hours it takes to read Genesis!)

And while I was reading it, I choose one verse (tho sometimes I snuck a few additional verses in there) that either summarized each book or that was a very poignant to me.

I am now endeavoring to meditate on and memorize each of the 66 verses chosen to represent each book!

And THEN…I hope to create a little design and post them all on a 4’x10′ sheet of plywood or drywall. Don’t know where my brother will let me hang it, but maybe above the fireplace or something šŸ™‚

It would be a VERY long post if I posted all of the verses I chose in just one post, so instead, I’m going to post only three at a time (cuz it goes into 66 easier than 5 does!)

Finding comfort in God's Word

Finding Comfort in the Word

Here is what I chose:

Genesis – Joshua

Genesis 1:1 – A good summary for the book of origins is:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

(I will also be doing verses 2-3)

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness covered the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light!

1:1 would have been sufficient but 1:2-3 seems so promise-giving, hope-filled, for anyone who is filling a void or is facing darkness in their lives. So I’ve snuck those in too!

Exodus 12:3 – another verse chosen because of it being key to the book

Now the blood shall be a sign to you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Though it may sound gory, it’s good to remember that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. Not our own blood, or the blood of any other, but the one time sacrificial offering made by Jesus Christ on the cross 2000 years ago!

Leviticus 20:26 – definitely another summarizing verse. This books seems to spend a good deal of time demonstrating how complicated sin is and just what a hassle it is to get made right with God. It’s serious stuff, sin is.

And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and I have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.

I can’t think of any other who would want me as much as He wants me, nor one that I would want as much! Make my holy like You o Lord!

There you have it! Just taking the time to even type them out on this simple blog has assisted me in pondering these verses to the point that they are now memorized! I dare you to try it! Maybe pick a verse you are already familiar with (like In the beginning God created…!) and see if by year’s end you can’t have 66 choice verses to ponder on for those times you’re stuck in traffic!

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Project 66

The Project

I just finished reading the Bible straight through having started May 1st. It only takes about 66 hours (though obviously not merely one hour per book — just compare the 1 minute it takes to read 3 John with the 3 hours it takes to read Genesis!)

And while I was reading it, I choose one verse (tho sometimes I snuck a few additional verses in there) that either summarized each book or that was a very poignant to me.

I am now endeavoring to meditate on and memorize each of the 66 verses chosen to represent each book!

And THEN…I hope to create a little design and post them all on a 4’x10′ sheet of plywood or drywall. Don’t know where my brother will let me hang it, but maybe above the fireplace or something šŸ™‚

It would be a VERY long post if I posted all of the verses I chose in just one post, so instead, I’m going to post only three at a time (cuz it goes into 66 easier than 5 does!)

Finding comfort in God's Word

Finding Comfort in the Word

Here is what I chose:

Genesis – Joshua

Genesis 1:1 – A good summary for the book of origins is:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

(I will also be doing verses 2-3)

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness covered the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light!

1:1 would have been sufficient but 1:2-3 seems so promise-giving, hope-filled, for anyone who is filling a void or is facing darkness in their lives. So I’ve snuck those in too!

Exodus 12:3 – another verse chosen because of it being key to the book

Now the blood shall be a sign to you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Though it may sound gory, it’s good to remember that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. Not our own blood, or the blood of any other, but the one time sacrificial offering made by Jesus Christ on the cross 2000 years ago!

Leviticus 20:26 – definitely another summarizing verse. This books seems to spend a good deal of time demonstrating how complicated sin is and just what a hassle it is to get made right with God. It’s serious stuff, sin is.

And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and I have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.

I can’t think of any other who would want me as much as He wants me, nor one that I would want as much! Make my holy like You o Lord!

There you have it! Just taking the time to even type them out on this simple blog has assisted me in pondering these verses to the point that they are now memorized! I dare you to try it! Maybe pick a verse you are already familiar with (like In the beginning God created…!) and see if by year’s end you can’t have 66 choice verses to ponder on for those times you’re stuck in traffic!

If

If the praise of others elates me…

if the blame of others depresses me…

if I cannot rest when I am misunderstood,
without defending myself…

if I love to be loved,
more than to give love…

if I loved to be served,
more than serving…

then I know nothing of Calvary love.

Amy Carmichael, IF: p. 59

Make me a Servant, Lord

Your Joy

Lord, the joy You give outshines any happiness this world can give.
Your joy remains pure forever.
Your joy endures through times of sorrow.
Your joy is our strength!

Do not sorrow,
for the joy of the Lord
is your strength.

Nehemiah 8:10

PURE joy can be found only in God!

King David knew this joy:

“You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound” (Psalm 4:7)

In David’s time, the hope of many rested upon the outcome of the year’s harvest.
If the crops were plentiful, the community rejoiced.
If the crops failed, the community despaired.

But David experienced a joy thatĀ flourishedĀ even when crops perished. He treasured a joy that thrived even through drought. David knew a joy that was pure.

Such joy flows from one source: the living God.
He alone remains steady when our world celebrates and when our world crumbles.
And He offers a joy that is equally steady.

The joy discovered by hearts that follow after God, is greater, purer, and more complete than the happiness this earth can offer.

Zambezi Sunset

The Joy of the Lord is my Strength

I Hate Change (at least I thot I did)

I was bemoaning myself today, loathing the thought of change, and how massively obtrusive it is.

I mean, think of it. In this world where men forget us, change their attitude toward us as their private interests dictate, and revise their opinion of us for whatever reasonable cause, “change” just becomes a bad word. A very bad word. And I find myself like Beth March declaring my hatred for it.

So I attempted to comfort myself in God’s immutability, thinking of the passage in Malachi 3:6

I am the LORD, I doĀ not change; Therefore you areĀ not consumed, O Deborah.

God’s Immutability

God cannot change for the better, since He is perfect holy.

Neither can God change for the worse.

Nothing that God has ever said about Himself will be modified.

  • In God no change is possible;
  • in men change is impossible to escape.

Man’s War Against Mutation

In a world of change and decay not even the person of faith can be completely happy. Instinctively, we seekĀ theĀ unchanging and are grieved atĀ theĀ passing or changing of that dear familiar person or thing.

O Lord! My heart is sick,
Sick of this everlasting change.

And so on it went, this meditation on my disgust for change.

Change is Good

But then I believe God brought to my mind something I read from A.W.Tozer 20 years ago. There is good reason to thank God for change.

For as much as we may deplore the lack of stability in all earthly things, the ability to change in a fallen world such as we live in is a gold treasure, a gift from God.

The whole possibility of redemption lies in our ability to change. To move across from one sort of person to another is the essence of repentance;

  • the liar becomes truthful,
  • the thief honest
  • the immoral pure
  • the proud humble

Our thoughts, desires and affections can be transformed. It is as if change works for God’s children, not against them.

But we all with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as byĀ theĀ Spirit of the Lord!

God Cannot Change, But He Uses Change in Our Lives

In the working out of His redemptive processes the unchanging God makes full use of change and through a succession of changes arrives at permanence at last. Ā What a glorious day that shall be!

God working changes in us

God working changes in us

God uses change as a lowly servant to bless His children.

What a source of wondrous strength to know that the God with whom we have to do changes not! His attitude toward us now shall not be altered by our poor choices or sin. God never changes moods or cools off in His affections or loses enthusiasm over us.

It is because of His unchanging, uncooling, always enthusiastic love for us, that He uses changes in our lives to change us from glory to glory!

Just like He changed my groaning about change, into resting and leaning on His unchangeableness!