Archive for July, 2010

Project 66 – Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel

Three days into my travels without a CD player or iPod has compelled me all the more to keep my focus on the Lord and His word, mostly Project 66.

It’s amazing how I can scarce keep my focus on prayer for more than 5 minutes but I can rehash a memory or a “what-if” scenario in my mind for 15 minutes without interruption. Fifteen minutes gone, lost forever, and not one single benefit from it.

So I thank God that He has brought this project to mind, because it has been very ministerial.

Judges – 1 Samuel

Judges 21:25 A good summary verse of the decline of the book of Judges

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Of course, not everyone thought like Hitler or Stalin, but they just made sure that they looked out for number one in their lives, no matter the cost. Needless to say, chaos and pain abound.

You can read Judges and see the degradation of the situation increase as they move further and further away from the Lord’s prescribed ways.

Thankfully, we have Ruth to go to for a breath of fresh air, after reading Judges 17-21.

  • Instead of unfaithfulness, there is loyalty.
  • Instead of immorality, there is purity.
  • Instead of battlefields, there are harvestfields.
  • Instead of warrior shouts, there is the harvesters songs.
  • There are no miracles in Ruth, Judges had lots.
  • There are no villians in Ruth, Judges had gobs.
  • This is a book that is just “life as usual” and yet it is exceptional.

Ruth 1:16-17 Turning point of all 4 chapters as well as for the Messianic Line

But Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave you,
or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go;
And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.
Where you die, I will die,
And there will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also,
If anything but death parts you and me.”

A promise made, a promise kept. So unlike the book of Judges where everyone did what was right in their own eyes.

I’m also struck by Naomi. What if she had not stopped entreating Ruth to leave, but sabotaged the whole relationship and sent Ruth packing? There is faithfulness of both women’s parts. I fall more in love with this book each time I read it!

Ruth 1:16-1

Ruth Commiting herself to Naomi

Enough about David’s great-grandmother, what about David himself?!

1 Samuel 17:45 – One of two people come to mind when you say David’s name, I’m going to think on Goliath instead of the other!

Then David said to the Philistine (Goliath),
“You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin.
But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel [or your name], whom you have defied.”

Though that is all that is required for my little Project 66, I am including for my own sake, verse 47:

“Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

What boldness! No wonder his older brother thought he was being a brat and troublemaker! O Lord, make me a “troublemaker” like David, so that I too may kill the spiritual Goliath’s in my own life.

That’s it for now. I’m writing from St. Louis at my brother’s house. And can’t wait to get the kayak out on the lake in just about 10 minutes. It’s a great place to ponder some more on Project 66 and the Lord of the Project Himself!

Project 66 (part 3 of 22)

Three days into my travels without a CD player or iPod has compelled me all the more to keep my focus on the Lord and His word, mostly Project 66.

It’s amazing how I can scarce keep my focus on prayer for more than 5 minutes but I can rehash a memory or a “what-if” scenario in my mind for 15 minutes without interruption. Fifteen minutes gone, lost forever, and not one single benefit from it.

So I thank God that He has brought this project to mind, because it has been very ministerial.

Judges – 1 Samuel

Judges 21:25 A good summary verse of the decline of the book of Judges

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Of course, not everyone thought like Hitler or Stalin, but they just made sure that they looked out for number one in their lives, no matter the cost. Needless to say, chaos and pain abound.

You can read Judges and see the degradation of the situation increase as they move further and further away from the Lord’s prescribed ways.

Thankfully, we have Ruth to go to for a breath of fresh air, after reading Judges 17-21.

  • Instead of unfaithfulness, there is loyalty.
  • Instead of immorality, there is purity.
  • Instead of battlefields, there are harvestfields.
  • Instead of warrior shouts, there is the harvesters songs.
  • There are no miracles in Ruth, Judges had lots.
  • There are no villians in Ruth, Judges had gobs.
  • This is a book that is just “life as usual” and yet it is exceptional.

Ruth 1:16-17 Turning point of all 4 chapters as well as for the Messianic Line

But Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave you,
   or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go;
   And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people,
   And your God, my God.
Where you die, I will die,
   And there will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also,
   If anything but death parts you and me.”

A promise made, a promise kept. So unlike the book of Judges where everyone did what was right in their own eyes.

I’m also struck by Naomi. What if she had not stopped entreating Ruth to leave, but sabotaged the whole relationship and sent Ruth packing? There is faithfulness of both women’s parts. I fall more in love with this book each time I read it!

Ruth 1:16-1

Ruth Commiting herself to Naomi

 

Enough about David’s great-grandmother, what about David himself?!

1 Samuel 17:45 – One of two people come to mind when you say David’s name, I’m going to think on Goliath instead of the other!

Then David said to the Philistine (Goliath),
“You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin.
But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel [or your name], whom you have defied.”

Though that is all that is required for my little Project 66, I am including for my own sake, verse 47:

“Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

What boldness! No wonder his older brother thought he was being a brat and troublemaker! O Lord, make me a “troublemaker” like David, so that I too may kill the spiritual Goliath’s in my own life.

That’s it for now. I’m writing from St. Louis at my brother’s house. And can’t wait to get the kayak out on the lake in just about 10 minutes. It’s a great place to ponder some more on Project 66 and the Lord of the Project Himself!

Project 66 – Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua

Project Thus Far

I can’t even begin to tell you just how helpful this project has been.

I thought choosing the passages was the delightful part. But taking the time to ponder each one has been a very helpful way of captivating my thoughts. How often I found myself beginning an unhealthy imaginary dialgoue in my mind, and one of these 66 passages heroically interrupts, to deliver me.

Numbers – Joshua

Numbers 6:24-26 – A Prayer that Can be Used for Friends and Foes

“The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”’
Amen.

What could ever ail a soul if the smile of Christ was evidential in a person’s life? Oh Lord, remove the clouds and let me gaze on Your face and be blessed with Your countenance. I’m compelled to copy a poem regarding “that look” from God:

HAST thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him?
Is not thine a captured heart?
Chief among ten thousand own Him,
Joyful choose the better part.

What has stripped the seeming beauty
From the idols of the earth?
Not a sense of right or duty,
But the sight of peerless worth.

Not the crushing of those idols,
With its bitter void and smart;
But the beaming of His beauty,
The unveiling of His heart.

‘Tis the look that melted Peter,
‘Tis the face that Stephen saw,
‘Tis the heart that wept with Mary,
Can alone from idols draw:

Draw and win and fill completely,
Till the cup o’erflow the brim;
What have we to do with idols
Who have companied with Him?

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

Moving on to Deuteronomy. What a nugget this verse is, and easy to memorize. Give it a try!

Deuteronomy 23:5 – Curses turned to Blessing

Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.

To get the context of this verse, Numbers 22 would have to be read. Basically, a guy named Balaam tried to wrong God’s people, though he really didn’t mean to or want to. He was once with Israel, but the enemy, Balak, offered him the fulfillment of his life-long dream. All he had to do was curse God’s people, the one with whom he had previous ties with. Read Numbers 22 for the whole scoop, but this verse in Deuteronomy kind of summarizes God’s view of that whole embarrassing scenario.

Joshua 1:9 – The Kind of Life God has for Us

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Really, Joshua 1:1-9 is worth memorizing. It’s the same message over and over. Given to Joshua as God was asking him to do the very difficult, the unthinkable, the unbelievable. The rest of the book of Joshua is the fulfillment of God’s promise to Joshua and Joshua’s faithfulness to “be strong and of good courage” in the Lord. How could he not be dismayed? Because “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!”

As you read through this blog, remember, only the black italics are inspired! The rest is just a reflection of those passages from where I am right now in life! What does the passages say to you?

Project 66 (2 of 22)

Project Thus Far

I can’t even begin to tell you just how helpful this project has been.

I thought choosing the passages was the delightful part. But taking the time to ponder each one has been a very helpful way of captivating my thoughts. How often I found myself beginning an unhealthy imaginary dialgoue in my mind, and one of these 66 passages heroically interrupts, to deliver me.

Numbers – Joshua

Numbers 6:24-26 – A Prayer that Can be Used for Friends and Foes

“The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”’
Amen.

What could ever ail a soul if the smile of Christ was evidential in a person’s life? Oh Lord, remove the clouds and let me gaze on Your face and be blessed with Your countenance. I’m compelled to copy a poem regarding “that look” from God:

HAST thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him?
Is not thine a captured heart?
Chief among ten thousand own Him,
Joyful choose the better part.

What has stripped the seeming beauty
From the idols of the earth?
Not a sense of right or duty,
But the sight of peerless worth.

Not the crushing of those idols,
With its bitter void and smart;
But the beaming of His beauty,
The unveiling of His heart.

‘Tis the look that melted Peter,
‘Tis the face that Stephen saw,
‘Tis the heart that wept with Mary,
Can alone from idols draw:

Draw and win and fill completely,
Till the cup o’erflow the brim;
What have we to do with idols
Who have companied with Him?

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

Moving on to Deuteronomy. What a nugget this verse is, and easy to memorize. Give it a try!

Deuteronomy 23:5 – Curses turned to Blessing

Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.

To get the context of this verse, Numbers 22 would have to be read. Basically, a guy named Balaam tried to wrong God’s people, though he really didn’t mean to or want to. He was once with Israel, but the enemy, Balak, offered him the fulfillment of his life-long dream. All he had to do was curse God’s people, the one with whom he had previous ties with. Read Numbers 22 for the whole scoop, but this verse in Deuteronomy kind of summarizes God’s view of that whole embarrassing scenario.

Joshua 1:9 – The Kind of Life God has for Us

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Really, Joshua 1:1-9 is worth memorizing. It’s the same message over and over. Given to Joshua as God was asking him to do the very difficult, the unthinkable, the unbelievable. The rest of the book of Joshua is the fulfillment of God’s promise to Joshua and Joshua’s faithfulness to “be strong and of good courage” in the Lord. How could he not be dismayed? Because “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!”

As you read through this blog, remember, only the black italics are inspired! The rest is just a reflection of those passages from where I am right now in life! What does the passages say to you?