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Project 66 – 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings

Well, I have my plywood purchased and 1/3 of the bible passages scribbled up on it. I don’t remember a piece of 4×8 plywood being so big, but it is taking up over half of my bedroom wall right now!

As far as memorizing the passages, the traffic to Dallas from Frisco has been a blessing! Yep, you heard right…I enjoy going through the various portions while driving, walking, waiting, dosing, etc.

The fourth installment is

2 Samuel – 2 Kings

The Samuels record David’s ups and downs, victories and failures. I chose

2 Samuel 22:2-4 which captures David’s heart that was after God’s own heart

And David said:
“The LORD is my Rock and
my Fortress and
my Deliverer;
The God of my strength,
in whom I will trust;
my Shield and
the Horn of my Salvation,
my Stronghold and
my Refuge;
my Savior,
You save me from violence.
I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.”

Just how many things does He have to be before I finally surrender to Him and to His ways? I mean, who else in this whole world can be all that? And be good at it all? And all I have to do is Call upon the Lord!”

This is also Psalm 18:1-4 too. (Guess who wrote that Psalm? 🙂

1 Kings 17:14 demonstrates Jehovah Jireh — The Lord who Provides

I love this whole story, and selected this portion as a representative of it all.

“For thus says the LORD God of Israel:
‘The bin of flour shall not be used up,
nor shall the jar of oil run dry,
until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.’”

This woman from Sidon woke up thinking she knew the future, bleak, gloom, brokenness and death.

But God!

But God brings word that she will not run out of food, so give it away….and that is what she does…in the middle of a famine. What wonderful faith!

But even more, what a wonderful Lord! Even the mundane was seen to be a miracle…just flour and oil!
O Lord, transform my mundane into such vistas of Your power.

The Jordan River

2 Kings 5:14 – Restoration

So Naaman went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

I love that! Let’s say that this commander of the Syrian army is 35 years old. His acquires leprosy and when he humbles himself before the Lord in desperation, gets further down than he already was, Jehovah Rapha cleanses him. Restores him not to the rough skin of a 35 year old, but to the smoothness of a little child’s skin.

Our God knows how to restore…beyond what we even lost!

Naaman need only dip seven times in the muddy Jordan for his restoration. I’m finding out that each time I dip in the Water of God’s Word, I am slowly being restored as well. And I am confident that it shall be beyond that which I lost to begin with!

Excuse me, while I go take another dip!

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Genesis Design

Thanks to a month long trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, I have all 66 passages of the Bible tucked away in my heart (which has served as a soothing balm).

Project 66 has been an incredible benediction and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a tendency to have wondering thoughts and profitless contemplations.

Here is my first verse designed. I don’t know if it is a rough or if it is a final. Final sounds so final, so I’ll probably call it a rough draft! Can you guess what the verse out of Genesis it is?

Genesis

Genesis 1:1-3

Genesis Project 66

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 – 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 – 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 🙂

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!