What the Bible Really Says – Day 99 – April 11, 2016

Our reading plan is this one: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2109-bible-in-one-year-2016
Also available here: http://www.bibleinoneyear.org/
(There are commentary and devotionals associated with the readings, but I am skipping those and, obviously, providing my own commentary here on the blog.)

Today’s reading:

  1. Deuteronomy 11;12
  2. Psalms 43
  3. Luke 12:35-59

Any quotations are taken from English Standard Version® (ESV®) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. ESV Text Edition: 2011

Writer’s note: The views expressed here are solely those of the author and not necessarily those of anyone else associated with Christianity Without The Insanity or anyone or any church or other organization apart from Christianity Without The Insanity.

Yes! I am here. I did not (totally) abandon this blog series. But life and kids and marriage and stress and illness are real things that exist. So I’m here. And I’ll keep at it as best I can.

Deuteronomy 11;12

So we rejoin (at least for the purposes of this blog) the Israelites after they’ve done their census and Moses is still writing his stuff from God.

And it seems like this is all expanded commentary of things we’ve read before. Follow the rules, teach the children, tear down the altars of the people I’m sending you to conquer, in your cities you may slaughter and eat meat, worship in the place I show you…

Really don’t have a comment here. I am often dismayed that I can’t know WHY. Why were these writings preserved and added to the Christian scriptures? Why are we to read and know these things?

And I know there are tons of blog posts and books and opinions, but none of those really tell me WHY God wanted us to read this stuff. Us. Gentiles. (Ok, that’s presumptuous because I know there are Semitic believers…) But obviously God wanted us to know the history and laws and everything of the Israelites.

Psalms 43

The Psalms are great things to read when you’re feeling depressed.  From the psalms we know that David probably suffered, at least temorarily, from depression. And when I was down he wrote. And while sometimes he said “woe is me” he most times always ended on a note of hope.

Luke 12:35-59

Today’s gospel reading drops us into the middle of a conversation Jesus is having with his disciples.

So much stuff about his return! There is a lot in here that so many have interpreted in so many different ways and I really don’t wnat to set off a denominational debate on it, so I’ll leave you with this:

49“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!


 

Tomorrow’s Reading:

  1. Proverbs 9:1-12
  2. Luke 13:1-30
  3. Deuteronomy 13
  4. Deuteronomy 14

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