Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reading the Bible in 90 Days

Friends,

I have been asked to begin a blog that will allow us to check in with each other during the week as we read our daily scriptures. The goal is to post questions, thoughts, ah-ha moments, etc. as you read through the week. I will try to check in and answer questions - as much as I possibly can! If I need to research an answer I hope you will give me that leeway. Hopefully this will be interactive and dynamic.

Now you need to give me some slack! This is literally my first few words on a blog. For those of you who have experience, feel free to give me some pointers. In the meantime I look forward to experimenting.

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Sooooo.... let's have some fun!

Peace,

Ruth 

7 comments:

  1. Go Ruth! You did it. Here is a reflection:
    This morning in the women's Bible study we read from Matthew about Zebulun and Naphtali. Previously those names would have gone right over my head, but this time I felt an instant connection. One thing this reading is doing is giving me a context for my own faith that I did not recognize before. I understand my story as part of God's story. Yeah.

    Karol

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  2. Some quotes about "A Jealous God" - while I do not vouch for any of the sources, they do seem to all point in the same direction. I have included the web sites so you can read more yourself if you care to do it.

    1)Jealous God - This shows in a most expressive manner the love of God to this people. He felt for them as the most affectionate husband could do for his spouse; and was jealous for their fidelity, because he willed their invariable happiness. http://bible.cc/exodus/20-5.htm


    2) A jealous God! How can a God who is holy, just, loving, gracious, merciful, and long-suffering possibly be jealous? We need to explore a side of jealousy that may have escaped us. The root idea in the Old Testament word jealous is to become intensely red. It seems to refer to the changing color of the face or the rising heat of the emotions which are associated with intense zeal or fervor over something dear to us. In fact, both the Old and New Testament words for jealousy are also translated “zeal.” Being jealous and being zealous are essentially the same thing in the Bible. God is zealous—eager about protecting what is precious to Him.
    http://bible.org/seriespage/jealous-god

    3) There is heat in God's relationship with His people. Within the Ten Commandments, in the second commandment, He says, "For the LORD your God is a jealous God." What is jealousy? It is a passionate intolerance, even a hostility, toward a rival. It is also defined as vigilance in guarding a possession.
    In this passage, God is having a passionate reaction against a rival, idolatry. God will not permit idolatry without reacting because idolatry promotes divided loyalties. We are His, and He does not choose to share us with anybody or anything else.
    The pattern is in the way God depicts His feelings toward us. As a consuming fire, He will either purify or destroy with His passion. He is either for something with a great deal of ardor, or He is against something with a great deal of fury. He is for those who are with Him, and He is loyal to the nth degree to them. But He is against sin and disloyalty with just as much heat as He is for those who love Him and diligently seek Him. His attitude is not cool in any way, shape, or form, but hot. He wants us to respond in like manner.
    In what way, are we seeking God? Diligently? Earnestly? Sincerely? With warmth, ardor, and affection? Is our seeking the ardent pursuit of one in love—one who wants to be around this personality and really desires to know Him because we are, after all, going to marry Him and spend all eternity with Him? Or is it a kind of a take-it-or-leave-it, distant, academic coolness because we do not want to make a fool of ourselves or offend others with our zeal? Think about it.
    http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/cgg/ID/1296/Jealous-God.htm

    4) As we discovered earlier after the Israelites escape from Egypt God made a covenant with his people. In part he told them
    "Do not put any other gods in place of me. "Do not make statues of gods that look like anything in the sky or on the earth or in the waters. Do not bow down to them or worship them. I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God. (Exodus 20:3-4, New International Reader's Version)
    God refers to himself as a jealous God. At first I found the choice of this word difficult to understand. I view the word jealous as a negative word not fitting for our Creator. Overtime I have come to more fully understand this word in the proper context of the whole story of God presented in the Bible. I now find the word jealous used here as a beautiful expression of God's deep and passionate love for his people.
    http://www.mybibledevotional.com/2008/02/jealous-god.html

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  3. Thanks, Karol!

    I like the perspective of "red"! There are so many directions one could go with that definition. To "see" God getting red over God's deep feelings for a people (me) who place things of lesser importance before commitment to faith is simply overwhelming to me. Grace abounds through out our readings this week. People are faithful then they turn away then God intervenes then they are faithful.... over and over. Thank goodness God didn't give up.

    So.. we need to be cognizant of our relationship with God. Of what is/could God be jealous of in our lives?

    I am so pleased to do this reading and being astounded by God once again.

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  4. Good morning! This is my first time on a blog. I'm just now packing up to get to quilting, so will "talk" later. Interesting..........Ruth G.

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  5. Thanks for creating a place where we can continue the conversation outside the classroom. One of my ah-ha's in reading through the law is how we tend to "personalize" the commandments - make them about me or even more so - you! This week's discussion led me to a different understanding of the law as descriptive of God - who God is and what God expects of us: "I am holy and you are to be holy."
    This class has been a great experience at reading the Bible as one might look through the wrong end of a telescope. Instead of pulling things in, we are pulling out to gain a much wider and deeper picture of God.

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  6. I was struck by the term "world view" in this week's lesson (Week 4). It is interesting how one's world view can make them either an instrument or obstacle. I've included more thoughts on my blogpost this week (edward07.wordpress.com)

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  7. I enjoyed this week's comment: "Life is like a roller coaster, not a monorail." How true! Especially when we consider all that has happened in our world during the past few weeks. Everything seems uncertain and the Wisdom literature reminds us to seek a foundation that is built on the "fear of the Lord." This fear is more likened to "awe or respect" as members of our class shared. Hang on!

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