Deuteronomy 22-28- For our protection!

Among the various laws we read over the week, I was left pondering........a lot!! Some of what we read was strange! Yet, one verse stood out to me like a light bringing clarity to it all!! "For the Lord moves about in your camp to protect you and deliver your enemies to you." (23:14) I love that!!! God gave us laws to use for "teaching, correcting and rebuking" (2 Tim. 3:16) because He loves us!! He wants to protect us! I also had this thought, while I was reading all those rules, like a parent with a child, we don't always get the "why" behind the rule.  At times, I have given a rule to one of my kids and just expected obedience because of my relationship with that child.  My kids know I love them and want the best for them, so for the most part, they obey the rules of the house without asking why. Actually, most of the time, they can figure out the "why" without asking. I noticed that a lot of the rules God put forth in the Law h

Deuteronomy 15-21- Happy Father's Day!!

How fortunate that we are reading what our Heavenly Father has said to us! However, there were some strange, or hard things to process in our reading this week, wouldn't you agree?! Like, our reading today, ch.21, whoa, am I right?! 😳 Yet, even if it sounds barbaric, or not applicable today, there are still lessons to learn.  After all, Paul says in his letter to Timothy that "all Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, rebuking, for correcting for training in righteousness" (2 Tim 3:16). Therefore, we can not throw out scripture that makes us uncomfortable as we read. I have a friend who is a teacher in a Christian elementary school.  She has the privilege to get to teach the Bible to her students daily.  She teaches her students to look for the "Timeless Truths" in what they read.  I love that! So, what were some timeless truths you found even in scriptures you found to be uncomfortable? One timeless truth that stood out to me w

Deuteronomy 8-14- Hungry for some manna?

When one reads the Old Testament through the lens of the coming Christ, it's kind'a easy to see the things that point to Jesus.  Did you see anything this week that pointed to Jesus? I noticed chapter 8 had some big-time arrow pointing!! → = Jesus! Moses was reminding the Israelites about the manna they had in the desert.  "He (God) humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone by on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." (8:3) Did that sound familiar to you? It should!  Jesus, himself, quoted that verse to the "tempter" in Matthew 4:4. I also can't help think of the scene when, once again, God was providing a miraculous amount of food for the people that gathered around Jesus on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  Jesus even reminds the people the same thing Moses was reminding the Israelites about,  "Your ancest

Deuteronomy 1-7- Welcome to the Summer Reading Plan!

Here we go, diving into the Old Testament to remind ourselves of our mighty God's wisdom, power, love, and mercy! How did you like the first week of reading?  Chapters 1-3 felt like I was reading the Cliff notes to the book of Numbers.  I loved the brief overview!  It was also great to read the 10 Commandments again in chapter 5; so simple yet so profound!! I mentioned that I was going to be looking for foreshadowing to Jesus as I do my summer reading since I have been told the whole Old Testament (OT) points to his coming.   Well, sure enough, I found some!  How about you?  Did you notice anything that points to Jesus? What I noticed was in the very first chapter of Deuteronomy! The history that Moses was reviewing with the current generation of Israelites regarding the actions of their parents, is exactly the same human behavior we have today!  Wouldn't you agree? And, God was the same back then as He is now!  He foreshadowed the work of Jesus by displaying his charac

Revelation 20- 22- It’s going to be awesome!!

We did it! We are done with Revelation! Congratulations on finishing strong! What stood out to you in this last week of reading? The verses that stood out to me were, “They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away.” (21:4) Did you catch that? Now I know that the Holy Spirit lives in me now, but when he is “with us”  face to face, there will be a new “order of things”. We are going to see Jesus face to face and things are going to be REAL different! How EXCITING!! It’s going to be beyond what we can imagine because we only know and understand the “old order”. Personally, I can’t wait! But until then, I am going to keep reading so I can keep learning new things about my Lord. The Old Testament has lots of good stuff that points straight to Jesus. I am going to hunt for those indicators or bits of foreshadow

Revelation13-19- Maybe sad things can motivate!

We have only three days left of our semester reading!! We did it! The whole New Testament!  Wow, time flys when you are having fun, right?!! Did you have fun? Yeah,....but....umm.....are we having fun right now in the reading? 😧  Some people, reading this section, may feel relief reading how, in the end, evil does not win. One might feel some righteous anger over injustices they have experienced and look forward to the day that the perpetrator will get his due. However, I have found the reading to be a bit sad this week! Yes, it is good to read that the evils of "Babylon" will end, but, you gotta admit, God's righteous judgment on people is overwhelming! The saddest for me to read was the people's response, "..they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him." (16:9) and "People gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but t hey r

Revelation 6- 12- Watch a great review of what we have read so far!

At this point, you might be getting anxious reading John's vision or you are getting very confused.  Perhaps, like me, you are excited!! Through the many times I have read Revelation, I have gone through different teachings and discovered the many different ways people interpret Revelation. There is predominant teaching in our US Christian culture today that became very popular from the Left Behind book series published in 1995.  The thought is that there will be a rapture of believers at an unknown time. With Christians out of the way, all the plagues of the seals, trumpets, and bowls will occur in chronological order in a 7 year period. During that time there will be new converts to Christianity. Christ will then return and rule for 1000 years only to then have to once again engage in battle and finally defeat Satan and Satan's followers.   At the end of the 1000 years will be the judgment of all mankind. I have had a very hard time with that interpretation of Scripture