I blogged towards the end of last year about finishing well so I can start off the new year right. As I prayed asking God to reveal some ways I can begin this new year, I felt it pressed upon my heart to read through the Bible in a year. I have always wanted to do this, but I never begun nor followed through with such a task before. After searching out several Bible reading options, I have chosen to do this in chronological order; mainly because it made more sense to my brain then trying to read some Old Testament and New Testament both in the same day. With that little bit of background let me say that although I have just begun, there are several fascinating nuggets of Truth my eyes have already read. For example, the whole saying, "Sins are passed down from the father," so true. Abraham lied to both Pharaoh and Abimelech about Sarah just being his sister she was, but she was also his wife), not his wife. We later see that Isaac (Abraham's son) did the same. He lied saying that Rebekah was his sister, not his wife. Both did so out of fear of being killed because of their wives beauty. This next story is not really a sin, but interesting non the least. Esau served his younger brother Jacob, and then Jacob's oldest sons bowed before Joseph, one of Jacob's youngest sons.
Other interesting nuggets, did you know Rebekah had her nose pierced? Yes, you read that right, and if you need proof it's in Genesis 24. ;) Abraham sent his most trusted servant to seek a wife for his son, Isaac. Abraham sent his servant with a nose ring and bracelets for Rebekah, as an offering for becoming Isaac's wife. So, the next time you see someone with a nose ring, remember this story and do not be too quick to judge.
Job. This book in it's entirety is interesting. Though I have read it before, there is such comfort in it. Comfort in knowing that while Job told God exactly how he felt, God ultimately respected Job's honesty and truthfulness. Unlike Job's friends who ranted. (Job 47:7) Oh, and I loved this..."And the LORD restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends...now the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning." (Job 42:10; 12) Job prayed for his friends even after they verbally beat him up for days. He could have see I told you so. I told you I was righteous in the sight of God, but he didn't. He prayed for them. In doing so, although it isn't said I'm sure he also forgave them, and the Lord blessed him for doing so.
These are just a few interstings things I have learned from my daily Bible reading. I have also just started Beth Moore's, Here and Now...There and Then study on Revelation so I'm sure I will all kinds of things to blog about over the next 11 weeks. Happy Monday to you all!
Monday, January 24, 2011
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