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The Joy of Unit-Reading #54 (the Book of Numbers)

The Old Testament book of Numbers is a tough — and long — book! Here are my notes:

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Here are a couple of takeaways from this book:
1. Capital punishment is applied to a variety of sins!
2. We get several passages that deal with God’s wrath.
3. God speaks with Moses as a friend with a friend!
4. Even Moses thought that God lacked the ability to provide for His people.
5. We get some fascinating detail about the Avenger!

My prayer:  “Lord, make me aware of Your holiness.   Keep me from those sins that would be barbs in my eyes and thorns in my side!  Thank You for Your unchangableness — and Your grace!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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The Joy of Unit-Reading #53 (the Book of Leviticus)

I must admit — Leviticus is one Old Testament book I was not looking forward to unit-reading!  But we read through it this morning.  Man, am I glad we are not under the Old Testament sacrificial system!  There is a lot of splashing of blood and slaughtered animals and regulations and sin and guilt and fellowship offerings. Here are my notes:

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A couple of takeaways for me:
1. Offerings to the Lord have an aroma which pleases Him.
2. God cares about process — sin must be dealt with!
3. God’s holiness ought to impact everything we do — what we eat, what we touch, what we look at.
4. Leviticus is clear about homosexual behavior being sin (18:22; 20:13).

My prayer: “Lord, thank You that Jesus is the end of the sacrificial system. But help me, Lord, to put You first in all things! In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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The Joy of Unit-Reading #52 (the Book of II Chronicles)

Continuing our unit-reading of the books of the Bible, we made it through one of the longer Old Testament books, II Chronicles. There is much here, and I was reminded of the following truths (followed by my notes on II Chronicles):

1. God alone knows the human heart (6:30).
2. There is no one who does not sin (6:36).
3. God desires humility from the heart (12:7ff).
4. Capital punishment for those who did not seek the God of Israel! (15:13).
5. God pardons those who set their hearts on seeking Him! (30:19).

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My prayer for today: “Lord, help me to seek You with my whole heart in the battles that I face today! In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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The Joy of Unit-Reading #51 (the Book of I Chronicles)

We are making great progress in unit-reading the books of the Bible! What book or books are YOU unit-reading?
I’ve learned a lot from reading I Chronicles, such as individuals and their names matter to the Lord! I’ve also learned that He is a warrior and wants us to fight the battles He lays out for us! Here are my notes:

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My prayer for today: “Lord, help me to give freely and wholeheartedly to You — and to Your people! In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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The Joy of Unit-Reading #50 (the Book of II Kings)

Wow. What an amazing book — the book of II Kings! There are various rulers of Israel, most of whom turned from the Lord and practiced terrible sins. God was deeply involved in supporting and, at times, punishing His people with invading armies.

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I know these notes are small, but here are a couple of truths which I got from the book of II Kings —
1. It is a capital offense to consult other gods! (1:4)
2. How we envision the Lord to meet our needs often stands in the way of simple obedience (5:1ff)
3. There is a spiritual reality which is real which we normally cannot see (6:17ff).
4. The Lord is able to afflict people with disease (15:1ff), even sending lions to punish His people (17:25).
5. In His anger, the Lord thrust His people from His presence (24:20).

My prayer:  “Lord, make me aware of Your anger at idolatry and help me today to simply obey You!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”

 

 

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Posted by on May 7, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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The Joy of Unit-Reading #49 (the Book of Hosea)

There is so much in the Word of God that I don’t understand.  In unit-reading through Hosea, I am deeply impressed with God’s love for His people — but also with His hatred of their sins and idolatry.  Here are my notes:

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My takeaway from this reading: The Lord is One who can tear His people to pieces that they might return to Him. I dare not ignore His power to do what He needs to do to bring me back to Himself!

My prayer: “Lord, there is much I don’t understand about this book of Hosea. But thank You for Your abiding love — and the discipline You use in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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The Joy of Unit-Reading #48 (the Book of Daniel)

How’s it going with your unit-reading?  This has been an exercise over the last few months to read at one sitting (= “unit-read”) all 65 of the 66 books of the Bible (the book of Psalms is not meant to be unit-read).  Today’s book is the Old Testament prophet Daniel.  Here are some of my notes:

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There is much that I don’t understand about the 2nd half of Daniel’s book!  But here’s my one takeaway:

The true God refuses to share His glory with the “gods” of the nations!  He alone is supreme and worthy of my praise — and He honors His people when they repent and turn to Him.

My prayer for today:  “O God of Daniel, thank You for how You used him and the three Jewish young men to testify of Your greatness.  Help me to stand strong for You, regardless of circumstances!  And give me opportunities to ‘lead many to righteousness.’  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”

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Posted by on May 3, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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The Joy of Unit-Reading #46 (the book of Joshua)

We’re making great progress in unit-reading (reading at one sitting) 65 of the 66 books of the Bible (it doesn’t appear that the book of Psalms is meant to be unit-read).

Today our book is a book of battles and conquest — the book of Joshua. Here are my notes:

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One takeaway for me: One is either engaged in idolatry (worshiping gods that are poor substitutes for the real God) or is submitted to the Creator-God who acts on behalf of His people. Idolatry or reality — my choice. And yours!

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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The Joy of Unit-Reading #45 (the book of Exodus)

Unit-reading the book of Exodus took me 64 minutes. There were a couple of interruptions, but this is truly a fascinating book! Here are some of my notes:

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One of my takeaways: God is sovereign in hardening hearts for His Screenshot 2016-03-23 13.43.43purposes — but we can harden our hearts as well!

My prayer:  “Lord, I praise You for the magnificent way You rescued Your people.  Help me to learn from their mistakes, especially when it comes to the issue of complaining!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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The Joy of Unit-Reading #44 (the Prophet Zechariah)

My goodness, there’s a lot in this “minor” prophet Zechariah! We learn of God’s jealousy over His people, that Satan is the great accuser of the saints, that we are not to despise “the day of small things”! It is the Spirit of God who sends God’s words through the prophets. We see the prophecy about the Messiah entering Jerusalem on a donkey and that shepherds can quickly become worthless shepherds! We are also told that Israel will “look on me, the one they have pierced”! Unit-reading a book like Zechariah is, indeed, a very profitable investment of an hour. Here are the notes I took as I read through this book:

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One takeaway for me: The Lord who blesses is also a God who punishes (with plagues or panic). It is right to fear Him!

My prayer: “Lord, I know so little about the prophecy of Zechariah. Thank You for his message. Help me to worship You as I ought, ‘The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person.’ In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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