Devotionals

Old Testament

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Last September I started reading the Bible through in a year and blogging about it. After a few months, I felt I was focusing too much on blogging than reading so I stopped blogging (but kept reading). Today I finished…

God is Creator

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Sometimes I have those moments of clarity where God’s unlimited ultimateness seems obvious and clear. I had one just now in Jeremiah 51:15…       It is He who made the earth by His power, Who established the world…

Samson’s Eyes

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    Samson had a lot of issues. Mostly self-discipline: he wanted whatever he saw and he was never told he can’t have it. Mostly that wound up being women and when it didn’t go well people tended to die.…

Devotional Break

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I may take a break from posting about my devotional time. I’ll keep reading and commenting as I have been (see here), but I may not blog about it. I may come back to it, do it from time to…

Chapter Topics: Deuteronomy

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1-4 Journey Reviewed 5 10 Commandments Repeated, Moses as Mediator 6 Obey and Prosper 7 Warnings, Promises 8-10 More Review, Tablets Rewritten 11-12 Blessings, Curses for the Land 13 Idolatry 14 Clean and Unclean Animals 15 Sabbatic Year 16 Feasts…

Deuteronomy 34:9 – Next Shift

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“Now Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom…” Moses dies and Joshua steps in. It’s a great transition from one ‘servant leader’ to the next. Moses is gone, but the plan continues w/o a hitch…

Deuteronomy 28:15- Obey or Pay

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Chapter 28 lists out some great blessings for the people if they obey – basically, everything will be great. But if they don’t, basically those same things will be bad… very bad. Really, really bad. What occurred to me is…

Deuteronomy 30 – God will…

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Chapter 30 has a lot of “God will…” statements: restore you, gather you, bring you, prosper you, circumcise your heart, inflict (on enemies), etc. It’s referring to after the captivity when they return to God to obey. And that’s the…

Deuteronomy 8:5 – Struggles Prepare

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“Thus you are to know in your heart that the Lord your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.” NASB He’s referring to the time wandering in the wilderness. The hunger, manna, thirst, struggles, wanderings, etc. – it…

Chapter Topics: Numbers

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1 Census 2 Camping 3 Levites as Priests, Firstborn 4 Duties of Levites 5 Defilement, Adultery Test 6 Nazirite Vow 7 Offerings of the Leaders 8 Lamps, Levites to Serve, Retirement 9 Passover, Cloud 10 Trumpets, Camp Moves 11 Complaints,…

Numbers 35-36 – Cities of Refuge

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God had some interesting protection for people that accidentally kill someone. Not murder, but kill. Important distinction especially for the 10 Commandments: Exodus 20:13 “You shall not murder.” Basically, it seems to be about intention. If it’s intentional/premeditated, it’s murder.…

Numbers 22-23 – God Questions

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Israel camps in Moab (across from Jericho). What do you think Moses is thinking being back in Moab? Balak, king of Moab, sends for Balaam to curse the Israelites. Who was Balaam? Apparently a fairly well-known prophet. He talks to…

Numbers 20-21 – Serpents on a Stick

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Miriam dies (haven’t heard from her since her ill-fated power snatch attempt) and Aaron dies soon after. The priesthood continues though – we still need that. The people grumble… shock… wishing they’d died before the Lord w/ their “brothers”… not…

Numbers 15-16 – No One Ever Arrives

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God gives instruction on entering the land. Unfortunately, it’s instruction for the next generation. A man breaks the Sabbath and is stoned. The Sabbath is serious. God is serious. The punishment is serious. They actually took it seriously. However, right…

Numbers 9-11 – You want What?

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So many great points in these chapters! God accommodates exceptions for those not able to celebrate Passover for legit reasons. If you’re just a slacker, you’re out! Move when God moves and stop when He stops. Be aware of which…