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hi. thanks for this website, which i only discovered a day or two ago. i went and got out my one year bible, and will make a determined effort to read the whole thing this time!!
i too, love the sermon on the mount. i have read it so many times, usually in the NLT, but the message is great too. thanks for your comments. it's always good to get other peoples thoughts and ideas.
Theresa. (from the U.K)

Genesis 20:1-22:24

“Oops! I did it again,” that should be the refrain that Abraham, formally known as Abram should sing. “Sarah, I’m scared out of my mind that this Abimelech fellow is going to kill me ‘cause you are just so very “fine,” a.k.a. beautiful (1950/60 slang: Fox; today, a “shorty”), and he will kill me to get you so don’t tell them we’re married.” And Sarah had to be at least 89/90 years old. From the time in the garden, “God, the woman you gave me; the snake…” folks cover themselves behind others to hide from fears and to justify behaviors.

Mike, this is my time to laugh at a serious and sinful situation. This is one case of truth is stranger than fiction. Here we have Abraham “pimping” his wife again, we have a man, who believes himself to be innocent, Abimelech, getting a death threat from God. Although Abimelech may be innocent of knowing that Sara was married to Abraham, he was guilty of breaking the Word spoken in the garden, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” (Gen.2:24). The word “wife” is singular not plural. And how secure could Sarah feel with her husband protecting himself at her expense? And in all of this half the truth is a whole lie!

After Sarah has Isaac (visualize a 90 year old pregnant woman walking through the sand—sorry to still be in a humorous mood), God places a clear line between Isaac, the son who is younger, and Ishmael, the son who is older. Isaac is the seed who will carry the “Promise” but Ishmael will not. One was born from a ‘resurrected womb” of a woman long past her child baring years, the other from the desire of the flesh from a woman still able to conceive naturally. The promise, Isaac, was obediently offered up, at least mentally, as a sacrifice by Abraham, but replaced by God with a Ram, a type of redemption that would be offered up by God, the Father in years to come. God is the God of natural impossibilities.

This theme of the younger being accepted instead of the older to carry forth the promise is a theme that runs clear through the Old Testament.

But the passage that really jumped out at me in this reading are verses 17 through 19 of the 21st chapter 17Then God heard the boy's cries, and the angel of God called to Hagar from the sky, "Hagar, what's wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy's cries from the place where you laid him. 18Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants."
19Then God opened Hagar's eyes, and she saw a well. She immediately filled her water container and gave the boy a drink.

Hagar felt hopelessness and despair about her situation and that emotional state blinded her from seeing the provision, the well, provided for her by God until God opened her eyes. My prayer and the lesson I want to learn from this passage is not to allow myself to take my eyes of the one who provides, God, so that I miss seeing the well He has provided to sustain me.

Matthew 7:15-29

What jumps out from this passage? A job description, we are to be “Fruit Inspectors,” but not tree condemners. The only one who can decide which tree must go and which one stays is the owner of the Orchid, not the other Fruit Trees.

In thinking of the teaching in the particular passage, I ask myself how do we observe and then guard ourselves from wolves and ravenous lions without condemning them? We have a healthy respect for the damage they can do and protect ourselves accordingly. When I go to a zoo the lions are behind special enclosures. Now I love big cats and I had a little cat in my home for almost 20 years until his death. But the big cats I’ve learned to love from afar. I’m not sure how that translates into guarding against false prophets, who obviously must be in the church amongst us or else they would not be prophets who are false, but the concept, the principal is the same.

The other area this covers is the ability to personally know what is truth and what is falsehood. In order to inspect fruit or guard against wolves, one must know what good fruit is and what good peaceful, living-next-to-man-animals, which wont eat us alive, look like. The only way we can know this is to know the Word, which gives us the guidelines, and Wisdom to measure all things by.

Psalm 9:1-12
When I read the Psalms I seldom read or take note of the musical directives that introduce the Psalm, this time I did. And this is just amazing. This direction addressed to the music minister, says, “For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be sung to the tune Death of the Son.” It is the death of the Son, Jesus Christ that allows us to do all the things that are in this Psalm. We can, or I can as a gentile, Thank the Lord (verse 1), I can sing praises (2) because I have been redeemed from the slavery of sin. God has judged in my favor (4). My enemies (death, hell and the grave) have met their doom (6).

The full implication of Psalm 9 and the joyousness of its written words can only fully be understood and appreciated because of the death of the Jesus, the Christ.

Proverbs 2:16-22
This passage continues the list, a long one, of things that Wisdom will save us from. My advice, throw out the list and just concentrate on getting Wisdom. Surly there will be something that will come up that is foolish that is not on the list. But, if you have Wisdom you will be able to spot the foolishness without referring or trying to recall the list because yesterday we read that Wisdom will help us to spot evil.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Hi; This web site has been one of the great discoveries I have made. I had been praying last year,to the Lord to show me how to read the Bible in 2005 in a way that was no "boring". Looking in the internet I found the site. What a great way to do it. Besides with the Bible blog there is enough food for thought. The comment on the Beatitudes and the "Tower of Pride" did hit me hard...........PRAISE the LORD for that. I had read the bible many times, but this time when I am reading it, is like I never did it. Every day it seems that I find and learn something new and God speaks to me in a different way. Thanks Mike for been the link to a closer relationship with God. He will bless you abundantly, Eugenia

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