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awesome site! I really enjoy reading myself, but I tend to take it more slowly. I am really encouraged that there are groups out there who do this together!

I have been reading your blog regularly for some time though I have never posted. I have been reading the One Year Bible since January and I find your blog to be an amazing great tool in learning more about the daily readings. I appreciate all the illustrations since I seem to be the visual type of person. I've learned a lot from your blog! It truly encourages people to read the Bible more and more. This has been indeed a wonderful journey.

So today I wanted to say thanks for all the work you do in keeping this blog so well updated on a daily basis!

It's interesting to see how the more you read the Bible, the more you "get" it. When reading the Bible (even if we don't quite get it at first) we are depositing little seads directly from God's word into our brain. Later, the Holy Spirit can access these seeds when we need them in our life. If we don't deposit anything in our "brain account", we won't have anything in there to access from.

That's why I think reading the Bible is so important. It is a way to directly communicate with him without the use of the "middle man" like you said. And it helps us recognize true gifted teachers who teach God's word based on Bible teachings and weed out those who are "false prophets". It is through God's word that we can connect with him.

You posted in your blog today: "This reminds me of a great lyric off Chris Tomlin's latest album - "If God is on our side, who can be against us?""

You are aware, I'm sure, that this is from Romans 8:31 "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"

It seems important to me to properly credit things that are from the Word of God to God and not to some current day singer who uses it in a song.

Thanks for all of the hard work you put into keeping us going on the readings! :-)

I enjoyed today's readings, although as I started reading Deuteronomy I was also eating my breakfast (egg burrito). When they were talking about cheeks and lobes, I started the reading in Luke!

Anyhow, several things jumped out at me. One is the transfiguration (I read it in the ESV) when the Jesus was left standing alone, and Peter starts saying, "Hey, let's build a shrine.." Then they are enveloped in a cloud and God has "this is my son, listen to Him!" It just cracks me up. Poor Peter thinks he has this great strategy, and then God corrects him--personally. And the lesson is, Listen to Jesus! And how do we do that? But reading and understanding the Word! How exciting that we are doing that together here reading the whole Bible to gain a better understanding and overview.

I also enjoyed the Psalm today...

verse 23: Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.

He is with us...why? Because he holds our right hand. I see it as a picture of a father with a child, holding our hand.

Anyhow, I am sure you got similar observations on that Psalm. It's beautiful.

Re: The Transfiguration that, we spoke of in todays reading. Bible.org was very interesting today. The comment that Bob made "The spectacular never really convinces or converts anyone", is the reason that those who witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus who were Peter, James and John give no gospel account of the Transfiguration. The Lord does not play up this miracle or the mount of Transfiguration.

According to Bob Deffenbuagh: Bob says ( I've copied and pasted this ) Observations
Before we seek to explore the implications and applications of the transfiguration, let us pause for a moment to make an observation about the three who witnessed this event. There were three witnesses to the transfiguration: Peter, John, and James.181 There are also three accounts of the transfiguration in the gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Is it not noteworthy that while there are three witnesses to the transfiguration, not one of them is a gospel writer? Matthew, who wrote one of the accounts, was one of the nine left behind. John, on the other hand, who accompanied Jesus up to the mount of transfiguration, and who wrote a gospel account, does not include the transfiguration in his gospel. I find this most interesting. If such a spectacular event were to happen today, we would be certain to have the “press corps” invited. Jesus did not do so, and He knew what was going to happen (cf. Luke 9:27).

I am not sure that I can explain why this is true, why Jesus would invite three men along, and yet none of them would give a personal account of the event. I think it is safe to say that Jesus did not capitalize upon or emphasize the spectacular. If He handled things as some religious leaders do, He would not only have had the twelve disciples along, but he would have had the radio, television, press, and a huge crowd of witnesses along with him as well. Jesus downplayed the spectacular, while we play it up. Perhaps we need to learn a lesson from our Lord, here

Bob makes 5 points that I found interesting:

1. The Transfiguration confirms the identity of Jesus.

2. His kindom is identified.

3. Clarification is made that Jesus is one who is greater.

4. The crown and cross are one.

5. God can raise men from the dead.

I encourage everyone today to read the commentary at the link Mike provided about the Transfiguration, you might learn something new.

Deuteronomy 18:1-20:20


God, I want to hear from you, but I really don’t want to hear from you. Send me someone, anyone who is willing to listen to you and have them tell me what you said, and so Israel said.

The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to him. This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the LORD your God: "Please do not make us hear the voice of the LORD our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die." The LORD then said to me, "What they have said is good. I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in my name. "But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in my name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. Now if you say to yourselves, 'How can we tell that a message is not from the LORD?' whenever a prophet speaks in my name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him." (Deuteronomy 18:15-22 NET.)

I’m sure if you hear God speak, you will know that God is speaking to you. Yet, if someone comes in and says that they have a word from God, look out. Now, not only must you listen carefully to their words and weigh it against what you remember, you think, are the ways of God, you must also judge if the prophet is true or false. If you get it wrong you are in trouble, and if you get it right you better pray that you have a good memory. If you right it down can you remember where in your multitude of journals you wrote down the word? (Before I began saving my writing to hard drive, I accumulated 18 journals.

Do I put plugs in my ears to block out God’s voice speaking to me, while claiming that if God only sent a righteous person to speak to me, I’ll listen? By the time you finish testing the messenger, will you remember the message?

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Detestable Practices

Deut 18:9-13
"When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God." NIV

The Hebrew word for "detestable practices is "tow`ebah" and is translated elsewhere as "abominations" meaning - disgusting.

I think the NIV is a bit nice on this point. Something detestable is bad, but has the connotation of "being able to put up with". Disgusting on the other hand "turns your stomach", makes you pale to look at, or is just plain horrible.

God is very patient and tolerant until a person or people reach a certain level of sin. When that level is reached - judgment is pronounced on them. Such were the seven tribes inhabiting Canaan.

Besides the rejection of God, the diseases that were probably rampant in these nation states, it may be that it was pure evil that these people lived under as a Code of life.

In this sense it may be understandable why God said all must be destroyed. That way the Israelites would not be physically or spiritually polluted.

Like Mike said, another good commentary from Bob. Everyone should read this commentary. You may not agree with the commentary, but you should read it - especially if you do not agree .


False Prophets, Part II
(Deuteronomy 18:1-22)

By: Bob Deffinbaugh , Th.M.

http://www.bible.org/page.asp?page_id=2398

(same link as in Mike's text)

Hmm... guess TypePad didn't like me pinging two posts so close together:

http://www.chipbennett.net/wordpress/index.php/2006/04/oyb-april-1/

I don't think you can, SATAN

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