« April 28th One Year Bible Readings | Main | April 30th One Year Bible Readings »


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Judges 9:22-10:18

How long does it take for God’s vengeance to rear it’s head? How long does it take a known murderer, appointed by his “relatives” to reap the rewards of his sin? In God’s Perfect Timing. In today’s reading we see that three years was all it took for Abimelech to be destroyed by the very people who placed him in power, each party, leadership and those he lead, were “taken out” by each other.

Within the narrative, we see each trying to get back at each other, a one-up-menship, if you will; but, it was God’s timing that allowed each group to keep their appointment with judgment. In the true meaning of the literary tragedy, both the character flaws of Abimelech and the people who appointed them led to their own self-destruction. Without God the only character is bad character. Selfish and self-centered the people had picked a ruler that was related by DNA only and unfit for the job. Yet God, in spite of their flaws, worked out everything for his purpose.

Abimelech’s story and the people who put him in power is going on today. We take men who are “bramble bushes” promising shade where there can never be shade because of bad character, and turn on them when we don’t get what we want. Men/women who never had it within them to met our expectations because they are not God, despite our effort to make them a god. We go along to get along in hopes that we will grab the crumbs from the tyrants table if we join the posse and muscle our way to the front, near our god. We remain loyal to something and someone that is unloyal to any kind of righteous principle and are surprised when we find no stability. And when our expectations are not met, we turn on our “false” god and rage, while shaking our fist at God.

Whom have I attached myself too, whom have I made an alliance with, whom have I submitted myself too who is not God and never can be?

Grace and peace,

The gospel of Luke contains material UNAVAILABLE in any of the other gospels. Zachariah was struck mute when he DISBELIEVED the angel who told him his wife Elizabeth would bare a child in her old age. John the Baptist foretold the coming of Jesus, he told the people to repent and turn to God for salvation. I love the BEATITUDES and the Sermon on the Mounds, they give me comfort and peace of mind. "Judge not that ye be not judged." Jesus heals a centurion servant when the centurion told him to just say the word to heal his servant and the servant was healed. 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' This is my favorite verse in the Bible. 42Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. 43Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." After talking with his disciples on the third day he ascended into Heaven. These wonderful verses are why this is my favorite book of the Bible.

God's word The Bible,give us such a glorious hope! Where would we be with out Jesus.

I have a question that someone might be able to answer. In Luke 23:46-47, Jesus says

46He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Where in the Old Testament is Jesus quoting this prophecy ?

Just wanted to say I heard that same sermon on Moody radio Chicago. Great sermon and made me think more about the path that my life is on. I have now put things in proper prespective and can truly say that things are starting to become more clearer day by day. It not easy but I know in my heart that through Christ Jesus all things are possible.

Be encourage.

hey mike where did you get that pic of that choir in the purple and white robes

Pride is one of the deadly sins that drives us away from God and disobey His commandments. Pride also hinders us from accepting our mistakes, own our wrong doings and repent of our guilt & sins. How many times we see in our lives and others (particulary leaders) get lost in ourselves and forgets our purpose in life (or think we are above others)? The Beatitudes, the meek (not the proud) will inherit the earth. So help me God.

Some of my friends have gone and some are going to the Holy Land to walk where Jesus walked. That would be a great experience. However, we could walk with jesus right where we are if we just listen and be in tuned of His presence. I pray for this all the time. A lot of times the noise, pull of the world is louder and deadens God's call for me.

I just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading the one year Bible blog and also all the wonderful comments...I do worship God with praise songs everyday along with the radio (KLOVE). They play some of the most beautiful love songs ever written and they are all based on the greatest Love of All!!! Jesus!!! I do also think that everyone(me included) struggle with pride on a daily basis!! Thanks Mike for all ur insights and u too Ramona!!!

Dear Dan near LAX,
How are you? I am fine. My Red Letter edition gives the reference at the end of verse 23:47 as Psalm 31:5, I hope this helps you in your faith journey. Hugs, Raeann

You can be prideful in different areas and in different ways. My pride would be rooted in stubbornness to not yield to God's will which is different in how I perceive that God should bless me. When I have pride it's grounded in bitterness mainly toward God because He doesn't bless our family like every other person around us (Christian and non-Christian) He doesn't give us blessings to flaunt in front of everyone like when others ask for prayer for a safe trip on a cruise or ask prayer that their daughter does well as she auditions in joining the college dance team.

In my early 20's I wanted to obey God "all the way" so I prayed he would humble me to use me better and I told Him I was willing to do anything for Him. Where has that gotten me twenty years later . . . discouraged, a filing for bankruptcy, a husband that's finally getting a career together that will begin to start providing for our six member family, We're living in a trailer house that would never be good enough to invite our Sunday school class too! (You should see the giant holes in the carpet), last year our church gave us 3x as much money as we tithed. My mother's definitely not proud of what I've made of my life (Like everyone else she pities me), and even though a widow, gives me money when she can. . . . I frustratingly have no reason to be proud of possessions or accomplishments. . . Instead I have to pray and ask God to give me understanding to push away bitterness that has risen up in me over the past 19 years of famiy life. And then I have to stop and admit the blessings God has placed in my life even though I really don't want to since I feel like God has forgotten to bless me like everyone else around.

I doubt anyone will read this. . . that's why I'm venting in the biggest way. lol

The comments to this entry are closed.

Subscribe to receive daily blog posts via email:

  • Enter your Email:

February 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29    

Books for the Journey: