How the Israelites spared the innocent virgin Midianites. I had a question though. With all that I've done in my past; why do you think God answered my cries of help? To me; the stuff I've done seems worse than the Israelites, but yet God would let them wander in the desert until death of the generation to pay for their sins. Why does he seem to show more mercy on people of today? Don't get me wrong... I totally appreciate it, but I'm just trying to understand why
Why Grandma said the OT might be hard for me to understand. I just see so much death for sin. I realize that all of this took place before Christ died, but if God needed so much death to justify sin before; what changed?
This biblical account is a favorite of mine. Can you believe that Balaam starting arguing with the donkey instead of realizing normally donkeys don't talk LOL. The donkey saved his master.
Hi hon, I got a couple of days behind because of taking g-ma to the hospital and being so sick. I don't like to get behind. If you notice there is a lot of repetition in these last two or three chapters. I know it is hard for us to relate to these things but it does teach us what the cost of evilness and sin is. I hope Jazzy gets better. Tell her Nanny loves her so much. Audra, I hope it is not the flu and that the rest of you will get sick. That put all of us on Tamiflu. I don't know if it help
Why does God's character in the OT seem to contradict the character of Jesus. Example: In the OT, God made it clear that those with diseases had to be sent outside the camp away from everyone else, but Jesus got angry with the Pharisees for treating people that way. Why did God make these rules and then turn around and get mad when the Pharisees tried to do the tuings that were commanded of them?
Now, we are in to Numbers. Did you understand that the Lord at the end of Leviticus forworn the Isaraelites about what would happen if they turned their back on God?
the scripture that says "do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable" was listed right in between telling people not to sacrifice children or have sex with animals. Apparently all of these things were detestable to the Lord. So in some ways; maybe God views homosexuality in the same way as he views a human being having sex with an animal?
Aren't you glad that you didn't have a rash on your body during those days? LOL! We are blessed to have medicines to clear it up.
And now we get to the law chapter. haha kidding. I read a little bit about the chapter ahead of time in my study Bible. It told me what to prepare for, but also to remember the plan of salvation while I'm reading it. Wish we could be doing this study in person together, but this is the next best thing. :)
Why did Jesus get so angry about the Pharisees ` strict attitude toward the Sabbath when God himself demanded death if it was violated? I also found it very interesting that God spared Aaron and the people ultimately because of Moses' intercession even though they all should have been punished. Much like Jesus intercedes for us.
I had a hard time with the chapters from today. Reading all of the details of the ark and stuff was like reading the genealogy in the Bible. hehe. Some of it just seems so repetitive. I hope God will forgive me when I seem to struggle with interest in some parts of the Bible. hehe.
My study Bible indicated why are weeks consist of 7 days. It's biblical related. I never even thought about that. It was the design of God from the very beginning of creation. Example: He made the world in six days and then rested on the 7th day. I thought that was a neat concept. I hadn't ever thought of that before!
Why God allowed slaves. It just doesn't seem like the nature of Jesus. I'll admit. Sometimes the OT gets hard to read because God does seem so strict. Oh well. I'll just keeping plucking away no matter what
If God isn't a big meaniehead (lol); why did he want to kill Moses for not having the circumcision done? That just seems pretty harsh. Time to work through the Old Testament together. :P
Though some of Genesis was hard for me to understand; I really found it interesting just how important "swearing oaths" or "keeping promises" was to both Hebrews and Egyptians. We all break our word left and right in a society like our own. Back then, it was just unheard of. Anyway, I look forward to moving on to Exodus with you.
Audra, this has always has been one of my favorite chapters of the Bible. When you read that Joseph was overcome with with emotion he had to go find a private place and it says he wept very loudly. Can you imagine being separated from your father and family for all of those years? The most amazing passage to me was he told them not to despair and blame themselves because he told them you did not send me here God did. Wow! Joseph offered forgiveness to his brothers but he saw the Bigger picture.
All I have to say is the whole reading on the chapter of Judah was hard to grasp. How bout you? Any comments?
Why did God bless Jacob even after he was dishonest? It's almost like rewarding a liar isn't it? Also, I continually see women be the reason behind so many of the wrong decisions made. It seems as though women actually had more power (at least power over the mind) than most people realize. I see so many people talk about how the Bible makes women look like abused and/or battered beings. However, (Though there may be some instances of this) I see more women convincing men to do sinful things.
Where did the Gentiles come from? How did they come about? I tried to google the answer, but it's hard to find a good answer. I've read that it has nothing to do with heritage, race, or religion; but what makes a gentile then? How did we go from Adam and Eve to having Jews and Gentiles in the first place?
There is a documentary on Netflix done by the history channel about Sodom and Gomorrah. It's really good actually. They believe they've found both Sodom and Gomorrah and just as the Bible states; there is archeological evidence that both cites were destroyed at the same time and fire was indeed involved. Keep in mind however, the archeologists in this documentary (like so many others) seek to find scientific reasons that this could have happened. However, we know the story quite well
I was thinking about how we always wonder why God seemed to talk to people like Abraham while he doesn't seem to talk in the same way to any of us know. I tend to forget that Abraham didn't have the word of God because it hadn't been put together yet. So in some ways; God had to speak to him. Also, I think it's neat how God continually told Abraham that he would spare Sodom if a few righteous people could be found. This is also probably the reason the world hasn't been destroyed yet
OK. I'm confused. My study Bible indicates that God punished Pharaoh for unknowingly sinning with Abram's wife because it showed how far God would go to protect his own people from when they act foolishly. Also, it indicates that sometimes the innocent will suffer for others' sins. Now, my question is this. If God is a completely just God; isn't it contradictory for him to unjustly punish someone? Abram was the one who lied. Shouldn't he have been the one punished?
Was God talking about the Hebrews being slaves to the Egyptians during the time of Moses?
Aunt Gwyn and I read these last chapters of Job. I find it amazing that Job's so called friends had to have Job pray for them before God and ask for forgiveness of misprespresenting God's mission. He even said they had to make a sacrafice to atone for their sins. God saw the friends emotionally abuse Job when he was going through the suffering. I loved how God rewarded Job in the end didn't you? I love you.
doesn't God talk to us like he talked to those in the old testament? Wouldn't it be easier for us to believe in God if he talked to us like he talked to Job or to Moses? I think I would totally believe (without a doubt) in God's existence if God would just somehow talk to me, ya know? I wonder why he won't do that.
So my study Bible indicates that the Bible teaches us that God will not respond to the prayers of his people if they harbor sin in their lives. Since we're all sinful, does that mean he doesn't listen to any of us? Maybe that's why I feel like God doesn't listen sometimes; because of my sin. How can I change that then?
I really liked this scripture because it's so true. If God took his spirit and his breath from the earth, humanity would literally destroy itself in probably a matter of minutes. All good would leave this world and human beings would become like rabid animals. We can slowly see that start to happen the more and more the world rejects God and his teaching. It really is amazing how necessary God is for our world ya know?
that I would have some sort of suffering to help build my faith. I know that probably sounds odd, but I know that suffering can actually build character and it can help strengthen one's faith. Of course I don't want all you know what to break loose, but sometimes I wonder if I'd be a little more confident in my faith in God if I stood strong when up against something bad. Or maybe God just knows I wouldn't be strong enough, who knows. I guess I'll just have to continue being patient. hehe
about the lesson today was the fact that Job questioned why evil people seem to prosper sometimes on earth maybe even more so than righteous people. I've wondered that before. Why do evil politicians get power or why do ungodly people become rich. However, we have to remember one thing. We all die and eternity is what really matters even if we can't fully understand that right now.
I really like this scripture because I too feel that sometimes God remains silent. My study Bible indicates that God's silence is sometimes about deepening our faith while other times we aren't really sure why he doesn't respond. I literally pray nearly every day citing the scripture "Create in me a clean heart O God, a renew a steadfast spirit in me" because I want so bad to have a good relationship with God so bad. Some days I feel like he is changing me and other days I don't
the scripture 13:3 because my study Bible ties it in with the fact that asking God questions (Like Job did), in a way, is like confessing our ignorance. We are desiring his enlightenment through prayer. As long as we aren't seeking to prove God wrong; enlightenment is something we should always want. Therefore, questioning God (or wondering why) isn't always a bad thing.
I'm having some trouble following Job. It's hard for me to understand at times. It seems as though Job is making God out to look like an angry and unjust God. Even my study Bible indicates that. I thought the story of Job was famous for the fact that Job suffered so much, but still he remained faithful to the Lord?
Did you ever talk to Randy about whether or not the chronological Bible is accurate? I only ask because my NIV study Bible seems to indicate that Job did in fact come after Abraham, at least by the biblical timeline. It doesn't really matter, but I'm just curious as to if all Christians believe Job came before or after.
I wanted to point out that God said He would never destroy the earth again and show a Rainbow in the sky. What I love when I see a Rainbow it reminds us of God's promise not to destroy the earth. It is a covenant with His people of all times. Scientists or Atheists take it for granted.
I just thought I'd share that I thought the story of the Tower of Babel was cute. Here these people had become so prideful that they thought they'd show God who was boss. Can you imagine your pal next to you speaking in a completely different language out of nowhere? haha. I just thought that was cute. Anyway, did God really think they could build a tower all the way up to the heavens? The scripture 11:6 seems to indicate that this might be the case. How would that even be possible? Love you guy
I plan to do our yearly Bible reading in the mornings and then, in the afternoon; I plan to do a random devotional or read a random article each day. I try to get Bible reading in at least twice a day. It's kinda a deal I made with myself. Anyway, this article was beautiful. It really made a lot of sense! Hope you both enjoy it as much as I did. Here's the link: http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/you-cannot-have-faith-without-questions.html
What commentator did you say to read on the creation account where Adam and Eve were driven out of the garden?