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Through the the Bible in one year 2018; 24th March

Several times in our readings today we are reminded to walk humbly and in obedience to God.

Deuteronomy 10 verse 12 & 13 says; “And now , Israel , what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

Deuteronomy 11 verse 1 says; Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.

Then in John 14 verse 15 we see Jesus say “If you love me, keep my commands”

God wants us to obey his commands out of a love for Him and not of fear. He sees our hearts and knew that the hearts of the Israelites were far from him.

Jesus told the Pharisees that although they were obsessed with minute details of the law, their hearts were far from God.

We have though a promise that if we are obedient to Him, follow and trust him, he will bless us.

In Deuteronomy chpter 11 verse 26 to 28 we read;

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse – the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known .

We have been reading how the Israelites struggled because they didn’t do what God had commanded and if you have read ahead you will know that they still don’t seem to learn.

We have a choice, lets choose wisely

The readings for Saturday are;

Deuteronomy 12 & 13

Psalm 83

John 15


Through the Bible in one year 2018; 20th March

It’s good sometimes to look back and take stock of our history.

In our readings today in Deuteronomy and Psalms we are reminded of the story so far.

The Psalmist says in Psalm 78 how he will tell of the “things from of old”

He is not only reminding himself and those listening of what has happened in the past. He is wanting to pass it on to the next generation.

At this stage in Deuteronomy all the adults that left Egypt have died and it is time to prepare to enter the promised land.

Many of the people would not know or remember everything that had happened in the history of the Israelites. Perhaps some of them were fearful of what was going to happen.

Would they succeed?

Can God provide?

By reminding ourselves of where we have come from we can build up our faith that God will continue to provide for and take care of us.

He has been faithful in the past and will continue to be so in the future.

Even in our current lives our nations have history, some of it good and some of it bad.

If we are wise we will learn from the past and will avoid making the same mistakes.

You can see even in Deuteronomy they were still making the same mistakes which is why they needed reminding.

Lets heed the warnings and trust God and not continue to make the mistakes the Israelites did.

The readings for Tuesday are;

Deuteronomy 4 & 5

Psalm 79

John 11

Through the Bible in one year 2018; 19th March

Some parts of the Bible are difficult to read, especially the books of the law and Chronicles.

Today we started in Deuteronomy and I was wondering why it was called that and what it meant.

Doing my usual quick look on line I discovered that Deuteronomy is derived from a Greek word which means “Second Law”

This would seem to be a good name as it follows on from the previous lot of Laws and regulations that Moses gave.

However it seems that this is a mistranslation of the Hebrew name which is Devarim which means “spoken words” And is derived from the opening sentence of Deuteronomy 1 verse 1;

“These are the words”

The readings for Monday are;

Deuteronomy 2 & 3

Psalm 78

John 10

Through the Bible in one year 2018; 15th March

Sometimes there is more behind a story than first appears.

In John 5 we read about the man at the Pool of Bethesda who apparently had been there for many years and had been disabled for 38 years.

Now if you really think about it, his response to Jesus asking if he wanted to be healed was a little strange. Rather than say “yes” he starts to say how he has no one to help him get into the pool. Was he placing his faith in the pool more than Jesus? Perhaps.

Now another thing to consider is that some of the people that waited at the pool did very well financially from wellwishers and there were some places that were more lucrative than others.

There is some thought that this man occupied one such position which is why he was perhaps not so bothered about being healed. He was possibly up in the covered colonnade and was comfortable with his life. If he was healed, he would possibly have lost his livelihood. He may have never worked and wouild not know what to do. It would be a big change and risky for him.

Now I wonder…if he had really wanted to be healed, and the pool really was a source of healing, I would think that he would want to be as close to the pool as possible to increase the likelyhood of being the first into the pool when the waters were stirred.

Either way, Jesus demonstrated that he is more powerful than the waters and the disabled man had to exercise his faith by being obedient to Jesus and getting up.

The readings for Thursday are;

Numbers 30 & 31

Psalm 74

John 6

Through the Bible in one year 2018; 13th March

John 3 verse 16 is one of the most well known verses in the Bible, but we also need to remember the context around it.

Starting at verse 14;

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.’ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.(NIV)

We read a couple of days ago in Numbers 21 how the Israelites began to complain again and God sent the venomous snakes among them.  Moses was instructed to make a bronze snake which was raised up and the people would look at it to if they were bitten.  The snake itself was not the “cure” but the obedience and trust in God and following his instructions by faith were what protected them.

Jesus was raised onto the cross to die for us and take our sin in our place.  If we look to him in faith and obey Him, we have the promise of forgiveness and eternal life.  Following on from this we are reminded that is unbelief that condemns us.

God provided a way for the Israelites even when they rejected Him and Jesus provides the way for us.

Don’t reject Him but believe and receive His eternal life.

The readings for Tuesday are;

Numbers 26 & 27

Psalm 72

John 4

Through the Bible in One Year 2018; 12th March

There are some very important lessons in today’s reading about Balek and Balaam.  

Most people only remember this story because of the incident where Balaam’s Donkey talks to him and point out how God can use anything to speak to us,

Balaam’s donkey is also used to highlight his disobedience to God but I think that is not the whole point of the story.

Right at the start Balaam replies to Balek’s representatives that he cannot curse God’s blessed people.

In chapter 23 Balak is still trying to persuade Balaam to curse the Israelites but Balaam realises that this would be futile.  In verse 19 he says;

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being , that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil? 20 I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.

In other words, what God has said will happen, will happen.

If he has spoken a promise to you, it will happen.  You don’t need to try and make it happen, God has an appointed time for it’s fulfilment.

David knew that he was anointed to be King. But he also knew that God would bring that into place at the right time.  He and his followers had several opportunities to kill Saul and take the throne, but he knew that he had to leave it to God and forbade anyone else from “touching God’s anointed one” (1 Samuel 24)

David had the patience and faith to wait for the promise (in this instance) and recognise that he had to respect those God had appointed over him, even though he knew Saul was in the wrong, he still respected him as his King and did not try to take matters into his own hands.

The readings for Monday are;

Numbers 24 & 25

Psalm 71

John 3

Through the Bible in one year 2018; 11th March

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  (John 1 verses 1 – 5 NIV)

What a powerful start to the book of John.

Of course we are also familiar with the start of Genesis;

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth

Did you know that Jesus was there with God in the beginning?

We read through the Bible and see God’s wonderful creation being destroyed and the people rejecting God and turning to their own ways.  As we read, its very easy to think that God then had to come up with a “Plan B” as his original plan appeared to go wrong, but this is not the case.

There are several clues throughout the Bible but in Revelation 13 v 8 there is reference to “the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world”; some translation’s use the word “before”

In other words, in the heavenly realms, it had already happened.  God had it all sorted already.

Now I am not a theologian so am not going to even try to explain how all this works but what I do understand is that God is timeless.  Not in the sense that we sometimes understand as in unchanging but he is not bound by time as we know it.  Time only exists from when God created it in Genesis and when we read about the creation in chapter 1 v 26, God says “let US create man in OUR image”. Jesus was there with Him.

In John we read about the Word being with God in the beginning, without him nothing was created.

It’s mind blowing isn’t it.  Our human minds can’t understand it but its amazing to think that when we pray about something, God is already ahead of us and has already dealt with it.  

The readings for Sunday are;

Numbers 22 – 23

Psalm 70

John 2