Thursday, October 15, 2009

Day 13: 352 days left…97 books to go!

Genesis 38:   Judah & Tamar
  •  Crazy story that Francine Rivers spins her own version of in her Lineage of Grace Series ...can't imagine the past-lives where if your husband died, you were forced to marry his single brother(s).....the times pushed Tamar to such measures as to trick her father-in-law into impregnanting her...and to this his response is, "She is more righteous than I."  Verse 26  Many things in the Bible I will never understand!
 Genesis 39:  Joseph & Potiphar's Wife
  • There are so many notable verses in this chapter about how God took care of Joseph after he was sold into slavery...."The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.  When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant.  Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.  From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of hte Egyptian because of Joseph."  Verses 2-5
  • "Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph"  Verse 7.....  but he continually refused her advances...and because of this, she framed him and he ended-up thrown in prison...."...the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.  So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there...the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did."  Verses 21, 22 & 23b
  • One of my favorite adaptations of the life of Joseph is this one featuring Ben Kingsley...check it out!  Joseph 
Matthew 12: 1-21  Lord of the Sabbath & God's Chosen Servant
  • "I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent.  For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."  Verses 7 & 8
  • "How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!  Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."  Verse 12
  • "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.  He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.  In his name the nations will put their hope."  Verses 18-21
    • My church did a beautiful display with this analogy of "bruised reeds & smoldering wicks" a while back....wondering if it's the same idea that God can still use cracked many of us feel like bruised reeds or only smoldering wicks?  God is not here to break us or snuff us out....He's here to bring us to justice and we can put our hope in that..... 

No comments:

Post a Comment