Archive for July, 2011


Day 199 Isaiah 23-27

Day 200 2 Kings 18:1-8, 2 Chronicles 29-31, Psalm 48

Day 201 Hosea 1-7

Day 202 Hosea 8-14

I Liked this:

14:9 Who is wise? Let them realize these things.
   Who is discerning? Let them understand.
The ways of the LORD are right;
   the righteous walk in them,
   but the rebellious stumble in them.

Day 203 Isaiah 28-30

I likes this: 30:20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Day 204 Isaiah 31-34

Day 205 Isaiah 35-36

I’m all caught up!  Heaven help anyone who attempts what I just did!  reading 10 straight days worth of Prophesy will make you go cross-eyed! Sorry God, but I have sympathy for the Kings during the days of Isaiah… he was long-winded and depressing, at least concerning the immediate future.  He does talk of a happy ending, but not for a few 100 years.  That’s just mean!  God your timing bewilders me at times…

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Day 193 Amos 6-9

Day 194 2 Chronicles 27, Isaiah 9-12

Day 195 Micah 1-7

Day 196 2 Chronicles 28, 2 Kings 16-17

Day 197 Isaiah 13-17

Day 198 Isaiah 18-22

    Isaiah, Amos, and Micah.. boy howdy I bet these guys were the life of the party back in the day.  Can you imagine a dinner party with these guys? 

 “Hey Isaiah, how has life been?”

“The LORD Almighty is mustering
   an army for war. 
They come from faraway lands,
   from the ends of the heavens—
the LORD and the weapons of his wrath—
   to destroy the whole country.”

“That’s alarming.. Uh how about you Micah what do you think?”

“Because of this I will weep and wail;
   I will go about barefoot and naked.
I will howl like a jackal
   and moan like an owl.”

“That should be interesting to see, call me when you are getting ready to do that.  Amos?  What’s your take?”

“Do horses run on the rocky crags?
   Does one plow the sea with oxen?
But you have turned justice into poison
   and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness— 
you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar 
   and say, “Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?”

“OK Amos, that made no sense AT ALL.  But we’re all entitled to our own opinion I suppose…” 

All fun aside, they were right.  From Asherpoles and high places to divination and the worship of other gods the Israelites has deluded the worship of the one true God to the point of redundancy.  Israel was the stage for the coming Messiah, but it needed  serious makeover first.  Pack your bags boys and girls we’re moving to Assyria, or Babylon whichever comes to get us first courtesy of God Almighty!

How does this apply to me today? Well I have to wonder if at times I’ve been guilty of watering down God with other ‘idols” in my life.  Isaiah talks about Jerusalem hunkering down preparing for a siege but forgets the most important element, turning to God for help.  I remember God in my most desperate hours.. but do I run to him with the same enthusiasm during the waiting?

“Just-a”

Day 192  Amos 1-5

 Amos has some harsh things to say about Judah and Israel.. can’t really blame him.  They were messing up big time.  What’s interesting though is God didn’t send this message through a high priest, nor an educated man of prestige… no Amos  a “JUST-A.” One of God’s favorite kind of human’s to use to convey His messages.  I am “just-a” divorced single mother, and could easily sell myself short… offer up excuses to God why I can’t go when He says go.  I could easily think, “well God, My options in serving you are severely limited because I’m a Just-a.”  Well Amos was just a Shepard.  But when God gave him a message Amos rose to the occasion and delivered that message.

Day 184 2 Kings 5-8

Day 185 2 Kings 9-11

Day 186 2 Kings 12-13, 2 Chronicles 24

Day 187 2 Kings 14, 2 Chronicles 25

Day 188 Jonah 1-4

Day 189 2 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 26

Day 190 Isaiah 1-4

Day 191 Isaiah 5-8

   What a week.. both emotionally, and in the bible readings.  I often wondered why things seemed murky to me between the time of David and the time of Daniel. . . Well, because it’s a murky messed up time and I still can’t keep it straight.   It reminds me a great deal of the Mexican Revolution History class I took back in Undergrad.  Lots of overthrowing, killing, ugg…  Man these people were falling short of the bar God set before them,  granted only one set of feet that walked the earth ever reached that bar and he happened to be God incarnate.. but at least some have come a little closer to reaching the bar than the Kings of 2nd Kings.  This is a broken, hurting people experiencing such turmoil and pain.  They knew of the one true God but continuously tuned elsewhere, diluted the truth, and worshiped that which was not worthy of worshiping.  Man was always messed up.  Isaiah would have been difficult to live with.. Prophets always are, but he begins to speak of hope..

Isaiah 1:18

Though your sins are like scarlet,
   they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
   they shall be like wool.

He himself knew he was not worthy and his commissioning was fascinating to me.  The Seraphim took coal from the altar and touched the lips of Isaiah and said “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” … keeping in mind that the tabernacle on earth is a copy of a shadow of the one which exists in heaven, remember that on the earthly altar lambs which were flawless were sacrificed… their blood fell onto the coals under the altar.  In heaven WHO is the lamb that is sacrificed?  Whose blood dripped upon these coals that touched the lips of this unworthy man called prophet? 

Immeadiatly following this came a verse I am VERY familiar with… it was my ex-husband’s favorite verse, and the battle cry of the brigade he went to war with in Iraq:

Isaiah 6:8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

   And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

I’ve made quilts with this verse incorporated into it.

My loved one who left me is not beyond the reach of the mercy of my God.  My God did not leave me, nor did he leave him.  My God sacrificed his Son, so that I may be atoned for my sins, so that when God asked, WHO WILL GO FOR US? May I be able to say… here I am SEND ME.  I believe so would my ex-husband.  I believe, well I dearly hope, that although he is not my spouse he is still my brother in Christ, commissioned and still willing to GO when asked by HIM, much like Isaiah.

Day 183

Day 183 2 Kings 1-4

Elisha resurrecting the Child of the Shunammite followed by feeding 100 with 20 loafs of Barley  are very “Jesus-ish.”  however I found Elijah to be a little more relatable.. He was odd (to say the least!) but Human in his fears.  I LOVED the reading a couple of days ago when after Elijah was particularly upset about his death threats from Jezebel God came to him, NOT in the earthquakes, NOT in the fire but in the still small voice that came afterwards. MAN can I relate to this!!

      Elisha seems to be a little less odd but a little less human and a little more “mythical.”  Why do I feel this way?  I guess in reading the bible I am beginning to expect my main characters to have flaws, Some have bigger issues than others, but they are made more real to me because of their flaws… Elisha thus far seems lacking when it comes to mistakes. . . making him a little less human.

Day 182

Day 182 Obadiah 1, Psalm 82-83

Read it!

 

Day 181, 2 Chronocles 19-23

What a mess…  read it!

Day 180 1 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 18

Read it!

Day 179 1 Kings 20-21

I’m struggling with this concept: descendents of the sinner having to pay for the sins of the sinner.  Why does Ahab live?  Because God knew something we couldn’t perceive as humans, a truly humbled heart… but what of Ahab’s house?

1 Kings 21;29 “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”

A vengeful God or a God who knows his humans?  We are weighed and judged as individuals, and based on our actions we all fall short.  But through sacrifice, redemption and repentant humble heart we are offered our own personal salvation.  Yet our imperfections still stand, when we allow it they can be refined by God’s fire and our path can be straightened but does this guarantee the path’s of our children?  No they are on their own, set to determine their own path.  Our humble heart can be a good example for them but remember so are our sins.  A parent who parent’s with anger will have angry children who do the same.  So is God taking vengeance on Ahab’s sins out on his children or is God recognizing there is a lot more sin for Ahab’s children to follow than his single act of humbleness?

Day 178

Day 178 1 Kings 17-19

“With great power comes great responsibility.”  I wish someone wise and important said this.. but apparently Uncle Ben from Spiderman is accredited as being the first.  I thought about this statement when I read about Elijah.  He was a very powerful and bold prophet.. yet lived a very scary life.  Talk about being dependent on God for your daily bread, let alone keeping you from harm.  Jezebel clearly had it in for prophets of the true God and Elijah was in her cross-hairs… It would have been an easy thing to throw in the towel and just say pick someone else God this is just too much.  But God knew his Prophet and he knew what he was capable of, faith.  May my faith grow a little more today reading about the faith of Elijah… in other words, life could always be worse, so I’m going to be ok!