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Day 112

Day 112 Psalm 6, Psalm 8-10, Psalm 14, Psalm 16, Psalm 19, Psalm 21

    I really liked Psalm 19.. Not sure why I just like how David points out that the sky almost worships God in its rhythm.  When struggling through the books of law I was really interested in the Psalms that sang praises to the law and how it played a part in their lives.  clearly not all Israelites enjoyed following the law, otherwise we’d have no book of Judges to make us go “Ugg..”  But really we have to be honest and admit at times we have issues with the law of Moses.  So I DO enjoy reading about how David loves it and why.  He credit’s the law as being: perfect,
   refreshing the soul, trustworthy,    making wise the simple,   giving joy to the heart, radiant,  giving light to the eyes, firm,  and all of them are righteous.

   10 They are more precious than gold,
   than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
   than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
   in keeping them there is great reward.

    Clearly I have short-changed the law a little..

Struggling

Day 79 Deuteronomy 28-29

 

      I know a large portion  of the unpleasantness of today’s passages is prophecy. Prophesy is never much fun.. The curses Moses is warning us about will happen to Israel over and over.. But I take issue with some of this, At first glance it’s really setting someone up for thinking if good things are happening to me it must be because I’m a good guy and if bad things are happening to me it must be because I’m a bad guy… like Job’s friends. But we know that’s just not true, first off no one is without sin, and we know of many biblical examples of good people who have bad things happen to them. As we read through some of the more difficult stuff I keep thinking, what do I do with this? I feel the desire and need to reconcile it with my understanding of the Bible as a whole: that grace comes from faith alone not from following the law. We follow God’s commandments because we love him and He loves us not because we think we are capable of following them 100%. Not because we think that blessing and curses are attached to following the law. Anyone else struggling with this or am I alone?

Snuck in there was Deuteronomy 29:29: The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. 

The things revealed… you really do have to uncover some things, wrestle with them for yourselves.  Some secrets God will keep but unraveling the mystery of life is a beautiful thing to behold for what we learn along the journey and from the journey really does belong to us!  That’s why I don’t mind feeling uncomfortable with what I’m reading.. it’s part of the journey and the discovery for myself draws me closer to my maker!

Why Only Half the Lesson?

Day 76 Deuteronomy 17-20

Deuteronomy 18:14-19 Wowza what a Jesus sighting!

     The rest is some tough stuff.. I struggle with some of this, I really do. I found it interesting that when they talk about witnesses and when the accused is found guilty that the first rocks thrown must be thrown by a witness… reminds me of Jesus saying that the one without sin can throw the first stone.

      Also the eye for eye part… reminds me of Matthew 5: 39-39:You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. My daughter knocked her brother’s tooth out last week while they were fighting over cheese sticks in front of the refrigerator… It was kind of loose anyways but Miss E certainly helped it along the way with a good smack to the face.  It was the most dramatic tooth loosing in history of my little family… lots of blood and screaming and well of course I had to whip out the camera and take a photo because the kid is just so darn cute missing his front tooth.  Anyhow, I am VERY grateful we don’t live by eye for eye, tooth for tooth… Missy two-year old is not due to lose any teeth any time soon.

 It’s like the law is only half the message. Why did the Israelites have to wait for the other half?   Is it so that we’d know just how much we really needed Him?  Is it because there could be no completion without Jesus? 

Lord, you are the same throughout the ages.. but so many of us see two different messages spoken in the old and the new testament… I struggle with this.  Give me eyes to see the why.  As I journey to answering this question may it draw me closer to You.

Is He Talking to Me?

Day 74 Deuteronomy 11-13

  I’m not sure if God’s leading me into a period of desert wandering, or a new promise land or perhaps I’m over doing the analogies but I do know my life is taking a dramatic unexpected turn… what now do I do with it?  Over the last two days I’ve felt as though some of Moses’ advice to the young Israelites was speaking to me.  Yesterdays the verses Deut. 8: 2-5 touched me and I thought about them through out the day:  2 Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you. 

   What struck a chord with me was Humbled… right now I feel utterly humbled.  I think of it as a good thing, not necessarily my circumstances (at all) but the opportunity to be humbled by them… it brings us into a much more honest approach to God… we are less likely to take credit for what is good in our lives and more likely to cling to our Maker with all we’ve got.  When something really horrid happens how many of us utter the words, “Oh God.”   No matter how we stray it’s trying times that reminds us who we really should be dependent on.  Through this process there is almost a liberating feeling.. oh, it’s not just my burden to bear, look the LORD is here to bear it with me.

   Today’s passages struck me on an application level as well.. the idea of blessings and curses based on following the law.  In a way it sounds like a dictatorship on the surface.. I honestly think our resistance to following directions is the fundamental foundation of sin… “Eat whatever you’d like except don’t eat of this tree…   [chomp]  ok little missy and little mister we need to talk about following directions!”  The commandments aren’t too horrid, well the big ten at least make sense.  If you keep the ten commandments you’d be better off than if you didn’t.  To me that’s the blessing and the curse… So I’m left wondering (and again perhaps I’m being a little too literal with the analogies, but it’s where I am so put up with it..) as I enter this new “phase” of my life what idols will I encounter and how will I handle them?  How do I navigate this new world keeping the Lord close?  My buddy Jena commented that “There is strength in obedience” after reading today passages.  The Lord knows I need strength right now.  Do what’s right even though every fiber of my being wants to throw a royal temper tantrum the likes of have never been seen before .  I’d be justified, but to who?  How can I keep God’s commandments and avoid idols as I pass into this new life? What would they look like? I only needed to listen to 20 minutes of pop culture radio to be reintroduced to some of the biggies. I won’t know till I’m there, but I’m pretty sure keeping commandments and avoiding idols involves loving and serving God through the yuck, despite the yuck, with in the yuck. 

     I don’t feel like I’m walking into a promise land, but I have been promised that “it’s all going to be ok.”  It’s so vague, too vague.  I want to know how, when, why… WHY I’m dealing with what I’m dealing with.  It’s all going to be ok… I cling to that and I cling to my Maker.  I will try to continue to walk the walk, I will be humbled and be proud of it (LOL the irony just hit me), I will avoid the pitfalls that are sure to come in this new uncharted territory.  I am not alone… with God going before me and friends He’s sent by my side I know, I know, I know I’m going to be ok.

The Law

Day 37 Exodus 22-24

The law… recently someone said to me, “I’m so glad I live under the grace of Jesus Christ and not under The Law.” But as I struggle through reading these, and I have to warn you folks we’re going to be resting on this subject for MONTHS, I can’t help but think.. Can you imagine life without the law? It would have been a disaster. When I say I struggle, I mean I STRUGGLE, even when I try and think of some of this stuff in context of the time I still am a little taken aback at the brutality, and inequality.  I have to say though a nation of what was only a few months ago slaves would certainly need laws, and I think strict laws would work better for this bunch rather than flexible lenient laws.  I can only assume under the Egyptians the brutality of a judicial system for slaves would make Mosaic Law look pretty mild and fair.   This body of broken children of God called Israelites needed God’s love and as a good parent knows that includes discipline.  Are our kids perfect? No. Do they get punished? Yes.  As to the severity of some of these laws, well I have to trust that God knew what was best for back then.  He knew down to the individual what laws needed to be dictated, and He knew they would ultimately fail…

The Got Questions Article “What is The Mosaic Covenant?” really helped me digest some of this, Especially the following: “The Mosaic Law would reveal to people their sinfulness and their need for a Savior, and it is the Mosaic Law that Christ Himself said that He did not come to abolish but to fulfill. This is an important point because some people get confused by thinking that keeping the Law saved people in the Old Testament, but the Bible is clear that salvation has always been by faith alone, and the promise of salvation by faith that God had made to Abraham as part of the Abrahamic Covenant still remained in effect (Galatians 3:16-18).”

     Lord, I ask as I sift through these ancient laws that you soften my heart.  Help me to understand the why behind it all.  Lord some of this makes sense.. some I really struggle with.  I want to know why women are so poorly treated… I can only guess that through your laws their lot in life is improved.  Always remind me that I do need You, there is no doing this on my own and earning my way to heaven… only Your grace, forgiveness and guidence. I Love and thank you Lord.

Bad Bull

I couldn’t help but smile reading about the bull with a neglectful lazy owner who has a habit of goring folks… I know a couple of days ago we read about Moses spending an entire day deliberating over the Israelites’ complaints against one… another and Jethro pointed out the needs for laws and judges. With half a million folks “wandering” around in the Desert with you it makes sense. With these peculiar details existing in the laws it’s obvious God was paying close attention to what was already going on. . . I struggle with some, especially in regards to women, servants, slaves… but I’m with them in regards to the “bad bull”.. His days are numbered!