December 10, 2014

days 2-7 of 90

I thought as I went through the 90-day Bible challenge I would jot down some verses that jumped out at me ... but it turns out that just reading each day's chapters takes a good chunk of my time.

However.

I did take some notes, so I'll share them, albeit a bit after-the-fact.  I'd welcome your responses to my many, many queries!  Here goes:


day 2 of 90  [Genesis 17:1 - 28:19]

God, wanting to confide in his friend:  "Shall I conceal from Abraham what I am about to do?" (18:17).  Or something else?

Lot's reluctance to leave Sodom (19:16, 18) - ?!?  What on earth was so dear to him there that he hesitated to leave despite angelic visitors warning him of destruction and urging him to evacuate?

"Invoked the Lord by name" (21:33, 4:26) - ??  I'm using the Revised English Bible that my Farmer got during his study-abroad semester in Great Britain.  Other versions use "called on" or "worshiped."  The International Standard Version (with which I am not familiar) uses "profaned."

Rebecca, seeking guidance of the Lord about her pregnancy, and receiving prophetic words (25:22,23).  This does not quite jive with the Biblical (Pauline) image of women I grew up with (1 Corinthians 14:35)....

Jacob - from whom came Jesus - grasping from birth at what was Esau's (25:26, 31; 27:19).

Isaac, telling the same old "my wife's my sister" deception as his father (and to the same king, too! 26:7).

The first Rehoboth, a well named because "the Lord has given us room" (26:22)  [well, okay, the very first one was Nimrod's city, Rehoboth-Ir].  Wonder what's behind the beach town of the same name?

More invoking of the Lord by name (26:25).

That God would honor a blessing given because of a deceit!!  (27:23, 28-29)


day 3 of 90  [Genesis 28:20 - 40:11]

Second tithe: Jacob, to God (if God protect him & provide food & clothing, and bring him back in safety: 28:20-22)  [first tithe:  Abraham to Melchizadek 14:20]

Poor, poor Leah - unlovely, unloved (29:17,25, 30).  But God saw, and it was from Leah's womb that Jesus' lineage came.

"you have striven with God ... and prevailed."  (32:28) - !!!  Who strives with GOD and comes out on top?!  What on earth does this mean?

Joseph "told tales" about his big brothers to their father.  (37:2)


day 4 of 90  [Genesis 40:12 - 50:26]

Joseph, sending his brothers back with good news to their father, warning them not to quarrel on the way - ?? (45:24)  About what, I wonder, did he think they would quarrel, and why was it his place to so admonish them?

And the double-ness of the entire Egypt story: Joseph sent on ahead to provide for them during the famine (45:5, 7), yes - but also to move the entire Israelite family to Egypt to be there 400 years as slaves.  A friend was just telling me the other day that sin must serve some purpose, else God would never have allowed it to enter the earth.  And this on the tail of my own thoughts that morning - why Satan?  Why the initial fall of an angel from perfect harmony with God?

Why the centuries of slavery for God's "chosen" people?  Like Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, wondering if it was truly a blessing to be so "chosen."

Hmmm, but in chapter 47 Joseph effectively turns the entire nation of Egypt (and parts of Canaan?) into slaves for Pharaoh, after collecting all their money & all their livestock & all their land in payment for the food (which he had collected from them in the first place (41:34, 48).  So he enslaves them, and his descendants become enslaved by them.  Interesting.

day 5 of 90  [Exodus 1:1 - 15:18]

day 6 of 90  [Exodus 15:19 - 28:43]

day 7 of 90  [Exodus 29:1 - 40:38]

All that blood on the priests gorgeous vestments!  (Ex 29:21)

"Soothing aroma" (Noah's sacrifice and now) 29:25 & 41 - the smell soothes God?

"Cleanliness is next to godliness" (30:18-21) - Aaron & priests must wash before entering Tent of Meeting.

Ohhh, the anointing oil and the incense!  The temptation to make our own, to smell that aroma concocted by God Himself for His pleasure!!

Craftsmanship is from God:  31:3-6 - "I have filled him with the spirit of God, making him skillful and ingenious, expert in every craft, and a master of design, whether in gold, silver, copper, or cutting precious stones for setting, or carving wood, for workmanship of every kind.  Further, ... I have endowed every skilled craftsman with the skill which he has.  They are to make everything that I have commanded you."

The seriousness of the Sabbath - penalty of death for working! (31:13, 15; 35:2-3)

How God disowns the Israelites when they sin, like a disgusted parent, to Moses:  "...your people, the people you have brought up from Egypt, have committed a monstrous act" (32:7) and how Moses turns it back: "...your people, whom you brought out of Egypt ..." (32:11)

I love that the effect of spending time with God Almighty was a luminous face! (34:29)

On building projects:  when the Israelites built their Sanctuary, so many people gave voluntarily that they had to be told to please stop giving, because there was already more than enough.  (36:6-7)

So what a cherubim was was common knowledge??  There is exquisite detail on how to make the flowering almond candlestand, but the instruction to make cherubim (gold ones over the Ark's cover, and embroidered ones on the curtain) is just casually tossed in there, in a sort of "well everyone knows what they are" kind of way.  Huh?!



Well, that was helter-skelter.

Have you any insight on these passages to offer me?


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