Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

If anyone is out there or reads this blog, I apologize for not keeping up with it this past year. I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season, always remembering to put the "Christ" in "Christmas". I hope to continue to update this blog this year.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Buttons is out of surgery, ya'll. Her white blood count was a little low this morning, but the vet said that was normal considering she had her annual shots a few weeks ago. They said she came through really well, is awake and looking around. I'm sure she's looking for Mom! I have to wait until 2:30 to pick her up. That's going to be a long time.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I don't remember whether I told you about the incidents with reading about or hearing about Joseph. There were four incidents in a row that brought the story of Joseph to my attention. The only reasoning I can make out of it is that no matter what happened to him, he didn't blame anyone. He said it was all in God's plan. I wish I had that faith, to believe it was all in God's plan and ultimately not to blame people. It's easier said than done.

A few quotes I've heard lately: "God will use us in proportion to our willingness to be shaped like Christ." by Dr. Charles Stanley. "Don't ever underestimate the impact of your life on others." by I'm not sure who.

OK, on to Exodus now. I've got a lot of catching up to do, and I promised one friend that I would indeed post this weekend to my blog. So, I have to keep my promise. I know that I've missed some verses and passages, and maybe one day I'll get back to them. But for now. . .

Exodus 6:2-3 - God says he is "Yahweh - 'the Lord'" and that he appeared to Abraham, Issac, and to Jacob as "El Shaddai - 'God Almighty'". but that he did not reveal his name of Yahweh to them. I wonder why?

Exodus 6:6-8 - God really lets the people have it. He keeps telling them what he is going to do and then adamantly tells them "I am the Lord". He's really emphasizing that fact and he is trying to ingrain this on their hearts.

Exodus 27 - I can't help but think, when reading about all the precise measurements of the Ark and Altars, Courtyard, etc., of what it would look like. I wish someone would make an exact to-scale replica. Or, if one does exist, I sure wish I could see it.

Exodus 34:29-35 - Lord, I want a "radiant" face. I want it to be known by my face that I had spoke to you. I want you to speak to me so that my face is "radiant".

Exocus 39:3 - Bezalel made gold thread with real sheets of gold. Can you imagine the precision needed to cut a sheet of gold into a strip so small as to be as pliable as thread. And then he wove it into the fine linen! Amazing!!

Exodus 40:12 - God tells Moses to present Aaron and his sons to be anointed, even after Aaron made a golden calf for the people. See how God forgives.

Numbers 7:1-89 - The dedication offerings by the 12 tribes of Israel were all the same. So why were they each recorded individually?

I must say here that sometimes the jottings I post about the Bible may not be in order of the Books of the Bible because this year I'm reading through the Bible chronologically, as I stated in an earlier post.

Leviticus - People were allowed to bring birds (turtledoves or pigeons) as sacrifices for sin. Where did they get the birds? Were they raised as a heard of cattle or sheep? Were they pets?

Leviticus 16:1-34 - Several things come to mind. First, again God restricts the area Aaron goes and what he sees -- no one allowed to see God. Next, vs. 21, Aaron lays his hands on the goat's head and transfers the peoples' sins to the head of the goat. Then God says in verses 29 - 31, "you must deny yourselves". I'm not quite sure of what this means.

On Feb 22, I heard a Joyce Meyer sermon on TV. She said "Don't CRAVE to get rich." She also quoted Phillippians 4:11-12 - "learned how to be content". Then she said "How you behave in the wilderness determines how long you'll stay there." Makes sense to me. And reminds me of the 40 years the Israelites spent wandering in the wilderness. Took a long time for a lesson to set in.

Leviticus 17:11 - First mention that I've read of the blood being given in exchange for a life, like Jesus' blood being shed on the cross for me! Praise God!!!

Leviticus 19:2 - God tells us "You must be holy because I, the Lord, am holy." We should act and behave as we are holy, for God says so! No excuses!!

Leviticus 19:18 - "Love your neighbor as yourself." This is also one of the Beatitudes. In the Old Testament, God basically tells us how to live.

Leviticus 21:17-20 - Why does God exclude people with "defects" from qualifying to give sacrifices at the altar? What does a defect have to do with this? God knew in advance that these people would become handicapped,l so why exclude them?

Numbers 3:39 - Isn't it amazing that the total of all the counted males was an exact 22,000 number - even - not 22,001 or 21,999, but an even number.

OK, friends, now I am caught up with my notes. But, there are some missing. Hopefully I will take the time to create them soon. As for now, good night and God Bless. Until I write again. . . thanks for reading.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Genesis 15:5 - This is only one of many references to stars, how numerous they are. And to think that He placed each one in the sky, in an orderly fashion. Every time I look at the night sky, I marvel at God's handiwork.

Genesis 17:7 - God again made a covenant, but now He says this is an "everlasting covenant. I will always be your God. . ." God will never leave us. We are the ones who leave God. I'm so thankful for his forgiveness!!

Genesis 18:14 - "Is anything to hard for the Lord?. . . " I just LOVE this reference, knowing the answer.

Genesis 18:1-15 - God tells Abraham that Sarah will have a child. Abraham is 100 years old, and Sarah, too, was old. Can you imagine how you would feel if God told you something like this? I would probably be like Sarah, and laugh. But this is a true testament of God. He keeps His word.

Genesis 16 to 22 - Isn't it just like women. . . Sarah and Hagar not getting along. Sarah jealous of Hagar even after Abraham did what she asked. God showed so much patience and love with these women.

Genesis 22 - What can I say? God tested Abraham's faith by asking him to sacrifice his son. I can't imagine how I would react. I would be pleading "No, Lord -- not my son. Take me instead." But Abraham, we are told, didn't even question God. He just obeyed. What faith he had in God. If only I was a little like Abraham. . .

Genesis 24:1-4 - I Chronicles 1:32-33 - Abraham married another wife, as told in Genesis. But in 1 Chronicles, the Bible says "concubine", not "wife". Which is it?

Genesis 25:22 - Rebekah was pregnant and she actually felt the twins struggling in her womb. Then the Bible says "So she went to ask the Lord about it." She didn't hesitate. She just naturally went and talked to God. Isn't this a great example of everyday prayer. Shouldn't we talk to God, Jesus, as if they were beside us? Which they are.

Genesis 25 - 27 -- I don't quite get the whole thing of Jacob stealing Esau's birthright. The Lord said that Esau would serve Jacob. Buy why did he have to steal Esau's birthright? And it turned out okay. Also, Issac tricked people about Rebekah, saying she was his sister, not his wife. There are some things I'm sure I won't fully understand.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

I don't think I will ever catch up this year with my jottings. Maybe one day. I just get busy and don't take the time. Well, here's some more for your perusal.

Genesis 8 - During the flood, even the "underground" waters were flowing and stopped when the flood was receding.

Genesis 9 - God made a covenant with Noah that he would never again flood the earth. And the sign of the covenant is a rainbow. I've always loved seeing a rainbow. How wonderful is this reminder of God!!!

Genesis 9:18 - 10:1 - I don't really get why Noah cursed Canaan, the son of Ham. I guess it was wrong to see your father naked. I'm just not sure . . . Even Noah, as blessed as he was and as favored by God, got drunk. Shows us, all sin. . .

Genesis 11 - Tower of Babel. I believe that God has an ego. First, He didn't want Adam and Eve to stay in the Garden of Eden after they ate the fruit of the tree of good and evil because He didn't want them to eat the fruit of the tree of life. And now here, He says that the "people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them." So, He said, "Come, let's (again, more than God, i.e., God, Jesus, & Holy Spirit) go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won't be able to understand each other." God didn't want people thinking like they were God.

Here's a question for God. Why does he say in Genesis 6:3 that "humans. . .normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years. . ." but many people after this passage, i.e., Shem, lived to be 600 (Genesis 11:10-11)?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Genesis 3:22 - God says "us", meaning God, Jesus, & the Holy Spirit. This is also the beginning of humans knowing the difference between good & evil. There is so much going on in the first chapters of Genesis. Time is not as we know it. How many children did Adam & Even have? When did it become not acceptable to marry kin? It had to ahppen after the first "sin". But acording to my chronological Bible, Eve didn't have children until after they sinned. So, it seems as if they intermarried for some period of time.

Genesis 5:23 - Wouldn't it be great if God just "took" us to heaven, like Enoch. I would love to sit and hear Enoch talk. Wouldn't you?

Genesis 6 - It's hard to believe that God hated all the people and their sin so much that he felt compelled to wipe out the whole earth except for Noah and his family. I would like to be like Noah and "find favor with God". Can you imagine what your neighbors would say if you started building a boat in your yard as big as the Ark? But we are told that Noah did everything exactly as God commanded him.
I am very behind in posting to my blog. I was real busy last week and didn't take time to jot down my thoughts. Back to my Genesis accounts. Genesis 1:20-23 - And on the fifth day, God created fish, sea creatures, and birds. And they, too, produced offspring of the same types. Genesis 2:8 - God planted a garden. How great is that? He was a farmer before the word was invented. Shows us we should do the same. Genesis 1:20 - God said "Let the sky be filled with birds." In Genesis 2:19, God formed 'from the ground' all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. Were these all the same, or different birds. Seemed to skip a little here. Genesis 3:8 - God walked in his garden. Won't it be great when we can walk side-by-side with him in his garden!!

Just a note - After Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, God even made their clothes. I just love everything I notice the more I read in the Bible.