Monday, July 12, 2010

The Bible in 90 Days #1-7

Bible-in-90-Days1 *I must preface this post by saying that I started a few days early.  I was just so excited to start reading my new Bible!  The special Bible in 90 Days Bible is so easy to read – the larger print is just really helpful!  Anyway, I’m going to attempt to keep a running log of what I read each day and will post each week.  I can’t promise DAILY updates, however; but I’ll at least share weekly with the other participants

Day 1 – you know, this might seem a little bit silly, but don’t we always learn, as kids in Sunday School, that people made fun of Noah for building the ark?  After all, the world had never experienced rain before, so what in the world was that massive construction project he was working on?  Anyway, I didn’t read anything in the Bible today to lead me to believe that Noah faced opposition.  Hmmm. . .

Day 2 – Reading the account of Abraham’s almost-sacrifice of Isaac brought to mind a song that we used to sing in school – God Hath Provided the Lamb.  I was able to find a YouTube video of a church in Kentucky performing this piece as part of an Easter cantata ---

Today’s reading also reminded me of Sight & Sound’s Abraham & Sarah show.  We’ve had opportunity to see it twice, and it’s wonderful.  Reading about Sarah’s death reminded me of a song that Abraham sang to her in the play, but I was not able to find the lyrics or a video to share.  If you ever have opportunity to visit Sight & Sound in either Lancaster, PA or Branson, MO, DO IT!  You won’t be disappointed! 

Days 3 & 4 – I’m talking about Sight & Sound today because I’ve got Joseph on the brain.  The past 2 days readings have been about Joseph and I just saw the Joseph production on my birthday in March.  Sight & Sound was pretty much spot-on with their interpretation of this story. 

Joseph is certainly an amazing example of integrity, isn’t he?  Not only did he resist the temptation of Potiphar’s wife, but he also forgave his brothers for their wrongdoings against him.  Some of my favorite verses in the past 2 days reading is Genesis 50:19-20 ---

But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives . . . “

Day 5 – First thing that came to me in today’s reading is the fact that I would be (and am) a lot like Moses.  Recently, my boss mentioned a possible future public speaking possibility for me, and I said “give me plenty of warning because I need to start practicing now! I am so NOT a public speaker!”  Even after winning a speech contest in high school, I will steer clear of any public speaking opportunities.  It’s just not my thing.  But sometimes, God asks us to step out of our comfort zone FOR HIM, doesn’t he?  What have you had to do for God that was stepping out of yours?

Another thing that struck me was Pharoah’s hardened heart.  I’m glad that God repeatedly tells Moses that HE is hardening Pharoah’s heart – otherwise, he’d come across as a pretty heartless and unfeeling guy to  witness all the plagues God sent against his land and still not let the Israelites go.  Hmmm…

The song of Moses in chapter 15 – being the music-lover that I am – brought to mind several songs that I know and love, based on these verses.  I love that something that Moses sang several thousand years ago is still being sung today.  Pretty powerful stuff!  Wouldn’t you love to hear him?  Maybe we will someday – in heaven.

Days 6 & 7 – During these past few days’ readings, it has become increasingly clear to me that I’m a homeschool mom (I guess that’s a good thing, since I am!)  As I’m reading, I’m thinking of school activities and/or field trip opportunities that we can do to tie in with the Bible readings.  For example, the other day I really wanted to make communion bread.  The recipe we have for it, though, fills 7 cookie sheets!  I don’t think we need quite that much (though we do love it) – so we’ll need to make it a math activity and scale down the recipe a bit.

In Lancaster Co., there’s a Mennonite information center that also contains a to-scale reproduction of the Biblical Tabernacle. I remember attending there when I was probably in about 6th grade (with my Sunday School class).  When I taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade SS and we learned about the tabernacle, I took my class to see it as well.  Now, I’m thinking it’s time for another trip! 

*7 days and Genesis and Exodus have  been read in their entirety!  Moving on to Leviticus tomorrow . . .


Wendy said...

I really enjoyed your post today about your 90 days Bible reading! I am so glad you are enjoying it and doing so well with it. :) I have been having a bit of a hard time getting into a good reading routine, but I am managing to get it done. I did miss one day, but I made up for it the next day. Sounds like you are doing wonderfully well, though!! I was encouraged as I read your post!

SisterTipster said...

WOW, this is awesome! Wish I could do this so fast! YOU GO GIRL...I've given you an award~
Thanks for all you do!

Berry Patch said...

Great job, Heidi! I'm happy to have the first two chapters behind me but I'll really be happy when the rest of the law books are done. I know there is stuff in there to glean, but it's so boring! ;-)

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