Contemplative Bible Reading

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An Unusual Aptitude

August 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Daniel 1:17 (New Living Translation) God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams. God gives us things. God gives us abilities. Sometimes, as in this verse, God gives us an unusual […]

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Kidnappers

August 6th, 2017 · No Comments

Exodus 21:16 (New Living Translation) Kidnappers must be put to death, whether they are caught in possession of their victims or have already sold them as slaves. This is what Joseph’s brothers did to him. Now the law, as stated here, came after the (hi)story of Joseph and his brothers. Still, I doubt that any […]

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The First Holy Sabbath

August 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Exodus 16:22-23 (New Living Translation) 22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much as usual—four quarts for each person instead of two. Then all the leaders of the community came and asked Moses for an explanation. 23 He told them, “This is what the Lord commanded: Tomorrow will be a day of complete […]

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Capital Punishment in Egypt

July 30th, 2017 · No Comments

Exodus 8:26 (New Living Translation) But Moses replied, “That wouldn’t be right. The Egyptians detest the sacrifices that we offer to the Lord our God. Look, if we offer our sacrifices here where the Egyptians can see us, they will stone us… Stoning—throwing rocks at a person until they die—was what God’s people used for […]

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God’s First Son

July 29th, 2017 · No Comments

Exodus 4:22-23 (New Living Translation) 22 Then you will tell him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son. 23 I commanded you, “Let my son go, so he can worship me.” But since you have refused, I will now kill your firstborn son!’” This is one of those posts where I […]

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A Law before “The Law”—the Time of Never

July 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

Genesis 34:7 (New Living Translation) Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the field as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious that their sister had been raped. Shechem had done a disgraceful thing against Jacob’s family, something that should never be done. A group of brothers is furious that […]

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You Carry the Blessing

July 16th, 2017 · No Comments

Genesis 28:14 (New Living Translation) And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. God is speaking to Jacob. God is passing on the blessing and task to Abraham’s grandson as He did to Abraham and then to Isaac. Wow, this is great, right? My family will bless the […]

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Designated for a Special Purpose

July 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Exodus 31:13 (New Living Translation) Tell the people of Israel: ‘Be careful to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you from generation to generation. It is given so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy. God is giving instructions to […]

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Keep the Way of the Lord

July 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Genesis 18:19 (New Living Translation) I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. God is discussing Abraham, who will become the father of many nations. God selected Abraham from all mankind to keep the […]

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Captured Gold for God

July 8th, 2017 · No Comments

2 Samuel 8:7 (New Living Translation) David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer’s officers to Jerusalem David captured gold items from a defeated enemy. He brought to gold to Jerusalem to use for God. Let’s step through this one. The enemy was evil, no respect for God the creator. God helps David defeat this enemy. […]

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