Contemplative Bible Reading

Some thoughts about Bible verses

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Entries from August 2009

The Testimony

August 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Exodus 40:20-21 (New International Version) 20 He took the Testimony and placed it in the ark, attached the poles to the ark and put the atonement cover over it. 21 Then he brought the ark into the tabernacle and hung the shielding curtain and shielded the ark of the Testimony, as the LORD commanded him. […]

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Tags: Exodus · Old Testament

Sword, Famine, and Plague

August 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Jeremiah 44:13-14 (New International Version) 13 I will punish those who live in Egypt with the sword, famine and plague, as I punished Jerusalem. 14 None of the remnant of Judah who have gone to live in Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah, to which they long to return […]

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Tags: Jeremiah · Old Testament

Is the Writer Wrong?

August 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Psalms 137:8-9 8 O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us- 9 he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks. Before looking at the verses from Psalms, let’s consider these verses from 2 Timothy 3: 16All Scripture is God-breathed and […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

Hoping, Seeking, and Waiting

August 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Lamentations 3:25-26 (New International Version) 25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. This is a simple sentence, simple yet full of great promise. I don’t believe that this is a promise […]

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Tags: Lamentations · Old Testament

A Good Coat of Paint

August 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Ezekial 13:10 (New International Reader’s Version) They lead my people away from me. They say, ‘Peace.’ But there isn’t any peace. They are like people who build a weak wall. They try to cover up the weakness by painting the wall white. This chapter of Ezekial is written about prophets who give false prophecies. They […]

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Tags: Ezekial · Old Testament

Reset the Calendar

August 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Exodus 12:1-2 (New International Version) 1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. This chapter of Exodus describes the Passover:  t-h-e P-a-s-s-o-v-e-r. The one that occurred in Egypt where if you didn’t eat the special meal […]

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Tags: Exodus · Old Testament

An Alien in Your Land

August 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Leviticus 19:33 (New International Version) When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. This verse comes from the section of Leviticus that discusses “Holy living.” There are many verses containing simple statements encouraging the people to live in way that will work for them and others. God wanted His people […]

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Tags: Leviticus · Old Testament

In the Seat of Mockers

August 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Psalm 1:1-2 (New International Version) 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. People […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

Lifeless Stone

August 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Habakkuk 2:18-20 (New International Version) 18 “Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? Or an image that teaches lies? For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak. 19 Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’ Or to lifeless stone, […]

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Tags: Habakkuk · Old Testament

Bear a Grudge

August 1st, 2009 · No Comments

Leviticus 19:18 (New International Version) ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. You may have noticed that I am writing about several verses in the 19th chapter of Leviticus. There is something about these verses that connects the Old […]

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Tags: Leviticus