Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from July 2011

A Long Time to Keep Idols

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

2 Kings 23:13-14 (New International Version 2011) 13 The king also desecrated the high places that were east of Jerusalem on the south of the Hill of Corruption—the ones Solomon king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the vile goddess of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the vile god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable […]

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Renewing the Contract

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

2 Chronicles 34:29-31 (New International Version 2011) 29 Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30 He went up to the temple of the LORD with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the Levites—all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in […]

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Tags: 2 Chronicles · Old Testament

Praying Over a Document

July 24th, 2011 · No Comments

2 Kings 19:14-15 (New International Version 2011) 14 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: “LORD, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God […]

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Inquiring of the Urim

July 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

Numbers 27:21 (New International Version 2011) He is to stand before Eleazar the priest, who will obtain decisions for him by inquiring of the Urim before the LORD. At his command he and the entire community of the Israelites will go out, and at his command they will come in.” What is in the world […]

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Tags: Numbers · Old Testament

Just Plain Folks and One of God’s Prophets

July 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Jonah 1:4-16 (New International Version 2011) 4 Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the […]

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Tags: Jonah · Old Testament

Water Like Burning Coals

July 16th, 2011 · No Comments

Proverbs 25:21-22 (New International Version 2011) 21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. 22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. This proverb is quoted in the New Testament in Romans 12. […]

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Tags: New Testament · Old Testament · Proverbs · Romans

I Know Where You Live

July 10th, 2011 · No Comments

2 Kings 19:27 (New International Version 2011) But I know where you are and when you come and go and how you rage against me. In the above verse, the prophet Isaiah is relaying a message from the LORD to King Hezekiah about the attacking King of Assyria. These words are a warning to the […]

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Tags: 2 Kings · Old Testament

His Commanders are All Kings

July 9th, 2011 · No Comments

Isaiah 10:8 (New International Version 2011) ‘Are not my commanders all kings?’ he (God) says. The prophet Isaiah is relaying words from God. He has been writing about how God employs earthly kings and kingdoms to accomplish His intentions. The verses preceding the one above speak of Assyria. God used Assyria to punish His own […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

God and Jonah Talk

July 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

This contemplation is a little different. I have a friend who reads a lot of novels. Sometimes he reads one novel a day. One of the things he does to read so much is that he only reads where the characters are talking. He skips all the description of events that are not conversations. Here […]

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Tags: Jonah · Old Testament

The Curse of Confusion

July 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Deuteronomy 28:20 (New International Version 2011) The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him. I work as an engineer and a manager of engineering projects. In these […]

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Tags: Deuteronomy · Old Testament