Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from July 2017

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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Tags: Exodus · Old Testament

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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Tags: Exodus · Old Testament

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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Tags: Genesis · Old Testament

Slaves (?) to Righteous Living

July 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Romans 6:18 (New Living Translation) Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Followers of Christ are now slaves to righteous living. Uh, er, what? Freedom in Christ makes me a slave to something? Some explanation please? An attempt: as a “slave” to righteous living, righteous […]

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Tags: New Testament · Romans

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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Tags: Genesis · Old Testament

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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Tags: Exodus · Old Testament

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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Tags: Genesis · Old Testament

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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Tags: 2 Samuel · Old Testament

Learning Treachery from Saul—Choosing Our Teachers

July 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

1 Samuel 18:17 (New Living Translation) 17 One day Saul said to David, “I am ready to give you my older daughter, Merab, as your wife. But first you must prove yourself to be a real warrior by fighting the Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought, “I’ll send him out against the Philistines and let them […]

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Tags: 1 Samuel · Old Testament

Looks Like an Angel, but…

July 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Judges 13 (New Living Translation) 6 The woman ran and told her husband, “A man of God appeared to me! He looked like one of God’s angels, terrifying to see. … 16 “I will stay,” the angel of the Lord replied, “but I will not eat anything. However, you may prepare a burnt offering as […]

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Tags: Judges · Old Testament