Monday, January 30, 2012

Jan 30- Feb 5

Monday - Genesis 4
Tuesday - 2 Chronicles 36
Wednesday- Psalm 29
Thursday- Isaiah 33
Friday- Micah 2
Saturday- John 17
Sunday- Colossians 3

18 comments:

Prairie Chick said...

thanks for putting this up, Chris. I spent the entire morning in the hospital with Seth, and the afternoon in a meeting, could use a little "quiet time" in my life right about now :)

Prairie Chick said...

Genesis 4. God sees and judges and disciplines the sins of man, and yet extends grace and never ceases to love. Extending grace does not mean the absence of consequence, but it means not punishing us as our sins deserve. It is because of His great love for us and His desire for good for us that He stops us in our tracks and shakes us up. That we may re-fix our eyes on Him, if we will.

Denise said...

Genesis 4
Adam and Eve’s disobedience brought sin into the human race. They may have thought their sin – eating a piece of fruit – wasn’t very bad, but notice how quickly their sinful nature developed in their children. Simple disobedience quickly degenerated into outright murder. Adam and Eve acted only against God, but Cain acted against both God and other people. A small sin has a way of growing out of control. Let God help you with your ‘little’ sins before they turn into tragedies.”

Prairie Chick said...

2 Chron 36:15And the Lord, the God of their fathers, sent to them persistently by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.

16But they kept mocking the messengers of God and despising His words and scoffing at His prophets till the wrath of the Lord rose against His people, till there was no remedy or healing."

God is persistent and we are stubborn. If His grace and patience won't bring us to repentance and submission, we might expect to experience serious hardship that may.

Chris said...

This is really interesting- The people of Judah picked Josiah's younger son to be king first, but his reign only lasted 3 months due to his dethronement by the king of Egypt. J-haz's older brother (who should have rightfully had the throne) was then given the throne and renamed, while the king of Egypt carried of J-haz. Isn't that weird? I bet there's more to that story somewhere.

Then there's another weird twist with J-chin and uncle Zed- anyone else catch that? Babylon and Egypt really had a grip on controlling who was in power while the line of Judah was not following God.

Can you help me out with meanings in vs 21? The sabbath rests?

Denise said...

2 Chronicles 36
36:21
the Sabbath rests
“Leviticus strikingly predicts the captivity, telling how God’s people would be torn from their land for disobeying him. One of the laws they had ignored stated that one year in every seven the land should lie fallow, resting from producing crops. The 70-year captivity allowed the land to rest, making up for all the years the Israelites had not observed this law.”

36:16
God warned Judah about its sins and continually restored the people to his favour, only to have them turn away. Eventually the situation was beyond remedy. Beware of harbouring sin in your heart. The day will come when remedy is no longer possible and God’s judgment replaces his mercy. Sin often repeated, but never repented of, invites disaster.”

Prairie Chick said...

Psalm 29

Laurel's sister came to mind as I was reading this, may she "see" God's glory revealed around here, may she "hear" that voice that shakes the cedars and may she stand in awe of His majesty.

This verse moved me deeply;

11The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

God is awesome and we stand in awe!

Prairie Chick said...

Chris, not sure if this is what you are asking, clarify if not, the Lord had previously prophesied 70 years of "sabbath" for the land of Israel if the people didn't repent (see Jeremiah 29:10). That was fulfilled through the diaspora (the exile to Babylon) which became an enforced physical sabbath for the land due to the land being laid waste of people to plant and harvest it. See also Ezra 1:1 and we also see Daniel being part of the unfolding of fulfilled prophesy at the end of the 70 years captivity.

Prairie Chick said...

oops, I just saw my email with the comment from Denise that answered the question!!!! Sorry for the repeat!

Chris said...

Both answers were really helpful- thank you!

I have seen His hand and voice through splitting trees, thunder & lightning- truly in awe and reverence over His power to command the earth and heavens... and just in my own small life. What a mighty God we serve!

Denise said...

Psalm 29
“Throughout history, God has revealed his power through mighty miracles over nature, such as the great Flood. He promises to continue to reveal his power. Paul urged us to understand how great God’s power is. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to help us with our daily problems. When you feel weak and limited, don’t despair. Remember that God can give you strength. The same power that controls creation and raises the dead is available to you.”

Prairie Chick said...

Is 33:3 Your powerful voice makes people run away in fear;

this builds on what we've been talking about here about the power of God, and the voice gave me goosebumps because of a verse we read last night in bible study where Daniel heard the voice of God speaking to Him from between the banks of the Canal in Daniel 8 and the effect it had on him. To think that we are welcomed before the throne of the universe to crawl up in the lap of this amazing God and call Him Father! May we be like adoring children, running to meet "Daddy" at the door!

Denise said...

Isaiah 33: 14-16
“These sinners realized that they could not live in the presence of the holy God, for he is like a fire that devours evil. Only those who walk uprightly and speak what is right can live with God. Isaiah gives examples of how to demonstrate our righteousness and uprightness: We can reject gain from extortion and brides, refuse to listen to plots of wrong actions, and shut our eyes to evil. If we are fair and honest in our relationships, we will dwell with God, and he will supply our needs.”

Prairie Chick said...

Micah 2: 6Do not preach, say the prophesying false prophets; one should not babble and harp on such things; disgrace will not overtake us [the reviling has no end].

7O house of Jacob, shall it be said, Is the Spirit of the Lord restricted, impatient, and shortened? Or are these [prophesied plagues] His doings? Do not My words do good to him who walks uprightly?

God does not look kindly on mediocrity and turning a blind eye to His ways and words. We can be so dull witted and distracted, losing sight of The Only Thing That Matters, keeping our eyes fixed on the goal for which He has called us heavenward and pursuing a life of selfless God worship.

Prairie Chick said...

I can't read this chapter without the lyrics and music to this Steve Bell song ringing through my head;

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/This+Is+Love/3PueYf?src=5

this is love.

love it so much.

Prairie Chick said...

except for I don't like that version I linked to from the symphony sessions, this acoustic version is the one I know and love;

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/This+Is+Love/2ubEBi?src=5

Denise said...

John 17:17
A follower of Christ becomes pure and holy through believing and obeying the Word of God. He or she has already accepted forgiveness through Christ’s sacrificial death. But daily application of God’s Word has a purifying effect on our minds and hearts. Scripture points out sin, motivates us to confess, renews our relationship with Christ, and guides us back to the right path.”

Prairie Chick said...

Collossians 1:1 IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.(A)

2And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

3For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.

4When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.

What a climax to today's sunday school lesson! love it.