Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April 1-7


Monday: Exodus 15
tuesday: 2 Samuel 5
Wednesday: Psalm 90
Thursday: Jeremiah 28
Friday: Ezekiel 22
Saturday: Mark 2
Sunday: Revelation 5

10 comments:

Prairie Chick said...

2 Sam 5. "The Lord told...." and later "the Lord replied..."

Reading this book on listening for the voice of the Lord just has me seeing all these texts with fresh eyes. I know I was always taught that God speaks through the bible today, and I believe He does of course, He has always spoken to me through the Bible. But I am seeing how expectation plays alot into it. I EXPECT Him to speak to me through the Bible. So that is where I come with open, listening ears. Now I am learning to EXPECT God to speak to me in other ways, and He does and it is beautiful. There are so many verses in the bible about hearing His voice, about the prompting of the HS and tangible instruction for every day choices. Yes He lives within us, yes He wants to live in COMMUNION with us, communicating, walking, talking. This is marvelous in my eyes.

Prairie Chick said...

psalm 90 "teach us to realize the brevity of life."

to live in the moment and not wishing we were in a different stage, to give our energies and be fully aware of the chance to glorify God in the moment we are in. this is what it means to truly live. Awake, alive and purposeful.

Prairie Chick said...

feeling led to a different approach to the scriptures. I have been reading this plan for over 10 years now and while I love the overview it gives I want to dig in and chew on the more meaty portions of scripture that I know have something really essential to my personal growth. I am looking into the John Piper approach to "arcing" a verse as well as Kay Arthur's inductive approach. Looking at this today:

http://cdn.desiringgod.org/pdf/booklets/BTBX.pdf

Prairie Chick said...

” Thirdly, we need to learn how to
read with the kind of care that corresponds to the preciousness of the Book.
In this pamphlet, John Piper passes on to us a way of reading the text that he learned from
Daniel Fuller, Professor-Emeritus at Fuller Theological Seminary. There is nothing
magical about this method. It is simply designed to help us slow down, let the author
invite us into his world, and follow his train of thought. It teaches us how to discover the
author’s main point and to see how the other points illustrate or support the main point."

yes, this is what I am desiring. I want this.

Prairie Chick said...

"Daniel Fuller trembled under the privilege and responsibility of studying and
teaching the Word of God like few people I have ever met. Each word of God was
precious; each proposition of Scripture was not merely a pearl on a string, but a link in
the chain. And the study of this Book mattered."

Prairie Chick said...

>>I believe that the Bible is God’s Word. Therefore I must define the ultimate goal of
exegesis so as to embrace the heart as well as the head. The Scriptures aim to affect our
hearts and change the way we feel about God and his will. The exegete, who believes that
this aim is the aim of the living God for our day, cannot be content with merely
uncovering what the Scriptures originally meant. He must aim, in his exegesis, to help
achieve the ultimate goal of Scripture: its contemporary significance for faith.

Exegesis that does not sooner or later touch our emotions, and through us, the emotions
of others, is ultimately a failure because it does not mediate the effect which the Scripture
ought to have.

Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that
by the steadfastness and encouragement of the Scriptures we might have
hope. (Romans. 15:4)

We both want to understand and state accurately what the original Biblical authors
willed to communicate.<< John Piper

Reading this is doing what I desired, whetting my appetite and sparking my passion re-immerse myself in the word with new vigor, to dig deeper, meditate longer, and reach higher during my time in the word.

Prairie Chick said...

Ez 22:8 "You despise (literally dis-esteem) my holy things and violate my sabbath days of rest." v12b "they never even think of me and my commands."

I don't want to be guilty of any of these things, and it is very easy to become so. I don't want to take personal days on Sunday any more, I have 6 other days of the week I can do things and don't have to miss corporate worship in order to "take a day off" or "enjoy a day with the family". Especially when we have the REST of the day to enjoy. I want the firstfruits of my day and my week to be sacred to the Sovreign Lord, no exceptions. I want to send this message to my kids, that these times are sacred and set apart and not to be "dis-esteemed" by replaceming it with any other pursuit.

Prairie Chick said...

Revelation 5. I love this chapter. I have loved it since about 10 years ago I listened to a sermon revealing its meaning to me in a way I had never grasped. This "scroll" with the seals, if you understand the culture to which it was written, it was very clear to them what this scroll was. It is the last will and testament of God for the planet and his "family" of people. The only person who could break the seal, was the executor. Jesus was and is the executor of God's last will and testament. The worship of Christ and his position of glory and power and his right to execute God's judgement and blessing are the theme of this chapter. What a fit message for easter. Worthy is the lamb who was slain, to receive blessing and glory and honor and power for ever. Amen.

Prairie Chick said...

I am so frustrated with Blogger this is the third week in a row it doesn't let me post new reading schedules, or even save the draft. Not sure why? I tried for three days last week and it finally just "went through" but now back to no go. :(

Prairie Chick said...

Exodus 16 "“I’m going to send you food from heaven like rain. Each day the people should go out and gather only what they need for that day. In this way I will test them to see whether or not they will follow my instructions."
this morning I just felt so strongly that this was a picture of our daily bread! It is so clear to me, but I never saw the correlation before. I think it is thanks to the John McArthur stuff I have been reading on being a dilligent exegete of the word. Last night Pietro and I read together;

"Therefore I must define the ultimate goal of
exegesis so as to embrace the heart as well as the head. The Scriptures aim to affect our
hearts and change the way we feel about God and his will. The exegete, who believes that
this aim is the aim of the living God for our day, cannot be content with merely
uncovering what the Scriptures originally meant. He must aim, in his exegesis, to help
achieve the ultimate goal of Scripture: its contemporary significance for faith. It is the
will of God that his Word crush feelings of arrogance and self-reliance and that it give
hope to the poor in spirit."

I am so excited to be in a place of passionate revival once again about my time in the LIVING Word!