Jan 17, 2011

Bible in 90 Days - Week 2


We have completed week two, and I am right on target.  I must admit, I was really afraid to start this challenge because I felt I was going to fail.  But these last two weeks, I look forward to the reading each day.  The history of God's people is amazing.  Here are some of the highlights of my reading this week of Leviticus through Deuteronomy 23:11:

  •  I found that reading through the history requires a Master's in Genealogy, as the family lines are constantly referred to.  I couldn't keep up with who people were, so I stopped my reading mid-week so I could write out the family tree of Abraham and all of the descendants.  Not sure where my brain was, because then I went to search it on the internet and found a lovely chart at Wikipedia. I am a visual learner, so this really helped me.
  • Leviticus is full of every kind of offering to the Lord: trespass, guilt, sin, peace.  Each one required the slaughter of animals.  Hard to read page after page.
  • In chapter 10 we witness the deaths of Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu by a consuming fire of God.  The two sons had offered an unauthorized fire before the Lord contrary to his command.  The seriousness of God's commands becomes very apparent through these books as God does not allow for these kinds of mistakes.  Several other examples are given of life being taken for disobedience to God's commands.  It made me realize once again that our world does not take sin seriously. 
  • I love seeing through the beginning chapters of Numbers that God is in the details.  He gives instructions even for how the camp should be set up and where each tribe is to settle.  He meticulously counts the members of each tribe to determine their numbers of fighting men.
  • I love Numbers chapter 22 when God allows the donkey to speak to Balaam as he was trying to thwart God's commands.  What I found funny was that there is no indication of Balaam's reaction to the donkey turning his head around and talking to him, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?"  Balaam just answers the donkey as if he were talking to a human being!  I was amused.
I hope if you are reading the Bible in 90 Days that you won't give up.  It is easy to catch up if you are just a few days behind.  I've found at least one day a week when I can read more than the requirement so that I can stay just a bit ahead, just in case I run into one of those days that I can't get the reading done.

I have been so blessed, and I am thankful that God seems to be calling me to him each day to sink deeper into his Word and find Him there in new ways each day.

Be sure to check back with me again next Monday for this weeks reading recap.


Katia said...

Good for you to go and check out the genealogies! I too noticed when reading Numbers, how orderly our God is. There are so many wonderful gold gems in these books.
I am so glad you are keep up with the read. Many blessings to you this week as you continue to dig into His Living word.

Sarah said...

I love the story of balaam too. It is in one of my kids bible story books and we have read it many times because there is an angel in the picture. I enjoyed see the full story.

A Homemaker's Heart said...

Hi, I'm stopping by from Group #17 in the B90 Challenge!

May you feel blessed in this week's reading :)

Wifeita said...

My children and I read a few verses of the story of Balaam just yesterday. I also thought how strange that he didn't freak out and runaway from the donkey. Instead he talked to it!

Kelly said...

Another wonderful summary. Thanks for your insight of a timeless treasure...God's Word.

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