Monthly Archives: March, 2012

A woman anoints Jesus with Perfume (Holy Week)

The Reading today is John 12:1-11 click here.  Note that it will set the timeline with the Scripture saying “Six days before the Passover…”  We know that Jesus is coming to fulfil THE Passover.  He is coming to be THE Lamb.  So read these 11 verses now.

unfortunately I have always paid attention to Judas in these scriptures,  but now I notice something more important.  Why is Mary putting this very expensive fragrant oil on him?

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.  You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

Mary is properly preparing the Lord for his upcoming death.  She is anointing his body for the burial.  Think back to the 3 gifts the Magi gave him.  One gift was for a King, one was for a Priest, one was for a Death.  He Came to Die.

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Judges 3-5

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Chapter 3:6? I was like “Noooooooo”  When we get into relationships with non-believers or people who don’t follow God, our faith will decay.  Trust me, I was the decayor to many!

The Judges

  • Othniel

Sin: Idolatry.  Baals and Asherah were the most worshipped gods in Canaan. So God oppressed them for only  8 years to discipline them. Then  God raised up a good man named Othniel.  Knowing the family line of Othniel (Caleb’s brother) we can assume that he was a faithful and obedient man that the Lord could depend on.  God used him to save them.  God is always there to pull us out of the pit we dig for ourselves.

  •  Ehud (means Deliverer)

Yuck, do  you know who these people are they are with? Moabites, Ammonites and Amalekites? 

  • Moabites and the Ammonites were both descendants of Lot.  Remember him? Sodom and Gomorrah. 
  • The Amalekites were descendants of Esau (Arab)  They were nomadic and disgusting people.  They worshipped other gods, using male and female prostitution as a religious device and they thought throwing their first-born babies into a fire would satisfy Molech, a  false god.  Ehud catches the fat man off guard using a left hand (unexpected) stab.
  • Shamgar

Kills 600 with a tool to guide ox.  Amazing what God can do, isn’t it?

  • Deborah

“I’m every woman, anything you want done baby…”.  Hee ha snort.  I loved this story, God can use anyone to accomplish His job.  Men, donkeys, prostitutes, woman,   judges, me, you.  But this story has 2 woman who really take the bull by the horns!  First, Barak…hmmmmm how can we remember this name? Barak…weak in Faith? Strong women in his life? ….Barak……Oh well, can’t think of a way to remember this.  Anyway, Deborah and Jael, two woman who know how to get a job done.  Wonder twin powers…activate!

The song of Deborah: There have been several times so far that after God has done something miraculous that the Israelites stop and Praise God in Song.  Like remember right after the parting of the Red sea, they had The Song of Moses , the song wasn’t to praise Moses it was to praise God for their victory. The Song of Deborah is the same thing.  The battle they just fought was won because the Lord handed it to them.  He won the war for them by fighting with them:

 From the heavens the stars fought,
       from their courses they fought against Sisera.

  The river Kishon swept them away,
       the age-old river, the river Kishon.
       March on, my soul; be strong!

  Then thundered the horses’ hoofs—
       galloping, galloping go his mighty steeds.

Then the land had peace forty years.

Lazarus (Holy Week read)

Your Friday read for Holy week is a little long, so sit down and relax.  Read John 11.  The death of Lazarus.

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Rome is the World Power and they have allowed the Jewish people to “self govern” as long as they don’t disturb anything.  Until now the Self governing body called the Sanhedrin has been very quiet…until Jesus that is.  Jesus has made certain to shake things up JUST enough to make noise but not enough to get himself arrested…that is until now.

NOW is the appointed time for Jesus to give His Life for us,  on the Passover.  So what can the Lord Orchestrate that will be LOUD?  How about a Resurrection.  Yup, that will get some attention all right.  So we have here the straw that broke the camels back for the Jewish people .  Caiaphas (the High Priest) says…Enough! Jesus must die before Rome takes our whole nation under Roman Law.

This sets the whole Crucifixion in Motion!  Read John 11, sit back, take the whole thing in.  How PERFECTLY the Plan of Salvation was laid out.  Nothing is my mistake.  Nothing can stop the plan.  It all happens on time.  On His time.

Judges 1-2

  • Incomplete conquest of the land
  • The angel of the Lord of Bokim
  • Disobedience and defeat

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Let’s go back for a minute to Deuteronomy chapter 7.  It’s important.

When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations…..  and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally . Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.  Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons,  for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods, and the LORD’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you. This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles  and burn their idols in the fire. For you are a people holy to the LORD your God.

So as we get into Judges,  just in these first two chapters I am like “Are you Kidding me??” God is so specific and clear (just as He is today) and yet we all don’t listen.  We do it half His way, half our way.  Joshua is no longer with them, but that begs the question: Were they following Joshua or God? 

Chapter 1 is a chapter of failure.  Read the above scripture and you will see that they did not obey. You may have noticed that some of this was an overlap read of Joshua, but that is ok, we needed the reminder of how Othniel fits into the picture since he will be one of our Judges.  These people do sin and God will allow them to become oppressed in order to get them to repent.  The part that bothered me the most I guess was in Chapter 2

After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. (Judges 2:10)

All throughout the first 5 books, we are told tell our children, to remember, to impress it upon them….and yet they didn’t.  It is OUR job to tell God’s story, so that others make the right decisions.

If you are anything like me I know this popped out at you:  Because this nation has violated the covenant that I laid down for their forefathers and has not listened to me, I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.  I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the LORD and walk in it as their forefathers did.”

May I just take a minute to encourage you to ASK questions on this blog.  We have consumed a ton of information and we are hearing places, names, occasions, that may sound familiar, but uncertain.  Please feel free to ask.  There are also a number of people that are just jumping in…ask about past readings, it will be good for everyone.

Judges Overview

Judges is an 8 day read.

So the Hebrew nation is organized, faithful, strong and assembled.  They have taken the land that God has handed them.  They are a Theocracy meaning God is their leader.  Joshua has died and they are left to their own.  Now what?

This book covers a time span of around 400 years.  There are  Judges that are appointed to raise up and save the people.  The Judges were warriors, priests, prophets.  We will see the people go from joy, victory, progress, faith and freedom to cries, defeat, unbelief and servitude.

The 12 Judges are: Othniel (we have already read about him in Joshua), Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah (go Girl), Gideon, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon, and Samson. (and yes you will be quizzed at the end of the chapter!)

In Judges, you will see the people compromise and turn away.  Get defeated and oppressed.  However, they will repent and God will raise up heroes to deliver them.

I completely look forward to the next 8 days of Judges.

The focus of these books in the Bible is never the people, but God.

Transfiguration! (Holy Week)

The Reading is Matthew 17 (Click here) 

Jesus is Transfigured on the Mountain.  This event did not happen on this exact day BUT I think it is really important to remember what the word Incarnate means.  God becomes Human.  The Union of Divinity and Humanity.  Jesus is God, yet He is man.  So read Matthew 17 1:13.

Transfigured means to change in form and appearance.  A change that glorifies or exalts.  GOD NEVER CHANGES….JUST HIS APPEARANCE!

Here are some notes: (read if you want)

  • God is revealing just a little itty bit of Glory!
  • WHo appeared?? Moses and Elijah.  WHy them? Jesus has come to fulfil BOTH the LAW and the PROPHECIES.
  • Don’t tell anyone what you have seen.  Why?  (I want to tell EVERYONE!).  They were not to tell anyone for several reasons, but one was IT WAS NOT TIME YET.  The exact date was set in Motion at the ORIGINAL Passover from Exodus 12…it is not time yet~!
  • Malachi!  Why are they saying Elijah must come first?  BECAUSE SCRIPTURE SAID HE MUST. Malachi 4:5.  Well, he did send John the Baptist…in the spirit of Elijah.  They just didn’t put the pieces together.

DAY BY DAY of Holy Week

Over the next week I am going to have an extra blog a day.  We are coming up on Holy Week and I want to take a little time each day preparing our Hearts for  Good Friday and Easter.  I will Post a Reading from the Gospel and I will put a small post about the reading.  Listen to me…I have mentors in my Life that I can say “I don’t understand that Scripture” (ones that seem so basic)…and they can help me discern the scripture” .  I did it this past Sunday while reading the arresting of Jesus.  I say all this to draw you to a comfort zone of ASKING. 

So please take some time by yourself, with a child, family or friend to Read through the next week a Day by Day account of the Who, what, where, when and why of How Jesus spent His last week on earth.  Keep checking blog for posts…or sign up on the right for emails.

Joshua 22-24

Read Last Nights Blog (below this first).  It might help with the Reading. 🙂

Transjordan Tribes Build an alter

  • Joshua’s Farewell to the Leaders
  • The covenant renewed.

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I thought that was a great read.  I loved the thoughts, the recap, the lesson, the application.  I loved it all.  Joshua is a book about choice.  The choice to have faith, to trust, to obey, to follow.  The book of Joshua ends with him reading from the Book, and telling the leaders to make a choice to follow it.  Our Joshua is Jesus.  The only way to our promise land is through choice,  Faith.  We also have a Book to read, to follow, to obey.

“Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.  Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them.  But you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have until now.

Hold Fast– to cling to, hold on to , glue yourself to, cleave.

This ending is about If’s and When’s, All’s and Every’s.  Lots of key words to consider.  I read it twice and the Lord was very loud and obvious and clear with me.

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15

The Book of Joshua ends.

For tomorrow….

I had a Dr. Appt today so I had an opportunity to read ahead.  I wasnt to give you some bullets BEFORE tomorrows read…

  • Glance at Numbers 32.  Two and a half tribes (Ruebenites, Gadites and half of Manasseh) wanted  the land on the East side of the Jordan. (refer to your map).  Moses thought they were trying to get out of fighting for the Promise Land.  That was not the case…they just wanted that land.  Moses said YES under one condition…You come in and conquer the land with us and THEN you can go back and have that choice of land.  They said…Yes, we intended to fight.  (This will help with tomorrows read)
  • Also, one of the WORST things you could do was to make an altar to sacrifice on OUTSIDE the Tabernacle.  It was called a “High Place”.  It was the way that the pagan nations would worship their false gods.  SO if the Israelites did it, it would be awful.  Well the 2 1/2 tribes are going to make an altar and Joshua is going to assume it is a Hight Place (he is going to freak out a little) …spoiler alert….It’s not a High Place, but  it takes a while for them to say “No silly!  We want something to show our kids to show them how Great Our God is for fulfilling His Covenants”.
  • Finally, as we wind down the rest of Joshua I want you to PICTURE that He has The Law in his hand.  Everything the Lord gave Moses to write down is in JOSHUA’s Hand….just like you and I have today.  Blessings. 

Trish.

(Yes, Jacque, Brice, and Todd I promise to put the “CLick Here for Scripture tomorrow” I know I forgot it today!  Sorry.

Joshua 19-21

Now in Chapter 19 the Simeonites get land from Judah? Why? See when we were reading about all the wrongs these families were doing, God always has to require a consequence.  Do you remember Dinah? Dinah was the sister to the 12 sons of Jacob.  The only girl in the family (bless her heart…did I use that phrase right?) Anyway, one of the Hivite boys raped her (click here for the story in Genesis 34) and 2 of the brothers took vengeance on the situation, Levi and Simeon.  Therefore, neither would be given land according to Jacob’s blessing in 49:5-7.  However, God can still take our circumstances of discipline and use them for good in the end, because the Levites and the Simeonites are still provided for from God through the other families.

So they continue through the land distribution and we get to Dan.  Dan receives the land that will actually neighbor them with the Philistines.  And if you have ever watched any of the Veggie Tales movies you know that this is the tribe Samson comes from, you can see how this is important then.  By the way, I am just going to let you know that for the longest time I thought Samson and Delilah was a band from the 60’s.

Cities of Refuge.  We have read about this several times, but if you need help with this let me know.  The cities are Kadesh, Shechem, Kiriath Arba (Hebron), Bezer, Ramoth and Golan.  So again, as I read these chapters I was smiling because I understood them.  I also do a tremendous amount of recollection.  I like to circle names I have heard before and write next to them how I know them.  I recalled Eleazor (Aaron’s sons), the Kohanites (Moses family), Anak (the really big people)……

So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled there. The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their forefathers. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the LORD handed all their enemies over to them.  Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.