Monthly Archives: April, 2012

Hebron

For some reason I keep noting the city Hebron.   Hebron goes back to the days of Genesis.  To keep this short, it is the place  Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob/Israel and Leah are all buried.  David uses Hebron as his capital since he is anointed king there.  Jerusalem will be conquered in tomorrow’s read.  You will see it called the City of David!  Beautiful.  Here is the location.

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Psalm 102, 103, 104

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Psalm 102: Wow.  This Psalmist puts my mealy problems on a shelf!  He is in dire,  dire conditions. However, in verse 12 he lifts his eyes to the Lord and says BUT YOU, O LORD SIT ENTHRONED FOREVER!  How amazing!  To exalt in the middle of your darkest moment!

  And then in verse 18 he speaks to me directly

Let this be written for a future generation,
       that a people not yet created may praise the LORD :

  “The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high,
       from heaven he viewed the earth,

  to hear the groans of the prisoners
       and release those condemned to death.”

He came to save us, not condemn us!  We handle the latter all on our own.

Psalm 103: If someone asked me “so, what is God like?” This is it.  Remember the words “Psalm 103″.  From David’s soul, his whole being,  he can describe the Lord.  And although I know He will choose to do some of these here on earth I know he will do ALL of them one day.  I would LOVE to know which verse just grabbed you!  ALL of them grabbed me but my pencil seemed to underline

 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
       or repay us according to our iniquities.

Psalm 104: We read this before!  But the last time we read it, it started a little different:”In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.  This Psalm is Genesis 1.  I think we have heard Genesis 1 so much that we take for granted the splendor of what it all must have looked like when it was happening.  God created all that we have and all that we have to work with.  Everything we have is from a product of His.    Makes me think of all the tithing scriptures.  We are laboring only because He supplies it, so why is it so hard to give it back.

1 Chron 7-10

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Our last Chapters of the Chronicle genealogies ( I can read some of your minds on that).  Chapter 7.  Yes I recognized the Tribes (These are the ones on the West side of the Jordan) and I recognized some names, like Obadiah (prophet), Zelophehad, who only had daughters. (that was the end of Numbers because Moses granted them land anyway).

 Joshua, son of nun, which is important to note that he came from the line of Ephraim.  Why? Because that is a descendant of Joseph and his Egyptian wife.  SO the name Joshua, meaning Salvation,  was Jew and Gentile. WE have always been in the PLAN!

I know there are more names in here but I moved on to Chapter 8 which made me recall the small number of the the tribe Saul came from. The tribe was small because of the fighting at the end of the book of Judges.( go back if you need a brain refresher). Chapter 8,from this small tribe begins the line of Kings.  It’s important to note that the tribes are dividing North verse South 10 tribes become Israel and 2 become Judah.  It is the Benjaminites that broke away from the others to join Judah. (put all that in your pocket for later)

Chapter 9.  Not sure why the schedule has us reading this now, it should be at the end of Chronicles 2.  But the first verse says it all:

The people of Judah were taken captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness…. Those from Judah, from Benjamin, and from Ephraim and Manasseh who lived in Jerusalem were:

The author is talking about the whole nation here, Judah and Benjamin are the southern nation and the author says Ephraim and Manasseh representing the northern nation because they are the largest tribes.  He is speaking of them all  now as 1 nation brought back from exile, we are going to read 100’s of years of prophecy that will tell you this will happen.  I am sure you recognized Phinehas (erica) , son of Eleazar when mentioning the gatekeepers.  (Aaron had 4 sons, first 2 got killed for un-authorized fire, Eleazar the third son became high priest, his son Phineas was the one that killed the Moab woman and the Israelite for having a “conjugal visit” in an act of pagan worship to their god.

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The Reign of David: David becomes king over all of Israel.  We will see a man stubble often yet always be walking with the Lord.

Chapter 10 is an awesome recap of where we left off in 1 Samuel 4.  Saul took his life, and his body was put for the Philistines’ pagan god, Dagon (a god over drought and harvests).  His body was captured back by David’s men and given a proper Jewish burial.  But we need to remember why the Lord took Saul:

Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance,  and did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.

Psalm 81, 88, 92, 93

I did my reading.  Not sure how to say this.  I feel empty reading them.  Today I sat next to grandfather at my daughters softball game.  I have noticed them for weeks.  One time I even thought…”Look at them.  They look like they have it all together.  Looked picture perfect.  I bet it was like the Walton’s growing up in their house”.  Why do I assume that?  Am I envious? Jealous? Happy for them? 

Well, the Lord spoke to me LOUDLY today.  He does every time I make grand assumptions.   This gentleman had a tragic occurence in his life with his son 27 years ago and he spoke of it as if it were yesterday.  And here I am assuming the Waltons.  I read the Psalms tonight from this man’s perspective (the 1% I could only fathom) .  How He and his beautiful wife may have read them in their darkest hour.  I cried for them. 

The Psalms.

Ps 81, 88, 92, 93

Hi.  I have a house full of beautiful 4th grade girls.  We will be up very late…and pancake breakfast tomorrow before early pick-up.  I don’t want to rush these Asaph Psalms….so I will read after my kids have their Saturday games… (baseball, soccer and softball).

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1 Chron 6

Hmmm Well yesterday’s blog was really short.  I will confess…I wanted to watch Scandal (new show on ABC) ” On Demand” while I folded laundry before work. SO a squeaked out a quick blog.  And I GOT  8 COMMENTS!!!  SO maybe I should do that more often!  HA!  (By the way great show!)  Well…today is ONE chapter but a really good one.  I want you to think about WORSHIP.  MUSIC.  Who is it for? Us?  NO!  The Lord is setting this up from the beginning…this is not new in church.

It might be a bit of a roller coaster week.   We have 4 more chapters of genealogies to read through. You can do it! .  And then we will be back in the story of David. 🙂

Chapter 6.  Levi.  If you were in a hotel bored a few years ago and opened your Gideon Bible in the nightstand and opened to this page would you be clueless?  I for certain would.  Even if I don’t recognize any of the names I understand the name Levi.  Who they are, where they came from, their purpose to the Lord…etc.  And that is cool!

So who was in this chapter.  (Hopefully when you saw the name Levi you were able to recall some before even reading).

  1. Kohath: I recognized it all my own (yeah!) …Moses’ Family.
  2. Aaron the FIRST High Priest.  Think about that He was first and Jesus was the last.
  3. Moses.  Father Moses! Awww I mis those readings.
  4. Miriam..in my head I think of her as the little girl walking next to the water making sure her brother was ok in the basket or the Miriam complaining as an adult about Moses’ wife and God giving her leprosy and Moses interceded on her behalf.
  5. Nahab and Abihu.  The two sons of Aaron that brought unauthorized fire and were killed on the spot.
  6. Eleazer became the next high priest
  7. Ithamar was the last son, put in charge of Worship services in the tabernacle.
  8. Vs 22 Amminadab Aaron’s father in law
  9. Vs 36 Eliab: Samuel’s grandfather/
  10. Elkanah Samuel’s father.  I remember this one because can you imagine introducing your parents as Hannah and Elkanah. I am waiting for a child to be named Fofanah.
  11. Samuel of course.
  12. Uzzah (Vs 29) I don’t want to ruin it for some but he dies…wait for it…and I am sure we will talk about it!
  13. Vs 30 Haggaih, do you think this is one of the minor prophets?

Temple Musicians.  My church is very music oriented.  Very contemporary.  You can see from this chapter that God feels it very important to establish a Worship team.  Musical Worship is not for us, it is for Him to hear. I always pity the stranger next to me since I feel like I need to sing loudly for God to hear me…silly isn’t it.  I am sure as we read more Psalms we may recognize more names but I immediately recognized Asaph.  He has a collection of Psalms.  If you read yesterday’s Psalms you would recognize his style.  His honesty and realness.  I cannot wait to read the rest of his.  So if you see at the top of the Psalm Asaph…you know it’s going to be strong.

The last part of this Chapter was land distribution.  It is important to remember that the Levites were never given specific territories.  Their inheritance was to serve the Tabernacle and later the temple.  The Levites were however allotted towns and pasturlands sporadically through the whole region so that each tribe was in a short distance from them.  Picture today if we only had one church in Tennessee, ,oh the traffic would be crazy.  God scattered them just as he had predicated in the Blessing from Jacob.  You will also see noted that they are also assigned cities of refuge.  If you forgot what those were they were cities in each territory that were designated to provide a safe place for people to go if they killed someone accidentally.

As you read were you able to recognize all 12 tribes names and the Transjordan tribes? Cool huh.

I hope for some more time on this chapter later, I want to recall some of the cities that were mentioned.  My husband was reading out loud yesterday and he said HEBRON…and I knew it!  I knew the history.  I was so happy, God peels off new material for me every year!

Psalm 73, 77, 78

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Have Mercy!  I confessed last week that I am not a Psalmist by heart HOWEVER it is like the Lord read my heart at times and wrote it in Psalm 73.  As I look at the world through my eyes I understood this Psalm.  The hard part was verse 17.  As I often look through at the “carefree” of the lost with envy,  I now sit on the other side, inside His sanctuary, and understand their final destination.

I am going to skip to Psalm 78.  Here is what I did….’Hmmm… how long is this psalm..flip flip flip…good heavens, a long one…sigh…and I started…

Not a word was skipped, hung on every verse.  I actually used a voice in my head that is unique.  I read it out loud in my head.  What I mean is, my voice in my head is like I am reading over a large crowd, or how hard you would speak in a rainstorm.  This is a Psalm for the “teaching”.  I LOVETH it!

I got to verse 72…turned the page and it just ended.  I wanted more!

3 Very different Psalms.  Which was  the one the Lord had for you and why?  Cmon…you can comment.  Please!  Make up a name.  Or Email me.  Pszyman@comcast.net

1 chron 3-5

These chapters are dedicated to Lisa Heile.  She loves Chronicles.

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Good Morning!  More names.  This time I recognize many of them but not from past readings but from church.  This book was written after the Babylonian exile so history has already happened.  So many of the names you will recognize (if you don’t sleep in church) but may not recall who they really are.  Imagine if we did this again next year, how so many more names will be familiar.  There are some big names today, that we have not read about.

I am going to start with a question: 3:1 is that THE DANIEL…the Lion’s Den Daniel?  I truly don’t know.

So in the first 6 1/2 years David of being king had 6 children and then had 9 more.  I am sure some names popped out here like king Solomon and his wife Bathsheba.

The Kings of Judah.  Next to their name you can write Good or Bad King so that when we read about them later if you are not sure you can flip back and peek.

  • Rehoboam: good turned bad
  • Abijah: bad
  • Asa :good turned bad
  • Jehoshaphat: good
  • Ahaziah: bad
  • Joash: good
  • Amaziah: mostly good
  • Azariah (Uzziah) good
  • Jotham: good
  • Ahaz: bad
  • Hezekiah: good
  • Manasseh : bad turned good
  • Amon: bad
  • Josiah : good
  • and the rest were bad

FYI- if you ever hear “king of _____ of ISRAEL” Safe to assume BAD.  Not a good apple in the bunch

Chapter 4:9 Jabez:( this is for Kate M.)

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez,  saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

Jebaz was actually mentioned the other day in 1 Chronicles 2:55,   Jabez was from a clan of scribes. (public notaries, legal instrument)

So re-read His prayer as a model.  He asked God to

  • bless him
  •  help him in his work
  •  be with him in all he did
  •  and to keep harm and evil and harm away from him.

These are 3 chapter of Genealogies.  Who did you circle in you Bible that you recalled or researched? Othniel? Ophrah? Caleb? Shelah? Er?  More? IF you did can you give me a quick note on it so I can jot it down.  Did you circle ZIKLAG under Simeon 🙂  or 4:40 some Hamites lived there formerly …..does it make sense now?

Chapter 5 My pastor always says, if you know you are about to sin, fast forward the consequences before you do it.  Think about it from God’s heart and then decide.  Look at 5:1  defiled his fathers bed.  Does anyone recall this 😦  look at Genesis 35:21) Seriously, if we think that one little sin in our lives is no big deal it is.

Last, whenever they talk about the “2 1/2 tribes Reubenites, Gadites, and 1/2 of Manassah, they referring to the Transjordan tribes.  If you are uncertain about why these are mentioned together let me know and I will talk about it in comment.  Otherwise,  I am going to go outside and pray  and Thank the Lord for all of you in my life, even the ones that don’t make themselves known.  I know you are there.  I can feel it.

Psalm 43, 44, 45, 49, 84, 85, 87

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Psalm 43 is written for those in exile.  The sons in the temple wrote it when they were in foreign territory surrounded and oppressed by godless people.  Many of us as Christians are completely surrounded by godless people in our social networks, work,  or even in our homes. 

Psalm 44:Wow what a great Psalm (Notive the word YOU).   In a time of defeat, they recalled God’s past victories.  In a time of defeat they said they stayed on His path.  In a time of defeat they called out to the Lord and said “search our hearts”.  As Christian we will feel like a stranger in this world, often feeling forgotten and defeated.   Paul quoted this very Psalm in Romans 8:

As it is written: 
   ”For your sake we face death all day long;
      we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”(Romans 8:36)

Psalm 45:  This psalm obviously written for a king on his wedding day is also a Messianic Psalm. 

The psalm, truly talks of Jesus  and his bride, the church.  Take a moment to reread part of it knowing the King is Jesus and the bride is the body of believers!

4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously
       in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness;
       let your right hand display awesome deeds.

Psalm 49 *MY FAVORITE OF THE DAY: As we grow closer to the Lord we wrestle with “possessions” and “trust” as we do Life and death.  This Psalm needs to be read with both eyes open.

10 For all can see that wise men die;
       the foolish and the senseless alike perish
       and leave their wealth to others.

 11 Their tombs will remain their houses  forever,
       their dwellings for endless generations,
       though they had named lands after themselves….

 16 Do not be overawed when a man grows rich,
       when the splendor of his house increases;

 17 for he will take nothing with him when he dies,
       his splendor will not descend with him.

 18 Though while he lived he counted himself blessed—
       and men praise you when you prosper-

 19 he will join the generation of his fathers,
       who will never see the light of life .

 20 A man who has riches without understanding
       is like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 84: They just keep getting better and better today!!  This is a Pilgrimage Psalm.  When I am going to a Christian Event I always burn a really special CD of Music to sing and praise all the way to the place I am going to meet with God.  Remember three times a year (The Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and…shoot one other one that I cannot think of….) the Jews would go and visit the temple, this would be a Psalm to sing. 

10 Better is one day in your courts
       than a thousand elsewhere;
       I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
       than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Psalm 85:  If you have already read Psalm 85 GO BACK.  Now picture the nations coming together. Note the word US.

Psalm 87: Deep Psalm.  If Only I had all the wisdom now that I pray for,  But I don’t,  God gives me what He wants me to have.    But I tell you I bet we could sit on this Psalm and pull it apart for days.  Zion , often referred to as Jerusalem, the Holy mountain is also know as Jerusalem and the Future Holy city.  Revelation refers to it and John saw it to write about it!  When I read this I think of Heaven….now turn to Isaiah 60 for an extra read if you feel led to keep going.

(By the way Rehab in this Psalm is Egypt)

1 Chron 1-2

I know many of you have read the Bible through, some almost, and some not at all.  However, we open this book and maybe think UGGGG or maybe that is how we thought of it in the past.  But not this time.  2 things are different now.

  1. We actually recognize some of the names now!!
  2. We know that chapters like these have a purpose.  The nation of Israel as well as the  world today needs the genealogies as a proof of heritage.  Israel needs to trace the Messiah through the House of David a descendant through Abraham, So this list is really mostly the line of Judah, Benjamin and Levi.

This is a pretty extensive family tree.  People! DO you ever sit and wonder about your ancestors, where did they come from, what have they accomplished , how did I get here…well, the Chronicler  took the time to map it out for us.  Name #1 is Adam.  IF you don’t believe that,  then stop reading the “read through” here and get that into your heart before going any further.  We weren’t a cell on an atom’s back.  We weren’t Curious George.  We didn’t come from a spontaneous combustion,  We came from Adam.  1 Chronicles 1:1.

So let me encourage you to read each name, because each name matters in it’s own part of God’s plan.  Good people  or bad people , God’s plan is always at work.  One day a child, a grandchild, a neighbor, a friend may say “who are these people” and this is your opportunity to circle the names and jot down a small note next to it to remember who they are.  It is only 2 chapters today so look up those cross references in you bible and recall some of them.  You will feel so blessed to recall all we have been through in 4 months together.

Chapter 1:Line from Adam to Israel

Chapter 2 David’s line.

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Go back to Genesis 9:18 When Noah got drunk and lied naked and his son Ham ridiculed him.  At the time maybe you thought the story was just a good one to read, but the events that were about to happen were HUGE!  Noah cursed the Hamites and you will see from this lineage the wicked Canaanites would be born in 1:13.

Here are some of the names that interested me in Chapter 1: (you may have less or more). 

  1. Ham: Cursed for mocking his dad (Noah)
  2. The Hamites vs 11: Philistines, 13: Canaanites
  3. Peleg (vs19) because the earth was divided he was referring to the languages from the dispersion after the tower of  Babel.
  4. Terah, Abraham’s father
  5. Abram!
  6. Isaac: Sarah and Abraham’s son
  7. Ishmael:  Hagar the servant and Abraham’s son.  Becomes the father of the arab nations.
  8. Midian (vs 33) The Midianites
  9. Esau and Israel (we know Israel is Jacob!) Esau is the hairy arm brother who Jacob took away his blessing.  Esau is the father to the nation of Edom.
  10. Esau marrying a pagan woman started a line of wicked rulers.
  11. Reuel (vs 36) Moses Father -in-law…called Jethro.
  12. Eliphaz! Heavens it has been a long time since I thought of Job’s friends!
  13. Korah, sound familiar.  Go to Numbers 16 when the 3 men rebel against Moses and the Levites to take a higher position and the earth opened up and swallowed them with their “gang”.
  14. Amalek (the Amalekites) verse 36…of course they would be in Esau’s line.

Chapter 2

  1. The Twelve Tribes of Israel. (Could you name them with your eyes closed)….Zebulun? I can’t remember most of them I guess.
  2. Er Onan and Shelah…remember the whole “spilling the seed”, Judah and Tamar (Judah’s daughter-in-law) story.  yuck.
  3. Achan (vs 7).  remember he stole some plunder and hid it, (Joshua 7) and they lost a battle because of it.
  4. Caleb (vs 9)  Who could forget 1 of 2 faithful spies.
  5. Verse 10 Salmon, Boaz, Obed….is all from the Ruth read, so it should be fresh in our brain ;)
  6. Verse 15….DAVID
  7. In verse 18, Caleb’s son Hur…is that like from the movie Ben Hur?
  8. In verse 21 Havvoth Jair, that land was won back in Deuteronomy 3 when the Lord handed them the battles from Og and Bashan.  The land was then allotted to the Transjordan tribes.  (I think, not certain on all that)
  9. Verse 47.  Jotham.  I knew I knew the name but it was bugging me so I looked it up.  Remember Gideon the Judge’s son (from the concubine) and he killed 69 out of his 70 brothers, 1 escaped….Jotham!  Yeah for little Jotham. (Judges 9 if you are interested)

Well that is about all my brain can handle on 1 cup of coffee. (that took me hours yesterday, so don’t feel overwhelmed, it does not roll out my brain as easy as you may think!)