Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Day Eight: Genesis 36-40, Psalms 1-6, Matthew 22-24

Key Points:
  • Reading through Genesis quickly like we are now makes you appreciate why all these guys had so many problems - they married so many wives. :) In all seriousness, the amount of sex in this book is stunning - it seems like every other chapter is about someone sleeping with someone they shouldn't be sleeping with and the consequences that come from it. The gut-check verses in this section came for me in 38:7-10 where Scripture says that Judah's sons were evil in God's eyes and they died - just like that, God takes them out...wow.
  • It is the fact that this narrative is about so many broken people that makes the life of Joseph stand out so strongly. Not only does Joseph choose the path of integrity over and over again, he actually does it in the face of negative circumstances - life is not cozy for Joseph when we leave him in chapter 40 - still in jail, completely forgotten about again. But Joseph is faithful to God's call on his life. Just like today, a man or woman who lives for God is not the rule, he or she is the exception to the rule.
  • The book of Psalms is such a powerful book to me because of the imagery, metaphor, and poetry that make up its songs. These psalms start us on the path of seeing the contrasts that the book as a whole lays out - mostly between those who trust in themselves and those who trust in God. Psalm 1 and 2 are especially meaningful to me: Psalm 1 a treatise on why living by God's Word is so important and Psalm 2 one of the most quoted messianic prophecies in the NT.
  • Wow - how much could be and has been written on this section of Matthew - how do you do it justice in a few sentences? The words "amazed at his teaching" jumped off the page at me during this reading - am I amazed at his teaching any more? Or have I become too complacent with it? The harshest words of Jesus' ministry come in Matthew 23 and are aimed at religious leaders. As a pastor, I need to go back and spend more time in this chapter - I hope I'm not becoming a Pharisee. And chapter 24 gets me excited again about His return - just like our study in Revelation 19-22 did in December.

1 comment:

bryanw said...

I have read...it's late so not much here but this...Jesus teachings about keeping focused on what is important...not keeping some man-made ritual, but keeping my faith and worshiping Him continually.