Thursday, February 14, 2008

Day 45/90: Judges 1-5, Isa 13-18, Rom 13-16

We're half-way done (and heading downhill from here)...God, give us the grace to finish.
Highlights from today's reading:

  • Both Judges and Isaiah reminded me that the main issue of the Christian life is truly idolatry. Judges shows what happens when God's people don't listen to Him and they begin to worship the gods of those who live around them. Instead of swimming upstream, they begin to get carried away by the current of idolatry and from there, fall into all kinds of sin. These chapters of Isaiah are filled with God's promises to destroy many groups because they did not worship the true God but had begun to go their own way. The Scriptures point out that all sin follows from idolatry, from putting something else beside God in God's place - whether that is success or sex or a person or money or anything. When something besides God becomes our god, our depravity will suddenly flourish. This must why the Ten Commandments starts with the most basic commands of the spiritual life - there is no god above our God, and we should not bow down to any other god.
  • Reading Romans 13-16 tonight reminded me why Romans is one of the most powerful books in the NT, the one that spurred the Protestant Reformation. These last chapters are very practical, teaching how the righteous life of faith is worked out in community, in culture, and in the church. Very challenging stuff.
  • Quote of the day: Romans 15:13: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

1 comment:

Brent said...

I haven't said anything thus far, but I'm thinking that this task you've undertaken is very cool...

...not to mention encouraging!

Keep it up, man. Halfway done!