Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Day 64/90: 1 Kings 6-10, Ezekiel 1-6, Col 3-4

Highlights from today's reading:
  • The words of 1 Kings 6-10 contain the building and dedication of Solomon's temple. It is a moving scene, but I am amazed that the people of Israel got it wrong when the text is so clear - God is committed to His people, not to a building. His commitment is to bring Himself glory by leading His people to stand out among the nations. And instead, they believed that God would always be with them in Jerusalem because the temple was built there...Solomon is clear - God's blessing on Israel was contingent on their obedience.
  • Ezekiel is a very graphic, language-heavy book in the OT - lots of images and metaphors and pictures of what God was trying to communicate. What I love about it is that God asks Ezekiel to go and have all these experiences that would then become object lessons for His messages. I wonder sometimes how much our lives are like that even when we don't know it - God is working through our story and showing us about Himself and His love for the world.
  • So many jewels in Colossians 3 & 4, a somewhat shorter summary of Ephesians 4-6 - but what I walk away with is the message of God to those He has redeemed - live according to the calling He has placed on your life. Don't live as you used to live because you are not who you used to be.

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