Saturday, March 15, 2008

Day 74/90: 1 Chron 6-10, Hosea 1-4, Hebrews 1-4

Thoughts on today's reading:
  • 1 Chronicles feels a lot like book-keeping at this point, recording for the people of Israel for all time their own lineage so that they know their connection to Adam & Eve, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc. It seems especially important to them to record the lineage of their kings so that every generation will know where the kings of Israel came from and the ways in which they walked. And like chapter 10 records, not so good for Saul.
  • Hosea's prophetic call is one of the most fascinating ones in Scripture - God commands him to marry a prostitute that he knows will be unfaithful in order to teach the prophet what God experiences when his people leave him for other gods. What a powerful, gut-wrenching illustration. I love the idea presented in these chapters that God is the husband to His people, the faithful lover who pursues his bride with passion and determination. A different way to think about the loving pursuit of our God after us...
  • The author of Hebrews teaches us an awe-inspiring high-view of Jesus Christ. Jesus, Hebrews tells us, is greater than all the angels in heaven, greater than all the holy men and women who follow God, greater than Moses, the greatest prophet in the history of Israel. Jesus is our Great High Priest, our Savior, our God - Jesus is the one we trust and believe in. Awesome.

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