Jacob and Joseph

Genesis 28:20-40:11 Day 3 of 90

I loved today’s reading. There was so much information to process so I’m gonna jump right in.

1. Talk about love at first sight! Jacob loved Rachel and promised to work for seven years in order to marry her. Seven years was up and Laban tricked him into sleeping with Rachel’s older sister, Leah. Jacob promises to work another seven years for Rachel.

2. In chapter 30, Leah conceives and believes she will finally be loved. She felt this way even with the third son she bore. She knew Jacob didn’t love her as he loved Rachel

3. Rachel couldn’t conceive, so she gave Jacob her servant. Did we not learn anything from Sarah?? Leah also gives Jacob her servant to lie with. Leah had six sons and a daughter before Rachel had a son. His name was Joseph. This story just screams that we need to be patient and have courage to wait for God. I know I struggle with that.

4. Jacob is on his way to see Esau and he is very apprehensive about how he will be received. 32:22 says he took his 2 wives, 2 servant wives, and his 11 sons across the Jabbok river. What about his daughter, Dinah? She isn’t mentioned until she is raped by Shechem, and her brothers exact revenge upon him. I feel sorry for her because she isn’t really consoled or taken care of. Something so horrible happened, and she is allowed to go with Shechem until her brothers come to kill him.

I love how Esau greets Jacob. It’s as if the time has healed the distance between them and all is forgiven. Forgiveness can do amazing things for you!

In 33:14 Jacob tells Esau he would meet him at Seir, but then he stops at Shechem. Why did he do that?

5. Jacob wrestles with God! And he is not giving up until God blesses him.

6. There is so much in the story of Joseph to talk about, but the big thing is that God blesses him and helps him succeed in everything he does.

What do you have to say about today’s readings?

Genesis 17:1-28:19

I didn’t get the chance to blog last night because my daughter cheered at her 2nd game. She is more important, so I’m updating now. I’ll just give you the highlights, and hope you will read it for yourself. Let me know your thought too.

1. I was surprised when Abraham laughed to himself in disbelief as God told him Sarah would give him a child. Even though he had doubts, he still obeyed God.

2. Genesis 18:14 Is anything too hard for the Lord?

3. I questioned Lot and his intentions when he offered his daughters to such wicked men. Do you think he was banking on them not being interested in her?

4. I love that the angel grabbed Lot’s hand and his wife’s and rushed them out of the city. How cool is that?

5. The faith of Abraham has always stunned me when God asks him to sacrifice Isaac. I wish I could say I would be just like him, but I know I would honestly argue with God. What I’ve never really paid attention to is Isaac. I mean, he asks where the sacrificial animal is and Abraham tells him that God will provide, but then Abraham straps him on the altar. Isaac didn’t resist! It was then that God intervened.

6. Jacob deceives Esau for his birthright but Esau saw what he wanted and exaggerated starvation. Instant gratification early on in the bible! Esau didn’t stop to think about the consequences.

7. Isaac follows his fathers footsteps-tell them you are my sister. Was he shaped by his father?

8. Jacob deceives a second time when he listens to Rebekah and gets Isaac to bless him.

Ok, you go read it and come back so we can talk about it!

Genesis 1:1-16:16

After a rough start, I can officially check day one off the list. I should know by now that making a commitment like this gets satan all out of whack, so that he then takes it out on me. Well try as he might, he did not win.

I listened to the reading on my phone by using You Version, and after dinner I sat down with a pen and journal to do the reading. I wanted to share a few of the things I jotted down.

-God CHOSE to create heaven and earth because He loves us and wants to fellowship with us.
-By placing the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden, God gave Adam a choice to obey God or not. Without the choice or free will, the obedience is hollow. We have to choose God. The simple disobedience of eating the fruit brought sin into the world, and their family when Cain killed Abel.Shortly thereafter, Lamech also kills a  man.
-Noah was a man that fully loved and obeyed God when the rest of humanity didn’t. “Everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.” Gen 6:5 NLT
-“So Noah did everything exactly as God commanded him.” That is stated twice, in verse 6:22 and again in 7:5. Can I say the same?
-Abram moved in faith when God called him to. God promised to bless him if he obeyed, and through the line of Abram, Jesus was born to save us.
-12:14 Abram lied to Pharaoh about Sarai because he lost faith in God to protect him, and he brought hardship upon them.
-King Melchizedek only ever appears in chapter 14, verses 17-20, yet it is obvious he loved God and he blessed Abram.
-Sarai showed her lack of faith when she gave Hagar to Abram. She had the opportunity to be patient and wait for God to move and give her a child but she took things in her own hands. Once Hagar was pregnant, she changed and Sarai took her frustrations out on her, so much so that Hagar ran away. I chuckled when Sarai looked to Abram for help in the situation and he told her, “look, she is your servant, so deal with her as you see fit.” The angel of the Lord told Hagar to return to Sarai and submit to her authority and he would bless her. I just thought of how I try to control situations sometimes and God still works in the mess that I make.

I would love to share these insights every day, but I’m not going to make a promise.  The next two nights will be filled with Basketball games and practices. I enjoyed digging deeper into the reading today.

Read the BIble in 90 Days

I’m going to be reading through the Bible  in 90 days again. The last time I did this, I read the NIV. Recently though, I have been reaching for the NLT, so that is what I will be using. Specifically, it is the Tyndale Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation.

I have heard people say they read through the Bible in 90 days just to say they have read it, and if that’s you, that is fine. I am going to use this time to dig deep and really use the study guide. I have a journal where I plan to jot down verses that jump out at me, thoughts that I have, and prayers. It will probably take me an hour each day, but I can’t think of any better way to spend it! I’m part of a Facebook group for accountability and support, and really looking forward to it. I’d love it if you would join me too! There is a link to the Reading guide at the top of this page where you will find two versions of reading plans. The second one gives you two “grace” days which may be helpful around the holidays. That is the plan that I will be following this time, so I can be on schedule with everyone else.

Please let me know in the comment section if you want to join us tomorrow, or if you have done this in the past.

90 Day Bible Reading-Jeremiah

Jeremiah had a prophetic ministry that involved bringing the people of Judah back to the Lord.  He warns them of the impending exile at the hands of the Babylonians.  The people didn’t want to listen to Jeremiah, and surely didn’t believe that God would punish them by allowing their temple and land to be destroyed.  They continued living in their old ways, and didn’t really allow God into their daily lives.  God called Jeremiah to be over the nations and kingdoms, to UPROOT, TEAR DOWN, DESTROY, OVERTHROW, BUILD, and PLANT.  It was a big task, and it made Jeremiah weary when they didn’t hear his message. 

God’s patience wore out, and everything that Jeremiah had prophesied came true.  Jerusalem was overwhelmed and the temple destroyed. 

Jeremiah also offers hope.  Hope that an ideal leader will rise up from David’s line.  We know he’s speaking of Jesus.  The only hope we have for salvation. 

“The time is coming…when I will make a new covenant…I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.”  Jeremiah 31:31-33

It is finished

I just wanted to quickly update and say that I did read the bible in 90 days.  I have so much to say about the topic, but that’s for another post.  Yay!!! to all the people who did this with me!!!

 

90 Day Bible Reading-Isaiah

Isaiah was a prophet and one of God’s greatest messengers.  He tried to tell the people to focus on God, He is the one true thing, and He will never leave us.  The prophecies cover before, during, and after the exile.  The Kings who trusted God experienced peace, but the kings who didn’t experienced disaster.  God revealed His plans and asked everyone to follow them.  The book of Isaiah demonstrates that God is trustworthy.  Will  you follow Him? 

Is. 1:16-20  Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.

Is. 55:6-7Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

90 Day Bible Reading- Song of Songs

I have to admit, this was a hard one for me.  I really wanted to go to my regular bible and read the notes so I could understand.  It was hard for me to follow the love poems without a little explanation.  The underlying tone is all about love and sex, how powerful and important they are in our lives, and that’s how God made us.  It’s not a bad thing!  We are to be disciplined in keeping it in our marriage.  The sanctity of the marriage is where God created it to be.  A few key verses-Song of Songs 2:7 “Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.”  SOS-8:6-7 “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, it’s jealousy unyielding as the grave.  It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.  7Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.  If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.” 

90 Day Bible Reading- Ecclesiastes

The search for the meaning of life.  The king of Israel thought happiness came from success.  He found success, but not happiness.  Success was meaningless, and not permanent.  Neither is money, wealth, pleasure or fame.  It all sounds like things we strive for, doesn’t it?  We strive for, because we focus on ourselves.  I think what Ecclesiastes is teaching us, is how to live a God centered life.  Focus on the fact that everything that we have is a gift from God.  Our troubles also come from the hand of God, but for those we should give thanks too.  He never promised a trouble free life.  We need to adjust our expectations if we’re always falling short of the goal, and that makes us unhappy.  We can learn lessons from the adversity that is dealt to us.  Make the best of it and go on.  Focus on what’s ahead of you.  Enjoy life, and enjoy what you have.  It’s a great gift from God. 

90 Day Bible Reading-Proverbs

Proverbs is a book about wisdom.  God is wise, and He wants us to be wise too.  He will direct the path of those who trust and seek Him, and walk in faithful obedience.  Reading through it, you might find one verse that seemingly contradicts another.  In reality, it applies to different situations that you might encounter.  An example is Proverbs 26:4-5.  v4:  “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.”  v5:  “Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.”  Don’t, then Do?  Well, the wise person knows what to do in which situation.  How do we get wise?  STAY IN HIS WORD!!  I’ve noticed His presence so much since I’ve been doing this 90 day reading.  He will speak to You!~  Try it.

90 Day Bible Reading-Psalms 26-150

In Psalms we find praise, varying emotions, lamentations, and gratitude.  There’s a dash of hope mixed in as well.  God will not abandon you.  His love endures forever!

90 Day Bible Reading-Psalms 1-25

The book of Psalms covers many different emotions and prayers over a thousand year period.  God is worthy of praise and the wise will trust Him.  Some key verses include.. Ps. 8:1  “how majestic is your name in all the earth!”  Ps. 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God.”  and one that most people know is Ps. 23:1-6  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

90 Day Bible Reading-Nehemiah, Esther, & Job

Nehemiah follows along closely with Ezra in the restoration of the temple, community, Jerusalem, and the covenant.  It shows the many ways that God was at work to restore the people of Israel to their land.  Allegiance was made to God, and the Jews were restored.  God never forsakes, and nothing is impossible for Him. 

Esther was a Jew who heard of the plan of Haman, the chief administrator to the Persian King, which was to kill the Jews.  She approached the king and told him of the plan, hiding the fact that she herself was a Jew.  The king listened to her, and Haman was put to death.  Esther was very brave for approaching the king.  God used her to save His people.

Job is a great read when you’re feeling down and out.  Job suffered the loss of everything at the hand of satan, but he never rebuked God.  Satan took everything but his life, and Job maintained his innocence to his 3 friends who came to comfort him.  They didn’t believe that Job was innocent.  Why would God take it all away?  Just confess your sins and repent!  But Job stayed firm and steadfast, even questioning God as to why he was suffering so much.  God answered him in a roundabout way, showing him all He’d created, and the greatness of it all.  Job demonstrated his righteousness and God heaped His blessings upon him for the rest of his life. 

90 Day Bible Reading-Ezra

Ezra begins where 2 Chronicles left off, the exiles return.  They started rebuilding the temple and found opposition from the enemies of Judah.  A letter was written against Jerusalem to King Artaxerxes, and he ordered the rebuilding to stop.  That lasted until King Darius was petitioned to search for documentation that King Cyrus had issued a decree that the temple be rebuilt, and that documentation was found, and a decree made for construction to begin. 

Chapter 7 tells us that Ezra was well versed in the Laws of God, and a teacher.  7:10 says”for Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel. ”  Ezra travels from Babylon with a large number to Jerusalem under the allowance of king Artaxerxes. 

Chapter 9 discussed the disgrace that Ezra felt when he heard of the intermarriages.  It says he tore his cloak, pulled hair from his head and beard, then fell on his knees with his hands spread out and prayed. v6 – “O my God, I am too ashamed and disgraced to lift up my face to you, my God, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens. ”  A large crowd gathered around Ezra while he prayed, and they cried and confessed their sins.  Those found guilty pledged to put away their wives, and they presented a ram from the flock as a guilt offering. 

90 Day Bible Reading- 1 & 2 Chronicles

The author of 1 and 2 Chronicles is thought to be Ezra by many bible scholars.  1 Chronicles was written for the Jewish exiles so they could relate to their ancestry.  It covers the history roughly the same as 1 & 2 Samuel, but it leaves out David’s sin and consequences of it, and it stresses in great detail the building of the temple and establishing worship for God.  It also lists the most comprehensive of genealogies.  The importance for the Jews to preserve their racial and spiritual heritage is stressed, as well as the importance of the law, and the temple and priesthoods ongoing relationship with God.  That was more important than a relationship with an earthly king! 

2 Chronicles covers the same time period of 1 & 2 Kings, but it focuses more on Judah’s history, worship, revival and reform.  A thought—focus on the temple.  There seems to be lots of focus on the temple.  So if we think about the temple, and the importance of it, then how does it relate to the New Testament?  What is the temple?  Doesn’t Jesus refer to His body as the temple in the New Testament?  Is the temple destroyed and raised again in 3 days?  Do God and the Lamb replace the temple?  YES!!  I can see the relationship between the OT and the NT by reading it like this.  I’m not saying that the OT is always a truly enjoyable read with all the geneaologies, but it helps me put things together relationally.  Tomorrow we start and finish Ezra. 

90 day Bible Reading-1 & 2 Kings

1 Kings 2:3-4  David is talking to Solomon.  “I am about to go the way of all the earth, so be strong, show yourself a man and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in His ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go, and that the Lord may keep his promise to me:  ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’

When David died, his son Solomon became king.  Solomon prayed for wisdom and discernment, and he was given that by the Lord.  You may recall the story of the two mothers, and one of their children had died.  The mother of the child who died had tried to trick the other mother into believing it was her child who was dead, and they took their plea to Solomon.  Solomon said the baby should be cut in half, and the woman whose son it was said No, don’t kill him.  That is how Solomon knew she was the real mother.  Solomon was wiser than any other man from all the nations because he asked God for wisdom!  He built a beautiful temple for the Lord in Jerusalem, and brought the box of the covenant to the temple. 

Solomon angered the Lord when he had many wives who had many different idols that they worshipped, and sometimes Solomon would join in with the offerings to the idols.  The people saw Solomon doing these things, and thought it was OK, so they became interested in the idols too.  Solomon died and Rehoboam took over as king.  He was nothing like Solomon, and the Israelites separated into two kingdoms.  The ten tribes to the north of Jerusalem made their own king and made sacrifices to idols in Bethel and Dan.  The prophet named Elijah felt as though he was the only true worshipper of the Lord left.  He was told by God to stay with the widow at Zarephath, and she provided for him what she didn’t have to provide.  Then her son became ill and died, but Elijah took him and prayed for his life to return and it did.  The widow knew that he was a man of God.  Elijah then went on to prove that Baal was not the real God, but still had to run for his life because king Ahab’s wife wanted to kill him.  Elisha was called to succeed Elijah. 

In 2 Kings, Elijah is walking and talking to Elisha, when a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the men, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.  Elisha was a faithful servant, and went wherever God needed him to go.  He was helpful to all peoples.  On the other hand, the kings of the two kingdoms seemed to thrive on personal fame and success, and not on God.  Kings Hezekiah and Josiah wanted the people to be loyal to God, but in the end even they succumbed to the evil ways of the people.  The Babylonian army attacked them while under the reign of king Zedekiah, and they destroyed the temple.  The descendents of David were led into exile by King Nebuchadnezzars army.  The people were slaves, but God was still with them.  Little by little, things improved for them, and the king Jehoiachin was released. 

I think we are caught up now, and I so apologize for falling off the blog!  Life took over, or satan thought he could get a stronghold on me, and I’m now saying NO WAY!  I will follow Jesus Christ, He is my Lord and Savior!  Bless you all. 

90 Day Bible Reading- 1 & 2 Samuel

SAMUEL- THE KINGMAKER  What would make me think the Israelites would be happy once they arrived in the Promised Land, and obey God?  Naive, I guess.  They didn’t listen to the judges, and went back to doing whatever they wanted to do.  But again, God had a plan.  He helped the childless Hannah become pregnant, and she gave birth to Samuel.  She promised to give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and she did just that.  Samuel was a very special boy, and he grew up to be a priest and prophet who led the people through many difficult times.  Again, the Israelites were not happy, and complained they wanted a king,  just like the other nations.  So Saul became king of the land.  At first, everything went well, then power went to Saul’s head and he turned his back on God.  That led to God turning against Saul, and the end of his kingship.  He did realize too late what was happening, and confessed his sins to Samuel and God.  David is then chosen as king by the Lord.  The irony is that Saul was chosen by the people’s standards, and David by God’s.  Which was more successful?  David! 

David had worked in Saul’s service for a while.  He had played the harp when Saul was tormented by an evil spirit because he had turned from the Lord.  David went on to defeat Goliath, and then run from Saul because he was trying to kill him.  He had many accomplishments that showed his faithfulness to God.  Saul ended up taking his own life, and David is annointed King in 2 Samuel.  David was a good king, who made his kingdom stronger and stronger for a long time.  Until Bathsheba came along.  David saw her and wanted her, even though she was married.  She became pregnant, and then David had her husband sent out to the front lines and killed.  David sinned, and confessed, and God forgave him, but turmoil came upon him and his home because of the sin.  Bathsheba lost the baby she was carrying, and David’s daughter Tamar wasraped by her half brother Amnon.  Tamar’s brother Absalom killed Amnon and then fled for his life.  Absalom then planned to kill David, and was killed himself by David’s soldiers. 

90 day Bible Reading-1Samuel

I’m doing the single parenting thing this week as my husband is out of town on business.  It happens to be a particularly busy week with dance, and the first performance coming up this weekend.  There’s also a few other things going on too, so it’s about all I can do to finish my readings daily (which I am!).  I just can’t seem to summarize it all to blog form!  I hope to get my routine going again, but feel free to chime in with your reading input if you’d like. 

90 Day Bible Reading-Day 16 – 18

We have finished Joshua, Judges and Ruth, and will start with 1 Samuel tomorrow.  The weekend began with my birthday on Friday, and boy did I feel older!  It was so bitterly cold here that I just wanted to pull the blanket over my head and hibernate!  We had a chocolate cake with the whipped icing that I love, and it had chocolate bars on top.  Too bad it’s all gone, or I’d have a piece right now.  Saturday my mom and dad came up and we all had lunch.  It was really good, and I really didn’t do much else after that.  My dad called after they got home, and he had received word that his cousin had died suddenly that morning.  He was in his early 50’s, married with three kids.  It was a big shock, and I ask for prayers for his family to feel the healing love of Christ throughout the next few months. 

This week is going to be busy finishing costumes and getting ready for the first dance performance of the year.  I am not a sewing mom, so these costumes are kicking me!  Luckily I only have one major one to finish, everything else fit really well this time.  Also on the list for the week, clip coupons, work on the budget, shampoo the carpets, catch up on laundry, organize the towel closet, and a few other things that I can’t think of right now. 

90 Day Bible Reading-Day 15

DEUTERONOMY 30-34

Yesterday we finished Deuteronomy with a very short read.  God knew the Israelites would fall short again and turn from Him.  He also told Moses that they would turn away, but that when they decided to obey Him with all their heart, He would bring them back to the promised land and bless them with more.  Moses told them the offer of life or death was in their reach.  Chapter 30, verse 15 says ” See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.  16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.”  Moses blesses the tribes and then dies, leaving Joshua to take over andlead the people to the promised land. 

32:1-43 is the song that Moses taught to the people per God’s command, so that when they sang it, it was a witness for God against them.  I would love to record that here for you, but I know you already read it.  It’s really amazing!