Friday, January 2, 2009

BIAY- January 2nd

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  1. I done two day's worth of reading today because I generally don't get online at all on Sundays.
    Today's reading for me was:
    Luke 6:1-26; Genesis 3-5; Psalms 2

    I noticed quite a bit in Genesis today that I had not noticed before. Something that struck me, that I've never hard spoken about before is concerning Cain's offspring, Lamech, and his reasoning-

    23And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

    24If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

    (v23) expounded- he says-
    "for I have killed a man for wounding me, and a young man for hurting me ... if Cain was avenged sevenfold, I should be seventy-fold"

    Did he think that because Cain killed, that it was okay for him to kill? What can we take away from this short passage? Hmmm? kwim? (<-- message board speak for "Know What I Mean?" you'll see it from me in the future, I promise, lol)

    Something else I noticed was:
    Two Enochs and Lamech, a godly line and an ungodly line-
    The Enoch that was the son of Cain, 4X-father of Lamech. (Gen 4:17-18)
    The Enoch that was the son of Jared, the 4X-grandson of Seth, the grandfather of Lamech. (Gen 5:18-25)
    How interesting the use of the same names within two chapters.

    Lastly, something I loved it when I learned or noticed it the first time-
    The godly Enoch was the first rapture of the bible-
    22And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

    23And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

    24And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.


  2. This spot in Luke always makes me laugh. The disciples are breaking the "law" by harvesting the grain, and Jesus basically says "hey, David broke the law by feeding his men the showbread from the temple, what's the big deal?"

    As one who tends toward the legalistic, I love this reminder that people are more important to God than the rules. Then he goes on (in what I'm sure I would call a rebellious spirit now) to prove his point by even healing on the sabbath.

    v 23: One of the most motivating verses I know. I want those great rewards in Heaven.
    "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven..." And it's followed by such a scary part. -- Ooh, I'm rich, I'm laughing, I'm full (of cookies). It won't always be this way.
    In the genesis: God's comment "Who told you that you were naked?" Reminds me of the section in CS. Lewis' space trilogy (toward the beginning) where the main character is worried that the villian character is teaching the two others modesty. Modesty is really an awareness of evil (in us, specifically). Even though we use it as a sign of respecting our body/temple now. Do you think we'll be modest in heaven? Maybe we'll be naked and unashamed. I'd never thought of that.
    Aha, the great curse. I don't know how many husbands do this, but mine encourages me to do natural childbirth, in keeping with my curse. And in exchange he does all the family gardening. Including, many years, tilling the garden space with a shovel.

    Is it strange that there was two generations before "men began to call on the name of the Lord"? (4:26) Was God really accessible to them before that, and they just gradually drifted away, or did they just not have a desire to know God in those few generations?

    Psalm 2
    This is us, here in America -- raging against God, thinking that we're all that, and pushing Him out of our schools, public places and holidays. And God is just sitting back chuckling.

    2:7 here's an interesting parallel. I had always thought of Jesus being "begotten" by God as referring to His birth, but Hebrews uses this verse in reference to Jesus' resurrection. It was in the resurrection that Jesus became the fulfillment of all God had promised in the Messiah.

    Whew! made it. Albeit late at night. We had a super crazy day.

  3. PS have you considered using the Discipleship Journal reading plans? They're not online (they're a pdf that you print out), but they only have 5 days each week, so that you have a day of catch-up and a day or rest.

  4. I always giggle at the comment of God- "Who told you that you were naked?"- it reminds me of the father child relationship between us and him, and the contrast between that and our relationship with our children. He already knew what happened, and that they were naked, but he was going to see how Adam would handle the situation. Just like when we (at least me) know our children are doing wrong, we'll ask them questions just to give them the opportunity to be honest about it. Depending on their answer is a peep into their mindet in the situation.

    You know I've never heard of a husband suggesting natural childbirth because of the curse. Childbirth, no matter how you do it, is painful, so I'm not sure it would really be proving anything for me, if that makes sense! and I love gardening, so I would have a hard time leaving that to dh too ;)

    I really like the plans, I feel like it gives good flexibility *g*