Wednesday, January 7, 2009

BIAY- January 7th

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  1. Today's reading for me was:
    Luke 8:26-56; Genesis 13:1-14:24; Psalms 7

    The passage about the devils being cast into the pigs makes me ponder the idea of being tormented by demons these days, in the form of mental illness. I'm not talking as much about depression, but as the real mental illnesses, insanity if you will. The reason I thought that was this verse-

    Luke 8:35-36
    Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

    They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.

    Makes sense, doesn't it?

    One of my favorite songs is based on the passage of the woman with the issue of blood being healed. It's called "The Healer", has anyone heard it? It's beautiful, very moving- especially when you're dealing with needing healing in your own life for whatever reason.

  2. Luke 8

    The first man sent out by Jesus to tell others was sent home. I hadn't noted this before. We're first a missionary in our own home.

    I wonder how hard it was for Jairus to "believe" after he was told that His daughter was dead.


    Lot chose the plain of Jordan because it looked like Egypt. Evidently there was something about it that he didn't want to leave. Seems to me that perhaps Egypt is representative of an entangling sin in the OT -- or maybe just prosperity -- I'm not sure, but I'm going to watch for the symbolism.

    Okay, Abram had 318 trained warriors as servants?! That's a pretty big camp. And I think the is the first time we actually picture Abram as a warrior. And he always takes the high road -- refuses any compensation.