I don't remember whether I told you about the incidents with reading about or hearing about Joseph. There were four incidents in a row that brought the story of Joseph to my attention. The only reasoning I can make out of it is that no matter what happened to him, he didn't blame anyone. He said it was all in God's plan. I wish I had that faith, to believe it was all in God's plan and ultimately not to blame people. It's easier said than done.
A few quotes I've heard lately: "God will use us in proportion to our willingness to be shaped like Christ." by Dr. Charles Stanley. "Don't ever underestimate the impact of your life on others." by I'm not sure who.
OK, on to Exodus now. I've got a lot of catching up to do, and I promised one friend that I would indeed post this weekend to my blog. So, I have to keep my promise. I know that I've missed some verses and passages, and maybe one day I'll get back to them. But for now. . .
Exodus 6:2-3 - God says he is "Yahweh - 'the Lord'" and that he appeared to Abraham, Issac, and to Jacob as "El Shaddai - 'God Almighty'". but that he did not reveal his name of Yahweh to them. I wonder why?
Exodus 6:6-8 - God really lets the people have it. He keeps telling them what he is going to do and then adamantly tells them "I am the Lord". He's really emphasizing that fact and he is trying to ingrain this on their hearts.
Exodus 27 - I can't help but think, when reading about all the precise measurements of the Ark and Altars, Courtyard, etc., of what it would look like. I wish someone would make an exact to-scale replica. Or, if one does exist, I sure wish I could see it.
Exodus 34:29-35 - Lord, I want a "radiant" face. I want it to be known by my face that I had spoke to you. I want you to speak to me so that my face is "radiant".
Exocus 39:3 - Bezalel made gold thread with real sheets of gold. Can you imagine the precision needed to cut a sheet of gold into a strip so small as to be as pliable as thread. And then he wove it into the fine linen! Amazing!!
Exodus 40:12 - God tells Moses to present Aaron and his sons to be anointed, even after Aaron made a golden calf for the people. See how God forgives.
Numbers 7:1-89 - The dedication offerings by the 12 tribes of Israel were all the same. So why were they each recorded individually?
I must say here that sometimes the jottings I post about the Bible may not be in order of the Books of the Bible because this year I'm reading through the Bible chronologically, as I stated in an earlier post.
Leviticus - People were allowed to bring birds (turtledoves or pigeons) as sacrifices for sin. Where did they get the birds? Were they raised as a heard of cattle or sheep? Were they pets?
Leviticus 16:1-34 - Several things come to mind. First, again God restricts the area Aaron goes and what he sees -- no one allowed to see God. Next, vs. 21, Aaron lays his hands on the goat's head and transfers the peoples' sins to the head of the goat. Then God says in verses 29 - 31, "you must deny yourselves". I'm not quite sure of what this means.
On Feb 22, I heard a Joyce Meyer sermon on TV. She said "Don't CRAVE to get rich." She also quoted Phillippians 4:11-12 - "learned how to be content". Then she said "How you behave in the wilderness determines how long you'll stay there." Makes sense to me. And reminds me of the 40 years the Israelites spent wandering in the wilderness. Took a long time for a lesson to set in.
Leviticus 17:11 - First mention that I've read of the blood being given in exchange for a life, like Jesus' blood being shed on the cross for me! Praise God!!!
Leviticus 19:2 - God tells us "You must be holy because I, the Lord, am holy." We should act and behave as we are holy, for God says so! No excuses!!
Leviticus 19:18 - "Love your neighbor as yourself." This is also one of the Beatitudes. In the Old Testament, God basically tells us how to live.
Leviticus 21:17-20 - Why does God exclude people with "defects" from qualifying to give sacrifices at the altar? What does a defect have to do with this? God knew in advance that these people would become handicapped,l so why exclude them?
Numbers 3:39 - Isn't it amazing that the total of all the counted males was an exact 22,000 number - even - not 22,001 or 21,999, but an even number.
OK, friends, now I am caught up with my notes. But, there are some missing. Hopefully I will take the time to create them soon. As for now, good night and God Bless. Until I write again. . . thanks for reading.