Saturday, January 7, 2012
Welcome to Day 7 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S for Scripture
Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of our Daily Reading Plan. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
O for Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.
A for Application
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
P for Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.
Genesis 18:1-2 “The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby.” (The Lord and two angels all in human form… v 19:1 confirms the two angels.)
v 27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty?”
v 32 He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
Psalms 3 is a great proclamation of faith and crying out to the Lord for protection and blessing. It’s ok to ask and to proclaim at the same time!
Luke 7 is classic! The Centurion’s faith… then raising a dead child back to life! Then “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” The implication, “Yes, I am the one who is to come!”
Gotta love this, v 29 “All the people… even the tax collectors…”
Luke v 49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” She was forgiven much and loved much in return.
The Lord confirmed to Abraham during their meeting, that after 25 years, Sarah was FINALLY going to conceive, and oh, yeah… I’m going to destroy Sodom.
You have to love Abraham’s boldness to negotiate with the Lord… although in actuality, was this a negotiation? God was just confirming that he had no desire to destroy the righteous along with the wicked. The thing is, God already knew there weren’t 10 righteous people there. As it ended up 4-6?
Sad that Lot’s two future sons-in law didn’t leave…
Funny, the angels told Lot to go to the mountains… Just like Abraham, Lot negotiated that he be able to go to a small town, the angel agreed. Then Lot ended up in the mountains anyway! lol After seeing the scope of destruction… it hit a little closer to home than he expected. He must’ve thought, “Perhaps those angels were right… maybe we SHOULD go to the mountains.”
How strange is it that it was the daughters idea to get their dad drunk and sleep with him. Guess they didn’t know about DNA and inbreeding issues? They had to know it was wrong. But they were more concerned about preserving their father’s lineage than how wrong it might be… Again, just like Abraham and Sarah, they took matters into their own hands… and they did it without consulting their father.
So… Lot slept with both his daughters without knowing it, after having drunk too much wine? This is starting to sound like an episode of Jerry Springer! Lot HAD to have wondered how they became pregnant! As a father, I would want to know who got my daughters pregnant!
Funny, the Pharisee didn’t extend Jesus any common courtesy, then was offended at the woman’s actions. I would loved to have been able to sit in on Jesus’ dinner with Levi (Matthew) the tax collector, then to sit in on this dinner… To hear their conversations, to see how Jesus interacted with the two different groups of people.
Lord help me to live a life of faith… to walk this out, day by day, step by step with You. To not become pious and religious like the Pharisees… but to be like Jesus who impacted so many lives by spending time with them. I need Your power as I pray for people… that You would be glorified as people are healed. Display your power in my life…
P.S. It’s worth mentioning… It’s often thought that Sodom was destroyed because of their desire to sleep with the men (angels) who were with Lot… During last year’s Life Journal, I came across this verse that broadens the scope of their sin… Ezekiel 16:49 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” God is concerned that we not commit sexual sin… He is also concerned that we life unselfishly and that we care for the poor.