Monday, January 9, 2012
Welcome to Day 9 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.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Genesis 23, Wow, “The death of Sarah.” My heart instantly sank… Didn’t see that coming. Had this thought going into today’s reading as I sat down at my computer, “Today I’m going to try to read all three chapters… THEN do my SOAP.” Well, that didn’t happen…
I notice a pattern in how Abraham conducted business, “You go whatever way you want, I’ll go the other.” “Take everything back, except for what my men have eaten… (When he tithed to Melchizedek after seizing the city.) Here he insisted on paying full price for whatever tomb he was going to bury Sarah in. He showed honor to the Hittites, bowed to them. Smart guy… honoring. Even the owner told him he didn’t have to pay… but he still paid him the 400 shekels. v 23:14 “What is that between you and me?” Obviously Abraham was well respected.
Isaac was 26 or 27 when Sarah died… and Abraham sends the servant to find him a wife.
I love, love, love this… 24:15 “Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out…” As he was praying, giving God all the details of what and how this would work… haha, God KNOWS our needs even before we ask!
Rebekah was Isaac’s cousin, once removed. The granddaughter of Abraham’s brother. (just trying to follow the blood line.)
Had to do this… lol… this is why my post was delayed! : )
But the Bible says it this way, “the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son.”
Wow… Rebekah left to marry someone she hadn’t met yet. Simply said, “I will go.” Love that… although that is REALLY trusting… I would never advise my kids to do that… What about the 8 weeks of premarital counseling?? Must be that they all KNEW God was in this! Isaac saw her coming… took her as his wife, right then. 24:16 said she was “very beautiful,” but she had covered herself with a veil when she saw Isaac…
I think tomorrow I’m going to focus on Luke verses… Love that Jesus sent out the twelve with power and authority… goes on to say that Herod “sought to see Jesus.” (He’s the guy who had John the Baptist beheaded!)
So much to learn in the story of feeding the 5,000! About faith… God’s provision, his concern for our most basic needs… Love that Jesus helped organize this… “Have them sit down in groups of fifty each.” Any significance or just an interesting detail?
Peter’s declaration of Jesus as the Messiah. (You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!) Immediately Jesus begins telling them he is going to be crucified! His ministry was only three years anyway, and it seems he told them pretty early on about what was going to happen… Timeline isn’t clear just from Luke… Need to look at parallel of other Gospels.
The transfiguration… to have actually seen Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah! THAT would have been awesome!
Jesus expresses some frustration at their lack of faith… 9:41.
The disciples argue over who is going to be the greatest… haha, human nature. Me first. I, me, my… Oops… no, see this child? He is the greatest. “The least among you is the greatest.” A little humility goes a long way!
Good thing I don’t have the power to call down fire from heaven!
Amazing chapter ends with the cost of following Jesus. A great note to end on… Looking back is never a great idea… remember Lot’s wife?
I am amazed at how rich the scriptures are. I have heard and read all this so many times, but every time I read it, layers of depth and knowledge and wisdom and insights are revealed.
There are so many ways to apply all these passages today… Trusting God, following Him… Going in His power… Knowing that He will provide bread for the hungry, or the lamb for the slaughter (Isaac story).
Help me to never take You or Your word for granted… To ever trust you to meet my needs and to lead me. Give me the strength to leave everything and to follow you.