Christianity Godfidence Through The Bible

Mephibosheth remix

OK, work has been really rough lately with a new project rolling out so I haven’t been able to keep up with my writing but I have caught up to where I am supposed to be with the Bible reading for the year, I consider that to be more important.

Mephibosheth has particular importance to me and anyone who was in college with me or at our church at the same time.  Mephibosheth was the center of a book written by our Pastor called “No More Crumbs”.  I don’t know that he would be familiar to anyone else because he isn’t that spectacular and is only mentioned a few times in the narrative of the Old Testament but he holds a special place in my heart.

If you are not familar with him let me sum up.  Mephibosheth was the last remaining son of Jonathan the son of King Saul.  King David had made a covenant with Jonathan and in 2 Sam 9 after he has been established as king he asks  “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”  He finds the crippled boy living in Lo Debar and brings him back to the castle to live and be taken care of.

This is the part that my former Pastors book focused on, his narrative gave Mephibosheth a haughty almost arrogant attitude about the blessing he had recieved at the hand of the king, including the phrase “Don’t drop me on the way to the bath.”  We were to compare ourselves to the boy and know that God was seeking us out to bless us as well.

But this time through my reading I was struck by another passage about Methibosheth a very different picture than the one painted by my former pastor so long ago.  David has returned believing that Mephibosheth has betrayed him because of the report of Ziba.

And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king. He had neither taken care of his feet nor trimmed his beard nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came back in safety. 25And when he came to Jerusalem to meet the king, the king said to him,”Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?” 26He answered, “My lord, O king, my servant deceived me, for your servant said to him, ‘I will saddle a donkey for myself,that I may ride on it and go with the king.’ For your servant is lame. 27 He has slandered your servant to my lord the king. But my lord the king is like the angel of God; do therefore what seems good to you. 28For all my father’s house were but men doomed to death before my lord the king, but you set your servant among those who eat at your table. What further right have I, then, to cry to the king?” 29And the king said to him, “Why speak any more of your affairs? I have decided: you and Ziba shall divide the land.” 30And Mephibosheth said to the king, “Oh, let him take it all, since my lord the king has come safely home.”

The bold section shows a great understanding of the Gospel.  We were all doomed to death before the Lord.  Were it not for the grace of God and his son Jesus we would still be doomed but by his grace we have been saved, not of works  lest any man should boast.  It seems very often we forget that.  Godfidence originally came from the confidence we had as sons of God and came with a little arrogance as well.  I feel like the pendulem is swinging away from the arrogance I have seen to a greater humility before the Lord not only in my life but in the life of those around me.  I think that is a good thing.

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I Wish…

I put off writing this until this morning in the hope that I would be able to write that my wife and I had caught up on our road trip but the fact of the matter is we didn’t.

We are still several weeks behind but not as far as we were.  I have to say the “begats” are more boring to listen to than they are to read, I thought maybe an audio version would make it go quicker but it didn’t.

What I can say is that I am so glad my works are not what make me right before God, other wise I would obviously be failing.    What ever this grace demands it provides and that is the Good News.

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Awww Crap…

I really hated to write this but I felt I had to in order for this whole blogging through the Bible thing to work.  One of the reasons I do it is for accountability I need to make it through.

I am weeks behind on reading. April 25th to be exact.  I am catching up but the histories get to be a little slow for me.  It is like reading Tolkein, there are so many characters some times that don’t have a “big influence” in the story

But on the bright side by the time I get caught up I should be half way done.

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All Scripture; Really?

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. –2 Tim 3:16-17

All Scripture?  Really?! Because I gotta tell you trudging through all of the lists of Numbers and Chronicles is killing me.  How are these profitable for teaching reproof and correction?  I felt a little justified when Wayne Grudem told me personally (on mp3) that even he sometimes skims those lists.  Although it does show us that God no only deals with people as a whole but also as individuals, which isn’t much of an issue for us today as we only see our faith as an individual idea.

Ok, well I have fallen just a little behind but Saturday was my catch up day and I intend to get back on the ball.  My issue is that I often have to work early which messes my schedule up.  I also don’t keep to my schedule of getting up early on the weekend and so I don’t read then.  I think next year I will develop or find a schedule that doesn’t require weekend reading.

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Judge Dread? No, Samson

I am still having trouble when I read the Old Testament as seeing Jesus instead of myself.  While some stories are easy like David and Goliath I wonder how Samson’s story points to Jesus.

I know maybe not every detail of every story needs to point directly to Christ but perhaps the whole age of the Judges point to the coming King who would lead his people perfectly.

Anyway as for my reading schedule we have almost lost the month’s head start we had.  The time change is really kicking our butts this year for some reason and it is making it hard to get out of bed any earlier than we absolutely have to.  I have still greatly enjoyed the scriptures this year, especially since this is the first time I have read them through with my wife.  That is a wonderful treat.

Have you ever read the scriptures through with your spouse all the way?  If not I would be curious how you study with your spouse if you do.

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Deut 11 – Insert Clever Title here

When I read these passages of scripture there is one thing I can’t help but bring up. I will only ask one question. Why is it that of all the tithe sermons and sermonettes I have heard in my ears in a health and wealth church, I never heard anyone mention Deut. 14? Where the Israelites are commanded to eat their tithe in the presence of the Lord?

I did love reading of the feasts of Israel and thinking of how Jesus was the fulfillment of them. I wish I still had the paper I had to write in college on that topic. It really gave great coherence to the Old Testament when I realized that Jesus had fulfilled all of those feasts.

Maybe someday I will restudy it out for my own benefit. I don’t even know if I remember how most of them fit together now, which is a shame.

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Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

In the past when I have read numbers I wondered if they census taker was rounding numbers off.  How could it be that every tribe just happens to have numbers that round off to the hundreds?

The census here servers two purposes according to my study bible to show that the promise to Abraham was fulfilled in the number of his decedents and to show the fighting force of Israel, both should give confidence to the people as they enter the promise land.

Any way back to the numbers, they must have been exact counts because when the count is given for the Levites the number is 22,273; it would make little sense to round of all the other numbers.  Anyway this is the first time I really noticed this although I have asked this question every time I have read this before.

It donned on me that I have done very little in the way of trying to see Christ in all the scriptures like I said I wanted to and this section of scripture didn’t do much more for me…

Num 6

24The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

This is one of my favorite passages in scripture, it was the closing of almost all of my Lutheran services, our regular benediction.  One thing I loved about those services is that most of them were the same.  I can still repeat the liturgy almost all of the way through.  ( I may write more about this another time)

At any rate, I have taken to repeating this blessing as a prayer every night over both of my daughters when I lay them down to sleep.  I now some people don’t care much for prayers that aren’t improvised but my daughters are memorizing scripture every night and it will help to tie them to the word and tradition that Christians have enjoyed for generations.

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Leviticus strikes again…

Warning: this article is more for me than public consumption.  I want to come back to study this point but don’t have time at the moment.

Leviticus gets a bad wrap as far I am I concerned.  Sure, it is one of the few books full of do’s and don’ts but it also shows just the depth of depravity humans will stoop to.  It is a kind of snapshot of the troubles with all humanity.  After all there were and still are in some occasions,really people looking to do the things God forbid.

But one passage I really struggled with was the passage of the death of Nadab and Abihu.  They were the sons of Aaron who offered up unauthorized or strange fire before the Lord.   As a result of not following God’s prescription for his own worship they were struck down instantly.

This passage is a major proof text for those who believe in what is called the Regulatory Principle.  If you aren’t familiar with the Regulatory Principle of Worship it is summerized in the idea that the Bible tell us explicitly how we are to worship God and implicitly excludes everything else.  So if the Bible doesn’t say it we can’t do it.  Taken to the extreme this would mean we can sing only the psalms, and can not sing the name of Jesus.

I really don’t know much past that and while I don’t believe it is a sin to sing the name of my savior I do wonder if there is still a particular way in which God desires to be worshiped?  I always seem to be writing in a hurry and I wish I had more time to study these types of things out.

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Don’t Stop Reading in Exodus :: Desiring God

Don’t Stop Reading in Exodus :: Desiring God.

This is  a great reminder of why we should read the Old Testement and not just skip forward to the new.

It can really get hard this time of year in Bible reading, the emotion is gone no longer pushing you forward, the cool stories are past leaving you with the law but to fully understand Jesus coming you need to know the OT.

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Oh Good, Leviticus

I have to tell you if I am going to crap out on my way through the Bible reading this is where it starts.  Exodus wraps up the narrative out of Egypt and begins some of the books of the law.  It makes me very thankful that are no longer under the law because of Christ.  It also increases my greatfulness for the grace of God because I see how seriously God takes sin.

There was a lot of blood that had to be shed to cover over the sins of the people of Israel.  Far to often we, as Christians, we stop thinking of our own sinfulness.  Maybe once we get the “Big” sins out of the way(You know the ones others can see) we assume we are fine.  But the Christian life is to be one of constant repentance.  I think we don’t repent because we don’t understand the severity of our sin.

As I read through the Law, I want to understand how serious God is about sin.