Tuesday, March 31, 2009

One liners of the bible

Samuel was such a G!! His one liner to Agag king of the Amalekites was classic
"As your sword has made women childless, so will your mother be childless among women" BAMM!!! Asta La Vesta baby. It's also comical how it says the Agag was somewhat confident thinking "Surely the bitterness of death is past." ....uh wrong again buddy

What are some other classic one liners of the bible?

Monday, March 30, 2009

Israel had No King

Four times in Judges it says, "Israel had no king."  Two of those times it says, "In those days, Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit."  

What do you guys think of this?  Later Israel will have a king and God says choosing a king is rejecting him as king, but laws about a king are in the Law.  I feel like there is a tone in the 4 times in Judges that it was a bad thing that they didn't have a king.  So what do you all make of that?  

Ruth Revisited

So I know this is a little late.  Wow the blog has taken off!  OC is posting all the time now.  

I just wanted to point out something about Ruth.  She was a Moabite, not an Israelite.  However, her character was so righteous that she is included in the Bible and in the line of Jesus.  She ends up being David's great-grandmother even!  The reason I wanted to point this out was because this is a theme throughout the bible.  The ones who do righteous acts are righteous, not the ones from the right people, group or race.  Jesus will mention it later when he talks about the stones crying out and when the Jews who don't believe in him claim they are sons of Abraham.  It's important for us today because its what makes us Christians and children of God.  We wouldn't be unless we were born Jewish otherwise.  We need to remember to continue to live righteously, and learning in our understanding of God because just because we belong to the right church doesn't make us righteous, its what we do that does.  

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hearing and Listening

It's so neat to read about how God calls out for us. Samuel was fortunate enough to have God calling his name and telling him all the great things that are to come. At first Samuel thought the voices were from Eli, but they weren't. Samuel kept hearing his name...but God didn't want us to just hear his calling...he wants us to truly listen. When we truly listen to God's voice, we can be sure he is speaking to us and through us.

"Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf." <-- funny but true!

Listening is an art. It can be mastered. When we listen with the intent to will go well for us. I need to listen more intently to what God wants rather than my own voice and other people's voices. If I really meditate on God's word and allow his spirit to work in my life, I think I would be alot more happy and spiritually focused.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Don't mess with the Ark

Tumors and Rats!!!! O my O my!!!

Not only does it bring devastation on the Philistines but also on our good-old buddy Eli who literally keels over and dies. The Ark was a powerful force to be reckoned with. No wonder why back in the 1920's Hitler was so interested in finding the Ark (side note) when Hitler was found dead he had the Spear of Longinus, which is supposedly the spear that pierced Jesus side. One of the reasons why Hitler defeated Austria was so that he could obtain that Spear which was in the Hapsburg Museum. It was believed that one of the Caesars and Napoleon had possession of this same spear as well (reference: Psalms, the Journey Continues by Mark E. Correll, Mark, E Correll). They all thought the spear would bring them power. I'm sure the Philistines thought the same thing when they took position of the Ark; little did they know that the power of God only works when you have a relationship with Him. Isn't that still true to this day?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Yesterdays reading...

I wanted to write yesterday, but i got so tied up all day that i couldn't get to a computer until after 11pm and at that time i was exhausted... Please forgive me =(

I was traumatized by yesterdays reading... I mean, this is a mirror of the story of Sodom and Gamorah... The one thing that makes it worse is the fact that these people were "Gods Own People" - This was the tribe of Benjamin of the Isrealites... It just shows how quickly our own wickedness can take control and push us to do crazy things...

We all read the passage, we all know the grusome details of the story... The thing that made me think was the fact that the people of the other tribes of isreal decided to let those who survived the routing of the Benjamite tribe go and figure out a way to marry other women... It was deceptive to say "well anybody who lets their daughter marry any of these people will be cut off from their people - Then to go and figure out a way to get these guys wives again... Someone help me understand why this was ok!! I'm having a hard time with it...
1. God Kills Several Birds W/ One Stone.

God Answers prayers! I love the fact that our God has such compassion & blesses those with faith! I felt like he heard Hannah's cry out to him (just like he hears ours), and blessed her because he not only loved her, but also because Hannah prayed with faith. I couldn't imagine not being able to bare children and thinking that God could somehow change his mind and allow me to do so. That definitely takes a lot of faith and Hannah had that when she pleaded with God. That is so awesome because he clearly answered!

Furthermore, I love how God also used the situation for his own glory! By blessing Hannah, she was given the opportunity to be a woman of integrity by keeping her promise to God; therefore, Samuel was later able to become one of the prophets.

2. Hannah's Integrity.

I admire Hannah's integrity. When she made the promise to God, and he answered her prayers, she had no idea that he would allow her to bare more children. For all she knew, Samuel could have been her only child. Yet, she followed through with her promise to God, and as soon as he was weaned, she brought him to Eli to be brought up to worship the Lord. I couldn't imagine not being able to raise a child that I had longed for for so long. Definitely takes a lot of integrity to follow through with that! What a great example of putting God first!

Weaned: to cause (a child or young animal) to become accustomed gradually to food other than its mother's milk, to cause to give up suckling; now, often, to cause to give up drinking milk from a bottle with nipple)

1Samuel 1:21-28
Hannah Dedicates Samuel
When the man Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vow, Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, "After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the LORD, and he will live there always."

"Do what seems best to you," Elkanah her husband told her. "Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the LORD make good his word." So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.

After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. When they had slaughtered the bull, they brought the boy to Eli, "and she said to him, "As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD." And he worshiped the LORD there."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Samson's lack of self control

March 23rd reading: Judges 13 - 16

Judges 14 - 16 Samson's lack of self control

1) Self Control is a fruit of the Spirit (See Galatians 5:22-23)

2) Samson's Background: Nazirite: set apart for service to God (See Numbers 6), "to begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines". Judges 13:5

Nazirites (Numbers 6) should not eat or drink grape based food and drinks. They also should avoid dead bodies and not cut their hair. Samuel and John the Baptist where also life long Nazirites.
(I used to get Nazarite confused with Nazarene: someone from Nazareth)

3) Samson was lead astray by his relations with Philistine women, which went against his parents wishes and God's commands. (See Deutronomy 7:3-6).

4) Samson lacked control in what he ate. Eating honey from a lion's carcass in a vineyard, and offering it to his parent's would seem to go against Leviticus 11.

5) Samson lacked self control in what he said. (Judges 16:17) This allowed the Philistines to capture him.

There are alot of scriptures about be careful of what you say.
Here are some from Proverbs that use the word tongue: Proverb 6:17, 10:19, 12:18, 15:4, 17:20, 21:23, 25:13, 26:28, 28:23, and 31:26.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ruth... a fav among the SISTERS :)

For sisters who love fairy tales and happy endings, Ruth was cool to read :)

It's def cool that Jesus came from Ruth and Boaz's family line, but the story of Ruth is also cool because it's an example of what it means for us to be redeemed...

Boaz was an older, avuncular, bourgeois landowner who, though related to Ruth, had no reason to take notice of her... but he actually fell in love with this poor alien peasant girl. The point of the story is that this is exactly how our Lord feels toward us; though there is no reason why the King of the universe should look twice at us, mere specks of dust, we have stolen His heart (Song 4:9) and He has slayed the dragon of evil and death to win our hearts!

Jesus, our Redeemer... sighhhhhhhhhhh :)

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Trees

March 20: Judges 9:7-15
I like the talking trees parable in Judges 9:7-15, which gets explained in Judges 9:16-20. It reminds me of the talking trees from "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Lord of the Rings". The band Rush also has a song called 'The Trees" which has talking trees in it. I wonder if any of these where influenced by this parable.

Gideon brings Israel peace, Abimelech, not so much

Gideon turns out to be a real man's man. We always here of the story about his faithlessness but today's reading really shows a different side to Gideon. And why is it that the one who should be king always ends up refusing kingship.

Abimelech on the hand is a piece of work. You have to be a real sick person to kill all seventy brothers on the same rock. I bet that rock was permanently stained red. It seems like the bible is getting more and more graphic, or I should say that the people are getting more and more violent. Abimelech life ends on a very comical note, almost like something you would see out of Monty Python's movie. Some lady drops a rock on his head and then he tells his armor bearer to kill him.

my 2 cents

Thursday, March 19, 2009

thought questions for the SISTERS :)

Even after seeing and speaking directly with the angel of the Lord, Gideon was still insecure about leading the Israelites and asked for not one, but THREE signs from God before he would take action. Now THAT'S audacious insecurity! (hmm oxymoron) Gideon reminded me of Moses. When God asked Moses to lead the Israelites, Moses responded with doubt (Exodus 3:11, 4:10), and so did Gideon (Judges 6:15). Both men felt inadequate for the job, and the fact was, they WERE inadequate! But God promised them the most powerful weapon they would ever wield, God Himself... "I will be with you." And that is true for us as well sisters :), God is with us, He has given us the Holy Spirit! He is with us through every hardship and heartbreak, every conquest and victory.

  • What are you insecure about that prevents you from doing what God would want you to do? Are you asking for a sign? And suppose He did give you a sign, do you still doubt and ask for another sign?

The Ephraim leaders were offended that Gideon did not call them to join the battle earlier because joining later meant that they were more like the "clean up crew" who did the less recognized job of cleaning up the already begun battle. Fortunately, Gideon was able to provide a diplomatic response that appeased the leaders' concerns. As sisters, we are called to play a less than recognized role in the church compared to our brothers; we are to be our brothers' helpers (Gen 2:18) and we are specifically instructed to not lead our brothers (1 Tim 2:12 and 1 Cor 14:34).

  • How are you doing in this area? Are you content with playing the supporting role in the church?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


If anyone didn't like what I posted, I apoligize. I guess I got too excited when I was reading the Chrono and gone off another direction.

Next time, I'll try to keep that to myself.

Fearless Women!!

Man! After reading this today I'm kinda disturbed honestly!! Not because of anything other than the graphic nature of this passage! It says "She took a tent peg and hammer and drove the peg thru his TEMPLE INTO THE GROUND"!!! I mean, come on!! That's crazy right??

There's a lot of really interesting things going on in this scripture... First is that there is a Prophetess named Deborah leading Isreal right now... This is the first time we see a woman leading the Isrealites - and of course she had the Lord with her because she predicted that Barak would not be given the glory for killing the king of these people; a woman would...

We also see a level of deception that the scripture doesn't really go into or address. Jael was from a Kenite tribe who supposedly had "friendly relations" with the King of Hazor. So the king went there seeking refuge - but all he got was his head fixated to the ground.

But above these interesting things - the one thing that stood out to me was that even though God was displease with the people because they did evil in his sight - he still had mercy and forgave them when they cried out to Him. He delivered them in an incredible way, by destroying 900 chariots and using the wife of a supposedly friendly tribe to kill the king. And once again, isreal was relieved from the oppression...

I'm so glad God has that kind of grace on us ya know? What are your thoughts??


Not finishing the job

It makes me sad to see that the Israelites didn't finish conquering the land.  They would've had God with them.  Why didn't they keep going?  Did they just get comfortable and forget like Moses warned against?  

The maps Craig posted are great.  What did you guys think about Judah getting such a large part of the land?  Some of the tribes had really small areas. 

God choses a women to lead

Sisters, today's reading is for the women. I woke up this morning to start reading the chrono when I usually read at night. I like how Deborah was so brave enough to lead after all of the corrupt when Moses and Joshua died. She reminds me of Joan of Arc. I have a book about her and protrayed her for a history project in JR. High. I really like how God appoints people to lead and it is a variety of men and women. This time, two women pick up where Moses and Joshua left off with God's commands and carry on. Yes! Is that amazing or what?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Map: Land of the Twelve Tribes

Map: Land of the Twelve Tribes

Map of Exodus and Conquest of Canaan

Map of Exodus and Conquest of Canaan

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Not sure if anyone noticed this.  Joshua and Jesus are the same name in different languages.  Joshua was also the leader after Moses.  Moses then Joshua, The Law then Grace, OT then NT, The Law then Jesus.  Jesus comes after the Law just like Joshua came after Moses.  It's also interesting that Joshua is the one who conquers all the land.  It's like how Jesus is the fulfillment of everything and how he's 'conquering' the world.  Joshua is an OT example of Jesus.  

Thanks for all the great NYC posts.  Come on OC, would love to hear your thoughts/questions.

Jesus in the OT - Part 2, Exodus

(Compiled by CRAIG ASHLEY for the OC Feb breakfast discussion.)


Definition of Redemption from Holmen Bible Dictionary
Redeem, Redemption, Redeemer: To pay a price in order to secure the release of something or someone. It connotes the idea of paying what is required in order to liberate from oppression, enslavement, or another type of binding obligation. The redemptive procedure may be legal, commercial, or religious.

  • Ex 6: 2-8
    God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant. “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.’
  • Eph 1:6-8
    …to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
  • Gal 3:13
    Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
  • 1 Pet 1:18-19
    For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Jesus in the OT - Part 1, Genesis

(From OC's Feb breakfast discussion lead by Craig)

Gen 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Gen 22:6-8
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

God did provide an animal for the sacrifice (Ram substituted instead of Isaac):

Gen 22:13
Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.
Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice/substitute for us and our sins:

1 Pet 1:18-20
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Getting acquainted with some fo the NYC Chrono's

Hi, OC!

Just wanted to post some pics of our last meeting of some of our peeps.

We just had our 3rd meeting and a really good discussion, which I'm sure Justin will blog about.

While I'm on the topic, I'd like to hold Justin up for doing a great job in keeping us tied together and motivated.

I'm looking forward to seeing more posts and hopefully writing some more of my own.

Thanks so much for all your input in the blog. Even though I don't get a chance to write a lot I do get a chance to read and am always edified.

Take care and enjoy the pics!


Justin & Kathie/Felicia & that guy
Inga (in orange)/Donette & Luis

Health Regulations

Okay, in Leviticus 13 it talks about people suffering from different skin infections and how the priest should handle them.

When they are put in isolation for seven days, where do they go?

And what happens to the infection during those seven days? Does the priest give the infected person something to help the infection or do they just wait to see if it will go away?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Marrying a Captive Woman

So what did you all think of Deuteronomy 21:10-14?  

Who is the 'enemy' that is listed?  Other Israelites or some other people?  

Can you imagine 'dating' someone for a month and then marrying them?  

This is a crazy scripture.  

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Law in the NT

We had a good discussion about 'turning the other cheek' tonight in Bible Talk.  Not to getting into the meaning of that scripture, but one sister mentioned what if I killed someone by accident.  Would I still be held accountable?  She also wished that God had been more clear about what would happen in specific situations.  I guess she was referring to the NT because as we've been reading the Law the last few days and sometimes God gets VERY specific about what is done in situations.  Sometimes he even gives direction about where to go if this happens to you.  So my question is this:  

Do you think OT scriptures like this apply also in the NT?  

Sunday, March 1, 2009


In today's reading, when a brother does not marry his deceased brother's wife, one of the consequences is that his line shall be known as "the family of the unsandaled." Does anyone know why that was particularly dreadful or unbearable to be called that? Because it doesn't seem like much of an insult to me since I wear flip flops allll the time! ha.

Thanks. love youguys. =)