Reading the One Year Bible has left me with some unanswered (unanswerable?) (hypothetical) questions.  I read it late at night, so my thought process is not often in the middle of the road, rather it has gone off road completely and is tooling happily down the ditch.  Please don’t take this as blasphemy, it isn’t meant as such.  I am a questioner; it is a hobby that gets me into trouble.  My last minister said to me during a Bible Study, “That is a good question.  When I was a teacher that is what I would tell a student when I didn’t have the answer.” And then she looked at me waiting for me to figure out I wasn’t getting an answer to my question.  (I didn’t ask her any of these though)

 

I have a student Bible, it has all kinds of interesting asides.  I think it must have been written for Lutheran students (I have my reasons for this), but I am not embarassed to run around with a “student” Bible.  I figure most of us are indeed students of the Bible, as none of us have written any of it.  I have a good start on memorizing the books of the Bible, OT through Kings II and NT through…Acts.  That may go down when I hit the shorter books.

 

I was a little alarmed to see that I will be reading Psalms again.  It has been the most difficult for me to really concentrate on.  I find myself singing in my head, the lines used by Christian artists in pop songs (his love endures forever).  I can’t wait for Isaiah so I can hum the Messiah.  Leviticus was exceptionally tough.  I hear Chronicles is another charmer. I may need some support getting through that.  I have developed a bad habit, just reading every two or four or five days.  I need to re-affirm my intentions to read daily.  That has to help.

 

My thoughts

 

  • Do you suppose “to this day” those dead kings are still in the cave with the rocks piled in front of it? Joshua 10:27  Every time I see one of those “to this days” I wonder if it really is…

  • I didn’t know Barak was a Biblical name.  Why do we have to be reminded that Abner is the son of Ner 15 times?  It is a lot easier to keep track of Abner than those names like Jehoahaz and Jehoash and Jeroboam or Athaliah and Ahaziah and Amaziah.  I could go on with the R ones too.

  • Jesus performed more bread and fish miracles than he did bread and wine ones. Wouldn’t it be interesting to take wine and fish at communion?  (yes, I know why, I am in left field here, come join me) Would the wine communers be taking smoked salmon while the grape juice communers take fish sticks?  What would that leave for the water communers?  Baked fish?  I wonder about these things late at night.

  • I never imagined there would be so many potty stories! Well, two so far, but still…

  • That Annanias and Sapphira thing makes me wonder exactly what the early Christians would think about the economics of Communism.

  • I am very curious to read these annals of the kings of Judah and Israel.  I was excited to learn more about Solomon’s great wisdom, but there was no new information in Kings I.  I felt cheated.  Do you suppose they still exist?

  • The Old Testament makes a pretty strong case for polygamy.

 

Favorite verses:

Psalm 141

Psalm 73 vvs. 23-26

Psalm 65 vvs. 9-13 the agriculture thing gets me every time

Psalm 66 vvs. 13-14 made me laugh out loud

I notice they are all from Psalms.  (to start with, they were the easiest to find)  Maybe it is a good thing to read Psalms again.

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