Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 153

The scriptures read are 2 Chronicles 10-12, Psalm 124 and Romans 15.

2 Chronicles 10-12. We get the story of Rehoboam, the unwise son of Solomon, again. Maybe the reason scripture retells these stories is to emphasize to God's people just how often and how badly they disobeyed God. Yes, I know Chronicles has different emphases than Kings and additional material as well, but at this point it isn't that obvious. This read-through I am doing for flow and I'm trying not to be all scholarly and didactic and detail obsessed. And nothing has so far jumped out much and said, "Betcha didn't know this!"

Psalm 124. "Were it not for the Lord..." Good meditative exercise. What if God hadn't been in your life? What would have been different? Good way to stop taking him for granted.

Romans 15. The reason God gives us various strengths is to help those weak in those areas. "Strength is for service," as Peterson puts it. Bringing everyone's strengths together will cause them to mesh and compensate for everyone's weaknesses. Jewish and Gentile Christians need each other.

Ironic to read Paul's plans for a nice stopover in Rome on his way to Spain. After reading Acts, we know he will get to Rome but wonder if he ever made it beyond there.

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