Saturday, July 24, 2010

Starting week 4

Read the Bible in 90 Days: Week 4 - I am right on schedule for today's reading.


Starting in Genesis and ending in Revelation, we will begin 2 Samuel tomorrow. It takes about a hour of reading each day to stay on schedule. I take my Bible everywhere with me and use spare moments to read a little more. I even take a break from email or Facebook to read a chapter or two online.

There are a few things that have struck me during my reading.
  • It feels like I better see the plan of God as he moves through history. I more clearly see how He is working over hundreds of years -- and how patient and forgiving He is.
  • I am struggling with the abhorrent violence in the OT. Not sure what to do with this right now. It definitely deserves more meditation and prayer. I can see why people de-mythologize the OT in light of the NT.
  • Reading straight through Judges into the life of Samuel and David has given me a different perspective of the chaos in Israel, how little unity there was, and how the introduction of a king forever changed Israel.
I am still excited about this challenge, but as the initial momentum begins to wear off, it is taking a little more discipline and creativity to stay on schedule. I'm almost a quarter of the way through the Bible, with only 69 days to go.

3 comments:

  1. We've had some really similar thoughts about this week's reading. The violence and brutality are really tough to swallow sometimes. And I commented in my update post on the chaos and disunity in Israel during the times of the Judges too...I'd never seen that picture so clearly until I read straight through like this.

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  2. I, too, agree that I love reading it this way to fully understand God's plan!
    Good for you for staying on track!
    Praying for you!

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