Bible in 90 Days – Week 4

by Kim Calhoun on July 27, 2010

Biblein90daysLogoFirst of all, I can’t believe I’m still doing this. It has to be the Hand of God pushing me. I carry my Bible with me all the time to keep up. Usually, I would have given up and gotten sidetracked by now. I certainly do with blogging. :) Again, I must put forth the disclaimer that I am no Bible scholar. If I didn’t know that before, I certainly found it out this week. I read stories that I had never heard before. I asked myself, ” How did you miss this in 30 + years of church and Sunday School?” But I’ve decided that ” Better late than never!” is my new mantra.

These are my observations this week

Joshua

At first, I was really bothered by all the war, the killing, and the takeover of the land. I wondered to myself, ” Why would God let them kill everybody including innocent women and children?” I had to get some additional studying for that one. The thing was… these people were not innocent. They were into all sorts of things God detests like sexual rituals of all kinds and child sacrifice to idols.  We have already learned from previous books in the Bible that the Israelites could be easily swayed into idolatry and any number of sins pretty easily. So God told them to rid the land of them so the Israelites would follow God and not the customs of the people who inhabited the land.  Joshua was a good leader and as long as he was there, the Israelites did what they were supposed to for the most part and God blessed them. You think after years of seeing if they obeyed God, good things happened and if they didn’t obey God, bad things happened, that the Israelites would get the message. However,I know from my own life that hindsight is 20/20 and I can be dense too when God is speaking and I’m not listening. We tend to want what we want when we want it, much like the Israelites. At least, I do anyway. :)

Judges

Whoa! Bad stuff! Yikes! The Bible even says “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit. And what they saw fit to do was pretty terrible. I was really surprised to find a woman judge in there, Deborah, given the role of women during this time. As Israel deteriorated, so did the rights of women. It was nothing to be raped, kidnapped, or even murdered. The worst story to me was the one about the Levite and his concubine. She was gang raped and died and the Levite cut her up and sent her to all the tribes of Israel.  Ok, that’s pretty graphic and disgusting. Then the Israelites almost wiped out the tribe of Benjamin. Boy that was smart thinking. You start to wonder how far the Israelites are going to get from God before they get on the right track. You’re hoping that the Book of Judges would end on a happy note but it doesn’t.

Ruth

Ah… much better story here. Actually one of my personal favorites. In fact, I had Ruth 1:16-17 engraved on the inside of my husband’s wedding band. This tells a story of the strength of women during this time. And Ruth was very brave. She would not leave Naomi. She went to a new land that she knew nothing about willingly. Then there’s Boaz, a good man to help them.  It’s just an all around feel good story. You need that after reading Judges. :)

1 Samuel

Why in the world did Israel want a king? They kept saying that they wanted to be like other countries. You willingly want another human being to rule over you??? What’s up with that? Israel had God to rule over them, who loved them and always had their best interests at heart. Why would they need anything else? A human being is sinful and will put his own needs before other people.  God doesn’t do that. I just wanted to shake the Israelites and say, “Duh!!! Wake up!!! Look what you are doing.”

Why in the world did God pick Saul? He was a disaster. I guess he had potential that God saw but he definitely didn’t live up to it. Also, I think that God is trying to show all through the Old Testament that despite our flaws, God can still use us for good.

I told you I totally missed a story. The one I missed is that David worked for Saul. I so didn’t know any of that. I don’t know how I didn’t know it. but I didn’t.

The other thing I didn’t get is if David was already married to Saul’s daughter how could Saul give her to some other guy? Was Saul ticked off that David married Abigail and her sister? Or was it just that he was trying to kill David and he didn’t want his daughter to be David’s widow? Anyway, more study is required on that. This whole “having more than one wife” thing, still ticks me off.  Again, I would not have been a very good Old Testament babe. :)

I’m sure I’ll have a lot more to say next week about David as I get more into 2 Samuel.  I love my trip through the Bible. I love all the ladies that I have met through Mom’s Toolbox. I’m learning and growing and isn’t that the point of this challenge?

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Helen Hanson July 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Absolutely, learning and growing, otherwise, why bother? By the way, your frogs are adorable! Take care.

Kim Calhoun July 27, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Thanks so much for stopping by Helen. The frogs are my own illustration. I’m kinda proud of them!

Amy @ MomsToolbox July 27, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I am so excited that you are reading with us! And you are definitely not alone in learning so many ‘new’ stories in the Bible. Reading it all for yourself definitely opens your eyes!
And I really appreciate your great overviews and observations.. keep it up!

Kim Calhoun July 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Thanks for stopping by Amy. I really do appreciate that you take the time to stop by. You have really encouraged me.

Jen at Lita's World July 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I’ve stopped by so many blogs that are doing the “Bible in 90 Days”. I wish I would’ve known about it to start with you all….I’ll have to keep up and follow with all the comments!

Audra July 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Wow – I so admire your dedication! I’m stopping by fro the 31DBBB challenge. You have a lot on your plate right now! I totally agree with the “Better late than never” philosophy! I love your down to earth synopses of each book – what a way to make them more “real.” I’ve been trying for a couple years to finish the bible in a year (bought the John MacArthur 1 year bible to help) and am sadly quite behind. Thank the Lord there is Grace!

Kim Calhoun July 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm

It’s only through the Hand of God himself that I’m staying caught up. It would be really easy to get behind and I have been during my journey.

Kim Calhoun July 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm

This one was through Mom’s Toolbox I’m sure she’ll do one in the fall when this one is done. My group is the second one she’s done.

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