November, 2014 Readings

• 1 – Leviticus 4-6
• 2 – Leviticus 7, 8
• 3 – Leviticus 9-11
• 4 – Leviticus 12, 13
• 5 – Leviticus 14, 15
• 6 – Leviticus 16-18
• 7 – Leviticus 19-21
• 8 – Leviticus 22, 23
• 9 – Leviticus 24, 25
• 10 – Leviticus 26, 27
• 11 – Numbers 1, 2
• 12 – Numbers 3, 4
• 13 – Numbers 5, 6
• 14 – Numbers 7, 8
• 15 – Numbers 9-11
• 16 – Numbers 12-14
• 17 – Numbers 15-17
• 18 – Numbers 18-20
• 19 – Numbers 21, 22
• 20 – Numbers 23-25
• 21 – Numbers 26-28
• 22 – Numbers 29-31
• 23 – Numbers 32, 33
• 24 – Numbers 34-36
• 25 – Deuteronomy 1, 2
• 26 – Deuteronomy 3, 4
• 27 – Deuteronomy 5-7
• 28 – Deuteronomy 8-10
• 29 – Deuteronomy 11-13
• 30 – Deuteronomy 14-16

Today I learned…

Leviticus 2:17, “Finally, he will take the bird by its wings, tear it partially open, and send it up in smoke with a smell that pleases me.”

“Tear it partially open: Or ‘tear it open without pulling off the wings’.” CEV Bible Notes

Made to Last

Everything made for the temple was made to last. They used the finest materials: gold, silver, bronze, wool and linen. They reinforced the garments by binding the edges, (39:23) and weaving gold threads through the material, (39:3).

Not only were these items durable; they were beautiful. Bezalel was an artist who made decorated lampstands out of a single piece of hammered gold.

Exodus 37:17-21, “Bezalel made a lampstand of pure gold. The whole lampstand, including its decorative flowers, was made from a single piece of hammered gold, with three branches on each of its two sides. There were three decorative almond blossoms on each branch and four on the stem. There was also a blossom where each pair of branches came out from the stem.”

Merciful, Patient, Loving, and Trustworthy

Sunday, there was an altar call for those battling discouragement in three areas: job, health, and marriage. My entire family went forward.

After the service, my son shared that he went forward because he was discouraged about his job.

He said, “I believe God will give me a new job.”

“Oh dear,” I replied, “I went forward for my marriage. Does that mean I will get a new husband?” (I was trying to be funny!)

Actually I was discouraged in this job of writing the 2015 Bible Reading Guide. I divided the chapters mathematically by the number of verses in the new order based on the “Critical and Explanatory Commentaries.” I typed them in the calendar and found I had an extra day of readings.

I have to proof each section to find my mistake and if I don’t find it there, I will have to do the math all over again.

I don’t make money on my blogs and I found that two of my staunchest supporters were no longer using the Bible Reading Guide.

Long ago I came to terms with the fact I may never have an income from the blogs. But would I continue obeying God, writing the guide each year, and posting the verse that jumps out at me each day, if I didn’t have anyone using it?

The answer is yes, because I read in today’s verse that God is merciful, very patient, shows me great love, and he can be trusted. (In case you are wondering this is post #2702.)

Exodus 34:6, “Then he passed in front of Moses and called out, “I am the Lord God. I am merciful and very patient with my people. I show great love and I can be trusted.”

 

 

Relax. Rest. Rejoice.

Exodus 33:22, “And before I pass by in all of my shining glory, I will put you in a large crack in the rock. I will cover your eyes with my hand until I have passed by.”

Have you ever been between a rock and a hard place? Are you in a hole so black that you cannot see your way out? Do you look around and there are no ways of escape?

Relax. God has placed you in the crack of a rock. He is covering you for your own safety. He is about to move in a miraculous way. You won’t see him moving, but later you will see what he did. You will know that God has been there and the direction to go to follow him.

Rest. Your biggest assignment is right around the corner.

Rejoice. When God calls us, he never takes back the calling. I was in the crack of a rock for 10 years, but suddenly, God moved.

Romans 11:29, “God doesn’t take back the gifts he has given or forget about the children he has chosen.”

A Pure and Holy Mixture

Exodus 30:34, 35, “Mix equal amounts of the costly spices stacte, onycha, galbanum, and pure frankincense, then add salt to make the mixture pure and holy.”

Today is my birthday. My husband bakes me a special cake each year called, “Chocolate Chip Torte.” It contains chocolate chips, walnuts and dates. The dates are the reason it is such a moist cake. It’s special because those three ingredients are baked into a cake only once a year.

The incense was special because that recipe was only to be used in worship of God.

The addition of salt peaked my interest and I did further research. I didn’t realize how important salt was until I read about it at http://www.torahclass.com/archived-articles/1036-featured-article-sp-940659465.

Chocolate Chip Torte!

Chocolate Chip Torte!

Look Dignified

Exodus 28:40, “Since Aaron’s sons are priests, they should also look dignified…”

Aaron’s sons later assisted in the services worshiping God. As a keyboard player, I am also one who assists in the services, but I never have chosen clothes to look dignified.

I chose my outfit for modesty (Capri leggings under my skirt), comfort (100% cotton because those lights are hot!), and to look pretty (I thought the necklace was pretty). I was dressed in black…maybe that qualified as dignified!

“Dignified – having or showing a composed or serious manner that is worthy of respect.”

Duh. It’s not about my clothes – it’s about my manner. I was dignified in the first service, but in the 2nd service at Sunny Brook Nursing Home…not so much.

The residents were with me. They were so loud that the kitchen staff came out to investigate. You see I chose hymns with the word “saints” in it for “All Saints Day” this Saturday. I wrote a verse for them to “When the Saints God Marching In.”

“Oh, we all live (echo)

At Sunny Brook (echo)

Oh, we all live at Sunny Brook

Don’t do no laundry, clean, or cook.

Cause we all live at Sunny Brook!”

Don’t Favor Anyone

Exodus 23:2, 3, “Always tell the truth in court, even if everyone else is dishonest and stands in the way of justice. And don’t favor the poor, simply because they are poor.” CEV Bible

Don’t Misuse God’s Name

Exodus 20:7, “Do not misuse my name…”

“Misuse my name: Probably includes breaking promises, telling lies after swearing to tell the truth, using the Lord’s name as a curse word or a magic formula, and trying to control the Lord by using his name.” CEV Bible Notes

More Than Enough Bread

Exodus 16:12, “…Now tell them that each evening they will have meat and each morning they will have more than enough bread…”

The Israelites were slaves in Egypt for 430 years. I doubt any of them were overweight. They would have been given enough food to stay alive, but not much more.

How did God rebuild his people into strong men, women, and children? He gave them “more than enough” bread in the morning and meat in the evening.

Instead of denying ourselves bread, we may want to eat it before noon and eat our protein at the evening meal.