Sometime within the last couple of weeks I read an old blog post from somewhere, about how many Christians haven’t read the Bible from beginning to end.
I left a comment and thought I moved on. But out of my subconscious, came a memory of the very first time I had ever talked about reading through the entire Bible.
I was talking with D H1. (I call him H1 because I have another friend with the same first name and the same last initial) It was one of many random discussions of startlingly deep topics that we had. I would guess we were around eight or nine.
We both claimed to have read the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. At the time my claim was a partial lie. I had read most of the Bible for myself. I had skipped a few sections here and there (mostly names).
But what I considered to count then and I still do know, was the fact that Dad read the Bible out loud to us after dinner. Every day after dinner and dishes Dad would read a chapter or two of the Bible, then we would sing. Then it was time for us younger children to go to bed.
Since then the traditions have changed a little, but we’ve gone through it many times. And I have read through the Bible properly more than once. I’m glad I was brought up hearing the Bible. I’m glad I was friends with people as passionate about Gods Word as I was. D H1 and I may have been strange children, but we are happy and blessed.
Currently my family is memorizing Psalm 37. It is a mere 40 verses long, and it is so much easier to remember than Psalm 119.
Because it is so long we have divided it into sections. Every day we’ll repeat the verse of the week a dozen times and the full short section once. A couple of times during the week we’ll read the full chapter.
We have been doing it for ten weeks now. The third section just got started. We are a quarter of the through.
This is brought to mind because I love the first verse of the new section.
I was young, but now I am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
I am only young right now. I plan to spend the rest of my life watching out for this promise, especially since I’ve already seen it to be true
If you believe that with the ripening of the first barley fields in Israel, the Biblical new year starts. Then like me right now for you it is the beginning of Unleavened Bread.
It may be my favorite of the biblical feasts. It wasn’t when we started keeping the feasts though. Back then it was just like the rest of the year. Potatoes or Oatmeal for breakfast. Potatoes or rice for lunch. And Potatoes or Rice for dinner. For variation there was Beans and Corn.
We didn’t have pancakes and we didn’t try to make bread, for that was before we knew how to make gluten free bread. Then several years ago Mom decided that what the Bible said was
Eat Unleavened Bread
Don’t Eat Leavened Bread
So since then we’ve spent Unleavened Bread making flat breads of various kinds. Dhosas. Crepes. Crackers*. Tortillas.
*We actually haven’t figured out how to make leavened crackers
I finished a book this past Tuesday and (spoiler) I thought it was great. I plan on doing a full review on Sunday. I wrote a short five star review for it on Goodreads saying I thought anyone who could read and was interested should.
Then I remembered there is a small scene where the word sex is thrown around like five times. I thought “drat, I bet most people would not like that scene,” so I added a comment to my review.
Then I thought about it some more. I finally came to the conclusion that any child old enough to read the Bible themselves. (especially if they have had most of the Bible read to them before) is old enough to read that book, because
There are certain scenes in the Bible that need no added dramatization from Hollywood to make them R rated.
This Shabbot is coming far to slowly. Probably because I haven’t done hardly anything this week. I celebrate the Sabbath. I keep the seventh day of rest.
I know Saturday is the seventh day, because Sunday is the first day of the week.
God created the seventh day for resting on. It’s for resting from what is ordinary and spending time honoring God.
Some spend the day experiencing creation. God Made It!
Others spend the day discussing the Bible. God Wrote It!
There are those who merely come together in fellowship. God Recommended It!
A few spend the day serving others. God Commanded It!
There is no wrong way to do it. Just think about what God wants you to do and make sure it’s not your normal routine.
And if you can’t manage that focus on God’s word. Remember it.
Behold How Good And How Pleasant It Is For Brethren To Dwell Together In Unity.
What Christian Child hasn’t heard this before, I’ve heard it a lot, probably in part because I’m part of a large family, but I think it is well known even if you don’t.
Until I memorized the full psalm I didn’t really think about what the verse meant
133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Then I realized that the last two verses were describing how good and how pleasant it is.
Dwelling in unity is as big of a deal the anointing of a high priest, THE FIRST HIGH PRIEST. That was kind of a huge deal. A once in a life time event.
And the third verse, God commanded the blessing. Wow.
It’s like he is saying we are carrying the anointment and spreading the dew, showing the world how it should be.
There are a lot of famous families in the Old Testament. In all honesty I’m very glad that most of them don’t live next to me. Jacob’s twelve sons were crazy. Abraham’s two oldest sons were okay I guess, but I don’t think I would have spent that much time with them if I could help it. And King David’s boys…
Listen if you want to not feel quite as bad about the way today’s youth are acting read about King David’s sons.
These are some of the most famous and most blessed families in the Bible, but on the surface they look like families I wouldn’t want to live near. God however didn’t look at what they were like when they were kids, or anything like that he looked at the leader of the family’s heart and decided
Don’t judge us young people by what we do, judge us by our parents and pray that we follow their example.