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.
My grand father was/is a Bible translator. We went to dig his sweet potatoes for him, hence the reason I voted early.
While we were with him we went to a sermon. The speakers said he felt like he was amongst giants, because of how many missionaries and Bible translators were there. I grew up near the JAARS center, so I grew up around those sorts of people. Both sets of my grandparents had been missionaries, my parents had done a stint, all my friends, parents were missionaries or MKs, every year our church would have a missions conference, and so on and so forth.
From the age of seven I knew Africa was huge, the difference between Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya, both of which are called Papua, and the difference between Nigeria and Niger.
Growing up where I did led me to believe an astoundingly high number of lies and fostered a number of interests. I did learn one truth there though, these men and women we look up to would have gone no where with out God. They aren’t giants, they just let God lead their life and God led them to that work. They are not higher because God called them away from home, they are just a different part.
Do as God calls you.
I felt I should post today, but I had to many half thought out ideas.
Do I talk about how the Bible is very clear about homosexuals.
Do I talk about how Judges is full of stories that are so crazy, that they are almost funny the 20th time through.
Or am I supposed to talk about the guy in these verses.
After him, Abdon son of Hillel, from Pirathon, led Israel. He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. He led Israel eight years. Then Abdon son of Hillel died and was buried at Pirathon in Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites. Judges 12:13-15
He’s not the person we know the least about in the Bible, but what we know of him is odd. He led/judged Israel eight years and then he died. Why is he even in the Bible?
Abdon Led Israel in a fairly prosperous time. He had the money to have huge numbers of kids and give them all a donkey. If you go back and do the math he seems to have ruled about 17 years after Jephthah and probably about 23 years since the last big uproar.
I think he and the others like him are to remind us that sometimes your life kind seem really unremarkable, but if you are doing what is right, you get a mention in God’s book.
Keep on following God.