OYB July 29
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- 2009 Jul 29
Remember that the 9th
of Av begins today at sunset. I'm not expecting anything to happen, but
it's good for us to familiarize ourselves with historical Jewish days
of observance. This is typically a day of prayer and fasting for obvious reasons!
24:2 Joash did what was pleasing in the Lord's sight throughout the lifetime of Jehoiada the priest. I thought this verse was a little strange upon first reading, but it will become significant later in the chapter.
24:4 At one point Joash decided to repair and restore the Temple of the Lord. I noticed the kings are always having to restore the Temple. That's because it is placed in a fallen world where it is a maintenance issue. I noticed that in our mortal temples (our bodies), Jesus has to do a lot of restoring and repairing of the temple, too. Someday, the Temple will be built in such a time and place that there is no longer any need for restoration or repairs. Personally, I'm looking forward to that!
24:13 They restored the Temple of God according to its original design and strengthened it. Yes! Someday we will be restored according to our original design—to be in perfect fellowship with Yahweh! This is on two levels-individually, and corporately.
24:22 That was how King Joash repaid Jehoiada for his loyalty—by killing his son. Zechariah's last words as he died were, "May the Lord see what they are doing and avenge my death!" I absolutely hate how easily we people are to rush into evil and bloodshed! I am confident that the Lord was watching and will avenge his death. Btw...there sure is a lot of killing in the OT. There seems to be little regard for human life!
25:2 Amaziah did what was pleasing in the Lord's sight, but not wholeheartedly. I suspect this would be the obit that would best describe my life in the history of the kings (discussed yesterday).
25:9 Amaziah asked the man of God, "But what about all that silver I paid to hire the army of Israel?" The man of God replied, "The Lord is able to give you much more than this!" This verse brought me a lot of comfort for a recent financial decision we made where we felt as if we "wasted our money" while doing the work we are called to. It was an honest mistake, and our hearts were in the right place. Good reminder that God is in control and He is able to give us "much more than this!"
25:16 "I know that God has determined to destroy you because you have done this and have refused to accept my counsel." Argggh. Amaziah seems totally insane here. I hope and pray that I remain teachable!
25:20 But Amaziah refused to listen, for God was determined to destroy him for turning to the gods of Edom. Why have I EVER worried about God being in control of the details of my life? Again, His sovereignty over every situation, heart, circumstance, and outcome is on every page.
12:1-2 CLT I am entreating you, then, brethren, by the pities of God, to present your bodies a sacrifice, living, holy, well pleasing to God, your logical divine service, and not to be configured to this eon [age], but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, for you to be testing what is the will of God, good and well pleasing and perfect. Here is a place where "age" or "eon" was translated "world." The Greek word for "world" is "kosmos" and was not the word used (aion). It shows blatant mistranslation. The meaning is not that different, but you should always ask, if they mistranslate such a simple, obvious word here, what are they doing elsewhere? And more importantly, WHY? There are places translators use "world" for "age" that totally change the meaning.
12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy (false pretenses). Easy to say, hard to do! Much easier when you dwell on the fact that everyone is a valuable person worth saving.
12:20 "BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD." Remember that in Jewish customs, this meant to bring him to repentance.
22:27-29 NASB All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations will worship before You. For the kingdom is the LORD'S and He rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, all those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, even he who cannot keep his soul alive. Gosh, I sure love these little gems in Psalms! How did I miss these? Just for fun, compare NLT to see if it reads any differently to you...
The whole earth will acknowledge the LORD and return to him [good so far]. People from every nation will bow down before him [weak]. For the LORD is king! He rules all the nations. Let the rich of the earth feast and worship. Let all mortals-those born to die-bow down in his presence [useless]. Hmmph. Explains why 9 years of reading cover to cover kept me in the dark. Have we learned an important lesson about which One Year Bible version to read from here on out?
We claim that the Bible is without error, yet every day we can find many translation errors in any given passage. These days I say that "the Word of God or the Holy Scriptures are without error." Safer that way. But seriously, we have to acknowledge the seriousness of errors and make a way to read the Word of God responsibly—dig for the truth!