Day 8 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days

Too much going on today, so only had time to do one chapter.  Tomorrow will be like 10 chapters!

Job 10

This chapter was so beautifully written.  The short version:  Job is complaining about his struggles and pain and suffering and wondering where God is in all of this and why all this is happening to him.  He admits to being innocent but cannot speak up for himself to God because he is full of shame.

Day 7 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days

I just wanted to add something from one of the days before.  I said that Job had lost everything but he had not lost his wife.

Job 6 thru 9

Hallie and I agree that Job 6 reads beautifully.  Job is complaining and ready for death, hoping for God to crush him.  We believe that Job is accusing God of being unjust in terrorizing the blameless right along with the wicked.  He punished and tortures those who are good and those who are evil.

Job 7 – Hallie says, “Oh, so true.”  She feels that God is torturous, or at least at times, it feels that way.  I, too, have felt that way quite often.  In this chapter, Job is accusing God of torturing him and testing him every single moment and questions him as to why, why can’t God just leave him alone and let him die, look for him no more.  Do you ever feel God is testing you every minute of every day?  And in those darkest of times when there seems to be no light that you can find, God sticks the fork in and twists it?  I have felt that way.  Hallie has too.  We have blamed God for our misfortune, our problems, struggles, depression.  Do you feel God is to blame?  Do you feel the devil is to blame?  Do you blame yourself or someone else?

Job 8 is spoken by Bildad the Shuhite.  He replies to Job and defends God suggesting that Job plead with God and God will relieve him and bring him joy and happiness once again.

Hallie says the Book of Job is really deep.  Indeed it is.

Job 9 – Hallie says, “Deep, bro, deep.”

Job expresses the injustice that God brings with all the suffering, all the torture of the righteous and of the wicked.  He punishes them all.  He mocks the innocent as if it brings him joy to cause their suffering and pain and sorrow.  Job wishes there was a way to plead his case with God in court but knows that his own words would make him guilty and knowing that God could crush him in a blink puts him in great fear.  He knows God can destroy him in an instant and make his pain and suffering even greater than it is now.

Until tomorrow my dear lovelies, sweet dreams.

Day 6 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days

Job 2, 3, 4 & 5

Satan was before God and challenged God to allow him to inflict pain upon the flesh of Job, then surely Job would curse God.  God allowed this and instructed Satan to spare his life.  So Satan afflicted Job with sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.  Job took a broken piece of pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.  His wife suggested he curse God and die.  Job defended God against her.  Job’s 3 friends heard of his troubles and came to visit and comfort him.  When they saw his suffering, they tore their robes, sprinkled dust on their heads and sat with him for 7 days and 7 nights, not uttering a word to him, as they could see how much he was suffering.

Hallie said her girlfriends wouldn’t do that.

Hallie and I agree that Job 3 reads like the finest piece of literature, like poetry, like a mournful eulogy you would write for yourself.  He cursed the day he was born.  He seems to question the reason for his existence.  He questions life’s injustice.  He admits to having no peace, no quietness, no rest, only turmoil.

One of Job’s friends explained to him of all the good he has done in his life and how well he has served others.  Many have benefitted from Job’s wisdom, knowledge, kindness and generosity.  He questions Job on becoming discouraged when trouble now comes to him.  And in all honesty, Hallie and I did not fully comprehend the entirety of this chapter.

We agree that Job 5 filled us both with faith and confidence in God and all his power and mercy and blessings.  We believe this is still one of Job’s 3 friends who was with him, Eliphaz the Temanite, who shared all the trouble, trials and struggles God may put on a human, but then reward them with joy and healing, wealth and security.  God may take away and give great reward and abundance, as he is all powerful, the Almighty.  He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.

Day 5 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days

Genesis 10 & 11, Job 1

Genesis 10 is pretty much just naming the offspring and clans of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah’s sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations.  From these, the nations spread out over the earth after the flood.

Genesis 11 is about the Tower of Babel where the entire world had one language and a common speech.  Men were building a city to reach the heavens in order to make a name for themselves and to not be scattered over the entire earth.  God came to see the city and realized if they do this, nothing will be impossible for them.  He confused their language so they could not understand each other and scattered them all over the earth.  As well, this chapter is running the lineage from Shem to Abram.

Hallie said basically all Chapter 11 was about was people gettin’ busy and havin’ babies.

Job 1 is about a man named Job and he was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.  He had 7 sons and 3 daughters.  He had thousands of sheep and camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred donkeys, and a very great household with servants.  This man was the greatest of all men of the east.

God questioned Satan on where Satan had been.  Satan explained he had been walking the earth.  God questioned him about Job, saying isn’t he a perfect and upright man, fearing God and eschewing evil.  Satan requested that he test Job and God granted permission except to not lay a finger on Job.

Satan destroyed everything, all the sheep, camels, oxen, donkeys, his servants and killed his family but Job shaved his head, fell down upon the ground and worshipped.  Job said, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave , and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”  In all this Job did not sin, nor cast blame on God.

Wow.  I mean, I knew the story of Job, but in all honesty, I’m fairly positive I could not be that good of a person if I lost everything.  I would be okay with losing everything except my family.  That would turn my heart cold against God.  Just being honest here.  Perhaps my heart wouldn’t be cold forever but for a long long time, I am sure I would be angry with God.  I could never “unbelieve” in him, however, because I know for a fact he is the real deal.  I’ve had too many miracles and answered prayers in my life.  I know there’s a God and Jesus.  No doubt in my mind.

What do you think?  If you lost everything you own, all you have, including your family, would you, even in the heat of that moment, fall down and worship God?

You know I love You, God.  You know my heart and it’s full of love, joy and thankfulness for all You have done and still do.  You also know my truth and I know you appreciate honesty and authenticity.  So, I’m just being real.  I hope in my honesty, I do not offend God or anyone reading this.  Please do feel free to share your thoughts.

Day 4 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days

Genesis 9 (We should have done more, but another long day and running low on time)

God said to Noah and his family to increase in number and fill the earth.  God gave all the animals of the earth, air and water to be used for food as well as the plants.  God will demand an accounting for every animal life and every human life.  I’m guessing the accounting of the animal life is to make sure you don’t eat it until it is completely dead and you actually use it all for food.  What do you think?  The accounting of human life is pretty clear.  If man sheds the blood of another man, by man will his blood too be shed.  Of course all this changed with the coming of Jesus, but we’ll get to all that in later chapters.

God established his covenant with Noah and his family and all the animals that he would never again destroy all life on earth with floods.  His promise was with a rainbow in the clouds as a reminder to every living creature of his covenant.

The sons of Noah who came out of the ark with him were Shem, Ham and Japheth (Ham was the father of Canaan).  Noah planted a vineyard and drank some of its wine, became drunk and fell asleep in his tent.  Ham saw his nakedness and instead of covering his father as he should have done or rather stayed out of his tent altogether, he went and told his brothers.  His brothers took a cover, walked into their father’s tent backwards, as to not see his nakedness and covered him.  I believe they felt it would be disrespectful and humiliating to their father for them to see him like that as well as an invasion of privacy.

Okay, this is where I got lost.

When Noah woke and found out what Ham had done, he cursed Canaan, which is Ham’s son.  I do not get why Canaan would be cursed and not Ham.  This makes no sense to me.  He blessed Shem and Japheth, which is cool but he made Canaan the lowest of slaves to Shem and Japheth.  I’m not sure what happened to Ham.  Did he not get punished?  Just Ham’s offspring?  Hmmm.  Anybody have any answers that can clear this up?  Perhaps in later chapters, it will be explained.  Who knows?  But looking forward to it.

Day 3 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days

Genesis 8.  Been a long day, so 1 chapter is all we have time for.

At the end of the 150 days, the water had gone down and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.  The waters continued to recede till the 10th month, then the tops of the mountains became visible.  Noah sent out a raven to fly back and forth till the water had dried from the earth.  Then he sent out a dove but it came back.  He sent it 7 days later and it came back that evening with an olive leaf in its beak.  7 days after that, he sent the dove again and it never returned, which told him the land was dry.

Eventually, God invited them to come out with all of the animals.  Noah built an altar to the Lord, took some clean animals and clean birds and sacrificed burnt offerings on it.   The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

Hallie says, “I wonder if there were unicorns on the ark.”  I’m thinking it could have been a possibility.  If Noah took some animals from the ark and sacrificed them, perhaps that’s the day unicorns became extinct?  It’s also a possibility that after all those long months on the ark, the animals could have procreated, making more of just 1 male and 1 female of each animal.  But was there room for more creatures to be born with all those that were already there?

Hallie and I think God would have instructed all the animals to wait until they were back on the earth before increasing in number.

What do you think?

Day 2 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days

Genesis Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7.  Adam and Eve had Cain, then Abel.  Cain killed Abel and God cursed Cain and anyone who tried to kill Cain would suffer vengeance seven times over.  Cain moved to the land of Nod.  Cain and his wife had a child, naming him Enoch.  Cain built a city and named it after Enoch.  Several other people were born, wives entered the picture, to some men, more than one wife.  I won’t go through all the names of who begat who.  This is just the short and sweet version.

Adam and Eve had a third son, Seth.  Eve said that this third son was given to her in place of Abel, the son that Cain killed, but how is a child replaceable?  Adam also had many other sons and daughters after that.

Adam and many of the generations that followed lived hundreds of years, with Methuselah living the longest, at 969 years.  Noah, at the age of 500, became father to Shem, Ham and Japheth.

I’m confused by the passage that reads, “…the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. ”  What are the sons of God?  Are they not man?  Human man?  And what about the daughters of humans?  Are they not the daughters of God?  This is perplexing as the majority of the Bible is completely confusing.  The Nephilim were on the earth in those days and also afterward when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

What are the Nephilim?  Wikipedia says The Nephilim /ˈnɛfɨˌlɪm/ were the offspring of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men” according to Genesis 6:4; and giants who inhabited Canaan according to Numbers 13:33. A similar biblical Hebrew word with different vowel-sounds is used in Ezekiel 32:27 to refer to dead Philistine warriors.

As for giants, bones have been found throughout the world showing proof that giants did once exist on the earth.  Seek out the pictures for yourself.  I have seen them.  Let me know if you need the links.

So, God decided instead of humans living hundreds of years, he shortened our sentence to 120 years.

With the earth being corrupt and full of violence, God planned to destroy the earth and every living thing except Noah and his family, his sons and daughters-in-law and 2 of every living creature (1 male and 1 female) and every kind of food.  Noah built the ark that God instructed, the creatures came, they all loaded up, God closed the door, the rains came for 40 days and 40 nights, destroying every living thing except those on the ark.  The waters flooded the earth for 150 days.

Hallie says, “I want to live 900 years.”  I don’t.  I would be happy with 100 or 120 years but by then, I’ll be ready to go.  It would be cool to witness your grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and to see how technology progresses, although with all the craziness, violence and poverty, I’m not sure that I want to be around for even 100 years.

Question to my Readers

I have been so swamped with incoming work and helping Hallie following her knee surgery and physical therapy, etc., that I’ve had no time to creatively write or work on my books, read, any sort of creative project besides my jobs.

My next project that I will be squeezing time in for is reading the Bible in 365 days with Hallie, mostly because:

1)  we tried doing this before and got creeped out by what we read about Lot and his daughters and stopped reading it and need to read all of it;

2)  can’t find a church anywhere around us nor in the surrounding cities that we fit into and need to learn the complete Word of God;

3)  I was not raised in church and neither has Hallie been, but I would like for both of us to know more about God and Jesus and the Books of the Bible

I was thinking I would share our daily study with all of you if you would be interested.  I will make time for this as well every late afternoon or evening after our reading/study.

Before I decide to do this, please let me know if you’d be interested in reading of our daily Bible study/reading, and if I should get a space upgrade and keep the Bible study on this page, which is about to run out of space (that’s why the space upgrade) or to add a separate page that will only be directed to people who decide to sign up to read that particular blog.

Tell me what you think (comment me).  We will be starting this Bible reading/study on Feb 1, so blog posts on this page (or a separate blog that I haven’t decided to create yet) will begin Feb 1.

Thanks!  I appreciate all of your input, negative as well as positive.

*hug & a smooch*

-Carol