Journal August 24

2001

“The tears… streamed down, and I let them flow as freely as they would, making of them a pillow for my heart on them it rested.”

-Confessions, Augustine

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Journal November 11

2002

1 KINGS 6

The Holy of Holies is so holy that only one person, the high priest, could enter. And even that only once a year whith a rope tied around his ankle. Who built the Holy of Holies? How did they feel? Was it not so holy until it was finished and the curtain was hung? 

 

How long did Solomn’s temple stand? 

Was that the temple in the New Testament still? 

 

 

 

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Journal December 8

2002

GOD’S HARVEST – John 4:35-38

“…The question is not whether you should go but where you should go. Wherever he sends you, there you are to be a missionary and an evangelist. 

“You may have to witness in your office. You may have to witness in your home. You may have to witness in your school. You may be saying, ‘But I don’t have the courage.’ Well, God knows that you lack it, but he has promised to supply all your need according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. You may be saying, ‘But I have a family and children to take care of.’ Why should that hinder you? It certainly should not hinder you from giving a witness where you are today. It should not even deter you from work abroad, if that is what God has called you to. Perhaps God will pick you up now and fill you with a yearning to spread His Word in a place you now know only by name (Utah) but will one day come to love with a divine love and regard the place of your greatest labor for him.” 

-John commentary Volume 1, pg 326 by James Montgomery Boice

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Journal October 27

2005

Lord you are more beautiful than children, and

Lord you are more awesome than pregnancy, and

Lord you are more precious than babies, and

NOTHING I desire compares with you.

 

SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer that calls me from a world of care and bids me at my Father’s throne make all my wants and wishes known! In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief and oft escaped the tempter’s snare by thy return sweet hour of prayer. 

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer the joys I feel the bliss I share of those whose anxious spirits burn with strong desires of htye return! Where such I hasten to the place where God, my Savior, shows His face, and gladly take my station there, and wait for thee sweet hour of prayer. 

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer thy wings shall my petition bear to him, whose truth and faithfulness engage the waiting soul to bless: and since he bids me seek his face, believe his word, and trust his grace, I’ll cast on him my every care and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer. 

William W. Walford 1842

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Journal November 10

2002

EPHESIANS 1:17-18Image

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Journal September 12

2005

DEUTERONOMY 14

Questions: 

*Baldness on your forehead [for the dead]?

*Significance of “shall not boil a goat in its mother’s milk”?

 

DEUTERONOMY 15

Observation: When slaves were released after 7 years of service, the owner is to “furnish” the slave with cattle and fruit from the vine. It’s kind of like the slave is getting paid for service.

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Journal August 30

2005

NUMBERS 31

Summary: God takes vengeance on Midian because in Numbers 25 the women of Midian convinced the Israelites to worship Baal. One thousand men from each tribe were taken to fight (war). The warriors killed all the Midianite men but brought back all the women and children. Moses got angry at the warriors because the women were the reason vengeance was to be taken. So Moses told the soldiers to kill all of the male children and all of the women who had slept with a man! (This astounds me. I can’t image lining up thousands of people and killing them.) They then took census of the plunder, and gave half to the warriors and half to the rest of Israel. God received one of every 500 from the warriors and one of every 50 from the rest of Israel. 

Questions: 

*Why did God wish to seek vengence to Midian? 

**Why kill Balaam? 

***Moses’ wife was a Midian. Was this the same nation? How did this make Moses feel? Was Jethro, his father-in-law killed? 

****Why was being”clean” so important? Did this prevent possible health hazards?

Answers: 

See Numbers 25.

 

NUMBERS 32

Summary: 

The tribes of Rueben and Gad wanted to settle in Gilead because it had good grazing land. So, they asked Moses, who reminded them that they were very shortly going to fight for the promise land, and that it had been 40 years. Rueben and Gad promised the other tribes of Israel in the fight for the Promise Land but would leave their wife and children in the cities of Gilead. Moses agreed. So, those tribes and the half tribe Manesseh fought the cities and villages taking them as their won. And settled there. 

Questions: 

*Why settle in a place in which people live? Why not in Midian where they had already conquered? 

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Journal August 29

2005

NUMBERS 29

“July” 1st – Feast of Trumpets 

    Offering: 1 bull, 1 ram, 7 male lambs

                   flour mixed with oil

                   3/10 ephah (6.6 liters) –> bull

                   4.4 liters –> ram

                   2.2 liters –> each lamb

“July” 10th – Day of Atonement

    Offering: 1 bull, 1 ram, 7 male lambs

                   flour mixed with oil

                   6.6 liters –> bull

                   4.4 liters –> ram

                   2.2 liters –> each lamb

                   1 male goat –> sin offering

“July” 15th – Feast of Tabernacles (Day 1) 

    Offering: 13 bulls, 2 rams, 14 male lambs

                   flour mixed with oil 

                   6.6 liters –> bull

                   4.4 liters –> ram

                   2.2 liters –> each lamb

                   1 male goat

“July” 16th – Feast of Tabernacles (Day 2)

    Offering: 12 bulls 

                   *Same as above*

“July” 17th – Feast of Tabernacles (Day 3)

     Offering: 11 bulls

                     *Same as above*

“July” 18th – Feast of Tabernacles (Day 4)

    Offering: 10 bulls

                   *Same as above*

“July” 19th – Feast of Tabernacles (Day 5)

     Offering: 9 bulls

                     *Same as above*

“July” 20th – Feast of Tabernacles (Day 6)

    Offering: 8 bulls

                   *Same as above*

“July” 21st – Feast of Tabernacles (Day 7)

     Offering: 7 bulls

                     *Same as above*

“July” 22nd – Feast of Tabernacles (Day 8)

    Offering: 1 bull, 1 ram, 7 male lambs

                   *Same as above*

Questions: 

*What are the significance of each of these feasts? Do they tie into Israel’s history somewhere?

 

NUMBERS 30

If a man makes a vow he is to keep his vow. If a woman, living with her father, makes a vow then the father decides whether or not the vow is legitimate. He can void the vow. If a married woman makes a vow, the husband has the ability to void the vow. But both must happen the day they find out about the vow. 

Questions: 

*Why can women not be in charge of their own vows? Is this because of headship? 

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Journal August 28

2011

CURIOUS QUESTIONS IN ACTS

*Do you suppose when they began speaking in tongues their thoughts were in their language and it was coming out in tongues? When Peter spoke and others heard in their own language did Peter speak in his own language or in tongues? 

*Was Luke at Pentecost? Was he one of the 120? Or one of the 3000? Do we know Luke’s story? 

*”And all who believed were together.” Do you supposed the 3000 stuck around for a little bit being encouraged and learning their faith before heading home? They may have been needy travelers.

*I wonder how many days passed between Pentecost and the healing. 

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Journal September 20

2005

JOSHUA 6

Summary:

God told Joshua to have the people march around the city of Jericho once each day for 6 days with armed men in front, then the priest blowing rams horns, then the ark, then the rear guard. Then on the seventh day they were to march around the city 7 times and at Joshua’s call the trumpets sounded, the people yelled and the walls crumbled flat. This was done. Every person in Jericho was killed except for Rehab and her family who were brought out by the spies according to their oath. All things were collected for God and the city was burned. Then Joshua cursed the city and the person who dares to rebuild it at the cost of this oldest and youngest sons. 

Questions: 

*Who’s the “armed men” and “read guard?” 

 

JOSHUA 7

Summary: 

Achan took some devoted things. So when Israel went to fight Ai. The Lord was not with them. So Joshua tore his clothes and cried out to God. God explained that until the devoted things were returned to him then his hand would be against Jericho. Joshua found Achan who gave him the devoted things. Then Joshua took Achan and his family and livestock and the Israelites stoned them. 

Questions: 

*Why would people take some of the devoted things? 

*Do I have a ‘devoted thing’ in my life that would keep me from God’s best? 

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