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Numbers – Introduction

Well, we’re on to the book of Numbers.  It’s easy, when you have some limited knowledge of the Bible (who really has unlimited knowledge) to see Numbers and think, “Oh man, not more of this genealogy stuff.”  And that has been my reaction as well, but there is so much more to this book than just the genealogies and families ofIsrael.  This is whereIsraelfinally leaves Sinai and goes to the land that has been promised to them.  This is where all kinds of spiritual debate occurs, and where the people of Israel have to turn around and ask themselves the question “Am I really going to do what God / YHWH is calling me to do?”  It’s a book of tough decisions, major successes, and major failures.  It is a book of people responding to overwhelming challenges and finding out what they’re really made of.  I know I don’t exactly come through with flying colors in those kinds of situations, and that’s what these men and women face day by day.

In one sense, if I could go back to Biblical times and experience and live what occurred in those times, this is one of those times I would love to be a part of.  To see God / YHWH leading the people day-by-day.  To be a part of the amazing wonders that were occurring all around.  To have that chance and opportunity to be a daily part of what God / YHWH was doing.  That is worth all the treasures and all the wonders in all the world.  Not to be my own master, but to serve the only one worthy of serving.  Do we have that attitude day after day?  We have the chance to be a part of something so much greater than we are, and yet we would rather pursue our own miserable little lives doing what we want, the way we want to, even if it means we live our lives miserable and with no lifetime value.  So much so that we lose out on what God / YHWH wants for us, and we have to pass that opportunity on to our kids, unfulfilled.  Then they have to live what God / YHWH has planned for us rather than what He has for them that requires a foundation of what we were supposed to do.

Are we living our lives for Him, or for us?

Rev. John

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Matthew – Introduction

I’m making a little bit of a shift right now.  I just finished Leviticus and i decided that i needed a little bit of a break from the Torah.  I was planning on doing the entire Torah and then breaking for a couple of books of the New Testament, but i think that now is a good time to make a quick switch.

The Gospel according to Matthew is an interesting book.  Many seem to see a parallel between Mattew’s Gospel and the five books of the Torah, seeing five sets of narratives and discourse meant to build that parallel.  When looking at Matthew, it becomes pretty obvious that the book of Matthew is all about Jesus fulfilling the role of the Messiah.  We see time and again how the life of Jesus fulfills the Old Testament prophecies of who the Messiah was to be and His role and purpose.

All in all, i’m looking forward to studying this deeper and getting a better feel for what sets Matthew apart from the other gospels.  Come join me on this journey.

 

John J. Camiolo Jr.

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Leviticus – Introduction

Leviticus is the third book of Moses.  Leviticus is the book of the law.  The main purpose of the book of Leviticus is to establish the rules and laws for a completely new form of government.  It was a government establishing a nation in whose rule and direction came not from a king or leader, but from YHWH Himself.  The people are preparing to enter Canaan, the promised land, and God is directing their steps.  This book is the answer as to how they will succeed.

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Genesis – It Begins

Genesis

This is such an amazing book.  It contains history, legend, poetry, controversy, beauty, anger, righteousness, hope, destruction, potential gained and lost, science, genealogy, worship, abuse, faith, trust, love, forgiveness, structure, integrity, failure, success, the dirt, the grime, the filth, the overcomer, the promise, the hero, the enemy, the plan, and on and on and on.

It is such a wonderful beginning to such a majestic history.  In very simple and beautiful terms it explains and describes not only how our world came to be, but how we came to fall away, and how the plan for redemption begins.  It begins the story of how God chose 1 man, 1 family, 1 line of people as His own to not only bless, but to be a blessing to the rest of the world.

It is a book that not only shows the worst of mankind (and the worst punishment), but also some of the best.  How single individuals, standing in the face of sin, corruption, and “unjust” treatment can overcome to become the best that there is.  Literally becoming the gateway to mankind’s future.  Even more than that, that those same people are still just people.  Just because they are the few and the proud, does not mean that they are the infallible.  They don’t have to be perfect to be used by God.

In 2 days, this project begins in earnest, and i am extremely excited!  How about you?

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A Personal Copy

Deuteronomy 17:18-19 defines and sums up this project.

“Now it shall come about… he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll… It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God…” (NASB)

Long before Saul became the first King of Israel, God instructed the future kings of Israel to write for themselves a copy of the law / scriptures.  Its purpose was to help them learn to fear the LORD… to understand His expectations and how to lead His people.

I am not a king of Israel, but after having read the Bible through from cover to cover more times than i could keep track of, i feel like i am hitting a rut.  I need to get a new picture and understanding of what God is saying… of what God is doing.  I need to better learn to “fear the LORD my God”.  It’s time to take things a step further.

Feel free to join me on this journey.  Understand that i’m not really doing this for you (the reader).  I’m doing this to take my understanding of the scriptures and my relationship with God to a new level.  I would love to bring you along on this trip.  I can guarantee that it will be fun, frustrating, exhausting, insightful, educational, and chances are controversial.  I can guarantee that there will be plenty of times when i know that i will just want to give up.  I can also guarantee that if we allow Him to, God will show up in the process.

The plan is to do one chapter a day starting January 1st, 2011.  There will be times when i will miss a day, or two, or six, or more, but i’m expecting / planning on that.  As such, i’m planning for this project to take three to four years to complete.  Yes, i said years.  If a person can read through the Bible in approximately 300 days by reading four chapters a day, it will definitely take three to four years to complete this project.

I look forward to this trip, and i can’t wait to get started.

Rev. John J. Camiolo Jr.

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