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Leviticus 7 – Error II

This was the second time that i had to rip out a page from by project Bible.  I have actually been posting about a day behind my writing for the last 4 or 5 days.  I do my chapter copying, but then i’m just so exhausted from going to bed 10:30-11:00 pm and getting up at 5:00 am (after being up for 30 min to an hour in the middle of the night with a crying baby) that after i finish my chapter (generally 6:00-6:45 am) i go back  to sleep until 7:00 am instead of doing my post.

Well, yesterday i was supposed to finish ch. 7, so today i started chapter 8.  About halfway through, i realized that i had never finished chapter 7!  I had gotten to around verse 25 yesterday when i was so exhausted that i stopped to sleep and was going to go back and finish it later in the day.  Needless to say, i was more than a little annoyed, but what could i do about it.  There was no way to simply paste in the missing verses, so i had to tear out the page, redo some of the work that i had lost, and finished the second half of chapter 7.  On a positive note, now my writing and my posts are on the same page!

Well, Leviticus 7 is not anything overly new.  There are more instructions for the priests concerning the sacrifices and when, where, and how to do what needs to be done.  One thing i did note however, is that this chapter includes a whole lot about what of the offerings belongs to the priest.  Every few verses it seems that there is a statement that this portion belongs to the priests, or that piece is for Aaron and his sons forever.  It’s not that those things haven’t been stated in previous chapters.  This chapter just seems to have a whole lot more to say.

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Genesis 38 – Sins of the Father

How many know that it is good to have passages and concepts that you struggle with in regards to God and the Bible?  If you didn’t have any at all, I would be concerned with your spiritual state.  This has been one of those chapters for me over the years.

So Judah marries a Canaanite.  He has three sons.  The first is evil in the sight of the LORD and dies.  The second is to raise up a progeny for his older brother with his older brother’s wife.  He decides that he wants to take/lie with his brother’s wife, but is not interested in fulfilling his duty (promise) as a brother.  God takes his life as well.  So now we have two brothers, sons of Judah, who were or did evil in the sight of the LORD.  Both at the cost of their lives.

So now, Judah tells Tamar to go and live in her father’s house and when his youngest son is old enough he will give her to him.  So Tamar agrees and does what is right.  Judah does what is not right, in being fearful for his youngest son’s life he refuses to fulfill his promise.  O.K. so we have the back story, and now for the qualm.

Judah’s wife dies and not long afterwards he goes to shear his sheep.  Tamar hears about it, and know and understanding the ways of men, she goes and sits as a prostitute to seduce him in his time of weakness on the way to where Judah’s sheep are.  Judah goes in to lie with her and leaves his signet (i always want to spell and pronounce it signent) ring, cords, and staff in promise for a real payment.  She leaves with the promises (items) and the promise (her real payment), and he attempts to bring her his promise (payment goat) to no avail.

Three months later, he finds out Tamar is pregnant from harlotry and wants to have her killed.  She makes it clear through his promises (items) given to her that she simply fulfilled her promise (wedding vows) to her husband as well as Judah’s promises (to give her the seed) that he had not been willing to.

At times this chapter has troubled me, and at others times it has not.  My big struggle has been that while the woman (Tamar) appeared to/was acting as a prostitute, she somehow deserved death.  Yet when he went in to a prostitute, there appeared to be nothing wrong with that.  For a long time i thought that the issue was that since he was a man it was considered acceptable due to unfair treatment towards women.  But as time has gone by i have begun to realize that it wasn’t about man vs. woman, it was about promise.

She had been married and vowed to Er.  When he died, so did her vow to him.  She could have married another man.  However, her father-in-law asked her to remain faithful and he promised to fulfill her vow.  Judah’s wife died, and his promise was fulfilled (|| with Romans 8).  He made no further promise and was not bound as such.  That was a big part of my conundrum.  It wasn’t a man vs. woman issue.  It was a promise vs. lack of promise issue… or actually in this case it was a promise vs. promise issue.

After saying all of that, i want to make it clear that just because Judah was not under any promise, does not make it all right to go in to a prostitute.  That is still a serious sin.  Just as being unmarried (unpromised) and playing the harlot would be.  That’s still a problem no matter what.  Two still become one flesh as a result, and that is not something that can be undone.

So, what are the struggles with God and the Bible that you have to work through?

John C.

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Genesis 30 – Overcome

Well, that’s three pens i have gone through now.  I ended up switching from fountain style to ball point style, and i definitely don’t like the difference in quality of the ink.  The fountain style is definitely scratchier on the paper while the ball point writes smoother, but the ink and quality of writing i get with the fountain style definitely makes it a better quality pen overall.

If faith in action is the theme of Abram/Abraham’s life, and blessing the theme of Isaac’s, then wrestling / struggle appears to be a major theme of Jacob’s life.  In chapter 30 we see Jacob’s wives, Leah and Rachael, struggling together to bear sons for Jacob.  They go so far as to follow in his grandparents footsteps and bring their maids into service to bear children for them.  Jacob gets angry at Rachael for her blaming him for her being barren, and finally God opens her womb and she is able to bear.

Meanwhile, Jacob is struggling with his uncle Laban who is expecting Jacob to work for him for basically nothing.  Since Jacob’s arrival, Laban has been blessed more and more.  He appears to be becoming wealthy at Jacob’s expense.  Meanwhile, Laban appears to continue to have an attitude that Leah, Rachael, and their children still belong to him.  With that kind of attitude it’s no wonder that Laban had struggled with being blessed before Jacob’s arrival.

By the end of the chapter progress has been made.  Leah has borne six sons and one daughter, and her maid has borne to Jacob two sons.  Meanwhile Rachael’s maid has borne Jacob two sons for her, and God has finally blessed her by opening her womb and she has borne Joseph.  All have overcome.

Meanwhile, Jacob is finally getting paid for his services to Laban.  He gets the spotted, speckled, and striped sheep and goats, and God is blessing him.  He is overcoming his Uncle Laban’s greedy behaviors.

Do we feel like we are constantly struggling with no success?  I know that i feel that way at times.  So often it seems like i am working so hard, and the success is so limited.  I know that God is taking care of me and blessing me, but it is easy to focus on the struggle and lose sight of the times and ways God has helped me to overcome.  We will have trials, troubles, and tribulations in life.  They can be walls that block our way, or just bumps in the road.  God gives us the strength to succeed and overcome.  What do you have to thank God for today?

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Genesis 23 – Dust

From ashes to ashes; from dust to dust.  Her time had come, and Sarah was no more.  After everything that has happened, it’s hard to imagine Sarah (Sarai) no longer being in the picture.  It’s also a signal that though one main character may be gone (and another nearing the end of his journey); a story may take a pause, but history stops for no one.

Life must go on, and Abraham has a responsibility to care for his deceased.  Even in a time of mourning, the work is never done.  Abraham sets about getting the appropriate final resting place for his wife and family.  He already knows what he wants and is looking for.  So he goes to make the transaction and we yet again see his mentality that he will not take what is not his.  He is offered the land and cave that he wants free of charge, but he insists that he will only take what he has rightfully paid for.  Its value resides in what its value is to the one who owns or is seeking it.  If a man is not willing to pay fair price for it, is it worth owning?

 

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