Welcome to the "Through the Bible in a Year Bible Study" for Bethany Lutheran of Red Lake Falls. If you are using a computer, this site will allow you access to the "NetBible" via the links above (hit the "Bible.org") menu button. The first thing you need to do is set up a "netBible" account to give you access to the texts for each day of the year.Don't worry! This account is free! This will give you access to the NetBible and allow you to post notes on this user's group site. We will start reading on Jan. 1st 2012 and finish the whole Bible by Dec. 31st 2012! It should take about 20 - 30 mintues each day depending on how fast you read and what catches your interest. You can also use the study notes on the "netBible" site or study notes from your own own study Bible. In January we'll meet on a Sunday morning to commit ourselves to tackling this project together. It's always easier to do things as a group than alone!
Our gracious God always wants to speak to us and this is one way we can open our mind and hearts to his Word for us! I hope you will find this Bible study a valuable source of enrichment in your relationship with the Lord.
All the kings we’ve been reading about seem to have a common thread. The old adage; power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely rings true in story after story in the Old Testament. King after King did ‘evil in the sight of the lord’.
This reading reminds me of the difference between "superstition" and "religion". Saul in consulting the witch at Endor was trying to get God to obey him. That is superstition. Our attempt to use God for our own purposes.
Superstition would make God into a "genie in a bottle". God is there not to be obeyed but to obey our every command.
In Samuel, we find Israel is yet again worshiping other gods. The sons of Eli the priest are using their place with God for their own wicked gain. They’ve lost the Ark of the Covenant when they brought it to battle with the Philistines (like you can go ‘get’ God and bring him with you!). When again, they have great need, they turn to God again, and Samuel tells them once again, to get rid of all their idols of other gods.
Numbers and Leviticus, talk about your "really organized" organized religion! God gave his people all kinds of commandments concerning offerings and rituals, personal relationships, personal hygene, and even the kitchen sink! Everyone knew what he or she was supposed to do in order to enter into fellowship with a Holy God.
Now days, people make it up as they go along!
It's important to note the differences.
"And the Lord Spoke to Moses.." Numbers 1:1
How awesome that we should read of Moses' encounter with God! And God doesn't speak only to Moses but through the gift of the spiirit we too are promised such fellowship with God. In Acts 2:17- 18 Peter quotes the prophet Joel.
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Leviticus focuses on the "Holiness of God". How do sinful human beings enter into a relationship with a God who is Holy? God is like the "disinfectant", and sinful people are like the "germs"! In Leviticus God gives human beings a way for dealing with their sin. The sacrificual lambs, bulls, and various other offerings presented before the Lord, provide a way to "take away sin".
Does anyone want to explain to me why a sin against the Holy spirit talked about in Matthew 12:31-32 is not forgivible, but a sin against Jesus is forgiven?