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Getting into the OT

I\’ve been spending a lot of my time in the Hebrew Bible lately, what we usually call the Old Testament. I\’m not sure why I\’ve neglected this collection. I have fallen into the trap of concentrating on the New Testament only. I don\’t remember ever leading a Bible study on an OT book, unless maybe a few of the Psalms. I feel ashamed about that.

I\’m not sure if I\’ll ever be able to lead a Bible study again with my health issues, but I can certainly rectify it in personal study. I\’ve started at the beginning — I\’m reading Genesis in detail. That study is going to take awhile.

If you have essentially become a functional Marcionite — that is if you usually only pay attention to Paul\’s letters and a bit of the gospels — join me in getting involved in the Hebrew Bible. It\’s a treasure trove.

If anyone is interested, maybe we can set up some projects for interaction.

Start with Jesus

A couple weeks ago my pastor through off a line — Start with Jesus.

Don’t end up at Jesus, start with Jesus. Don’t forget about Jesus, start with Jesus. Don’t try other stuff, start with Jesus.

That’s good advice.

Today, when you go to church, don’t start with greetings, music, complaints, weariness, or wanting to be fed.

Start with Jesus.

Recently on PMP

Three Unmistakable Examples of Gender Politics in the New ESV Translation – Missio Alliance

One of the first (and usually embarrassing) lessons we learned during our four years of living in England was the absolute truth of the statement that “England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” All of us North Americans made gaffes. No matter how astute we thought ourselves, there were always stumbles. … Continued

Source: Three Unmistakable Examples of Gender Politics in the New ESV Translation – Missio Alliance

Observations of a Broken One

  • I do not in any way blame God for my broken situation. In fact, God is broken over my sickness as much as I am. God would not want this for me or any of his children.
  • God knows something is wrong with my body. God has all power, but I am not one of those who expects God to move heaven and earth to do something about it. I am extremely content to have God’s constant presence and love.
  • I don’t believe God made me sick for some greater purpose. Of course, God will be able to use it for something. God is the great scrambler because God is smarter than all the rest of us put together and he can do stuff you wouldn’t believe. But God doesn’t cause sickness, tragedy, and trouble.
  • I am sick because the world is a messed up place. All kinds of decisions we have made through the millennia have made us subject to all kinds of issues. My sickness may have been caused by some kind of exposure to industrial stuff that would be impossible to reconstruct at this point. Or maybe some genetic mixup or something down through the generations. Not God’s fault. He’s fixing things up and his kingdom will come fully when the time is right.
  • I have a surprisingly calm sense about me. There is a chance I could die from this before long, but there is also a chance that I’ll feel better and be more or less back to normal in a few months. I’m leaving it in God’s hands, not in the sense of abandoning hope, but it trusting God that he is leading us to the right doctors and treatments, etc.
  • Trusting God in this does not (for me) mean trusting for some kind of miracle. Miracles happen, but they are pretty rare or they wouldn’t be miracles. I trust God to be my God and my friend, just like he promised. God has the big picture in mind and I’m just a little cog. My trust in God is not about what I can receive from God but instead, it’s about me being faithful to God and God being faithful to me. This is exactly what I’m experiencing.
  • I love the support of my friends. They are the hands of Jesus. It’s hard for me to accept help, but I appreciate it.
  • I’m expecting to come out of this ok. I have some plans for the future. I haven’t given up.

Israel’s Cosmic Geography

Israel’s cosmic geography was … the result of their observations and their theology. Their observations would have been no different than those of their neighbors, but their theology deviated sharply. God did not reveal to them the details of the cosmic geography of the post-Enlightenment period (which is mathematically deduced and naturalistic). He rather communicated to them about his role from the context of their own perceptions of cosmic geography. Where revelation offered no revisions, the Israelites thought about the world in terms similar to those of the cultures around them. The terminology of the Old Testament reflects this cosmic geography, and discussions of creation are based on this understanding.

John H Walton, Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (Old Testament): Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, vol. 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009), 12–13.