Only one more Bible in 90 Days Recap left to go! If all goes as planned, I could be finished reading the Bible through by Friday!!! I can’t TELL you how much that excites me.
I’ve had a pretty long day and still miles to go before I sleep (as Robert Frost would say), so here’s insights/observations from week twelve:
- I’ve got to admit: right now I’m all kinds of confused about the Holy Spirit. I mean, I’ve never actually been extremely clear on Him in the first place, but I’m even more confused now. Throughout the Old Testament, I noted each time I saw where God sent his Spirit (yes, with a capital “S”) opening my eyes to the fact that the Spirit was, in fact, pre-Jesus. These verses lead to more head-scratching as I ponder the time-frame that the Spirit was actually given (When Jesus appeared to the Disciples? Pentecost?) and at what time He is obtained today (Must He first be present for a person to come to belief in Christ? Can a person only obtain Him after belief?): John 20:19-23, Acts 1:5, Acts 2:1-13, Acts 8:14-17, Acts 10:47-48, Acts 19:1-7
- I have a few questions about the business of praying and casting lots now. Sounds a lot easier to me. 🙂
- I never realized that forty years passed between the time when Moses left Egypt and when God spoke to him at the burning bush (according to Acts 7:30). That’s a long time to figure out God’s purpose for your life. Guess I shouldn’t complain!
- I find it surprising that the believers were meeting in the temple courts (Acts 2:46); you’d think that the religious leaders would have them thrown out!
- Good policy for all believers: the people received Paul’s message BUT…they searched scriptures everyday to make sure it was true! Acts 17:11
- Funnies: I think Paul was a bit long-winded (if you can’t tell by his writing style). He talked SO long that a guy actually fell asleep and fell from a third story window! In another instance, he talked “from morning until evening.” My short attention span is glad my preacher knows how to keep sermons within 20 minutes 🙂
- This verse has always jumped out at me as being very applicable to Americans: “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25)
- So, I’ve always been aware of the verse that encourages believers not to leave their unbelieving spouses (I Corinthians 7:13), but what do you make of this verse: “For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband.” (I Corinthians 7:14) What does it mean that he is “sanctified?”
- I learned this verse when I was in First Place and I should keep it taped to my fridge: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (I Corinthians 10:13)
So…I have many more notes. We read Acts through Philemon, so there’s certainly more to think about/write about, but I’m about to give in to exhaustion (plus I have to finish some of today’s Bible reading before bed!). Feel free to discuss or enlighten in the comments!