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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Coffee and a good book


This morning started out with a cup of coffee with vanilla creamer and a good book…The Bible. Last week I finished a Bible Study by Beth Moore, The Patriarchs-Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was an amazing journey of history through the book of Genesis with God and my sweet sisters I study with. Let me pause for minute…Just a quick “shout out” to the women of PRF! I love them, and they are like a lifeline to me through the year! If you’re not a member of small group where you can get into God’s word, and share with other women, find one, don’t be shy!

Okay, so back to what I was saying. The journey through the book of Genesis was a fresh outlook on classic childhood Bible stories. Ya know, the ones where you might have sat in front of a sweet little old lady, who sits next to a giant black felt board? As she told you the story of Joseph and the coat of many colors, she places the paper doll of Joseph onto the board, and it would stick there in a sea of black and wonder. Did anyone else go to this Sunday school class? Well, these Old Testament stories can be overlooked as adults because we think we know them, and we tend to spend most of our time reading the New Testament. I realized over this past study that I was missing out! The study of Genesis was fresh, relatable, exciting, engaging, and left me wanting more! The perfection of God’s writing is amazing! 1 Timothy 2:16 says that “all scripture of God breathed”. Well, I want to inhale it! My new love for the Old Testament did not fade over the last week, and I’ve decided to take a journey further through book of Exodus. This is what the Zondervan NIV Student Bible has to say about the book of Exodus:

“The Israelites had endured nearly four hundred centuries of oppression-almost twice as long as the history of America as a nation-before liberation. So far as we know, during those years they received no direct communication from heaven. Surely God must have seemed silent.” (I cannot help but notice a parallel already! Did you know that four hundred years passed from the end of the Old Testament to the beginning of the New in Matthew {Malachi 1:6-7, 3:6-9, 2:10-17}? At which time God was also silent, until he began to set the plan for redemption in place with the birth of His son-Jesus Christ). Is God silent in your life? Well, He must have something wonderful in store! Take heart, and reach out to Him.

The Zondervan study Bible goes on to say that “As you read Exodus look for important lessons that apply to your life…Exodus contains much information about the nature of God…religious rituals with their many sacrifices and feasts seem strange to modern westerners, but they were not at all unusual then…they prepared they way for a redeemer who was greater than Moses: Jesus Christ.”

For the next 40 days-I will take a journey though the book of Exodus. There are 40 chapters, so I thought that would be perfect. I began this morning with a cup of coffee, and I’m already on the edge of my seat. Another childhood story will be made fresh with an adult perspective, as we begin to see the story of Moses set into place. Pharaoh has just ordered that all the Israelite boys will be killed (Exodus 1:22). Remember that image of Baby Moses? Well, let’s see how our image changes as we look through this book with the eyes of a mother. My heart is pounding already!

I hope you will join me!



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At May 26, 2010 at 10:17 PM , Blogger Nickname unavailable said...

Adrienne,
After reading your post I cant wait to get started. When I first received this I was @ work, so I will have to catch up. I too thought it would b the perfect time to revisit Exodus.
GIRL, I love you, & your heart for Jesus. <3
xoxoxoxo Jo

 

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