Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ignite 365: 12 of 365

Psalms and Wisdom Literature: Psalm 11

The Lord is in His Holy Temple
While reading through this chapter, I remember the Legolas from the movie "The Lord of the Rings". Legolas was a veteran archer with stunning skills! On the other hand, the passage describes the exact opposite of his character. The archer was compared to a wicked man who bends the bow, fits the arrow to the string, and shoots in the dark at the upright in heart. However, the Lord is in His temple watching every creature, even the desires of their hearts are not hidden.

Pentateuch and History of Israel: Genesis 12–13:1

The Call of Abram

This is the part where God made the promise to Abram:

“Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Also, this is where God showed the place He will be giving to his descendants, Canaan.

Abram and Sarai in Egypt
Abram showed how selfish he was in this part. For his own sake, he even chose to give his wife, Sarai, to the Pharaoh, and he even wanted his wife to be regarded as his sister! It is by God's grace that He showed the Pharaoh the truth, and gave back Sarai eventually.

Abram and Lot Separate
This is the first part of their travel, Abram, Sarai, and Lot (Abram's nephew), from Egypt to Negeb.

Chronicles and Prophets: 1 Chronicles 12

The Mighty Men Join David
These were the great and mighty men who joined David's army. They were also the ones who helped him until he became the King of Israel.

Gospels and Epistles: Luke 7:36–8:3

A Sinful Woman Forgiven
This was a contrast of a Pharisee (a self-righteous person) to a repentant sinner. The woman even used her perfume, a luxury at that time, to wash Jesus' feet, while the Pharisee did not even wash His feet when He arrived in his home. This was also the part where Jesus taught about the two debtors: one with a greater amount of debt. Jesus asked:

"A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

And the answer, of course, was the one with the greater debt! It is also the same with the person who really knows his wretchedness and hopelessness before God, leading him to completely put his faith on God's grace through Jesus Christ.

© 2014 Erickson Ibana

"Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path." -Psalm 119:105

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