So, I had the idea of posting about my daily devotionals and the scriptures I read each day. The purpose in this is twofold. First, hopefully it allows me to put at least a little critical thinking into scripture if I am forced to form coherent sentences over them. Secondly, this is an attempt to hold myself somewhat accountable to reading each day in order to make a post. Not sure if there is going to be a specific format. Surely some days I’ll have a lot to say, while other days (like today) I’ll be more lazy and just make short posts. That’s okay though, as long as I make a post each day, I’ll consider this a huge success.
These passages tell the story of Noah, his ark, and his son’s lineage. Obviously, the story of Noah’s ark is very well known, but I still take two important things from it. First, the story shows how much God hates sin. He created humans in his image to serve him, and disobedience is not taken lightly. Because the overall message of Christianity is one of forgiveness and grace, I believe many Christians take sin too lightly. Honestly, this applies to our society as a whole. We believe that God saved us from our sins by sending Jesus to die on the cross, which is true, but one consistent theme in the Bible is that sin still has consequences. Jesus’ death frees us from living a life of sin, but it does not permit us to continue living the same way.
The second important point is one of God’s grace. He promises to never flood the earth again, which may not seem like a promise that is exceedingly generous, but because of God’s hatred for sin, the fact that He would make this promise to a race of sinners does show His love. To me, this promise shows that God has a plan for mankind, and He promises to protect it and fulfill his plan.
Chapter 10 also talks about Noah cursing his son Ham who was the father of Canaan and Egypt. After Ham sees Noah naked, Noah says Ham’s lineage will serve as slaves to his brothers’. Not sure that there is a great lesson to learn from this, but it seems important to note for future passages.
The story of Jesus calling his disciples has fascinated me since we talked about it in Bible class at SWCS. In this passage, Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow him:
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
The power of Christ is evident to me in this passage. Who knows what about Jesus drew Simon and Peter to follow Him, but the idea of leaving my job and my life to follow some stranger that comes to me seems totally ludicrous. His disciples show great faith, however, in making this sacrifice. I believe that the people who came into contact with Christ knew there was something special about Him. Simon and Peter had to sense that Christ was extraordinary at the very least. Maybe they even knew that He was the Son of God, like the wise men following the star at the birth of Christ did.
Psalm of David urging men to give up lives of sin and find comfort in God. The Psalms produce lots of good quotes because they are so straight forward. The distress of David is usually evident, and here he explains how he only can find peace in God.
Proverbs may very well be my favorite book in the Bible. It gives very clear, practical instructions to live by. This passage deals with wisdom, which is a central theme of the book as a whole. Basically, the point is that God gives wisdom to those who seek it, and that if you are open to listening and repenting, God will make known his teachings by giving you wisdom.