Monday, March 1, 2010

Bible in 90 Days {B90} ~ Day 60 Check-in

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Heavy reading this week. Very heavy reading. Jeremiah, Lamentations and Ezekiel are really not three books that I would choose to read if I’m needing encouragement.
 
{grins}
 
That’s not to say that there aren’t some great passages in any of the books, but overall it was difficult to muddle through at times. After reading perspectives from the various prophets at the time, I cannot even begin to imagine being called to be a prophet during that time. A most unthankful and difficult job it would have been.
 
I’m not sure I would have wanted to do it personally {just being honest}. Years of mocking, prison time, running from others, and just overall difficulty.  Not exactly a position of high esteem to be calling down judgment on your fellow Israelites and other countries.
 
Some of my thoughts while reading this week:
  • False prophets vs. prophets of God ~ how often do we surround ourselves by what we want to hear instead of what we know is true & don’t want to hear.
  • How discouraging to have God tell you “Don’t pray for these people anymore.” {Jer 14:11} ~ and be told that it wouldn’t matter what you say
  • felt pity for Jeremiah {20:8-9} when he describes that he is weary of holding in the words of God because they burn in his heart ~ and know that all are mocking you constantly.
  • Israel is referred to in both male and female tenses {Jer. 31:20-22}. it is both ‘my son, my darling child’ and ‘my wayward daughter’. Don’t ever remember it being referred to as a male
  • Love the passage in Lamentations 3:20-26. Thinking of some of the more difficult times in my life/walk with the Lord and knowing that His love and faithfulness never end. He IS full of mercy.
  • Wish I could get a ‘glimpse’ of what Ezekiel saw in his visions. :) Just can’t even begin to imagine some of the things he saw.

That’s it for this week ~ picking out encouraging things in these three books is just rather hard. And truthfully…there are just some things in those books that I don’t even want to think about.

If you are interested in learning more about the 90 Day Bible reading challenge, visit Mom’s Toolbox ~ she’ll be starting up the challenge again on July 1st. You can also download your own printable reading bookmark if you want to join along in the challenge ~ you can start at any time because the bookmark isn’t dated.

 

1 comment:

  1. Jolanthe,

    Those would be three very difficult books to read all at once. Great thoughts that you have taken from each of them as well. I too would have loved to seen what Ezekiel did.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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