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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bible in 90 Days in Review- Days 15-21


Finished up the third week of Bible in 90 Days.. WOW!

How did your reading go?
Did you give yourself time each day to read, or did you get behind?

For me this week, it was a bit more of a challenge to get my reading in each day. We had a hard blow to our family this past week, hearing of the death of my daughter's grandmother. I ended up not reading for three days straight as we prepared my daughter for a flight to the East Coast for the funeral. On Sunday I started doubling up on my reading and now just a day behind so I'm getting caught up..

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This week's reading was in the books Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1 Samuel


We started off our reading this week in the end of Deuteronomy. In this book God shares over and over the importance of following His laws and reminding them of the consequences if they fail to do so.  He not only shares the importance but reminds the Israelites that He is true, and faithful and does what He says..

In Deuteronomy 29: 5-6 it says "Yet the Lord says, "During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet. You ate no bread and drank no wine or other fermented drink, I did this so that you might know that I am the Lord your God."

He explains the blessings they will have if they stray from the Lord and return as spoken in Deuteronomy 30:2-3 "and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your Go will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you."

The end of Deuteronomy shares the death of Moses and how he doesn't get to travel to the Promised Land with the other Israelites. He helps appoint Joshua, son of Nun to bring them into the land that God promised them.

We enter the book of Joshua with God sharing with Joshua the directions in entering the promised land. The miraculous power of God crossing the Jordan river and even God made the Sun and Moon stand still in Chapter 10 verses 12-14...

"On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel; "Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon." So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!"


Finishing up the Book of Joshua by God allotting the Tribes of Israel to their land and Joshua being buried with his people.

We then move onto the book of Judges. This book is full of the Israelites rebelling against God, forming new gods and worshipping them instead of the One True God. God chose at this point to no longer place His hand upon the Israelites and keep them out of harm as you can read in the 2nd Chapter..

Judges 2: 13-16 "They aroused the Lord's anger because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. In his anger against Israel the Lord gave them into the hands of raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist. Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the Lord was against them to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress."

We get to read the story of Deborah, Gideon, Abimelek and Samson. 

Judges 13:24-25 "The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol."

We then had the opportunity to read the book of Ruth.. Just 3 1/2 pages long but packed with a lot to read. The love of Ruth to her mother in law Naomi, and there journey to the house of her mother in law's family and then to find Ruth a husband..

Ruth 1: 16-17 "But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me."

WOW! That is true devotion and a very powerful message spoken by Ruth to Naomi before their journey to Bethlehem. At the end of Ruth we get a wonderful glimpse of the Genealogy of David..

We finish this week's reading in the book of 1 Samuel...

It starts off with the birth of Samuel.  Samuel's mother was unable to conceive so she prayed to God that if she became with child, she would dedicate him to the Lord..

1 Samuel 1:20 "So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, "Because I asked the Lord for him."

After he was weaned his parents dedicated him and brought him to Eli, the priest where he was raised. The Lord used Samuel while living in the house of Eli and his wicked son's. During the time of Samuel, the Israelites wanted a King. Samuel tried to tell the people they had a king, God, but they wouldn't listen..

1 Samuel 8: 6-8 "But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you."

God appoints Saul to be the first King to the Israelites with the help of Samuel but things don't turn out to be all good. God then rejects Saul as King and wants to appoint someone new.. David.. We get to read the story of young David and Goliath and God wanting him to be the new King and the turmoil surrounding the relationship between David and Saul.. and that's where we leave off before starting out next week's reading by finishing up the book of 1 Samuel...

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What a great third week of reading. A lot to take in and understand..

Answer some or all these questions to help you along the way. Comment below or join in on my Facebook page HERE where I post daily information regarding the Bible in 90 Days reading...

  • Our reading shows us many instances when Israel only partially follows God's commands. What were some examples and what were the results?
  • List some tragedies and events that happen to Naomi and Ruth in the book of Ruth.
  • Does any good come from all of this with Ruth and Naomi?
  • What does God tend to do when a society turns to him for help? What did you get from the reading this far in regards to this?
For Week 4 we will be reading 2 Samuel, and 1 and 2 Kings.......

This Week's Reading:

Day 22: September 22:  1 Samuel 28:20- 2 Samuel 12:10
Day 23: September 23:  2 Samuel 12:11- 2 Samuel 22:18
Day 24: September 24:  2 Samuel 22:19- 1 Kings 7:37
Day 25: September 25:  1 Kings 7:38- 1 Kings 16:20
Day 26: September 26:  1 Kings 16:21- 2 Kings 4:37
Day 27: September 27:  2 Kings 4:38- 2 Kings 15:26
Day 28: September 28:  2 Kings 15:27- 2 Kings 25:30

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