I’m reading through the Bible in a year, and every month I (try to) post about what I’ve read.
Note 1: This is post #200!
Note 2: I had originally planned to write this post last night, but just as I was eating my dinner, there was a blackout. A blackout in this house not only means no electricity, but also no phone, no hot water and no heating. Hooray for technology.
In part 1, I looked at the books I completed. In this post, I’ll examine those I started and hadn’t completed by month’s end.
Job: I wonder why God didn’t intervene sooner. Job and his companions would have said a lot less, and consequently we’d have a lot less bad theology to read. Why did God wait until chapter 38? Indeed, why does God often seem to delay and/or be silent? Quoting someone who was quoting someone else, with God, “Silence is not absence. Hiddenness is not abandonment.”
1 Corinthians: Ever noticed that all Paul’s letters begin with a form of “grace and peace to you”? Somehow, I don’t think it was just a trite greeting.
One theme I notice running through 1 Corinthians is that of selflessness, of putting the good of others before your own. Take a look at 8:13; 10:24; 10:32-33; 11:33; 12:7; 13; 14:5; 14:12; 14:26. Imagine if we actually lived like this… What a witness to the watching world!
Exodus: Why were the Egyptian magicians so bent on replicating the signs performed by Moses and Aaron (7:11-12; 7:22; 8:7; 8:19)? Shouldn’t they have been trying to reverse them? They really weren’t helping themselves by creating more frogs and blood…
Still on the magicians, I noticed that they were only able to replicate Aaron’s signs, and even then, up to a certain point. In the first three plagues (blood, frogs and gnats), Aaron stretched out his staff. In the next two (flies, death of livestock), neither Moses nor Aaron did anything, and it is specified that the region of Goshen was spared. The next plague (boils) saw Moses toss some dust. For the following three ( hail, locusts, darkness), Moses stretched out his hand. The final plague, the death of the firstborn, saw no human initiation. And those who put the blood on the doorframes were spared. See a pattern?
Sources: Covenant Theological Seminary, D.A. Carson, Mark Driscoll, Tim Keller, myself