Bible Study Notes “Living Words” (5-17-09) *UPDATE*

May 18, 2009 by

Living Words

1 John 1:1-4


Before we begin I have a confession. I picked this book because it has to be one of my favorites in Scripture. Not really any other reason. When trying to decide which book to tackle next it was between another and this one, and personal preference was the deciding vote. We have gone through James, Ecclesiastes, Romans, Jonah, and Matthew. We’ve touched on various Psalms. Through all these books there is a common Author and a common Theme.  All of Scripture is intended for us to know God, know his plan of Salvation, give us instructions on right living, and even lovingly correct us when we fail. This book contains all of that and more! Without delay, let’s go.

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Bible Reading Plan (Day 134)

May 15, 2009 by

DAY ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-FOUR — Numbers 24, Psalms 66-67

Before I begin let me appologize for the gaps in the reading plan. It has been a busy week and my brother who normally helps me out is unable to do so. I’m still doing the reading if not able to post any notes and I hope you are in the Word as well. Also I’m back to doing the teaching role in Bible Study again so these notes will take a back seat to the work I have for study. So what I post here will more than likely be very short and more than likely not have questions to ponder. Notes (and audio perhpaps) from the Bible Study will be posted as normal.

Nu 24

Try as Balaam might, he cannot speak against God or Israel. Indeed he blesses them and curses the one who commissioned him!


Ps 66-67

In Psalm 66 David praises God from the other side of trials. He looks back and praises God that He listened to his prayer.

Psalm 67 is intentionally reminiscent of Numbers 6:22-27.


Bible Reading Plan (Day 132)

May 13, 2009 by

DAY ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-TWO — Numbers 22, Psalms 62-63

Nu 22

As the story opens the King of Moab is wanting to ensure Israel is cursed by having a prophet do that for him. So he sees to it that Balaam is commissioned. When God confronts Balaam he is told not to go. When the price they are willing to pay is raised, Balaam goes. This makes God angry and so He sends an angel to kill him. The donkey sees the angel and won’t go anywhere near it. Balaam then beats the donkey and then the donkey speaks! Balaam’s eyes are opened and he sees the angel. The angel rebukes Balaam and he repents. Yet the angel tells him to go but only speak what he is told.

King Balak meets Balaam and Balaam says he shall only speak what God has commanded him to.

The next morning, Balaam sees just a part of the people of Israel and prepares to prophesy.


Ps 62-63

Psalm 62 shows David’s understanding of the evanescent nature of man and the omnipotent nature of God. This changes in Psalm 63 to praise for the Lord’s love and provision.


Questions to Ponder

The Scariest Words While Witnessing…

May 13, 2009 by

… are “I’m a Christian too!” Often what follows is anything but Christian. What is below is a fine example of this. I’ve met the people who are preaching in this video and they are good people (thanks to the alien righteousness that dwells within them) who care about the lost.

Bible Reading Plan (Day 131)

May 12, 2009 by

DAY ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE — Numbers 21, Psalms 60-61

Nu 21

Miriam, dead. Moses, refused entry to the promised land. Edom’s got the block! Aaron dead. Though rescued from slavery it does not seem that the sun shines bright upon the people. When it gets worse and the King of Arad attacks and takes some prisoners Israel cries out saying, “Let us beat them and we will devote them to destruction!” YHWH allows it. Then the people get back to grumbling. The Lord gets back to judging. Moses gets back to interceding. Along the travels YHWH provides water spontaneously. There is no record of the people grumbling for it this time. The Lord then allows for two big victories.


Ps 60-61

The first Psalm is one where David cries out in worry during the middle of war. He recognizes that God is the strength of Israel and that if they loose, it is because God wills it so. David further recognizes that God does not abandon his people and will give them victory.

In the second Psalm we do not have the context as in the first, but we notice David calling out to God again as his salvation, comfort, and foundation.


Questions to Ponder:

* What NT verse (or verses) recalls Numbers 21:4-7? Explain.

Bible Reading Plan (Day 129)

May 10, 2009 by

DAY ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-NINE — Numbers 19, Psalms 56-57

Nu 19

The Lord gives instructions for a sin offering and the uncleanliness that results from the interaction with the offering. Dead bodies are unclean and one who touches a dead body becomes unclean as well. The tent where a person dies will cause those who enter it to be unclean. See that sin is the cause of death (to touch the sin offering or the ashes of will make a person unclean just as the sin was very unclean) death, therefore, is also unclean. Anyone who touches death is therefore unclean.


Ps 56-57

In the midst of fear David pens Psalm 56 proclaiming his trust and confidence in God. He does not fear man because he fears and honors God.

David, the rightful King of Israel, flees from Saul, the deposed/evil King of Israel, while recognizing the True King of Israel is the Lord God. Even in his distress and running for his life, the King realizes who the KING is.


Questions to Ponder:

* What is David’s promise to do in both these Psalms? Why is he giving this promise?

Bible Reading Plan (Day 128)

May 9, 2009 by

DAY ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT — Numbers 17-18, Psalm 55

Nu 17-18

YHWH proves clearly that he has chosen Aaron to be the priest. After this YHWH gives further instructions on the duties of the priesthood and the care for the priests.


Ps 55

This Psalm of David is a sad one to start with. David cries out to God being wearied by the persistent blows of the enemy, what’s more, that enemy is not some Philistine stricken with gigantism, but a close friend with whom David once had fellowship. The last to verses give those who have been grievously slighted by beloved “brothers” and David hope. God will avenge them. We can count on it.


Questions to Ponder:

Joel Osteen, it’s just the Truth – Paul Washer

May 8, 2009 by

All I can say is, “AMEN!”


HT: I’ll Be Honest

Bible Reading Plan (Day 127)

May 8, 2009 by

DAY ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-SEVEN — Numbers 16, Psalms 52-54

Nu 16

A rouge few Levites gather together 250 others and go to Moses in rebellion. God says he would be pleased to destroy the lot of the Israelites but Moses again intercedes. (Noting a pattern I hope.) God then enacts his just wrath upon the rebelious. BUT! The next day, even after all this, the people blame Moses for the death of the rebels. The people plan to attack Moses and Aaron, but YHWH sends a plague amongst the people and tells Moses and Aaron to be quick about getting an offering of insense going to atone for the people. They do. But 14,700 people die. In two days the people of Israel lose over 14,954 people. God was not kidding when he said he would bring judgement.


Ps 52-54

In Psalm 52 the author laughs at those who vehemently go against God while praising God for his salvation.

Psalm 53:1…. Nuff said. But seriously. Any of that sound familiar

Psalm 54 is a short prayer to the Lord for protection.


Questions to Ponder:

Bible Reading Plan (Day 126)

May 7, 2009 by

DAY ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-SIX — Numbers 15, Psalm 51

Nu 15

The Lord gives again the rules for sacrifices when the Israelites take the land. Then He gives the laws and sacrifices necessary to cover unintentional sins.

After this there is found a man who is breaking the Sabbath law. What must be done? Death. The reasoning for breaking the law never comes under consideration. Death.

The Lord then gives to people a statutory reminder for them to have a reminder of the law as a part of their daily clothing.


Ps 51

I’m going to let a REAL preacher take this one. Some of you have seen this before in Bible Study, but I’ll tell ya. This is one of my top 10 favorite modern sermons. Enjoy.


Questions to Ponder:

* Note the seriousness of the law when it comes to the Sabbath. Explain how a Christian should view the Sabbath.

* I recently saw WOLVERINE: ORIGINS (yeah… I know…) At the end, Wolverine is sitting in a bar drinking. The bartender says, “Drinking to forget?” Wolverine responds, “I’m drinking to remember.” Even Hollywood knows that our pasts our valuable. Take a moment to praise God for what He has rescued you from.