Thursday, August 11, 2011

What I Learned from 1 and 2 Samuel - Reading the Bible in 90 Days

As you know I have started reading the Bible. I have 90 days to complete it and I am reading it with hundreds (1200+ to be exact) of other women. Each week (and even day to day) we check-in with each other on our progress, to pray for each other, and to share our thoughts. How cool is that?

So, I thought I would take each Book of the Bible and share my thoughts, verses, or people that stood out or spoke to me on that particular day. I have been doing most of my reading in the mornings when it is quiet, but some days I have to finish up in the afternoon or evening..or even the next day! The key is to get it done. If you get behind, you keep at it....catching up in chunks each day. The readings have been manageable and I am still praying it stays that way for me. I am currently several days behind schedule, but, I know I will catch up.

So, here are my thoughts from the Books of 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel:
Both of these books were tough to get through.  There is a lot of violence, killing, polygomy, and evil acts.  But there were also some verses that jumped out at me.
1 Samuel 10:6 The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.  When the Spirit of the Lord becomes part of you, you will surely be changed forever.
1 Samuel 12:20 "Do not be afraid," Samuel replied, "You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. You can still be forgiven by God if you repent and change your ways.
1 Samuel 16:7 ...."The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
1 Samuel 16:8-13 This section reminds me of CINDERELLA where the prince comes to find the woman who fits into the glass slipper and he asks, are these all the daughters in the house and out comes 1 more.  Maybe Disney got their story idea from the Bible.
1 Samuel 17:50 So David triumphed over the Philistine (Goliath) with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. With God on your side and complete trust in Him, great obstacles can be overcome - even giants!
2 Samuel 1:26 I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.  David's grief over losing Jonathan was deeply felt. 
2 Samuel 3:1 The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time.  David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.  When God is behind you, you will be strong. 
2 Samuel 3:2-5 But even those who follow God make poor choices - David's many wives and children were not looked upon as favorable to God.  In future chapters, David suffers due to his many wives.
2 Samuel - I'm still having trouble with all the killing and cutting off of heads.  Then if that wasn't enough, they carry the heads around with them.  UGH!
2 Samuel 6 - Reading about all the dancing reminds me of FOOTLOOSE when Wren quotes from the Bible at the school board meeting to get them to allow the school to have prom. 
I have also been noticing the importance of the trumpet throughout these first several books. 
2 Samuel 10:6 When the Ammonites realized that they had become a stench in David's nostrils.... Quite the use of descriptive words to describe David's disgust here.
2 Samuel - Even David has becom so full of himself that he doesn't even recognize his own sin.  A good reminder for Christians that we are still vulnerable to evil and poor choices.
2 Samuel 22:2-3 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation.
2 Samuel 22:29-30 You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. 
These last four verses are ones that I will refer to again and again.
I hope you are learning along with me.  Maybe your interest has even been peaked enough to pick up your own Bible and begin reading.  I know I am certainly learning things I never knew before. 
Now on to 1 and 2 Kings....

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