Amy at Mom's Toolbox has updated her Week 1 Resources page for the 90 day Bible Challenge. The resource page keeps you posted on your week's reading at a glance and Amy also links to a 90 day reading schedule bookmark and her SOAP applications for each day's reading. Also included on the resource page is a You Are Here link that gives background information on your reading including timelines, maps, cultural stuff, etc.
I will definitely not be posting my observations for each day's reading, but since I'm here I might as well share a thought from today's.
Day 4- I love the story of Joseph. Not only is it a great story of forgiveness, but it's a picture of God's redemptive plan with Joseph as a type or shadow of Christ. Joseph goes from being a favored son to a humble servant to ruler of the most powerful country in the world. This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible.
"But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to perserve life." (Genesis 45:5)
I imagine Christ saying much the same thing to us when we see Him face to face. We will fall down in worship crying out that we aren't worthy. He was "smitten by God, and afflicted. He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:4b-5) We sold Christ out by our sins just as surely as Joseph's brothers sold him.
When we repent of our sins, like Joseph's brothers did of theirs, I imagine Christ also saying something very similar to Joseph's reassurance for his brothers.
"But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive." (Genesis 50:21)
That "good" is our salvation and the glorification of Christ, both of which glorify God.
"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:9-11)
- I'm an on-the-run mom to 6 kids who studied and taught exercise science in a previous life. I love all things running, nutrition, and health-related. I usually run at zero dark thirty in the morning and am often quite hungry before, during, and after my run, but I live a rich, full, blessed life with my children, family, and friends. My faith in God is my anchor, and looking to Him and His promises allows me to live fully even when life circumstances are difficult. While running gives me an appetite, my desire is to hunger and thirst for righteousness more than for physical food.