OT: Gen. 8:1-10:32
For once, I don't have a ton of big ideas swirling around in my mind after reading. Today's reading was about Noah coming out of the ark and the spread of his descendants, and I just have a few smaller observations:
--Noah was in that ark for-EVER! Talk about cabin fever!
--I thought about verse 22 ("As long as the earth endures/seedtime and harvest/cold and heat/summer and winter/day and night/will never cease") in context of the idea of global warning. On the surface, it looks like a biblical repudiation of the idea, but then I latched on to the opening phrase, "As long as the earth endures." Hmmm...that at least opens up a hole:). Not that I have any idea what to think about global warming:).
--In 9:3, I was surprised to learn that only now does God give man animals for food. I thought He did that in Gen. 1. But no, in Gen. 1, he just gives plants. So I guess early mankind were vegetarians? I wonder if their relationship with animals was totally different. After all, the serpent talked to Eve, and she didn't think anything of it!
--The naked Noah story is still odd to me. Again, what is the big deal with nakedness? I mean, Ham's behavior was improper, but it didn't seem enough for Noah to curse his own grandson into slavery!
--I found 10:25 really intriguing, where it said that Eber's son "was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided." I remember learning in school that the continents used to be all joined together (called Pangea, or something). I'm pretty sure that scientists think it took like millions of years or something to divide, but it was interesting to read that verse. It's crazy that the Bible acknowledges that the earth used to be put together and at some point divided. I think that's cool:).
NT: Matt. 4:12-25
I think I will eventually like that the NT goes so slowly. When we get to the epistles, I think it will be great. But for now, I keep wanting the story to keep going. I wonder about the process of Simon and Andrew becoming disciples. Today's account kind of makes it sound like Jesus just walked up to two random strangers, but other Gospels make it seem like he already knew them. I have always been curious about that whole process, about how much they knew about Jesus before committing their lives to Him.
I also love the poetry of the earlier reference to Isaiah: "the people living in darkness/have seen a great light;/on those living in the shadow of death/a light has dawned" (Matt: 4:16, Is. 9: 1-2). Beautiful!
I love v. 4: "In your anger, do not sin..." I think that only the Spirit can help us control our feelings, but we can very much control what we do with them. Be angry, but don't sin.
And I also love the last verse: "I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." God alone keeps us safe. I should always rely on and turn to Him.
Prov. 1: 20-23
I love the idea of wisdom calling in the streets. I so see that today. So many times, the answers to people's problems are so simple. The lifestyles they choose are simply harmful to them. They need to change them. Period. They hear that they need to. They know that they need to. But they don't. I can totally hear Wisdom saying, "How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you." Why don't people respond to wisdom's rebuke? That's what I want to know. When I tell a teen that she should choose college over her illiterate, twenty-something, jobless boyfriend, why doesn't she??? Why??? The right thing is so obvious. She knows that I love her and want the best for her. So why?? I've had those thoughts so often in various situations. And I wonder about the times when I have opted out of taking wisdom's rebuke. It's baffling that a species so advanced as humanity finds it SO hard to listen to wisdom's rebuke.