I only made one New Year’s Resolution this year. And as of the first day of February? I’ve stuck with it! I think this might be a first for me.
That resolution? No, not eat a piece of chocolate every day. (Which would be a good one, now that I think about it.) I’m reading the Bible in 90 Days. It’s basically 12 pages a day and after 90 days, you’ve read the whole Bible. It seems daunting and some days? It is daunting. All those names and places can get a little overwhelming.
But can I tell you that spending 12-pages a day in the Bible–not as a Bible study or a devotional is pretty cool? The thing I’m loving about reading the Bible straight through like this is watching the people’s understanding of God. When the Israelites are in Egypt, I feel like they think God is kinda like a an important fairy tale. Then when he shows up with power and might, they see him as a scary Zeus who just happens to be on their side (but might not be for long). In the desert, they treat him like a mean-old-dad who won’t give them what they want.
But then. They are a stone’s throw from the Promised Land and Moses begins to recount all they’ve done in the past 40 years, all the laws and statutes God set up for them. And even though we’ve just gone through chapters upon chapters about where to sprinkle the blood and which kind of animal you can eat, and what type of clothes to wear, what Moses wants the Israelites to know more than anything is not “OBEY” or “RESPECT”.
Reading straight through like this, it was almost surprising. There hasn’t been a lot of mention about the Israelites loving the God who brought them manna. There’s not a lot of talk of Moses loving God. Or honestly, of God loving the Israelites.