2 Chronicles 15-16, Luke 12:35-59
I am McKenzie this is my first day I tried starting from the first day but it was hard to follow is there a way it will read it to me?
You can go to bible gateway and can enter the verses you want read. This commentary between the women helps make sense of the harder passages, just try to take away one important truth you learned about God in the midst of your reading!
If I saw 7,000 sheep being sacrificed I think I’d be horrified, it sounds like a bloodbath for those poor innocent animals. Sometimes I struggle when I think about God being satisfied to see all those animals slaughtered. I know it’s to cover their sin which is more important, but the violence in the Bible never ceases to shock me. I suppose it’s a reminder of how terrible sin is and how its consequences are so terrible. How much we need a savior!
AMEN, how much we need a savior!!
These passages intrigue me too They are so foreign to us! I try to visualize and understand. Wasn’t it like a giant barbecue? They didn’t just slaughter just for killing – but meat was given to priests and the people to eat- i think. There must have been 100s to 1000s of people involved in these times of sacrifice. Actually a muslim friend of mine told me they have a festival where every family butchers a cow or goat – a large portion is to be given to the poor and everyone eats during the festival. (If i understood well). When i read of sacrifices i imagine the time and social interactions it took to accomplish all of that!! But i appreciate other input so i can learn more!
I think it’s so interesting how Peter asks Jesus, “So, are you telling this story for us or for everyone,” and Jesus’ response is to keep talking about what He was originally saying. I love those little moments of conversation! It makes me wonder, what was in Peter’s heart to ask that? And, what was Jesus’ purpose in not directly answering the question? The context is that Jesus is basically talking about being a ready, faithful servant in the Kingdom of God. And, perhaps by not answering Peter’s question, Jesus is inviting Peter to understand a greater story. Essentially, by not answering, it would seem that Jesus is saying, “Peter, it’s just not about you and what you assume I am up to.” Anyone else’s thoughts?
Agreed to that, Mary Beth!
I also think this was an interesting conversation! I think Jesus indirectly answers Peter by trying to help him understand the role or calling he has, to be Jesus’ steward. Then he highlighted the importance and responsibility of this stewardship.
Stacey, my brother is gay as well and it’s something I struggle with. He thinks he can’t be a Christian because he is gay and the church will shun him. I believe I might be the only person who can help him find God’s grace and love by not being divided with him. It’s important to show him love and be a light shining with God’s spirit and it may be the one thing that brings him closer to finding Jesus! Praying for you and your brother!
Totally agree with this 100%!!! I’m my gay friends’ only Christian friend, and I am realizing more & more that I need to COMMUNICATE what I do believe, as it’s not what people typically expect the “Christian response” to be. We need to be all love, all the time, pointing others to Christ — He’ll do the rest! Hasn’t He worked on all of our hearts to expose the sin within? So it’s not my job to point it out, but to point others to His love!
I was intrigued by Jesus’ statement in Luke 12:51, “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no; but rather division” I don’t recall ever reading that, so I dug a little deeper. I came across a sermon by John MacArthur titled “Jesus, the Great Divider”. I wanted to link it here to my comment, but being the un-tech savvy person I am, I couldn’t figure it out. :) For those interested, Google this sermon. It’s a great read! I’ve been terribly burdened by yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage, as many of you have I’m sure. My brother is gay, and this has caused many divisions in my family…basically, everyone is of the opinion that I’m a judgmental, loveless fool. Jesus is telling us in this passage that He brings division. The gospel is divisive. He uses the family unit in verses 52-53 to show this division. There will be no peace in my family (or in this country) until there is peace in each individual’s heart. Until there is peace, there is division.
I apologize for the length of my post, but I’m terribly burdened by the division of this country and especially the division of my family. I ask you to please join me in praying that the hearts of the people and more specifically, the heart of my brother, would turn to Jesus and seek salvation and peace while it is being offered. Yes, God is love, but He is also just.
Thank you in advance for your prayers!
Hard stuff… Praying for the grace, mercy, love and truth of Jesus’ sacrifice to enlighten your brothers life — and all those who need His saving grace. Let hearts be softened & ready to receive the Savior.
Thank you, Heidi.
I have been under so much stress between a house move and my toddlers and finding out my 12yr old son was looking at rotten things on his i-pod, and not knowing where we are going to move to because the Lord hasn’t opened the doors to our new home yet, and I just have been bubbling over all week until tonight I snapped! I had a horrible fight with my husband. again. I have been trying so hard to live out the fruits of the Spirit and when I am with Him he is with me…I know it….but this past week, I ignored His presence and forsake him in my busyness and it shows in the way I acted towards those around me. I feel horrible and deeply regretful because my husband is not a Christian and I know I am supposed to be a light….but I was darkness and everything opposite of the fruits of the spirit. oh, how these first verses of II Chronicles 15 tore at my heart and took me to my knees. oh, Jesus, heal my heart, guard my tongue, purify my thoughts, strengthen my marriage, protect my children from the evil one…oh God, how I desperately need you.
I will be praying for you and your new journey. It’s tough but there is God in all of it. God bless your entire family.
Iris- “The eyes of the Lord move to & fro throughout the earth that He may STRONGLY SUPPORT those whose heart is completely His.” Press on, press on. He will guide, correct, comfort & fill you with Himself. Praying for you sweet sister in the Lord.
I am praying for you! I have had so much uncertainty in my life and one thing I have learned is to rely on God’s perfect timing! Also, my dad wasn’t saved, but he eventually started going to church with my mom and got saved.
I haven’t read this yet..I can’t wait to though!! I’m 12 almost 13 and today will be my first day of the “bible in 1 year” I can’t wait!!!
Good for you! A wonderful new habit! You can do it!
Cassidy! Welcome! I wish I had started this when I was your age…God bless you!
How cool is that! :)
How awesome, Cassidy!! Stick with this goal, I know God will bless you for your commitment!!
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