When I first started this project, it seemed like I had a lot of “wows” and “ahas” as I studied the passages. Now, not so much. Some days I find myself teaching on a passage just to say something. There are days when I think “This is way too much work. Why am I doing this?” But I will persevere. This is like life: ups and downs.
I sort of feel like Jacob wrestling with the angel. I am going to keep at this, maintain my commitment, because I want a blessing, the blessing of repentance, towards greater self-forgetfulness and a deeper walk with Jesus.
Today I had four passages about:
- The clothes for Aaron and his priestly sons (I do kinda like that sapphire on the breastplate)
- A Psalm of protection and success for the King
- A reminder in Proverbs to treasure obedience, teaching, wisdom, and insight (with yet another editorial fumble – an inept and inaccurate section title: “The Woman of Adultery.” Huh?)
- Jesus’ continued discourse on the end times.
Nothing popped out today and I’m not going to try and force it. Plus, I just can’t handle the end times discussion either. Too much to think about.
Although I always liked that catchy 70s song based on Matthew 24: 40-41 (by Larry Norman):
Two men walking up a hill,
One disappears, one’s left standing still.
I wish we’d all been ready.
And there’s no time
To change your mind
The Son has come
And you’ve been left behind
I remember thinking that version of the rapture was sort of cool – where people just disappear when Jesus returns. Though I’m not sure if I studied it these days, I’d buy that view (some commentators say the man that disappears is the one who’s taken away for judgment, not up to be with Jesus.)
Speaking of end times theology, my pastor’s wife once told me she was a panmillenialist: it will all pan out in the end.
On that note, I disappear to bed.
Readings: Exodus 27:1-28:43, Psalm 20:1-5, Proverbs 7:1-5, Matthew 24:36-51. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts.