Monthly Archives: July 2013

Language

Re: Verse reading–2 Samuel 13-18 (day three) “O Absalom, my son, my son!”  The last thing on one’s agenda is often the command to affirm the sacred duty of living in the presence of others.  That command is sometimes explicit: … Continue reading

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Two Voices

Re: Verse reading 2 Samuel 13:1-2, 20-22,30-37, 2 Samuel 14:21-24, 2 Samuel 15:7-14, 2 Samuel 18:6-15, 33 (day two) 2 Samuel 12:13 Rape. Murder. Hate. Manipulation. Betrayal. Rebellion. Revenge. Death. David’s life proves that the face of sin is ugly, … Continue reading

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Absent father

Re: Verse reading–2 Samuel 13:1-2, 20-22,30-37, 2 Samuel 14:21-24, 2 Samuel 15:7-14, 2 Samuel 18:6-15, 33 (day one) According to some recent studies, 40% of American children grow up in a home without a Dad.  The emotional and spiritual cost … Continue reading

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Last moments and best

Re: Verse reading–Genesis 47:27-31, 48:1-2,8-19, 49:33, 50:1-6 (day seven) “Then Israel bowed in worship at the head of the bed.”  (47:31)  By now they are regularly calling him Israel.  Jacob was his old name.  It meant “cheat or schemer”.  Years … Continue reading

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Preparing for death

Re: Verse reading–Genesis 47:27-31, 48:1-2,8-19, 49:33, 50:1-6 (day six) “When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called his son Joseph and said to him. . .’do not bury me in Egypt.’ ” (47:29-30)  It is a time … Continue reading

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Unexpected

Re: Verse reading–Genesis 47:27-31, 48:1-2,8-19, 49:33, 50:1-6 (day five) “I know, my son, I know.  He too will become a people, and he too will become great.  Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will … Continue reading

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God’s Choice

Re: Verse reading–Genesis 47:27-31; 48:1-2, 8-19; 49:33; 50:1-6 (day four) Joseph had been separated from his family.  What his brothers meant for evil, God meant for good.  Now he was in high authority in Egypt and had provided food in … Continue reading

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Custom

Re: Verse reading–Genesis 46-50 (day three) “Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head, though he was the younger.”  Over Joseph’s protestations, Israel went against the custom of his people.  He had not forgotten his own … Continue reading

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The Blessing

Re: Verse reading–Genesis 47:27-31; 48:1-2,8-19; 49:33; 50:1-6 (day one) “Then he blessed Joseph…” Joseph? But his hands were on Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. How was he blessing Joseph if his hands were on Joseph’s sons? The blessing that a father … Continue reading

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Last will and testament

Re: Verse reading–Genesis 47:27-31; 48:1-2,8-19; 49:33; 50:1-6 (day one) Jac0b is 147 years old.  He has learned much.  God has been patient with this scoundrel turned saint.  Now he has one final wish.  “I want to be buried in the … Continue reading

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