I haven't done my normal Bible notes recently, because recently I started Bible Boot Camp with my church, Redemption Gateway. I have still been reading and studying the Bible daily.
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Matthew 11 - (v. 6) Jesus said "Blessed is the one who is not offended by me" (v. 11) John the baptist was the greatest man born among women according to Jesus (v. 24) There will be different degrees of punishment on the day of judgement based on knowledge and sins.
Genesis 11 - At this time, there was only one language in all the earth, English. (just kidding) All the people were going to build a city and a tower reaching to the 'heaven' (sky scraper?) and God came down and put an end to it all by spreading them all out and causing them to speak different languages. This seems like quite a summary… I would sure like to go back to this time and see how God did this. Abram (Abraham's) dad was Terah who lived 205 years, then died.
Romans 11 - Gentiles are grafted in to the olive tree, but it's root is Israel, the chosen ones.
1 Timothy 3 - If you want to be a bishop, that's good. But there are some qualifications that you should meet: Above reproach, 'one woman man', sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent, gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money, have a well-managed household with submissive children, can't be a recent convert (recent is not defined here), well thought of by outsiders. (That's a lot of qualifications). Then there's deacons. They must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain, they must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. Also, their wives must be dignified, not slanderers, sober-minded, faithful in all things. Deacons must also be one-woman men with managed children.
Job 11 - According to the heading in my ESV Bible, this is Zophar talking back to Job saying that he actually deserves worse than he got. OUCH.
Psalms 11 - (v. 5) God's soul hates the wicked and the ONE who loves violence. (God hates people not just sin)
Proverbs 11 - (v. 4) Riches do not profit on the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. Your money won't save you on the day of judgment, but only the righteousness of Christ will. (v. 20) THOSE of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord (not the heart, but THOSE who have it) (v. 30) … whoever captures souls is wise ( I wonder if this verse is talking about 'soul winning' / evangelism)
Joshua 11 - Joshua was quite a killer. I can't even imagine how many men, women and children he killed. He obeyed the Lord in all that He commanded Moses. I don't know if I would be able to do that.
Isaiah 11 - Is this talking about Jesus? A shoot from the stump of Jesse?
Acts 11 - (v. 16) This verse was one that makes me wonder if water baptism is for modern day Christians. (Granted, I was baptized with water, just in case). (v. 26) First called Christians in Antioch.
Matthew 10 - Jesus sent out his Apostles and told them not to bring money or an extra tunic. Jesus told them if they weren't received in a town or house to dust off their shoes and leave. Jesus didn't say to go and build relationships and earn the right to preach the gospel...
Genesis 10 - Noah's offspring. I've never heard the phrase "Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD." ;)
Romans 10 - (v. 13) Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (v. 17) Faith comes through hearing the word of Christ.
1 Timothy 2 - Paul urges we should pray for all people. (v. 4) The Bible says that God desires all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth. (v. 5) One God. One mediator between God and Man, that's Jesus Christ. (v. 12) Women shouldn't teach, or be in authority over man.
Job 10 - More of Job hating the fact that he was born.
Psalms 10 - It's always funny when in the Psalms I read things like "Break the arm of the wicked." Maybe I'll pray that in my next community group.
Proverbs 10 - Lots of great comparisons between a righteous wise person and a foolish person.
Joshua 10 - Joshua had God on his side so fighting and destroying many cities wasn't difficult. God helped by killing many with giant hailstorms. Joshua killed five kings that hid themselves in a cave, then threw them back in the cave they hid in and put a large rock in front of it.
Isaiah 10 - I'm not really sure what this chapter is about.
Acts 10 - Cornelius is told to have servants go get Peter. Peter has a vision about unclean meats. Peter then went to Cornelius's house and shared the gospel with them and the Holy spirit fell on the gentiles then Peter commanded that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
I'm not sure how I let 3 days go by, but I think I read at least on of the days. It's interesting how I would never let even a single day go by where I forgot to eat... The good news is I'm saved by Grace, not daily Bible reading. ;)
Matthew 9 - Jesus healed a paralytic after forgiving his sins. Jesus healed a woman with a blood flowing issue. Jesus brought back a rulers recently deceased daughter. (v. 37 - 38) The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few, therefor pray to the Lord of harvest to send out laborers.
Genesis 9 - (v. 6) God supports the death penalty. (v. 8 - 17) The rainbow is a covenant between God and Man, and animals, never again to kill everything and everyone via flood waters. Noah died when he was 950 years old.
Romans 9 - (v. 5) Christ is God over all.
1 Timothy 1 - (v. 8,9) The law is good if used lawfully, for the purpose which it was given, which is to show men their sinfulness and their need for a savior.
Job 9 - Job wishes that there was someone in-between him and God. (v. 21) Job said he was blameless. This is confusing to me, unless he means specifically for this recent group of tragedies he has not done some specific sin to deserve them.
Psalms 9 - God is good and He judges the nations.
Proverbs 9 - (v. 10) the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…
Joshua 9 - Smart move, the people of Gibeon tricked Joshua and the leaders. They got crumbly bread, old wine skins and old sandals, and put them on to trick them and make them believe they were from a far country, and not, in fact, their neighbors. Joshua and the gang eventually found out and made them wood cutters and drawers of water to serve the people of God. They did it so they wouldn't be killed.
Isaiah 9 - (v. 6) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Jesus) (v. 17) when everyone is evil and godless, God doesn't have compassion on them.
Acts 9 - Saul meets Jesus. Peter brought Dorcas back to life.
Matthew 8 - (v.1 -4) Jesus heals a leper, (v. 5 - 13) The faithful Centurion. (v. 22) Let the dead bury their own dead. (v. 23 - 27) Jesus calms the storm. (v. 28 - 24) Jesus heals the two demon possessed men and sends the demons into the pigs.
Genesis 8 - Noah and family leave the Ark.
Romans 8 - Life in the Spirit means there's no condemnation. We are, or will be, joint heirs with Christ. Nothing can separate us from the Love of Jesus Christ and for us, because we are called by God, all things work together for good (or God works all things together for good).
2 Thessalonians 3 - If a man doesn't work, he shouldn't eat. And if a man is a busy body, instead of busy at work, and disobeys other commands in this letter, and he claims to be a believer, we as Christians should have nothing do with him. The goal of this is to bring shame to the man, and hopefully repentance.
Job 8 - Bildad says some stuff to Job. Again, for some reason, I'm not really understanding what he's talking about. The notes say he's telling Job to repent.
Psalms 8 - God is glorious and marvelous. He shouldn't regard mankind, or rather it would be understood if He didn't, but He does. He made us a little lower than the angles and gives us dominion over the earth.
Proverbs 8 - (v. 13) The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil…, (v.36) "… all who hate me, love death" This isn't saying all who hate God love death, but it seems to be saying all who hate wisdom. (see v.12)
Joshua 8 - God devised a plan for Joshua against the city Ai. They tricked them by some of the men going to the front of the city, but 30,000 men hid behind the city, then they overtook the city and burned it. That's a really good plan.
Isaiah 8 - Great baby name idea: Maher-shalal-hash-baz. Just kidding. I don't really know what this chapter is talking about.
Acts 8 - Saul was a hater of the Christian church. (v. 5) says that Phillip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them Christ. Unlike what some churches teach, (v. 5) Phillip didn't go down and build relationships with people, earn the right to share the gospel with them, and then wait for them to invite him to speak of spiritual things… (v. 27, 35) another example of Phillip not building a relationship before speaking of spiritual things.
Matthew 7 - Judge not, lest you be judged. (One of the most well known verses in the bible among non-believers.) But if you keep reading, it goes on to say that you will be judged in the same way. Further more, what you ought to do is 'take the log out of your own eye' so that you can go to a brother and help him with the speck in his eye. (v. 11) - Jesus call's people evil. (v.12) - The Golden Rule. (v. 13, 14) - Wide and narrow gate. (v.21 - 23) - "I never knew you" - Jesus. (v. 24 - 27) - Build your house on the Rock, not sand.
Genesis 7 - Noah and family entered the Ark along with the animals. The Lord shut them in the Ark. The ran came and didn't stop for forty days and every living thing on the earth died, including all of mankind. I don't see if fish and sea life was killed. Noah was 600 years old when all this was happening.
Romans 7 - Paul tells us that the law is to show us our sinfulness. He states in v.7 that he wouldn't have known sin unless the law told him. Then he states that even as a believer, he still struggles with (has a war with) sin and doing what is right. His inner begin delights in the law of God and agrees with it, but his flesh likes the sin.
2 Thessalonians 2 - Paul tells the Thessalonians not to be tricked by anyone that says the Day of the Lord has already come because there are things that have to precede this event which haven't yet happened.
Job 7 - Job is very unhappy with his life. He's not cursing God, but it does sound like he's asking Him why He is doing all this bad to him. "Why have you made me your mark?" (v. 20)
Psalms 7 - (v. )8 seems strange to me: "… judge me O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is min me." I would never say that to God. (v. 17) says "… I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High." If he will sing praise to God, maybe I should too.
Proverbs 7 - Avoid the married woman who invites you to her house to spend time on her couch.
Joshua 7 - During a battle, God told them not to take any devoted things but a man named Achor disobeyed and took some things. This caused Israel to lose the next battle and then Joshua and some other guys got on their face and God told them to find the person who disobeyed and burn him. That's what happened.
Isaiah 7 - (v. 14) Jesus's virgin birth is prophecied.
Acts 7 - Moses was 80 years old when God gave him the 10 Commandments. Stephen gives a history lesson to the high priest and others. They were upset by what Stephen said and they stoned him to death.
Finally, several years after I watched the below clip from HollywoodAndGod.com I've decided to get rid of many of my DVDs. To say that these were bad movies, may be an overstatement but to say that they had bad things in them is a fact. Many of these DVDs have foul language, lustful images, and blasphemy. And to be clear, these are not R rated movies. Most of the Christian community would say that there's nothing wrong with these movies. The question is, what would Jesus say about them? I believe he wouldn't be happy with them, or watch them. In fact, that was my ultimate test... I asked myself "If" Jesus were here, and it was movie night, would he watch any of these movies? 1) Jesus is here! and 2) No, I don't think He would want to watch any of these movies. So, finally, in the trash they went. Watch the below clip with an open heart and maybe God will use it on you as He did on me.
Did you spot the 10 Commandments in the photo and wonder why I would get rid of this movie? It was because it was a made-for-TV special, and I didn't think it was accurate enough to keep. Speaking of the 10 Commandments, do you think you've kept them? I know I haven't. Watch the above movie to learn why that'a a problem and what the solution is.
Please feel free to leave your comments below. I pray that you will eventually make the same choice that I have. You will not regret it.
Matthew 6 - Give in secret, not with a trumpet like the hypocrites. Pray in the same way. Don't pray vain words. God knows what you need before you pray. Father in Heaven Prayer. Forgive others, if you don't you won't be forgiven. Pray in secret. Focus on serving heaven. Trust in God to provide for you. Don't worry about tomorrow's troubles because there's enough troubles today.
Genesis 6 - Man on the earth was so evil that God was 'sorry' that he made them. God showed grace to Noah and his family. God decided to kill all the people except Noah and his family. God choose to save Noah and family through an Ark, a large wooden boat that He gave Noah instructions on how to build.
Romans 6 - Should we keep sinning, so that grace could increase? NO! (v.23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Thessalonians 1 - Another letter to the Thessalonians who were apparently doing pretty well in growing in sanctification.
Job 6 - Job answers, but I'm not sure what he's talking about. I know it sounds like he still wishes he was dead. And I thought he might be saying something like "What have I done wrong that you are rebuking me for? (v. 24…)
Psalms 6 - A prayer to God for help with the enemies.
Proverbs 6 - Be wise like an aunt. There is such thing as a worthless man… God hates a false witness who breaths out lies. More scriptural evidence that God hates PEOPLE, not just SIN. (v. 32) He who commits adultery lacks sense...
Joshua 6 - The walls of Jericho. Joshua and his followers burned down the city and only Rehab.
Isaiah 6 - Isaiah sees the temple and he sees the Lord sitting upon a throne and seraphim with six wings. He says he has unclean lips, and a seraphim flew to him and puts a burring coal on his lips and by doing so removed his guilt and sin. Then the Lord said who shall I send and Isaiah said "Send me…" And God told him what to say to the people.
Acts 6 - Some women weren't getting their daily distribution (I think of food) and so the apostles chose 7 men to do this job instead of themselves, so they could keep on preaching the word and praying. So they chose seven, one of whom was Stephen. Then one day many people came against Stephen and began to falsely accuse him of lies and blasphemy.
* Read on the 7th, and the last two chapters on the 8th.
Matthew 5 - In the sermon on the mount, Jesus begins to magnify the law. For example he clarifies that yes murder bad, but so is hating or insulting. Yes, adultery is bad, but so is looking lustfully at another. Divorce should really only happen in circumstances when adultery is taking place. Also, if you get a divorce for another reason, you shouldn't re-marry because you are committing adultery and so is your new spouse. You shouldn't swear by heaven, because it is God's throne, or the earth because it is His footstool, or even by yourself because you can't even control the color of your hair… but instead just be honest and say yes or no. Don't get back at people when they wrong you. Pray for them, don't curse them. Love your enemies.
Genesis 5 - Three thoughts after reading this chapter. 1) I didn't realized that Adam had Seth when he was 130 years old. 2) I have never thought about the fact that Noah had Shem, Ham and Japheth when he was 500 years old. I know that Noah and his wife, and his three children and their wives (8 people) were on the Ark… but I wonder if Noah had other kids. Think about what people would say of a man that didn't have any kids after 400 years. That would be like a man now waiting until he's 70 to have kids. Interesting… And 3) It would be awesome to live for 969 years like Methusaleh.
Romans 5 - Favorite parts: (v.1)…Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (v.8) God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. This chapter has some confusing verses to me: For example, I still don't fully understand 5:13 - and 5:18 seems contradictory. I guess how I understand v 18 is that one trespass (sin) lead to condemnation for all who are in Adam (that's everybody) but one act of righteousness (Jesus' death on the Cross) leads to life for all men. Not that all men are saved by it, but that anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. So then the inherited guilt of Adams sin is automatic to all, but the justification of the death of Jesus Christ must be received through faith.
1 Thessalonians 5 - This chapter has a lot of do's and don'ts. Which I'm totally fine with but it seems like pastors sometimes say that Christianity doesn't have a list of "Do's and Don'ts" but it clearly does. Not that you are saved by Do's and Don'ts but once you are saved, there are certainly a lot of them. Pray without ceasing.
Job 5 - Eliphaz the Temanite said some stuff to Job, but honestly I have no idea what he was talking about. (According to the MacArthur study notes, he is saying that if Job would only confess his sin, God would forgive him.)
Psalms 5 - Favorite verse: Psalm 5:5 [God] hates all evildoers. (Easy address to remember too.)
Proverbs 5 - Stay away from a forbidden woman!
Joshua 5 - The Lord told Joshua to circumcise all the children of all the people that died during their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness because they hadn't yet been circumcised. Then Joshua saw a person who had a sword and he asked him if he was for or against him. And this man was the commander of the Army of the Lord and told Joshua to take of his shoes because he was on holy ground. I think this 'Commander' was God Himself.
Isaiah 5 - v.20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil… and (v. 21) Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes - These two verses remind me of me. That's not good. Sometimes I might say "That was a really good movie" when God may hate the movie. And also, I think I am wise (just being honest.) I need to change some things. (v. 22) is funny to me, it seems like sarcasm. "Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine…" that's like saying congratulations on being a fat pig.
Acts 5 - Ananias & Sapphira: the liars.- I can't put my finger on it, but something about the beginning of this chapter rubs me the wrong way. I don't like when pastors, or anybody for that matter, claim that God killed Ananias and Saphira for telling one lie. That's not entirely, or potentially, true. This one like may have just been the 'straw that broke the camels back.' Also, It bothers me that all the Apostles were just sitting by themselves in Solomon’s Portico, and that people regarded them so highly even waiting that Peter's shadow might fall on them. I don't fully understand this. I wonder if these Apostles may have thought of themselves a little to highly, or just the people thought of them too highly, or rightly. - I like v.31 God exalted [Jesus] at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. I like how the Pharisies say that they agree with Gamaliel, who said to leave these men alone, but then they still punished the Apostles. ? The Apostles rejoiced that they were counted worthy to be beaten.
* Actually January 6th, I skipped a day. I was pretty productive yesterday, however. I changed a toilet seat (for the first time), unclogged my kitchen sink, helped my brother move some furniture, and cleaned my kitchen at the request of my wife. Then later, some friends invited me over for dinner and we discussed some business with them as well. Am I justifying missing a day of reading; yep. :)
Matthew 4 - Jesus is swept away to the desert where He fasts for forty days and nights, and after that he's hungry. Jesus is tempted by the devil but resists him by quoting scripture. Jesus picks a few of his followers and tells them instead of fishing for fish, He'll make them fish for men. He starts preaching to people that they should repent, because the Kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus starts healing lots of people with various types of diseases.
Genesis 4 - Adam knew Eve and they had two sons, Cain and Abel. Later both sons brought God an offering, and God only liked Abel's. This upset Cain and after he talked with his brother, he killed him. God confronted Cain about this then kicked him out of Eden. Cain had a mark placed on him, and God said if anyone killed Cain their punishment would be seven fold. (I'm not sure what death times seven would be…?) Then Adam and Eve had another son called Seth. Cain married his wife, which was likely a younger sister (but this wasn't wrong at that time).
Romans 4 - Abraham was made righteous by his faith, not his circumcision. The same is true for us: We are forgiven of our sin not by keeping the law, but by our faith and trust in Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 4 - Paul tells them that they're doing pretty good about being loving, but to keep doing that more and more. Also, apparently they struggled with sexual purity: Paul reminded them that God desires them to be pure. He also comforts them about those that have died, that they will rise again and be with Jesus as we will when he comes back.
Job 4 - Eliphaz the Temanite said some stuff to Job, but honestly I have no idea what he was talking about.
Psalms 4 - Be angry and sin not. Also notable in this chapter was in verse 3 it said something like "the Lord has set apart the godly for himself." That seemed strange to me (like works righteousness) but the notes in my John MacArthur Study Bible (ESV) say that this word 'godly' in this context meant a person blessed by God's grace.
Proverbs 4 - Wisdom is a girl. Not really, but it's interesting how wisdom is personalized as a female. This chapter says in various ways to get wisdom, heed wisdom, and treasure wisdom. Also, don't do bad things with bad people.
Joshua 4 - People walked through Jordan river and maybe stayed there for a while since God stopped the water. Joshua was told to have twelve men bring some stones and put them somewhere so that kids would see them in the future and ask about them. When they did, they were to tell them the history about the event.
Isaiah 4 - In that day, there will be many women that request to live when a man to take away their reproach. They will eat their own bread.
Acts 4 - Peter and John were talking to the people about Jesus and the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came to them and threw them in prison until the next day. Then Peter said to them if they were wondering how the man was healed that the answer was certainly that he was healed through Jesus Christ. They were upset by this and told them not to speak to anyone about Jesus anymore, but they asked them if they should listen to them or God. (Rhetorically). Their is salvation in no one else other than Jesus. Also, in this time the believers were selling their possessions as needed and giving the money to the apostles and everyone was sharing what they had so that no one was in need. As an example, Joseph sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
*Actually read on Jan 5th, and 6th, posted on the 6th.
I, Brandt Dary, am a normal Bible believing Christian with a heart to share the Biblical Gospel and teach others to do the same. I'm married to my beautiful wife Haleh and have four amazing kids. I live in Queen Creek, AZ. I make a living from Software Development.