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20140104

Concerning Exodus 16

Kind of a little behind again (though I’m catching up today), so this is from yesterday’s reading. This is a problem with a lot of Christians today. The kind of grumbling occurs when you have a really warped view of God. This is what D.A. Carson has to say about why the Israelites grumbled about not having meat despite just witnessing God’s miraculous salvation through the plagues and through the parting of the Red Sea…

Why should people who have witnessed so spectacular a display of the grace and power of God slip so easily into muttering and complaining and slide so gracelessly into listless disobedience? The answer lies in the fact that many of them see God as existing to serve them. He served them in the Exodus; he served them when he provided clean water. Now he must serve not only their needs but their appetites. Otherwise they are entirely prepared to abandon him. While Moses has been insisting to Pharaoh that the people needed to retreat into the desert in order to serve an worship God, the people themselves think God exists to serve them.

(D.A. Carson, For the Love of God Vol. 2, pg. 34)

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Looking to 2014 Update…

Well, we are a full 2 weeks into January 2014 now, and things with my “Looking to 2014” goals are progressing quite well. In fact, so much so that I’ve added/modified one of my goals… That is, goal #5. I originally said that I would MAYBE make another attempt at memorizing all of Philippians. Which I later (in Memorize the Word 2014) starting to think about changing into memorize James, because that’s what FighterVerses’s “Extended Memory” section is going through. But I never went through with it, and instead started something a little simpler… The New City Catechism.

Specifically, I am using the iPad App of NCC, and I am going through 1 question each week… That is, each Saturday, I begin to memorize the Question & Answer (eg… Q1: What is our only hope in life and death. A1: That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, in life and death, to God and our Saviour Jesus Christ). I also read the commentary and watch the video (so far, by Tim Keller & Don Carson, I’m sure others will pop up as well). Then throughout the week, I memorize the proof verse for that week’s Question and Answer (V1: For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. Romans 14:7-8). And generally reflect on that week’s Question and Answer. (PS: Q1, A1, and V1 were all done by memory, without even checking for correction of punctuation! Booyahhh. Hahaha).

Anyway, that being said, here are my five goals of 2014 updated…

  1. Learn Japanese (That is, be able to write Level N4 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test by December).
  2. Write a weekly blog post concerning my Bible Reading.
  3. A translation of the book of Ruth (Hebrew) and 1 John (Greek).
  4. Memorize Bible Verses using FighterVerses.
  5. Memorize the New City Catechism.

Genesis Inductive Study

My first paper of 2011-2012… Grade received: A-

Dr. Marion Taylor
WYB1008HF
27 September 2011

Inductive Study on the Book of Genesis

Part 1: Table of Contents

Verses Caption
Genesis 1:1 to 11: 9 The story of the Creation and time before God’s chosen people.
Genesis 11:10 to 23:20 The story of Abraham, the man by whom God called.
Genesis 24:1 to 26:35 The story of Isaac, the promised son.
Genesis 27:1 to 36:43 The story of Jacob, whom God named Israel.
Genesis 37:1 to 50:26 The story of Joseph, who brought the people of Israel into Egypt.

Part 2: Analysis of the Book’s Structure

The Book of Genesis, at its core, is simply a story. It is the story of how God worked and moved in history: first of all to create history itself, and then also to call a particular group of people – a family – through whom he intends to bless the world (12:3). The first section of the book provides an overview of the creation story, and certain events leading up to God choosing a particular people to bless the world. The next three sections cover the stories of the three patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob whose family God chooses to work through. Finally, the last section concerns one of Jacob’s sons, Joseph, who was sold into slavery in Egypt, and whose story provides a natural conclusion to “the beginnings” of the people of Israel, setting us up for the next part of their history.

This structure was chosen largely because of the promise which God makes to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This promise of land, descendants, and blessing is found in each of three divisions, as it is restated to each of the patriarchs. To Abram/Abraham, God makes this promise three times, first (as previously mentioned) in 12:1-9, then in 15:1-21 in which God formalized this promise into a “covenant”, then 17:1-14 where God also instituted circumcision as the sign of the covenant. God then restates this covenant to Isaac in 26:1-5 and Jacob in 26:10-22.

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Sermon Text: God the Righteous Creator

God the Righteous Creator, preached at KBCF Lighthouse Church on July 10, 2011. Text is from Habakkuk 1:1-11.

There’s this man who was kind of down in the dumps. He had been fired from his job, couldn’t find another one in his field; His savings were dwindling, and pretty soon, he was gonna get evicted from his place.

One day, though, he was looking through the news paper finds a job listing for the Zoo. Didn’t say what it was, just that it required no experience, it paid pretty well, but they really needed someone right away. So he gets up, gets all dressed up ready for an interview and heads on down.

At the zoo, he meets with one of the managers, but then gets some bad news… the manager says that what it is, is, they’ve run out of monkeys, but it was going to be a really busy day and so they needed someone to work as a monkey.

“Sir, I’m not a monkey” the guy says.

But the manager says to him, “Don’t worry, it’s not hard. We’ll give you the outfit, we’ll dress you up properly and everything, and all you have to do is swing around a little bit, eat some bananas and some peanuts, make some monkey noise, and no one will ever find out.”

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