Andrew and I were driving home Saturday night from house church and we were talking about what we’d learned. One thing that always amazes us is how our leader can correlate different passages in the Old and New Testaments. I mentioned I have a hard time doing that because I don’t always remember what I’ve read or where I read it.
Well Monday morning Dottie got me up early so I decided to spend some time in my Bible. I’m doing a reading plan from YouVersion called “Jesus in the Torah”. I’m also reading Proverbs with a friend for the month of January. And I’m trying to get better about reading our house church passages before we get there Saturday evenings.
Last night, we read through Genesis 47-50. Genesis 48:15 says, “May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked…may he bless these boys”. Derrick said remember the word “walked” as it has greater meaning. He told us to keep it pinned in our mind.
Well, then this morning as I did my reading plan, “Jesus in the Torah” gave me Psalm 119:1-8 to read today, along with a video overview of Genesis, which was really interesting. But right away in Psalm 119 it says, “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.”
And then it goes on to tell you exactly what that means and how it looks. I just love when God does those kinds of things.
Psalm 119 says, be blameless, keep God’s laws and statutes, seek him with all your heart, learn his righteous laws and obey its decrees.
AND THEN, I went over to Proverbs 1. Oh man, sometimes God just wows me!
Proverbs 1 is all about wisdom and what happens whether you listen to wisdom or choose not to listen. How else can we know God’s laws and statutes and obey them but by knowing wisdom, listening to wisdom, and following wisdom?
It goes right into what we need to do. Listen to instruction and teaching, avoid temptation and being drawn into sin, and know that their are consequences to sin. In 15 it says, “do not set foot on their paths“, speaking of sinners who try to entice you.
Not only are the instructions right there for our taking, but the consequences are clear too. Verses 18 and 19 say, “These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves! Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.”
On the contrary, if we walk with the Lord, verse 33 gives a promise, a good consequence, if you will. “But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
This year I hope you dig into God’s Word daily and deeply. It doesn’t do to just read it, shut the book, and go on with your day. Really dig in, find these correlations, ask God to reveal them to you! Nothing in His Word is accidental, the correlations are many and real, and the best part – He wants to reveal it all to us!
As I told Andrew about all this he said, “God heard you and was like, oh yeah, watch this!”
It doesn’t seem to matter how many years I’ve walked with God, He still amazes and awes me!