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Through The Looking Glass: May 2012

Readings by day for May.  For past readings click here.

May 1, 2012: Psalm 133                                             May 2, 2012: Psalm 106 & 107

May 3, 2012: 1 Chronicles 13 – 16                              May 4, 2012: Psalm 1 & 2, 15, 22 – 24, 47, 68

May 5, 2012: Psalm 89, 96, 100 & 101, 105, 132       May 6, 2012: 2 Samuel 6 & 7, 1 Chronicles 17

May 7, 2012: Psalm 25, 29, 33, 36 & 39         May 8, 2012: 2 Samuel 8 & 9; 1 Chronicles 18

May 9, 2012: Psalm 50, 53, 60 & 75             May 10, 2012: 2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 19; Psalm 20

May 11, 2012: Psalm 65 – 67, 69 & 70         May 12, 2012: 2 Samuel 11 & 12; 1 Chronicles 20

May 13, 2012: Psalm 32, 51, 86, 122         May 14, 2012: 2 Samuel 13 – 15

May15, 2012: Psalm 3 & 4, 12 & 13,  28, 55        May 16, 2012: 2 Samuel 16 – 18

May17, 2012: Psalm 26, 40, 58, 61, 62 & 64          May 18, 2012: 2 Samuel 19 – 21

May 19, 2012: 2 Samuel 22 & 23; Psalm 57         May 20, 2012: Psalm 95, 97 – 99

May 21, 2012: 2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21 & 22; Psalm 30            May 22, 2012: Psalm 108 – 110

May 23, 2012: 1 Chronicles 23 – 25              May 24, 2012: Psalm 131, 138 & 139, 143 – 145

May 25, 2012: Psalm 5, 38, 41 & 42         May 26, 2012: 1 Chronicles 26 – 29, Psalm 127

May 27, 2012: Psalm 111 – 118         May 28, 2012: 1 Kings 1 & 2, Psalm 37, 71 & 94

May 29, 2012: Psalm 119         May 30, 2012: 1 Kings 3 & 4

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Through The Looking Glass: April 2012

Readings by day for April.  For past readings click here.

April 1, 2012: Judges 8 & 9                                           April 2, 2012: Judges 10 – 12

April 3, 2012: Judges 13 – 15                                        April 4, 2012: Judges 16 – 18

April 5, 2012: Judges 19 – 21                                        April 6, 2012: Ruth

April 7, 2012: 1 Samuel 1 – 3                                        April 8, 2012: 1 Samuel 4 – 8

April 9, 2012: 1 Samuel 9 – 12                                      April 10, 2012: 1 Samuel 13 & 14

April 11, 2012: 1 Samuel 15 – 17                                  April 12, 2012: 1 Samuel 18 – 20, Psalm 11 & 59

April 13, 2012: 1 Samuel 21 – 24                                  April 14, 2012: Psalm 7, 27, 31, 34, 52

April 15, 2012: Psalm 56, 120, 140 – 142                     April 16, 2012: 1 Samuel 25 – 27

April 17, 2012: Psalm 17, 35, 54, 63                            April 18, 2012: 1 Samuel 28 – 31, Psalm 18

April 19, 2012: Psalm 121, 123 – 125, 128 – 130          April 20, 2012: 2 Samuel 1 – 4

April 21, 2012: Psalm 6, 8 – 10, 14, 16, 19 & 21          April 22, 2012: 1 Chronicles 1 & 2

April 23, 2012: Psalm 43 – 45, 49, 84, 85 & 87            April 24, 2012: 1 Chronicles 3 – 5

April 25, 2012: Psalm 73, 77 & 78                               April 26, 2012: 1 Chronicles 6

April 27, 2012: Psalm 81, 88, 92 & 93                         April 28, 2012: 1 Chronicles 7 – 10

April 29, 2012: Psalm 102 – 104                                  April 30, 2012: 2 Samuel 5, 1 Chronicles 11 & 12

 
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Through The Looking Glass: Deuteronomy

Today, as I peer through the Looking Glass, I turn the final page of a book that is near to my heart…
Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy has long been one of my “favorite” books of the Bible.
I know, some may feel this is nearly heretical – to have a “favorite”…
Of course, I love them all very deeply, and sincerely.  After all, it is Deuteronomy 8:3 that states we are not to live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.  Yet, a few of the books particularly stand out and speak to me over and over again.  Job, Deuteronomy, Luke, Ecclesiastes, and Philippians to name a few.

Deuteronomy appeals to me for several reasons – and, yes, one of them is that is simply a FUN word to say…
Go ahead and say it out loud.  Surely you smiled at the sound?  Doo – Ter – On – O – Me!
I know, I am incredibly spiritual…  Deep theological meanderings.

Seriously, I enjoy it because it is easy to follow.
Moses speaking, time and again, to the very human people of Israel.  Teaching them the ways of their God – over and over again.  Moses does not speak in riddles.  He plainly lays out God’s truths.  No where is the truth of the Godhead clearer, and stated as succinctly as it is in the sixth chapter (although throughout Old and New Testament the oneness is plain).
Here is what is known as the Shema in Hebrew:

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָד׃ וְאָהַבְתָּ אֵת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ וּבְכָל־מְאֹדֶךָ׃ וְהָיוּ הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיֹּום עַל־לְבָבֶךָ׃ וְשִׁנַּנְתָּם לְבָנֶיךָ וְדִבַּרְתָּ בָּם בְּשִׁבְתְּךָ בְּבֵיתֶךָ וּבְלֶכְתְּךָ בַדֶּרֶךְ וּבְשָׁכְבְּךָ וּבְקוּמֶךָ׃ וּקְשַׁרְתָּם לְאֹות עַל־יָדֶךָ וְהָיוּ לְטֹטָפֹת בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ׃ וּכְתַבְתָּם עַל־מְזוּזֹת בֵּיתֶךָ וּבִשְׁעָרֶיךָ׃

Here it is in English:

Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God is one LORD: and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes.  And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thy house, and upon thy gates.

I remember about six years ago, at an annual event my wife and I like to attend, we met an elderly Jewish man who was dying of cancer.  He was a central figure of the event because of his story of survival – he had endured Hitler’s concentration camps, and here he was decades later, riddled with cancer.  As we approached, he shook our hands and my wife asked if he would mind if we prayed with him.  He smiled, looked us both in the eyes, held up the index finger of his right hand, pointed it above his head and said:  “God is One.”
To which we enthusiastically agreed and commenced to say a prayer with him.

(I know, enthusiastically emphasizing the Oneness of the Godhead is even more heretical nowadays than having favorite books… Sorry, this clown doesn’t buy into the threeness concept of the trinity)

At last year’s event, he stood and spoke to everyone – healthier than ever!
Unity, Oneness and Prayer works!

BUT – the central theme of the book, and what I heard over and over again as I read it during these past weeks is really summed up in one word: LOVE.

Plainly God is first.  Love Him passionately, fervently, and with your entire being.  There are many, many “laws” in Deuteronomy that taught the people of Israel how to love their God.  Eat this, don’t eat that.  Wear this, don’t wear that.  Worship Me this way, don’t worship Me like that.  Destroy the idols temple, build Mine this way.  Place a high value on purity, and a high price tag on impurity.  All things designed to establish His preeminence and differentiate between the true God and the surrounding idols.

Secondly chapter after chapter is dedicated to what boils down to three words: Love thy neighbor (to quote Jesus).  Treat your family this way, don’t treat them that way.  Treat your countrymen this way, don’t treat them that way.  Treat the foreigner this way, don’t treat them that way.  Every “law” given concerning inter-human relationships boiled down to loving people – be it blood relative, fellow citizen, or resident alien, and treating them the way you want to be treated.

The Jewish man I mentioned earlier.  Enduring the concentration camps.  He made it to the freedom of America, and he raised his children here during the 1950’s and 1960’s…  In the heat of the Civil Rights movement – with hate rampant on both sides of the “white” and “colored” sides.  Yet he raised his kids to love.  I have no idea if he raised them in a synagogue or a church, but I do know one of his sons.

I have heard his son tell the story more than once how that when he was eight years old he saw the numbers tattooed on his father’s wrists and asked what it was.  His father didn’t explain to him what the numbers stood for or the horrors he endured at the hands of men full of hate.

Instead he took him to a park in their Oklahoma town on a hot summer day.  The father told the son to drink from the fountain that was there marked “Whites only”, and then from the one marked “Colored Only.”  And to describe the difference on the taste if he could.  There was no difference.

Then the father took the son to the train station and showed him the fan cooled, spacious waiting room for “Whites Only,” and then the stuffy, cramped waiting room labeled “Colored Only.”  The father didn’t explain Hitler, and all that went with that, instead he pointed out the hatred the Americans that freed him were showing each other and said: “That is what caused my scars.”


(You can read the elder man’s full story in the book titled: Until We Meet Again)

It is the lesson of Deuteronomy – LOVE.  God first, and mankind second.

I have a long, long way to go.

 
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Through The Looking Glass: March 2012

Readings by day for March.  For past readings click here.

March 1, 2012: Numbers 16 & 17                 March 2, 2012: Numbers 18 – 20

March 3, 2012: Numbers 21 & 22                 March 4, 2012: Numbers 23 – 25

March 5, 2012: Numbers 26 & 27                 March 6, 2012: Numbers 28 – 30

March 7, 2012: Numbers 31 & 32                 March 8, 2012: Numbers 33 & 34

March 9, 2012: Numbers 35 & 36                 March 10, 2012: Deuteronomy 1 & 2

March 11, 2012: Deuteronomy 3 & 4            March 12, 2012: Deuteronomy 5 – 7

March 13, 2012: Deuteronomy 8 – 10            March 14, 2012: Deuteronomy 11 – 13

March 15, 2012: Deuteronomy 14 – 16          March 16, 2012: Deuteronomy 17 – 20

March 17, 2012: Deuteronomy 21 – 23          March 18, 2012: Deuteronomy 24 – 27

March 19, 2012: Deuteronomy 28 & 29         March 20, 2012: Deuteronomy 30 & 31

March 21, 2012: Deuteronomy 32 – 34, Psalm 91
                      March 22, 2012: Joshua 1 – 4

March 23, 2012: Joshua 5 – 8               March 24, 2012: Joshua 9 – 11

March 25, 2012: Joshua 12 – 15              March 26, 2012: Joshua 16 – 18

March 27, 2012: Joshua 19 – 21               March 28, 2012: Joshua 22 – 24

March 29, 2012: Joshua 1 & 2              March 30, 2012: Joshua 3 – 5

March 31, 2012: Joshua 6 & 7

 
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Through The Looking Glass: February 2012

Readings by day for February.  For past readings click here.

February 1, 2012: Exodus 7 – 9                    February 2, 2012: Exodus 10 – 12

February 3, 2012: Exodus 13 – 15                 February 4, 2012: Exodus 16 – 18

February 5, 2012: Exodus 19 – 21                 February 6, 2012: Exodus 22 – 24

February 7, 2012: Exodus 25 – 27                 February 8, 2012: Exodus 28 & 29

February 9, 2012: Exodus 30 – 32                 February 10, 2012: Exodus 33 – 35

February 11, 2012: Exodus 36 – 38               February 12, 2012: Exodus 39 & 40

February 13, 2012: Leviticus 1 – 4                 February 14, 2012: Leviticus 5 – 7

February 15, 2012: Leviticus 8 – 10               February 16, 2012: Leviticus 11 – 13

February 17, 2012: Leviticus 14 & 15            February 18, 2012: Leviticus 16 – 18

February 19, 2012: Leviticus 19 – 21             February 20, 2012: Leviticus 22 & 23

February 21, 2012: Leviticus 24 & 25            February 22, 2012: Leviticus 26 & 27

February 23, 2012: Numbers 1 & 2               February 24, 2012: Numbers 3 & 4

February 25, 2012: Numbers 5 & 6               February 26, 2012: Numbers 7

February 27, 2012: Numbers 8 – 10              February 28, 2012: Numbers 11 – 13

February 29, 2012: Numbers 14 & 15; Psalm 90

 
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Through The Looking Glass: January 2012

I’m thinking for 2012 we’ll do this in Chronological order… for the most part.  We’ll see!

January 1, 2012:  Genesis 1 – 3                       January 2, 2012: Genesis 4 – 7

January 3, 2012: Genesis 8 – 11                       January 4, 2012: Job 1 – 5

January 5, 2012: Job 6 – 9                               January 6, 2012: Job 10 – 13

January 7, 2012: Job 14 – 16                            January 8, 2012: Job 17 – 20

January 9, 2012: Job 21 – 23                            January 10, 2012: Job 24 – 28

January 11, 2012: Job 29 – 31                           January 12, 2012: Job 32 – 34

January 13, 2012: Job 35 – 37                           January 14, 2012: Job 38 & 39

January 15, 2012: Job 40 – 42                           January 16, 2012: Genesis 13 – 15

January 17, 2012: Genesis 16 – 18                    January 18, 2012: Genesis 19 – 21

January 19, 2012: Genesis 22 – 24                    January 20, 2012: Genesis 25 & 26

January 21, 2012: Genesis 27 – 29                    January 22, 2012: Genesis 30 & 31

January 23, 2012: Genesis 32 – 34                    January 24, 2012: Genesis 35 – 37

January 25, 2012: Genesis 38 – 40                    January 26, 2012: Genesis 41 & 42

January 27, 2012: Genesis 43 – 45                    January 28, 2012: Genesis 46 & 47

January 29, 2012: Genesis 48 – 50                    January 30, 2012: Exodus 1 – 3

January 31, 2012: Exodus 4 – 6

 
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Through The Looking Glass: December 2011

Daily readings from December (and mid-November) 2011.

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December 31, 2011: Hosea 8 & 9

December 30, 2011: Hosea 7

December 29, 2011: Hosea 6

December 28, 2011: Hosea 4 & 5

December 27, 2011: Hosea 3

December 26, 2011: Hosea 1 & 2

December 25, 2011: Acts 27 & 28

December 24, 2011: Acts 25 & 26

December 23, 2011: Acts 24

December 22, 2011: Acts 23

December 21, 2011: Acts 20:17 – 22:30

December 20, 2011: Acts 19:21 – 20:16

December 19, 2011: Acts 19:1 – 19:20

December 18, 2011: Acts 18

December 17, 2011: Acts 17

December 16, 2011: Acts 16:16 – 16:40

December 15, 2011: Acts 15:30 – 16:15

December 14, 2011: Acts 14:21 – 15:29

December 13, 2011: Acts 14:1-20

December 12, 2011: Acts 13

December 11, 2011: Acts 12

December 10, 2011: Acts 11

December 09, 2011: Acts 10

December 08, 2011: Acts 9

December 07, 2011: Acts 8:26 – 8:40

December 06, 2011: Acts 8 – 8:25

December 05, 2011: Acts 7

December 04, 2011: Acts 5:12 – 6

December 03, 2011: Acts 4 – 5:11

December 02, 2011: Acts 3 (especially verses 19, 20, and 26)

December 01, 2011: Acts 1-2

November 17, 2011: Ecclesiastes 2:12-16, 26; 7:19, 25; 8:16-17

November 16, 2011: Proverbs 3:1-7, Deuteronomy 5:29, 1 Chronicles 28:9

November 15, 2011:  James 1

 
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