July 18, read through the Bible in a year.

In between Second Corinthians and Galatians we read two Psalms and three chapters of Job.

July 18: Psalm 56, Psalm 57, Job 9, Job 10, Job 11 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 56, of David. The Psalm is from the time when the Philistines captured him in Gath  It deals with the period between the visit to the tabernacle at Nob and David’s arrival at Adullam. David was alone, desperate, afraid – and had no one left to to trust but  the LORD.

Psalm 57, of David. Charles Spurgeon noted, “There are four of these ‘Destroy not’ psalms, namely, the 57th, 58th, 59th, and 75th. In all of them there is a distinct declaration of the destruction of the wicked and the preservation of the righteous.” It ends with “Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

Job 9, Job: There is no mediator, no one is righteous before God, even though I am righteous.

Job 10, Job: I would Plead with God.

Job 11. It was time for  Zophar the Naamathite to speak. He urges urges Job to repent.

July 17, read through the Bible in a year.

In between Second Corinthians and Galatians we read three Psalms and three chapters of Job.

July 17: Psalm 53, Psalm 54, Psalm 55, Job 6, Job 7 Job 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 53, of David. A short Psalm telling about fools that say “No God”

Psalm 54, of David. A snort prayer with conviction that God is David’s helper.

Psalm 55, of David. When treacherous friends and a multitude of enemies attack David still trusts God.

Job 6. Time for Job to reply: “My Complaint is Just.” And

Job 7. “My Suffering is without Comfort.”

Job 8. Bildad, the Shuhite replied: “Job Should Repent.”

Murder and rape rates, why so high, and why rising?

We live in a fallen world. There are still those who believe in the inherent good of mankind, but looking at the evidence teaches us otherwise. Here are some statistics:

1. Murder rate per 100000 individuals.

The most dangerous countries in the world are: El Salvador: 61.8, Honduras: 56.5 and Venezuela: 56.3

We have recently gotten a large number of illegal immigrants from these countries. Maybe that is why the murder rates in some U.S. sanctuary cities is so high: They have all one

thing in common:

They all have a Democratic

liberal local government.

Being sanctuary cities they house a fair number of people from Central America.

Compare the murder rate with other world cities and countries.

 

 

 

 

2. Rape rate per 100000 individuals by country:

This is serious: I can understand the high rate in

South Africa. The backlash after apartheid and the

descent into lawlessness makes these things happen.

But why Sweden?

When I left Sweden 50 years ago the rape rate was about the same as the other Nordic countries.

Could it be that Sweden has had the largest influx of Mideast and African countries of any nation as a proportion of the population?

Just thinking.

The statistic speaks for itself.

 

July 16, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we read the last chapter of second Corinthians and two chapters of Job.

July 16: 2 Corinthians 13, Job 4, Job 5 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

2 Corinthians 13. Paul said it was his third coming coming to the Corinthians, and he was coming with authority for building them up, not for tearing them down. Finally, the final greetings and the benediction.

Job 4. Eliphaz was first to speak: Job has sinned –

Job 5, and for that Job is chastened by God.

July 15, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we read one chapter of second Corinthians and the first three chapters of Job.

July 15: 2 Corinthians 12, Job 1, Job 2, Job 3 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

2 Corinthians 12, Paul describes his vision of paradise and his thorn in the flesh (“for when I am weak, then I am strong”.)  The marks of an Apostle are signs, wonders and miracles, and Paul displays his love for the Church.

Job 1. This is the oldest book in the Bible and predates even the Pentateuch. It is written in old Aramaic.  Job and his Family lived in in Uz, righteous before God. Satan attacked Job’s Character and as a result Job lost his property and his children.

Job 2. Satan Attacked Job’s Health, and then was visited by three friends, keeping him company for a week without saying a word.

Job 3. Job deplores his birth before his three friends, and they still keep quiet.

 

July 14, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we read one chapter of second Corinthians and the last three chapters of Esther.

July 14: 2 Corinthians 11, Esther 8, Esther9, Esther 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

2 Corinthians 11. Paul showed concern for the Corinthians faithfulness, warned them against false Apostles, “for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” Paul put forward a reluctant boasting about his sufferings for Christ.

Esther 8. With Haman out of the way, the Jews were still in peril, since the edict of the king could not be changed, so Esther pleaded again to the king and a new edict was proclaimed, the the Jews had every right to defend themselves and strike back, and so Esther saved the Jews.

Esther 9. The Jews triumphed, and the first Purim was celebrated.

Esther 10, epilogue about the greatness of Mordecai.

 

God’s rainbow, the promise. Man’s rainbow, the curse. A Limerick.

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The rainbow we see in the sky:

A promise, and God tells us why.

Seven colors displayed.

Man’s has six, it’s man made.

With indigo missing, all die.

The hint may be subtle, but is nevertheless important:

Red is the color of love and passion – but also danger. It is the color of blood, wherein is life.

Orange is the color of creativity, joy, vibrancy, happiness, playfulness and youth, but at the same time it is the color of fall.

Yellow is the color of the life-sustaining sun. It is also a sign of hope, as in the song “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Old Oak Tree”

Green is the color of money and the color of chlorophyll, the substance without which life would cease to exist. Like nature, these are all good things, but it is also the color of envy.

Blue is the color of the daytime sky, the oceans and the heavens. (If God was not a Penn State fan, why is the sky blue and white?)

Indigo is the color of the nighttime clear sky and reflects great devotion, wisdom and justice along with fairness and impartiality. It also symbolizes the rule of law, but at the same time it is the favorite color of the New Age and its mysticism.

Violet is the color of royalty, but at the same time it indicates delicacy and fragility, as in violets and other violet colored flowers.

 

Now, if you take out the color indigo and what it stands for, the whole world descends into anarchy. Maybe that was their intent in the first place?

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