Recording Completed: Exodus

Yesterday, on September 24, 2014, I finished recording the entire book of Exodus aloud!

To see what I’ve been doing and why, here is my original post on recording the Bible: https://blonderj.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/rjs-1-new-years-resolution/

Two lessons I took away from the book of Exodus:

  • People love to disregard “the God of the Old Testament,” but God is the same now as He was then.  The God of Exodus is a personable God. He sounds like a righteously angry parent when He comes across sin. He delights in His children and spends time with them one on one. He makes us shine with His beauty.
  • God doesn’t just use us in a spiritual, metaphysical sense. God uses our actual hands and feet and talents. He uses us in our jobs, even if they seem menial.  God has great things planned out for us.

Favorite verses from Exodus:

  • On purpose in life: “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 9:16
  • On the truest love I have ever found: “So Moses went back to the Lord and said, ‘Oh, what a great sin these people have committed!  They have made themselves god of gold. But now, please forgive their sin – but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.’” (I can’t imagine! ❤ ) 32:31
  • On the Personhood of God and how He gets angry like we do about sin: “But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.” 33:3b
  • On what to strive for in my relationship with the Lord: “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” 33:11
  • On how God likes to bless us when we want to know Him: “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.’” 33:27
  • On the radiance of a believer’s countenance: “(Moses) was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.”  34:29b
  • On how God uses our talents: “And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability, and knowledge in all kinds of crafts – and He has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others.” 35:31, 34
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Recording Completed: Matthew

Today, on August 25th, 2014, I finished recording the entire book of Matthew aloud!

To see what I’ve been doing and why, here is my original post on recording the Bible: https://blonderj.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/rjs-1-new-years-resolution/

Two lessons I took away from the book of Matthew:

  • God is a righteous God, and He expects righteousness from us.  However, He sent Jesus to pay the penalty for our unrighteousness, since there is NO way we could keep His law on our own.
  • God loves children, and He saves those who chooses to save.  I must give my own children up to Him and trust that He will answer my prayers for their salvation.  As I wait for this, I must not fear, but trust His timing and His plan.

Favorite verses from Matthew:

  • On confidence, honesty, and faith in prayer: “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”  6:7-8
  • On fear of people: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”  10:28
  • On wanting to be angry with and doubt God because He has not saved your family member yet: “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”  10:37
  • On how God feels about evil people: “Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin!  Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!”  18:7
  • On trusting God with your child’s salvation: “For I tell you that (these little ones’) angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.  In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.”  18: 10b, 14″When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, ‘Who then can be saved?’  Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'”  19:25-26
  • On the seriousness of forgiveness: “In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.  This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”  18:34-35
  • On how God views disobedience: “‘What do you think?  There was a man who had two sons.  He went to the first and said, “Son, go and work today in the vineyard.”  “I will not,” he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.  Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing.  He answered, “I will, sir,” but he did not go.  Which of the two did what his father wanted?’  ‘The first,’ they answered.  Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.”  21:28-31

Recording Completed: Genesis

Today, on January 27th, I finished recording the entire book of Genesis aloud!

To see what I’ve been doing and why, here is my original post on recording the Bible: https://blonderj.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/rjs-1-new-years-resolution/

Two lessons I took away from the book of Genesis:

  • God uses very fallen people.  The twelve sons of Jacob were a bunch of very bad boys, yet God created the entire nation of Israel through them, even allowing His Messiah to come from Judah’s line!  While nothing excuses sin, you can still be used by God to further His kingdom.
  • Everything that happens is part of God’s plan.  We see and know so little.  We are so finite.  It’s okay to feel sorrow and sadness over life’s twists and turns as well as trials and hardship, however it is all in God’s plan and is for good.

Favorite verses from Genesis:        

  • On temptation and sin addiction: “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?  But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”  4:7
  • On those who are living in sin and fallen away: “Cain said to the Lord, ‘My punishment is more than I can bear.  Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence… But the Lord said to him, ‘Not so, if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over.'” (This shows God’s mercy, and how He still protects and gives second chances.  He didn’t let Cain die before his time or others mistreat him to the point of death.  He was giving Cain mercy, even though Cain was a murderer himself.)  4:13-14a, 15
  • On difficult change in our lives: “And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.  So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.”  45:5, 8