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30 Days of Celebrating Moms in May: All Things

“I can do all things through him who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

When Danny opened his mouth to speak, he started with the words that had always given him courage, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”

Those words were an important part of Danny’s childhood. They were the words his mother had repeated when she was in a difficult labor with Danny. They were the words she’d repeated over him when doctors had said the tiny baby wouldn’t live for more than a few hours. 

Danny had been born with a neuromuscular disease that paralyzed him. He defied the doctor’s dire predictions and lived. When Danny lived, the doctor told his mom that her son would never be able to do anything. 

As was common at the time, the doctor suggested that the best option for Danny was a group home. Knowing her history, the doctor pointed out her other children, “Go be a mother to them. Danny will only be a burden on your family.”

“But my mother refused,” Danny said, smiling, “And today, I’m graduating magna cum laude from one of the best universities in the state, thanks to the grace of God and the love of my mother.” 

You may not be able to provide your child with the fanciest foods or the best clothes. But you can offer your child the knowledge that you believe in them, and that God can carry them through the toughest times. That gift is far more valuable than anything else you could give.

God, help me to be a sweet encouragement to my little ones. When others see grim statistics or terrible outcomes, let me remind them that You are the God of the possible and impossible. Nothing challenges You, and nothing changes You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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30 Days to Understanding the Bible – Day 5

30 days to understanding the bible day 5

Yesterday, we began a more in-depth look at the major sections of the Old Testament with the Creation Era. Today, we’re covering the rest of the book of Genesis – from chapter 12 to chapter 50.

Anders has termed this section of history the Patriarch Era. This is the portion of text that focuses on the birth of the nation of Israel, from father Abraham to his great-grandson Joseph. There are some fascinating stories contained in these chapters, so if you haven’t spent a lot of time reading the end of the book of Genesis (or the beginning, for that matter), I highly recommend you start today. I read the book through at least once every three months. Genesis tells you how it all began, which is important for a better understanding of how it’s all going to end.

But even though I’ve read the book of Genesis through several times, there were still some things I learned in this chapter, which is pretty cool!

As is the case with most of the other chapters in this book, we start with a review to see how much we remember about what we’ve learned.

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Then Anders transitions right into a storyline summary of the Patriarch Era. I have to admit I’ve never thought of the Hebrew people in quite this way before – they were chosen by God TO REPRESENT HIM TO THE REST OF THE WORLD.

God had already hinted at His solution to the problem of sin in Genesis 3:15. The Savior who would crush the serpent’s head would come from the Hebrew people, the descendants promised to Abraham.

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Also, note the reference to the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers above … two locations we learned about in a previous chapter. You can bet there’s another map coming up. I’ll show you in a minute.

This chapter also includes a brief description of Abraham and his descendants through which the Messiah would come (Isaac, Jacob/Israel, and Joseph).

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Joseph’s death transitions us into the Exodus Era. But look at that last sentence I highlighted above. The bondage the Hebrew people found themselves facing increased their spiritual hunger. God sent the trial so they would look to Him for rescue.

This reminds me a lot of Romans 5:3-5 (NASB): “…we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance, and perseverance proven character, and proven character hope; and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Even in our struggles, we can hope in the love of God. If we look to Him, He will help us.

As is the case with the other chapters, this chapter ends with a self-test, so you can solidify the new (and old) information you’ve learned in your mind. And look–there’s the map I was telling you about earlier! It shows the movement of Abraham from Ur to Cannan, and then the Israelites’ movement from Canaan to Egypt.

 

I have a feeling in the next chapter we’ll be talking about how Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt (with some miraculous help from God). Stay tuned for that. It’s going to be awesome!

Have You Missed Any Previous Posts in This Series?

Here’s a complete list of what I’ve read and posted so far, just in case you need to catch up.

The Structure of the Bible

The Geography of the Old Testament

The Historical Books

The Creation Era