christine's bible study

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isa 40:8

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we are moved

Christine’s Bible Study has a new permanent home at A Little Perspective | Bible Study. The post for the chiastic structure for torah portion bo, “go,” Exo 10:1-13:16, is posted there, and the torah teachings index for this Sabbath is also posted there. Please make a note of the new address, as new Bible study postings are not being posted here any longer.

The new post for this morning: that it may go well with you – the purpose of torah obedience. I am in the process of moving this entire blog to its new home at my own website, I will post the link when I have it all set up. :)

That it may go well with you ...

toward 2014

I apologize that posting has been spotty recently. My husband suffered a life- threatening emergency Thanksgiving week, and we spent some time in the hospital as a result. Thankfully his life was spared, and I am very grateful for that. He is home recovering now, and it is going to be a while before he can return to his normal life. I am doing my best to care for him, and in the mean time while he is unable to return to his job, I am putting in extra hours to hopefully make up the shortfall.

I am still studying my Bible every day as I have done for the past 47 years. I have not always had the time in the past month, to get my notes coherently written up and posted … but I am trying. These daily postings are a priority for me, right under my relationship with God and the care of my husband.

My original plan was to finish going through the New Testament by the end of 2013, and then spend some time in the Psalms and Proverbs in 2014, along with the weekly Torah postings. I think I can get through the end of Hebrews by the end of the year … and am thinking about saving Peter, James, and John for another time. A meaty study of Revelation is already posted. We will begin in Psalms and Proverbs in January, Lord willing, and perhaps fill in here and there with Peter, James, and John, and whatever topical studies the Lord leads me to. :) I would be honored to have you join with me in the study for the new year. :)

hiatus

I apologize for the brief hiatus. I have been dealing with an illness this week. I do have something to post since Shavuot is coming up, but I should be back to daily postings for this weekend. ♥

where we are and where we are going

I began this blog to post my Bible study notes online so that my grown children would have access to notes and teaching which might help them in their own personal Bible study. Since 2009 I have been following different schedules of reading through the Bible in one year and posting notes on each day’s reading.

study notes organized by book of the Bible

But then after the election in America in 2012, early in November in 2012, the Lord spoke to me to do a topical study based on 2 Chr 7:14. The nation is off track, all the Christians agree on that. But why? And what will get us on track? Will politics save us? Will talk radio save us? Will bashing our elected leaders get us back on track? What does the Bible teach us? We learned that the Bible teaches that the nation is off track because God’s own people are off track. God’s own people need to repent and return, and then He will sovreignly restore the nation.

the roadmap to national restoration

To summarize several months of detailed daily study, God’s people must humble themselves, first of all. A humble person does not disgrace another human being. God’s people are to seek His face and pray. And God’s people are to repent of their own sins. God is not speaking here about the sins of the atheists, unrighteous, and unbelievers, but let His people first repent of their own sins.

What sins are those? We established that the Law of God defines sin and righteousness for God’s people, and that God’s people have abandoned God’s Law. They have been taught erroneously that because obedience to the Law does not save a person, then obedience to the Law has no value. Therefore God’s people have wrongly abandoned obedience to His standard of righteous living and behavior, and have by it brought shame and derision on His holy name. He cares for the integrity of His holy name.

We established that the Ten Commandments summarize the entirety of God’s Law, and studied the book of Deuteronomy in depth to understand what obeying the Ten means.

ten commandments

But, someone says, what about the New Testament and all the places it teaches us to not obey the Law? What is the gospel of grace, and does grace have any relationship to Law, or are they enemies? It might surprise people to learn that the Old Testament and the Law primarily preach grace and righteousness that is of faith, but we have not understood God’s way of teaching by big picture and living history, so it has escaped us.

In fact, God’s people have been lied to by the enemy of God and man (that shouldn’t surprise us). The enemy has said, not only has the Old Testament passed away, because God’s word is not eternal, but the God of the Old Testament is vengeful, wrathful, angry, and judgmental, and is nothing at all like the God of the New Testament, who is a God of love. Do you see what this lie has done? It has established two gods, moreover that God’s Word cannot be true or trustworthy because it is contradictory, furthermore that the Law and Love have nothing to do with each other. This is a great lie, because Jesus taught us that Love summarized not only the Law, but the entire Old Testament (Mat 22:34-40)!

the righteousness that is of faith
grace in the old testament
law in the new testament

So that is where we are now. We are going through the New Testament, studying what it has to say about the Law.

I had oral surgery this week and am still trying to recover; and so I apologize that I was unable to complete a new post for this week’s torah portion, lev 9:1-11:47, shemini “eighth.” However, I did index all of my previous study notes on the chapters covered by shemini, which I hope will be of help. Shabbat shalom. ♥