Notes from my Bible Study for January 19, 2010

Passages Read: Psalm 18, Genesis 18:16‐33, 1 Chronicles 21:1‐17, Luke 11:37‐12:12

Psalm 18 – It was a triumph like David had never experienced. God had been faithful in the past, but deliverance from the hand of Saul was something that David wasn’t sure would come. His psalm of praise to the Lord for the protection that God granted him is a beautiful psalm. I love the way that David sings to the Lord. His whole heart rejoices and paints a beautiful picture of who God is. I love the words that David uses in this psalm to describe God . . . strength, rock, fortress, deliverer, shield, horn of salvation, stronghold, etc.

Genesis 18:16-33 – We see another picture of God’s wrath in Genesis 18:16-33. The city of Sodom was a wicked city. God’s plan was to destroy the city of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot lived in Sodom, and Abraham loved his nephew. He interceded with God for the city of Sodom, praying that God would spare the city if fifty righteous people lived there. Then he prayed for God to stay his destruction if forty lived there. He kept praying until he came to the number ten.

Each time, God said he would spare the city. There were not ten righteous people in the city.

What an indictment on a town. May we live as righteous men and women. And, may we remember that our God is a holy God.

1 Chronicles 21:1-17 – It’s interesting to see God’s wrath burn against one who He called a man after his own heart. God was displeased with David because David gave in to Satan’s leading for David to take a census. The census wasn’t something God demanded. It appealed more to the ego of David than the plan of God. As such, David is punished, and all of Israel with him. It is a reminder to those of us in leadership that our sins have an impact on others. God’s compassion is shown in verse 15 when he stopped the angel of the Lord from destroying the city of Jerusalem. What an interesting and thought provoking story.

Luke 11:37-12:12 – Jesus has harsh words for the Pharisees in this chapter. The Pharisees were men who honored God with their mouths, but whose hearts were far from God. Jesus saw right through their hypocrisy. It makes me wonder what Jesus might say to those in the church today. The “Woes” that Jesus pronounced on the Pharisees are hard words to read. I don’t want to be a person who says all the right stuff about God but doesn’t apply it or live it. How about you? How can we be people who are true disciples? What does a true disciple of Jesus look like?