Choose Today

Today’s reading took us through the eras of Moses and Joshua and into the years of the judges. Reading a lot of Swahili (which was great) slowed things down, so reading time extended to 10 hours.

It is noteworthy that the frustrations of the Israelites in the desert, the unconquered nations in the Promised Land, and even God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice Isaac were all intended by the Lord to be a test of hearts. What might God be using to test the sincerity of my heart today?

God’s people ever had a mind of their own. But all choices had consequences. The theme of blessing and curses — blessings when people obeyed and disaster when they disobeyed — is so strong in these Old Testament books. The final appeal of both Moses and Joshua was the same: choose whom you will serve!

Even today, we have choices to make. So often we read the parts of the Bible that we enjoy: the blessings. But the curses are just as real. Blessings and curses come as a consequence of our actions. Yes, in the New Covenant we have forgiveness in Jesus, but the principle is the same: we are expected to live right.

We noticed that some things were repeated over and over:

  • The 2½ vis-à-vis 9½ tribal allocations apparently required frequent explanation;
  • The fact that the Levites did not receive an inheritance seemed to be a very big deal;
  • The daughters of Zelophehad: Mahlah, Hoglah, Milcah, Tirzah and Noah, were mentioned soooo many times. I was not counting but must have read that list maybe 7 times.

On this journey through God’s Word, I continue to learn things that I have never noticed before!

Bible Trivia Day Three:

  • In KJV, what did God (through Moses) call “new arrivals?” (sounds like a Walmart ad!)
  • What did Abimelech do to the city of Shechem after he captured it?

~ Diane


About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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2 Responses to Choose Today

  1. MJ Frey says:

    Diane, I have been blessed by your reports from this time of reading through the Bible. These trivia questions bring to mind that I need to access the archives of my mind from days in quiz at West Clinton. I am confident some of my years of involvement included these books of the Bible. Blessings to you and your group on this journey. Mary Jane Frey.

    • Mary Jane, it is WONDERFUL to hear from you!! Thank you for your encouragement. Yes, it is a very fascinating experience. Today, reading the geneologies for the second time, I did have passing thoughts of, “so WHY are we doing this?” But honestly, it is good!

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