Category: Breaking the fourth


Three “events” come to mind when I think about the things non-believers might know about the Bible. Noah and the Ark, Exodus (the Egyptian plagues and the parting of the Red Sea), and the crucifixion of Christ. Each of these events in the Bible is dramatic enough to capture the attention of those in the world. I started reading Exodus today and will continue for the next couple of weeks. As I go through this pivotal book in the Bible, I hope to share with you the things I’m learning as I learn them. 

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Well, I finished my reading of Genesis for this year. I’d say I’m surprised at how fast the days went by, but I like Genesis so much that the time always seems to go by quickly. As I finished up the story about Joseph, I had some different thoughts about an incident between Joseph and his brothers after the death of their father, Jacob.

At the time of his death, Jacob had lived in Egypt for seventeen years. I’ve always imagined that anything that needed to be said about Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery would have been said by this time in seventeen years. However, we see after the death of Jacob that Joseph’s brothers were afraid Joseph would take some sort of revenge against them for what they had done to him.

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When I was a kid I used to play little league baseball. I started in the “C” league while in elementary school and played in the “A” league in high school. Whenever I hit the ball or I was running to steal a base, I could hear my Mom shouting encouragement to me from the crowd. “Run Rabbit! Run!”, she’d shout. Now, my name isn’t obviously Rabbit. It’s Jason. My Mom knows this since she and my father gave me that name when I was born. Rabbits, if you didn’t know, are fast runners. My Mom called me Rabbit because I was a fast runner. My Mom called me Rabbit because I had earned the name. Regardless of your name, you know when you hear it, and when someone special calls you by name, you feel special. 

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Sometimes I read something in the Bible, and it doesn’t make sense. It’s not that I don’t understand the words used or anything like that. Although when I read the King James Bible, I will sometimes run into words, and structures that leave me fumbling for comprehension. This is why I’m so thankful for digital Bible applications that support multiple translations! When I’m studying the Bible and I don’t want to jump out of the text and read what commentators have said, I can compare the same verse in multiple translations. Of course, if you’re studying the Bible in printed format, those options are a little bit more limited, but they are still out there. I read and study the Bible now exclusively in digital, but I still have five or six different printed translations available. However, in comparison to what’s available digitally, that’s nothing.

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