Monthly Archives: December 2016

December 27, 2016 Psalm 134, Deuteronomy 3, Psalm 26, (18)

Rabbi Portman talked about Hanukah which Commutating the fight with the Maccabean. People make the case for a fight for religious liberty. Very minor holiday for Jews. He brought gifts, coins and tops. The Shaman Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Affirmation of one God. The Shamaz is the witness to the one God. The rabbi showed the prayer regalia. This was discovered in the dead sea scrolls. Is Torah more important than prophets? Yes you read it every week but only occasionally are the prophets read. The 10 commandments in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 are worded differently. All prayers are time limited. Women are exempt from prayer. The prayers are regimented and they always say the same prayer. In Deuteronomy God sets the place of worship, Mt. Sinai which they called Horan. Jews are awaiting a Messiah, the reformed say it could be a movement while conservatives believe it is a person. People have both evil and good inclination and a belief in God helps people overcome the evil inclination and follow the good inclination. Maybe half of the Jews in Iowa city affiliate with the synagogue.

December 20, 2016 Psaslm 4, Deuteronomy 1:46-2:37, Psalm 91, (22)

People get distracted when reading it because God kills so many people. The Pope just indicated that creation is not inconsistent with evolution and the big bang theory. This is the story of the Israelites coming out of the wilderness to take over the land. This shows there was a lot of contention over the land in Palestine. The 40 years in the wilderness amounted to an 11 day walk. How about the interaction between God giving conquests to the people or at least in the theology of the day. Bill says it is the imposition of a theology on a story of the Israelites taking land after leaving Egypt. They had to have a strong belief in God to wander the desert when they could see the fertile area beyond. It’s God’s will to kill people including women and children, isn’t this hard to accept. The Jews teach that after the flood God promised he would never start over again. The people would have to make do with their ability to deal with lack of faith in God. Al says that these stories were designed to give a history to thee Jewish people. Luther says you are free until you submit to gods will. It stops us in our tracks to hear it said that God’s will is that in a conquest that all humans of the enemy will be killed.

December 13, 2016 Psalm 141, Deuteronomy 1-3, Psalm 98, (22)

KDE and P sources. P is about one third of Deuteronomy. We are reading the first 3 chapters. ┬áthe Hebrews didn’t trust God when he told them to take the land but instead did a scouting trip and said they ran into giants and cast doubt on being able to conquer the land. Look at Jared Diamond and his book guns, diamonds, etc. God demanded faith in taking over the land of the land of the Amorites. we don’t know what the relationship God planned for the Hebrews and the Amorites. Read chapters 2 and 3 for next time.

December 6, 2016 Psalm 135:1-13, I Peter 4:12-5:14 (20)

Deuteronomy will be next. Og was a giant who was the son of a fallen angel and a woman and was among a race of giants. These were Nephalum.
Some interesting verses in Peter. When you are in suffering you are in league with Jesus. Possibly the pride can be in having a relationship with God. If suffering for gods will, continue to do good. does God just prepare us to handle the things that happen to us and to try to help those who are trying to deal with problems. is it our role to help others even in our being to the faithful creator and continue to do good. I see some meaning in these passages that could be helpful in dealing with suffering. there is a great variety of translations of this book. We can’t deal with a god who controls everything, because God controls both good and evil. Peter seems to me to be telling people how to stay faithful to god. Not so much an evangelist.