10 Sabbaths: Days 59-83

More Than 70. Day 59.

While I don’t type on a typewriter and I don’t screen print or custom print titles with ink on the top of pages…..

This is a rendition of how I feel about the writing process as if I did those things.

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This is a picture of what it would look like if I fell asleep, face and arms down on a page that I had typed…ink smeared.

 

Progress is slow, but I plan to spend a considerable amount of time writing over the next two or three weeks.


Jesus Before Jesus of Nazareth. Day 62.

In a culture that was waiting to see God’s right hand…

…waiting for that moment when the invisible would finally breakthrough and prove Himself…they were waiting and frustrated.

Jesus claimed that back when they were waiting in the wilderness and received bread from heaven…

when they finally saw something that was tangible for their faith, that was Him!

If He was in the wilderness in the form of bread from heaven…

Jesus existed before the baby was born in Bethlehem.

Jesus existed and has always been, before needing to be trained to be a Rabbi. He has always been the bread.

When the Israelites picked it up and said “What is it?” (Which is what “Mann” means)…. It was Jesus.

Jesus is: the visible, tangible evidence that God is active in your life….

The right hand that shows the visibility of God’s invisibleness is the Son of God. That’s Messiah.

He is not a created being.

Everything that has ever been made has been made through Him (John 1).

As it turns out, the whole time we were waiting on Him, everything that was made was made through Him.

The invisible One reveals His visibleness through the visible aspect of His invisibility.

That is Messiah.

He is demonstrating that which can seemingly not be demonstrated.

I won’t complete this initial draft of a book by March 11. But I’m still working hard.

I got sick yet again. Flu this time. I knocked me down for about 3 days. I still don’t quite feel 100%. But I’m going.

And our youngest got another ear infection.

I’m going to give myself a few week add on. The new date is March 30. It’s a Monday.


Unnecessary Compartmentalization. Day 64.

Why all the compartmentalizing?

 

How could anything be given to God? How could anything be held back from God?

 

Everything was made by Him.

Everything was made for Him.

Everything was made through Him.

 

It’s silly to think that anything that you have or anything that you are isn’t already fully His.

It’s silly to categorize your things into yours or His.

 

(John 1)


What is the Product? Day 67.

I’m afraid that the American Christian has somehow been reduced to convincing someone to believe what is believed to be the gospel.

And there is no product there.

I’m afraid that not only do most not know what the product is, but people have actually been trained to pretend to be friends with people, and then try to sell them something….without even knowing what that something is.

How ridiculous is that? To not even know what the gospel is, and then befriend someone for the sole reason of convincing them to believe in that gospel.

What are we doing?

Did the story end?

In the book of Ephesians, we see that work of Jesus removed the dividing wall in the Temple courts. Previously, Jews and Gentiles were not in the same area of the Temple. Jews considered Gentiles to be dirty. They didn’t touch them. They didn’t approach them. They didn’t speak to them. Some wouldn’t even touch the shadow of the Gentiles.

Jesus’ death removed that barrier. And now there is one new man in Christ. No more dividing barrier between Jew and Gentile.

We aren’t selling an empty product. We aren’t selling anything.

This isn’t about convincing people to agree with you.

 

This is about people being reconciled to God.

This is about people being reconciled to one another.

 

He didn’t come just for you to get your golden ticket to heaven and sell golden tickets to heaven to others.  He came to bring reconciliation where there is division.


Mapping. Day 68.

Since I won’t quite finish my original goal by Day 70, I went away for a little while to get some isolated time of study.

I am mapping out Sunday teachings over the next several months. Namely,

a walk through 1 Peter….

followed by a fresh look at The Lord’s Prayer…

and then possibly followed by Idioms of Jesus.

I am also attempting to put a little bit of structure to the book.

Writing has most certainly proven to be daunting.

I’m really been attempting to be honest with myself and my friends about this writing endeavor. It’s hard.

I have plenty of people in my life that encourage me in the role of teacher. Many having suggested that I will be a good writer.

I certainly have burning ideas. I have a community of love around me.

But writing is hard.

I don’t mean that I don’t like it. I actually love it.

The hard part, for me, is mostly related to the lack of knowledge concerning the quality of the writing that I’ve been doing.

What if I’m not good at this? What if the way that my brain works doesn’t translate to “ink” well?

But, I type on. I will not let these fears win.

I am writing. 

I believe, through my loved ones around me, that this is worth it.

I love you.


Where or Who? Day 69.

The word ‘Everlasting‘ is based on starting now and going forward.

The word ‘Eternal‘ is based on there not being a beginning and there never having an end.

The narrative of the Bible, and the cultural understanding of life with God was one based on the eternal much more so than the everlasting.

God is an eternal God. To speak of life in and with an eternal God…this is not a life that starts now and leads to going somewhere else later.

To act and speak and partner with a God who always has been and alway will be. This is eternal.

It’s not just about where you are going later. It’s about who you are.

 


This would have been the final day... it is not. Day 70. 

This was supposed to be the last day of my little expedition.

Multiple family sicknesses have given me the ‘get out of jail free card,’ and thus I am giving myself permission for this to be delayed a couple of weeks.

I was trying to exercise every day for 70 days, excluding the Sabbath each week.I did not.

I have, however, exercised a vast majority of the days. Almost 6 days a week.

A considerable amount more than I have in years.

It feels good.

I was trying to read through the entirety of the Bible during these 70 days. I did not.

I have, however, read a considerable amount. It has been beautiful, reading a fresh translation to look with fresh eyes.

I purposefully haven’t been reading with pen in hand. No notebook. No highlighter. I have very deliberately read with a posture of receiving, and not one of teaching preparation. That said, my soul has received so much newness from old stories, that this will most certainly influence future teachings.

I was trying to have an initial draft of a book by the end of these 70 days. I do not.

I have, however, written….a lot. Way more than I ever have before.

There are so many little side notes like “[RESEARCH MORE]” and “[DEVELOP MORE]” and “[WHICH BOOK DID I READ THIS IN?]” throughout my typing as of late. Instead of pausing and potentially losing momentum, I type on. I type and type and type…thoughts.

I read through notes from old teaching preparations. I attempt to word things in ways that might make sense in written form that were originally intended for the spoken word.

My updated date: March 31. It’s a Tuesday. It give me a few weeks more to get this initial draft. It gives me a few more weeks to read the fresh ancient words.

(Exercise continues, simply because I want to.)

More reading to do. Quite a bit, actually. But it’s so good.

More writing to do. More organizing, actually. But it’s so exciting.

I am hoping to produce something that will benefit people who are interested in a simplified understanding of the narrative of the entire Bible.

More to come.


What is The Whole Thing? Day 83.

I seem to have typed out an initial…..something. To call it a draft isn’t accurate. To call it a draft is overstating what it is. It’s a bunch of stuff that needs to be developed.

It’s formless and void. Darkness seems to be over the surface of the deep of this draft.

But I am hoping that the Spirit is hovering over it.

And I am hoping that He will speak light into it.

There are so many notes like [DEVELOP MORE] and [FIND REFERENCE] and stuff like that.

I am going to post an initial draft of a Table of Contents by the end of the week {and would love some feedback}.

I still have so many references to find…so much rearranging…so much more to do. I’m sure I have even more to do than I realize. But I’m doing it.

I have a question for you.

What is the point of the Bible?

What is the whole thing about?