Divine Refrigerator Rights

BFB211023 Child and RefrigeratorCasual relationships with people leave us unsatisfied because they have neither depth nor the capability of enduring hardship. What does that say about a casual relationship with our Creator?

Genesis 18:1-22:24; 2 Kings 4:1-37; Ezekiel 16:48-50; Luke 17:7-10; John 15:12-17

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Music: “Prayer for a Friend,” Mark Hall, Casting Crowns, The Altar and the Door, Reunion 2007.

Weekly Bible Reading for October 17-23: Vayera (And He Appeared)

This coming week, October 17-23 (11-17 Cheshvan 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion VaYera (And He Appeared).

17 Oct Genesis 18:1-14 Joshua 24:1-33 Matthew 10:1-23 Psalm 12:1-8
18 Oct Genesis 18:15-33 Judges 1:1-36 Matthew 10:24-42 Psalm 13:1-6
19 Oct Genesis 19:1-20 Judges 2:1-3:11 Matthew 11:1-19 Psalm 14:1-7
20 Oct Genesis 19:21-21:4 Judges 3:12-4:24 Matthew 11:20-12:8 Psalm 15:1-5
21 Oct Genesis 21:5-21 Judges 5:1-31 Matthew 12:9-37 Proverbs 3:1-8
22 Oct Genesis 21:22-34 Judges 6:1-7:8 Matthew 12:38-13:9 Proverbs 3:9-12
23 Oct Genesis 22:1-24 2 Kings 4:1-37 Matthew 13:10-35 Proverbs 3:13-18

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Weekly Bible Reading for November 1-7 2020: VaYera (And He Appeared)

This coming week, November 1-7 (14-20 Cheshvan), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

VaYera (And He Appeared)

01 Nov Genesis 18:1-14 Judges 6:1-7:8 Matthew 14:1-21 Proverbs 3:9-12
02 Nov Genesis 18:15-33 Judges 7:9-8:27 Matthew 14:22-36 Proverbs 3:13-18
03 Nov Genesis 19:1-20 Judges 8:28-9:41 Matthew 15:1-20 Proverbs 3:19-26
04 Nov Genesis 19:21-21:4 Judges 9:42-10:18 Matthew 15:21-39 Proverbs 3:27-35
05 Nov Genesis 21:5-21 Judges 10:1-11:40 Matthew 16:1-20 Psalm 16:1-11
06 Nov Genesis 21:22-34 Judges 12:1-13:25 Matthew 16:21-17:13 Psalm 17:1-15
07 Nov Genesis 22:1-24 2 Kings 4:1-37 Matthew 17:14-27 Psalm 18:1-19

Fox Byte 5775 #4: VaYera (And He Appeared)

וַיֵּרָא

During Operation Desert Storm, the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) executed the famous "Left Hook" around the Iraqi army positions defending that nation's border with Saudi Arabia.  (Peter G. Varisano, On Guard at Sunset, U.S. Army Center of Military History.)
During Operation Desert Storm, the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) executed the famous “Left Hook” around the Iraqi army positions defending that nation’s border with Saudi Arabia. (Peter G. Varisano, Victory Division Soldier On Guard at Sunset, U.S. Army Center of Military History.)

On a certain winter’s day early in my Army career a distinguished visitor stopped by our office.  This gentleman was Chief of Staff of 24th Infantry Division, the third highest ranking officer of the division and our senior supervisor.  His rank of colonel, his position as Chief of Staff, and his 30 years of service as a warrior of the United States conferred on him a high degree of honor and respect.  The occasion of his appearance in our office was his farewell visit to the staff.  Not only would he be leaving us, he would be retiring from the Army.  As usual with such events, we had received word ahead of time that the Chief would be in the area.  When he arrived we jumped to our feet, stood at attention, and waited patiently as he made his way around the room, shaking hands and speaking to every person.  Whether we had known the man long or not, all of us understood the protocol required to honor a person of his rank and position.

Except for one soldier.  For some reason it never occurred to her to stand up and come out from behind her desk when the colonel approached her.  She sat there and allowed him to reach over the desk to shake her hand, and then returned to her work when he walked away.  In all fairness, she was very young – not more than 19, and accustomed to the easy standards of her rural upbringing that regarded all people as social equals.  The rigid rank structure of the Army, with its pomp and circumstance, was yet foreign to her.  Nevertheless, her carefree demeanor and lack of respect for the colonel horrified me as the officer responsible for her conduct, and my warrant officer, the man who supervised our younger soldiers.  We knew that the fault lay not with this ignorant young soldier, but with us who should have taught her better.

The people of God should also be taught better about our attitudes toward the Creator Who breathed life into us.

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