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Day 190 (July 9): Proclaim God, His creation, and the wonders He has done, Israel in Egypt review, Israelites strayed from God despite His guidance and aid

God cleared the Red Sea for the Israelites to flee Egypt. After they passed, God released the waters, drowning all the Egyptian soldiers, horses and chariots.
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Welcome to Livin’ Light’s Bible-In-A-Year challenge of discovering God’s love for us and His purpose for our lives. Here is the format for this great adventure: The daily reading assignment is posted at 5 a.m. After each day’s reading, Leigh An Coplin, the blog host, shares observations and poses questions about difficult passages to Rob Fields, who studied Christian Education at Asbury Seminary and currently teaches Biology in the Orlando area. To start from the beginning, click on 365 Bible Readings and scroll down to Day 1. The reading schedule is taken from The One Year Chronological Bible NLT. 

Today’s Reading
Psalms 105-106
(979 BC) Click here for a timeline of the entire Bible.

Questions & Observations

O. (Psalm 105:1-4): I love the beginning of this Psalm.  This was written for the Israelites, but I think we could apply the first two verses to our lives, but more of as a collective charge.  We have talked way back to where we should use discretion when proclaiming God.  If you shout out today how wondrous God is, chances are you’ll get some weird looks. But, if you testify in the right place at the right time, it can work.  Or, if this could be more a collective charge where this first two verses are addressing Christians as a whole to have God on our mind, act godly and proclaim Him whenever possible, we can apply it to today.  Verses 3 and 4 are right on!  The more I search for God and request His thoughts, the easier my life is.

O. (105:8-45): The rest of this Psalm is about how God never faltered on His covenant with Abraham.  Despite all the anger and humiliation God had to endure, He still put up with them.  He kept the covenant.

Q. (106): This Psalm takes us, and the original authors of this passage, way back through lots of generations — 700 or so years worth.  But, they tell it like it just happened yesterday.  And now, we are reading it 2700 years later (I think my estimations are correct).  It’s just amazing how God and the Bible have lasted through all of these years!  Just an off-the-wall curious question: I would assume that the Bible is the oldest book of any religion.  Any idea how far other religions date back?

A. When it comes to monotheism, you would be correct, the OT is the “oldest” major religious text.  But there’s a reason: both of the other major monotheistic religions both spring from Judaism — Christianity (circa 30 AD) and Islam (622 AD).  But the oldest still practiced religion is Hinduism, which is a polytheistic (many gods) and pantheistic (everything is god) religion, the primary faith of the Indian sub-continent.  Though there is no official “founder” for Hinduism as Judaism associates with Abraham, an ancient form of the religion in the Indus river valley can be basically traced back nearly 5000 years (to circa 3000 BC), so it gets the title of “oldest still practiced religion.”  Among their sacred texts are what are called the Four Vedas (truths), and though it is generally accepted that their final composition/editing occurred around 600 BC, they are much older than that, and probably date to an older period than the OT.

Now you can make the argument that forms of spirit worship, the worship of nature, and other such forms of what we would call “paganism” can go back many more thousands of years to primitive mankind even tens of thousands of years ago, but there is no “direct” line from these religious positions to a modern form.

Major Monotheistic Religions
Judaism: circa 2000 BC
Zoroastrianism: circa 600 BC
Christianity: circa 30 AD
Islam: 622 AD
Sikhism: 1469 AD
Mormonism: 1820s AD
Baha’i: 1844 AD

Major Polytheistic Religions
Hinduism: circa 3000 BC
For further reading: All about Hinduism, https://www.history.com/topics/religion/hinduism
Shintoism: 800 AD

Major Agnostic Religions/Philosophies
Jainism: circa 900 BC
Buddhism: circa 500 BC
Daoism: also spelled Taoism, 400 BC
Confucianism: circa 400 BC

For further reading: an interesting article on a defender of Christianity being the oldest religion, (I don’t know who this blogger is, but He is definitely a believer and is resourceful) https://iamtymaximus.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/why-should-i-believe-christianity-when-hinduism-is-the-worlds-oldest-religion/

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Tomorrow’s reading
— Psalm 107
— Psalms 111-114

 

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