Sunday, July 18, 2010

NIPTO, Day 161

Estoy cansada. aka: I'm tired.
And it's way late... again. I think I'm going to have to go to bed at like, 8 o'clock tomorrow night! haha.

Today was good. We had church. Paige came with us and that was awesome. It seemed like she liked it. Annnnd we got Donotos for lunch thanks to Pastor Mike! (The 'rents talked about LT with M&M&Mrs.M while Hannah and I talked about LT separately)
Then we came home... and I don't remember what I did... =P
I drove to the Kline's house for Encounter tonight. And I got to see a bunch of people and it was fun. We watched a Rob Bell Nooma video and talked and ate and prayed and played Apples to Apples and Ninja together. Then we prayed some more for specific things. And then we went downstairs to the basement and played arcade games (pinball and arcade-style pacman!). And Erin&Mr. Kline&BK played bumper-pool. And I stood back and laughed at their competitiveness.

It was a good time. Erin dropped me off at home. I talked to Anna-Jam about LT some... we're planning an extensive Skype evening in the near future :)

Now it's time for NIPTOooo
Acts 7:1-10
 1Then the high priest asked him, "Are these charges true?"
 2To this he replied: "Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran. 3'Leave your country and your people,' God said, 'and go to the land I will show you.'

I'm pretty sure he's setting them up at this point... =P
The guy in charge asked him if the people who gave the false witnesses were telling the truth. Stephen doesn't spit out a straight answer. He gives them a story. A story about Abraham. And how God called him out of Mesopotamia.

 4"So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living. 5He gave him no inheritance here, not even a foot of ground. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land, even though at that time Abraham had no child. 6God spoke to him in this way: 'Your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years.7But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,' God said, 'and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place.' 8Then he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his birth. Later Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs.

I know, I know. Big chunk, Abby. You're being lazy. ;)
Alrighty. Sooooo... Abraham leaves Mesopotamia. And he goes to Haran. And then his dad dies. And God sent him to... the Israel area? Wherever they were. Here's the thing: Even though God called them to go there and they obeyed (for the most part) God didn't give them a foot of the land as an inheritance. But God promised Abraham that his descendants would occupy the land. Another kicker: Abraham didn't have any kids. 
But God told him anyways. He told them that his kids would be strangers in a strange country. That they would be mistreated as slaves and servants. But after they get through that, they're going to come through that and come out of that country and they are going to worship God
Then God gave some rules&Stuff to Abraham and Abraham and Sarah had Isaac. Crazy. These people were old. But they still had a kid! And he was Isaac, and Isaac was the father of Jacob, Jacob was father of the "twelve patriarchs"... whatever that means.

 9"Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him 10and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt; so he made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.
Oh the 12 patriarchs were his brothers who sold him into slavery in Egypt. But God went with him into Egypt and Joseph had no problems getting through things. God gave Joseph wisdom (is this where wisdom teeth come from?! =P)
Even what the 12 brothers intended for evil, God worked out for good. And that's an encouraging note to end on... 

seeing as I'm laying in my bed with my eyes half closed, typing away =P
But seriously.



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