Project 3:16

Project 3:16 – Isaiah

Joy is not the only thing that has returned, so has Project 3:16.

We are skipping Song of Solomon (ESV) / Song of Songs (NIV) as verse 15 is the end of chapter three. Now onward to Isaiah, the first of the Prophetic Books.

Major Prophets

The major prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekial could envision or see things normal people could not see. This reminds me of life today. There are those of us who see trouble in the here and now (high food and gas prices) but also based on the here and now, we can see potential challenges are on the horizon (food and gas shortages).

Isaiah’s Theme

Isaiah “reveals the full dimensions of God’s judgment and salvation.”, according to the NIV Introduction. The God who punishes but then redeems His people, Israel.

Israel is a nation blind and deaf. (6:9-10; 42:7)

NIV Introduction – 1985 version

An excellent example of God using Isaiah is verses 3:16 and 3:17

The Lord says,
    “The women of Zion are haughty,
walking along with outstretched necks,
    flirting with their eyes,
strutting along with swaying hips,
    with ornaments jingling on their ankles.

Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion;

    the Lord will make their scalps bald.”

Isaiah 3:16 – 17

God saw how the women were strutting their stuff and decided enough was enough. He used Isaiah to tell them of their sin and the consequences they would face. It was not just the daughters of Zion’s sins that got called out. Isaiah spends the first 5 chapters calling out all of Israel’s sins. That’s a lot of sin.

Will our country repent and ask forgiveness for there is no difference between the United States and the Israel Isaiah called out.

Imagine how much joy we would all experience if we repented and asked for forgiveness.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. Michele is the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Weekend Wisdom

Project 3:16 – Judges

In our journey through the 3:16 verses of the Bible, we have arrived at Judges. A book I do not recommend you read before bedtime due to the chance of nightmares. Unless you like gore.

Introduction

The ESV introduction states:

The theme of Judges is the downward spiral of Israel’s national and spiritual life into chaos and apostasy, showing the need for a godly king to lead it. (17:16; 21:25).

Introduction to Judges (ESV)

Per Merriam Webster, apostasy means

an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize a religious faith.”

A Google search defines the word as meaning

the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief.

The way I see it, we are definitely in a time of apostasy both politically and religiously in this country. But that is a topic for another time.

Chapter 3

By chapter 3, Joshua has died. God starts raising up judges who save the grumbling Israelites from people who have conquered them. Once saved, they go back to refusing to obey God, which gets them into trouble again. While the judges can physically get them out of trouble. They can not keep the Israelites on the straight and narrow path.

The Israelites live among various tribes, intermarry, and worship their wives’ gods and not the God of Abraham.

Verses 12 – 30 tell the story of a judge named Ehud. A judge God raised up to deliver His people from Moab. Ehud was the son of Gera, the Benjaminite and he was a left-handed man. Ehud being left-handed was an important factor in deflating King Eglon of Moab who was fat (verse 17).

16 And Ehud made for himself a sword with two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his clothes.

Judges 3:16 (ESV)

Per Google, a cubit is about 18 inches in length but there were long cubits that were 21 inches in length.

Obviously, Ehud used the sword to kill King Eglon delivering the Israelites from Moab and securing peace for 80 years.

I will let you look up chapter 3 verses 12-30 and read the details of the murder.

Isn’t this journey through the 3:16 verse of the Bible interesting?

Next week’s book is Ruth which will not be gory.

My Prayer

As always, may Project 3:16 increase your desire to dig deeper into God’s word. May God use the Bible to move you through grief and encourage you to build a new life.

Have a joy-filled day.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Project 3:16

Project 3:16 – Exodus

Frozen Bush 2013

Today we continue on our journey through the 3:16 verses in every book of the Bible that has 3 chapters.

Sometimes the 3:16’s will not make sense on their own but need help from surrounding verses. Today’s could stand on it’s own but I decided that including God’s promise in 3:17 would be helpful.

Today’s verse comes from Exodus. Chapter 3 is about Moses and the Burning Bush. (link for Biblegateway.com) These words were some of what God spoke to Moses.

16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt.

Exodus 3:16 (NIV)

But wait, look what else I AM said to Moses.

17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’

Exodus 3:17 (NIV)

God saw how the Israelites were suffering and promised them a better life in a land chosen for them.

He sees your suffering and will make an exodus for your as well.

Frozen Bush 2 2013

Sorry but I have no pictures of burning bushes, only frozen bushes outside my house. Thank you God for no actual burning bushes at my house.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.