Wednesday, May 6, 2009

WoG Wednesday!

Today is the last day of my CBS Bible Study.

{eta: Here is a shot of most of our core group from today's meeting...}

We studied Genesis, a book I never really thought too much of--I knew the big stories--what more could there be in it? Oh let me tell you--SO MUCH! What a great book of the Bible to really dig into.

I encourage you to find a study, or even just a book, that goes through Genesis in detail. What you find will change your life, challenge you, and relate to you.

Today is also the first dedicated post to Word of God (WoG) Wednesday. While i would love to highlight a passage from Genesis (it would be only fitting!) my heart is in another place. A gal I don't know in person but only through her blog is an amazing light in our city. She exemplifies this passage below and her heart is breaking for the hungry and oppressed. Please read about her passion and then chew over what these challenging verses are really asking us, as Christians, to do.

Isaiah 58:5-12

5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed
and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD ?

6 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness [a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

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Becca said...

Girl what an encouraging blessing you are :-) I am praying for you as God leads you in this direction!