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Week three

Historical & Cultural Contexts of Literature

The Bible is full of history, but it is also a part of history. It shows us what has taken place historically and culturally at the time the stories were recorded. As we read God’s Word, we see that the development of mankind, civilization, and kingdoms through the centuries bleed onto its pages. This week, in our videos and devotional readings, we take a closer look at the culture and history of the Bible, so that we can more accurately interpret and apply it to our lives!

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Marilyn Hill

Wooo this week so far has pulled on my heartstrings. From the passage out of the book of Daniel not Boeing to the King’s requirements but staying set apart unto his God’s standards and watching God favor them. He made me think of Numbers 6:24-26 May the lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.
While reading the book of Luke 7:36-
I’m reminded of his love, grace, kindness that he has poured out to make and my response to him is like hers, I love sitting in his presence and adoring him and poring out my love on him. 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 Loved by him. He is my beloved and I am his!!!❤️❤️❤️

April C

April Carter
What makes the Bible so unique?
Its a unified story that can be verified by history
How does it differ from different generes (ie. Movies, Books, Poetry)?
Its life changing and transformational that’s one of the differences among many
Share a moment of personal revelation you had while reading the Scriptures. 
A personal revelation moment that will forever stand out to me is reading Genesis and the story of Adam and Eve and how God created Eve then presented her to the man it was revelatory in the way that it opened to my eyes that Eve spent time alone with God being made whole before she was presented to man. It really focused my walk as a single woman to spend quality time with God being made whole before even thinking about a man, in short.

Detra German

Yes April! That part: “my walk as a single woman to spend quality time with God being made whole before even thinking about a man”. There are so many who have not grasped this concept yet.

100% Agree

Last edited 11 months ago by Detra German
Rosalind Greer

What makes the Bible so unique? How does it differ from different generes (ie. Movies, Books, Poetry)? Share a moment of personal revelation you had while reading the Scriptures

The Bible is unique to me because it’s the breath of God, written by the Holy Spirit through Hood writers exactly where I’m from, from Genesis to Revelation. It’s different generes is like being in a play each act goes into a different era, I drink it in, so intoxicating. I’m inside this story in each book some kind of way. I’m still having my personal revelation of Him changing me has grow in Him moment by moment.

Naomi McGraw

What is so unique about this woman and her interaction with God? What comes to mind when you read this passage? One thing that caught my attention was that she not only recognized who Jesus was, but also gave him what she had physically and internally as well (her heart)!! She also showed true sacrifice all while being in the house of a disciple. Even though Simon didn’t see her intention and heart, Jesus did by showing him how she did it and how he (Simon) didn’t.

As stated in Luke 7:44-47, “Do you see the woman? I came into your house [but you failed to extend to me the usual courtesies shown to a guest;] you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair [demonstrating her love]. You gave me no [welcoming] kiss, but from the moment I came in, she has not ceased to kiss My feet. You did not [even] anoint My head with [costly and rare] perfume. Therefore, I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she showed much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” (AMP 2015, Zondervan)

Detra German

Tuesday:

Question: Read Luke 7:36-50. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. What is so unique about this woman and her interaction with God as context? What comes to mind for you when you read this passage?

Response: This woman faced the dirty looks and rejection of the Pharisees and others at the dinner. Her worship was at the cost of an expensive vial of perfume. She had humility to wash Jesus feet. We can only imagine the dirty looks she got. But her willingness and hunger to worship Jesus outweighed any fear she had of the guests in attendance at the dinner. As I reviewed this passage, I began to think of how all can be received, forgiven and saved. Forgiveness is available 24-7 and we should all behave just as this woman did.  

April C

April Carter 10/21/20
Read Daniel 1 Questions: What were the cultural requirements of worship and reverence during this time according to the reading? Daniel showed how the people of God were to live even in captivity, foreign land, amongst foreign people and religion it also demonstrated what it meant to be faithful to the rule of God above all others. Really inspiring in this day and time to live for the kingdom of God not the kingdom of this world no matter the cost, very brave.

What did Daniel and his friends say that they would do?
Do…? Daniel stated that he would not defile himself with the kings food or with the wine he drank.

KaMyka Glenn

Wk 3 Devotion
Day 1: What were the cultural requirements of worship and reverence during this time according to the reading? What did Daniel and his friends say that they would do?

  • To eat certain foods and drinks (diet of vegetables and water)
  • Determine not to defile themselves by eating the unacceptable food brought/ ordered by the king. Asked that the attendant test them for 10 days eating only vegetables and water and see how they looked compared to the others. They looked more nourished and healthier than the others so after that the attendant agreed to allow them to eat just vegetables and water.

Day 2: All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. What is so unique about this woman and her interaction with God as context? What comes to mind for you when you read this passage?

  • Even though she had sinned she came with a humble heart in a posture of repentance.She brought her alabaster box filled with expensive perfume as an offering and kneeled before God in reverence to him. Her tears washed his feet and she wiped them with her hair. She continuously kissed his feet and applied the perfume to them.
  • God sees our posture and heart!

Day 3: The Jews had very distinctive feelings about Samaritans. Go a little deeper and discover what the reason was for the differences Historically?

  • What I found is that it goes as far back as Jacob (Israel) and his 12 sons with the 12 tribes and Joseph being his favorite, so his brothers tried to do away with him. Also, during the rebuilding of Jerusalem the samaritans opposed the repatriation and tried to undermine the attempt to reestablish the nation. The full blooded Jews detested the mixed marriages and worship so the tension, barriers, and bitterness rose on both sides.

Day 4: What is the meaning of this miracle? What were the traditions of this time? What would it have meant for the wedding to run out of wine?

  • By turning water into wine his glory was revealed. The first supernatural demonstration had taken place and showed exactly who he was was seen where others including those close to him would believe in him.
  • It was custom to host extravagant feasts for hosts. To run out of wine would have been humiliating for the bride and groom. During those times they brought out the best wine first then the cheaper wine later once the guest wouldn’t notice the difference.
  • Wine shortage was a symbol of spiritual dryness at Judaism at the time of Jesus. Wine was a common symbol of God’s bounty and spiritual joy.

Day 5: Who was the Author of the book of Acts and where did he write this book from? What’s unique of the Grecian culture of the time?

  • Luke is the author of Acts and it was written in Rome
KaMyka Glenn

What makes the Bible so unique?

  • The ability to share insight, check the heart of man, and bring you to a place of conviction all at the same time.

How does it differ from different generes (ie. Movies, Books, Poetry)?

  • It meets you where you are and gives direction and/ or insight to a better way of life.

Share a moment of personal revelation you had while reading the Scriptures. 

  • One revelation is that God’s first miracle was a huge demonstration of who he is and what was/ is to come.
  • Another reminder is that what God set aside for you or ordained for you it is for you. He will give you favor in the midst of it all, if we trust him, trust the process (no matter what it looks like), and stay obedient to what he has given you.
  • One real moment that I had was the studying part of the Bible… like really finding the background and historical information (along with other stuff) is a long process.

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