90 Days: The Home Stretch

Our children are starting to count down the number of days left until we finish up the Bible.  Doesn’t it feel good to see how far we’ve come and to know that we are almost there?  We are almost finished reading through the entire Bible.

Reading through the New Testament at this rate has me feel a bit like I’m trying to take a sip of water from a fire hose.  There is just so much information.  One thing that has struck me is the number of times that Jesus says and repeats that the things that He is speaking of have been hidden from that generation.  They do not understand that the Messiah is living in their midst.  They do not understand the nature of the kingdom of heaven.  Jesus says,

Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;
YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;
FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,
OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’

Their lack of understanding is obviously God’s will and purpose.   It certainly gives us a lot to think about.

Our family is caught up on our reading.  Several in our family used our two grace days last week, so we will be finishing up on March 31, unless we can make that up in the next week and a half.

Feel free to link up here if you posted about your progress this week.  Otherwise leave us a comment and let us know how you’re doing.  What has jumped out at you in your New Testament reading thus far?

1. Alice @ Blessed Mummy to 4 Precious Little Ones 2. Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads

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10 Responses to 90 Days: The Home Stretch
  1. Annie
    March 22, 2010 | 7:45 am

    Our family got a late start at the beginning of the year due to constant illness! so we are still in the Old Testiment.:o(

    How does your family handle reading the passages that talk explicitly about s*x, r*pe (Tamar), h*m*s*xuality, etc… I am somewhat struggling with this because our 8 year old doesn’t even know where babies come from yet. And quite honestly, he isn’t even interested! He knows babies are a blessing from the Lord but that’s pretty much the extent! That may seem a little strange but my husband and I have felt he is not ready for that information quite yet although we may explain it to him when our third is born this month.
    With that said, I feel I am not giving him a complete view of scripture by skipping over certain passages or omitting certain words when the are graphic. I had a difficult time reading how Noah’s sons saw him asleep and naked and how one covered him up. He didn’t understand why someone (Noah) would be sleeping with out p.j.’s when he had kids around. That’s the innocence I am dealing with.
    I appreciate your comments and don’t feel as though you have to respond quickly, I know you are a busy woman and I just wanted to ask that question of you and see how you handle these passages. We are also seeking the Lords will in this- that is why we may have to have a “talk” with him this month.
    Thank you again for your time! ☺

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Annie this is a great question. I’m just going to tell you how we do it. I’m not saying that this is the right way, it’s just how we have handled it.

    First of all most of our children do not have that information yet either. I certainly don’t think our 8 year old son is ready for it.

    How do we handle it? We just let them read it and if they have questions we answer according to their maturity. Surprisingly our children have not had as many questions as you would expect.

    Our theory is that God simply protects them from things over their head and when/if they do ask questions, very simple explanations suffice.

    Our goal is to give our children the information that they need when they need it.

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    Annie Reply:

    Thank you Kimberly- I agree with the way you and your husband do it.

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    Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads Reply:

    That’s how we handle it as well.

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  2. Alene
    March 22, 2010 | 9:45 am

    The main thing that has jumped out to me in my N.T. reading is…the fact that I’m not there yet!! About 3 more days. Still behind, but still reading. :-)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Just keep going! Thanks for letting me know how you are doing. You are at the top of my alphabetical prayer list. :)

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  3. Mandy
    March 22, 2010 | 10:05 am

    I am a little over a week behind, but still working hard to catch up! And I agree – moving through the NT this quickly is a bit overwhelming! But it feels so great to be working my way through the Word of God! :)

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  4. Alice
    March 22, 2010 | 8:00 pm

    Also behind here! I linked above to my post about my progress!

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  5. Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads
    March 23, 2010 | 1:06 am

    I was way behind, but now I’m almost caught up. I should, Lord willing, be able to finish on time.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’m also hoping to catch up on my “grace” days and finish on Monday. Most of the children have already done that. Doing this with kids has been a great accountability tool.

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