Today marks the kick-off of Women’s Bible Fellowship that gathers at my meeting place for worship. We’re studying the book of Luke: a book being studied by many other faith gatherings at the moment. Sounds silly to say: there’s only so many things worship gatherings can study, but I can list four or five podcasts I listen to that are sinking into the book of Luke at the moment. Interesting …
When the WBF Steering Team met to decide the topic for this fall study, I felt inclined to speak up about being in the words of Christ: why study *about* when we can study *the* words of Christ? My mama has been leading some inductive studies and mentioned one by Kay Arthur that could work. Today our study was introduced thusly: “Aj’s mom leads an inductive Bible study, and Aj brought these materials thinking they would be good for us to us this semester.” Which in tired hormonal mama speak is interpreted as, “So if you hate this study, you’ll know who to blame.” 🙂 I know that wasn’t the speaker’s intention, but we’re leaving the Beth.Moore.Train which has been running consistently at some point each year (and probably will return in the spring – never fear).
People have very strong feelings about Beth, and likewise Kay. I wish we could see the materials simply as a tool with which to connect with Christ rather than something to consume to meet our preferences. Not all things will resonate with everyone, but I can’t imagine that if I enter with a right spirit that God won’t have *some* sort of Word for me – perhaps even to simply spend the time interceding for the other women.
I was reading the story of Joseph and came to the point when Jacob was giving his blessing to his sons. Instead of Joseph being blessed, Joseph’s kids were. Kids that came from the wife given to him by Pharoah. A wife that was the daughter of the Egyptian high priest (I think). I believe ancestry “stuff” runs through the mamas in the Hebrew culture, meaning Joseph’s kids weren’t Hebrew. But perhaps by Jacob blessing them, he was in a sense adopting them. Similar to Ruth and Naomi: Ruth and Boaz’s first born son was known as Naomi’s. I always thought that was just to appease a sad, strong-willed, widowed mother-in-law. But since he’s in the line of Christ, he’d need to be “Hebrew” which he would be in Naomi was his “mom”. Interesting ….
On Sunday I plan on helping my friend talk with high schoolers about immigration issues. I think the high schoolers will know much more than I ….