Scripture Memory – Introduction

Update: Official Scripture Memory page and posts coming soon I hope.  Sorry for the delay.  Working on it.  Have you selected your first verse?  Check back later!  Happy New Year!

One of the most important things you can do to strengthen your spiritual walk is to memorize God’s Word.  If you have done it before, I’m sure you can understand the impact it makes on your life.  If you haven’t, trust me, you should try it.  And here is a perfect opportunity.

Starting January 1, 2011, we’ll be memorizing two verses a month.  We will follow the format that Beth Moore uses for corporate Scripture Memory on her blog.  I’d like to think of this site as an auxilliary site to the LPM Scripture Memory Team.  We’ll be memorizing Scripture at the same pace, but we can be more flexible here because of the much smaller numbers.  We will have room to share more about the verses or have stronger encouragement and accountability.

I will create a Scripture Memory page on this site where you can keep up with all the latest news and it will have all necessary links.  Siestas who will be posting to the LPM site are welcome to also post here if you like.  And for those unfamiliar with the LPM site, you are absolutely welcome to post your verses there.

Here is the link to Beth’s blog post containing the basic instructions.  We will do the same type of thing, posting here on the 1st and 15th of each month.  If anyone has any questions, let me know.

Please join us!  Anyone is welcome, all are encouraged. 

I’ll post more information soon…

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5 Responses to Scripture Memory – Introduction

  1. Becky Roode says:

    So glad that you’re doing SSMT as well, Michele. And I think it’s great that we can come here and talk a bit more in-depth about our Scripture choices given the smaller community. I’m very excited and looking forward to January 1! 🙂

  2. Rebecca says:

    Michele,
    I have a question for you. My scripture verses to memorize will be on God’s love for us, but one of the siestas said that God was not human. Now people in the old testament talked to Him and Moses saw Him and I know He came in human form as a baby. But what does it mean that God is not human? Here is the quote “I hear you saying that the attitudes and behaviors of some of the menfolk in your life have colored how you perceive your God. Here’s an interesting thought – God isn’t a man. He isn’t even THE MAN, as some people call Him. Even tho’ He made us in His image, He’s not human. Not even close.”
    Can you help me figuire this out? Thanks for your time…Rebecca

    • Michele says:

      Wow, there is a lot in that question. I don’t know that I can help you figure it out completely, but here are my thoughts on what you brought up:

      Three big things to keep in mind-
      1. The essence of your question is that you are trying to understand God. He definitely wants us to seek him and desire to know him as much as we can. We need to remember though that if he was small enough for us to completely understand, he wouldn’t be big enough to be God.

      2. God made us in his image, we did not make God in our human image. We need to resist putting God in any box, because every box is too small for Almighty God. We also need to consider what the word “image” really means. It does not necessarily mean physical form or flesh. Just because he made us with earthly bodies does not mean that characteristic defines or confines God. “Image” might refer to our something else about us that is like God, maybe our ability to think or probably our ability to love.

      3. Our ability to understand God is limited in many ways such as:
      a. Our human thinking is finite, so we cannot fully understand an infinite God.
      b. We might know and understand God more than we can put into words. Human vocabulary simply does not contain words that can accurately describe God. We can only try to put it into words and concepts so we can try to grasp it.
      c. The Bible was written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Anytime you translate, you risk losing embedded/deeper meanings. That is why you see so many English translations, it is difficult to accurately convey the meanings of the original text.

      The people in the OT talked to God – This is an important concept in the OT. If you want to talk about a specific example, we can look at that. God communicated to people through dreams & visions, but when it describes a presence of God, it is usually an angel or a messenger of God. Some scholars use the term theophany, which means a physical representation of God, like an image of God, but it is not God himself.

      Moses saw God – Well, he really didn’t. He got a glimpse of part of God. Ex 3:6 says Moses covered himself because he was afraid to look at God. Ex 34:21-23 says God put Moses in a cleft in the rock and covered him with his “hand” until his “glory” went by, then Moses could see his “back.” Again, we can’t take those terms to mean God’s literal hand and back as if he was in a human body. Notice that text does not include Moses’ version of the experience after it happened.

      God came in human form as Jesus – Jesus was fully Divine, Holy, God and fully human at the same time. Don’t ask me exactly how, but he was. Many Scripture reference support this dual nature concept, and if you think about it, that is the only possibly way it could work. If Jesus was not perfect God, he would not have been an acceptable sacrifice to pay for our sins. Jesus said he was God and proved it by many miracles, so you can’t just believe some of his teachings but discard his claim of divinity. And if he was not fully human (docetism), he would not have actually died on the cross and been resurrected. If he did not die for our sins, we would still be lost. So while Jesus became Incarnate, he never stopped being God.

      You can see this concept in the temple curtain. In the OT, most Israelites could not get anywhere near the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence resided. Only the High Priest could go in that room once a year. The moment Jesus died, that curtain that separated the people from God’s presence was torn in two, from top to bottom, symbolizing that now all believers have full access to God.

      From that quote, I think what that Siesta was talking just about God, not referring to Jesus. From the first part, I take it that you have been hurt by human men, which makes it difficult to trust God, especially if it was a father or authoritative figure in your early life, because our ability to relate to God is primarly based on our relationships with earthly fathers. (If this is the case, I know EXACTLY how you feel. I was victimized as a child and it still significantly impacts my ability to know, love and trust God even today.)

      I think the important point that the Siesta was trying to tell you is that whoever hurt you was a fallible human, and God is not the same. God is loving, good, wise, holy, and perfect. He will never hurt us the way the humans in our lives have, or, thankfully, the ways we have treated others. God is so much bigger and better than any human. He cannot sin. He is trustworthy. We tend to judge God based on past experiences with humans, and that is not fair or right because God is not sinful like humans. Even when Jesus was human, he was still sinless, holy, perfect God.

      So yes, God became human in Jesus, but he is always divine, holy – separate – from all of us regular, sinful, corrupt humans. Does that help?

  3. Rebecca says:

    Yes it helps. I am too much a thinker on somethings and because I am wrestling with how God could love me, it started to bother me that someone says He is not human.
    Victimization in my growing years has made it difficult to know God and yet He was very clear to me at a young age.
    Thank you for taking the time to answer me. It’s been a year of wrestling and I would like to come to some sane satifaction that all is well with God and me. Listening to Beth on Life Today, says we think God is talking to the person beside us.
    Yes, Yes, Lord I am over here!!

    Again thanks Michele. I hope you are being comforted by God during your trials. Happy New Year!

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