Torah Study Blessing (Click to read)
Every Monday morning I have the absolute pleasure of studying Torah (we’re in the book of Leviticus right now) with a group of people – sitting in Starbucks; up to our elbows in sacrifices/offerings/dietary expectations…and I love every moment of it!
Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long. [Ps 119.97 – ESV]
I remember a time in my journey of faith where the scripture felt more like a necessary evil as opposed to a joy…the notion of reading my bible was right up there with going to the dentist. I’m not sure why I felt so much animosity towards the very Word of G_d but I have a feeling that it stems from the way that it was always presented to me in the church.
There were two primary ways in which the Text was presented: 1.) Archaic and outdated; too difficult to read and understand unless you were ‘trained.’ 2.) Rinse and Repeat.
This is such a shame – Scripture is beautiful. Meaningful. Fulfilling. Breath-taking. Delicious. Awe-Inspiring. Sacred. Enjoyable. Can’t-Get-Enough-Good-Reading.
I believe much of our problem is that we circumvent the story and instead dissect the words…missing the poetry by putting on our surgical mask – When we begin to hear and see the story of G_d’s pursuit of people as opposed to only trying to figure out the proper combinations of doctrines and dogma – we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of an unbelievable tale of adventure, love, and intrigue. And we are the main character – sharing the stage with the author Himself.
What has your experience been like? I pray that you’ll taste some of the adjectives above…I believe the best way to do that is by studying with a group of friends – there is no better way to experience the presence and enjoyment of the Word then meditating on it day and night with companions along the journey.
2 thoughts on “Today’s Blessing (4.10)”
So does this mean you’re coming to our Bible study Tuesday night? haha Seriously though, I agree with you about it being such a wonderful transcript of our history. Although one of my favorite things to do, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, is compare sections of scripture and try to make sense of something… Or ask questions that can only be answered with “I don’t know”. The fact that God is so much bigger than just our Bible is one of my favorite thoughts to ponder. We don’t need to know everything, and I love it that way!
I’d actually love to come to one of your studies sometime! You’ll have to let me know some future locations and I’ll see if I can swing by!