For Month 4, question 13, Let’s rephrase the part of the question about the heart of Moses. Let’s notice that God asked Moses to write this song in chapter 31, verses 19-21 and that this song, written by Moses, was to be a testimony against Israel when they would later encounter evils and troubles because of faithlessness and rebellion. Moses was called on to write this even as Moses knew his life was ending in a way that was utterly disappointing, personally, for himself. This song was among the last of the words of God given to the people of Israel through Moses. We know, also from chapter 34, verse 7 that Moses was not weak and sickly when he died. He COULD have lived on to see the promised land, had he not failed to sanctify God at the waters of Meribah (32:51) when the children of Israel clearly had provoked Moses by their rebellion (Numbers 20:10). Now look at Deuteronomy 32: 1-19. Notice that Moses, in these first 19 verses, is talking through inspiration ABOUT God and his disappointment with a rebellious people. (God doesn’t start speaking, in the song, until verse 20.) With all of this in mind, look at chapter 31:24-30 and describe what was in the heart of Moses as he got ready to die. As we describe his heart, let’s be painfully aware that rebellion, on the part of the people was the burden Moses was carrying to his grave. It was the factor that had tempted him to sin at Meribah. It was behind the sin that kept him from entering Canaan. Let’s also be thankfully aware that he was going to a place where all frustration and provocation by a rebellious people was gloriously absent. When we meet Moses next on the mount of transfiguration in Matthew 17, he was talking to the One who is victorious over all enemies who would rebel (Acts 2: 32-36). Finally, notice the words of another song– the joint song of Moses and this victorious Lamb in Revelation 15:3,4. Putting all of these passages together, in your own words, describe how you believe Moses was feeling as he penned the song in Deuteronomy 32. This is a thought question and all of our answers will be different, but we surely get a flavor of his frustration from the words of the song that are contained in verses 16-19 of Deuteronomy 32.
Digging Deep in God’s Word
Much is happening and very fast this week at The Colley House. It’s just two days till the official beginning of “Authority”, the study that’s been wrapped around my mind since last March. I hope that it is as helpful to your walk with Him as it has already been to mine. I just have a new and keener awareness of the importance of resting under His authority. It is very comforting to know I can say and teach counter-cultural things without fear IF there is His Word on the matter, or even if there is a necessary application of His Word that pairs with a sense of smallness and submission to Him. The study has already made me think a lot about why we would ever want to try and see “what we can get by with”—in worship, morality, marriage, etc…instead of just saying “How can I rest in the assurance that I know I am doing His Will?” For me, it has already tweaked my thinking, giving me assurance that I can know and do His will, IF I am humble before it. Therein lies the challenge, of course. I am praying that the study gives us spiritual muscle for that challenge. Isn’t it “funny” that we need spiritual muscle to submit? It seems like submitting would just be resting and letting Him take control. But, as you know, submission is harder than resistance when we live in this fallen world. (The details are here: https://thecolleyhouse.org.)
TEMPORARY is the watchword when we think about this old world. So let’s dig into the Word. Let’s dig all the way to the unbroken, not-fallen, ever-standing, world around the eternal throne! I hope lots of you are with me on the Authority study. But it’s okay if you’re not…as long as you are in the Word.
Exciting times at Caleb and Bekah Colley’s house, too. I know you have been watching our new Maggie grow. After all, what else would you be doing when somebody that beautiful is rolling through your news feed? But my amazing daughter-in-law birthed a baby and a book in the same week (and my son delivered both!) Her chat rooms for your teen girls are just about to begin and you can find all the information about that here: http://rebekahcolley.com. The book is “Tracing Him” and it does a good job of just that—all through the eras of time. It’s strength for the spirit of any woman of any age, but your teen girls are going to love the online interaction and activities. Young souls will be growing toward heaven and getting ready for their own parenthood and positive kingdom influence.
Last, but maybe most exciting, is what I’m hearing about everywhere I go. (Okay, I go to worship a lot!) Guys are getting excited about the men’s brand new, first-time Digging Deep study: “The Gospel from Ground Zero.” Caleb is its editor, God is its author, and I have never seen so many busy men wanting to take time to grow in the Word. Watch for details THIS weekend here: http://www.calebcolley.com. Praying for whatever His will is for this small DD seed that Caleb and brethren are planting as this study begins.
It’s a bustling time. My kitchen looks like a postal scene from “Miracle on 24th Street” or that one scene in “The Santa Clause”. The lady at our little Ryland post office, Mindy Falzone, is undaunted as Glenn backs up the SUV to her door to unload. She’s the best.
God is REALLY the best. I’m so glad we get to do fun things like DD to be a little tiny part of growth in His body on this earth. One day we will be through digging for answers—about Abraham or David or Paul or Peter— and we’ll just ask around for the answers. Around the throne.
On Tuesday, August 21st, from Polishing the Pulpit, we will kick off our 8th yearly Digging Deep Women’s Bible study. We are excited that we expect, by that date, to have upwards of 6000 women in our Facebook group. We know, of course, that not all of those women are studying along, but indications are that a healthy percentage of them are plugged in. What an encouragement comes from groups which are meeting to study all over this country and in several other parts of the world! We have many who tune in for the live monthly video podcasts and others who prefer the shorter weekly audio podcasts we call “Dig-A-Bit.” Some women download the free study while others prefer the notebook. We are excited to be preparing that spiral bound study guide again this year. The topic for 2018-2019 will be reserved for the kick-off day, but you can join us on that day for the live podcast as we begin a new study. It’s a great time to jump in. We have three more months of our study on “Great Escapes”. This month (June) is a study of the one escape that was not in the plan. Our Lord could have escaped from the shame and pain of Calvary, but He chose to stay on that cross before that mocking crowd. You can still download that study here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/282349391779769/ You’ll be richer if you give the study a go, even if just for one month. Make this month your trial month and you will appreciate Calvary more by the end of June.
Below is a tiny preview of one little part of next year’s study. We’d love to have you become part of Digging Deep. You don’t have to be a part of this group to go to heaven. But you have to be in the Word. It’s the roadmap, of course.
This snippet is part of one of the monthly intros for next year. Following the introduction, we delve into the Word, following an outlined plan, searching for key phrases, examining meaning, and taking life lessons for ourselves and our families. I hope you’ll think about joining us. You can be part of a local group if there’s one in your area. But hundreds of women study along with us all by themselves, having no others in their area who are involved. Here’s the sneak peek:
Perhaps the sexual revolution of the 1960s was the result of a national pride before God…an attitude that acknowledged our “own” achievements in fields of science and technology, our recent victories in world wars and our place of dignity as a world power. I know that this oversimplification doesn’t explain fully something so complicated as a moral revolution, but, the middle of the 20th century found school children being told, even in schools where God’s existence was still not yet being denied, that “You can do anything you want to do and you can do it your way.” We were told that each individual decides what is right and wrong for his/her life. We were told that human achievement was in an evolving state…and that we should question the time-honored values that our grandmothers had taught us. We were told, especially, that successful women of the future would not be interested in being at home with their children. “There are far more interesting things to do with your life and there are far more important contributions you can make to society than those your grandmothers have made by raising children.” I know. I was there. The books they had us read and the projects they had us complete were pulling us along to intellectual “freedom” which spawned a feministic, sexual and moral revolution. It was a revolution in which walls were being battered and collapsing under a revolt that was a rejection of the moral code of the Bible.
The first recognizable wall that was obliterated was the time-honored moral law that sex should be reserved for marriage. This happened quickly. I can remember when my classmates, in a progressive college-preparatory high school in Birmingham, Alabama, went on a senior trip following graduation. It was shocking for me to hear about all of the unfettered sexual activity that had occurred on the beaches of Gulf Shores that spring by kids whose parents were church-going, community leaders in suburbs of Birmingham. These children came to middle and even high school with moral codes that had been eradicated by the time of graduation. It was 1977 when we graduated and many in my class had read and reported on enough Vonnegut and Knowles, Steinbeck and Woolf, to have become “enlightened” with the help of popular television that had begun to make us laugh at sexual humor, (as in Happy Days, which seems innocent compared to today’s fare) and to make us believe that people who saved sex for marriage were languishing behind the times in a pitiful minority of the sheltered. High school teachers in this academically advanced school were big proponents of “finding your own way” by challenging the norms of formerly accepted moral codes. And then, it was also during my high school years that we stopped reading the Bible and saying the model prayer in the mornings at school. Further, some really funny and popular guy had actually grown a little marijuana garden out beside the sidewalk in back of the school building; so they made their own little smoking area at the school, to further dull the moral senses. (I mean besides the big smoking area at the main building where all the kids could go to smoke cigarettes with the full sanction of the administration.) Life had changed while I walked those halls. Let’s examine how God would have weighed in on the sexual revolution, and its attendant revolts in the mid-seventies had His voice been heard at all. (Remember, in 1977, we had never heard of AIDS, but God already knew about it, for sure. In 1977, we had heard rumblings about abortion and some court case in 1973, but most of us had not heard of anyone who had considered it and we certainly had not heard of a clinic that provided abortions all day long. We did not know what “transgender” even meant, but God was ahead of that game, of course.)
And here’s a sample from the questions for that particular month.
- Read and search I Corinthians 5 for the two-fold purpose of the “deliverance to Satan.” Write this purpose here:
- What Old Testament observance was referenced to encourage the Corinthians to get rid of the leaven of sin (in this case, fornication) that was occurring (and being celebrated, to an extent) in the church? Read Exodus 12 and look for the verse that pronounced the punishment on the one who ate the leaven during the time of the first passover. (In reading about this, I noted that commentators stressed that Jews used candles to actually search their homes in subsequent Passover feasts to be certain that there was no leaven in their houses.) How might this affect our thinking about the sin we may be ignoring in our own lives?
There you have a small portion of one of the monthly lessons for the upcoming study. We’ll begin this study on September 1st. Why not go ahead and give the study a trial preview for the month of June? (https://www.facebook.com/groups/282349391779769/) If it’s a growing experience, you might want to begin the 2018-2019 study with the worldwide group in September. You may find it fits your walk with the Lord. Every woman studies at her own pace. It’s okay to do as much or as little as you can during any given month. But whatever part of the study you do will change you for the better…because it is the powerful Word of God, that’s sharper than any two-edged sword.
Here you go!
This weekend, Glenn and I were privileged to worship with Christians in Massachusetts. I’ve thought a lot about the commonality of His people in various parts of the world. In particular, I enjoyed getting to see young people who are obviously interested in spiritual things. I always benefit from being with those who are serving in different spiritual climates and with different obstacles.
BUT, I cannot imagine how it is going to feel to be able to worship with the Christians in Nazareth, Israel. I just cannot imagine. And I cannot wait. I hope it works out for me this time around and I hope you will take the time to read over this incredible itinerary. I get tears in my eyes when I just think about being able to do a part of the 2019 Digging Deep study from these points.
I know cost makes this this prohibitive for many. I know that the blessing of children in our worlds makes this impossible at the present for some. Believe me, I know about the prohibition that caregivers for the elderly encounter. But, even if you are not going, I hope you can take the time to read over this brochure prepared by John Moore of Bible Land Passages. I’ve learned some things just by perusing.
If you ARE going, please submit this form as soon as possible. We will not be opening up registration to those outside of Digging Deep until July 1, 2018. So, for now, you can register if you have completed any Digging Deep study in the past or if you are currently engaged in the “Great Escapes” study (or if you are an immediate family member of someone who qualifies). More information will be forthcoming for those outside of Digging Deep should we have available space in July.
So click here! This is surreal to me. I cannot even imagine!
It’s podcast week again and some of us will be working hard to finish the January study by the middle of this week. I’m finished with all the Joseph listing and the part about the Judges, but I’ve still got to get busy on the “David list.” The study has been all about the providence of God and several things have become very obvious as we’ve gone through it. Here are five stand-outs for me. They are simple (like me).
- Providence is, in some ways, every bit as unbelievably amazing as the miraculous. A God Who can orchestrate all the events, good and bad, of my life (and all of those surrounding events that affect my life) to my ultimate spiritual benefit (Romans 8:28), has to be the One Who could speak the universe into existence.
- Providence is much better identified in the past than in the present. It’s much easier to look back, after at least some of the providential orchestration has occurred, and see that God was working His Will, through the events that unfolded, than it is to know what He’s doing right now in my life.
- Sometimes, in the present, providence hurts. We can see this over and over in the chronicles of the life of Joseph.
- Providence is surely an exhibition of Isaiah 55:9: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
- Sometimes sin can be a part of the tapestry of providence. Joseph needed to get down to Egypt to accomplish the eventual rise to power that favored Jacob’s family and allowed its prosperity and growth. Thus, the sale of Joseph into slavery and their deception of Jacob was providential. Joseph said as much in Genesis 50:20: “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”
I hope you can join Dene’ Canter and me, live, on Tuesday night, January 30th, at 7 CST here:http://livestream.com/whcoc/for-women for this first discussion on the providence of our mighty God. I hope you can contribute via the chatroom. I pray that it will encourage us and bless us as we trust that He is overseeing the paths we travel.
FInally, don’t forget the little sterling silver pendants are here. We finally have the small boxes we need to ship them out to you. Those were back-ordered. We’re caught up on the orders received thus far. You can order here: https://thecolleyhouse.org/store#!/Sterling-Silver-Digging-Deep-Pendant/p/99264175/category=20688312. If you order within the next week or so, you should receive them in time for Valentine’s Day gifts.
It’s always good to hear from you. We love feedback. Here’s the word we’ve gotten so far about the pendants:
“I received my Digging Deep pendant today and I love it. I immediately put in on a silver chain and put it around my neck. My daughter-in-law put hers on her charm bracelet. Very good quality.” …Rachel Kelly
I’m excited to put mine on a little silver chain tomorrow…right beside a tiny little antique diamond pendant that my husband gave to me for our anniversary; reminders of a couple of life’s priorities right now, side by side.
Melanie Pinedo (center) is one of our younger 2017 diggers!
We have several young women, even several pre-teens, who are diligently studying the Great Escapes this year with our international Digging Deep group. They are learning how to rescue souls. Kaitlyn Epling, age 12, of Elizabethton, TN was disappointed earlier this week when we failed to get to question number 10 in our podcast discussion. Here’s her list (verbatim) of several rescues from Acts 9-17. Kaitlyn’s styles of listing and study may evolve as she grows in Christ, but grow in Christ she will if she stays in the book!
Digging Deep- Great Escapes- Month Three- Question 10
• The disciples of the Lord were saved of Saul by Jesus 9:1-6.
• Saul was saved of his blindness by Ananias 9:18.
• Saul was saved of the Jews by the disciples 9:25.
• Saul was saved of the Hellenists by the brethren 9:29-30.
• Aeneas was saved of being paralyzed by Peter 9:33-34.
• Dorcas/Tabitha was saved of death by Peter 9:40.
• All those being oppressed were saved of the Devil by Jesus of Nazareth 10:38.
• Jesus was saved of death by God 10:40.
• Sinners were saved of sins by Jesus 10:43.
• Gentiles were saved of sins by Jesus 11:18
• Peter was saved of contending by his dream 11:2-10.
• The people were saved of famine by disciples 11:28-29.
• Peter was saved of prison by an angel 12:7.
• Peter was saved of Herod by God 12:11.
• Peter was saved of Herod by the brethren 12:19.
• Israel was saved of the nations of Canaan by God 13:19.
• Jesus was saved of death by God 13:30.
• Paul & Barnabas were saved of abuse & stoning by themselves 14:5-6.
• A man in Lystra was saved of lameness by Paul 14:8-10.
• Paul was saved of death by himself 14:19-20.
• Timothy was saved of the Jews’ wrath by Paul 16:3.
• Girl of fortune-telling was saved of a demon by Paul 16:16-18.
• The Philippian Jailor was saved of suicide by Paul 16:27-28.
• Paul & Silas were saved of prison by the Philippian Jailor 16:33.
• Paul & Silas were saved of the Jews by the brethren 17:10.
• Paul was saved of the crowd by the brethren 17:14.
I was kind of sad we didn’t get to that question, too. I had hoped to share my list from one single chapter, noting how God can use the faithful and the rogue to rescue His own and further the gospel. Let’s look at this list of ten rescues from chapter nine:
9: 7-8 Look at how the enemies of the cross are being used to lead around the most influential 1st century missionary.
9;13 Notice Ananias arguing with God, but then going straightaway to rescue the preeminent New Testament writer. God always accomplishes His purposes.
9:15, 16 Can you think of a more unlikely candidate to be the rescuer of Gentiles?
9:25 Those disciples could not go and powerfully write and preach, but they had a rescue basket for the one who could!
9:27 Barnabas would be greatly overshadowed in Scripture by Paul, but Paul might not have had the chance to do what he did without the jumpstart given by Barnabas.
9:30 Jerusalem was not the right place and time for Paul. But there were rescuers who knew how to get him to the right place and time.
9:33-35 Aeneas was a rescue tool for the people of Lydda and Saron.
9:39 Dorcas was a rescuer using needle and thread.
9:42 Peter rescued the recipients of Dorcas’ goodwill when he raised her.
9:42 In turn, Dorcas became a tool to rescue the people of Joppa.
Another young digger, Grace Yocum, of Louisville, Kentucky.