Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 75 Monday

Jeremiah chapter 39

Zedekiah had rebelled against paying tribute to Babylon so in Zedekiah's ninth year of reign on the throne of Judah Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, sent his armies against the capital city of Jerusalem. The siege lasted 1 1/2 years and then the walls were breached. Zedekiah, his family, and his men of war fled by night but they were caught and judgment was executed against them just as Jeremiah had said it would be. The kings sons were killed in front of him and his own eyes were put out. That was the price he paid for insubordination. The city walls were broken down and the palace and houses were consumed with fire. The king and the people were then taken to Babylon. Only the poorest of the people were left in the land. They were given vineyards to maintain as tenant farmers.

Jeremiah was given into the hand of the Babylonian captain of the guard for safe keeping. He took Jeremiah out of the prison where he had been kept and passed him into the care of Gedaliah.

Did God issue any commands?

  • While Jeremiah was still shut up in the prison, God told Jeremiah to speak to Ebedmelech the Ethiopian (see 38:7-13), the man who interceded to the king on behalf of Jeremiah when he was in the mire of the prison, to tell him that he had no reason to fear the conquerors because his life would be spared for his trust in the LORD.

Did God make any promises?

  • God promised Ebedmelech the Ethiopian that his life would be spared in the conquest of Jerusalem because of his trust in the LORD.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Reference is made to an intercessor, Ebedmelech, who had made request for Jeremiah's life to the king when he was mired in the pit. Jesus makes intercessor to the King for all who are mired by sin and want to be released from its hold upon them!

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • God protected those who trusted in Him. Those who love and fear Him have no reason to fear the judgment to come. This is taught in I John 4:17-18. They have no need to fear judgment because perfect loves casts out fear. (We don't love perfectly, but God does!)

Monday, July 21, 2014

TAKE TIME: July 21-26, 2014 Schedule

Introduction: Zedekiah did not take Jeremiah's advice and he paid the price for it. Things happened just as Jeremiah told him they would.

  • Monday - Jeremiah chapter 39
  • Tuesday - Jeremiah 40:1-41:18
  • Wednesday - Jeremiah 42:1-43:13
  • Thursday - Jeremiah 44:1-45:5
  • Friday - Jeremiah 46:1-47:7
  • Saturday - Jeremiah chapter 48
Memory Verse

That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.  Jeremiah 42:3

Prayer Journal (ACTS)
  • Adoration - Praise God that He is a just Judge.
  • Confession - Ask God to reveal hidden sin in your life and then confess it.
  • Thanksgiving - Thank God for any answers to your prayers.
  • Supplication - What are your prayer requests this week? List them for future reference so that you can see how God answers.
Search the Scriptures

Look for references for each of the following:
  • Promises that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?
  • References that either refer to or infer something about future events.
  • What does this passage teach about Jesus?
  • Commandments that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?
Putting the Word into Action

Sometimes bad things happen to even Godly people and not because the individuals themselves have committed sinful acts. Such was the case of Jeremiah. Perhaps you know someone who is suffering just because they are citizens of this sinful world. Do you know of a way to help someone like this in their time of need?

Read Through the Bible in 2014: July 21-26 Schedule

7/21/2014      Jonah 3, 4 Revelation 3
7/22/2014      II Kings 15-17 Revelation 4
7/23/2014      Isaiah 1, 2 Revelation 5, 6
7/24/2014      Isaiah 3-5 Revelation 7, 8
7/25/2014      Isaiah 6-8 Revelation 9
7/26/2014      Isaiah 9, 10 Revelation 10, 11

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Our Kitchen Makeover

I have always wanted to makeover our little galley kitchen. Well, "always" meaning the 14+ years that we've lived here. We fully expected to make changes one day.

The kitchen had other plans. One day in February it said, "Today!"

That's when the bottom bank of cabinets collapsed. Collapsed! As in, the whole front had broken and the counter top was slanting toward the floor with all its contents balancing on tippy-toes to keep from plunging to the floor. It turns out that there were no "boxes" to our cabinets! Only a facade! The only reason the whole contraption stayed together for so long was because there were 3 drawers anchored to the back wall. Precariously. As in, 1 thin rail each and 2 screws each drawer. When those screws lost their foothold? Well, you can't fight gravity.

You know, I've had breakdowns in the kitchen - What to fix?, How many people are coming to dinner? Who ate all the ice cream?!!! - but this is the first time  - and, please Lord? Let it be the only time! - I've had a kitchen have a breakdown on me.

After rescuing the canisters and the Keurig, the cookie jar and the candle, we propped the whole contraption back up and called for help. Thankfully, Dan and Lisa were in town. "Hey! How would you like to go to Home Depot with us today?""

"Sure! We'll take the truck!"

Exactly what I had in mind. :)

There was a sale on stock cabinets and I had a gift card that I had received as a Christmas gift (yes, really) so we got out of there without spending too much money out of pocket. Praise the Lord!

We put the existing butcher block laminate counter top back on top of the new cabinets for the time being. Baby steps.

This, and the three drawers that bravely held it all together for the 30+ years of the house's existence was all there was to set out for the garbage:

The facade of our cabinets

Since we were not doing custom cabinets we put individual units side-by-side. Notice the boxes? I love them!  "Security!" they soothe. :)

Later we picked out counter tops from Menards and Pastor Dad installed them. Since this was an emergency project we didn't have the time to save up for granite or composite. Maybe someday. Maybe... For now, we went with a HD (high definition) laminate. (It was on sale, too.)

The next step was the sink, the garbage disposal, and the faucet. Then I began gluing tile to the wall. This time the back splash really is tile and not a painted facsimile. (See my post about the painted apple tile here.)

We added new lights, too. You can see the one over the sink in the picture below. The ceiling fixture is similar.

We kept the apple cookie jar. You probably know why. The apple pattern canisters are staying as well.

Notice in this picture that the sink holds dishes at various stages of washing. These days the sink always holds dishes at various stages. That's because the dishwasher decided to quit in March, about a week after I had braved one of the few cold but sunny, snow-free days to paint the front panel out on the back patio to match the rest of our appliances. If only it had died sooner I would have been spared the effort.

We'll replace the dishwasher soon. It just didn't meet the same urgency as the collapse of the bottom cabinets. ("Oh, it's just the dishwasher that broke. Pshaw!" Words I never thought I'd say after the luxury of having one for 14 years.)

A working view of the kitchen

A close up of the tile with bronze insets

We stained the bottom cabinets just. last. week. They aren't the color I had in mind but I can live with it. (As long as I stay away from Pinterest, that is. The bottom cabinets were supposed to be "light" just like the top ones are "dark" with the idea to continue the theme of the tile. Somewhere there is a salesman laughing at me.)  Someday we'll replace the upper cabinet DOORS ONLY and the facades to match the bottom ones and everything truly will be uniform once more. (Oh, please tell me that the top cabinets can't hear me! I don't want them to unexpectedly have problems, too!)

Cabinets, counter top, sink, faucet, and renegade dishwasher as well as surviving canisters and Keurig, cookie jar and candle

Here's a look at the room in the other direction. I tiled all the way across, from wall to wall. Just don't look too closely. There are places where it might look like I was too lazy to take down the radio and just stuck tiles behind it. Oh, wait! That's exactly what I did do!

To help tie everything together, meaning the old upper cabinets with new lower ones, we added matching knobs that mimic the copper and oil rubbed bronze of the faucet.  Since we haven't had knobs in all these years we joked that we might need to watch an instructional YouTube to learn how to use them. So far, so good. ;)

And that is how our kitchen came to unexpectedly have a whole new look.

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P.S. We're still working on the peninsula cabinet and counter top. Once we get that finished (it hasn't been for a lack of trying) I'll show you what we did and how we did it. So far, it has been the most difficult part of the whole project and that's saying a lot!

Journal Through the Bible: Week 74 Saturday

Jeremiah chapter 38

Certain men requested that Jeremiah be put to death for the charge of treason. King Zedekiah responded by saying, "He is in your hand: for the king is not he that can do any thing against you." Wow! He could not even defend himself against his own countrymen yet he thought he could rebel against paying tribute to the king of Babylon!

The men didn't kill Jeremiah outright but they lowered him into a pit where he sunk into the mire. They left him there to die. But remember that God had promised Jeremiah that he would survive the siege and God is faithful! One man, Ebedmelech went to the king and begged to have Jeremiah removed. It took 30 men and rope made from rotten rags to get Jeremiah out of the pit.

King Zedekiah inquired once again of the LORD through Jeremiah. Then Jeremiah was kept as a prisoner in the court of the prison but was not returned to the former place where he was left to die. There he stayed until Jerusalem fell.

Does God issue any commands?

  • In his third inquisition by the king Jeremiah told Zedekiah the words that God had told him to say to the king, namely that any who would surrender to Babylon would be kept alive and the city would not be burnt.

Does God make any promises?

  • If the king and princes would surrender their lives would be spared and the city would not be burnt. But if they would not surrender to Babylon the city would be burnt and the wives and children would be abused.
  • God promised that if the king surrendered he would not be turned over to the Jews who had aligned themselves with the Chaldeans.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • It took much effort and disgusting rottenness to remove the result of sinful acts from Jeremiah. It took much effort on Jesus' part and disgusting rottenness to remove the result of sinful acts from each repenting sinner also.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • God clearly spelled out the events to come and the means of surviving them but they were unpleasant to King Zedekiah. Scripture clearly spells out the events yet to come and the means of surviving them but they are unpleasant to men.