Sunday, June 10, 2012

7-Up...The Challenge Continues....


We interrupt any regularly scheduled blog posts to bring you some important news....The Challenge of 7 is underway.....

7 has become a very interesting number lately... 

When I pumped gas the other day, I had to make sure there was a 7 in the amount I spent...I know, kinda crazy...borderline obsessive...that by the waywas not part of my 7 journey...

When checking the caloric count on the pretzel bag, guess what the serving size was?  Yup, 7 pretzels...You have no idea what it's like for me to place limits on my pretzels...7 will be sufficient..He is sufficient...

This 7 challenge has also reminded me of the biblical significance of  this numberOf course the obvious 7 days in the week...which I love because the 7th day is for rest, and I'm all for that word!

So how many other times is that number mentioned in scripture?  Plenty....I'll review a few...I know I may be preaching to the choir for some of you...but it's pretty amazing to see all these 7's in one place...and this list is just a snippet...
 In chapter 7 of Genesis, God instructs Noah to take with him 7 each of every clean animal, a male and his female (I love how it says "and his female" which makes me think these weren't just random pairs, but maybe already mates?  That's so cute)...Same with the unclean animals 7 (they got to bring their mates too...7 )  Then add 7 each of birds of the air to the mix...

Then after 7 more days God would cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights...

Skipping to the 8th Chapter the ark rested in the 7th month...At the end of the forty days, Noah sent out a dove.  The dove found no resting place, and flew back to the ark...after waiting 7 days, Noah sent the dove out again...when the dove came back with the freshly plucked olive leaf, Noah waited 7 more days and sent the dove out once again, this time never to return....

In Joshua 7 priests; 7 trumpets; marching around the city of Jericho 7 times on the 7th day...

...And what about the references to music, songs, instruments...so what's so 7 about that?  Well, those of you who know music, know there are 7 distinct notes in the musical scale....

Jesus said...forgive your brother up to 70 x 7....Matthew 18:22

Then in the book of Revelation there are multiple references to the number 7...The 7 churches; 7 years of tribulation; 7 angels; 7 trumpets; 7 seals; 7 stars; 7 thunders.....

You get where I'm going here....This 7 thing?  It's a God thing....

So...let's see...

Chicken.......check;
Lettuce........check;
Blueberries..check;
Zucchini.......check;
Eggs............check;
Bananas.......check;
Spinach........check

Oh, and 7 pretzels.....only when necessary....

Also, used BOGO and handed a homeless man a bag of 7 things to eat and drink today...

Next time I need to hand out 7 bags....or maybe 70 x 7...

Stay tuned for the next post on the 7 challenge.....

Please share what God has been laying on your heart...Whether it be the 7 Challenge, or some other call to discipline or to serve....I would love to hear about it...

Love and Blessings...

Doris





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