Day 16: Old Dog New Tricks

Today’s reading begins on page 49 and Jen is back in the Word looking for direction:

I realized that I was completely normal.

But my Savior was the most un-normal guy ever.

And it was His un-normal ideas that made everything new.

(Interrupted pg 51)


But it wasn’t just what He said; it was what He did. It was who He spent time with, who He talked to, who He argued with – to say nothing of His very unaffluent life. If we took Jesus’ famous teachings away and just focused on the way He lived, He would still be radical. (Interrupted pg 51)

Jen is realizing that the word new has a different meaning in the scriptures that she’s ever realized before. Isn’t it amazing how the Word is like that? We can read a scripture over and over all throughout our lives and then all of a sudden it can be transformed and take on an entirely new meaning.

Hebrews 4:12 says this:

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

Lord, create a fresh passion in us for digging through Your Word. Show us the scriptures in a new light. Give us a fresh perspective on Your teachings. Take us on a journey and let Your Word be our guide, make it come alive in our families and communities. Let us be changed by living out Your commandments and the examples that You set forth for us. Amen!

What scriptures have been coming alive for you lately as you read the Bible with a fresh lens?



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7 thoughts on “Day 16: Old Dog New Tricks

  1. Imagine being with Jesus and a blind man comes up and Jesus spits in the guy’s face to heal his blindness. Definitely not “normal” stuff. I’m sure the disciples were constantly on pins and needles. 🙂


  2. I’ve been reading in the New Testament and I’m wanting to start teaching the book of Matthew to my Sunday School class. I want to share the Word with them in a way that will help them to hide it in their hearts forever.


  3. I think that is a great idea, Freida!

    At the church I attend on Saturday nights, the pastor has been teaching through the Bible – we’ve been in 2nd Samuel for a bit – It definitely gives you a different perspective on something you’ve (hopefully) read several times.


  4. Isn’t it wonderful that the scripture is alive and we can glean NEW and insightful ideas and lessons from “old” scriptures. Even when we may have read them before depending on what’s going on in our lives. I love psalm 37:4. It’s has meant SO many different things to me in the last few years 🙂


    1. Yes!! I was just thinking about that same thing earlier this morning. The Word of God is ALIVE and can speak to us exactly where we are. Love it and love you!


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