Dear Beloved Saints
This past week I was biking through Illinois with 2 unbelieving siblings. I am way behind in my memorization for the past week but God’s grace fell on me when I see that this coming week’s verses are very manageable.
I have to be very honest in expressing my disappointment that, of a group of 82, the posting only received 28 viewers. Thus I am going to include here a post from @carolsong88, our precious Carol Nagy who wrote something that really echoes my sentiments and is why we are memorizing chapters. “This is so much better than memorizing isolated verses or key passages. I have always seen the awesomeness of who Jesus is in these chapters, but now I am seeing the deep love that Paul has for those of the faith, even for those he has not seen face to face.” Thanks Carol!
I’m sure you realize that this is our last 2 verse week in Colossians 2 as next week there is only one verse. (I can never figure how where they break up the verses. Next week’s single verse is longer than both verses 21 and 22 put together!)
It’s difficult to run a voting poll here and please never see me as the guy in charge as I am just one of the group that posts the verses. However, could I do this? Could I decide that after next week’s verse that finishes the chapter, the following week, rather than steamrolling on, we take a week to catch up and review and then proceed with Chapter 3 the following week?
Putting dates to what I am suggesting is: Today is Saturday, August 10th. On August 17th I’ll post the last verse of Colossians 2 and so August 24th will be a break until August 31st when we begin Colossians 3. Now if anyone has strong feelings one way or another, please post them because I don’t want us in limbo and that’s why I’ve made this decision. However, I’m not strong on it but unless I hear otherwise, could we plan that?
Colossians 2:21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”
Colossians 2:22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? (ESV)
Colossians 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
Colossians 2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
Going back to what Carol posted last week, I think that verses that we memorize all by themselves comes alive as they are in context with the other verses but there is a thread of understanding that is conveyed by putting all of the verses together that would not be there if we learned one verse and then, at some point another, to the point that all of the verses were memorized individually at different times and in a different order. Paul’s thought process and what he was trying to ultimately convey would be lost.