lord, i want to know you

This post originally published on a previously-owned blog and was imported here to simplify my life. Please excuse any confusion due to this merge. I hope you enjoy the content!

Would you ever have thought that a bunch of girls in their 20s and 30s would want to get up early enough for a 6:30am Bible study?  Surprise!  It’s true.  We’ve been going on for about a year now, meeting every Thursday, and it’s a blast.  We have read/studied a variety of books and I thought I’d share the latest one we just finished…

Lord, I Want to Know You, by Kay Arthur is an in-depth look at various names for God.  Just knowing more about why God is called what He is called can bring you to a better understanding of who He is in your life.  

I think that we must have had an older version of the book, which is strange since I just ordered them {apparently I made a mistake!}, so many of the passages she shared were in the King James Version.  Perhaps it’s still the same in the new one, I don’t know.  Not a huge deal, but I do recommend opening up your Bible or smart phone to see how other versions word things.  I often do that anyway when I’m just reading a passage in my normal Bible…

Other than that, it was overall easy to read and included relevant examples and real-life stories to assist in drawing the picture she was portraying.  We liked certain chapters over others, but that’s to be expected.  If my memory serves correctly, the two most loved names we studied were Jehovah-shalom and Jehovah-raah.  Don’t know what those mean?  Read this book!  Kay will tell you all about them…and all the other awesome names of our Lord.

Although she has it separated out by days (for study organization), she also had chapters.  Chapters varied in how many days they had so it was always changing how much we read for each week.  It was a bit confusing and not always possible to have same-length weeks.  Sometimes we had a to read a poquito amount; other times, all we did was read all week. 🙂

Confused about why God has more names than just “God”?  That’s okay!  This would still be a good book for you to read to help explain.  The author does a great job in pointing to passages in the Old Testament when, in the original Hebrew language, God is referred to by these different names.  It has everything to do with the situation, what’s happening and why the people in the stories began knowing him by this name.

My complaints are few.  My joy is great.  LIWTKY needs to be added to your “going to read” queue.  Either individually or in a small group.  If you read it, tell me which is your favorite name of God!

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