Matthew 13 & 14

After a very long, busy day, I’m exhausted, but I committed to do this every day, and as it is, I’m still waiting for my clothes to finish in the dryer (45 minutes from now…).

Rather than continuing through 1 Samuel, I decided to flip to a random place later in the Bible. I ended up in the middle of Matthew 13, which is almost all parables and their explanations, which I like a lot. The explanations are really interesting, so you should check them out.

Matthew 14 starts out a little more gruesomely, with the beheading of John the Baptist by Herod, but continues with two of Jesus’s best known miracles: feeding the five thousand, and walking on water. While I had heard these stories several times before, the notes in the Bible I’m using (the ESV, which I like a lot) had a couple of interesting additions to them. First, when it says that Jesus fed five thousand men, it literally means men, not counting women and children. For this reason, the actual number could have been close to ten thousand, which is even cooler. Also, the “five loaves and two fish” were small, described as “small cakes,” which I imagine to be small biscuit or scone-sized. As for the walking on water, it notes that the disciples’ boat was probably around three miles from the shore Jesus was coming from. So not only was Jesus walking on water (think about it, walking on water…), he walked on water for several miles. Jesus is pretty awesome.

Well, I’m going to shower now, so that I can go to bed right after my clothes are finished drying. Good night.

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Alfred Reed – El Camino Real

First Orchestra Rehearsal

Last night (meaning the night of the 4th) I had the first rehearsal for the university orchestra. For the first concert we are playing Wagner’s Rienzi Overture, the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 3, Schubert 8, and von Suppé’s Die Schöne Galathée Overture. Because there are only two horn parts for the Saint-Saëns and the Schubert, I’m only playing in the overtures (3rd for Wagner, 4th for Suppé), which are relatively short and easy. Nonetheless, it was really fun to play in an orchestral horn section again. Marching band is a lot of fun because there are twenty-eight (yes, twenty-eight!) mellophones and we’re all really good friends, but nothing beats playing four (or more)-part harmony in a full horn section like we get to in an orchestra. The first concert may not be the most exciting, but rehearsals will still be a refreshing break from blowing my face off at the other three (or four) major rehearsals I have in any given week. I already can’t wait for next week’s rehearsal. I can’t think of anything else to say about that right now, but will be sure to give regular updates on it.

John Adams – Short Ride in a Fast Machine (Performed by Michael Tilson Thomas & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra)

Unfortunately, this is slightly abbreviated (by about a minute) from the original, but it is still the best version on YouTube.

1 Samuel 17-20

Continuing in 1 Samuel, I read about Saul’s growing hatred of his servant (and the soon-to-be king) David, and of David’s friendship with Jonathan, the son of Saul. I think it’s important to remember that even though David was going to take the crown from Saul, and therefore from Jonathan as well, Jonathan cared more about his friendship with David than his inheritance. Time and time again, Jonathan helps David evade Saul, who was actively trying to kill him. Like I wrote in a letter to A, my Compassion child, today, I pray that I can be that kind of friend.

Waking Up Late

This morning one of my few fears I have had about college was realized. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have a writing class at 8:00 in the morning, and when I woke up this morning, it was already 8:10. After panicking for a couple of seconds, I got ready as quickly as possible, and was out the door by 8:14. I got to my class by 8:23, which, by the way, is a small, eighteen person seminar (no quietly sneaking in the back), and was able to integrate into the conversation fairly quickly, thankfully. I missed less than a third of class, so it could have been a lot worse, but I certainly hope it never happens again. Also, I need to get an alarm clock.

Anyway, now I need to face one of my other “fears” about college: doing laundry.

1 Samuel 16 & 17

Well, I’m making another post late at night… After orchestra rehearsal (more on that tomorrow), I got to my dorm fairly late, and had some work that I wanted to do before doing this. Anyway, for my time today, I continued to read through 1 Samuel chapters 16 and 17, which focus on David (the future king of Israel). Again, I thought I’d just share a couple of passages that stood out to me. Tonight, I’ll be a little quicker, because I need some sleep.

First, God sends the prophet Samuel to anoint a new king to replace Saul from the sons of Jesse. Before choosing David, God reminds Samuel “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of [one of David’s brother’s stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16: 7) Enough said.

Chapter 17 tells the well-known story of David and Goliath. It’s been a while since I’ve read the Bible’s version of it, and it really reminded me of what David was up against when he went into that fight. Yet another reminder of what faith in God can do.

Well, I’m off to the shower, and then to bed. Planning on continuing through 1 Samuel tomorrow.

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