Six Impossible Verses Before Breakfast

One of the challenges of committing to read through the Bible and doing that as one of your first tasks of the morning is that eventually, you’ll get to the section in Leviticus that deals with leprosy

Before breakfast.

Yesterday I talked about some of the things I’m trying to read this year. I did not mention that, along the way I am attempting once again to read through the Bible. I’m not sure how many times I’ve done that before, but it was time to do so again.

I’m using The Daily Bible (NIV) which puts things in chronological order. Meaning that you’ll get the

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appropriate Psalm somewhere around the time David (or other author) wrote it.

Reading through the first five books can be a challenge. I mean reading through the law on a gray, chilly, February morning is not really my idea of inspirational reading.

I don’t consider myself to be a Biblical scholar. Perhaps I should be, but I’m not.

I have, however, played a Biblical scholar in numerous classrooms over the years.

I’ve always struggled with these parts of the Old Testament. Sometimes I’ve just sort of accepted it as the way things had to be. This time around, it’s been pretty common to start with a prayer of “I don’t get this, but I’m going to read it anyway.”

Here’s my Public Service Announcement for the day. If you want to proof text your belief on Immigration and Open Borders by referencing some obscure verse about entertaining strangers, then you have to be prepared to read the next chapter or two, because it’s a package deal.

In other words, don’t try to make Scripture fit your preconceived ideas.

And that’s a bipartisan statement.

Jesus was indeed a revolutionary. But he came to cause a revolution of the heart, not the government.

One of the things his followers got wrong at the beginning was that they thought he came to overthrow the government and set up his kingdom. They did not see the bigger picture.

I had no idea that my one snarky little comment from reading about leprosy in Leviticus would lead to this post.

Still, I ain’t sorry I wrote it.

If you’re sorry you read it, just beware about midsummer.

I’m looking forward to getting to the smiting Psalms.


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