Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Five: Read Your Bible

Prompts are from RevGalBlogPals! :)

1. What is your favorite Bible verse?

If I'm only picking one, it's Jonah 4:11. I like it enough that I literally made a bumper sticker for it.

But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” 10 Then the Lord said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”

2. What is your favorite book of the Bible?

Judges. I don't think we learn enough from those stories about what happens to as a society increasingly turns away from good leadership and opts for thuggery. Furthermore, we fail to pay attention to the lessons of what happens to a nation that devalues the lives of women or other minorities. Lastly, nothing goes well when everyone does what is right in their own eyes. 

3. What is your favorite story from the Hebrew Scriptures?

Nathan confronting David about Bathsheba and Uriah. That took nerve and the Holy Spirit. 

4. What is your favorite story from the Christian Scriptures?

The Canaanite or Syro-Phoenician woman confronting Jesus about the people in the margins and what they deserve. 

5. What verse do you wish people would quote less often?

Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

Bonus: What is your favorite obscure fact or verse or story or thing about the Bible?

The consultations with Huldah (a woman!) about what to do given that the people and the king had not kept their end of the covenant with God. (2 Kings 22:14-20; 2 Chronicles 24:22-33)

1 comment:

Monica said...

I took a Judges exegesis class in seminary. it has really stuck with me--there are so many good lessons in there for our culture.

Thanks for playing!