Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 211

The scriptures read are Ecclesiastes 10-12, Psalm 22 and Colossians 3.

Ecclesiastes 10-12. The book ends in a flurry or proverbs, many of which could be inserted in the book of Proverbs. The Quester's conclusion: Fear God and do what he says. Oddly enough, the writer shows how inadequate even an otherwise biblical way of looking at things is when you don't factor in final judgment and an afterlife.

Psalm 22. There are a lot of good versions of at least the first section of this. But I really like this plainchant version here.

Colossians 3. Following Jesus means doing what he says. Paul rattles off a number of behaviors that we need to stop if we are serious about following Christ.

He gives another household code list. It echoes his other ones, especially the one in Ephesians. A lot of other passages also feel like new ways of saying what Paul's said before: putting on a spotless garment/putting on Christ; the fact that our differences mean nothing in Christ; the interdependence of everyone despite different roles because we are one in Christ. I confess I don't see the drastic departure between the content of Colossians and what Paul says elsewhere.

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