Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 330

The scriptures read are Micah 1, Psalm 119:73-112 and Matthew 23.

Micah 1. Micah was a prophet at the same time as Isaiah, Hosea and Amos. He sees God descend and walk to Samaria, his anger and power shaking the mountains, flattening Samaria, capital of idolatrous Israel. Later Judah will go into exile. Micah employs puns based on the towns around Jerusalem, which is obvious in Peterson's The Message.

Psalm 119:73-112. I love well-done chanting, as you can hear here. If you want something more contemporary, try this.

Matthew 23. Jesus confronts the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and professional scribes for a whole chapter. They don't practice what they preach. They add to the law, making it impossible to obey it all. They love the attention they get. Jesus pronounces 7 "woes" on them, each a criticism.

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