Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 335

The scriptures read are Micah 6, Psalm 122 and Matthew 28.

Micah 6. We start out with another courtroom scene where God is making his case.

Then someone (Micah?) asking how he can make things right with God? How much of a sacrifice must he make?

I love how Peterson renders v. 8: "But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don't take yourself too seriously--take God seriously."

God condemns financial fraud, cheating, violence, lying and deceit. And he will punish it.

Psalm 122. This is an amazing sound to get out of a church--not the choir but the whole church, singing this psalm heartily!

Matthew 28. Evidently this angel did not tells the guards "Be not afraid." Or he did and it didn't help. The women didn't faint at least. They did skedaddle. Running into Jesus, they are told that he will see the disciples in Galilee. It is interesting that the gospels uniformly say the women were the first witnesses to the resurrection. Women's testimony was not accepted in court. Why would the gospels base the resurrection reports on the women unless it were true?

It is interesting that the cover story to explain away Jesus' apparent resurrection confirms that the tomb was empty.

Here we get the Great Commission in which Jesus gives us authority to make disciples in his name, by baptizing and teaching them. Then he claims to be omnipresent, something only attributed to God. He will always be with us.

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