Saturday, January 30, 2010

147: Ezra is Back

Nehemiah 8-9
But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. - Nehemiah 9:17

This section begins with Ezra reading the book of law. Where did Ezra come from? This is the first time he's mentioned in the book of Nehemiah. The cycle of Israel being stupid begins again. Ezra reads the law and they grieve about their sins and ask God for forgiveness. Doubtless, by the time this generation is old, the Israelites will have gone against God's word again.

Almost all of chapter 9 is a prayer to God. They, again, tell God all of the things he did for the Israelites (just in case he forgot), going all the way back to the exodus.

About half way through this prayer is the quote for the day. It's worth repeating, "But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love." I can only assume this is sarcasm. Slow to anger?! Was he slow to anger when Nadab and Abihu were burned alive for offering incense in the wrong way? Was he abounding in love when he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah? In fact, has their been any love shown by God? Occasionally God says he loves the Israelites, but actions speak louder than words. And I haven't seen any loving actions.

They continue stroking God's ego with all their might for the rest of the section.

*News*
The Tennessee senate has approved the teaching of the bible in public school. A lot of fuss is being made over this but it's really not that big of a deal, let me explain.

Teaching the bible in public school was always legal, and practiced in Tennessee. This legislation merely standardizes it for the entire state. That being said, there is a fine line between teaching the bible in a secular manner, and having a religious high school teacher turn the class into a sermon. If we can teach the bible as a historical document, why don't we use the Koran?

(via The Christian Post)

1 comment:

  1. I'm a relatively new but regular reader. Nothing to add to today's post - just wanted to thank you for your reviews. Enlightenment is a beautiful thing.

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