20 November 2010

Nov 20

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Old Testament

Further descriptions of the future temple. Or the present temple? I'm not completely sure.

In any case, we can add another day and a half to the completely and utterly useless readings. I wish I had kept track of this throughout so that I could tally how many weeks we would save if we through out all of the word-for-word redundant passages and all of the passages (like today's) which contain needlessly detailed descriptions.

New Testament

Today's reading contains a number of pronouncements against certain behaviors

  • quarrels and fights among believers: which are due to evil desires within
  • friendship with the world: which will make you an enemy of God
  • judging others: because it amounts to a criticism and judging of God's law
  • self confidence, especially in predictions about the future: because you don't know the future
In short, some good advice mixed with some questionable justifications, but nothing particularly mind boggling.

Psalms and Proverbs

Today we have one of those proverbs where I cannot puzzle out the connection between the first and second lines except in so far as both are bad:
A poor person who oppresses the poor
is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.
I wonder what Paul would think of this next proverb:
To reject the law is to praise the wicked;
to obey the law is to fight them.
I would quibble with the second part of today's final proverb:
Evil people don’t understand justice,
but those who follow the Lord understand completely.