What the Bible Really Says – Day 82 – March 25, 2016

Our reading plan is this one: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2109-bible-in-one-year-2016
Also available here: http://www.bibleinoneyear.org/
(There are commentary and devotionals associated with the readings, but I am skipping those and, obviously, providing my own commentary here on the blog.)

Today’s reading:

  1. Numbers 15;16:1-35
  2. Psalms 37:1-9
  3. Luke 4:38-44;5:1-16

Any quotations are taken from English Standard Version® (ESV®) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. ESV Text Edition: 2011

Writer’s note: The views expressed here are solely those of the author and not necessarily those of anyone else associated with Christianity Without The Insanity or anyone or any church or other organization apart from Christianity Without The Insanity.

Numbers 15;16:1-35

Laws about sacrifices. Then an interesting little story. A man was gathering sticks on the Sabbath. And God said “execute him”. And he was stoned to death.

And then there was a rebellion, put down by God opening the ground and swallowing the offenders.

I don’t get it. I really don’t. Why is God so murdery in Moses’ time? How many are being put down for the betterment of the nation of Israel?

Someone help me get this, because I don’t.

Psalms 37:1-9

A psalm of David. Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

And, relevant to the previous reading –

For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

Luke 4:38-44;5:1-16

Jesus heals many, he preaches in the synagogues, He’s really gotten down to business since his baptism and temptation.

Then he calls his first disciples. A more expanded version of the calling of Peter and the other fishermen than we got in Matthew and Mark.

It’s times like this where I wonder…. Luke, supposedly the doctor mentioned as a helper of Paul, set out to collect these stories, like a news reporter. So did he interview Peter and the others? Probably. Could Peter and the others have elaborated his stories by the time they met with Luke? Probably. I think the simpler story of just leaving their nets and following is more ‘true’.

But again, like I say all the time, these stories don’t have to be entirely literal to be true. Did Peter really fall on his knees when Jesus gave him a miraculous catch? Or is that an embellishment and the simpler story is fact? Does it matter?

Personally, I think the simpler story is fact and Luke’s is probably embellished. What do you think?


Tomorrow’s Reading:

  1. Psalms 37:10-20
  2. Luke 5:17-32
  3. Numbers 16:36-50
  4. Numbers 17
  5. Numbers 18

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