Welcome to BibleBum where we are exploring the entire Bible in one year to better learn how to follow God’s instructions and discover the purpose for our lives. The BibleBum blog uses The One Year Chronological Bible, the New Living Translation version. At the end of each day’s reading, Rob, a cultural history aficionado and seminary graduate, answers questions from Leigh An, the blogger host, about the daily scripture. To start from the beginning, click on “Index” and select Day 1.
Questions & Observations
O. (Ezekiel 14:14): I love when the Bible repeats past stories or characters. It just ties it all together! I especially appreciate Job. He kind of came out of nowhere, but was steadfast in God and is remembered.
Q. (14:12-23): I notice the four symbolism here too — war, famine, wild animals and disease. Those sound like all the categories that I may fear. Does this correlate at all with the four heads of the cherubim? One things for sure. I don’t want to be around evil like that. I can’t stomach it. The other night, hubby and I were watching the Incredible Burt Wonderstone. I couldn’t handle Jim Carrey burning the words “Happy Birthday” on his arm with candles or drilling a hole in his head. I literally feel like I’m going to get sick. Hopefully, I would have escaped Jerusalem a long time before all of this craziness started. It sounds like a horror movie.
A. There was great risk outside the cities, where there pretty much was no law, so there is no guarantee that leaving the city would have improved your fortunes any. Part of the process of sieging the city would have been to surround and patrol the city itself, to look for those who were trying to escape, so trying to “get out” would have been a great risk in and of itself.
O. (16:1-34): This is an amazing comparison — Israelites and prostitutes. I think the point we can apply to our lives is that God gives us blessings — sustenance, shelter, family, talents, God’s Word — and we need to make sure we glorify Him with them and know that they are from Him and for Him, not for our own pride and glory.
Q. (16:53-58): Shame is almost worse than the punishment itself.
A. Shame, and public shaming in particular, was a central concept in that society, and it still is to this day in the Middle East (including Jewish culture). To shame someone in public was to disavow them, to show that you were washing your hands of this person, and basically turning them over to the mob, as this scene illustrates. It was a powerful method of social control. God is using this image of shaming to demonstrate to His people what their actions are doing, and how He will respond.