Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Selective memories of Ezekiel and Joleen in God's Great Supper

It's really charming how Joleen and Ezekiel are so selective in terms of the bible verses they choose to wrap their hearts and minds around. They do tend to favor the Old Testament, but not these particular gems:

Deuteronomy 24:16
Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin.

Deuteronomy 32:35
It is mine to avenge, I will repay. (says the Lord)

Perhaps Joleen and Zeke's book of Romans got lost in the mail:

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (Romans 12:14)

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. (12:17)

Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written "it is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.

On the contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.

Do not overcome evil with evil, but overcome evil with good. (12: 19-21)

Another note:
Interesting that the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel was in exile in Babylon. (Though different from Ezekiel of KC - apparently this prophet had his own house and along with his fellow exiles, "had a relatively free existence.") Ezekiel's "period of activity coincides with Jerusalem's darkest hour." (NIV study bible)

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