Aug 28, 2010

It's Not the Parts of the Bible That I Don't Understand That Troubles Me...

I believe all scripture is inspired by God.

I believe that the Bible is God's word.

Having said that, there are passages that scare the daylights out of me. There are passages that make me scratch my head and wonder, "What was that about?" There are sections that make no sense to me.

Now, don't get me wrong. Most of scripture is crystal clear.

Most often what is most difficult is not the passages that I don't understand, but the passages that I do understand because I am so unlike what the scripture calls me to be.

In my daily reading, I've come across one of the most frightening passages for me in Scripture. I think I understand what it says. And that's what scares me. I am not sure what to make of it all.

So as part of my meditation today, I will post it here and ponder it with you all.

At the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me: "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked man, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself.

"Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before him he will die. Since you did not warn him he will die for his sin. The righteous things he did will not be remembered and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will have saved yourself."
Ezekiel 3:16-21


teacher_deb said...

5 minutes ago you were listening to Jonny cash while reading and sipping wine..I am glad to know that other people besides me are lovers of Johnny...He has some truly inspired music..LOVE IT!!

James Kim said...

Still reading, still listening to Johnny Cash, and still working my wine. Johnny Cash is the man!