Here’s an obscure little paragraph of a story that I find interesting buried away in the Old Testament:
“One day a man from Baal-shalishah brought the man of God a sack of fresh grain and twenty loaves of barley bread made from the first grain of his harvest. Elisha said, ‘Give it to the people so they can eat.
‘What?’ his servant exclaimed. ‘Feed a hundred people with only this?’
But Elisha repeated, ‘Give it to the people so they can eat, for this is what the Lord says: Everyone will eat, and there will even be some left over!’ And when they gave it to the people, there was plenty for all and some left over, just as the Lord had promised.”
Sound familiar? Fast forward a few chapters and several hundred years, and we see Jesus likewise feeding a crowd, the whole famous “loaves and fishes” picnic on the side of a hill. Continue reading “Time to eat”
One indisputable characteristic about the Old Testament prophets—they were weird. I don’t say that disparagingly, but c’mon, they were not always the kind of people you’d invite to a office picnic. Calling down fire from heaven, tying themselves in knots, and all that.
Of course, they were good to have around when something needed fixed.
Case in point, the prophet Elisha has been persuaded to come with some of his students to build a new meeting place. In the course of events, there was a problem:
Continue reading “Getting back to work”
Although my cooking prowess (or lack thereof) has not yet reached legendary status, there are nonetheless a few stories that can be told within my family. Pizza, however, is one of my favorites. Not to cook, but to eat, and so I’ve become quite good at doing both, if I do say so myself (and I do.)
I am, currently at this writing, happily anticipating a brand new kitchen. The contractor comes tomorrow to go over the final game plan, which includes knocking out a wall, etc. His wife, who helps run the business, is well-versed in kitchens, and made the comment that even though I don’t like cooking at present, perhaps I will enjoy it when I get a new kitchen environment…. Continue reading “To eat, or not to eat?”
Cultural differences aside, Old Testament prophets were, um…a little weird. I say that respectfully, but I can only imagine they may not have been at the top of an invitation list to any aspiring social event. Things like walking around naked, burying underwear in the dirt (and retrieving it some time later!), marrying a prostitute, and a list of the bizarre continues—it certainly caught the people’s attention.
It would’ve caught my eye, to say the least.
Not respected, rarely believed, probably ridiculed, and usually hunted down, the job description was not for the faint of heart. Clearly, one was not chosen by Continue reading “No need for a boil order?”
Have you ever seen someone use a shotgun to kill a flea? Sounds silly, I know, but it provides an interesting mental image. And what a waste…
Yet, it’s sometimes what we expect of God, that is, to answer our prayers with the full cavalry, flags flying and guns blazing. Now, certainly, He is “the Lord of Heaven’s Armies”, and someday He will come back in full array. It’s just that occasionally I feel like I Continue reading “Canons, or Can of Raid?”