So, in Psalm 1 verse 7 the writer asks God to slap his enemies in the face! There’s even an exclamation mark after it. Bang, take that… God’s face-slap!
Genesis 5, 6 and 7 tell the back ground to the birth of Noah and then the story of the flood. Yes, The Flood. Another really well known Old Testament story. It’s hard to read without thinking of Steve Carroll, but if we are trying to get to the bottom of what God’s saying here, we have to dig a bit deeper.
It’s all about numbers and cold hard facts. If you believe the Bible to be literally true, then this passage will present a few difficulties. No boat could be built to those specs and still carry two of every creature. And in any case, the people all live to be fantastic ages. So it’s an analogy then. But what for? The people who obeyed God survived. Those who did not obey perished.
In the New Testament, meanwhile, we’re on Matthew 3. We’re still with John the Baptist and the Baptism of Jesus. Which is interesting because the Church of England Lectionary has this coming Sunday as the Baptism of Christ. I’m due to read the Gospel in church this week and – guess what? It’s Matthew 2! I can put it into context now. John is already starting to annoy certain influential people. He’s out there, shouting in the desert. Baptising people with river water. And along comes Jesus. John’s shocked, but Jesus tells him just to get on with it. And there’s a lovely moment as Jesus comes out of the River Jordan, God’s voice echoes around the crowds. “This is my dearly beloved Son.”
Matthew 4 tells us about Jesus’s verbal sparring with Satan in the wilderness. The message here is crystal clear. Stick to your principles. Tell Satan to get lost because you’ve got other ideas. Remember Noah’s neighbours? They followed Satan and where did they end up? Exactly. Jesus said, “Get out of here, Satan.”
So that’s Satan well and truly face-slapped!
I’m enjoying writing these notes. I hope they’re interesting to read! I’m still finding my way with blogging and I still find bits of it totally confusing. Why are some blogs read by dozens and others not? It appears that I’ve got no followers. Fine, that’s not why I’m here, but all the same…
Who are you? Why are you reading this? Am I a lone voice crying in the wilderness?
Oh no, I missed the deadline. It’s past midnight. Must try harder next time! Goodnight!