Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 Kings... am I missing anything?

Obviously I haven't blogged for awhile. I assure everyone that I am still reading and reflecting but I don't have a whole lot to say that I haven't yet already said. Just a couple bullet point reflections:

  • I keep falling back into haze mode when I read. It's easy to skim the names and the places and dates without really paying attention to them.
  • I find it difficult to look at the kings as moral exemplars when they frequently kill one another; trust me, I'm not looking for perfect characters because everyone is flawed in the Bible but I'm pretty uneasy about patterning my faith off of someone who not only murders but is joyous about it.
  • Yes, I recognize that the people aren't doing the fighting but it's God that's doing the fighting for them. Yes, I understand that. No, I don't think that makes it okay.
  • Noticing some definite literary pattern changes. Certain themes are disappearing (or being clarified). Yay for being trained to read Scripture.
That's all folks. Happy reading.