The Sound of Sheer Silence

The traditional reading of 1 Kings 19 makes it the story of Elijah’s trip to Mt. Horeb to renew his commission as a prophet. There are, however, significant indications that rather than renewing his commitment, Elijah goes to resign it. Interestingly enough, the GD lesson manual also takes the later approach, at least insofar as it admits that Elijah is “discouraged” and in need of comfort (p. 137). … [Read more...]

The Gospel According to the OT: God’s Memory

The gentleman from the high council rested his right arm on the podium and leaned forward into the microphone. Looking into the congregation, he lowered his voice and took us into his confidence. “The Old Testament,” he said, “concerns itself with carnal commandments intended to cleanse the body, with outward performances and all that sort of thing.”Fortunately, there’s a lot more to the OT than the polemics of Heb 9:10, or there would be no reason to spend a year studying it in GD. For exam … [Read more...]

Obadiah: Man Between a Rock and Elijah

Poor guy. His name means “servant of the Lord” and now he’s about to find out just what that service requires. … [Read more...]

Modern Elijah

Well, we’ve had a long and fun day discussing this topic on our back channel group email. But I guess it’s time to cut bait or fish. We may yet be reduced to contemplating FHL’s timely question, “Where am I going and why am I in this hand basket?” but at least we’ve had a good time with it. The errors are, of course, all mine. … [Read more...]

More Strong Language

Whenever I hear the subject of the sealing authority come up, it’s Biblical origin is intertwined with Elijah’s promise to Ahab of drought in 1 Ki 17:1As the LORD the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.This is certainly an attention-getter, but not, I think, the heart of the matter.(Public service announcement to our unmarried gentlemen readers: Ahab’s problems seem to stem from his marriage to Jezebel, daughter of E … [Read more...]

Northern Lights Tonight

It may be possible for many in North America to see the Northern Lights this evening. A link showing the predicted extent by latitude is here. Click on the link for the northern hemisphere for a larger display.As always, a dark sky and an unobstructed view in northerly directions are important. David J., however, ought to be made in the shade on this one.--Astro MoggetOn Edit: Probably tomorrow night, but tonight is possible as well. … [Read more...]

Uneasy in RS

In an RS meeting some time ago I was mildly startled to hear the teacher explain that what the “primitive church” called “evangelists” were what we now call stake patriarchs. Since I am just Sister Mogget on the back row in RS, I sat quietly, said nothing, and began to think about it. … [Read more...]

An Unusual Instance of Potty Mouth

The three satans (adversaries) raised by God against Solomon in 1 Ki 11:14-40 are filled with echoes of some of the OT’s most famous characters. Hadad (vv. 14-22) sounds like Joseph and Moses, while Rezon’s career as an outlaw king (vv. 23-25) who fled from his master reprises David’s early career. The most complete set of allusions, however, are reserved for the rise of Jeroboam (vv.26-40). … [Read more...]


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