Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!)
1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39
Elijah challenges the prophets of the god Baal to a standoff. Both will prepare offerings to their gods, and will call on them to consume the offerings with fire. Baal does nothing, much to the chagrin of his prophets, but the God of Abraham consumes the offering with fire. And Elijah kind of rubs their noses in it.
Jesus heals a Roman soldier’s slave. The Jewish people advocate for him as a kind and giving man, and he is humbled by Jesus’ presence in his home. Jesus claims he hasn’t found anyone in Israel as faithful as the solider, and he heals his slave.
A song of praise for the God of Abraham who should be praised above all others. It’s a song of anticipation of God’s judgment on the earth, which will be done with “equity, righteousness and truth.”
Paul claims his authority from Jesus to speak as a leader to the Christians in Galatia. He’s bummed by how quickly they stray from the Christian gospel, looking for something else. He assures them that if anyone (including him) promotes a gospel other than the one they received, it’s a lie, because this Gospel was divinely inspired.
WTF? (Breaking down scripture in plain language)
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