God Hits the “Smite” Button
A Heretic’s Guide to the Bible Bonus
Readings from Beyond the Lectionary by David Ackerman for Proper 6: June 16, 2013
Bible Cliff’s Notes
Matthew 12:43-45: This is a strange statement by Jesus in which he talks about how an unclean spirit wanders through deserts after leaving a person and returns to the house from where it came. It brings along seven spirits more evil than itself so that things are worse for the person than they were. “So it will be also with this wicked generation,” Jesus says.
Genesis 38:1-26 – After regaling us with the lively tale of how God strikes Onan dead when he spills his semen on the ground, the author of Genesis relates how a widow named Tamar dresses up like a prostitute in order to seduce her father-in-law, Judah. She succeeds and is found to be pregnant. When he tries to have her burned to death, she produces some of his personal belongings, reminding him that he’s the one who put her in that position. So he backs off the whole fire thing, and pouts about not giving her as a wife to his other son.
Psalm 35:19-25 – The psalmist offers a prayer here for vindication from enemies.
Acts 5:1-11 – Ananias and Sapphira agree to lie to the disciples and keep for themselves some of the money from land that they sold. Peter confronts Ananias, who drops over dead. A few hours later Sapphira comes in and when Peter confronts her, she dies, too.
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