Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!)
1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a
Elijah gets in trouble with the King Ahab and Jezebel for killing their prophets. He hides in the woods and waits to die but an angel gives him food. He retreats to mount Horeb for 40 days. God appears to Elijah and tells him to retreat to the wilderness in Damascus.
The prophet Isaiah is condemning those who do not observe Jewish law and do not worship the God of Abraham. He says they will pay for these sins and for turning their back on Isaiah. He prophesies destruction for them but not for the land. Rather, he predicts that the descendents of Judah will inherit the land of the unrighteous.
Jesus heals a man of demon possession. He sends the evil spirits occupying his body into a herd of swine that jump off a cliff and drown. Observers tell people in the nearby town about this healing and they are afraid of Jesus and ask him to leave. The healed man asks to stay with Jesus, but Jesus sends him back to tell people about what God has done for him.
Psalm 42 and 43
A song of mourning about being forgotten by God and being ridiculed by those who do not follow the same God. He longs to be reconciled with God in God’s dwelling place on the mountain. Despite being of poor spirit, he still offers praise and expresses hope.
A song of the persecuted asking God for protection and providence.
In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he proclaims that they are no longer beholden to a series of laws, but rather are justified and guided now by their faith in Christ as revealed in the gospel. Distinctions between people and groups such as male/female, Jew/Greek and slave/free no longer apply, as we are all one in Jesus.
WTF? (Breaking down scripture in plain language)
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