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Bible Study from Pastor Will
Ego, Honor, and Right & Wrong
This chapter is another one that can create confusion based upon our cultural norms. We function in a right and wrong society and we read the Bible through those lenses. However, reading this chapter from that starting point can really leave us confused and wondering if the punishment fits the crime. Briefly summarizing what happened in Numbers 16, a group of the Israelites question Moses’ leadership and authority, but God sets them straight with a severe punishment. Take a couple minutes to read the chapter to get the full story. (Just click on the blue Numbers 16.)
To us, questioning someone’s leadership and authority is not necessarily a good thing, but isn’t it something we do all the time, especially before an election? Yet, at the time of Moses, in a society based on honor and not right and wrong, questioning someone’s honor, authority, and integrity in front of others was not received well. It was seen as such a bad thing that if it happened to you, you actually might kill the person(s) doing the questioning. Here is something to think about…that is actually that happened to Jesus and why He was killed.
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MOVIE OF THE WEEK:
Here’s how it works. Most of these movies will be available “on demand” through a movie service on your TV, like Netflix or Hulu. The link above provides you with questions to think through as you and your family watch the movie and then discuss it afterwards. At the end of the questions you can read my reflections about where I saw the light of Jesus in the movie. (These movies might be available at your local library as well, but with many of the libraries closed right now, you would have to save the discussion questions until you get the movie.)
Finding Jesus' Light in the Media
A couple of Mindy’s friends suggested that her and I watch this movie titled The Butler. I have been on a historical kick with my movies lately having just watched Vice (about Vice President Dick Cheney, which I enjoyed) and a Steve Jobs documentary. I have been reminded in those movies that those that got made fun of historically probably did more for us than we know, and that a successful person certainly doesn’t equal a great person.
The Butler kept me in that historical theme. It was great to watch the line of presidents and see it through the eyes of an African American butler. In so many ways, coming from the cotton fields of the south to a butler in the White House equaled success, but what truly defines sucess?
Click here for the discussion questions.