Saturday, January 17, 2015
but the greatest of these
so the OT reading today was, to me, just funny. I mean, we did read about Rachel naming her child "son of my sorrow" with her dying breath, and then Jacob going "ehhh.... let's call him 'son of my right hand' instead" (which is also funny, in a tragic kinda way... but I mean I guess it was kinda selfish for Rachel to name him "son of my sorrow" to begin with)
but man... those names! one funny name after another... how would you like to go through life with the name Basemath? as a woman?? seems like her sisters should be named Toughalgebra and Killercalculus...
but I laughed out loud every time I saw the name Oholibamah... it's like someone taking our president's name in vain.
anyway, on to the NT. Jesus says some very deep and liberating things in today's reading. He basically says ... look, it's important to be holy. it's important for you to live a clean and pure life. but it's far MORE important that you love other people.
if you have a choice between keeping yourself "sin free" and helping someone, err on the side of helping them. and it's usually true, I think, that the more we get busy helping others, the less time we have to 'besmirch' ourselves with sin, anyway.
I didn't even mention Horite... heh heh. Horite!