Monday, June 29, 2015

who?

today's readings: 2 Kings 15:1-16:20, Acts 19:13-41, Psalm 147:1-20, Proverbs 18:45

two things amused me today. first, every time the OT writer mentioned a certain person, he called him Tiglath-Pileser from Assyria. as opposed to Tiglath-Pileser of Detroit? i laughed every time he said it... like we would get him mixed up with some other Tiglath-Pileser. and it's especially funny because Tiglath-Pileser is fun to say.

and then in the NT, it was amusing that the Ephesians got so worked up over their great Artemis of Ephesus. they stood in the amphitheater and chanted for over two hours "great is Artemis of the Ephesians!" perhaps not their best moment.

but the two narratives together raise a good and insightful question about who we are. who was Tiglath-Pileser? who were the Ephesians? who was Artemis?

they're remembered for various reasons, not all of them good. what will you be remembered for?

God, please help me live my life so I'm remembered for Your love.

1 comment:

julie reedy said...

Very good point. We as human with all the current available information about how God expects us to live we still choose to live in just a way as can be said about us as was said of the people during the OT and NT times. We continue to do evil. Lord help me to continue to read Your scriptures everyday and apply their examples of living my life so as to be pleasing in your sight.