Cover-to-Cover – Week 14

The Morning Benders – Cold War (Nice Clean Fight)

Ok, now where were we? I hate to say it, but since Spring Break, it has been something of a struggle to get back on track with the old read through the Bible in a year plan.  However, I’m making headway.

One silver lining in having to do a ton of reading to catch up is that I’ve been able to cover 2 Samuel in about 2-3 sittings.  And what a doozy.  That’s right I said “doozy”…  I think that makes me officially a woman.  In fact, I don’t even know any women who use that word.

If no one has put this thing to film, I need to go out and buy the rights immediately (can you buy the rights to the Bible?).  This thing is Gladiator, 300, Kingdom of Heaven, Book of Eli, all rolled up into one.  Death and carnage at every turn.  In a word… epic.

Let’s just take a look at some of the more notable characters…

Joab.  Not one of the more well known characters from the Bible, but he’s David’s right hand man.  Pretty much anything that needed getting done, Joab did.  He’s taking out David’s enemies left and right.  Of course, occasionally he took matters into his own hands.  And he may have tried to set himself up against David towards the end of his life.  But Joab was bad to the bone.  One of my favorite Joab episodes is when he has to confront David about being a whiner baby after Absalom dies.  Really, you should go read it right now.

Absalom.  Of course, some of the more obvious stuff was his revolting against his father, killing his brother, and sleeping with all his father’s concubines.  I’m no rocket scientist, but I’m guessing the whole “concubines” idea was a dude’s idea.  Speaking of rocket scientists, how about Absalom’s demise?  Could have been a scene from Dumb and Dumber

Now Absalom happened to meet David’s men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s head got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.

2 Samuel 18:9

After which, he was quickly dispatched by the aforementioned Joab.  Classic.

David.  Ah, David.  All the time it seems like there is so much focus on the whole Bathsheba thing.  Really, that’s small potatoes compared to the number of people he wipes out during his reign.  Not to mention that enormous amount of dysfunction he either allows or causes within his own family.  The list of crazy-David’s-family stuff is really too long to list out, but the amazing thing is that despite the sexual stuff, and the bloodshed, and the poor family leadership he exhibits, he is still always known as “a man after God’s own heart”  (Acts 13:22).  Just nuts.

The good news (i.e. gospel) is that if there is hope for him, then I guess there is for this more “minor-league” sinner, as well.

Happy reading.

Four (and then some) for Friday

Last week, I missed an installment of Four for Friday.  So I hope to make up for it today by introducing you to The Morning Benders.  I don’t know a whole lot about them other than I like their music.

Here’s a video of them playing “Excuses” with a few friends.

Their album Big Echo will be released next week, but you can stream the whole thing until then right here.

Cover-to-Cover – Week 8

The Morning Benders – Pleasure Sighs

As we’ve been spending some time in Deuteronomy this week, you may be thinking…

“Didn’t we already cover this?  Why are we getting all the same stuff again?”

So it might be helpful to know that while we are getting it all again, the group that Moses is addressing is in some ways hearing it for the first time.  Moses is addressing the Israelites who are about to cross over into the Promised Land.  None of whom were of age the first time it was given back at Sinai.  These are the sons and daughters of the generation of Israelites that were told they would wander in (and die in) the wilderness.

Which raises the follow up question…  why didn’t Moses just say, “and we read all of the Law to this generation as well?”  Again, there must have been some purpose for this Second Law (which is what Deuteronomy means).  Hard to know exactly why, but my take away is that each generation needs a comprehensive explanation of God’s word.  It isn’t enough to simply assume that they’ll just sort of figure it out along the way.  That godliness doesn’t just happen by a process of osmosis or by just hanging around parents who believe.  Each generation needs the Word of God presented afresh.  Deuteronomy is the detailed account of this generation’s choice to re-affirm the way of life to which God has called them.

That’s all I’ve got.

Four for (a mellow) Friday

I’m looking at a pretty low-key weekend, and so here’s a few to set the tone for those doing likewise.

The Morning Benders – Promises

Beach House – Walk in the Park

jj – Let Go

Lissie – Wedding Bells (Hank Williams Cover)

Be careful not to slip into a coma while listening.