Monday, January 4, 2010

"Where is THAT in the Bible"???

Well, its certainly been a long time since I put in my two cents worth about ANYTHING on the blog. I hope and pray everyone is doing fine and had a wonderfully blessed holiday season. We had a great time celebrating the reason for the season and the relationship of family time together.

I am somewhat excited about something. I came across a book that is entitled by the same words I would quote when trying to verify or validate any subject that may have to have some biblical reference..."Where is it found in the Bible"? Lol. I can't remember every discussion that I have had over the years and the specifics, but I do remember on several occasions falling into a debate about homosexuality, women preachers, abortion, head of houshold and woman not having dominion over a man, why did women have to cover their heads in the temple, why Priest don't marry, etc. It's funny because I found this interesting material in a Dollar General store. All 578 pages that Ken Anderson researched and compiled is filled with over 3,700 contemporary topics and what the bible says about it. From A to Z, from "abuse & academics" to "zodiac & zoology it's in this book. Right smack in the middle is "manipulate, manpower and marching". WHERE IS THAT IN THE BIBLE????

I thought it interesting, (since I am the wife of a clergyman) the topics that was listed under the subject of Elder/clergy. Which by the way had 10 times more scripture references than that of Salvation and Jesus Christ put together. To stimulate your curiousity further, I will list some of the topics below and the scripture references. Maybe one will capture your attention.

  • Born of clergy stock, Exodus 2:1-2 (AB)

  • Seven-day ordination, Exodus 29:35

  • No marriage to divorcees, prostitutes, Leviticus 21:7

  • Holiness by occupation, Leviticus 21:8

  • High quaility lives for clergymen, Leviticus 21:17-23

  • Speaking by divine authority, Leviticus 23:1-2, 9-10, 23-24

  • Military exemption, Numbers 1:47-49

  • Wishing all could be prophets, Numbers 11:29

  • Stoning leaders, Numbers 14:1-11

  • Responsibility for sin, Numbers 18:1 (Berk)

  • Priests owned no property, Numbers 18:20

  • Speaking what the Lord commands, Numbers 23:11-12

  • Concerned pastor's compassionate prayer, Deuteronomy 9:25-29

  • Clergy twofold responsibility, Deuteronomy 10:8-9

  • Clergy decision not court of law, Deuteronomy 17:8-9

  • New clergy's earnestness, Deuteronomy 18:6-7

  • Detecting false prophet, Deuteronomy 18:21-22

  • People without spiritual guidance, Judges 2:18-19

  • Unique calling, circumstances, Judges 17:7-13

  • Hired priest, Judges 18:4 (see 5-26)

  • Priest who worshiped idols, Judges 18:30-31

  • Evil sons as priests, I Samuel 2:12-17, 22-25

  • Layman posing as prophet, I Samuel 13:8-14

  • Lost influence, I Samuel 15:11

  • Refusal to turn against clergy, I Samuel 22:16-17

  • Unqualified for priesthood, I Kings 12:31

  • Anyone could be priest, I Kings 13:33

  • Prophet named troublemaker, I Kings 18:16-18

  • Priest's role in government, 2 Kings 12:1-2 (GNB)

  • Priest consulted prophetess, 2 Kings 22:14

  • Trustworthy Priest, 2 Chronicles 35:2

  • Priest in short supply, 2 Chronicles 29:34

  • Mocking preacher, 2 Chronicles 36:16

  • Clergy wives, Ezra 9:1-2

  • Priest married to unbelievers, Ezra 10:18-44

  • Clergy, manual labor, Nehemiah 3:1-2

  • Priest support themselves, Nehemiah 13:10-11

  • Priest's office defiled, Nehemiah 13:29

  • Shepherd angry at sheep, Psalm 74:1

  • People request pleasant sermons, Isaiah 30:10

  • Touch no unclean thing, Isaiah 52:11

  • Priest rule by their own authority, Jeremiah 5:31

  • Depraved clergy, Jeremiah 8:10

  • Strong preaching ridiculed, Jeremiah 17:15 (LB)

  • Courage to minister under any circumstances, Ezekiel 2:6-7

  • Women preachers, Ezekiel 13:17 (CEV)

  • Priest two functions, Ezekiel 40:44-46

  • Priest commit shameful crimes, Hosea 6:9

  • Degraded clergy, Hosea 9:7

  • People without shepherd, Matthew 9:36

  • Successful preaching, Acts 14:21

There are more than 100 more topics listed under Elder/Clergy. I hope I did not bore you with my facination of this little book. If there is a subject that you wonder if it is listed among these, please comment. I look forward to hearing from you about my literature find.

Note: The Meaning within ( ? )

Amplified Bible (AB), Berkeley Version (BERK), Good News Bible (GNB), Living Bible (LB), Contemporary English Version (CEV).

Until next time, Be Blessed.