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.



Pastor Kevin L. Pullam said...

Well... All I can say is that this sounds like a POWERFUL book. One that I will be looking for ASAP. Being that I currently Pastor a church where the office of Pastoral leadership has always been under-fire and EVEN MORE under-regarded, I NEED this book. My prayer has been that the Lord would enlighten me on the subject as to greater empower and enlighten the congregation that so needs the insight. Thanks for this post... I believe this is an answer to current and ongoing prayer.

Love you,

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it.


Welcome Back, you write with such wisdom.


Pastor W.L. Pullam said...

Very interesting book. The Lord had it there waiting for you. You definitely could have given it the title because that is a phrase that you use all the Love you.

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