“This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.”
So, what's the first thing you said out loud when you saw the girl of your dreams standing in front of you. That’s kind of what’s happening here. Check out the story in Genesis 2.
"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today."
After being sold into slavery by his own brothers, accused of rape, thrown into prison, SOMEHOW this guy managed to become the second most powerful guy in Egypt. He also managed to save the world from starvation. Not bad. Check out the story in Genesis 37-45.
“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
As the new leader of the nation of Israel, Joshua was constantly having to give challenging speeches in the face of eminent danger or an uncertain future. Here, Joshua lays down the gauntlet, telling the people to serve God or serve someone else. Of course, it was their custom to KILL those who served someone else. So, this little pep talk was an interesting exercise in coercion.
“These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!”
So, at Pentecost, all these dudes are suddenly able to speak in other languages so that they could tell religious pilgrims from all over the region that Jesus is God. It stands to reason that they might come across as a bit drunk. Check out the full story in Acts 2.
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
So, Jesus was asked to come heal his friend Lazarus before he kicked the bucket. Jesus did something else. Lazarus died. It was kind of sad and his sister Martha was understandably upset. Don’t be alarmed though. Jesus has a thing about bringing people back from the dead.
“Why should my face not look sad when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?”
Apparently, Nehemiah had a Jack Bauer-esque job. Royal food and drink taster. Sound cool? It wasn’t. It was to make sure the king wasn’t being poisoned by political enemies. It was also Nehemiah’s job to “be happy” when in the presence of the king. Or it could mean the king would be getting a new food taster and Nehemiah would be getting measured for your coffin. Check out the full story in Nehemiah 1-2.
“I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Got an annoying sibling your parents put you in charge of watching? Ever wanted to kill them? Well, in Genesis 4 Cain made it reality for the first time.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.”
Sound familiar? That’s because U2 has been singing it for years. They call it “40.” The Bible calls it “Psalm 40.” It was originally written to be sung by a choir. A very…big…choir.
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.”
Ever had a really bad day? Job lost his wealth, house, and kids on the same day. Then his friends blamed HIM for it. Through it all, he never turned his back on God. In the end, God blessed him with even more than he had lost.
“Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.”
Solomon had wisdom coming out of his ears. And women. So, not sure how wise he was…
About God: “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Does the prospect of charlatan televangelists turn your stomach? They’re nothing new. In his second letter, The Apostle Peter is teaching young Christians how to deal with false teachers and evildoers who were infiltrating the church. Check out 2 Peter 3-4.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
Jesus spent three years sharing his life with people. During that time, his “simple message of God’s love” was anything, but. The teachings of Jesus were counterintuitive, revolutionary, and stood convention on its head. Read the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. Even today, the message of this Jewish carpenter is explosive.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.”
The Book of Romans is where the Apostle Paul lays down the law…or the anti-law. Either way, the Apostle Paul went through EVERYTHING in order to preach the story of Jesus to people. He was totally unashamed. Check out the book of Romans to better understand the mind and heart of Christianity’s greatest missionary.
“I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
So, Jacob actually wrestled with God. Physically took God on. And this Iron Man match lasted all night. Don’t worry. God wins. Still…that’s impressive.
“If anyone ties me securely with new ropes…I’ll become as weak as any other man.”
Samson is the epitome of the oblivious man. His girlfriend tries killing him 3 TIMES and he never breaks up with her. More brawn than brains.
“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.”
The book of Ruth is one of the most beautiful and redeeming stories in all of Scripture. It is about faithfulness, loss, romance, heartache…It is only 4 short chapters. You should check it out.
“Speak, for your servant is listening.”
So, when Samuel kept hearing someone calling him. A little groggy, he assumed it was his boss, Eli. But, it wasn’t Eli. It was God. Check out the story in 1 Samuel 3.
“What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
Somehow, Moses didn’t think convincing his people and showing up in Pharaoh’s court with a message from a bush telling him to let a million slaves go was going to go over too well. His question of God seems to have merit.
“Am I a dog that you come at me with sticks?”
Some things never change. Goliath is engaging in a little ancient smack talk against the cowering nation of Israel. Shortly thereafter, he would be killed, beheaded, and paraded through the city. Lesson: The bigger and louder they are, the more embarrassing the defeat. Check out 1 Samuel 17.
"…I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
A plot to kill the Jews. A young woman who would step up and do the right thing. Esther is a story about a beauty queen who would become one of the most celebrated heroes in the Israel’s history. The book of Esther is great.
“…a people without understanding will come to ruin.”
People try to follow the will of God as best they can. How difficult would that be for you if He asked you to marry a prostitute in order to prove a point to the nation? That’s EXACTLY what he asked Hosea to do.
“Pick me up and throw me into the sea and it will become calm.”
Told by God to go to Ninevah—where they typically killed missionaries and dragged them through the streets behind chariots—Jonah hopped on a boat going the opposite direction. So, God sends a storm to get Jonah’s attention. How do you think he was far enough out to get swallowed by a great fish? Check out the story in the book of Jonah.
“My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
While Jesus died on the cross for the sins of humanity, it’s not like he was physically looking forward to the ordeal. This is one of the most authentic prayers ever prayed.
“Lord do not hold this sin against them.”
After delivering the longest recorded speech in the NT, Stephen is stoned to death, becoming Christianity’s first martyr. However, as they are hurling huge rocks at his head, he is praying for his attackers…that is forgiveness.
“…if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men…"
Behind the Statement: Wanting to get a handle on this new movement, the early Christians were often brought to trial in order to explain whether what they were saying and doing was legal. Gamaliel the Pharisee, during one of these trials, spoke some of the truest words ever spoken about the Christian faith. Two thousand years later, Christianity still thrives and the name of Jesus is preached to the masses. Check out the book of Acts to see how it all began.