5.08.2006

You're going down

Reading Acts 23, of Paul's arrest and interrogation by the Jews in Jerusalem, I came across a powerful OT reference. When the high priest commands Paul to be struck for saying he lived in good conscience before God, Paul responds: "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall!" (Acts 23:5)

Now read Ezekiel 13:10-15 (NIV):

“‘Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”
13 ”‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury. 14 I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the LORD. 15 So I will spend my wrath against the wall and against those who covered it with whitewash. I will say to you, “The wall is gone and so are those who whitewashed it, 16 those prophets of Israel who prophesied to Jerusalem and saw visions of peace for her when there was no peace, declares the Sovereign LORD.”’

3 comments:

  1. Pardon, homo?

    Is kewl the new hip way to say "cool?"
    Sorry for being so out of it, if so!

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  2. Indeed it is the hip way to say cool. I appreciate the insights you offer from the OT roots of the NT passages. It has gotten me back into the appendix of my Greek New Testament.

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