…and into the fire :(

(Photo by Robert S. Donovan)

No, this post has nothing whatever to do with that Camp director guy. But it seems unfair, that having (with the help of my friends, especially Tyler) successfully found humour in such unlikely spots as Leviticus and Chronicles the next book on the list is Ezra.

If you thought Leviticus was dull, read Chronicles! And, if you think Chronicles lacks that je ne sais quoi then do try finding the humour in Ezra… but if you find any, please let me know…

4 comments on “…and into the fire :(

  1. James F. McGrath

    Once you sort out Ezra, Nehemiah’s a cinch, what with his pulling people’s hair and all…

  2. David Ker

    This is an easy one. In fact our family was just laughing about this passage last week. Ezra 5, Tattenai and Shethar-Bozenai tattle on the returned exiles in hopes of getting their work stopped. In chapter 6, Darius responds with unexpected affirmation of their work and then curses anyone who interferes with them with impaling on stakes made from the beams of their house. His edict ends in v. 12 with Darius ordering them: “I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed.”

    Verse 13 reads: Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shethar–boznai, and their companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent, so they did speedily.

    After our family read that passage we were all chuckling and saying, “Yeah, I bet they did it speedily.”

    This is a prototypical scenario in OT narratives with the underdog being oppressed by an evil villain and then a king turning it around to the honor of God’s people (Joseph, Daniel and Esther being other examples).

  3. Tim

    Thanks :) I have had a busy few days, and did not get to read this earlier. It is great how between everyone, so far, even the “humourless” books have turned in samples. I’m enjoying this series!

  4. David Ker

    Me too. We just happened to be reading in this area because our pastor has been doing a series on Zechariah. I think you’ll have smooth sailing for a while now.