We don’t often talk about the story of Puah and Shiphrah, though their story is one of courage and mettle, standing together against forces of evil seeking to destroy a nation. (a twenty minute tale)
The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi son of Gedaliah son of Amariah son of Hezekiah, in the days of King Josiah son of Amon of Judah. Zephaniah 1:1 (NRSV)
As John suffered the trauma of witnessing, as Jesus endured the ordeal of his hour and the Father’s cup, as Peter wept bitterly, Judas also underwent internal agony. Matthew alone would tell his story.
“And you all will see the Son of Humanity sitting at the right side of the Almighty, then coming with the clouds of heaven.”
This is commentary written in story form, in an experiment mixing narrative criticism in a creative nonfiction writing style.
Before diving into the events of Jesus's trials, it makes sense to review the adjudicators, timeline, and setting,
When we find ourselves at the crossroad of temptation, the path of life and the path of death, by God’s grace, we can choose life.
God's majesty, God's glory made all else recede, so that Habakkuk was focused on God, not on his current circumstances, nor the dreadful times to come.
Repentance means radical, profound change by turning away from the old and entering into the new.
It fascinates me that in the moments before Jesus was bound and led away, he healed one of his captors. What does loving one's enemies look like? Well, like that, probably.