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January 24, 2014

Verna Davis: Heed the stories and the lessons that can be learned

I love a good story. The kind of story that makes me think about it long after I've heard it or read about it.

The book, "Silas Marner," is one of those stories. Silas was brutally betrayed by his fiancee, unjustly accused of a crime his best friend committed, was banished from the home and church he loved, became a recluse who refused to grow close to anyone out of fear of further hurt, and found a baby and a dead woman on his door step in the middle of a fierce winter storm. "Silas Marne" is a story of good triumphing over evil, a religion that is right and just, and a good life that earns great rewards.

I also love those stories from the Old Testament. I chuckle when I think about what Noah's neighbors must have thought of him when he set out to build the ark. I like to imagine the look on Moses' face when he encountered a bush that was burning but would not burn up. I laugh right out loud when I read about how Balaam's donkey talked back to him, revealing that the four-legged mule was smarter than the two-legged one.

I know that some think the Old Testament is boring. (What about that one story of the earth making a big hole and swallowing up a wicked priest? Wouldn't that make a great action movie?) Some think the Old Testament isn't really relevant to us today. (Wonder how Isaiah would respond to that idea considering his prophecies concerning Jesus?) Still others think the Old Testament is just nothing more than just a bunch of stories and we shouldn't even waste our time on them.

Well, if you feel that way about the Old Testament, you should read 1 Corinthians 10:1-13. In that passage, we receive some warnings about the stories contained in the Old Testament. Those verses tell us that we should not be ignorant of what our forefathers saw and did. We should understand why God was not pleased with them. And we should learn a lesson about the way they died in the middle their constant complaining and rebellion. (Oops. We're pretty good at that, too, aren't we?)

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