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Literalism – or what an ass!

“Moses Tied His ‘Ass’ to a Tree” – Jim Rigby

The people of a village once looked out to see one of their most pious neighbors tied to a tree. Rushing out to release him, they were stunned to discover that he had tied the knots himself. “Moses tied his ass to a tree,” the man said sternly, “and I’m going to follow the Moses!”

“But the word “ass” originally meant “donkey, not rear end,” someone replied. ”Moses wouldn’t want you to suffer like this.” The man shook his head, “God’s word is unchanging. If you want to pick and choose what you’re going to obey that’s fine, but I take it all literally.”

Eventually, there was just a skeleton tied to the tree. The people were so impressed by the faith of the man that they built an altar with a sign that read, “You can be like this man if you will take the Bible literally.”

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Zacchaeus

Just back from an excellent service at Dumfries Northwest Church, where four of us shared the conduct of worship.

The Scripture Reading (and the theme) was the New Testament story of Zacchaeus.

It reminded me of a story concerning Charles Spurgeon and a student in training for the ministry

 

 

Part of the training involved  the students preaching before their fellow classmates.

Spurgeon would call a student to the front of the class, hand him a text, and ask him to preach on it.

Once, the selected student stood up in front of the class and said, “I have been given the New Testament passage: Luke 19, verses 1-10.

“There are three things I would like to point out about Zacchaeus:

“I would like to say in the first place, he was a little man and so am I.

“I would remark in the second place, he was up a tree and so am I.

“And I would emphasize in the third place, he made haste and came down and so will I.”

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July 3, 2014 · 13:11