Branded

March 7, 2012

You guys, short and sweet today because unfortunately I have an Aramaic midterm this afternoon. Even more unfortunately, I do not know any Aramaic.

OK, I promised I wouldn’t subject you to pictures of the burn on my leg, but I thought you should see this.

This is what my curling iron says.

And this is what my leg says.

I’ve been branded.

Last night in my Hebrew class we talked about how complicated it is to figure out the theology of Joshua. There’s a lot of killing and many people have a hard time understanding God because of all the violence he commanded. We talked about how, as much as people want there to be, there’s probably not any easy answer — we have to consider the types of writing (law code is different than narrative), the worldview of the Ancient Near East, the redemptive model of Scripture, the way God hands out historical judgments to other nations and to Israel, the meaning of “the ban” in Joshua, and on and on and on. It doesn’t mean that there’s no solution, but I do think it means that we probably can’t give a quick, neat answer to questions about justice and judgment in the Scripture. We have to be thoughtful and we have to think well. We have to take the time to discuss and ponder. It may not be a quick answer, but we know the character of our God and his holiness and goodness.

So the holiday of Purim starts tonight at sundown! Purim was not one of the seven holidays commanded by God, but we see it begin in the Bible in the book of Esther. It is a joyful holiday that commemorates when God saved his people from destruction at the hands of the evil Haman. The Bible commands the Jewish people to celebrate it every year by giving gifts, and giving to the poor and having a great feast. I’m not actually celebrating it until Thursday evening with my small group, but I’ll tell you lots more about it then. If you do want to consider celebrating, you mostly just dress up and eat lots of good food. And on Thursday, you could give to the poor and bring treats to friends!

OK, seriously. I’ve got to study for this awful midterm. I’ll see ya soon!

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6 Responses to “Branded”

  1. NOT AHHHHH.

    That burn is something fierce. Yikes.

  2. Suzanne said

    I gasped when I scrolled down to the burn. Ouch! Much worse than I anticipated. I’ll have to read your other blog to get the whole gory story. Hope it’s healing and you don’t have a permanent “Conair” mark or even worse, “Con.”

  3. Suzanne said

    Have you blogged yet about the fact that Melissa Gilbert is going to be on Dancing with the Stars? I feel that this might be a highlight for you, although for me I’m nearly equally excited about Jaleel White gettin’ his groove on (and I don’t even watch the show!).

  4. Suzanne said

    And I’m pretty sure “nearly equally” is incorrect. 🙂

  5. Lydia said

    Oh my goodness! How hot is your curling iron? How long was it on your leg? That is one of the most terrible things I have seen. I hope you are treating it with burn ointment…I feel for you!

  6. Ow-wow! My advice is, put aloe vera on it (the purer the better). I once had the most horrific sunburn on my back, but after slathering it daily with aloe juice (gel is just as good) it didn’t even peel. Aloe is one of nature’s miracle healers…

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