Spirits in Prison

“…through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.”

– 1 Peter 3.19-20

Now I know a little about this verse and the reference it is making, but it wouldn’t hurt to know a little more. I do not remember what we read, it was some particular extra-Biblical text, but it made reference to these spirits in prison, to giants that literally roamed the earth and were sent to an underground (interesting) prison after disobeying God’s commands. Mythical or not, its pretty fun to read. I’ll see if I can track down my sources, but in the meantime, feel free to impress us with your vast knowledge of hidden stories and references in early Genesis, especially if you have read it lately (I don’t know, I think some people are into that, reading and all). If this is all completely wrong, sorry, but consider it a pretty sweet story.

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Spirits in Prison

“…through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.”

– 1 Peter 3.19-20

Now I know a little about this verse and the reference it is making, but it wouldn’t hurt to know a little more. I do not remember what we read, it was some particular extra-Biblical text, but it made reference to these spirits in prison, to giants that literally roamed the earth and were sent to an underground (interesting) prison after disobeying God’s commands. Mythical or not, its pretty fun to read. I’ll see if I can track down my sources, but in the meantime, feel free to impress us with your vast knowledge of hidden stories and references in early Genesis, especially if you have read it lately (I don’t know, I think some people are into that, reading and all). If this is all completely wrong, sorry, but consider it a pretty sweet story.

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From Moses to MLK

Being as we just celebrated MLK Jr. day, I was thinking about him. There are so many paralells between MLK and Moses (He actually compares himself to him) I felt I had to write about it. Let me break it down:

1) Oppression: For Moses, the oppression was to be found with the Hebrew people enslaved in Egypt. Yes, “Pharaoh, Pharaoh, oh baby, let my people go.” In the case of MLK, it was also oppression, specifically African American people lacking the general God given rights of human beings.

2) Powerful Leaders/Speakers: Moses was very self-conscious of his speaking capabilities, but God provided a means by which to communicate where people probably didn’t make fun of his stutter anymore. We all know what kind of speaker Dr. King was; passionate, driven, and heart-shaking.

3) There were mixed feelings as to how the exodus should all go down: For Moses, there was often desention among the people, some wanted to go back and most others complaining for one reason or another. For MLK, there were those who wanted the same goal only thought the non-violent path was not the right method, and tried to do it their own way.

4) Neither would enter the “promised land”: For Moses, he was unable to enter because of a disobedient act with a rock and a stick (maybe another post sometime), and for MLK, a tragic assassination.

5) Both Moses and MLK would succeed in their tasks: The Hebrews would finally step foot into the promised land, and the civil rights movement would continue on to success.

I can’t help but wonder what Dr. King would say today had he lived to see the fruit of his labor. He truly must have been a messenger from God.

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last speech

From Moses to MLK

Being as we just celebrated MLK Jr. day, I was thinking about him. There are so many paralells between MLK and Moses (He actually compares himself to him) I felt I had to write about it. Let me break it down:

1) Oppression: For Moses, the oppression was to be found with the Hebrew people enslaved in Egypt. Yes, “Pharaoh, Pharaoh, oh baby, let my people go.” In the case of MLK, it was also oppression, specifically African American people lacking the general God given rights of human beings.

2) Powerful Leaders/Speakers: Moses was very self-conscious of his speaking capabilities, but God provided a means by which to communicate where people probably didn’t make fun of his stutter anymore. We all know what kind of speaker Dr. King was; passionate, driven, and heart-shaking.

3) There were mixed feelings as to how the exodus should all go down: For Moses, there was often desention among the people, some wanted to go back and most others complaining for one reason or another. For MLK, there were those who wanted the same goal only thought the non-violent path was not the right method, and tried to do it their own way.

4) Neither would enter the “promised land”: For Moses, he was unable to enter because of a disobedient act with a rock and a stick (maybe another post sometime), and for MLK, a tragic assassination.

5) Both Moses and MLK would succeed in their tasks: The Hebrews would finally step foot into the promised land, and the civil rights movement would continue on to success.

I can’t help but wonder what Dr. King would say today had he lived to see the fruit of his labor. He truly must have been a messenger from God.

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last speech

I can’t believe it…

Just saw the headline…”Actor Heath Ledger Dead.”

From A Knight’s Tale to Broke Back to the next big Batman movie, Ledger has been a part of a variety of movies. I guess I will never understand the celebrity lifestyle. I don’t get why all the celebrities get DUI’s and are in and out of rehab. Do we just hear it more because they are in the spotlight?

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