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QQC--Love Your Enemies

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 23:4, 5
Jesus' teaching on loving our enemies has often been considered revolutionary, compared to the Old Testament but consider the following verses!  
"If you come across your enemy's ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to take it back to him.  If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help him with it."
Our God is a God of love and he is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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I Cannot Come

Dear friend,
It’s taken me a long time to respond to you because I haven’t known quite what to say.  Your change in position has unsettled and disturbed me.  I would love to believe like you—it’s very tempting—but I can’t.  How can I, after all God has done in my life?  To say that he honours homosexual union flies in the face of all I’ve lived for the past nine years.  It negates all the pain and struggle I have gone through.  Why did I engage in the battle if it wasn’t for God?  
He is the only reason I’ve made the decisions I have—to fight my same-sex desires, to persevere in my marriage, to relinquish all the love Pearl had to give me (I still miss her).  It was to follow God.  He made himself very clear time and time again.  He gave me insights about himself, about myself and about others.  How can I say it wasn’t God?  There is no other explanation.  But why would God have bothered if he honours and blesses same-sex unions?  Would he not, more likely, if that was the case, have bl…

QQC--Defence of Property

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 22:2-3
Here is a curious thing.  In the rules about protecting property, God allowed the property owner  to kill the thief--but only if it happened at night.  If it happened after sunrise he was guilty of bloodshed.  Why did daylight make a difference? 
It wasn't a carte blanche for a thief to steal during the day.  He had to make restitution, even if it meant becoming a slave because he had no other means.  Stealing certainly didn't pay.

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QQC--Lest Your Nakedness be Exposed

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 20:26
In today's modern society, we are bombarded with billboards, tv, videos and other media that often show more skin than they hide.  We hardly notice it anymore.  
As God was giving Moses instructions on the tabernacle he was to build and the furnishings in it he said, " not go up to my altar on steps, lest your nakedness be exposed on it."  God is the same today as he was then.  He didn't want anyone to see under the long robes the priests wore.  Why?  Why did he consider this so offensive?  Is it still?  Does this speak at all to our clothing (or lack thereof) today?  How?  What is wrong with "nakedness"?

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QQC--Honouring God and Blessings

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 20:24
"Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you."
God comes to us in places where he is honoured.  So, in places where he is not honoured, does he withhold himself and his blessings?  
God was referring to the location of the tabernacle and later temple.  There has been no temple for nearly 2,000 years.  What are the sorts of places where God's name might be honoured today?  Where might God's name not honoured?  If I am the temple of God* am I a place where God is honoured?  Will God come to me and bless me if I am not?  How do I honour God?  How do I dishonour him?  What about you?

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 * 1 Corinthians 6:19 and 2 Corinthians 6:16

QQC--A Perilous Business

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 19:10-22
After three months of travelling in the desert, God's people arrived at Mount Sinai, where they would stay an entire year as God gave Moses his laws of relationship with him, with each other, with strangers and even with animals; instructions on how to build a house of worship where his people could come to him and the actual construction of the tabernacle and all it needed to function.
Soon after their arrival to Mt. Sinai, God wanted to meet with his people but there were things they needed to do first: be consecrated by Moses, wash their clothes, abstain from sexual relations and be ready.  There was a line around the mountain they could not cross.  If even an animal crossed the line, it was to be killed in a way that did not involve crossing the line or touching the animal or person to be killed.  
On the big day, there was thunder and lightning.  A thick cloud covered the mountain and a loud trumpet blast sounded across the entire c…

QQC--If You Listen

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 15:22-26

The Children of Israel had crossed the Red Sea and celebrated their escape from Pharaoh's clutches but now, after three days of travelling in the desert with no water, they were thirsty.  Finally they found water, but it tasted horrid.  That's when the grumbling started.  "What are we to drink?" they asked.
Moses turned to God.  "What are they to drink?" he asked.  God showed him a piece of wood and told him to throw it into the bitter waters.  Amazingly, it now tasted great.
"There the Lord made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them.  He said, 'If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.'"
"If you listen."  God had a condition to his promise.  "I won…

Silence Broken

There have been months of silence, of not writing here, but perhaps the time for silence is over.  My son's death seemed to suck all the energy out of me, both physically and mentally, and for the past many months, about all I've been able to do is sit at my computer and zone out.
 We've recently had another major change in our lives.  We are now empty nesters.  Konrad is in Vancouver as he has been for several years, Mons is currently in Vietnam but plans to spend the coming ten months or so working in China and Erik has moved to the Toronto area to be with his girlfriend.
To move Erik, we removed the benches from our mini-van and loaded it with pretty much all his possessions, including Mikael's iguana and cage.  With only two seats left in the van, one of us had to fly.  Tom volunteered and left a couple days before Erik and I set out on the road.  It was amazing how we fitted everything into the back of the van.  I was sure we wouldn't get it all in or, if we did…