A young man wanted to be a preacher. He stated that although his reading and writing were not the best, he knew the Good Book from cover to cover. The fella was asked to demonstrate his knowledge of the Scriptures and he chose the Parable of the Good Samaritan:
Once there was a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho and he fell among thorns, and the thorns sprung up and choked him. As he went down he was without any money, but met the Queen of Sheba and she gave him 1,000 talents of gold and 100 changes of raiment. He then got into a chariot and drove furiously, but driving under a big Juniper tree his hair got caught on the lower limb and he hung there for many days. The ravens brought him food to eat and water to drink, and he consumed 5,000 loaves of bread and two fishes. One night while hanging there, his wife Delilah came by and cut off his hair and he dropped and fell on stony ground. But he got up and went on and it began to rain and it rained forty days and forty nights, and he hid himself in a cave where he lived on locusts and wild honey. Then he went out and met a servant who said, “Come, take supper at my house.” And he made an excuse saying, “No, I won’t, I have married a wife and I can’t go.” And the servant went out into the highways and in the hedges and compelled him to come in. After supper he went on and came to Jericho. And when he got there he looked up and saw old Queen Jezebel sitting down away up high in a window, And she laughed at him and he said to those with her, “Throw her down from the window.” And they threw her down. Then he said, “Throw her down again.” And they threw her down seventy times seven until only the fragments remained from which they picked up twelve baskets full, besides women and children, saying to each other, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Now the question is this, “Whose wife do you think she will be on the Judgment Day?”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has developed a sudden interest in Bible study. (“Bibi” was not raised in a religious home.) We know this because reporters are observing Jewish rabbis and Talmud scholars making their way into the P.M.’s office on Tuesday afternoons for two-hour study sessions. Bibi has even commented, “It is a real privilege to read this great Book and to know that by being in this land we are fulfilling what God had commanded His people.”
The bottom line? I don’t how much all of this has to do with the present Arab turmoil going on all around Israel. But I do know – when the Jews entered the Promised Land, God instructed each future king to personally write out a copy of His Word and to read it every day as they ruled (Deuteronomy 17:17-20). So Bibi will learn much good, especially from the likes of Moses and David when it comes to dealing with Israel’s enemies!