I was really puzzling over one of the verses in Jude this morning so I decided, as a rare deviation, to look at what some Bible scholars had to say. This was a truly enlightening experience – but not in the way you might expect. The light came in the form of a reminder that “supposed” scholars are often full of bluster and nonsense when it comes to interpreting the Bible. Sadly, they have a great deal of clout anyway, because they sound authoritative and seem like they know more than other people. I mean they’re scholars, right? Wrong.
The impact of Jesus’ death is impossible to over emphasize. He touched lives in real time – like the Centurion at the foot of the cross and the women who went to anoint his body. But he also touched lives hurtling through time and space right into your very own living room. It’s a remarkable thing. And embedded in this story of some of the details of those eventful days surrounding his crucifixion, we find a plethora of astonishing lessons. Today I’d like to look at the implications of just one of them. Let’s talk about rolling stones, shall we?
Did you ever notice that there is one great Bible exception to the second of the 10 Commandments? You recall that it is the one that forbids the “making for yourself any graven image or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them…” The great exception is found both in our readings today in 2 Chronicles, and frequently in the Book of Ezekiel (also currently in our readings). “What is it?”, you ask? Da da Daaa…The adornment of the tabernacle – and specifically for our consideration today – The Cherubim!