Tribute to Super Bowl XLIII 2009

Could things like the Super Bowl or other Sunday activities, which profane the Lord’s Day, be one of the reasons why the LORD has brought so much disaster on the city and this nation?

Isaiah 58:13-14 “If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; “then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

And where are the Nehemiah’s today? And where are the purifying Levites guarding the gates?

Nehemiah 13:15-22 In those days I saw in Judah people treading winepresses on the Sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on donkeys, and also wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them on the day when they sold food. Tyrians also, who lived in the city, brought in fish and all kinds of goods and sold them on the Sabbath to the people of Judah, in Jerusalem itself!
     Then I confronted the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the Sabbath day? “Did not your fathers act in this way, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Now you are bringing more wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath.”
     As soon as it began to grow dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and gave orders that they should not be opened until after the Sabbath. And I stationed some of my servants at the gates, that no load might be brought in on the Sabbath day. Then the merchants and sellers of all kinds of wares lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice. But I warned them and said to them, “Why do you lodge outside the wall? If you do so again, I will lay hands on you.”
     From that time on they did not come on the Sabbath. Then I commanded the Levites that they should purify themselves and come and guard the gates, to keep the Sabbath day holy. Remember this also in my favor, O my God, and spare me according to the greatness of your steadfast love.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Couldn’t help but notice the use of the ESV. Is that your version of choice these days? It seems good, but I’m concerned that it may just be a ‘fad’ (since it can really be considered ‘brand new’) soon to be forgotten, and I’d regret memorizing scripture in a then-obscure version.

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  2. How dare you slaughter the sacred cow of the American church?

    We can do as we please! We are Americans!

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  3. Yeah, I’ve been reading in the ESV. I think that it has “fad” potential, but either way I am enjoying a more contemporary read of the Bible.

    It was very hard for me to read it without feeling some kind of guilt, but then Ben Hart said something that really helped me get over it. He reminded me that the manuscripts have such a small fraction of significant differences.

    I think that those differences are important in and of themselves, but are not significant to the common reader and to the big picture. If people want to squabble over them, then they can continue to wrestle over 2 stumbling blocks, the first being the hard sayings of Scripture, confronting man in his sinfulness, and the second being the uncommon/out-dated use of language.

    I’ll wrestle through many translations for the best understanding, not to mention the Gk and Heb.

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