Geocaching Scripture – tiny treasures in the big truth. Exegesis brought to you by the last kids picked for kickball. History, language, cultural background, context, church history—let’s crack open the smallest detail and see what’s there. It’s deep dives into a shot glass—one story, just a few verses, even one word—ain’t no treasures like these treasures.
Podcast about theology, bible study, scripture study, Christianity, Christian theology, exegesis, Old Testament, New Testament
On Gnats and Camels, Matthew 4:23-24
The Pharisees didn't eat gnats because they weren't kosher, but camels aren't either, so what's going on? Jesus delivers one of his famous one-liners to his critics, mixing absurd images and fantastical situations. We also learn why it's better to show up on time than show up with flowers. Tune in.
Where Gather the Eagles - Matthew 24:28
Jesus talks about the mini-apocalypse in Matthew 24, primarily describing the fall of Jerusalem under Rome. This highly symbolic and brutal military maneuver changed the world, and redemptive history, for good. Why does Jesus talk about vultures gathering? It's an ugly death leading to resurrection, once again.
Our Undone-ness – Isaiah 6, Matthew 27
Woe is me, for I am undone. This is how the King James renders Isaiah's reaction to the direct presence of God. The temple shakes, the world is undone, and we don't see this happen again until one important afternoon centuries later. What does it mean to be "undone" by God's presence and work and wonders in the world? In a world short on amazement, may we always celebrate God's surprises. Also there's a cool story about a helicopter.
What does that Fox Say? Luke 13:32
Jesus calls Herod a fox. Why? What does that mean anyway? Let's look at this ancient insult and why the Lord would refer to someone this way. The local "king" being addressed by the True King.
Paul Gets Hisself Snakebit – Acts 28:3
I have a deep, abiding hatred of snakes. I've never been bitten by one or anything, just a pre-programmed genetic revulsion maybe? Paul gets bit by a viper in Acts 28, but walks away unharmed, continuing to build a campfire (which seems really casual!). What was going on with this weird story? What does it mean to be unaffected by the "gods" of the world and, like Paul, shake them off and keep moving? Lisssssssten in (sorry, that was lame).
When He Came Feasting - Matthew 11:19, Deuteronomy 21:20
Recorded during my kids’ swimming lessons under an apocalyptic sun, we talk about Jesus drinking habits. When the Pharisees saw Jesus’ generous, welcoming approach to people they declared him a drunk. But when they saw John the Baptist’s austerity they accused him of being possessed. Okay, well which is it? Do we as Christians usually get accused of having too much of a good time? Of being too welcoming or feasting too much? Jesus was. Tune in.
This is a great show with thought-provoking topics. Keep it up!
An interesting, light-hearted Podcast where I learn something new about the Bible each episode. Josh takes heady theological topics and makes them accessible for us all!
Such a unique approach to reading Scripture. Well done.