His tone was sarcastic, condescending- which is fine. But what really upset me was how inaccurate some of his... story was. For instance, Abraham took Isaac out to the desert to sacrifice him? Or did Joseph go straight to the Pharaoh's dungeon?
You know, I was very upset. For a few reason. First, if you were in the class... Wouldn't you correct him? The statistic is that 1 in 5 Americans are Christians. Where were they? The guy is a teacher, how hard and long does it take to look up the chapters?
How long does it take to read 4 chapters in the Bible! 15 minutes? 30 if your slow.
Then I had another verse come to mind. "You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things." Romans 2:1 NIV I just read this, 4 days ago. So... Let's pretend we're all in it together. What are the things that we are condemning him for that we are often doing ourselves.
What was his problem? He 'knew' the scriptures, without actually knowing them. He made references to stories without actually going back to check. God tells us of redemption through out his scriptures. Those two stories the professor told were VERY significant to that story.
Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac, but God provided him a ram the briars. Later, it is said, Jesus was provided what God provided for us and our sins. The story of Joseph was an example for us to learn Trust in the story of redemption in our lives. Like Joseph we are given promises, and despite the suffering and hardships we may experience, God is faithful.
We all know that God, through the blood of Jesus has forgiven our sins. Yet we live in lives of fear, of judgment, of basic stress. We are blind to the words in the scriptures. "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set yout free from the law of sin and death."
Romans 8:1, 2 NIV
God will stop at NOTHING to save us. By save, I mean all of those promises we are given. Look at the next scripture: "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."t No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,t neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:31-39 NIV
Silly professor. Silly me. God... Tells us all we need to know- if we only take the time to listen, and use our eyes to see.