But the whole point of a statement like this is to say, if your crops are going bad, you know why. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Two of the five attributes that we had previously. And he could take those words to the bank. #2 Matthew 6:33. There's people in trouble and they say, "Let's turn to God, cry out to God, because he's like this.". Is that the same word for jealous there? (John 3:16). Our overview video on these two verses is already completed, and it's up on our website, and on our YouTube channel. 1hr 2m, – Just like it did with you. Jon: Thanks for listening to this episode of the BibleProject podcast. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Interested in the other 22 references to Exodus 34:6-7 in the Old Testament? Tim: Totally. Carissa: It's really interesting that right before that it says, "Forgiving iniquity." Jon: Just because your dad did something bad, why do you have to suffer? Here is a list of the 5 most misused and abused Bible verses: 1. When it comes to looking up for Bible verses on the web, nothing beats Bible Gateway. That is up on YouTube channel. Jon: Thank you for going down that rabbit hole. The Ten Commandments appear twice in the Old Testament. So what Moses says, what he responds is these verses in Numbers 14:17. And it's verses 6 and 7. I'm not making some special thing for this generation. It's a really intense language of divine anger and recompense on one of the great tyrants of the ancient Near East. Jon: Well, that's where we conflate it with envy. This happens constantly. Tim: In Jonah? Tim: Yeah, totally. So I'm sure. Here we go. I can't remember. But then somehow, the moment God is compassionate...we're back to God's consistency. Yahweh, Yahweh, a compassionate God and gracious, slow to anger and abundant of loyal love and faithfulness, keeper of loyal love for thousands, forgiver of iniquity, transgression, and sin, yet he will surely not clear the guilty, visitor of the iniquity of the fathers upon sons and the sons and sons, upon the third and fourth generations. Carissa: I think what's harder for us in our modern context, is the responsiveness of God. QUOTE. Carissa: Right. Watch and Explore over 150 BibleProject videos. In part one (0:00–17:15), Tim and Jon introduce Dr. Carissa Quinn, who will join this new series on the Character of God. In other words, when God says in Deuteronomy 5 "visits the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations of those who hate me," it's clarifying that what we're talking about is if later generations repeat or persist in the covenant rebellion of their ancestors, they're going to get the same consequence. I think that is hard for some people maybe in some traditions. Tim: Correct. So God tells him not to pray on behalf of the people. Tim: Totally. These verses are the first description of God’s character in the Hebrew Scriptures. This is like a real crisis for a lot of ancient cultures, and some cultures still today that still relate. It's a promise of stability, of a predictability in God's response. And so I'm jealous. Most quoted books in the Bible. This difference helps to clarify how God deals with future generations. Tim: Here, let me show you guys a couple of other times that these verses get requoted. These were the five additional verses everyone told us we must include in this article! Divine anger is really important that we get our understanding of divine anger. The Most Famous Verse in the Bible. But why the word passion? But because of that quoting, he's asking that God would forgive the iniquity of the people. Jon: That's interesting. Jon: Well, it's funny as I just wanted to reclaim the original meaning of jealous was my strategy, and I was voted down. A lot of the quotations you have here just quote from the first half. Tim: Correct. Jon: Did he not just listen to his own statement? Joining me is Tim Mackie, and another member of our team, Dr. Carissa Quinn. Want to read through the Bible this year? This is recorded during quarantine. This is many, many years ago. There are more than 31,000 verses in the Bible. Carissa: What's interesting, though, is that these verses are written about an oppressor to God's people. Tim: This is after Jonah. The website topverses.com recently ranked the verses of the Bible … Tim: Yeah, totally. He's talking about don't have any other gods before me. "But now I pray, let the power of the Lord be great just as you have declared. (00:29:00) Is that what Exodus 34:7 means? So I like the word passionate more. So we're talking about Exodus 34, and Tim and I are writing videos on some of the words used to describe God there. And if they do evil, then I'll bring calamity on them. Well, it's a balance of mercy and compassion and patience, but also a very firm sense of justice, and accountability, and recompense. The first three, like mercy and compassion, make our hearts warm and fuzzy. Carissa: Yeah, that's the challenging part. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So you've forgiven us up till now, so do it again. For many of us—I feel it too—we start to get a little uncomfortable. Carissa: Yeah, I was going to say if you're part of the oppressed, then it's good news. So we'll put the rest of these scripture references that requotes Exodus 3:6-7 from the show notes, if you want to geek out further. They come up so much as you read throughout the rest of the Bible. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is … We're going to get married. And then it became a mixed bag. Tim: Mm hmm. It's not about me as such. So the ten rebel spies get the whole people into a riot, and the people want to actually appoint a new leader, and go back to Egypt. Jon: In Exodus, this is Yahweh Himself saying this about himself. But then when it says, (00:15:01) "...to the sons and their sons to third and fourth generation," on a plain reading, that just looks like God's holding a grudge. But you only get there when you appreciate all that literary design. And that kind of makes sense because that's a big part of what they mean and that's a part of the original context of the story that these verses appear in. Love is patient, love is kind. Carissa: It means God just chooses to be gracious above and beyond what people deserve, which I guess is the meaning of grace in the first place. Carissa points out that God said he wouldn’t clear the guilty, yet Moses concludes that God should forgive. One of you should read it. Tim: Yeah. The recent Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty controversy brought it up again. Well, you can probably guess. Is there any time in the Hebrew Bible where someone intercedes or asks God for something and He doesn't respond with compassion or mercy or lovingkindness? What we're going to do is these two verses in Exodus, and we're going to talk about those. In part four (40:50–end), Tim brings up the prophet Joel, who describes the consequences of Israel’s sins and implores them to come back to God. Carissa: Yeah. So he goes up, and the whole thing is, the people just said, "We'll accept these vows. In part two (17:15–25:20), Tim brings up the next time Exodus 34:6-7 is referenced in the Hebrew Scriptures. But in this episode, we want to lay some groundwork. It's called the Character of God. Jon: Today's episode was produced by Dan Gummel, our theme music comes from the band Tents, and our show notes are produced by Camden McAfee. The Lord is avenging and wrathful. The very next thing that is going to happen in the narrative, in Exodus 32:1 is where the story picks up. Then right after that. Chapter 1, verses 2, and 3. The logic is exactly that. 5 Other Favorite Encouraging Bible Passages From Our Readers . But I think what's interesting about this statement is that the scales are tipped toward grace and compassion, which I don't think means more people are doing good. And he quotes the same words. I think it was a theology class. The Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries, Tim: Yeah, by repeating the divine name twice. It seems like he would have just left off the second half and just quoted the first. And with every generation and apparently with any people group, He will always operate according to Exodus 34:6-7, so much so that Jonah can throw these words in God's face as an accusation almost. The promise of God’s judgment offers stability and assurance in God’s response. In this first episode of a new series, Tim, Jon, and Carissa look at the most referenced passages in the Old Testament—a description of God’s character by God himself. Tim: So for me, this has forced me to go back in and really understand divine anger in context, which is why we're going to dedicate a whole video to it. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. In his anger, Jonah accuses God of having consistent character. Carissa: He is, but it also takes him...with Moses, it's not until the fifth time that Moses resists and that He gets angry. 1hr, – The Hebrew Bible is my area of study. That's not a place you want to go hang out. There are many famous Bible verses that have been immortalized in history. This is right after the people of Nineveh turn to God, and God forgives the city and the people on the king of Nineveh. The Bible's most misinterpreted, misused and misunderstood scripture verse is once again in the forefront of our public discourse. By the way that they requote it, you get to see what they think it means, which is why they're recording it in the first place. Tim: Yes, it is. Common Bible Verses Taken Out Of Context Matthew 7:1 | Judge Not, Least You Be Judged Judge not, lest you be judged. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Then we're going to actually dig in deep to five attributes of God that we find in those. Jon: Well, yeah. Update: 2020-08-17 11. These verses are referenced in the Old Testament more than 27 times and most often by people who are returning to God and trusting his forgiveness. BuzzFeed Staff. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Here’s the Top Ten Most Popular Verses in the Bible #1 John 3:16. So the whole ancient world was rejoicing when Nineveh fell to the Babylonians. The Most Quoted Verse in the Bible - Character of God E1. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." I'm going to destroy them (00:19:00) and start over with a new people. Carissa: Sure. Carissa: Sure. I understand why you'd move away from jealousy. Because I take that for granted maybe. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. It feels like, I love you, I love you. (00:20:00) It's really interesting that he quotes the second half, this part that we think is really more harsh. Tim: That's great. At least I think that the whole point of God giving Israel the terms of the covenant, and then here saying, this is how God will relate to you based on the covenant. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. We'll actually get more into the narrative context, I think, a little bit later. But the question is, are these tensions that God feels within Himself? Jon: Yeah. So yeah, that does sound intense if in fact, that's what it means. So there's not some unpredictability to Him. Throughout the series the three of them will unpack attributes of God found in Exodus 34:6-7, the most referenced passage within the Hebrew Scriptures. I know in the Christian tradition, different strands of the tradition—I don't know in Judaism—but the idea of a generational curse, where there can be some kind of divine judgment that lingers over a family so the bad stuff happens to them for generations and so on. Whoever Believes In Him Shall Not Perish. Though the Bible is a religious text, it is also one of the most read and bought books in the world and has often been quoted in other forms of literature and media, including television, music, and movies. (00:21:00) He quotes God's own proclamation of Himself, by the way, right? Do you have a sense of why from your own experience, Carissa? Tim: You're saying. One of the important other times kanna is used is that of a husband and a wife, where a husband hears or is suspicious that his wife is sleeping with another man. He's always the same. So I think that can give us a clue as to how the biblical authors themselves understood the significance of (00:17:00) this description of God's character. I just think that's interesting differing communication strategy. Jon: And all those other thoughts like of being faithful and all those things all center in the background. Tim: Awesome. (00:54:00) And it's where everything starts to go terribly, terribly wrong. And for us, we hear those as somehow they're in conflict or intention. Jon: What you're saying then is the whole bit about generations is just God clarifying, "This isn't just for you guys. Tim: Mainly because jealousy, I think in English, at least, what it means to me, and I've asked lots of other people about this too before because I gave a sermon on this once and I really wanted to figure it out. Show BibleProject, Ep The Most Quoted Verse in the Bible - Character of God E1 - Aug 17, 2020 And then we hear judgment or justice and recompense. Carissa: There's almost an element of compassion and passion. Tim: Yeah, ra. Therefore in order to forestall this...'" Is this your translation? But Carissa, people might not remember you. And he reserves wrath for his enemies. If you look through these 27 that I have, and I think there's a few more, the vast majority quote from verse 6, from like the goodie parts that we like. Jon: Yeah. Jon: So when we quote it, you really is focusing on the second half of the quote. Jon: And that's where the storybooks end. So just kind of ends with this like, "Whoa, I guess (00:09:00) God is vengeful after all. You know how John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son…” is the most quotable verse in the New Testament? So right now I'm writing some of the upcoming videos like this topic we're talking about today. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. So I have Gerry to thanks for putting me on to this. You know exactly why. Carissa, you want to read it? You know what I mean? In 2017, the three most popular verses on the site are: Gracious, slow to anger, abounding with loyal love. Carissa has been part of our team for a while now. Is that the right word for it? But two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb say, "Oh, it's no problem. So first, however, I think it's good to just sample this. I don't even remember. Because that's what you say you do. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Yahweh can't deliver us from those giants. We're going to die." Okay, this is one example of a real quotation, and it's illuminating one, I think. But of course, what was it that moved God to have the fish vomit him out so that he would live and not die? Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. But then they say, "But we also saw huge cities and huge people." In this first episode of a new series, Tim, Jon, and Carissa look at the most referenced passages in the Old Testament—a description of God’s character by God himself. You shall not worship them or serve [other gods]; for I, the Lord your God, am a passionate God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love me and keep my commandments. Or, possibly we hear others misquoting verses, they sound right in the moment, so we also begin spreading the misuse without taking the time to study the verse in its author-intended context. Exodus 34:6-7 is the first condensed description of God’s character by God and is the most referenced passage within the Hebrew Scriptures. Tim points out an interesting counterexample in Jeremiah, where God tells Jeremiah not to pray for Israel. But there are two verses in the Hebrew Scriptures that get quoted and adapted more than any other. And that God will deal with us justly and fairly, always tending towards mercy. But when we talk about these thousands that get loyal love, we're talking about thousands of generations who stays faithful to the covenant. Yeah, that's right. The Most Quoted Verse in the Bible - Character of God E1. We feel a tension between God’s mercy and justice, and this tension causes us to ask how God will respond to a covenant people who constantly fail as his partners. This is what bothered you, Jon? Though you said Biblical Studies as a whole. So here it is. It's really cool stuff. So what God says is exactly what He says in the lead up to God saying this about Himself in the book of Exodus. There's judgment and accountability. Carissa: I was thinking about this. 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