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ARSENOKOITĒS and THE LAW

1 Timothy 1:1-17 (8-10) (Daily Office Lectionary, Monday Feb. 18)


This is one of the famous anti-homosexual passages that are often quoted to justify Christian homophobia.
Apparently this passage has a word in it which is nearly impossible to translate. I did some fairly serious reading about the word in question, which is: arsenokoitēs (‘?’-‘sexual exploiter’? ). It is quite evident that nobody really can say anything definitive about arsenokoitēs, because it is such a rare word. It doesn’t appear often enough in ancient texts for us to be able to translate it accurately. I was very impressed by a paper written by Dale B. Martin, the Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies at Yale. Here’s a link to that paper: https://www.cedarvilleout.org/assets/Arsenokoites-and-Malakos-9a48377772f00bc3ae3f5f814e7c3cc69094107928bd273ba72eea6ed622adf7.pdf
I found Professor Martin’s paper while searching the internet for the word arsenokoitēs.
After I’d read several sources, I was left with the understand…

Earth and Sky

I'm dealing with a situation at the moment, in which God's Wind has blown the breath out of me and words just aren't coming out. So, I decided to go back through my past reflections and post some that haven't ever been posted. I was surprised at how many there were, going back all the way to 2015. This one is from June 2018


Luke 12: 49-56
54 Then to the crowds Yeshua said, “When you see a cloud-bank rising in the west, at once you say that a rainstorm is coming; 55 and when the wind is from the south, you say there will be a heat wave, and there is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky — how is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?


I just this morning understood why Jesus called them hypocrites in this passage. It isn’t because they really didn’t know how to interpret “this present time,” it’s because they are refusing to use their own experience and knowledge about life and the ways of the world to do it. …

Sing Out, You!

Isaiah 54:1-10 (NRSV)
54:1 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud,
you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.  For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations
and will people the desolate cities.


My version, adapted from the Hebrew Interlinear (online)—

Sing out, you! You barren one,
you never-birthing one!
Burst out and make noise, you!
Who never struggled in birth-pains—
So many more are children of the abandoned one
than there are children of the one who belongs,
says Yahweh.


Widen out, you!
Stretch out your tent-place and house-walls!
You dare not hold back!
Lengthen your tent ropes and pound in your stakes!
Make room!
To your right and to your le…

Why?

Isaiah 50 (CJB)
Why was no one here when I came?
Why, when I called, did nobody answer?

Galatians 3:15-22 (MSG)
If such is the case, is the law, then, an anti-promise, a negation of God’s will for us? Not at all. Its purpose was to make obvious to everyone that we are, in ourselves, out of right relationship with God, and therefore to show us the futility of devising some religious system for getting by our own efforts what we can only get by waiting in faith for God to complete his promise. For if any kind of rule-keeping had power to create life in us, we would certainly have gotten it by this time.
Mark 6:47-56 (CJB)
..because the wind was against them.


Lonely God
The house is empty
dirty dishes in the sink
burnt pots on the stove
starving cat but
no evidence of disaster.
What imaginary monster did everyone escape?
Why?


Lifeless Laws
The courthouse is crowded
greasy gavel in hand
the judge pounds and pounds
flabby lawyers sit
bellies straining coat buttons.
Where is the bailiff to bring in the accused…