Idol behavior

1 Kings 21; Psalm 5; Luke 7:36–8:3

One of my seminary teachers once said that if you can’t think of anything original to preach, you should tell Bible stories—they have enough power to turn people’s hearts toward God. This may not work with every text, but it certainly works with the drama and wisdom of the story of Naboth and the story of the woman who washes Jesus’ feet with her tears. The power of the characters, their interactions and the pace of the narratives can keep listeners on the edge of their seats as the two stories form bookends to our lives and illustrate the presence of both evil and righteousness among and in us.


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