the otto boys, chillin’ at church

cookies in hand.

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and yes, that’s jehu wearing “mary kate and ashley”. it was cute, i couldn’t help it.

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pastor joel has been going through the book of jeremiah this past age. to interrupt in the middle of a story, a king (of a city under siege) calls for jeremiah, and asks him the word of the lord. jeremiah tells him, “thus says the lord, the god of hosts, the god of israel, if you will surrender to the princes of the king of babylon, then your life shall be spared, and this city shall not be burned with fire, and you and your house shall live…” the king’s, not too savvy, response, “i am afraid of the jews who have deserted to the chaldeans, lest i be handed over to them and they mock me.” how could a king, who had derided those who had already defected, defect himself? what would people think?

in the end, the king feared the opinion of a rag tag bunch of prisoner’s of war, more than he feared god. the point, that is dumb. “i tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. but i will show you whom you should fear: fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell.” zedekiah chose to cling to his self respect, consequently, his city was razed to the ground, everyone was killed, and then they poked out his eyes.

it is easy for us to look at this story and go, “ooo, bad call zedekiah.” at the same time, it is curiously hard for us to recognize the stupid pride in our own lives. pastor joel’s analogy: we are all walled up in our own citadels of pride and self respect, awaiting god’s judgement. and strangely, in the interim, the god of the universe himself comes to us and tells us that he will suffer our judgement, if we will just surrender. our brilliant response, “i’m sorry, i’m afraid of my cubicle mates, they might make fun of me if i get too friendly with jesus. and i’ve had that bumper sticker on my car for so long…” hmm, bumper sticker versus god’s wrath? …you’re going to be hitting yourself over that one, come the bright blue yonder.

it’s a neat exercise to try and imagine the reality of god in his fullness, and then, how we will feel when we see him face to face. when we are finally hit with the creeping, minuscule, idiocy of our lives and in a flash of clarity, wonder why we didn’t do everything for god’s glory in the first place. maybe, the initial cure for this human blindness is to just start fearing god. i suppose we can’t be expected to see through our own self-deceit, but god can. if we look to him first, he will open our eyes, and even better, he is the only one who can make us willing to see. then maybe, when the end comes, perhaps we’ll be able to shout, “hallelujah.” instead of feeling dumb.

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2 Responses to “the otto boys, chillin’ at church”


  1. 1 Kels October 8, 2007 at 5:43 am

    Otto boys are adorable.. even if Jehu is wearing girl clothes… 😀

  2. 2 mom October 11, 2007 at 8:29 am

    too bad you missed the hand in the dogs mouth. they look so handsome and grown up. isn’t it funny how in some families the kids all look the same and some don’t?


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