The Bible they never taught me at Sunday School
Sarah Dylan Breuer is a real treasure even if she rather likes U2 Eucharists. Anyhow she has been posting about the Scripture verses they don't teach you in Sunday School.
Anyhow here are her 10 hot choices;
1/. "You will vomit up the little you have eaten, and you will waste your pleasant words" (Proverbs 23:8).
2/. "Happy shall be they who take your little ones / and dash them against the rock!" (Psalm 137:9)
3/. "Lament, mourn, and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection" (James 4:9).
4/. "Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:26).
5/."... with his blood now completely drained from him, he tore out his entrails, took them in both hands, and hurled them at the crowd, calling upon the Lord of life and spirit to give them back to him again. This was the manner of his death." (2 Maccabees 14:46 -- it's from the Apocrypha, but hey, that's useful for teaching, right?)
6/. "Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you" (James 5:1).
7/. "I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves!" (Galatians 5:12)
8/. "They washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria; the dogs licked up his blood, and the prostitutes washed themselves in it, according to the word of the LORD that he had spoken." (1 Kings 22:38)
9/. "If you are overstuffed with food, get up to vomit, and you will have relief" (Ecclesiasticus 31:21 -- another inspirational gem from the Apocrypha)
10/. "A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and was picked up dead." (Acts 20:9 -- and let that be a lesson to preachers who go on too long!)
I have preached on No 4 and often refer to No 7. But some of them would certainly represent a challenge. Still, perhaps we need to wrestle with the unlovely verses of Scripture rather than ignore them.
Any other verses to add to the list?