DUH? Do You Not Know? – Sometimes reading the Bible makes me laugh out loud, the message is so clear and just what one of my sisters would say to me.
Honestly, some days, like my sisters, or a patient parent or teacher, God sighs, and asks me, do you not get it… did you not read this… were you not listening?
Quite often when I read the passage again in a different version (below is The Message) then I understand it. I see afresh what, in familiarity, I glossed over before.
A few samples:
Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
or, whine, Israel, saying,
“God has lost track of me.
He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.
1 Corinthians 6:9
Don’t you realize that this is not the way to live? Unjust people who don’t care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don’t qualify as citizens in God’s kingdom. A number of you know from experience what I’m talking about, for not so long ago you were on that list. Since then, you’ve been cleaned up and given a fresh start by Jesus, our Master, our Messiah, and by our God present in us, the Spirit.
2 Chronicles 32:13
Do you have any idea what I and my ancestors have done to all the countries around here? Has there been a single god anywhere strong enough to stand up against me?
Isaiah 40: 21 – Have you not been paying attention?
Have you not been listening?
Haven’t you heard these stories all your life?
Don’t you understand the foundation of all things?
God’s Message came to me: “Tell this house of rebels, ‘Do you get it? Do you know what this means?’
How very patient God is, as I stumble through the same lesson again and again. He does not whine or complain, or punish, just lovingly waits for her to ‘get it.
I imagine God’s dismay like a statue I once saw. It was a guardian angel, slapping her palm to forehead – as if in unbelief that her charge could be so dense.
And once again I hear the conversation:
Delores! I can’t believe you’d do that again…you knows better – or at least I thought you did…
Delores! How many times…
Don’t you know…haven’t you heard?
Have you ever experienced that?