Staff Picks – Hard Sayings of the Bible

Each week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

HSOBMy job at WORDsearch is, mostly, to turn books into electronic books and to turn electronic books into WORDsearch books. Sometimes this is difficult because I have messy files to work with, but more often it’s difficult because I just want to read the books I come across. Hard Sayings of the Bible has been a constant challenge in this respect. There have been times when I have deleted it from my library just so I could get some work done. But I always put it back.

I discovered this book shortly after I started working here. I was reading Genesis 6 and wondering “What’s the deal with the Nephilim?”, so I searched my WORDsearch library. Several books popped up in my search. Few of them really tackled the issue, and even fewer did so with any confidence. One exception was a book called Hard Sayings of the Bible. It set forth several major theories about the nature of these mysterious beings and outlined the strengths and weaknesses of each theory. In short, it was actually helpful.

I started browsing through the book. Immediately following the section on the Nephilim, I saw more provocative questions: Does God change his mind? (Gen 6:6), Was Noah perfect? (Gen 6:9), How many animals went into the ark? (Gen 6:19-20; 7:2-3), What was the curse on Canaan? (Gen 9:24-25).

The more I read, the more I wanted to read. There were questions I’ve always wondered about, such as “How does one compare the size of his faith to a mustard seed, and why has no one ever used faith to move a mountain?” There were others I had never realized were problematic, such as “Who really killed Goliath? (2 Sam 21:19).”

The book’s title comes from John 6:60, after Jesus had told His disciples that they needed to eat His flesh and drink His blood, which they found disturbing:

60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

So I refer to this book whenever I find a passage that leaves me scratching my head. I also refer to it when I have a sudden thirst for random knowledge. It’s good in both situations, and a joy to read.

Joe Hendley has worked in a long series of strange jobs in which he has sold asphalt door-to-door, painted parking garages and performed various tasks in a door factory in East Texas. He’s glad to now be in a job that lets him use his computer coding skills to help pastors and teachers in their ministries.

Check out a nice discount on Hard Sayings of the Bible here.

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