Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Acts 2:14a, 22-32

Easter 2 - Holy Humor Sunday

Acts 2:14a, 22-32

Ahh, prophets who foresee what is to come based on what now is. In today's world we don't call them prophets, but consultants.

The C-Monkey

A tourist walks into a pet shop in Redmond, WA and is browsing around the cages on display. While he's there, another customer walks in and says to the shopkeeper, "I'll have a C monkey, please".

The shopkeeper nods, goes over to a cage at the side of the shop and takes out a monkey. He fits a collar and leash and hands it to the customer, saying "That'll be $5000".

The customer pays and walks out with his monkey. Startled, the tourist goes over to the shopkeeper and says "That was a very expensive monkey - most of them are only a few hundred dollars. Why did it cost so much?"

"Ah, that monkey can program in C - very fast, tight code, no bugs, well worth the money."

The tourist looks at the monkey in another cage. "That one's even more expensive - $10,000 dollars! What does it do?"

"Oh, that one's a C++ monkey; it can manage object-oriented programming, Visual C++, even some Java, all the really useful stuff."

The tourist looks around for a little longer and sees a third monkey in a cage of its own; The price tag around its neck says $50,000. He gasps to the shopkeeper, "That one costs more than all the others put together! What on earth does it do?"

"Well, I haven't actually seen it do anything, but it says it's a consultant."
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It is one thing to make an appeal based upon a generally recognized prophet and another to bring a king into the role of prophet to make a point. It is hard enough for a prophet to make their point.



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To what are you witnessing and how many witness do you feel compelled to bring forward to bolster your witness? It seems we are always looking for numbers – my witnesses outnumber your witnesses, or my witnesses can beat up your witnesses.

What would happen to Peter and his affirmation if the passage jumped from verse 24 to verse 32? I am still struggling with the significance of this David reference, particularly since he is not referred to as a prophet in the TaNaKh.

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