Okay, so the only person this challenges is me — although in theory, I could try to recruit Jono, Ian, and Ron to have a whack at this, too. We’ll have to see if it actually produces something worth reading.
Here’s the challenge: I am going to write a blog entry, entirely on my class breaks. My teacher’s tardiness is working in my favor right now, as he has not made it here yet (it’s 3:06 right now; class starts at 3:00). So far we’ve all been trickling into class, making small talk, and making smart remarks about where Wes could be. Allen Hood has come in twice so far to see if he could take the podium (apparently his is either broken or too short).
3:11 – Wes is still very uncharicteristically late. Allen has come back in and commented how Wes is “slacking off,” 31 minutes late according to the facutly policy that he (Wes) and his brother drew up. Allen suggests we enter into negotiations regarding our test on Thursday. People are making noise about walking out in eight more minutes.
3:12 – Wes comes walking in the door right after Allen’s speech. “The one day I’m late!” Yeah. The one day he’s late, Allen Hood drops in on the class, and one of his students is blogging about the class schedule. 🙂
Well, anyway, Wes is starting class, so I’ll see you back on break #1…
Break #1 – 3:57 PM – Five minute break
The usual hallway stampede has begun. Students are streaming out to use the restroom or hit the vending machines downstairs. Most of the people remaining in the room are whipping out the laptops (like me) and taking advantage of the fact that the internet is miraculously working right now (the wireless at FSM is really hit or miss sometimes).
Today we’re going to be covering Zechariah 10 and 11. We’ve hit two main areas so far:
1) 9:17-10:1 – God’s response to the prayers of His people by sending the latter rain in its season. Although this can be legitimately applied in a spiritual sense to our lives, it is primarily speaking of the people of Israel really asking God for rain so their crops could grow. It’s the way God has worked historically, and it’s the way Jesus is going to rule in the Millennium.
2) 10:2-3 God’s zeal for His people, manifest in His judgment of the corrupted leadership in their midst. Shepherds (leadership) get some of the severest rebukes from prophets throughout the Old Testament.
The doors are shut again, and our TA is poised by the CD player to start recording Wes.
Jumping back into the session! It’s 4:10 (more than 5 minutes). Be back for break #2…
Break #2 – 4:55 – ten minute break
We made it through chapter 10. I lost a chunk of this break to have a very good and necessary discussion with Ian about our commentary project. Learning how to do it on the fly is so exciting… yikes.
To sum up this section really quickly though, God will regather Israel and fight for them and with them, utterly routing their enemies. There is a big emphasis of God partnering with His people, strengthening them and establishing them. It gives us a great glimpse of the heart of God.
So the next time I sign in, it will be to quickly say that we’re done and I successfully got a decent blog post by writing only during the breaks. Wes is calling us back in right now – 5:10 PM. I seem to have lost my pen sometime in the past five minutes…
We covered all of chapter 11. The first fourteen verses warn Israel of their coming destruction in 70 AD due to their forsaking their Shepherd. The last verses outline the raising up and destruction of the Antichrist, the “foolish shepherd.”
I have to jet because class is letting out, but I would say the challenge was a success.