So verse 3 says He's slow to anger, but He still gets angry. Tim:    Actually, that's a great observation, Carissa. Or if you are building a Bible study, or if you're building a curriculum, I highly recommend checking out these notes. Where, as just a Western modern reader, I'm just like, "Whoa." But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Next week, we're going to continue looking at these verses, and we're going to dig into the backstory, the context for when this statement was first proclaimed. There's people in trouble and they say, "Let's turn to God, cry out to God, because he's like this.". There are many Bible passages that are memorable for a variety of reasons, and the passages on this list are among the most quotable, with which all Christians are likely familiar. Then we're going to actually dig in deep to five attributes of God that we find in those. Therefore in order to forestall this...'" Is this your translation? But then it's also crucially important to remember it's aimed at a king of one of the most oppressive empires of the ancient world. Yahweh can't deliver us from those giants. (00:46:00) So, that usage from Joel gave us people sitting in hardship, but they know that God will be gracious. And that He's going to be like this always for every generation, not like change from generation to generation. Exodus 34, when Moses is on the mountain, is almost recapping Exodus 20, the Ten Commandments, but changing it up a little bit. We make free resources that help you experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus and we're so grateful to be able to work on this project and so grateful for you who make it possible. So there's not some unpredictability to Him. But then there have been other times where one of my sons has come home from a couple hours at a friend's house, just the vibe he's giving off, and the words he's using, and it's like I realize like, "Oh, he was exposed to a different value system just now, and he's treating his brother a lot more poorly now." Let's go to another Moses' one. You know, God's reached the limit of His patience. He's going to be exposed to something that's going to, I think, chip away his character, and actually make him a less generous person." Carissa:    Okay, starting in verse 17. Jon:    That's interesting. Throughout the series the three of them will unpack attributes of God found in Exodus 34:6-7, the most referenced passage within the Hebrew Scriptures. And is this going to continue?". Well, Yahweh is not in the covenant with the nation of Assyria. A jealous and avenging God is the Lord; There are many famous Bible verses that have been immortalized in history. In particular, we want to look at this tension that pops in this verse, how it starts with such a lovely and caring picture of God. I've totally heard people talk about this before as if it's something that the Bible teaches. Does such a book exist? The Book of Psalms is the most read book of the Bible (Read What is the Most Popular Book in the Bible? I have my PhD in Hebrew Bible and focus on the Psalms and the shape or the story that the Psalms tell. In his anger, Jonah accuses God of having consistent character. What you're not told in that little kind of recap there is, "well, did the children do?" Our overview video on these two verses is already completed, and it's up on our website, and on our YouTube channel. Slow to anger, abounding in loyal love Character of God What is the most important Bible verse? Love is patient, love is kind. But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry. Watch and Explore over 150 BibleProject videos. He's going to stick by his covenant. But I think it at least does a better job than jealousy because it will raise the question of like, "What does that mean?" I can't remember. (00:40:00) Just you say jealous to mean desire and need to have something that you don't have. And during that conversation, we will talk about the idea of God being angry. KEY TAKEAWAYS 32 Of The Most Beautiful Bible Verses "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." And it may be that I didn't grow up as a polytheist. So Tim teaches through multiple sessions on a topic or we'll have another instructor in and then students will get to interact with questions and hear other students' answers and do some projects and that sort of thing. Carissa:    I think what's harder for us in our modern context, is the responsiveness of God. Update: 2020-08-17 11. And just like the last thought is the thought I want them...it becomes a central thought. In the book of Joel, he's watching a drought, which causes a famine in the land of Israel. Speaking of our show notes, you should check them out. But to tee this off, Tim, one thing that you told me is that this is the most referenced verse in the Bible by biblical authors? But then somehow, the moment God is compassionate...we're back to God's consistency. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. God's going to hold you accountable to that iniquity, to use the biblical word there. A passage can be a single verse or group of verses or an entire chapter that tells a particular story or message. Tim:    Totally. Tim:    It is a good one. What's the big deal?" Here on the podcast, of course, is Tim. It's the same idea. What he does is turn up the volume on verse 7 on the intense parts. But He also wants me to know that (00:35:00) He has a consistency for how He's going to deal with us and that I can know that. It reinforces that God's keeper of loyal love for thousands and forgiver of iniquities and transgressions and sins. 100 Most Popular Bible Verses. And that has become the typical way that that word is used now. Jon reflects that the first half of this description is wonderful, but the second half seems to take a turn and depict God as vengeful. My main areas of research or the things that I'm really fascinated with all have to do with the literary artistry of Scripture. Jon:    So when we quote it, you really is focusing on the second half of the quote. This is in the book of Deuteronomy 5. Just like it did with you. You can ask me questions like: Character of God: Exodus 34:6-7 Video Notes. Jon:    Well, yeah. Because I take that for granted maybe. With this huge number, it just goes to show how well-loved and heartwarming this Bible verse is. Tim:    Mm hmm. Carissa:    "A jealous and avenging God is the LORD; The LORD is avenging and wrathful. Which is intense. It settles a little better. The Most Quoted Verse in the Bible - Character of God E1. Jon:    If we go back to the original story, we haven't talked about the narrative yet, but He's angry. Jon:    Thank you for going down that rabbit hole. Deuteronomy 5:9-10 Tim:    What prompted God to say this about Himself to Moses in the first place? I'll let you read it. It feels like, I love you, I love you. So the whole ancient world was rejoicing when Nineveh fell to the Babylonians. And that kind of makes sense because that's a big part of what they mean and that's a part of the original context of the story that these verses appear in. That is up on YouTube channel. But then they say, "But we also saw huge cities and huge people." Well, you can probably guess. It takes the mystery out of it. And then developing the curriculum for Classroom where we're starting to provide free online classes for all of you. It's just become our vernacular. Carissa points out that God said he wouldn’t clear the guilty, yet Moses concludes that God should forgive. He's always the same. So Numbers 14, this is the story of the rebel spies who go into the land and then come back. This list ranks the most quoted Bible verses from both the Old Testament and New Testament. And then that's what's getting recorded here. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. That's a pretty intense. Carissa:    But sometimes they only quote part of it, or maybe the words in a different order. And what we found (00:14:00) was this tension—this is what you were feeling, Jon—of like, what is God like if I just look at this first description of God in the Bible? When you get in to the book of Jeremiah, he actually tells Jeremiah not to pray or intercede. I don't even remember. But the whole point of a statement like this is to say, if your crops are going bad, you know why. Then he quotes visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third in the fourth generations of those who heed, but showing loving kindness to thousands to those who love me and keep my commandments." He prayed to the LORD and said, 'Please LORD, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? (00:54:00) And it's where everything starts to go terribly, terribly wrong. Tim:    For sure. by Marie Telling. This is recorded during quarantine. Isn't that interesting? But in this episode, we want to lay some groundwork. But for the moment, Carissa, you're just naming this is the moment that Moses is in a cave up on Mount Sinai, and there's a divine storm cloud passing by because Moses asked to see God's glory. But there are two verses in the Hebrew Scriptures that get quoted and adapted more than any other. There's all the symmetry. It's really cool stuff. The forgotten chapter of the Bible. Carissa:    Yeah, I was going to say if you're part of the oppressed, then it's good news. Here is an analysis of the books in the Old Testament that are most often quoted directly in the New Testament: Psalms (quoted 68 times in the New Testament) Isaiah (55 … Jon:    Did you make the right sacrifice? That's not a place you want to go hang out. And then the quotation. And he reserves wrath for his enemies. It appears in a prayer of Moses in the book of Numbers after Israel decides not to enter the promised land. It's called the Character of God. This is from Jonah chapter 4. Go check it out. (NIV) In part one (0:00–17:15), Tim and Jon introduce Dr. Carissa Quinn, who will join this new series on the Character of God. Share. Tim:    You're saying. He's like, "I know this of you and so I didn't want to go to Nineveh because I don't like those guys. Tim:    That's right. He orders Jeremiah not to intercede. The Ten Commandments appear twice in the Old Testament. This happens constantly. But two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb say, "Oh, it's no problem. Tim shares a couple of closing conclusions. Tim:    I think that's what it means. But that's interesting to think about it from that angle, Jon, where from a modern communication standpoint, you end with the thing that you really want to make sure they take away for long term. God identifies the disobedient as those who hate him and the obedient as those who love and obey him. Tim and Jon discuss the description of God as passionate or jealous (Hebrew: קַנָּא, qanna'). But I think we've touched on it. So what God says is exactly what He says in the lead up to God saying this about Himself in the book of Exodus. Looking at these instances helps us discern how the biblical authors understood the original verses and the character of God. Jon:    Today's episode was produced by Dan Gummel, our theme music comes from the band Tents, and our show notes are produced by Camden McAfee. So you watch God say and do a lot of things, but it's the first time that God's own character is described in some kind of summary. Without a doubt. The most consistent way these verses are quoted as people in trouble, people sitting in a mess of their own making, and they turn back to God and say, "Let's go back to God because Exodus 34:6, He's this way.". Jon:    You might remember Carissa from a podcast episode maybe even (00:03:00) a year ago, where she walked us through the word "witness" in the Bible for word study that she wrote. Is this another bumper sticker verse from the Bible? In 2017, the three most popular verses on the site are: It seems to be a different communication strategy here, where there's a balance. 10 Most Quoted Verses. Tim:    Yeah, ra. The logic is exactly that. I Can Do All Things. Tim:    In Jonah? But any generation will get what's coming to it if that's how they act. A lot of the quotations you have here just quote from the first half. Jump to: navigation, search. Tim:    Slow to anger. You can find it on our websites under the "Resource" tab. I've become convinced that the English word jealousy communicates only part of what kanna is communicating. There's not for the most part. So those are the kind of two main takeaways. What we're going to do is these two verses in Exodus, and we're going to talk about those. It's that I think the values we're trying to give him are the ones that are actually going to help him flourish the best. But what else does he mean to say, "You won't clear the guilty, so forgive these guilty people?". No wonder it's requoted so much by biblical authors in different ways. I mean, they would peel off people's skin in public, gets public shame and punishment, and put heads on spikes of cities they conquered. (00:37:00) It's about what I deserve and what I want. Eric takes the reader through 17 often misquoted verses and helps us see their proper meaning and application. But he throws in first, "Lord is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness." It's like more (00:27:00) digestible when he flips it. Well, then you won't. (00:44:00) "But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry. Popular Bible Verses. Or third. It probably had kind of this like slow morphing into it was very positive. Yeah, that's right. It's almost like the first half of the statement is about God's compassion and generosity. The next episode will unpack the narrative context of Exodus 34 and examine why God gives this description of himself. And for us, we hear those as somehow they're in conflict or intention. Carissa:    I was thinking about this. Tim:    Yeah, totally. (00:32:00). Yeah, that's right. This is the fourth. "I am a jealous God." Jon:    Oh, yeah. (00:22:00) Now, this is the...hold on. Blue Telusma. Its frequent citation should cause us to pay attention to what is being said. But he's the one who first showed me that this is, first of all, it's the first description of God's character that you come across as you're reading through the Bible from page one. Because when you have a righteous intercessor, God listens. Jon:    Yeah. This is also for your kids and your kids' kids. Tim:    In other words, Moses' takeaway is not "Oh, therefore, there's like no hope for somebody who blows it.". Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. 1hr 12m, –  He prayed to the Lord and said, “Please Lord, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Jon:    Just because your dad did something bad, why do you have to suffer? Jon:    Now, if they're requoting it, why would it be so difficult to find how many times it's done? I think it was a theology class. Description. Carissa:    Yeah, that's the challenging part. Jon:    Yes. Maybe we should make a word study video about that. Do you have a sense of why from your own experience, Carissa? That's the kind of passion. Tim:    Yeah, it's good. Jon:    Because this is a moment of iniquity, right? He says, "This is why I didn't want to go to the city of Nineveh because I know you have the soft spot for people, no matter who they are to turn to you, and you always forgive them.". Tim says there are two key differences in this description that are not found in Exodus 34. Tim:    Correct. So big picture, we're going to do five-word studies that are all come from one verse (00:06:00) in the book of Exodus, Exodus 34:6. And then there's a locust swarm. Okay. But the question is, are these tensions that God feels within Himself? Carissa:    It's really interesting that right before that it says, "Forgiving iniquity." Tim:    This is after Jonah. He's wonderful, and He's going to punish your family. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. So I don't know if this makes you squirm. And if you know key covenant passages in the Torah, like Leviticus 26 or Deuteronomy 28, you know those things are a result of God removing his kind of protective hand a blessing on Israel as a result of Covenant violation. And the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. Do you notice there's also (00:28:00) two small differences to each of these lines that's not president in Exodus 34? He's merciful and He's just which even verse 7 which is intense brings a degree of assurance, that I always know where I stand with Yahweh based on my own behavior and choices. What are the most popular Bible verses? This difference helps to clarify how God deals with future generations. what your favorite video game genre says about you. I understand why you'd move away from jealousy. He doesn't see God's justice and His mercy as contradictory. Another striking example comes up in the book of Jonah after the prophet preaches to Nineveh and the whole city turns to God. In future conversations, the group will unpack the elements of God’s character, including his anger. If all of these verses were to enter a popularity contest, which one would win? But you only get there when you appreciate all that literary design. One way that it stays connected as one unified story is through repetition. Jon:    No, we just ended up using the word jealous in the way that's used today. But it's just interesting to pay attention to. Then the second half of the verse, it starts out really lovely too. So you've forgiven us up till now, so do it again. Last weekend, I read a helpful book by Eric Bargerhuff titled The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God’s Word Is Misunderstood (Bethany House, 2012). No one comes to the Father except through me. I’m not sure if it does yet! And I think that's because the biblical authors are putting them out there as genuine tensions. Carissa:    Yeah, I think when I've quoted this verse, or said, "Oh, I love this verse," I stopped after "forgiver of iniquity, transgression, and sin.". The Hebrew Bible is my area of study. In this first episode of a new series, Tim, Jon, and Carissa look at the most referenced passages in the Old Testament—a description of God’s character by God himself. So not Exodus 34. December 21, 2014 ... John 3:16, failed to make this shared list, it still ranks as the most searched verse on the web. Tim:    Yeah, it is. It's two verses, 6 and 7. 9AM Worship Service: The Most Quoted Verse in the Bible. So he goes up, and the whole thing is, the people just said, "We'll accept these vows. This is an extremely popular saying and one of the most searched for verses on Google. We're going to talk about each attribute, and we're going to get to slow to anger. It reads, "Yahweh, Yahweh, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in loyal love and faithfulness; maintaining love for thousands, forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin; yet, he does not leave the guilty and punished, he punishes the children and their children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generation.". So I've got 27 and I'm pretty sure that I'm missing about half a dozen more that might just be little snippets of one or two other words together. We're going to die." Chapter 1, verses 2, and 3. Tim:    Kanna. The New Testament letter authored by the Apostle Paul contained 3 of the top 10 Bible verses that were most bookmarked, highlighted, and shared with YouVersion’s Bible … What's interesting about that is to say that He's great in loyal love, that's a covenant term. So Carissa, why don't you introduce us...just actually just read these two verses aloud? The Bible's most misinterpreted, misused and misunderstood scripture verse is once again in the forefront of our public discourse. You know, how John 3:16, "For God so loved that He gave His one only Son" is like the most quotable verse, at least in American Christianity, some forms, it says if these two verses Exodus 34:6-7 were the John 3:16 of ancient Israel. That I'm jealous for this, meaning I'm passionate to see... Jon:    Yeah. Joel sees the consequences of Exodus 34:7 all around him, but even in the midst of that, he brings up the first half of the passage, emphasizing God’s grace and compassion. Tim:    "Passionate" doesn't do the whole job. But there's another chapter. It's not about me as such. You and Tristen? Yeah. We're going to start an entire series walking through these verses, and looking at the key vocabulary. Return to the Lord your God because He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in loyal love and relenting of doing harm or doing catastrophe.". Jon:    Cool. Notice he's just quoted from what we call verse 6 of Exodus 34. Carissa:    I was just thinking about that—what quarantine will sound like at that time? So I don't know what it's like to believe in or be loyal to a God who you hope will favor you. I mean, I think it's multifaceted. I'll just go ahead and read it. Yahweh, Yahweh. And now it says, "But he will visit the iniquity on the father's and the children." The Bible is the ultimate source for inspiration. But I’ll bet you can’t guess which verse would come second. They are also the most quoted verses in the Old Testament. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. The first verse is really wonderful. The scriptures are easy to search and the numerous versions are also very helpful. Jon:    The Bible is written by many different authors over hundreds of years. It seems like he would have just left off the second half and just quoted the first. BibleProject is a crowdfunded nonprofit. Tim:    Can you think of another English word that captures that idea? But Pharaoh is one of the ones who sinned the most in the narrative, and he was oppressing the people. (00:13:00) And it is interesting that this self-revealing of God is portrayed a something new, and that God says explicitly to Moses that even though he's revealed Himself in the past, He hasn't made Himself known by his name, which is exactly what he's doing here. 1hr, –  The narrative (00:45:00) doesn't say it, but the implication is because God was gracious and compassionate with him. Let's go to Joel 2. But of course, what was it that moved God to have the fish vomit him out so that he would live and not die? So what Moses says, what he responds is these verses in Numbers 14:17. Tim:    Yeah. 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