The Bible meets 90’s Music

This post combines two of my greatest passions: The Bible and 90’s Music.

This will be interesting for anybody who:

–       Was born between 1975 and 1990

–       Loves 90’s music

–       Is a pastor

–       Reads stuff on internet blogs

–       Teaches about the Bible

–       Has exhausted every other option for an illustration

–       Is Elliot Day

–       Likes anything that you enjoy

–       Is me

–       All of the above

Here it is: Things from the Bible, as illustrated through 90’s songs (One-Hit-Wonders edition):

“Everything in its Right Place” by Radiohead – Shalom
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace. (Numbers 6:26)

“Sex & Candy” by Marcy PlaygroundFor the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword. (Proverbs 5:3-4)

“Bittersweet Symphony” by The VerveWhat sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. (Isaiah 5:20)

“Unbelievable” by EMF – You used the lovely things I gave you to make shrines for idols, where you played the prostitute. Unbelievable! How could such a thing ever happen? (Ezekiel 16:16)

“What is Love” by HaddawayLove is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

“You Get What You Give” by The New RadicalsGive, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. (Luke 6:38)

“One of Us” by Joan Osborne – ‘Nough said. Or: Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. (Hebrews 2:14-15)

“Closing Time” by Semisonic He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people. (Revelation 22:20-21)

“Jump Around” by House of Pain…you will jump up from your ambush and take possession of the town, for the Lord your God will give it to you. (Joshua 8:7)    OR Frogs will jump on you, your people, and all your officials. (Exodus 8:4) Ishmael and his ten men suddenly jumped up, drew their swords, and killed Gedaliah, whom the king of Babylon had appointed governor. (Jeremiah 41:2) OR When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. (Luke 1:44) So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And the man jumped up and went home! (Matthew 9:6-7)

“Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray CyrusMy heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration! (Psalm 42:4)

“Whoomp There It Is” by Tag Team – God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. (Acts 2:32)

“Torn” by Natalie ImbrugliaLooking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. (Mark 10:21-22)

“Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’ConnorThen Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God. (John 6:67-69)

“Thong Song” by Sisqo – …probably not usable.

“Good” by Better Than EzraHow kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours! (Psalm 116:5)

“The Way” by FastballJesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

“Blue” by Eiffel 65There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. (Exodus 24:10)

“Sandstorm” by DarudeI will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. (Genesis 22:17)

“She’s So High” by Tal BachmanHow beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful! (Song of Solomon 1:15)

“My Own Worst Enemy” by LitI don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. (Romans 7:15-20)

“Sunny Came Home” by Shawn ColvinSo he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)

“Macarena” by Los Del MarAnd everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. (Acts 2:4)

“If You Could Only See” by Tonic“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!” (Mark 10:51)

“I’ll Be There For You” by The RembrandtsAnd Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself. (1 Samuel 18:3)

“No Rain” by Blind MelonAt times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. (2 Chronicles 7:13) OR A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain. (Proverbs 25:14)

“Jump Jive An’ Wail” – The Brian Setzer OrchestraAnd David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. (2 Samuel 6:14)

“Breakfast At Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something“Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. (John 21:12)

“I Love You Always Forever” by Donna LewisGive thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34) OR Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens. (Psalm 89:2)

“Kiss Me” by Six Pence None the Richer – Kiss me and kiss me again, for your love is sweeter than wine. (Song of Solomon 1:2)

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