20:20 Verses

Happy new year, everyone!

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy numbers. Sitting here relaxing on New Year’s Day (an activity as rare as my grandfather’s favorite steak), I wondered what 20:20 verses were rattling around my ESV. In case you were also curious, I thought I’d share.

To put it mildly, I have serious misgivings about where we are headed as a civilization. I’m not sure I’d like to live through the roaring reboot of this decade’s predecessor, but here we are. I live by hope, sometimes to my own detriment, today shall be no different. When I want to hope, I stand on truth, the sure bedrock from which hope springs.

Your dose of truth for 20:20 includes everything from the consequences of sleeping with your aunt to instructions on how God told armies to build seigeworks. Sadly, some of my favorite books do not possess a chapter 20 and some that do weren’t loquacious enough to reach that number of verses.

I believe my favorites were in 2 Chronicles, John and Acts. Numbers 20:20 proves Edom was the original Gandalf (although I wouldn’t recommend telling God’s chosen people to shove off unless you’re down for a smiting). Judges 20:20 is the climax of one of the most gruesome stories in the Bible – beginning with rape, middling in civil war and ending with a mass abduction to fix a small genocide. 1 Samuel places us in the event that began David’s exile from Saul’s court, one of the best sagas in the Bible.

We can’t get too dogmatic about these verses, after all, the whole of the Word is for our instruction. If nothing else, this exercise just proves how vast the scope of Scripture is.

You may recognize Exodus 20 as the chapter of the 10 Commandments. For full instructions on how not to cast off the Voice of God this year, begin at our first verse. We live in uncertainty, such is the nature of our temporal sojourn this side of life eternal. Let us never choose to stand far off, but to always draw near to God in 2020.

20:20 Verses

Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.”
Exodus 20:20 ESV
If a man lies with his uncle’s wife, he has uncovered his uncle’s nakedness; they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless.
Leviticus 20:20 ESV
But he said, “You shall not pass through.” And Edom came out against them with a large army and with a strong force.
Numbers 20:20 ESV
Only the trees that you know are not trees for food you may destroy and cut down, that you may build siegeworks against the city that makes war with you, until it falls.
Deuteronomy 20:20 ESV
And the men of Israel went out to fight against Benjamin, and the men of Israel drew up the battle line against them at Gibeah.
Judges 20:20 ESV
And I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I shot at a mark.
1 Samuel 20:20 ESV
Joab answered, “Far be it from me, far be it, that I should swallow up or destroy!
2 Samuel 20:20 ESV
And each struck down his man. The Syrians fled, and Israel pursued them, but Ben-hadad king of Syria escaped on a horse with horsemen.
1 Kings 20:20 ESV
The rest of the deeds of Hezekiah and all his might and how he made the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
2 Kings 20:20 ESV
And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.”
2 Chronicles 20:20 ESV
“Because he knew no contentment in his belly, he will not let anything in which he delights escape him.
Job 20:20 ESV
If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
Proverbs 20:20 ESV
and keep my Sabbaths holy that they may be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.’
Ezekiel 20:20 ESV
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something.
Matthew 20:20 ESV
So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.
Luke 20:20 ESV
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
John 20:20 ESV
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
Acts 20:20 ESV

Let none of us shrink from declaring the Word of God this year and let us each grow in love for this is our true witness as representatives of Christ.

So the adventure begins…

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