Today’s Chocolate: Madécasse 92% Cocoa Pure Dark Chocolate
Today’s Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4
You guys remember the Strong Bad Email episode “Dragon,” right? Where Strong Bad, when asked to draw a dragon, invents one of the most iconic characters of the Homestar Runner universe, Trogdor the Burninator? In the middle segment, Strong Bad runs a dragon-drawing class, and as he checks up on his students, he finds Strong Mad carving the word “DAGRON” into the table. Strong Mad’s attempt is so off-base that Strong Bad simply responds: “You just…keep doin’ your thing, man.”
Unlike Strong Bad, Paul can’t check in on the Thessalonian church in person as he writes his letter to them. However, Timothy’s had nothing but good things to say about them (3:6). Consequently, Paul gives them commands less as corrections and more as reminders to continue to pursue growth and God-honoring behavior. He observes, “Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia” (4:9-10). Unlike Strong Bad, when Paul tells the Thessalonians, “You just keep doin’ your thing, man,” he says it without a trace of irony.
I can’t help but compare Paul’s words here to those from one of his former letters. Remember his rebuke in his first letter to the Corinthians? “It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father’s wife” (1 Cor. 5:1)? The Corinthian church had mad sexual trubs. In contrast, as he encourages the Thessalonians to pursue sexual purity, he says, “Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more” (4:1). By and large, each of them is “possess[ing] his own vessel in sanctification and honor” (4:4), and all they’ve really got to do is continue to walk in purity and pursue God further. Thessalonians, you just keep doin’ your thing.
If you haven’t seen it already, I posted a review of Equal Exchange’s Mint Crunch on Sunday, and this coming Sunday I’ll be posting a review of Theo’s Orange Dark Chocolate. In the meantime, here’s another extra for you guys.
On my Patreon, generous supporter Matt Rizkallah sponsored a doodle based on Leviticus 16:22: “The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a solitary land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.” Thanks for your support, Matt! The goat is saying “ez,” which is both the Hebrew word for goat and onomatopoeia for the sound a goat makes. Hebrew goats are Pokémon.