When a weasel finds an egg, he punctures it and sucks the life out of the shell. In a similar way, some words in the scriptures suck the life out of a story or verse.
Look For: Look for words that seem to deflate everything that was said before or after.
Example: Jeremiah 6:14 “They (the priests) have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly . . .” What good is it to only be healed slightly? That’s like trying to kiss someone’s broken leg to make it better.
Jeremiah 2:3 “Israel was holiness to the LORD . . .” This word just sucks the life out of the statement. It should be “is” or “will,” but “was” makes the statement sad.
(Adapted from Panning for Gold: Various Methods to Understand and Apply the Scriptures to Ourselves by Eric Bacon, Northwest Area Seminaries)
Great for: Helping students find meaning in the scriptures, Lesson preparation
Class size: Any class size
Helps Students: SEARCH the scriptures or text
Student Age: Any age