last night we went to the evening service at church where Mr. Bartlett was speaking on the book of Judges…..well….i couldn’t exactly…pay attention, so i decided to read one of my fave books of “the b-i-b-l-e, yes thats the book for me!” (playing the bible song from VBS in my head here)
anyways, i was reading through Song of Songs, a great book for any romantic. and while the analogies of a lovers teeth being “like a flock of sheep just shorn” throw you off a little (are the teeth fuzzy or something…”brush those things!”..no..i think they mean they’re white…i hope) you can usually catch the over all meanings…
my fave verses from the book are probably
6 …for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot wash it away.
(taken from chapter 8)
i just love the way that sounds…i remember when we were younger though, us girls would sit in the back of church and giggle over the verses right after those above that said –
8 We have a young sister,
and her breasts are not yet grown.
What shall we do for our sister
for the day she is spoken for?
we never quite figured out what that was supposed to mean….i strongly encourage everyone to read the book though, it’s great poetry.
while sitting in church last night i also started to think about something…how is it i can get so absorbed into LotR reading and not the bible? they’re both great storys, theres maps to follow the journey, morals to be learned in each tale, and the bible is even true! shouldn’t that make it even more interesting??…so why is it so hard to actually sit down and study the bible?
well, i kept flipping through the pages and i found a psalm (91) that kind remeinded me of the tone of LotR
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
i thought it was neat…