Posted by: ritagone | May 2, 2018

Good-bye, Solomon! Hello, James!

When I teach a book of the Bible, something weird happens: I sort of fall in love with the writer or the subject of that book.  For example, I recently

taught the book of Job, and I came away with a whole new awe and respect for the man who endured so much tragedy and yet held fast to his faith.  Had I known him – and I felt like I did – I would have wanted to date him if he were single and I were too.

I think if they had quoted me only one time in the book of Job as his wife, I would have said something like, “Come on, Job, you can do it!  I believe in you!  Hang in there!” instead of the infamous “Curse God and die!”  Which, by the way, I believe has earned Mrs. Job a bum rap.

Anyway, then along came Solomon and the book of Ecclesiastes, which I’m finishing teaching tomorrow at our Thursday morning womens’ Bible study called Connection.  We’ve followed the wisest man in Israel, the king, through his wanderings, his search for wisdom, his ups and downs, and all the varieties of mental gymnastics that we saw in twelve glorious chapters of challenge.

And if I had been single and knew Solomon, and if he hadn’t already had about 1,000 wives and concubines, I could have been happy with this guy too.  I love his adventurous spirit, his inquiring mind, the fact that he was always asking, always looking around the next corner, never completely satisfied with what he saw or found.

But alas, my time with Solomon is ending, so I must look elsewhere for the next object of my affection.  I turn now to James, the brother of Jesus, who wrote the book of James in the New Testament, oddly enough.  James is wise, solid, to the point, dedicated, upright: everything any of us want in a relationship.  What’s not to like?

So for the next few months, James and I will be getting to know one another better.  Okay, maybe I’ll just be getting to know him better. I’ll read commentaries about him, his times, what made him tick, what he said and why he said it.  I’ll know him much better by the time August rolls around.

And then I’ll put together some lessons to communicate about James to the women of the study.  And I know that what will happen is what always happens: my relationship with James will deepen, I will understand him better, I will see more and more why he is so well thought of, and I will hate to see him go at the end of our time together.

But go he eventually will, as it will be time to move on.  That’s the way it is with me and these biblical men.

Moses, can you hear me? What are you doing in December?

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