Advent Day 5

Two quick thoughts:

First, what the heck does this mean?

I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,

and lack of bread in all your places…

–from Amos 3

OK, I know…cleanness of teeth, as in nothing eat so your teeth were clean. I guess the cultural context just doesn’t carry over the age of dentists. Sometimes the Bible is just weird.

Second, this is a rather interesting juxtaposition in a passage many f us are familiar with even if we don’t realize it:

Those who go out weeping,

bearing the seed for sowing,

shall come home with shouts of joy,

carrying their sheaves.

–from Psalm 126

Bringing in the sheaves…what a great thought to add to that, that the sowing of seed is backbreaking, and even heartbreaking labor. And then you have to wait for the harvest to find the joy.

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