Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The surly bird gets the... eye?

Proverbs 30:17

The eye that mocks a father
and scorns to obey a mother
will be picked out by the ravens of the valley
and eaten by the vultures.

There's some nice bedtime reminder, don't you think? 

"Say your prayers children and remember to obey me and mother or else wild birds will gouge out your eyes and eat them.  Good night, I love you."

We have all disobeyed our parents and mocked our father's authority.  We begin to adopt a worldly perspective of authority by stating it is granted by me, not inherent to them or their office.  By that I mean we begin to think people only have power inasmuch as we give that power to them.  If we do not give them power of us, they do not have it. 

This is untrue. 

Your parents have power and authority over you by virtue of them being your parents.  It just is.  It is not a matter of them being authoritative or honorable or deserving fear and reverance.  It is that they ARE your parents (for better or for worse, they will always be).

It is a beautiful thing to observe a person following Jesus and surrendering themselves volitionally to the authorities in their lives and entrusting their soul's care and provision to God.  My sister-in-law, Lauren, is an amazing example and model of this fruit of the Spirit.

My children, observe and learn from your Aunt Lauren's life the value of authority and service to those under whom God has placed you. 

Additionally, I can only assume you like your eyes.  I like your eyes.  People like seeing stuff.  I would like you to see stuff.  So....

People who mock their dads and disobey in defiance their moms get their eyes pecked out by Polly-wants-a-cracker-with-a-side-of-yo-eye. 

Don't get your eyes eaten by Polly-wants-a-cracker-with-a-side-of-yo-eye!

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