Thursday, October 26, 2006
More On Frogs
I've been giving frogs a lot of thought and a bit of research lately.
No, not Frogs - like kinds and colors, I've been considering the story in Exodus.
(And reading several translations looking for treasure)
So, in the Old English there is word usage "entreat."
That was a cool find.
MZ E uses "Treatment"
Prophets use "Prayer."
The reason some people don't like to use the word "Prayer," it seems to me, is nowadays people use that word for wishful thinking, like "it would be nice to have frosting on my cake." _ okay, I'm being a little silly - but, what the Prophets and MZ E mean is Effective, Powerful Prayer. Getting Good Result from their conversation with God.
So, okay, okay, back to the story.
Moses (Moshe in my favorite translation) asked the Ruler when he'd like to have the frogs removed. Moshe was going to show out God's Grace over All - by letting the Ruler decide. Well, the odd first odd thing is - here are these frogs - they multiplied so that they were everywhere, in the cereal bowls and on the floor and in people's hair - just Everywhere.
(How they got there? Well, that's another story. You can find it in Exodus.)
The Ruler wanted to keep these frogs (bothering everyone in his kingdom) for another day.
Moshe even said the Ruler could name the day so the people could always remember the day God saved them.
I guess the ruler just said "tomorrow." I would have given it a spiftacular name . . . like "leap-no-more" or "ribit-rid" and built a festival around it. Now that I think of it, where did the term "Leap Year" come from . . . oh, here I go, getting off track again.
But, Moshe talked (prayed, treated, entreated) with God and all the frogs went back to the river where they belonged.
(Okay, in case you think I didn't read the actual accounts - the frogs that were not in the river died and rotted in the streets - now, don't you think I said it nicer?)
Now, this story becomes more and more peculiar because when the ruler saw life without frogs was better - he decided to return to his old ways and be meaner than before - now, that's part of the bigger story - you remember, in Exodus.
Here's what I'm working on.
I've got a few little "frogs" to handle in my own world.
I don't want to wait until tomorrow to get rid of them (by the way, I have nothing against frogs, the cute little things God created - I'm talking about bothersome challenges that I'd like gone from my life.) I will talk and listen to God so they go back where they belong. And, unlike the story king - I will keep God Ruler in my life - so frogs - or any other pest stay away.
Wouldn't that be lovely? A Pest Free Life?
I'd like to hear from you.
'bye for now . . .