Down the hall and to the right…

Posted: 01/14/2011 in Ground Rules, Introduction

Pooping.  Sitting in the oval office.  Making a deposit at the porcelain bank.  Dropping the kids off at the pool.

All these euphemisms describe a universal function (described in my wife’s beloved children’s book, Everyone Poops), and it might surprise some to know that there is a euphemism for it in the Bible as well – “covering one’s feet” (at least the way the King James Version reads).  Not as catchy as some of our phrases, but good enough to convey the imagery of an ancient Hebrew dropping trou’ (or robe) and squatting.  There was a famous Biblical encounter in which an evil king got caught with his pants down, “covering his feet” while those he was chasing and trying to destroy watched from the safety of their… cave.

Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.  3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet; and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.  4 And the men of David said unto him, “Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, ‘Behold I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee.'”  Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily. ~1 Samuel 24:2-4 KJV

David’s cave was a safe base of operations from which he had the opportunity to strike at the one trying to destroy him.  Job uses the imagery of mines and caves to describe “a hidden path that no bird of prey knows.” Job ties this imagery to understanding the way of godly wisdom.  In the parable of the sower, Jesus described those who received the seed of God’s word, but their hearts were hard and “the birds came and devoured it.” Christ taught that these birds symbolized “the evil one” who snatches away this precious seed of the word.

As a (semi-consistent) disciple of Jesus, a husband and father, and in every other role, I know this – I want to be on the path that increases my knowledge of God and His wisdom.  I need to always mine for truth nuggets and gems of godly wisdom, since God rarely leaves them scattered on the surface level.  I don’t want the birds of prey feasting on the truth that God graciously sows in my heart, let alone pecking at my soul in times of weariness.  God keep me on that sheltered path… armored up and banded together with fellow soldiers.

Our common enemies war mostly in the realm of thoughts and ideas.  May God empower us and teach us how to catch these enemy ideas with their proverbial pants down.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. ~2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NIV

If you finish the story of Saul taking a dump in David’s man cave, you will see that some of David’s faithful soldiers encouraged David to kill Saul.  David refused, but cut off a piece of Saul’s robe instead and then publicly rebuked Saul outside the cave.  Most cave dwellers were likely just faithful soldiers trying to survive and succeed.  But in the cave you also encountered three other personalities: (1) the one with a destructive attitude who comes in and stinks up the cave, (2) the faithful soldiers who “smell blood” and mistake their cave for something it was not intended to be (an execution chamber in this instance), and (3) the conflicted yet calm leader who cuts off a piece of the aggressor’s raiment and then rebukes the offender publicly.

Basic ground rules for peace and respect:  Please don’t bring destructive intent into this place and stink it up – there’s plenty of other places online open to cyber-defecation.  Please don’t make the mistake of trying to draw me into a ministry context that is not appropriate for a simple blog (e.g., please make an appointment if want to counsel or share confidential info, don’t expect me to “chase rabbits,” don’t be offended if I don’t respond to everything – if you want to chat, call me).

Thank you for understanding that this blog is very limited in its intent:  to provide a simple way to briefly encourage one another and be exhorted from Scripture on a regular basis.

I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. 16 Iwill delight in your principles and not forget your word. ~Psalm 119:15-16 NLT

Let us exhort one another daily- so that we may better know God, live Biblically and bless others.

For those who plan on opening some of God’s text messages, let’s start out by going to the John together… the Gospel of John that is.


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