God spoke to Israel
in visions of the night, and said, "Jacob, Jacob." And he said,
"Here am I." Then he said, "I am God, the God of your father;
do not be afraid to go down to Egypt; for I will there make
of you a great nation. I will go down with you to Egypt, and
I will also bring you up again; and Joseph's hand shall close
Here it is Thursday and my diary catch up is just catching up with
last Saturday. That
day began as a real change in the climate, to a much more springlike
day than any before, so I went out on my first "voluntary"
(over against necessary ventures to shop or get to church services)
walk around the neighborhood to take in some of the sights close up,
and record some thoughts. I begin the video by saying that I probably
wouldn't be saying much once I was out and about, but again I lied...well,
see for yourself. This video is an approximate 12-minute survey of
Crumlin Road, Woodvale Road, and Shankill Road, with special attention
to the former linen factories and the Shankill ("Old Church")
cemetery, one of Belfast's most venerable historic sites.
the > on the video to launch. After the video launches, you can
double-click the screen to enlarge it to full-screen. If your browser
cannot open the video in Windows Media format, you can try it on YouTube,
I remember reading some years ago an economic conservative's thoughts
on Old Testament Israel's journey to Egypt under Joseph's leadership
as an analogy to modern people's letting themselves be taken care
of by a big, powerful, and beneficent government. Egypt was the biggest
government at that time, and Israel allowed Egypt to take care of
them. But obviously, as we know from the words of Joseph about God's
using Egypt, and His using Joseph's own relationship with God which
enabled him to save Egypt from famine and through Egypt, its neighbors
like the fledgling nation of Israel, that this journey was a definite
part of God's plan for them.
As I've been
making my way through this story as part of my lenten journey, I wondered
if anyone in that generation had misgivings about allowing themselves
be "helped" by Egypt and thus, as always follows, to allow
themselves to become beholden to Egypt. Anyone who's seen any of the
several Ten Commandments movies knows that even if Jacob (also called
Israel) was doing right by accepting his son Joseph's invitation,
eventually his children and their millions of descendents would become
Egypt's slaves. But this passage answers my question. Jacob did fear
Egypt's show of generosity, but he feared God even more, and when
God told him to lay aside his fears and go, Jacob and all of his extended
family of that generation, got up and went.
§ § §
You can check
out my overview of my venture in Northern Ireland, check here.
My residence/postal address is 227 Crumlin Road, Belfast, Northern
Ireland BT14 7DY, UK. Mobile: 07772197118.
we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in the State of
the Union speeches, there wouldn't be any inducement to go
. . . if the world becomes more actively anti-Christian, it
becomes necessary for the Christian community, in important
aspects of its practical everyday life, to separate itself more
from the world.
Nanty Glo Home Page and all its departments are for and by the
whole Blacklick Valley community. Your feedback and written
or artistic contributions, also notification about access problems, are
welcomed. Click here
letters to the Home Page will be considered for publication
in the Forum departments unless they are specifically labeled
"Not for Publication."
Jon Kennedy's recent book,
C.S. Lewis Themes and Threads,is available
for purchase at $2.99. Purchase supports the author's
to Belfast, Ireland.Click
download it directly to your Kindle or your Kindle bookshelf
on your PC or smartphone.