Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen
1 There dwelt a man in Babylon, called Joacim:
2 And he took a wife, whose name was Susanna, the daughter of Chelcias, a very fair woman, and one that feared the Lord.
3 Her parents also were righteous, and taught their daughter according to the law of Moses.
4 Now Joacim was a great rich man, and had a fair garden joining unto his house: and to him resorted the Jews; because he was more honorable than all others.
5 The same year were appointed two of the ancients of the people to be judges, such as the Lord spake of, that wickedness came from Babylon from ancient judges, who seemed to govern the people.
6 These kept much at Joacim's house: and all that had any suits in law came unto them.
7 Now when the people departed away at noon, Susanna went into her husband's garden to walk.
8 And the two elders saw her going in every day, and walking; so that their lust was inflamed toward her.
9 And they perverted their own mind, and turned away their eyes, that they might not look unto heaven, nor remember just judgments.
10 And albeit they both were wounded with her love, yet durst not one shew another his grief.
11 For they were ashamed to declare their lust, that they desired to have to do with her.
12 Yet they watched diligently from day to day to see her.
13 And the one said to the other, Let us now go home: for it is dinner time.
14 So when they were gone out, they parted the one from the other, and turning back again they came to the same place; and after that they had asked one another the cause, they acknowledged their lust: then appointed they a time both together, when they might find her alone.
We will do something different, (suddenly I am all about change.) We will study part of the Apocrypha. Don’t bother looking for these books in your bibles, they are probably not there, unless you are old school catholic. I even had a difficult time finding downloadable versions for this blog, (Biblegateway.com doesn’t have a version with Apocrypha. )
These books come from the Greek teachings, not Hebrew. They are also, obviously, excluded from the protestant bible. Because of this, many people are not familiar and possibly even afraid of these books. This is silly. I am not using these as gospel but they do help teach lessons. Also, as Christians we need to know as much as we can about our bible and the texts that it comes from. I guarantee non believers will read these books and if you are not familiar, you may
look foolish in public eyes.
We will start with the Book of Susanna. This is a great melodrama! My father wanted to write a play based on this book so bad he could taste it. I agree with Dad-this book is low hanging fruit.
It takes place in Babylon during the time of the Jewish exile. Daniel is a major player in this story if that helps you place the time. Susanna is a beautiful and virtuous woman from a well off Jewish family. Her Husband is a man of respect. The elders of the community would gather in his gardens to do business, and obviously to check out his wife.
Two elders became more than a little moved by Susanna’s beauty, they became lustful. They were overwhelmed by this lust and made a plan to come back to her house after work and act on their desires.
I know- you are saying that this belongs on the romance racks in the drugstore, not in the Bible. Maybe, but the two evil elders are false prophets, and they appear in Jeremiah. Also, this little soap opera of ancient times is a good mirror of life even today. We still have lust in our hearts and it can often overcome us. It is proper and right that we, as adults, be able to look at this and apply the lessons that God makes.
Tomorrow- evil plans from evil men!
Prayer, Lord, protect from the evil in the world. Even if it is in our own body. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.