The Queen of the South...came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon...
Notes on my own spiritual journey back to the good, old book.
Most of my Bible reading time was spent in King Solomon's writings: Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. Ecclesiastes seemed to confirm my ideas about life at the time, so I declared it to be my favorite book of the Bible.
March 7, 2006
I wrote an essay on the book Broken Commandment from a Christian perspective. I struggled in writing it. This reminded me of the quote in Raiders: 'Didn't any of you guys ever go to Sunday school?' I was amused by the scene, but the quote seems to have convicted me.
Tenth months later, I wrote in reflection, "I had a bad relationship with my Bible. I rarely read it. I both feared and underestimated it. There was a lot that I hadn't read. This meant that when I did study a passage, my vague sense of Biblical history caused me a great deal of frustration. It came down to simple avoidance of that which left me feeling embarrassed and ashamed. On the other hand, I thought I had a good grasp on the fundamentals of Scripture, which led me to take for granted just what the Bible really was or what it contained. I didn't acknowledge Hebrews 4:12: 'The word of God is living and powerful...'"
"At that time, spring of 2006, I was reminded (through an Indiana Jones movie, of all things!) of King Solomon. I had always had a strong interest in the character and history of Solomon, as well as his writings. His books - Proverbs and Ecclesiastes in particular - were always those that I kept close. I decided to go back to King Solomon and analyze his failures, as I felt it might reflect something of my own problems."
But instead of turning to his writings, I turned to the history books that talked about Solomon the man. I wanted to know who he was, what kind of person he was, why he wrote as he did, the times he lived in, etc.
April 4, 2006
Out of normal character, I included a "behind-the-cut" portion in one of my entries regarding "spiritual concerns." In the entry, I wrote: "Easter is coming soon and what am I doing? Getting back into Old Testament history!! (ironic, yes) I figure I don't know much detail about Biblical history, so I need to get cracking. Also, I am curious about Solomon and the issue of foreign culture/religion/practice, probably after watching Metropolis so many times and hearing them talk about the peoples & Babel...So, yes, my Bible is getting dusty, and thus I decided to look into somethings, starting with I Kings...I don't think I have ever read I Kings...(O.o) Though I know the general history, I sadly need to study up! Which is my plan for the short fragmented free time I will have this week in between regular hw and thesis work. Let's see how it goes!"
Two days later...
April 6, 2006
"Wow, I Kings is really exciting! I am finding it very interesting - the different leaders, their failures, details on the Temple... I had to refer to my dad, though, in understanding some of the historical things. It's teaching me that I have a long way to go; but as with any research I am glad to know that there's more to find! :) benkyou benkyou... [Edit 12.30 am: I just finished! Now I can't decide whether to go on to Second Kings or backtrack and pick up things I missed...Hmmm.]"
Praise God for giving me a thirst for the living waters :)