Monthly Archives: May 2015

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You will also leave that place with your hands on your head, for the LORD has rejected those you trust; you will not be helped by them. Jeremiah 2:37


Hands on the head

This is a way of expressing great grief, and is thought by some commentators to signify that the heavy hand of God’s affliction is pressing on the mourner. This was one of the tokens of mourning adopted by Tamar after the cruel maltreatment she received from Amnon: “She put her hand on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went” (2 Samuel 13:19). An excavated Egyptian sculpture showed mourners at a funeral with their hands on their heads. This was a common way of expressing grief in Egypt. Said one commentator about a similar custom in a Middle East nation: “When people were in great distress, they put their hands on their head, the fingers being clasped on the top of the crown. Should a man who is plunged into despair meet a friend, he would immediately put his hands on his head to illustrate his circumstances. When a person heard of the death of a relation or friend he forthwith clasped his hands and placed them on his head. When young boys were punished at school they would run home with their hands on their heads.”

Source: Freeman, J. M., & Chadwick, H. J. (1998). Manners & customs of the Bible (p. 367). North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

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We all need an encouraging five-star something-or-other once in our lives. Do you need one today? Well, here it is . . . YOU are “five-star” in God’s eyes and heart: “Since thou wast precious in My sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee.”  Isaiah 43:4

Now, for those of you who cannot understand the thee, thou, wast and hast in this wonderful “five-star,” let me explain. There was once an old English King named James. He lived way back in the 1600s and commanded translators to translate (that’s what translators do, you know) the original manuscripts of the Bible into the modern-day English of the 1600s. There wasn’t a more modern translation than what is know as the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. It was such a wondrous translation that it became what is still know today as the “Authorized Version” of the Bible.

Simply speaking, theethou, wast and hast are old ways in King James’ day of saying “you were and you have been.” The famous playwright of the 1600s, William Shakespeare also wrote his dramas in the same style. “Oh, Romeo, Romeo where art thou?” God called to Adam and asked the same question: Where art thou? Genesis 3:9

Let’s forget all this explanation, okay? And get down to where the rubber meets the road: YOU are precious and loved by God! So, that makes YOU pretty special. You are a five-star in God’s opinion . . . and that is even BETTER than an rating. YOU are “of great value, not to be wasted or treated carelessly, greatly loved and treasured” by Almighty God.

Yep, FIVE-STAR, indeed!