Monday, July 12, 2004

King Elessar Foretold in the Book of Sirach!

Film at 11.

Just kidding. But at Saturday Vespers in the Byzantine Church, one of the readings was Sirach 11:1-14. As I chanted it, I noticed two things: 1) that it just happens to be Tolkienesque, and 2) that it is a particularly clear prophecy about the Messiah. Here's the first five verses:

Sir 11:1 The wisdom of a humble man will lift up his head, and will seat him among the great.
Sir 11:2 Do not praise a man for his good looks, nor loathe a man because of his appearance.
Sir 11:3 The bee is small among flying creatures, but her product is the best of sweet things.
Sir 11:4 Do not boast about wearing fine clothes, nor exalt yourself in the day that you are honored; for the works of the Lord are wonderful, and his works are concealed from men.
Sir 11:5 Many kings have had to sit on the ground, but one who was never thought of has worn a crown.

Jesus, the King, returned, but was not known, just like Sirach says.

I love reading the old testament Christologically--a waterfall of insights invariably come.

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