Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Opus 2023-308: Rings of Submission

Last week we went exploring new restaurants.  The young woman assigned to wait on us was exploring new careers.  She was a trainee.  We may not have been her first table but we were close.  She had a mentor helping her work through things.  Mistakes were made but it all worked out as she was pleasant and we were pleasant right back.

When I first lifted my eyes to look at her I stopped at the ring in her nose.  Later I realized she had nice features and would possibly grow into a beautiful woman but my eyes were startled by the ornament.  When I see this kind of thing I usually wonder how they blow their nose or some such nonsense.  I think she had other piercings but I was stopped by her perforated nostrils.

She did a good job and we enjoyed the meal.  The nose ring was really not an issue to get concerned about.  We see them more and more as the days go by.  I wonder if these young ladies realize what the nose ring says.  This stuck in my mind becaus this morning I read,

(Gen 35:4 KJV)  And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.
In the ancient Middle East nose and ear rings often carried a message.  The fact that Jacob demanded them along with their personal household gods is a clue.  Often these earrings were decorated in such a way as to declare your allegiance, or submission to a certain deity.  They spoke of submission.

Another place that reflects this is ,
(Gen 24:22 KJV)  And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;
The context has the servant of Abraham being sent to find a wife for his son.  Rebekah seems to be the choice.  These gifts were a step in getting her to agree to be a wife for Isaac.  You don’t give a young girl gifts like this simply for watering your camels.

Another illustration we might use is the cartoon about Ferdinand the Bull.  Notice he had a nose ring.  So did pigs.  The reason was that when you hooked a chain to their nose ring they became very agreeable.  

So go with the fashion.  Like the Christmas tree originally being a pagan fertility symbol, the common cultural item does not mean you agree with the background, but if I were a young girl I am not sure I would want a symbol of slavery hanging from my nose.

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