The sultry voice of Lesley Gore gets me every time. I can’t help but sing along. I grew up with my father’s music. Loved it…
Still do, but now older and wiser I see and hear things that shock me. Things that answer questions about how our culture went so wrong.
In December of 1963, Lesley released a single titled ‘You don’t own me’ that rocketed to #2 on the Billboard chart and went on to be a million copy seller. While she did not unseat the Beatles for the top spot, she daringly struck a violent blow near the beginning of the 1960’s sexual and feminist revolution. Her contribution to the assault on Biblical gender roles is unmistakable, and all couched in a catchy radio tune.
1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
Jonah is a pretty classic example of what not to do if God gives you a message. He was given a particular message and told what to do with it, yet he did precisely the opposite and wound up paying a pretty good price for his disobedience. Then, he still had to go do what he was told.
Eliezer = El is my help (s#0461 אליעזר )
Eliezer (type of Holy Spirit) was sent to take a bride (The Bride of Yeshua) a chaste virgin, who would leave her family and all that she possessed to marry a man she had never seen. Isaac (type of Yeshua) was born through a miracle of יהוה. She would come to him by faith, believing all she had been told about him. She fell in love with him by hearing about him from Eliezer (type of Holy Spirit). She would make a difficult journey on a caravan of 10 camels (10 commandments) and she would marry Isaac (Yeshua) the day she first saw him. All that his father (type of יהוה) possessed has been given to Isaac (Yeshua). (Yeshua said the Father has given all things unto my hand John 3:35) The land that Isaac (Yeshua) lives on is given to him by יהוה. The father has said he can not take a wife of those who worship idols and live sinful lives. The decision is in the hands of the bride not Eliezer. By her own words she committed to become his bride.
I was kinda looking forward to watching some fireworks tonight and a bit toward today… you know, THE Fourth of July? Yet, since I woke this morning a phrase has been bouncing around my mind like a ricochet bullet. “Celebrating rebellion!”
Now, certainly, I understand the actions and long-suffering nature of the Founders as well as the many grievances against the Crown. That is not really the issue. It is the culture we have of ‘celebrating rebellion!’
Having very recently gone through an issue of rebellion in my household and being the father involved, it occurs to me that as a culture we celebrate rebellion in all of its forms! Think 60’s, rock and roll, pro-choice, etc, etc. The list is really endless. In fact, the very nature of the fallen human condition is rebellion. Pure and simple.
Today, most have little understanding of what this day is really about. Most think fireworks, bbq, and beer. Oh, and a three day weekend.