Saturday, November 24, 2012

Honey from the rock

Beautiful Psalm 81 is for the Sunday PsalmChallege inspired by brave Robert Geiss at daily athens photo.   Please pay him a visit.
For the leader. on the gittith. Of Asaph.

2. Ring out joyously to God our strength; shout out for the God of Jacob. 

3. Take up a song, and apply the drum, the sweet sounding lyre and harp.

4. Blow the horn on the new moon, on the full moon for our feast day.
5. For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob;
6. He imposed it as a testimony upon Joseph when he went forth from the land of Egypt.

– I am listening to a language I do not know –

7. “I relieved his shoulder from the burden, his palms were freed from the basket.
8. In distress you called and I delivered you; answering you from thunder’s covert; testing you at the waters of Meribah.  Selah.

9. Listen, My people, and I will call you to testify, Israel, if you would but listen to Me:
10. 'You shall not have in your midst a foreign god; you shall not bow to an alien god.

11. I am the LORD your God Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt'—open wide your mouth, and I will fill it.

12. But My people did not listen to My voice, Israel did not yield to Me;
13. so I set him free with their stubborn heart, that they could follow their own counsels.

14. O that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would follow My ways!
15. At once I would subdue their enemies, against their foes bring back My hand.”

16. Those who hate the LORD shall cringe before Him; their doom will last forever.
17. But He would feed him the finest wheat: “So I will sate you with honey from the rock.”
Translation: Rabbi Benjamin Segal
1,2. A miracle harp strung with invisible sensors at the Jerusalem Science Museum.  Granddaughter Libby was playing beautiful music.
3. First century BCE Hebrew inscription: "Lebeit hateki'a" -- "To the place of trumpeting."
This stone block fell from the parapet at the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount to the street below during the destruction of the Temple. 
The trumpeting may have announced the new moon, or Shabbat, or festivals.

4. A stone fountain spout.  Italy, 1000-1300 CE.  Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem. 


Cloudia said...

Amen. Powerful-

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Robert Geiss said...

Yes, music continues when language has to stop. Songs surely have become friends and while being lonely or afraid, it is them, who help.

Thank you very much for your kind participation and this wonderful entry. Please have a kind new week ahead.

Cloudia said...

Honey in the Rock:

Kay said...

Now there is a gorgeous little girl who must be the angel dear and close to everyone's hearts.

Dina said...

Robert, how true about music.

Cloudia, thanks, I didn't know that Sweet Honey in the Rock is an all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble.

Kay, I have to admit, you've captured it in a nutshell. :)

Joan Elizabeth said...

I too would love to feel the timber of that harp.

Mark said...

Thanks for your kind words Dina. I would like to email you but I also know you moderate your blog so please don't post this.
My dad died last night after a long and horrific illness so it was my personal tribute to him. He was a man of deep religious convictions and I know now that he is no longer suffering and at peace. If you could say a small prayer in Jerusalem for me it would mean a lot.
Thanks for all your comments on my blog I always enjoy them and my blog has been my hobby that has provided a daily diversion when things have been very tough. Peace be with you and I daily follow the troubles in your part of the world and wish for peace and safety for all. Mark from Australia.

Karl Demetz said...

Such a cute little girl! All the best, Dina.

VP said...

The picture of Libby and the harp is lovely

Spiderdama said...

That no 4 is a special stone and your grandchildren are so sweet.
Like the other say, a powerful post!