Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Book of Psalms 127-135

Psalms 127-135

Psalm 127 gives us "Happy is the man that hath a quiver full of them (children)..."
This psalm is the core of the Quiver Full movement amongst the wacker groups of Christians that feel they need to produce as many children as possible for the LORD.  The well being of the mothers and children don't seem to be an issue.  It has been called anti-feminist and critics have accused the movement of subjugating women and scoffing at the idea of equal rights.

One of the scarier things I've read brings in a militaristic aspect (from a Newsweek article);
 "As Quiverfull author Rachel Scott writes in her 2004 movement book, "Birthing God's Mighty Warriors," "Children are our ammunition in the spiritual realm to whip the enemy! These special arrows were handcrafted by the warrior himself and were carefully fashioned to achieve the purpose of annihilating the enemy."

The only problem with this movement, as I see it, is that I, and a large percentage of Atheists were raised in religious households.  Just because the parent is a devout Christian doesn't guarantee that their children will be ammunition in the spiritual realm to whip the enemy. They will BE the enemy!

133:3 is an odd little passage.
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1 comment:

  1. Well 133 is quite short

    1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

    2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

    3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

    Hermon is apparently a mountain near the Golan Heights and is a bit over 9,000 feet high. It traps a fair bit of moisture (snow, rain, and presumably dew). Verse 2 refers to anointing, a common practice of the time and considered quite pleasant. Aaron as high priest would have been anointed before taking up the office (Leviticus 8:12). Kings were also anointed.

    One oddity is the reference to mountains of Zion. Zion is usually considered a single mountain upon which the Jerusalem temple was built.