Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Raven

Hey guys, I know I've been blogging for a while now. I just thought to celebrate my new Facebook page (Fans of The Raven) I could go back and share this blog's origin's story...

"'At the end of forty days
Noah opened the window of the ark
that he had made and sent forth a raven.
It went to and fro
until the waters were dried up
from the earth.' Genesis 8:6-7.

As the raven searched for something, anything, this blog is in search for things worthy interest. As I explore the internet, my life, the world, I'll try to keep you updated."

The whole premise of this blog is... There's stuff out there... Interesting stuff.... If I run across things that I find neat or worth looking at, they'll probably show up here. I've covered things from music videos to books to other online articles to problems in the church to the weekly Super Inc. devotions...

Most of the time my posts have to do with faith in God. Why? Because it's important to me and it should be important to everyone.

In modern thought, the raven has been signified as an avatar of Death. This idea became really popularized by Poe's The Raven.

Before then, as Christians, the raven would probably be more of a symbol of life. Even though the ark's raven didn't have much to do with this, Elijah's did.

Elijah had made some enemies. That's what happens when you tell the authorities that there will be a drought in the land because they had not been humble before God. After he told them the bad news, he had to flee for his life. And, he did what the Lord commanded him to do:

“Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook... You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord. He went and lived by the brook... And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land." 1 Kings 17.

Although Elijah could no longer fend for himself, God looked out for him. The Lord sent ravens to feed Elijah when he surely would have died (especially after the drought began). And, He continued to help His prophet out later in the chapter.

Not only are the ravens a symbol of life here, they are used as a parable by Jesus in Luke. "Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!" He shares not only that we are to live, but that we should freely live, knowing that God will provide.

Perhaps it fits. Where the world sees Death, we can see life knowing that not only will God provide, but that he already has through his Son, Jesus Christ. We will not die, we will be welcomed into eternal life.

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