Monday: 21st January, 2019
Reference text: Mark 2:18-22
Mark 2:19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
Situations that triggered some kind of fear, were used in the past to guide proper etiquette and actions. For instance, as a child, I was told that when sat on the floor to eat, you CANNOT place a hand on the ground. because if you do, all the food would go into the ground and you will never get full. As an adult, I understand the actual biological reasons behind good posture during meals.
However, I still look back and laugh, asking myself how on earth I believed something like that. ‘Cannot’ or its alternative form, ‘can not’, is defined as either: ‘incapacity, inability, or no alternative but to’. Therefore in the text today, the children of the bride chamber are left with no choice but to wine and dine while the bridegroom was in their midst.
It seemed like consenting to be presenting at the wedding, obligated them to share in the joy of the bridegroom and feasting, not fasting was the way to do so. In spite of the fact that some may have had their own wishes, the situation they found themselves in meant their hands were tied since fasting the entirety of a 7-day wedding celebration would definitely raise a number of concerns.
Beloved, the things around us will always seek to work as expected, based on preset principles and set methodologies. As such, there will be many times when our presence in particular environments will all but mean a relinquishing of all the ideals and standards we hold dear. So these are the questions for our consideration:
Is it possible to avoid those environments that offer no alternatives unless we accept the norm? If unavoidable, how do we stay true to our good values even in those environments? Ponder on these.
Remember # the children in the bride chamber CANNOT fast as long as the bridegroom is with them