Enter the Cozy Road to the 21st Century, or the Road to the Past:


The talk of the town on a Sunday night was that twenty-six year old Moyola had gone mad.

She is one of my closest friends, and we literally grew up together in the same estate. I hadn't seen her since Thursday night when we went to buy suya* from the mallam down the street. The rumor was spreading like wild fire. At the market place, where I was trying to get some tomatoes, the town women were talking and laughing about Moyola's new madness.

So I decided to walk down the road to her house, which was only a stone throw away from the market place. I hadn't walked too far when I saw her. She was sitting under a tent by the roadside, right in front of her house. I looked inside the tent, and there she was. She was wearing a loin cloth, a long strip of cloth wound around her waist and in between her legs. A loose tunic was hung over the loin cloth. It was gathered up in a bunch around her shoulders, and also tucked in at the waist with a leather belt. The rest of it flowed gracefully towards her feet. Two alabaster flasks lay at her feet; they were filled to the brim with oil.

"Moyola, what is wrong with you? What are you doing?"

"Shalom Anu. Shavua Tov."**

"What? Is this your new way of speaking to people? Have you gone mad?"

"You don't get it, do you?" she asked me with tears in her eyes. "I have chosen to live the way the women in the bible did. This is my new lifestyle. I want to feel the way they did when God spoke to them. I want to dress like them, walk like them, and talk like them. Anu, please let me be."

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The Road to the Past:
A lot of Christians are still living in the times when the Israelites had to fight with swords and spears. The days of Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Deborah, Ruth, and Esther. What we don't understand is that even as God was with them in those days, He is with us now in the 21st century. Rather than walk the same paths that the men of old did, we need to enter the cozy road to the 21st century.

"...of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred... (1 Chronicles 12:32)
The Road to the Present:
When you read your bible, do you see Moses parting the red sea or do you interpret your own red sea as a 21st century "challenge" that you have to overcome? Do you see Esther being chosen as queen, or do you see yourself selected above your peers? The occurrences in the bible are not meant to remain in the past. There is a requirement for us to translate those experiences into our 21st century experiences. We are the "sons of Isaachar" of our own generation, and we need to have an understanding of our own current events. People think the bible is boring, but it is the most exciting thing when you're able to apply it to your life right now.

How do you interpret the bible when you read it? Do you get stuck in the past or do you relate God's Word to today's events? What are your thoughts?

*Suya = roasted skewered meat
**Shalom = peace (Hebrew)
**Shavua Tov = wishing someone a good week (Hebrew)

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Remi, United Kingdom said...

I am moonwalking.. I am first...

Read the first paragraph and need to settle down properly and read again.. hmmmmm. Hope you've had a good week dearie... much luv

DayDreamer said...

Argh!!! Remi beat me to it!
Anyway, great post Jaycee! I have to admit though that there are times when it is hard to translate the story to my 21st century world. In times like that I rely on the Holy Spirit, and often times, the New Testament serves as a commentary. Or I just use a modern day commentary. How u dey?

NakedSha said...

I definitely think that the Bible is still so relevant to us today being that it is still our map thousands of years later.

Could you please elaborate on what you mean by 'cozy' because this road is far from cozy and the only difference is that we have the Holy spirit as or friend, comforter and teacher to see us through!

Bless xoxo

Harry said...

I always try and relate it to recent events...it makes me understand it more...

Jennifer A. said...

@Remi...week was cool, ending with a nice cap yesterday. Def have had a good week...except this whole Jos wahala.

@Homie...I feel u, it's the same for me...but after a while, that *lightbulbmoment* kicks in. Like you said, it's the Holy Spirit.

@NakedSha...lol @ the word "Cozy." I changed the title so many times, and I finally left it at this, not putting too much emphasis on the word, "Cozy."

Patrinas Pencil said...

"The occurrences in the bible are not meant to remain in the past."

That's a big WOW!! TRUTH. Amen Jaycee! That's why the BIBLE is called the "LIVING" Word!! Is remains living and active in every generation! So true your words are.

Everytime a read a given scripture. It has something NEW to say to me - according to my current circumstances. The HOly Spirit opens our eyes to this new thing each time we read it - He shows us the application for our day - our current situation, if we are seeking His face - His will - His desire for our life.

It's applicable to all peoples and tribes in any given situation because it is the HOLY and inherrant Word of God.

Great eye opener! Jaycee

Patrina <")>><
His watchman on the wall

Jennifer A. said...

@Harry...I do the same thing too. I usually try to imagine the words in pictures too...that makes it more appealing to me.

Jennifer A. said...

@ Patrina...that's why it's called the "Living Word," I concur. I am weary of seeing people living in the past through the bible, when it is as current as the 21st century if we can only translate it to our experiences. Thanks for this addition to the post, your points are usually salient.

jhazmyn said...

As much as i relate to my life when i read the bible...i so love the emphasis on "understanding of the times".

Being able to relate the word with our present sure goes a long way in making Gods word more real to us.

Thanks for ur comment on my post...i sure plan to keep at it...have a real great weekend

Unknown said...

When I hear some interpretations to the bible like trouser wearing by women I actually do wonder if that was what God intended when he said what he said in Leviticus..So many interpretations yet just one meaning..
I love your post.. (I always do anyway)
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Jennifer A. said...

@Jhazyn, glad to know u're gonna keep at it. You've got one cheerleader right here...lol.

@2Cute4u...that trouser-wearing phenomenon is actually a great example, there are so many interpretations today. Yet, if we understand the reasons why it was for them back then, it will help us in the way we dress today. That's a whole different topic for another day...thanks. BTW u guys are doing great on trying to help Jos. I appreciate you guys...thanks.

FASCHE said...

Definitely! Hopefully I wasn't sounding like someone who found one tiny word out of the bulk. Emphasis surely isn't on it.

Awesome post, bless xoxo

Unknown said...

I love this post. Even more because you quoted one of my favorite scriptures. The bible says... "day by day, [God] utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge" - Ps 19:2. God still speaks today from His word. We need understanding like the men of Isaachar to be able to interpret His word into our situations.
Thanks Jay. You are awesome.

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Jennifer A. said...

@FASCHE...thanks. I "heart" that picture...lovely!!!

@Dynamique...I'm adding the 2nd blog to my blogroll right not. There's nothing like a daily dose of the Word. :)

Kafo said...

okay i know this is fictiousness but still

wow this is really relevant

Jennifer A. said...

@Kafo...I think so too. That it is relevant, I mean.

kenya.fm said...

Good observation. Tragic though that there are indeed people still cot in that "old", somehow thinking that if only they could be in the right setting, everything wud go right. For example, you must have heard of these new "Israel-based stuff..".

If i may ask just a question: why the title, Light A lamp. What is this supposed to convey? I have an idea but i am not sure.

The poets voice ~~~ said...

this is so true! The Bible is relevant today and it is worth translating it to the 'Now' rather than reading it in the 'then'.

We must undertstand the times or else somehow we would fail to see the relevance of the Word...now that's danger!

God bless Jaycee!! I haven't been here in a while..I like the new look

Jennifer A. said...

@Kenya FM...yes, many are still caught in the setting of the old days and they fail to translate the word into today's century. The Light-A-Lamp title was inspired by the Bible verse in Matthew Chapter 5, verses 14-16 that says, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Thanks for your comment Kenya.FM.

@The Poet's Voice...you like it??? YAY!!!!!! Thanks.

Princess said...

I specifically translated Old Testament readings to my life in the 21st century when I read the book of Easter. In chapter 4:14 when Mordecai told her that if she remained silent, help will come for the Jews from somewhere else, I realized I am not indispensable to God's work.
At that time in my life we had just started a Bible study on my campus and it was verryyyy trying, tiring, exhausting, all of the above and more. But whenever I was tempted to quit I'd remember that if I decide to 'abandon' God, His word will still be spread amongst His people, some way, somehow.

When we limit the lessons in the Bible to the Old Testament period or Jesus' time, we miss the point. The Bible is a love letter for us and it will still apply to generations to come. The sooner we understand that, the better :) xxx