Do you like ancient history? (Kinda like reading “old” news on-line.) Depending on your perspective of the concept “time”…ancient could very well be current.
Do you manipulate time or does time manipulate you?! How do you manage your time? or life? Does compassion manage your time? What time is it??
For me, it’s always the right time to learn…(and the right time to be compassionate!:)
THANKS for joining me for Nurturing Seedlings 3…a time endeavor…(Did you read Nurturing Seedlings 1 & 2?)
Role-models, in my opinion (whatever that’s worth?-lol:)…are an important component in nurturing seedlings. All of us could benefit by a positive role-model. Especially, younger, immature life. Parents who would like to build positive-leadership traits in their kids may seek out modern role-models or ancient role-models for their kids to study. Both can be very instructive and beneficial!
Positive role-models can teach us not to cave into negative peer pressure to conform to non-compassionate (damaging) behavior.
The year is 1514 B.C.E. and a shepherd sees a great phenomenon. What is it? A fiery thornbush. This bush is on fire. Yet, it’s not being consumed. It’s burning without being burnt up! Wow!
So the shepherd gets closer to check it out…and hears a voice calling him by his name…the voice is coming from the bush…(curious or would you be afraid?)
Who’s calling whom?? The Shepherd is Moses. (BTW: This ancient shepherd who some would describe as “ordinary” is highly respected by many including: Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc. His leadership qualities are timeless and transcend religion. You gotta respect someone who is raised in royalty, gives up a super comfortable life-style amid many luxuries and advantages materially, academically, etc. chooses to be ill-treated with poor slaves in order to help them…becomes a courageous leader.) May be, Moses realized the pleasure and the pain is all temporary…
Who’s calling Moses? The voice from the non-burning-up bush says: “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”…what’s interesting about this is…the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had long been dead…this God didn’t say “I was”…think of the implication. This God goes on to say: “I Shall Prove to Be What I Shall Prove to Be.”
The name (reputation) any of us make in life…eventually, we prove to be–what we prove to be! Our name takes on certain traits: positive or negative depending on what we choose to practice over time. What are you proving to be? Compassionate?!
Fast forward to 617 B.C.E. 4 youths are forcibly taken from their homeland (Jerusalem) and exiled to Babylon. They were given Babylonian names–Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They hold onto their Hebrew identity despite expectations of Babylonian assimilation.
The King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, erects an image of gold and orders an assemble for its dedication. At the sound of special music–everyone present–including Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are expected to bow down and worship…
According to King’s orders: Comply or Fry!! in a burning, superheated, fiery furnace. What did the Hebrews do? What would you do? Hey, everybody’s doing it–bowing down to the king’s gods…(talk about mob/crowd/peer pressure).
The 3 Hebrews choose to fry!!…more elegantly put by them: “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are under no necessity in this regard to say back a word to you. If it is to be, our God whom we are serving is able to rescue us. Out of the burning fiery furnace and out of your hand, O king, he will rescue us. But if not, let it become known to you, O king, that your gods are not the ones we are serving, and the image of gold that you have set up we will not worship.”
King Nebuchadnezzar is so enraged he orders the furnace to be heated 7 times more than customary before having them bound and thrown in. (Their would-be executioners are killed by the fiery flame.) So, what is this Nebuchadnezzar sees in the furnace??
He sees 4 men walking about unharmed in the midst of the fire and the 4th “is resembling a son of the gods.” Nebuchadnezzar calls to the Hebrews to come out of the fire. Out they come, totally unharmed, unsinged and without a hint of smell of fire upon them.
The King says: “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who sent his angel and rescued his servants that trusted in him and that changed the very word of the king and gave over their bodies, because they would not worship any god at all except their own God.”
Nebuchadnezzar goes on to command that anyone saying anything wrong against the Hebrews’ God should be dismembered and his house made a public privy.
Interesting ancient account, eh?…FYI:The Young Hebrews’ God was the same God who told Moses: “I shall prove to be what I shall prove to be”…This God proved to be a compassionate rescuer stronger than fire!
For clarification: I’m NOT encouraging anyone to play with fire!! These interesting ancient examples of Courage to make a stand for what you believe…are intriguing to say the least.
May be if one chooses to worship a “god”…better make it a true god who can save you from fire!:)
Would you agree, it’s worthwhile to build with fire-resistant materials?!…as parents who value compassion, it’s important to keep talking and sharing examples of courage to act! If we want our kids to have the courage to do the compassionate thing, in various situations even when the crowd doesn’t…we have to prepare and educate our kids ahead of time.
I would encourage You to research Moses (for yourself) and other ancient as well as modern day role-models who exhibit positive character traits like Courage and Compassion!:)