On the morning dog walk, my wife and I were talking about the day's readings, and she raised a parallel that I had missed to date. Between the popular premium cable mini-series and our current peregrinations in the histories of Israel and Judah before the exile, there is a lot in common between "Game of Thrones" and the reigns of the men and women who succeeded David and Solomon to rule the divided land and people chosen of God as a light to the nations.
|The fall of the Queen-Mother Athaliah|
Toss in some battle scenes, and you have a summer blockbuster movie.
I am not attempting to sensationalize the biblical narrative. Still, it is notable that in our ongoing relationship with God through the ages the drama and impact of our struggle to find the right way to live within the bounds of God's love for us in community seems to lead us back to internecine drama akin to the wildest season finales we might see today on television. Let's not forget, though, that while mini-series are fiction, these tales abide at the heart's core of our walk through life as the people of God. These dramas stand as object lessons of what happens when we strive for the justice and peace of faith in God...and the sour fruits that are harvested when we cultivate, if you will, the grapes of wrath.....