Musical Devotion: Adon Olam (a Hymn)

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Who would know?  It was his master's wife, but no one was around.  He could get away with it. 

But, he chose to honor God, instead. 

7 And after a time his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.” 8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge.9 He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” 10 And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her. 11 But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house, 12 she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house. Genesis 39:7-12 

Lord of the Universe, I have no King but You... 

Everyone was doing it.  Even some Jews.  What was the big deal?  Bow, and you live.  Refuse, and you die.  Seems a simple choice to me. 

But, they chose to honor God, instead. 

10 Your Majesty has issued an order that as soon as the music starts, everyone is to bow down and worship the gold statue, 11 and that anyone who does not bow down and worship it is to be thrown into a blazing furnace. 12 There are some Jews whom you put in charge of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—who are disobeying Your Majesty's orders. They do not worship your god or bow down to the statue you set up.” 

13 At that, the king flew into a rage and ordered the three men to be brought before him. 14 He said to them, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you refuse to worship my god and to bow down to the gold statue I have set up?15 Now then, as soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, oboes, lyres, zithers, harps, and all the other instruments, bow down and worship the statue. If you do not, you will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace. Do you think there is any god who can save you?” 

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered, “Your Majesty, we will not try to defend ourselves. 17 If the God whom we serve is able to save us from the blazing furnace and from your power, then he will.[a] 18 But even if he doesn't, Your Majesty may be sure that we will not worship your god, and we will not bow down to the gold statue that you have set up.”

Lord of the Universe, I have no King but You... 

Three simple words.  "I will convert".  After all, our lives will be spared.  The world will understand.  These men are savages -- all we need to do is renounce our faith in Jesus, and in His God - our God, Yahweh. We don't even need to actually believe in Allah -- just proclaim it, and we are free.

But, they chose to honor God, instead.

Lord of the Universe, we have no King but You....
 

This prayer, Adon Olam, is centuries old.  For thousands of years it has been a proclamation that our God is our Redeemer, our Refuge, our Rock, our Banner, our Supplier, our King.  It is my prayer that this song becomes dear to your heart, and may the last words upon our lips ever be...

Lord of the Universe, we have no King but You....​

Blessings & Shabbat Shalom,

Teresa


 

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