Sometimes a truth jumps up and socks you between the eyes. And it’s just exactly what you need to hear on just that day, at just that moment.
Listen to this little lot – yesterday morning I was talking with a pal about cabbages and kings, and I remembered a metaphor about the way we regard our own flaws and sins… something, I said, about ‘savouring them under our tongue’. But I couldn’t remember the rest of the metaphor so when I got home I looked it up – here goes – it’s from the book of Job, chapter 20
Though evil is sweet in his mouth
and he hides it under his tongue,
though he cannot bear to let it go
and lets it linger in his mouth,
yet his food will turn sour in his stomach;
it will become the venom of serpents within him.
He will spit out the riches he swallowed;
That says it all, doesn’t it? We love our own temptations and desires (evil is sweet in our mouths) so we savour them, and the more we cherish them and hide them, the more they poison us, the more they grow, fester…. and then they spill out of us, to damage others.
I was so pleased to have tracked down these great verses, and I was still chewing over them and sort of crowing about how wonderful it is that God offers a different way to live, when I saw a message asking me to talk more about Fargo, puzzling over what I found funny about it. As I tried to answer (it’s a bit like trying to tell someone why you like a flavour) I said that the most delighting aspect of the series (to me) is its truth, and I found myself again quoting that passage from Job. It absolutely sums up the destructive nature of evil, and that’s what Fargo reveals in rich, rollicking drama!
An hour or two later in rapid-fire email exchange with a TV producer (in TVland emails are answered immediately, efficiently, and informally, like a real live conversation) we were discussing a character, his ‘secrets, lies, betrayal, treachery, love gone to the bad…..’ and his headlong descent into deeper and deeper evil… and ‘blow-me-dahn-wiv-a-fevver’ if that Job passage didn’t say everything I wanted to say all over again! So in one day Job had come to my rescue three times – and been passed on to three others.
The Bible, eh? The living Word, and a word for today. Its truth stands for ever.