Age Restrictions and an Emotional Roller-Coaster

This year I am following the Robert Robert’s Bible Reading Plan using the New Living Translation (NLT).  The past few days I have had a recurring thought when reading/listening to the chapters from Genesis.  It is said that Jewish boys are not permitted to read the Song of Solomon until they are 13 years old because of its ‘mature content’.  I find this odd, given that at the same time they are memorizing the book of Genesis!  At least in the Song of Solomon the ‘mature content’ is figurative & poetic, but Genesis is much, much, more explicit in its ‘mature content’.

Today, however, I wasn’t really distracted by the ‘mature content’ as I was reeling from the emotional roller-coaster ride of the 4 chapters I read (listened to during my commute).  The chapters were Genesis 39&40, Psalm 44, Mathew 26.  If you aren’t following along with Bible-in-hand, a quick synopsis:

  • Genesis 39 & 40 – This is part of the story of Joseph in Egypt, and includes the verse that I’ve often said I would like to be the basis of the epitaph on my tombstone: “And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.”
  • Psalm 44 – This is not your typical fearful->petition->rejoicing style of David’s Psalm but is more like how I’ve felt through the last two years of health problems: praise/remembrance->despair/disappointment->”WAKE UP GOD! Where are you?”
  • Mathew 26 – is basically the anointing of Jesus for death, the Last Supper, the betrayal of Jesus by Judas and the denial of Peter.

Talk about an emotional roller-coaster ride! I started out encouraged & hopeful that God would again bless the works of my hands that others would know that God was with me, then I felt like shouting “WAKE UP GOD!” along with David, and then my Savior was betrayed unto death.  But I took hope again at the end of the reading as I was reminded, “But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures” Matthew 26:56 (NLT)