J. R. R. TOLKIEN, THE SILMARILLION…(The Bible’s Impact on Literature [August 10])


Are you seeking wisdom? Are you looking for understanding? Are you needing direction? Are you seeking diligently? Are you willing to listen? Are you willing to obey?

Today’s reading comes to us from Proverbs 8 which says…

The Blessings of Wisdom

1 Does not wisdom call?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O men, I call,
and my cry is to the children of man.
5 O simple ones, learn prudence;
O fools, learn sense.
6 Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right,
7 for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
9 They are all straight to him who understands,
and right to those who find knowledge.
10 Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
and I find knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and perverted speech I hate.
14 I have counsel and sound wisdom;
I have insight; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign,
and rulers decree what is just;
16 by me princes rule,
and nobles, all who govern justly.
17 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me diligently find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,
enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
and my yield than choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
in the paths of justice,
21 granting an inheritance to those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of old.
23 Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,
or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the children of man.
32 “And now, O sons, listen to me:
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
34 Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the Lord,
36 but he who fails to find me injures himself;
all who hate me love death.”

–from Proverbs 8

Want to know what life is really about? Want to have life? Want to get clear direction? Turn to God’s Word and God’s plan and receive wisdom through the Holy Spirit!

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on literature brings us the topic of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion and teach us how the story mirrors Proverbs 8 in its description of “Great Music” which is the embodiment of wisdom and intelligence. We learn how it was written by J.R.R. Tolkien but edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher. Today’s devotional gives an example from the story when it speaks of the comparison to Proverbs 8 when it speaks about creating the world on a foundation of wisdom and that this wisdom is expressed in nature.  The example from Tolkien is:

Ilúvatar said to them: ‘Behold your Music!’ And he showed to them a vision, giving to them sight where before was only hearing; and they saw a new World made visible before them, and it was globed amid the Void, and it was sustained therein, but was not of it. And as they looked and wondered this World began to unfold its history, and it seemed to them that it lived and grew.

For the Great Music had been but the growth and flowering of thought in the Timeless Halls, and the Vision only a foreshowing; but now they had entered in at the beginning of Time, and the Valar perceived that the World had been but foreshadowed and foresung, and they must achieve it.

–from The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

So let’s seek wisdom. Let’s invite Jesus into our lives and our hearts and our minds! Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and direct us, comfort us and guide us!

Let’s pray…

Sample Sinners Prayer

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
I can’t do this alone. I can’t do this on my own or in my own strength. Lord, I turn to You and ask for Your help. I ask for wisdom and discernment so that no matter what comes my way I will respond with wisdom and pursue Your perfect plan and purpose for my life. Help me Lord to grow and lead others into Your presence and help me Lord to live out my life in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

 

 

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