So, why Rowan Cords? That’s the first question, and I’ll get to the answer.
What does it mean? That will be answered as well.
Where is this blog headed?
All good questions! I respond with more questions:
Is there a Higher Power? Yes. (Gasp! You think, He responded in certainty!)
Is He relational? Yes. (Really?! How come I’ve never heard him?!)
Does He have a name? Yes. In fact, He has many names, but the Ultimate is Jesus. (Perhaps I will get to share more about this Jesus.)
Do we know what Jesus expects of us? We should, because He gives us access to His Word – at least He does in America. (I can’t speak of other countries. . .)
These questions (more specifically, the answers to these questions) are the foundation of this blog post – and prayerfully the foundation of my blog.
Okay, with this foundation now laid, let’s look at the other questions again:
The phrase Rowan Cords echoes two concepts that have really touched my heart while studying God’s Word the past two years. And I hope the upcoming posts simply encourage, edify, and entertain you.
[Disclaimer: I am not perfect and definitely do not know everything, and ideas presented here are meant to challenge us – even me, especially me. I have no degree in biblical studies. In fact, I only started reading the bible regularly in April 2015. I enjoy story, and I trust the Author when He shares His with me. So, I enjoy sharing it with others, especially through online webpages like this one.]
My life verse: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
(Proverbs 3: 3)
This comes from two separate ideas.
First, “love and faithfulness” pertain to the Law, the Old Testament Law that we ourselves cannot obey without the power of God Himself. All we can do is continually seek out the Word of the Lord, keep ourselves immersed in it, and meditate on it day and night. We can tie it around our wrists, make posts online about it, keep it in photographs around our homes and workplaces. We need reminders because we are finite and forgetful.
But, that’s just it. Without the power of God, it cannot necessarily be written on our hearts. Religion is empty. But that’s when Jesus comes in. We realize we are weak to obey the Law, and He says, “All you need to do is believe in me.” Believe He is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets, and He begins to write Love on the tablet of our hearts.
[Thought: The same power that inscribes love and faithfulness on our hearts also erases the junk we’ve inscribed there. (Honestly I cannot remember if that’s a quote or an original thought. . . I’ll give credit to Chris Tiegreen for the heck of it.)]
Second, a Rowan tree, in most myths and legends, is protective, acts as a spiritual guide to keep a traveller on the correct path, and always guides the sojourner home. To me, this echoes the power of God, so I clung to the idea. Without Him, we are lost.
The word for “bind” in Hebrew here literally means, “to tie together,” which further (roughly) translates to “two inseparable ideas when bound together – once and for all.”
Consider Ecclesiastes 4: 12: “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” (i.e. God, Jesus, Holy Spirit)
This power is only possible through Christ, by Christ, for the purpose of Christ – for His exaltation.
And the only time the Trinity broke up was when Jesus was on the cross, dying for everyone, because He chose to do so for the sake of the world.
Consider also Isaiah 49: 16. “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”
This is God speaking, and what would those engravings be but the marks of the nails through His palms as He hung to the cross?!
He broke the cord so that He might have more strands.
God alone has the power to bind, thus the name He allows us to share as His children – Christians.
At the cross, He invited us into fellowship with the Father. His intention is Love, that we would be inseparable from His Word and character, bound to it as with a cord, bound to Him as with a cord. We are stronger together.
Thanks for reading! I encourage you to consider His power and mercy.
If you wish to delve in further, leave comments, questions, and the like. Hope you enjoyed.
[Final note: I intend to make regular posts every Friday following this post.]