There are four major episodes of God imparting beauty to the Giver tribe.
The first, of course, is at creation when the fish and the birds were graced with immense visual beauty as well as unparalleled grace in motion.
The second was at the Exodus. We know Israel went to Egypt as freemen, with some degree of wealth and much dignity. At some point in time, they became slaves of the Egyptians, and slavery does not often results in wealth or beauty for the slaves.
However, at the end of their slavery, which presumably was at least a century and possibly more, God arranged for them to get paid the back wages with penalties and interest on the night they left the nation.
They each were clearly encouraged by God to go for the specific assets and the beauty that they wanted. In the desert the majority of the beauty was used for them – best looking Bedouins you ever saw – but some of it was diverted to the construction of the Tabernacle and the priestly accouterments.
The third major explosion of beauty happened during the reign of Solomon when wealth was abundant and presentation was a central part of the culture — from clothes to architecture.
The high point of their beauty will come when the restoration foretold in Ezekiel becomes reality. In the context of unparalleled peace, the civil and religious structures of the nation will be revamped, ultimately expressing themselves in a culture and ecological construct that represents the high watermark of beauty for the Giver people of Israel.
How can we extrapolate from history to present day people and circumstances?
If we generalize the four expressions, I see this.
-Beauty came to enrich the world around them. (I think we enjoy their beauty more than they do!)
-Beauty came as restitution.
-Beauty came as a result of well aligned community.
-Beauty came as a result of God’s original defiant agenda.
Let’s bless the Giver tribe in our midst with the flavor of beauty that is right for each one today.
Copyright August 2016 by Arthur Burk
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