A Boy to the King

A pretty boy named David defeated the giant enemy Goliath. It’s an exciting story.
If I were to close this story as a writer of a novel, my plot would be as follows: the boy did hurt the enemy severe, but didn’t to so far to kill him. He left the battle field immediately back to the sheep he loved.

But it is the Bible, written in thousands years ago and read so many people in the world. I can’t change the story.

David fell the enemy without sword, but confirmed his death by the sword, which the enemy himself had worn. The boy decapitated the man who did not move.

He brought the Goliath’s head to his king, but(and?) owned the sword by himself.

“This is rather a cruel end of the episode,” we told in the Bible study. “It symbolize that the boy took the first step to the King with bloodshed.”

There will never be the King with peaceful heart. As long as a man stands on the others, it will never be a world God would like, for all people are equally created by Him.

Therefore today I drew a melancholic picture of David carrying the sword of Goliath, who are left lying on the ground. I did not draw the separated head or blood, because I don’t like to rate my picture to need parental guide.

Instead, I drew David’s face quite emotionless:

He is walking away with the sword in his hand, which he was going to use from now on, instead of pebbles….

Wait. It’s the sword of the giant. He possibly cannot have carried with his single hand.

Beyond him, his soldiers rushes forward, encouraged by his victory. Many people going to kill and be killed.

And when did the whole incident happen?
In the Bible it was written that David rose very early to deliver food for his brothers in the battle field. So it must have happend at latest around noon. The war must have went on under the shiny blue sky.
And since the words “valley” and “mountains” are used to describe the situation, it must have been rocky, where they were located.

“There aren’t all good, that is written in the Bible,” a friend of mine, who has been so long time as a christian, once told me. “If there were, God would force us to read it without any thought. It is His gift, that we can raise many questions about the scripture for a better understanding.”

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Sword and Armor

I’d like to draw another scene inspired by the story that David fought with Goliath.

As the boy looked so confident that the Lord be with him, King Saul let him go against the giant. Then he offered the younger his own helmet, armor and the sword.
It is written in the Bible, that the people of Israel had very few equipments made of metal. Confronted by full-metal armored enemies, most people, except for the king and his son, Jonathan, were without metal armors or weapons.

Then today’s picture.


A human figure holds a rod, also supporting it on his shoulder. But since it is too heavy for him, he is inclined backward.

Give the flesh onto the bones.


This is recent way of my drawing. first figure the body, not covered with clothes, so that his pose be confirmed.
Then make him armored.

Oh, no. David wore the armor and carried the sword, but he couldn’t move as he like.
So he told:

“I cannot go with them, for I have not tested them.”

In japanese, this saying of David is translated more like: “I cannot wear them, for I have not experienced with them. (こんなものは着けられません、慣れていませんから)”

Isn’t the word to be memorized? When you are faced with a big problem, handle it with the way with which you are most experienced. Unless you know it well, you should expect few with any method or tools, however effective they may seem.

The adult soldiers might have been watching the boy with curiosity. Among them I drew Jonathan, who was also young. He is the best friend of David, about which I would like to write later.

Choir

I have become a member of the choir in the church.
I take a part in soprano. It is mainly because soprano sings main melody. alto is difficult, because it must resonance with soprano.

It is said that the hymn scores edited by Japan Baptist Association favor high tones. A brother of ours once attended to the national congress of Baptists. He was asked “How was the congress?” and he told, “Very good. As there were mainly male members in the congress, they selected the hymns with lower tones, which we sang, and my throat was much easier than the usual prayer meetings.”

Yet the songs sounds so beautiful that I want to sing with all my power. I like to try high tones too, even if my voice turned like that of a hen in panic.

“Hey, Bibu-chan,” told me recently the leader Kumi-san, “You can sing loud, yet in high tones your voice turn creaky. It’s because you raise your head. ”

She told, “You should rather lay your face a little downward. Imagine that your voice echoed in the parietal, the top to back side of your head. But don’t stiffen your shoulders”


Oh yeah, it’s really singing with my whole body, cool!

“It would be much better,” she told “raise your eyebrows, which pulls the muscles in your mouth to make your throat wider”

Does it!? do the muscles to move the eyebrows link to the muscles in the mouth? How incredible is the organism of living things, which were created by God!


“Oh no, Bibu-chan, don’t show the white of the eyes!”

I learned we should also use all parts of your face to sing.

Tomorrow

“Do not be anxious about tomorrow.”
So says Jesus, which is written in the Matthew’s Gospel, Chap6. I have once drawn a picture about it.

Then He continues like this:
“for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.”

Will tomorrow be anxious?
Has tomorrow an emotion?

And why didn’t He say “Your Father will prepare you a better tomorrow”?

The above passage is “English Standard Version” of the Bible. As you know, the most classic language we could find, which described the New Testament, is Greek, and each English version is its translation. So I made a quick search for a couple of English versions, old and new.

the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.(King James Version)
tomorrow will be anxious for itself.(ESV)
for tomorrow will worry about itself.(New International Version)

It’s surprising, even with my humble English understanding, to find as follows:
In the old KJV the description implicates quite ambiguous. “take thought” might mean “take care” or “take angst”?
But it’s translated to “anxious” in ESV and even “worry” in NIV, which must use simpler words.
It means the Bible specialists of today indicate that the object named “tomorrow” has its own emotion and it worries.

So I imagine this way:

To people in sorrow, misery, or crisis, “tomorrow” should seem something horrible, as if it were to attack them with its own hostility.

No, the Lord says, “tomorrow” is a gift from your Father to each of you. It want to make you happy. But God will not give you an easy change, due to your sins. So it will be difficult to “tomorrow” to make your situation better. Thus tomorrow, your friend, will worry about itself in replace of you.

People might imagine that something named “tomorrow” is worrying, and smiled at that friendly object.

It is said that Jesus often talked with humor. I could hear people listening to Him with worship, sometimes relieved, and sometimes laughing.

Let’s go on with our own “tomorrow.”

The Sheep Keeper(3)

Oooo, it took a little while to come back here.

How felt David when he fought with the big opponent?

Had he face to a foe of his age with similar ability, would he have shown his own excitement:

But he spoke in so complicated way like an adult, say, “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?(a part of 1 Samuel 17:26, ESV)”. If a little boy who runs with sheep in the field every day had kept such magnificent words in his own brain, it would be rather eerie.

The Spirit of God must have struck him up to the excitement. So his face must have been shining with rejoice.

Well, I don’t like it, either. Had he been so happy to be ordered to kill someone, it would be scary.

He must have looked serious, but rather lacking in his own emotion.

The major figures have been drawn. Let’s draw some backgrounds and paint it.

Now, what’s wrong? The boy looks hidden in the adults around him.
May the Holy Spirit energize him:

That’s good. This passage of David Vs. Goliath would give me a lot to draw, which might be appear later.

The Sheep Keeper(2)

Now I’d like to draw the boy David insisting that he could fight with the giant, towards the king Saul.

First, the King. How should he appear?

It difficult to raise my imagination for men’s hair styles in the Bible age.
I want to make him impressive, because he is an important person in telling the story of David. I might draw him again some day.

Oh! How about it? It’s artistic!

Then the boy. I’d like to draw a boy, not a girl-like child. Please don’t take me wrong. I believe girls have girls’ own beauty, and boys’ have another.

First I draw a naked figure.

Behold, I included boy’s feature around his shoulder joint. A boy would not have enough muscle (or fat) there as an adult, would he?

Anyway, cover him with the clothe, although it should be rough.

He must watch straight at the king.

Now the positions of his eyes and nose are fixed. Then what emotion shall I input onto them? It shall be continued to the next blog.

Changed My Photo

Today I changed my gravatar photo. 

When I went to the prayer meeting on Sunday, I was among some ladies.

We talked about Jesus’ word “You are the salt of the earth, the light of the world.”

It is important that the Lord said “You are the salt, the light,” not “You have to be” or “You will be, if you hear my word.” He said “you are already the salt, the light.” 

“But” he continued, “You shall not lose your taste, nor hide your light ,” which is more important. 

One of them started to talk. “I think we may smile anytime to keep our taste and keep shining.”

She said “I know Mrs. Someone, who is the leader of the Associate of Something. She is always smiling – showing her teeth – yes, I thought her smile really the salt, the light”

 

Then I asked her, “Is it better to show our teeth when we smile?”

All who were their bursted into laughter. She said, “Oooo, you don’t have to force yourself to show your teeth. Anyway let us smile every time.”

When I return home, however, I made a try to smile showing my teeth.

The photo seems to me not bad, though after the shot my cheeks were a bit stiffened.