I’ve had a recurring thought over the past few years and it makes me love the story of Jesus even more. One, because everything I learn about him or experience with him usually makes my heart skip a beat. He really was a hero. Two, I love animals.
So most people reading this will know at the heart of Christianity is Jesus’ death saving mankind from our sins. He died, now we live (spiritually, eternally, etc). The thought that keeps coming back to me is this: when Jesus died, the need for an animal sacrifice was eliminated because his death became the payment due. Animal sacrifices were no longer needed. Of course, not everyone back then believed Jesus’ message, so I’m sure sacrifices continued, but for a whole lot of animals then and from then on, they get to live. Sheep were like, “Baaaaaaaa!!” Rams were like, “Woooooonkkk!!!!” Doves were like, “Someday I hope you get the chance, to live like you were dyyyiiinn’!”
But seriously, in a more literal way than Jesus’ death bringing life to humans, in fact, in a very literal way, his death meant life for so many of God’s creatures. Right there on the spot. That day.
I think that’s pretty cool! I also came across this blog post that gets into the details of Jewish sacrificial history, and it’s an interesting read. Take a look when you get a chance!
-Out of the Wilderness
Recently I posted my thoughts on Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s video “Like We Never Loved At All.” Great video. My favorite of theirs, though, is “I Need You.” Since this video came out after “Like We Never…,” I’m assuming Jackie and Isaac, or Issac, worked out their issues and now they want to get lost in some corner booth in Mexico. Which, to me, doesn’t sound like a vacation at all. Mexico is dangerous. Maybe they didn’t work out their issues and this is Jackie’s way of leaving Issac in Mexico to fend for himself.
She’s like, “I need you”… to come to Mexico with me so I can leave you there you dirty worthless man. Wow, Jackie, that’s cold.
So this week at work I got reacquainted with the Faith Hill video “Like We Never Loved At All.” She and husband Tim McGraw play the singing duo Jackie and Isaac. Hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since the video was released… yeah, it was 2005! That was before Twitter, before hashtags, before iPhones and iPads, heck it was before everything on TV went hi-def. Anywho, watching it again I noticed Tim signs his name as “Issac” though clearly his character’s name is “Isaac.” Weird, right? Well, Issac, as it turns out, is simply an English variation of Isaac, however why Tim’s character uses the variation we may never know. Maybe it was a subtle jab at Jackie, since they obviously had broken up before the performace they’re preparing for in the video. Perhaps his insistence on spelling it with 2 s’s instead of 2 a’s began to eat at her over the course of their relationship. Then she noticed he also chewed his food slowly, like a cow and that bothered her. Not to mention his peculiar affection for hats. He’s got a flat one. A cowboy one. A baseball one.
“Just what exactly is he covering up, up there?” she wondered.
So they broke up. Reuniting for this performance, it took all her strength not to slap Issac right in the face. To slap his silly hat right off his silly head. But still, deep down, she loved him. That’s why (spoiler alert) she doesn’t say “yes” when Moses proposes to her. Hey, if Isaac can change his name, then I can call the old guy Moses. I have rights, too. Check out the video, it really is a good one.