Monday Meekness – a Reminder to be Humble.

It’s Monday!Monday

For those who may be unsure Monday is named after the Moon (MoonDay), naturally it follows Sunday, Biblically the First Day of the week (The day after the Sabbath Day, day of rest from labour) which is named after the source of light to Earth, the Sun. (Light being created By God on the First Day according to the Book of  Genesis)

Although these are the words used in English today, they simply carry on a much longer tradition. The ancient Latin (and current Italian) Words for Sunday and Monday are  dies Solus and dies Lunae (Soledi and Lunedi) Sol and Luna being the Sun and Moon respectively. That this is so is not that remarkable considering the English language is largely based upon that of the Roman conquerors of Britain in the beginning of the first millennium  and of other countries such as France and Germany (and related to Scandinavian Germanic languages also) all of whom have similar sun and moon day names for the first two days of the week.

That this is a long and deeply held belief however is verified by the fact that both Korea and Japan similarly honour the Moon god in that day name as do many Indian languages and Ancient Sanskrit!

So what then, does all this have to do with Meekness and Humility?

The Greek goddess of the Moon was Selene. I hold a tendency to relate Selene with the very similar sounding word Serene, which means calm, tranquil, clear or bright. I also associate those meanings with the Moon. As a source of Light on Earth (albeit of a reflected nature and not as the original source) the Moon is second in nature to the Sun. Whereas the Sun is the most powerful source of natural light, which it possesses due to massively violent nuclear explosions ( the antithesis of calm and quiet, tranquility) the Moon receives this light and in silence and without any effort other than being it’s own Serene self, calmly reflects the light to us down here on Earth. The Moon has no light of it’s own, but by reason of simply being, it is the second brightest object in the sky.

I see this as a very suitable analogy for my relationship with God. I have no ‘light’ that is originated in me, but if i simply ‘be’ (and truly believe) i may reflect the Light that comes from the source of all Light (enlightenment) on Earth. I am to be like the Moon to God’s Sun (Son). Calm, tranquil and serene, being Humbled into second in importance in the Heavens, reflecting purely the Light to all. A light that is commonly surrounded in great darkness and yet lets us see when, at other times, the Sun may not be directly visible to us.

How to Demonise by saying only part of the truth

How to Demonise by saying only part of the truth

Many people have heard the misinterpreted phrase from the Bible – that ‘Money is the Root of all evil’.

The correct translation is from 1 Timothy 6:10 ‘10For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.‘ it is the Love of Money, not the money itself, that is the source of the evil.

Many have heard this but how many know the two verses either side of the above quote?

Context gives a better view of the truth of a matter.
Context gives a better view of the truth of a matter.

Tim 6:9. ‘But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.’

6:11. ‘But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.’*

meekness n. – 1. the feeling of patient, submissive humbleness; 2. a disposition to be patient and long suffering; 3. the now obsolete meaning of gentleness. (see preceding line*)

So, putting all of the above together: Monday, the day that is dedicated to the Moon by many of the world’s peoples throughout time, is the one day in six i have chosen to pursue Meekness in me, Meekness being one of six things a man of God is asked to follow as a way to flee the evils and griefs resulting from the desire of Man to be rich, or seeking purely material wealth at the expense of our spiritual wealth.

By meditating on how i may be humble, calm, reflective, submissive to a greater power, serene i have hope to become a GentleMan, one who is yet able to shine with bright reflected light as a true servant of that which gives light unto us all.

Bless you all.

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  1. Blessings brother from afar,
    I mean wow! This is by far one of the best analogies I have ever heard in my time. I love it:) Now you can see why I nominated you brother, you have a way with words, a gift from God that is so rare and true. Materialism, it’s a crazy world, if only more people knew where true treasure lies.

    What you have shared here is a great act of humility, I encourage you to look up Galatians chapter 5 and spend some time with it. I believe you will like it. Keep up the good work brother and remember before you write anything, allow the Spirit to lead you. Praise God! Many blessings to you and yours.

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  2. kip

     /  13 May, 2013

    Pastor pretty much said everything I was going to. Fantastic message!

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    • Welcome kip! 🙂

      Thank you, i’m just trying to do what is ‘right’ for me and am sharing my reasons/views.

      If others get something of value out of that i give thanks to God also for His good workings in us. 🙂

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  3. I humbly thank you Brother 🙂

    God surely did bless me when He led me to read your comment and find your blog – i feel i have in you someone with whom i share the strongest bond, a true brotherhood in Christ. While God indeed deserves the glory in anything i write i do thank you for your strength, support and encouragement in the Word.

    I will re-read Paul’s epistle to the Galatians as you suggest. 🙂

    By way of small thanks you are of course free to share the sun/moon analogy as you are with any piece of writing you find of value here.

    God’s Grace be with you always.

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  4. thanx for your post helping me put monday, the start of the week, etc., somewhat in perspective. yeah, i’ve (many years) thought about the origin of day-names, en español también, … wednesday – Woden’s-day, i think. and good? ol’ Thor …

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  5. I am sorry it took me so long to check this post out. I did indeed enjoy reading this, especially the moons part as you parralled it to our walk with God. It reminds me of another conversation via comments I had with a blogger who mentioned flowers. The flower does nothing (in the most loosest of terms because some flowers are extremely vital to life) but they enhance everything. My focus lately has been one of absorbtion, to soak in God and simply be what that makes me. A meek attitude fits that a bit. I always considered meekness as strength to accept the wisdom of God without thought so as to transform my mind into a reflexive tool that does without hesitation what is written. But I ramble on… sorry and thank you for this post! It provoked many Godly thoughts 🙂

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    • Welcome Kevin. Thank you and your ramblings are always appreciated here 🙂

      Flowers are a lot more ‘devious’ than we usually think. WE generally see the birds and the bees as the ones doing all the ‘work’ but the flowers have planned everything down to the last detail in order to be able to reproduce designing cunningly crafted traps for the insects and birds to hep them have sex and breed and spread far and wide while being unable to move themselves. ( Of course it is all His Doing behind it, but there is more going on than meets our human eyes – we mostly just see their beauty. Kind of like with women 😉 ( Joking – sort of !)

      Keep soaking up the G(o)od stuff Brother.

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