2018 – WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER
OLD WIVES TALES
“In the same day I will punish all those who leap over the threshold,”
Leaping over the threshold was a practice adopted by many in Israel following the historical judgement by God on the false Diety – Dagon.
1 Samuel 5:4
“The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor any who come into Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.”
Old wives’ tale – is a term used to indicate that a supposed truth – is actually spurious or a superstition.
It can sometimes be a type of urban legend, or religious belief; passed down from one generation to the next.
Consider a few silly beliefs we have inherited.
1. FEED A COLD – STARVE A FEVER
False: The original saying was: ‘Feed a cold, stave a fever’ with stave meaning to prevent. Fasting just makes you weak, so even if you don’t feel like eating, at least have some chicken soup as it could help.
2. SITTING ON A COLD WALL GIVES YOU PILES
False: Piles are far more likely to be the result of pregnancy, straining due to constipation or childbirth. Getting a chilly bum does not cause them!
3. IF YOU ARE TOO CLOSE TO THE TV YOU WILL GO BLIND
False: How many times did you hear that when you were a kid? But there’s no evidence that sitting right in front of the telly will damage your eyes. Actually, children can focus up close without eyestrain better than adults, which is why they often sit right in front of the TV.
4. BE OPEN TO BE CORRECTED
Family beliefs, social customs, and religious traditions are hard to break – but when they impede your spiritual growth – they should be exposed for what they really are – old wives tales.
SIMPLE ADVICE TO LIVE IN TRUTH
Live to build the church and reach lost people
Follow a flourishing Godly leader
Renew your mind with the word of God.
Walk in truth – that reveals God’s grace, and sets people free.
Love covers a multitude of old wives tales – and helps a person find real life in Christ.