Friday, January 28, 2022

IS40:8 (part 1) - Eat, Drink, Be Merry


This musical had won many awards including 8 Oscars. 

It was set in 1930s Germany. The story followed American Sally Bowles, singer in the Berlin Kit Kat Klub, and Cambridge student Brian Roberts, who is completing his German studies.

Both Brian and Sally were complex characters, wrestling with their inner demons, during the rise of the Nazi party in the background of their pursuits for pleasure and meaning.

The finale is Cabaret, as seen below.


The lyrics put forth the philosophy of life: Eat, Drink, Be Merry

Let's explore this philosophy through the Biblical lens. 

It's not all bad...

Celebration of life: Ecclesiastes 2:24

There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

Love between a man and woman:  Song of Solomon 1:2

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

The Prodigal SonLuke 15:11-32

And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

Pharisee criticism of the ministry of Jesus: Luke 7:34

The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

To the glory of God: 1 Corinthians 10:31

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

It's not all good either...

Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 6:25

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Parable of the rich man: Luke 12:16-21

And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

This life is all there is: 1 Corinthians 15:32 

If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

The Key is Balance...

Content in any state: Philippians 4:11-12

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

So begins another thread...

Isaiah 40:8

The grass withereth,
the flower fadeth:
but the word of our God
shall stand for ever.



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