The Crow Of A Rooster…

Posted: July 1, 2013 in Wandering Thoughts
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I read the following story from a fellow blogger and it… excited me. Read the story and i’ll tell you why.

Booker T. Washington tells a wonderful story about his mother. Every morning of his young life, he, along with all the plantation slaves, was awakened by the crow of a rooster. Long before daybreak the unwelcome noise would fill the shanties, reminding Washington and his fellow workers to crawl out of bed and leave for the cotton fields. That rooster’s crow came to symbolize a life of long days and backbreaking labor. But then came the Emancipation Proclamation. Abraham Lincoln pronounced freedom for all slaves. The first morning afterward, young Booker was awakened by the rooster again. Only this time his mother was chasing it around the barnyard with an axe. That day the Washington family fried and ate their alarm clock for lunch. Their first act of freedom was to silence the reminder of their slavery.

The why. Through out the Word there are stories of God’s people being directed by their own flesh verses God’s plan. i relate to them because i have been there and done similar things. The Israelites were not satisfied with God’s provision (manna), they wanted meat.  Their desire had nothing to do with their freedom but had everything to do with feeding their flesh.

The roosters crowing for me symbolizes my long days of struggling with my flesh. my flesh wants meat, not manna. Galatians 5:17 says ed, your flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

my flesh like the rooster is just doing what it does. The roosters crowing is just the symbol of a much bigger problem as is my problem with my flesh. See i just want the crowing to stop without having to cut off it’s head, although i have no problem with a good fried chicken dinner. But that’s been tried over and over. No, i’m fairly certain there must be a death, a crucifying of my flesh to put an end to the crows of my flesh, “those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:16 “ed, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

“ed, you were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh, rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command, Love your neighbor as yourself. If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” Interesting, of all the things that the author could have written he says, ed if you bite and devour others with you words and actions, the only thing that will be accomplished is that the rooster will keep on crowing.

The first act of my freedom is to silence the reminder of my slavery to my flesh. Again, “those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh (CUT THE HEAD OFF THE ROOSTER) with its passions and desires.” One more thing ed, since you live by the Spirit, keep in step with the Spirit.

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  1. The why. Through out the Word there are stories of God’s people being directed by their own flesh verses God’s plan. i relate to them because i have been there and done similar things. The Israelites were not satisfied with God’s provision (manna), they wanted meat. Their desire had nothing to do with their freedom but had everything to do with feeding their flesh.

  2. Lindsey Fitzgerald says:

    Perhaps in our generation the counsel of our Talmudic sages may seem superfluous, for today the story of our enslavement in Egypt is kept alive not only by ritualistic symbolism, but even more so by tragic realism. We are the contemporaries and witnesses of its daily re-enactment. Are not our hapless brethren in the German Reich eating “the bread of affliction”? Are not their lives embittered by complete disenfranchisement and forced labor? Are they not lashed mercilessly by brutal taskmasters behind the walls of concentration camps? Are not many of their men-folk being murdered in cold blood? Is not the ruthlessness of the Egyptian Pharaoh surpassed by the sadism of the Nazi dictators? And yet, even in this hour of disaster and degradation, it is still helpful to “visualize oneself among those who had gone forth out of Egypt.” It gives stability and equilibrium to the spirit. Only our estranged kinsmen, the assimilated, and the de-Judaized, go to pieces under the impact of the blow….But those who visualize themselves among the groups who have gone forth from the successive Egypts in our history never lose their sense of perspective, nor are they overwhelmed by confusion and despair…. It is this faith, born of racial experience and wisdom, which gives the oppressed the strength to outlive the oppressors and to endure until the day of ultimate triumph when we shall “be brought forth from bondage unto freedom, from sorrow unto joy, from mourning unto festivity, from darkness unto great light, and from servitude unto redemption.

  3. Rory Schultz says:

    Booker T. Washington tells a wonderful story about his mother. Every morning of his young life, he, along with all the plantation slaves, was awakened by the crow of a rooster. Long before daybreak the unwelcome noise would fill the shanties, reminding Washington and his fellow workers to crawl out of bed and leave for the cotton fields. That rooster’s crow came to symbolize a life of long days and backbreaking labor. But then came the Emancipation Proclamation. Abraham Lincoln pronounced freedom for all slaves. The first morning afterward, young Booker was awakened by the rooster again. Only this time his mother was chasing it around the barnyard with an axe. That day the Washington family fried and ate their alarm clock for lunch. Their first act of freedom was to silence the reminder of their slavery. Are any roosters stealing your sleep? You might need to sharpen the blade. The great news of the gospel is, yes, His grace is real, and so is your freedom! “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Forget your sins for God’s sake, because when you keep bringing them up you bother Him! Does that sound too strong for you? Then read what God says about your sins: “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins” (Isa 43:25 NKJV). God has buried your sins in the “depths of the sea” and posted a sign beside it which reads, “No fishing in these waters” (See Micah 7:19).

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