Monday, 19 March 2012

‘Good morning’…. ‘G’day’….‘Have a good day’

‘Good morning’…. ‘G’day’….‘Have a good day’: 

What are we wishing for someone when we greet them with ‘Good morning’…. ‘G’day’….‘Have a good day’?

The Hebrew word for ‘good’ is ‘tov’, and in the Ancient Hebrew alphabet, or Aleph Bet, ‘tov’  was written with 2 characters. The ‘t’ was a pictograph that looked like an enclosed basket, and the ‘v’ was a pictograph of the floor plan of a nomadic tent.

These 2 pictographs were designed to mean ‘surround the house’, or ‘a house is surrounded’….because  a ‘good’ house is surrounded by grace, beauty, love, health and prosperity. 

A ‘good’ house is something that is functional.  It is something that functions properly, as it is intended to.

In Genesis 1, the word ‘good’ is used 7 times when at the end of each day:
God saw everything He had made, and it was very good. Genesis 1:31, +1.4, 1.10, 1.12, 1.18, 1.21, 1.25 

Each day was ‘good’ because it functioned properly, in the way that God intended.  Well, since God had made it, it would function properly!!

In Exodus 18, when Moses’ father in law visited, he noticed that Moses was being worn out solving all and every major and minor dispute among the people:
Jethro said to Moses, ‘The thing that you do is not good.’   Exodus 18:17

Jethro has been called the first management consultant because he analysed the problem and concluded that Moses was not functioning efficiently, and he recommended that Moses delegate tasks to others:

Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, ….
You shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, … and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you.
If you do this thing, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place in peace.’
So Moses heeded the voice of his father–in–law and did all that he had said.

As a result of Jethro’s sound advice, Moses functioned more efficiently…and the thing that he did was good

At the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said to believers:
You are the salt of the earth; if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned?  It is then good for nothing
Matthew 5:13

If salt loses its flavour, it does not function properly in food, and it does not provide the taste that is intended.

So, what are we wishing for someone when we greet them with ‘Good morning’…. ‘G’day’….‘Have a good day’?

The answer might be that we are hoping that they will have a functional day, behave in a functional way, and bring happiness and peace to those that they meet…

Good morning to you all this Monday morning!!

1 comment:

  1. Another Great tidbit.
    Keep them coming. Thank you
    Valerie Hendley