I’VE GOT WINDOWS ON MY MIND. That’s because builder’s grade windows are just a slight upgrade from wax paper in a cardboard frame. They don’t last.
Builder’s grade for King Solomon featured the cedars of Lebanon floated down the Mediterranean Sea and hauled inland to Jerusalem. The temple he built lasted some 400 years, until Babylonian invaders from what is now Iraq tore it apart.
Another reason windows are on my mind: my bank account is going to take a hit.
What do these window installers think they are, plumbers?
I started wondering what the Bible says about windows, and how people used them in Bible times. So I did a search. I went to the Bible Gateway website and typed “window” into the search box. Using the New Living Translation as my Bible version of choice (there are scores to choose from), I came up with 36 verses.
Here are a few of the places where windows show up in the Bible. From one, a gent dozed off during a sermon and fell three stories to his death. He bounced back.
Noah’s ark: After another forty days, Noah opened the window he had made in the boat. Genesis 8:6
Hooker’s house: Since Rahab’s house was built into the town wall [in Jericho], she let them [Israelite scouts sent by Joshua] down by a rope through the window. Joshua 2:15
Jerusalem palace: Michal, the daughter of Saul [and one of King David’s wives], looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him. 2 Samuel 6:16
Jerusalem temple: Solomon also made narrow recessed windows throughout the Temple. 1 Kings 6:4
Jezreel summer palace: “Throw her down!” Jehu yelled [during a coup he led against the late King Ahab’s son]. So they threw her [Queen Mother Jezebel] out the window, and her blood spattered against the wall and on the horses. And Jehu trampled her body under his horses’ hooves. 2 Kings 9:33
Daniel’s house: Daniel…went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day. Daniel 6:10
Heaven: “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” Malachi 3:10
Damascus city wall: I [Paul] had to be lowered in a basket through a window in the city wall to escape. 2 Corinthians 11:33
House church: As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he fell sound asleep and dropped three stories to his death below. Acts 20:9 (Paul brought him back to life and then went back upstairs and preached till dawn. Some preachers couldn’t take a hint with a hammer or a high dive, reverse one and a half somersaults with three and a half twists.)
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