Rise Up, My Love (217): The Fisherman Creator

female-baltimore-oriole-in-our-cherry-tree-05-10-14Song of Solomon 7:1 “The joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman.” Who made this beautiful bride? Have you ever heard the little nursery rhyme that goes, “Little bird, little bird, who made me?” Ah, the Scripture gives the answer. “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalms 139:14). The word translated “cunning workman” in the King James (translated “master hand” or “skilled craftsman” in other texts) is the Hebrew amman, which is only used this once in the entire Old Testament, although the verbal stem amam is common and means “faithful; true” (Lloyd G. Carr, The Song of Solomon: An Introduction and Commentary, p. 157). Who crafted the bride’s wonderfully soft and rounded thighs? The ever faithful and true one, the Lord Himself, as he reminds us in Colossians 1:16, “All things were created by him [the Son of God], and for him.” Our Lord not only gave us the shoes and made us a prince’s daughter…he created our entire body…and a beautiful body at that. “In the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me” (Isaiah 49:2). A polished shaft…straight, true, and beautifully rubbed to a lustrous sheen…“the work of the hands of a cunning craftsman”…carefully made and lovingly kept in his own quiver. dragon-fly-near-victoria-falls-zimbabweI have never seen a man make an arrow, but I have seen a man tie a fly in preparation for a trout fishing adventure, and I believe what an arrow is to a bow hunter must be similar to what a fly is to a fisherman.
fishing-on-rogue-river-miGeorge was my husband’s best friend from college days, and he was an avid fisherman. When he went fishing, he didn’t just buy artificial flies to attract the fish, he made his own. One time he showed us how he did it. He had a special mechanical contraption to help him and all the finest, specially selected materials. Everything had to be “just so!” He explained the whole procedure as he went along, but at the critical point, he stopped talking…his mouth open just a bit…and his tongue slightly out and curled up at the tip as he tied off that fly. It made me laugh to see such utter abandon and enthusiasm over making an artificial fly, and I had to get him to do it again so I could take a picture. It wasn’t the fly that intrigued me (not being a fisher woman), but his absolute precision and his delight in that funny little creation. fisherman-in-zambezi-riverNow, a tiny artificial fly is hardly to be compared to the creation of a human being, nor the art of a man to the wonder of God…but do you get the picture? God created us with absolute precision and total delight. He is the Almighty One, and his Son, Jesus, was the ultimate fisherman who made us exactly the way he wanted us! Isn’t that precious?!

2 responses to “Rise Up, My Love (217): The Fisherman Creator

  1. Yes – it is very precious.

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