Tuesday, February 17, 2009

aidan judges Judges

This morning after breakfast while Aidan was reading Judges ch 8 aloud to the family he came to this line:

31"And his concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he called his name Abimelech."

If you don't know the story of Gideon it is wonderful story detailing the history of God saving His people in a way that only God can using Gideon as his servant warrior. My boys love this story very much --our whole family does. Read Judges chapters 6-8 for the amazing narrative.

So this morning when Aidan reached verse 31 and read "and his concubine" he interrupted himself to declare ominously "oh, no. Nothing good ever comes from a concubine..." Aidan then proceeds to elaborate on how whenever there is a concubine involved there is trouble, completing his thought with the example of Wu Zetian (Wu Zetian is the only woman to have been empress of China. She began as the emperor's concubine and through many awful acts, including killing her own daughter rose to power). Aidan, Luke and I had just learned about Wu Zetian in our history study a few weeks ago.

This whole thing tickled my heart in so many ways. First of all, he expressed his thoughts in such a cute and intelligent way. Second, he is remembering and applying the history I am teaching him. Third and most importantly to me: he is right! The fact that Gideon had a son with his concubine is a foreshadow of the trouble to come! The next chapter is all about the gruesome trouble that Gideon's son Abimelech brings to God's people.
I love it when they get it!


KAMILLE said...

That really is awesome. I think the word awesome would be used to describe moments like this with our children.

Rebecca M said...

I've loved the last few posts, Amy but I had to say how fun this one is. I can just hear Aidan's voice as he laments the coming trouble that he's clued into in Judges. And I really like the pictures of this handsome guy too!

Laura said...

Very cool :)

Stacy said...

When I first saw the picture of Aidan I was thinking, "What a handsome boy!"

And what a cute (and wise!) response he had about concubines. LOVE this! :)