Dilly, Dilly! (It’s Not What You Think)

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”  2 Timothy 3:16
“Why are those kids singing about beer?” I asked as I walked past the T.V.  My husband was watching a movie and a children’s chorus was singing a song – all I caught were the words “Dilly, dilly.”  I’ll bet, like me, your mind jumped to a popular beer commercial set in the medieval period where the king and his court toast their favorite brew with a robust, “Dilly, dilly!”  The phrase is actually from a children’s nursery rhyme that dates back at least to the 1600’s, called “Lavender Blue,” It has been recorded by multiple artists, including Burl Ives and even David Bowie, but to my 2018 mind “Dilly, dilly” brings up the image of beer and Camelot.
By now you’re wondering why a Christian writer is blogging about beer and nursery rhymes.  Because it points out the importance of context as it relates to understanding the Bible. When you and I read the Bible we often apply 21st century context to the ancient words of God, and in doing so miss the intended meaning and principle.  We must be careful to read and  study the Bible with the original context in mind.  Just as “Dilly, dilly” reminds us of a beer commercial today rather than a child’s nursery rhyme, the Scriptures are often misapplied with a modern, cultural twist.  If you want to have a deeper understanding of God’s Word you need to understand the original context of God’s words and apply their timeless principles to your life today. The Scriptures may have been written thousands of years ago, but the truths they contain are as fresh and current today as the day they were inscribed on ancient scrolls.
Beloved it is time for the people of God to go deep into the Word of God and live out the truths of God in a world that desperately needs God.  What did God say to you today through His Word?
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2 thoughts on “Dilly, Dilly! (It’s Not What You Think)

  1. I remember the nursery rhyme and never really associated it with drinking beer until the commercial you speak of aired. It was a sweet song that my mom sang to us before we went to sleep- of kings and queens and dreams.

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