Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sherry is our Shibboleth

So Jephthah gathered all the men of Gilead and attacked the men of Ephraim and defeated them. Jephthah captured the shallow crossings of the Jordan River, and whenever a fugitive from Ephraim tried to go back across, the men of Gilead would challenge him. "Are you a member of the tribe of Ephraim?" they would ask. If the man said, "No, I'm not," they would tell him to say "Shibboleth." If he was from Ephraim, he would say "Sibboleth," because people from Ephraim cannot pronounce the word correctly. Then they would take him and kill him at the shallow crossings of the Jordan.

Judges 12:4 - 6 (New Living Translation)

Shibboleth as a word had literally referred to a connection of grains inside a plant. But in rememberance of the story above, it has come to represent in modern usage the difference of one group from another, often summarized by a single word or phrase. The Ephraimites had no "sh" sound in their language, and so were unable to pronounce "shibboleth."

There is one word today that identifies members of a group with shared customs and associations, and it is also an "sh" word. That word delineates a culture and a world of nuances.

Sherry is our Shibboleth.

This dude is part of the team.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hell yeah! Speak the gospel, brother.