When we leave our first love, we sing another love song. Here is Ella Fitzgerald’s version of that song.
Just in case you missed all of that, here are the lyrics:
“It’s the wrong time and the wrong place
Though your face is charming, it’s the wrong face
It’s not His face, but such a charming face
That it’s all right with me
It’s the wrong song in the wrong style
Though your smile is lovely, it’s the wrong smile
It’s not His smile, but such a lovely smile
So it’s all right with me
You can’t know how happy I am that we’ve met
I’m strangely attracted to you
There’s someone I’m trying so hard to forget
Don’t you want to forget someone, too?
It’s the wrong game with the wrong chips
Though your lips are tempting, they’re the wrong lips
They’re not His lips, but they’re such tempting lips
That if some night you’re free
well, it’s all right
Yes, it’s all right with me.”
Here is the thought map that brought me to the above song:
The first thought was,
“But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men, (religious experts) of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.” Luke 7:30-32 KJV.
The problem here is that the religious experts are piping the wrong tune, and singing the wrong dirge.
It’s not Jesus’ Song.
His song is the “Song of Songs!” That is the only love song strong, passionate, and intimate enough to serve authentic relationship with, and in Him.
By the time we get to the end of The Book we see that the Beast, the Harlot, the adulterers, and merchants are all singing the wrong song.
Sad to say, but what’s been calling itself “church” has been buying into this for millennia – at least since Diotrephes, 4th, (3rd) John 9, 10. Please note that the minimum price of the experts sitting in the marketplace is recognition.
This has to do with dealing with rejection, and leadership that rejects the authentic saints. John promised to deal with the rejecting leadership of his day, and we still need to deal with this same problem in our day, as lead by the Holy Spirit. By now the problem has gotten much worse, just as predicted:
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:13 KJV
In short, when we leave our first love the above song becomes our misplaced worship.
Good post. I’ve heard of strange fire. Now I’ve heard of a strange song!
I am really taken with the understanding you shared in this post, and a previous one, about the piping/dancing being done by the religious system, frustrated that some are not playing their game. I had always heard it the other way around. Intriguing image.
Thank You for the encouraging words! :-)
Where “piping/dancing” is concerned a made a slight edit of that post just today: it occurred to me that the minimum price set for the “piping and dirging” merchandise of the religious experts is recognition. This is to be expected of Diotrephes’ down line, 3rd John 9.