Friday, October 12, 2012
12:00 AM | Posted by Michelle | Edit Post
``I just met you and this crazy, but here's my number so call me, maybe?``
If you haven`t heard this song playing on the radio than you must be living on a rock. It`s been playing on the radio for a while now. There have been many spoofs made about it: Share it Maybe, Star Wars, etc. (just do a search on You Tube and you can view many more). Now, this song has me thinking about pick up lines. If you are young and single you know what I am talking about and if you are old and married like me (or even young and married), you remember some of them. Most of the times they were cheesey and bad (ie. Pinch me. [Why?] You're so fine I must be dreaming.). It has me thinking how did people pick each other up in the Bible.
I know it sounds sacrilegious. But think on it, where did these lines come from anyway? There had to be a start. I mean did Adam say to Eve: Nice Rib? Or did Ruth say to Boaz: "Oh, I didn't realize this was your mat? (batting her eyes). Pick up lines have probably been around since time began. We need something to break the ice when you don't know someone and you want to let them know you are interested.
You may be wondering where this thought about biblical pick up lines came from. It was a conversation I had with the Evil Twin about Leah, Jacob and Rachel (now that sounds like an entry to a joke). There is a short story in Genesis 30, where by Rachel "sell's" a night with Jacob for some mandrake plants that Leah has.
During wheat harvest, Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants, which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” But she said to her, “Wasn’t it enough that you took away my husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?” “Very well,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”
I did not write this stuff myself. I wish, however, that I was a wall on the tent that night. What did Leah say to Jacob? "So, Jacob come here honey. I just bought you for some mandrakes and you're mine." How did he feel about that? Was he shocked, honoured, appalled or delighted. Well what I thought she would say is pretty close to reality.
So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. “You must sleep with me,” she said. “I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he slept with her that night. God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son.
Now that is pretty direct. We never know how Jacob felt about being sold. I doubt he was too upset about the whole arrangement anyway, since he had 2 wives and 2 concubines by this time. And God blesses Leah with another son. I do want to digress and let you know that every time I read about these 3 that I always cheer on Leah. I get being the older sister.
Ok, back to the pick up lines. The Old Testament is filled with stories about men and women and relationships. The highs and lows. I choose to look at the highs of them and when there are lows, we can look at them in a light hearted way. Think of David and Bathsheba. His pick up line? "I just saw you. And this Crazy, I'm the king. Come here baby!" LOL
What are some pick up lines you've heard? What are some pick up lines that you think should have been in the Bible? Come link up with the Java Junkies and share your crazy randomness.
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