Bob Marley, Martin Luther, & Jesus

First, Bob Marley, “Three Little Birds”:

“Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

Rise up this mornin’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, (“This is my message to you-ou-ou:”)

Singin’: “Don’t worry ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”
Singin’: “Don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

This song makes me think of Martin Luther:

It is a great and abiding disgrace to us that in the Gospel a helpless sparrow should become a theologian and preacher to the wisest of men, and daily should emphasize this to our eyes and ears, as if he were saying to us: “Look, you miserable man!  You have house and home, money and property.  Every year you have a field full of grain and other plants of all sorts, more than you ever need.  Yet you cannot find peace, and you are always worried about starving.  If you do not know that you have supplies and cannot see them before your very eyes, you cannot trust God to give you food for one day.  Though we are innumerable, none of us spends his living days worrying.  Still God feeds us every day.”  In other words, we have as many teachers and preachers as there are little birds in the air. (Sermons on the Sermon on the Mount, The Place of Trust, in Spiritual Classics)

And Brother Martin is, of course, discoursing on the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:25-27:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

Words to take to heart.  Let Luther’s exhortation based on Christ’s true teaching spur you on with Marley’s song as your hymn.

For the more visually inclined:

2 thoughts on “Bob Marley, Martin Luther, & Jesus

  1. I would never have imagined a blog post with the title, “Bob Marley, Martin Luther and Jesus”. It’s interesting that recently the thought happened to cross my mind: “I am 55 years old, and I have never missed a meal because God failed to provide for me.” What a blessing!

    I am glad I stumbled upon your blog. By the way, enjoyed the YouTube of Bob Marley’s song. Every little thing will be allright!

    • I’m glad the unexpected title drew you here, and gladder that you have been blessed! “Every little thing gonna be alright…”

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