Beethoven?

With the kids in Alabama it sure is quiet around here. The kitchen is spotless and my bride and I are running out of things to talk about.

Tomorrow’s Sunday School lesson is on 2 Kings 13. Verses 18 and 19 beg the question, do we settle for limited success in Kingdom work? What would happen if we put our whole heart into our obedient service? Might we be used even beyond our death as Elisha was?

2Ki 13:21 (NIV) Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.

Or are we more like Beethoven?

When Beethoven passed away, he was buried in a churchyard. A couple days later, a small boy was walking through the cemetery and heard some strange noise coming from the area where Beethoven was buried.

Terrified, the boy ran and got his father to come and listen to it.

His father bent close to the grave and heard some faint, unrecognizable music coming from the grave. Frightened, the father ran and got the town magistrate.

When the magistrate arrived, he bent his ear to the grave, listened for a moment, and said, “Ah, yes, that’s Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, being played backwards.”

He listened a while longer, and said, “There’s the Eighth Symphony, and it’s backwards, too. Most puzzling.”

So the magistrate kept listening; “There’s the Seventh… the Sixth… the Fifth…”

Suddenly the realization of what was happening dawned on the magistrate; he stood up and announced to the crowd that had gathered in the cemetery, “My fellow citizens, there’s nothing to worry about. It’s just Beethoven decomposing.”