A lesson from history

Working through a series of 50 memory verses at the moment, which the church are learning as part of the Biblefresh programme. Today I have come to the text in Hebrews 10 v. 24 which urges us to “consider how we may spur one another on to love and good deeds”.

Unlike yesterday’s shiny futuristic companion, today I turn to Edith Swann-neck’s careful 11th Century needlework for my illustration. In her depiction of the battle of Hastings on the Bayeux Tapestry, she depicts Bishop Odo with a club raised above his head:

Literally the text above the image reads “Hic Odo Eps (Episcopus) Baculu(m) Tenens Confortat Pueros”, – “Here Odo the Bishop holding a club strengthens the boys”.

This is an interesting view of strengthening, or encouraging, don’t you think? Anyone care to suggest others?