Still Knitting

Chapter 16

Good Monday Morning to this new week 16 of 2024!

In Chapter 16 of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, “Still Knitting”, set in the lead-up to the French Revolution, the scene is set in Saint Antoine, Paris, a district bubbling with revolutionary fervor. The chapter focuses on Madame Defarge, a key figure in the revolution, and her husband, Monsieur Defarge, who run a wine shop frequented by revolutionaries. Madame Defarge, characterised by her incessant knitting, which symbolises the inexorable march of the Revolution, engages in conversations in which she expresses her grievances against the aristocracy. The knitting is a metaphor for her role in compiling a list of enemies. Through Madame Defarge’s conversations and actions, Dickens foreshadows the brewing conflict and violence that will erupt in the Revolution.

In Chapter 16 of “Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne, Detective Fix remains suspicious of Fogg’s true intentions but becomes increasingly perplexed by his behavior. Despite his doubts, Fix continues to travel with Fogg and his companions aboard the steamer Mongolia. As the journey progresses, Fix tries to gather more evidence against Fogg but finds himself questioning his own judgment. This chapter sets the stage for further intrigue and suspense as the characters race against time to complete their journey around the world.

And now for the most read book in history? No, it’s not “The Communist Manifesto” by Karl Marx, and chapter 16, entitled “Bourgeois and Proletarians”, outlines the historical development of capitalism …

Genesis 16: Hagar flees from Sarai, her mistress, but is met by an angel who tells her to return and submit to Sarai.

Exodus 16: The Israelites complain about hunger in the wilderness, and God provides them with manna and quail to eat.

Leviticus 16: Instructions for the Day of Atonement, including the role of the high priest in making sacrifices for the sins of the people.

Numbers 16: The rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram against Moses and Aaron’s leadership, resulting in their punishment by God.

Judges 16: The story of Samson and Delilah, where Delilah betrays Samson to the Philistines, leading to his capture.

1 Samuel 16: The anointing of David as king of Israel by the prophet Samuel, after God rejects Saul as king.

Jeremiah 16: Jeremiah’s instruction from God not to marry or have children, due to the impending judgment on Judah.

Ezekiel 16: Allegory of Jerusalem as an unfaithful wife, illustrating God’s relationship with Israel and their idolatry.

Matthew 16: Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ, followed by Jesus foretelling his death and resurrection.

Mark 16: The resurrection of Jesus and his appearances to his disciples, along with his commission to preach the gospel.

Luke 16: The parable of the dishonest manager and the rich man and Lazarus, illustrating principles of stewardship and warning about the dangers of wealth.

John 16: Jesus predicts his departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit, and he assures his disciples of his victory over the world.

Hebrews 16: Exhortations to show hospitality, remember prisoners, honor marriage, and avoid covetousness, along with a call to remember and imitate faithful leaders.

James 16: Warning against boasting about the future and encouragement to pray in times of suffering and to confess sins to one another.

Revelation 16 portrays the climax of God’s judgment with the 7 bowls upon the earth, signaling the culmination of human history and the imminent return of Jesus.

Let’s conclude with Psalm 16 that begins with “Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.” or in Latin Conserva me Domine. Psalm 16 is also mentioned in Acts and in those cases both Peter and Paul applied Psalm 16 to Jesus’ resurrection and not to David’s life.

Let’s wrap it up here … kind of hard, so many topics at once, from encouragement to many themes of faith. Since this is a blog post, I’m going to cut it down to a short thesis;

Preserve me (us) oh God, that we may not lose faith but are found by you – still knitting!


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