A Deeper Look: The theology of Bizzle's rhymes
Posted by Edward Shelton on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 5:02pm EST
It’s been a long time coming. I couldn’t put off looking at the theology of Bizzle. Tough Love Parables is a great project that hits the listener with a lot of practical theology. From the beginning you are locked into compelling story telling. So let’s get into it.
The first song we are going to look at is “God Over Money.” The song looks at what we value and how the Now can break our view on Eternity. Bizzle points out the bondage we put on ourselves just to get more money. The best line is refers to how the only difference between a 20 dollar bill and a 100 dollar bill is the number printed on it. No one can turn a paper note in to the Federal Reserve and get gold back. Bizzle indirectly shows us in the song how we worship money as a god. That leads us back to the first commandment given to Moses on Sinai. Gold can’t create a life. Gold can’t raise the dead. Gold can’t give peace. It is amazing we believe that gold can do these things when God is the only one who can.
The second song we are going to look at is “Forgive Me.” Bizzle lets out a lot of stuff here that is very serious. At the same time he hits the core definition of what healthy repentance really looks like. We are to clearly state the destruction we have before our brothers and sisters, turn from what we have done, and let healing begin. Jin comes in with his own confessions as well.
Lord forgive me but lately all that I’ve been facing
Got me thinking if I’m ever escaping these temptations
Accepting defeat with my back against the wall
You kept me on my feet even when I was meant to fall
Lord forgive me for seeking the applause
Feeding my ego and clearly the victory is yours
See me and Bizzle, we both got this one thing in common
Trying to shed some light on the truth when we be rhyming
In the Bible, chapter 2 of the book of Joel hits the tone of this song as well. It starts with a description of the “Day of the Lord.” It is not eschatology, but has to deal with a repeated set time when God judges nations. In the beginning there is a description of destruction caused by the outflow of the sin of the people. Midway through the chapter there is call to repent back to God. The broken and contrite heart opens up versus 25 and 26.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
I believe we are seeing the beginning of this verse with Bizzle’s and Jin’s musical work.
The final song we are going to look at is “This Ain’t Love.” I truly enjoy the smooth sound coming into the song. The artists go to the core of the application of love and not just the romantic and eros views of love. The perspective of love that is being spoken from is in context of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Speaking truth, long suffering, humility, patience, and many more elements are displayed in all the words of the artists on the track. Bizzle, Lavoisier, and Sevin hit the core of parable teaching from the story telling in the song. The emcees are living displays of Matthew 5: 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
I hope you enjoyed the article. While Bizzle isn’t hitting us with a lot of seminary theology, he is giving us God’s truth. The music hits hard to gritty issues, but he does a great job keeping the Word simple, relevant, and practical. It is a project that ministers hard to the common condition of who we are as people.
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