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Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote the song Don’t Go Breaking My Heart under the pseudonyms “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche” respectively. The goal of this project was intended to serve as an affectionate pastiche of the Motown style. This single debuted in 1976 as a duet by Elton John and Kiki Dee. However, this expression is not new, containing origins that date back to the first century.

As we were staying there for some time, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 And coming to [see] us, he took Paul’s [wide] band (belt, sash) and bound his own feet and hands, and said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this same way the Jews in Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this band, and they will hand him over to the Gentiles (pagans).’” 12 Now when we had heard this, both we and the local residents began pleading with Paul trying to persuade him not to go up to Jerusalem, Acts 21:10-12.

According to Luke, the apostle Paul used the phrase “weeping and breaking his heart” after receiving a prophecy from Agabus. This prophet from Judea uses an exercise similar to active learning techniques to illustrate a message that Agabus received from God. The thought of martyrdom inspired family and friends to persuade Paul from welcoming this fate. Yet, Paul appears to reach a point in his life like the character in the Green Mile, John Coffey. Tired and worn down by his missionary journeys, Paul was willing to embrace the Lord’s will for his final years on earth.

Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart [like this]? For I am ready not only to be bound and imprisoned, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 And since he would not be dissuaded, we stopped pleading and fell silent, saying, “The Lord’s will be done!” – Acts 21:13-14

No one likes to do unpleasant projects. Nor do people enjoy moving, saying goodbye to the individuals who have become part of their family, Nonetheless, sometimes God’s will calls you to go into uncomfortable places. In the process, hearts will be broken, especially if anyone dies a martyr’s death. There are many things that don’t make sense on earth. Yet, if obedience results in sending souls to heaven sooner rather than later, the people in this first century house came to a silent agreement. The Lord’s will be done even if hearts break now before being reunited in heaven.

by Jay Mankus

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