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Rosh Cleaning

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

The head of the Jewish new year is coming. They celebrate in a couple days. I’ll be celebrating this coming Friday whenever at the first new moon. It is a time to toss out the old and clear out for the new. Since it is headed into autumn, we will have a decline in the male energetic aspects of life. The new moon representing a time for new birth, growth, etc. Combining these two can make a powerful statement to our little earth bound minds.

Thus far I have given the bathroom, my bedroom, and am in the process of giving the kitchen a complete cleansing. This means taking all the dishes out and running through the dishwasher, scrubbing the shelves, and I’m even painting the walls. By working with this, I am in fact – working with my mind. I took some hot water, sea salt, peppermint oil, lemon juice, and a bit of ammonia and scrubbed the walls first. It feels like cleaning a part of one’s soul.

In preparation, I’m planning to go on a raw veggie diet this week and have been cleaning my house. There is a reason that we get a good feeling after cleaning and the symbolic nature of this holiday is the perfect time for such things. I plan to give away some of my old stuff. To “let go” of something I hold near and dear to my heart. It is a favorite shirt of mine. It will be difficult to part with, but it must be released.

There are some other things that must be released as well. They have to do with old habits, situations, and maybe even relationships. How then can I allow for the new to come in, if I am still holding onto the old?

By the way, the Rosh in Rosh Hashanah (spelling) is from the Hebrew letter R. The Hebrew letter R looks like a pictograph of someone’s head in older more ancient writings (see Head of the year.

More on Parity

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Some time ago, I had written about a concept I had called scriptural parity. The idea being that as information is edited in the texts, it would still be preserved or perhaps the evidence of things would be preserved. I’ve found this tremendously helpful in unraveling many scriptural problems I was having before. Things that didn’t add up.

Here is an example. Though I didn’t find this myself it is very very interesting:

Luk 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form, as a dove, upon him, and a voice came out of heaven, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Act 13:33 that God hath fulfilled the same unto our children, in that he raised up Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

Psa 2:7 I will tell of the decree: Jehovah said unto me, Thou art my son; This day have I begotten thee.

Heb 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, This day have I begotten thee? and again, I will be to him a Father, And he shall be to me a Son?

Some of you may recall from the old Levitical codes of the requirement for two or three witnesses before testimony was considered to be valid. Of the four passages above, which is valid?

What does begotten mean? Something to think about.

Mar 10:17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Mar 10:18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

I’ve only met one person who explained that passage with any level of sense.

Another one came into my inbox a couple days ago:

Mar 10:29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel,
Mar 10:30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.

Hmmmm… so does this mean we lands and extra mothers in heaven? I have my own answers on this.

Do you? Perhaps you should seek until you find?

Linguistic Omphaloskepsis

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Ramble on….this post is going to be multi-layered and blend two-three threads at once like a bad Tarantino flick. I hope you can keep up.

Awhile back when I had turned into a Bible superhero I had decided to learn Hebrew, the language behind our modern day Bibles. There is so much more color and form in the Hebrew than there is English. Sort of like Ravioli out of a can vs. Ravioli at a 5 star restaurant. Just more flavor ya know?

I would recall reading something in English and kind of going …. yawn on some of the stuff – particularly the geneaology. However, unlike English – in Hebrew every name has meaning. Think Dances with Wolves for a second to get the idea.

In addition, even though English is the lingua franca now a days, I also wanted to learn other languages – Czech for example – so I could really impress a bunch of old beer slamming men from my home town. I had a strong suspicion that Hebrew would help with learning other languages. Just call it a gut instinct – something to do with there perhaps being a pre-Atlantean language that was largely unified.

I started out by working on the Hebrew alphabet and what not. Then eventually realized – this ain’t happening. It will take me forever to learn the language this way. It doesn’t work the way my brain works.

I found something called the Ancient Hebrew Research Center. After reviewing the materials I found out the basis for much of our language makes sense. It almost looks like the Hebrew language was architected even rather than going through evolutionary cycles. Most of it …. makes sense unlike English which seems to have 100000000 gaziliion million trillion arbitrarily defined rules for engagement and spelling.

As I continued this path, I found a book calle “The Word”. It is a Hebrew-English dictionary with a twist. It looks at the Hebrew roots behind the English word.

To get a better understanding – in the King James – it talks about he mercy seat over the ark of the covenant. Some of you may remember the Ark from one of the Indiana Jones flicks. The word behind the Mercy seat was the Hebrew word KPHR – KOPHAR …. or … our English word  “Cover”.

Well, it seems that much of our language indeed most languages can trace their ancestry to common roots I am starting to discover. What this means is that I can leverage this to learn the basis languages – Hebrew, Indian, perhaps a bit ancient Greek, and Egyptian here and there to learn other languages.

As I continue down this path, I find myself developing a rather sad yet curious ability. You may recall the movie Star Gate and the scientist named Daniel Jackson who could read various ancient (ancient -from the Hebrew word NOSHUN or NOSHENET!!) languages. Well, as I browse the internet looking at various ancient texts / artifacts I find myself able to “read” to some degree what would otherwise look like gibberish from old rock paintings and what not. I find it somewhat surreal. Whoooahh… I’m reading freakin proto-Hebrew script. How exactly did I get here again?

This is truly amazing though if you stop and think about. If one puts ones mind to it, the Internet has allowed commoners like me to learn ancient languages if they so choose in a reasonable amount of time.  I imagine previously that one would have had to decide to be in a career along those lines.

For my next project, I plan to learn Egyptian Heiroglyphs. Maybe not. Actually, I did start looking into that and found that I may be able to link some Hebrew to ancient Egyptian. Our word for hour, for example, comes from the Egyptian God Horus.

Where does this start to glue together into the big picture of my search for the inner kingdom? Well, you see I have discovered Christian linkages to the ancient savior gods going all the way back to Egypt. That troubled me at one point, but then I found other things. At this point I have concluded that our beloved Jesus was real, but the Romans stole him and turned him into a pagan god at some point. Until I get into the inner kingdom that lies within, I have to rely sole on my analytical abilities.

The thing is – even the pagan god stories were often allegory for deeper truths that talk about how our minds work and how to grow spiritually – yet in the olden days the priests kept all the good stuff to themselves. That was what was so big about Jesus. He usurped that whole system. It used to be that the priests would have these temple prostitutes getting nailed by men… sucking out their vital life force (look up new age stuff) and then use it themselves to control various nature gods…  so what is wild… and this totally freaks out my western mind .. is that there were actual entities running around that could be controlled and what not.

There are even places today in certain parts of Ireland where similar stuff – minus the prostitution – still works on crops and what not. I guess it is the “belief” / intention that gives the life force away into this world and allows the prayers to impact this world to some degree. I always wondered why someone could pray to Buddha or the Dali Lhama and still get results.

Anyway, as part of my search to gain a better understanding of these things I felt it would be necessary to understand ancient cultures. The god Jupiter wasn’t about a god named jupiter to the inner circle of cool kids, but instead a part of our own mind and perhaps even…. the higher self… that bright tunnel of light often mentioned in near death experiences. You get it ? Allegory for deeper stuff that is actually within? Have you ever thought about where your thoughts come from?  I have. Think about it. Really… where do they come from? Are they random? Are they a function of electrical signals? You’re tuning out… please .. hang with me a bit longer…..

Now let me tell you about another experience. When I was in college I recall cruising through a library at break neck speed. All of a sudden…… something told me to STOP. I did…and as I turned to the right…. there it was.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead.

It freaked me out a bit. Puzzled. What is this nonsense. Why am I suddenly stopping here? Where did that thought come from? Puzzled. I look at it. I have fear. The book stares at me. I flashback to high school for a minute.

A classmate of mine from high-school used to discuss this book with me – her name was Theresa. We would joke about this particular book for some reason. It was a joke then, but here was this joke suddenly coming into the fore front of my mind again out of nowhere. I recall us labelling this particular work as being evil and I have no idea why. It was what we were taught I suppose.

Puzzled again… I cruise on and think about this book no more for about 10 years, but here I am trying to uncover the 10 commandments and lo and behold… I find linkage to the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Great. I’m thinking… okay either everything I have been told is a lie or… there is an even bigger picture. So I investigate.

It is a much bigger picture than I could possibly imagine, yet after much investigation.. within a short while.. I very quickly realize that it would take many many many lifetimes to get the answers I seek using this approach. My approach is flawed. I need a bigger brain and faster reading ability to pull this off… or I need to tap into something bigger. I decide the latter approach is the best. If Jesus could read minds, why can’t I dang it. He said we would do greater things anyway. Don’t put baby in a corner.

This whole Book of the Dead thing.

I start to connect the dots from my childhood…  questions… questions … why some people are born with a “calling” and others are not. Why are some born with psychic gifts and others are not. Why is there always one moron in every class?

The picture is forming. I was a student of astronomy from a young age. In kindergarten I could explain the water vapor cycle and by 2nd great was explaining the intricacies of red and white blood cells to my aunts who were 10 years my senior.

I started analyzing my past. As a child it would have been more pure. These thoughts I have now… they are impacted and often shaped by what I have been taught, experienced, read, or seen on TV perhaps. As a child it is pure. I figure that some of it must have come from whatever former lives I may have had, but still can’t remember. I mean really…. what on God’s green earth would cause a 5 year old to want to learn about astronomy of all things? It doesn’t add up. My dad wasn’t into that nor was anyone I knew. It seemed random. Why did I decide to learn the Greek alphabet and study other ancient alphabets as a kid? You see what I’m getting at? It doesn’t make sense for a kid in this culture to be almost drawn to stuff like that like a bug to a light bulb.

I start going through various memories and the dots start coming together. This whole search for truth I have been on for the last 2.5 years starts to make sense as I connect all the dots… sort of like realizing that the basis for your native tongue is actually Hebrew though very few know this. I recall seemingly small events that shaped where I am today.

These lifetime type events spiralling into my now, are now occurring on a daily basis. Those dots formed over my entire life now seem to happen almost daily.

Synchroncity is the term. Out of the blue coincidences that seem ordained from somewhere beyond this world.

I have a friend of mine that happens to have synchronicity events whenever she converses with me for an extended period. In the new age they might say that we are vibrationally similar or something. Anyway, this friend tells me that now events in her life are happening in a synchronistic fashion. That is … out of the blue coincidences that most of us tend to ignore. Well, if you start to pay attention to them instead of just going.. that was weird….. stuff can start happening. By stuff, I mean weird coincidences that get you started towards your purpose in life – your calling as it were.

Just for examples, and this is on the level of  parlor tricks…..but… this is what I have gotten so far:

I called a dolphin. What you say? Yes I did. The hell you say. For proof, It’s on film. I was at Sea World with my kids. There are dolphins, but I want one to come up close for my kids. The dolphins keep going round and round but won’t come up. There are hundreds of people around the pool where they are at. I say to myself. I wonder if I can call the Dolphin using my mind powers. It’s worth a shot and it’s not like anyone is ever going to know about this (until now) and think I’m crazy. Let it go……. let go… let’s try this.

So.. in my mind, I picture the dolphins coming over to my kids and then I starting saying… “here dolphin dolphin dolphin” in my head. A couple minutes later…. one dolphin comes up and hangs out by my kids….. just my kids… for like 5 minutes. It was long enough for me to wonder if it was going to leave sort of like massive head wound harry of the Saturday night live ilk.

On the way home…. I’m thinking… whatever man.. that was just coincidence. Trying to talk myself out of it. It was just chance. That’s the ego talking I guess.

So I decided to perform a little thought experiment again. My kids are in the back of the car… and I start saying to my son in my head… Candy. Candy. Candy.

Over and over I say this to him…. in my head. I try to go easy with it. Don’t force it. Let it go.

A minute later…. Daddy… pull over I want some candy.

I caution you. He hasn’t ever done this.

Where did my son’s thought come from? Was it random? Was the Dolphin random? What about the Egyptian Book of the Dead?

For the record and so that this is balanced, I also tried “Brocolli Brocolli”, but he didn’t say “Daddy pull over and get me some Brocolli”, so take it for what it is worth. I do know that he has never done that though. Maybe he was vibrationally aligned with candy 🙂

This is where the plot thickens. Stuff like this is natural for all of us I have read; however, we have been taught to dismiss it. As though… the universe isn’t in the mind of God anyway.

Well, as we look at the scriptures.. in a variety of religious platforms we start to realize…. they are all saying the same thing just differently. For the Jesus crowd, think of it differently… yes Jesus was real, but…. the scriptures had enough mishistory to make one question. Jesus was a Nazirine… it was a vow….. not a town yo. Look it up. Anyway, Jesus would have been allegory on some levels for the prophet within you…. that God spark within all of us see?

When you start to really zoom in, we will find that our minds start to open and stuff like my fun with the Dolphins is a byproduct of that at times.  I now know why I had a strange affinity for the Miami Dolphins when I was younger 🙂

At this point, if you are traditional / fundamentalists – you may have alarm bells going off, yet there is a part of you that is longing to know more. A sort of internal conflict if you will. I can relate what I describe as a fear of this stuff at first. Do not go near the forbidden zone as in Planet of the Apes. Yet, the more I dig… the more exciting this becomes and the more boring regular life becomes. Jesus had said that he came to bring us life… and life abundantly. I think this is a start. do you think he was lying? What about the mysteries Paul was referring to? What about the milk of the gospel?

Yet, we must live in the world, but be apart from it. I’m thinking that means with each moment – play out the role you are in, but… think about each choice… consciously. Think. Love.

Are those your thoughts or did they come from somewhere else?

Something to think about anyway.

Timothy Vedas

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

I’ve been reading a bit about the “Vedas” lately. These are supposedly very ancient scriptures. I’m not sure I’m buying everything that is said just yet, but as I do more research ….. yet another rabbit hole.

For example, here is something on Dharma

Now this idea of Dharma – this knowledge that ” right ” and ” wrong ” are relative and changeable, instead of absolute and fixed, does not give anyone an excuse for doing anything “bad” or “wrong” that he would not have done under the old idea. On the contrary, Dharma holds one up to his highest conception of “right”, and expects him to do what seems “right” for rights sake, and not because the law compels him to do so – it expects right-action from him, even though the law has not as yet reached so high a stage. It teaches him that if he sees a thing to be “wrong,” it is wrong for him even though the law and public opinion have not yet reached so high a standard of ethics. The advanced man will always be a little ahead of the average conception — never behind it…
. . . And another rule of Dharma is to refrain from criticising or condemning the Dharma of another man less developed than yourself. He is not looking through your eyes. He may be living nearer to his spiritual ideal than your are to yours — how dare you judge him? Are you so near perfect that you set your standard up as absolute? . . .

Sounds quite similar to II Timothy 2:22 I think (gentleness) and perhaps Yeshua’s assertion about being careful about the judgment we put out as we will be judged at the same level ourselves.

Flesh Eaters

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Jer 7:21 Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel: Add your burnt-offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat ye flesh.

Jer 7:22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt-offerings or sacrifices:

Jer 7:23 but this thing I commanded them, saying, Hearken unto my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people; and walk ye in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.

Okay, so what’s up with this? Eat flesh, but I commanded them not?     Something is funny here.

The Triangle of Mind, Body, Spirit and some Gateway

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

1Ch 11:9 So DavidH1732 waxed greater and greater:H1980 H1980 H1431 for the LORDH3068 of hostsH6635 was withH5973 him. 1Ch 11:10 TheseH428 also are the chiefH7218 of the mighty menH1368 whomH834 DavidH1732 had, who strengthened themselvesH2388 withH5973 him in his kingdom,H4438 and withH5973 allH3605 Israel,H3478 to make him king,H4427 according to the wordH1697 of the LORDH3068 concerningH5921 Israel.H3478

1Ch 11:11 And thisH428 is the numberH4557 of the mighty menH1368 whomH834 DavidH1732 had; Jashobeam,H3434 an Hachmonite,H1121 H2453 the chiefH7218 of the captains:H7991 heH1931 lifted upH5782 (H853) his spearH2595 againstH5921 threeH7969 hundredH3967 slainH2491 by him at oneH259 time.H6471

1Ch 11:12 And afterH310 him was EleazarH499 the sonH1121 of Dodo,H1734 the Ahohite,H266 whoH1931 was one of the threeH7969 mighties.H1368

Something funny going on here…..

Pro 22:20 Have notH3808 I writtenH3789 to thee excellent thingsH7991 in counselsH4156 and knowledge,H1847


שׁלשׁ שׁלושׁ שׁלישׁoshâlîysh shâlôsh shâlôsh

shaw-leesh’, shaw-loshe’, shaw-loshe’

(The second form used in 1Ch_11:11, 1Ch_11:12, 1Ch_11:18; the third form used in 2Sa_23:13); from H7969; a triple, that is, (as a musical instrument) a triangle (or perhaps rather three stringed lute); also (as an indefinitely great quantity) a three fold measure (perhaps a treble ephah); also (as an officer) a general of the third rank (upward, that is, the highest): – captain, instrument of musick, (great) lord, (great) measure, prince, three [from the margin].

Mind (soul), body, spirit is perhaps the triangle? Then it goes on to describe some gateway….

2Sa 23:13 And threeH7969 of the thirtyH7970 chiefH7218 went down,H3381 and cameH935 toH413 DavidH1732 inH413 the harvest timeH7105 untoH413 the caveH4631 of Adullam:H5725 and the troopH2416 of the PhilistinesH6430 pitchedH2583 in the valleyH6010 of Rephaim.H7497 2Sa 23:14 And DavidH1732 was thenH227 in an hold,H4686 and the garrisonH4673 of the PhilistinesH6430 was thenH227 in Bethlehem.H1035

2Sa 23:15 And DavidH1732 longed,H183 and said,H559 Oh that oneH4310 would give me drinkH8248 of the waterH4325 of the wellH4480 H953 of Bethlehem,H1035 whichH834 is by the gate!H8179

2Sa 23:16 And the threeH7969 mighty menH1368 brake throughH1234 the hostH4264 of the Philistines,H6430 and drewH7579 waterH4325 out of the wellH4480 H953 of Bethlehem,H1035 thatH834 was by the gate,H8179 and tookH5375 it, and broughtH935 it toH413 David:H1732 nevertheless he wouldH14 notH3808 drinkH8354 thereof, but poured it outH5258 (H853) unto the LORD.H3068

2Sa 23:17 And he said,H559 Be it farH2486 from me, O LORD,H3068 that I should doH4480 H6213 this:H2063 is not this the bloodH1818 of the menH376 that wentH1980 in jeopardy of their lives?H5315 therefore he wouldH14 notH3808 drinkH8354 it. TheseH428 things didH6213 these threeH7969 mighty men.H1368

2Sa 23:18 And Abishai,H52 the brotherH251 of Joab,H3097 the sonH1121 of Zeruiah,H6870 was chiefH7218 among three.H7992 And heH1931 lifted upH5782 (H853) his spearH2595 againstH5921 threeH7969 hundred,H3967 and slewH2491 them, and had the nameH8034 among three.H7969

2Sa 23:19 Was he notH3588 mostH4480 honourableH3513 of three?H7969 therefore he wasH1961 their captain:H8269 howbeit he attainedH935 notH3808 untoH5704 the first three.H7969

2Sa 23:20 And BenaiahH1141 the sonH1121 of Jehoiada,H3077 the sonH1121 of a valiantH2428 man,H376 of Kabzeel,H4480 H6909 who had done many acts,H7227 H6467 heH1931 slewH5221 (H853) twoH8147 lionlike menH739 of Moab:H4124 heH1931 went downH3381 also and slewH5221 (H853) a lionH738 in the midstH8432 of a pitH8432 H953 in timeH3117 of snow:H7950

2Sa 23:21 And heH1931 slewH5221 (H853) an Egyptian,H376 H4713 a goodlyH4758 man:H376 and the EgyptianH4713 had a spearH2595 in his hand;H3027 but he went downH3381 toH413 him with a staff,H7626 and pluckedH1497 (H853) the spearH2595 out of the Egyptian’s hand,H4480 H3027 H4713 and slewH5221 him with his own spear.H2595

2Sa 23:22 TheseH428 things didH6213 BenaiahH1141 the sonH1121 of Jehoiada,H3077 and had the nameH8034 among threeH7969 mighty men.H1368

2Sa 23:23 He was more honourableH3513 thanH4480 the thirty,H7970 but he attainedH935 notH3808 toH413 the first three.H7969 And DavidH1732 setH7760 him overH413 his guard.H4928

2Sa 23:24 AsahelH6214 the brotherH251 of JoabH3097 was one of the thirty;H7970 ElhananH445 the sonH1121 of DodoH1734 of Bethlehem,H1035

Burden = Prophecy?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

So yeah, I got ummmm… directed to  something tonight after praying. The tail end of Jeremiah 23.

Jer 23:21 I have not sent the prophets, and they have run, I have not spoken unto them, and they have prophesied.

Jer 23:22 But–if they stood in My counsel, Then they cause My people to hear My words, And they turn them back from their evil way, And from the evil of their doings.

Jer 23:23 A God near am I–an affirmation of Jehovah, And not a God afar off?

Jer 23:24 Is any one hidden in secret places, And I see him not? an affirmation of Jehovah, Do not I fill the heavens and the earth? An affirmation of Jehovah.

Jer 23:25 I have heard that which the prophets said, Who prophesy in My name falsehood, saying, `I have dreamed, I have dreamed.’

Jer 23:26 Till when is it in the heart of the prophets? The prophets of falsehood, Yea, prophets of the deceit of their heart,

Jer 23:27 Who are devising to cause My people To forget My name by their dreams, That they recount each to his neighbour, As their fathers forgot my name for Baal.

Jer 23:28 The prophet with whom is a dream, Let him recount the dream, And he with whom is My word, Let him truly speak My word. What–to the straw with the corn? An affirmation of Jehovah.

Jer 23:29 Is it not thus? My word is as a fire, An affirmation of Jehovah. And as a hammer–it breaketh in pieces a rock.

Jer 23:30 Therefore, lo, I am against the prophets, An affirmation of Jehovah, Stealing My words each from his neighbour.

Jer 23:31 Lo, I am against the prophets, An affirmation of Jehovah, Who are making smooth their tongue, And they affirm–an affirmation.

Jer 23:32 Lo, I am against the prophets of false dreams, An affirmation of Jehovah, And they recount them, and cause my people to err, By their falsehoods, and by their instability, And I–I have not sent them, Nor have I commanded them, And they are not at all profitable to this people, An affirmation of Jehovah.

Jer 23:33 And when this people, or the prophet, Or a priest, doth ask thee, saying, What is the burden of Jehovah? Then thou hast said unto them: Ye are the burden, and I have left you, An affirmation of Jehovah.

Jer 23:34 And the prophet, and the priest, and the people, That saith, The burden of Jehovah, I have seen after that man, and after his house.

Jer 23:35 Thus do ye say each unto his neighbour, And each unto his brother: What hath Jehovah answered? And what hath Jehovah spoken?

Jer 23:36 And the burden of Jehovah ye do not mention any more, For the burden to each is–His word, And ye have overturned the words of the living God, Jehovah of Hosts, our God.

Jer 23:37 Thus dost thou say unto the prophet What hath Jehovah answered thee? And what hath Jehovah spoken?

Jer 23:38 And if the burden of Jehovah ye say, Therefore thus said Jehovah: Because of your saying this word, The burden of Jehovah, And I do send unto you, saying, Ye do not say, The burden of Jehovah.

Jer 23:39 Therefore, lo, I–I have taken you utterly away, And I have sent you out, And the city that I gave to you, And to your fathers, from before My face,

Jer 23:40 And I have put on you reproach age-during, And shame age-during that is not forgotten!

Take from – seems to offer a good explanation..

Now, a burden means a prophecy, which terrifies the despisers of God by threatening them with vengeance. As, then, their minds were exasperated, they called through hatred the word of Yahweh a burden, and used it as a proverbial saying, “It is a burden, a burden.” They ought to have been moved by Yahweh Yahovah’s threatenings, and to have trembled on hearing that he was angry with them. The word burden, then, ought to have humbled them; but, on the contrary, they became exasperated, first, through haughtiness, then through an indomitable contumacy, and thirdly, they kindled into rage.

We hence see how the expression arose, that the prophets called their prophecies burdens. God now severely condemns this fury, because they hesitated not thus openly to shew their insolence. It was surely a most shameful thing, that the word of God should be thus called in disdain and contempt, in the ways and streets; for they thus acted disdainfully and insolently against Yahweh ; for it was the same as though they treated his word with open contempt. It was then no wonder that he reproved this fury with so much vehemence, by saying, But if this people ask thee, What is the burden of Yehovah? Then say to them, “Ye are the burden;” And I will cast you off; saith Yehovah.

Stick in the Mud and Spit in the Eyes

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

In the Mishnah it is stated: “To heal a blind man on the Sabbath it is prohibited to inject wine in his eyes. It is also prohibited to make mud with spittle and smear it on his eyes” (Shabbat 108:20).

According to the Mishna, “One should be willing to walk four miles to water in order to wash your hands rather than to eat with unwashed hands” (Sotah, 4b) .. . “He who neglects hand washing is as he who is a murderer” (Challah, J, 58:3).

Matt. 3:10-12;10:34-38; Mark 2:21-22; Luke 12:49; John 2:14-17; 4:21-24

I guess not only was Jesus rubbing spittle and mud in the man’s eyes that healed, but he was also rubbing it in the faces of the religious authorities.

Scriptural Parity

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

The Voyager probe is probably somewhere out there in the Oort cloud by now. Do you remember the Voyager probe? They referred to it in Star Trek I. Not a Trek fan?

Well what does this have to do with scripture? It is a passing thought that I had. Let’s consider a satellite or say a space probe 100 gajillion miles out there in outer space somewhere. NASA needs to be able to send and receive messages to this space probe right? Well sending may not be a big deal. After all, we can just build bigger beefier transmitters I suppose. Wait a second. Isn’t there a point to which the signal will eventually degrade to the noise floor? You know, that point at which a radio station starts to get staticy? That’s when the noise similar to what may show up on a television with no antenna has the same amount of power as the signal and it sounds all static. Well, this concept is not all that different in interstellar communications. Information gets sent and eventually after about 10000000 light years or something the signal may fade in strength or have a few static pulses in there that overwrite what was actually sent. Instead of a thrustre firing away from Saturn, suddenly the Voyager probe goes crashing into Saturn’s rings and we have the Solar System Protection Agency on our hands.

Well anyway, those clever communications scientists devised a way to encode extra “recovery” information into the signal. That is, the signal can be rebuilt from itself. Sort of like sending spare parts in the signal. If one of the parts gets broken, you can use the rest of the parts to reconstruct the signal. Make sense? If not, go study parity on wikipedia.

This is the question I have in my mind. We know that there are tons of variations in the manuscripts that form our modern Bibles. No biggie. They say that  they are 95-96% in agreement. Okay, that works great for most stuff – but sometimes there are big questions  – for example the Great Commission. There are those who say that the Great Commission  was actually a scribal interpolation or something like that (scribe adding something to a manuscript to support their own pet doctrine).

So my question really comes back to integrity of the scriptures. I suspect that God in His infinite wisdom would have perhaps built in “parity” into the scriptures. Taken from what we call the Old Testament, this would refer to the whole idea of two or three witnesses to confirm a fact. Look it up. It is somewhere in the law.


Friday, April 4th, 2008

John 18:1 Having said these things, Jesus, went out, with his disciples, across the winter-torrent of the Kedron, where was a garden,—into which he entered, he, and his disciples.
Joh 18:2 Now, Judas also, who was delivering him up, knew the place: because, oft, had Jesus been gathered there, with his disciples.
Joh 18:3 Judas, therefore, receiving the band, and officers, from among the High-priests and from among the Pharisees, cometh thither, with lights and torches and weapons.
Joh 18:4 Jesus, therefore, knowing all the things coming upon him, went forth, and saith unto them—Whom, seek ye?
Joh 18:5 They answered him—Jesus, the Nazarene. He saith unto them—I, am he. Now Judas also, who was delivering him up, was standing with them.
Joh 18:6 When, therefore, he said unto them, I, am he, they went backwards, and fell to the ground.
Joh 18:7 Again, therefore, he questioned them—Whom, seek ye? And, they, said—Jesus, the Nazarene.

He said I AM and they fell to the ground. The he is not there in the Greek as far as I can tell.


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