Tuesday, August 30, 2011

HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's One Too! - Discussion of verses 15 & 16, and verse eight

Since I get such a kick out of blathering on about this stuff, I'm continuing the discussion of the animation HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's One Too!

Verses 15 & 16

from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter One, New International Version

15 Eliud the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,

16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ .

Verse 8

the text of the animation, HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's One Too !, written by R David Foster

8 Maisie returned in the thirty ninth year to rule in the forty second year, and begat the second cycle fall and a new life in the Spirit .

Verse 8 Discussion

NIV Bible text verses 15 & 16

First of all, there was an omission in the genealogy of Jesus, in the typing of the text I have taken from the Bible, New International Version. I omitted Eliazar, son of Eliud ! This throws off the 14 generation count as it would only add up to 13 generations, counting Jeconiah down to Jesus. So I stand corrected.

In the errors we make, there is the image of a new creation. We err in our limited awareness, as we are not fully aware of everything, and these errors are a direct result of our limited awareness. Even an oversight or a slip of the tongue bears witness to how limited our awareness is, when we are engrossed in something other than the matter at hand, and since we cannot be aware of everything we miss an aspect of the matter at hand.

Jesus talks of how the religious leaders of his time “strain out a gnat but swallow a camel”. The religious thought of the day was limited in it's ability to comprehend reality. Jesus was condemned by both the religious leaders, who acted on behalf of the Jewish faith and the Jewish people, and by the secular leaders, who acted on behalf of the state and the citizens of Rome. This is not a mistake. Jesus was teaching beyond the world of the religion of the day, and beyond the state which had political power. He was wrong on both counts.

Why was such a wonderful man wrong ? Jesus was advocating a new and greater awareness, that would not just fill in a missing piece in the incomplete puzzle of the day, but transform the entirety of the then current awareness. Jesus did not oppose the law, but rather, followed it more intensely than was commonly practiced, and this brought on astounding new ideas and an astounding new awareness.

An example of this is the question “Where is the centre of the the universe ?” In classical astronomy, earth was the centre of the universe, but when telescopes made further, more intense observations possible, the Sun became a more obvious centre of the solar system, at least. Today we may say the centre of the milky way galaxy is a better centre of the universe. But when more thoroughly intensive observations are made, if we do not find any other intelligent life in the known universe, earth may once again seem a more appropriate centre of the universe.

If one is to follow the teachings of Jesus and the christian tradition more intensely and more thoroughly, it will lead to marriage, I assert and proclaim. Nevertheless it will be condemned as wrong by the religious thought of the day, since even though it is based on a thorough intense following of the religious thought of the day, it has produced results that are contrary to the casual follower of today.

I was hanging on to my marriage with a death grip. It failed and I was suffering. Maisie swooped in like a vulture, but in a good sense, and picked out the dead flesh of my wounded heart, until I was able to stand alone again. She bandaged me, but could not take on the matriarchal role I hoped for her. She was committed to her parents, and although she knew she needed a patriarch to her matriarch, she could not step out of her circle.

In fact, she was a slave to sin, as she did not have the faith to suffer her condemnation, execution, death and rebirth. Without the faith to follow Jesus where he leads us, by taking up our cross and suffering as he did, we are all slaves to sin. We sin, are condemned and repent to go on to sin again. Jesus wants all of each one of us, and there can be no holding back. Jesus wants to lead us to new life in abundance, and there can be no clinging to this old life if we are to be born again in new life.

In fact, it is our very sins that tell of the need for this new life after rebirth. If one sins, it is as much a failure of the system that designates it a sin, as it is a failure of the sinner. Sure, at first, when one is learning a system, they will make mistakes, but when one knows the system and is still unable to avoid mistakes, or sins, than the system is flawed. This is why forgiveness is so important. Allowing one to make a mistake clarifies the system and allows it to be renewed. If one will not admit their sin or mistake, and hides it from awareness, than there is nothing the system can do to accommodate its' shortcomings, if there is not an awareness of the shortcomings of such a system.

Maisie needed a male partner, but was not allowed to have one. Taking a partner, being condemned and suffering the punishment for it, but not letting go of the partner, would force the system to change, as Jesus' death and resurrection redeemed the world. She would likely find that her family would welcome a new son, rather than mourn the loss of a dutiful daughter. This is death and rebirth, and it is overwhelmingly wonderful.

Nevertheless, by my conviction, incarceration, and rebirth I have been transformed into a new person, with a new life and the joy of my animation ! I am free to pursue christ without fear of physical harm, although I may suffer physically at some point in the future, I have no fear of physical harm, nor fear of loss. By the Grace of God I will pursue my animation.

I only fall on a cycle when I have too much on my mind. The first fall was in 1987, and the second was in March of 2009, and a third was in May of 2009, shortly before my birthday, and after Matthew's One Too! was written. These stand as landmarks in my memory, and are pivot points in the growth of my faith and awareness.


Sunday, August 28th, 2011


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