Tuesday, November 29, 2011

HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Two Discussion of verse 3


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HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Two !

Verse 3

3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.

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

Verse 3

3 When the head of the household heard this, all the church was disturbed.

from the animation text of HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Two

written by R David Foster

Verse 3 Discussion

So the role of King Herod is played by the head of the household. A matriarch of a family is the economic and social leader of the family, as the king is the social and economic leader of the nation. More commonly though, in western society, it is a patriarch who is the head of the household. It doesn't matter whether it is a female or a male leader who has authority over the household, just as it doesn't matter whether a queen or a king is in control, neither is interested in entertaining any challenge to their authority.

To call Jesus “Lord” or “King”, is to give Him authority over economic and social issues, as well as everything else. He as well, asks for total obedience to His authority. He wants all of me, you, or us, more so than any other king. But He wants us to surrender to Him willingly, and will not force us to pay Him homage, but rather patiently waits and encourages each of us to acknowledge Him and accept His blessings.

So trying to serve two masters will make one hate one master and love the other master. Jerusalem at the time, had two masters, and God as well. The King Herod, the Roman rule, and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of being itself. And this choice between these three would have to be made daily. Jesus was challenged whether it was lawful to pay taxes to Rome or not. He answered with the question “Who's face is on the coin?”. Being the Roman Emperor's face on the coin, Jesus said “Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's”. And that is the way to sort out how to deal with more than one master, but still leaves the love of one and the hatred of the other.

So if there is the head of the household, the head of the nation, and the King of Heaven, then give to each his due. The problem arises when one authority wants homage out of its jurisdiction. The church may be all knowing in the way of following Christ as Lord, but it has failed in directing how one should proceed once one is committed to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. This the church has left up to the individual to sort out on their own. And this is where this idea of marriage picks up. The idea of the One of marriage demands the application of all Jesus taught and was, or is, to the sacred relationship of marriage. Any interference by any authority, whether the nation or the household, is interference in the application of the direction of Jesus. This is why the household and the church were disturbed when they heard the question of the previous verse - “Where is the One who has been born above all? We have felt his joy in communion and have come to adore him”, - they were enjoying undue authority over the relationships of the members of the household, or nation, and recognized this question and expression of love as a threat to their authority. The household saw a devotion greater than it knew, to an other beyond their authority, and the church likewise saw a devotion greater than it knew, again, to an other beyond its authority.

This is common in popular culture, this overbearing interest of the parent or parents, in the relationship of their adult children. Surely adolescents need guidance, but this is not forever, as even the crown acknowledges that adults, over the age of 18, are responsible for their own decisions, regardless of whether their parents feel they are capable or not. Indeed, many parents deliberately undermine the adult child's ability to take care of themselves independently of their parents, so as to keep them under the authority of the household. This servitude is different in each culture, but prevalent in all cultures. It is as rampant with fathers as it is with mothers, with respect to male adult children as it is for female adult children.

And this overbearing influence of a parent or parents undermines any One relationship the adult child may venture into. It truly becomes a marriage of two families, and the ensuing battle for control between them, rather than a significant balance of whole and part in the form of a marriage of equals. Not only that, the parents of the adult child have their own relationship as husband and wife that suffers neglect by the undue attention given to the adult children. Both fathers and mothers are guilty of neglecting their spouse in the interest of maintaining authority over their adult children.


Sunday, the first day of Advent, November 27th, 2011


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