Tuesday, September 11, 2012

HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold Discussion of Verse Eighteen



There's the website with all of the HESUS JOY CHRIST stuff !!
Just search "hesus joy christ", make sure that is what was searched for, and not an alternate such as "jesus joy christ" on www.google.ca and in a couple of months it may appear instead of the old links that appear now.
On this site there are all the HESUS JOY CHRIST blog posts to date, in an easily accessible non-linear format, as well as all the HJC animation dating back to 2009.


There's the website with all the other artwork!!

Just search vid932008 on www.google.ca to see it come up first in the list.
On this site there are almost all the artwork blog posts in an easily accessible non-linear format, as well as all the other artwork and poetry.



There's a blast of WATERCOLOUR !!

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


 Verse 18 
The Calling of the First Disciples

 18As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter Four, New International Version
 Verse 18  
The Calling of Discipline
 18As One was seeking employment, . ./ . . two siblings saw One, Simone called Stress Rocks and her brother in arms, Andrew.  / They were playing a line for they were grifters.
from the text of the animation HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold
written by R David Foster
 Verse 18 Discussion    
           Everyone knows what a fisherman is, but a grifter is less commonly known. This is because it is slang, from the 1930's in the Great Depression in America, for a small time con artist.  These people, grifters, would make a living by confusing and outwitting someone out of their money or assets.  I know this term, grifter, from a movie that came out in the 1970's called  The Sting , which was about a small time grifter, played by Robert Redford, getting back at a big time gangster, with the help of a big time con artist, played by Paul Newman.  The movie's soundtrack featured big ragtime hits from the 1920's, such as “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin.
. .. ... seeking employment ... .. .


           So as Jesus begins to apply himself, the spouse of the sacred One relationship seeks to apply himself by seeking employment, armed with his resume. Jesus came across men employed legitimately as fishermen, yet the one encounters employed landscapers who are also applying themselves as grifters.

           Where Jesus comes across two brothers - Simon, who would be called “Cephas”, which means “Rock” and is translated with the Greek word for rock - “Petros”, and his brother Andrew; the One comes across two siblings – an amply endowed woman, Simone, nicknamed “Stress Rocks”, and her brother, Andrew. Peter and Andrew are working as fishermen, but Stress Rocks and Andrew, are pausing from their work as landscapers to conduct some grifting business.  They are playing a line, which means to con someone, as well as meaning fishing with a line, while Peter and Andrew are fishing with a net.
They were playing a line, for they were grifters.

            The Sea of Galilee, would be in Galilee, which is a secular area of Judea. Likewise, the One seeks secular employment, but Jesus is seeking to apply himself spiritually.

           So that's a fair bit of wordplay.  There, as always, are four meanings in this animation.  There is the meaning of the original Gospel text, the literal meaning of the animation text, the meaning that presents itself when the two texts are compared, and finally, the meaning of the whole exercise to each of us in today's world.

           All that happens in the Gospel text is that Jesus sees two fishermen, Simon and Andrew, casting their nets. We are told that Simon was called Peter, but we are not told why.  The meaning I take from this is that when one attempts to apply themselves, opportunities will present themselves.  As well, Jesus is content with what is readily at hand, which happens to be two working individuals, actually working, and in charge of their own work. We do not know what Jesus knew of these brothers, if anything.  But we know that Jesus goes on to commission these two brothers right away.

           The animation text is similar, in that the One is on the lookout, as Jesus was, albeit more actively seeking than Jesus who just walked along the shore. The siblings, Simone and Andrew, see the One, as they are doubling up by being on the clock as landscapers as well as conducting a bit of grifting business.  They are employed by someone else, the business owner, to which the One would like to apply for work.

           Where Jesus saw Simon and Andrew, Simone and Andrew see the One.  This forwards and backwards, inside and out, is typical of the sacred One.  Balancing whole and part can be unstable, but once one is experienced, this inversion and reversion becomes easy to manage, and allows for a high level of mental agility and diligence.  Simone and Andrew are employed by someone else, not presently working at landscaping, but on the clock, and conning someone.  They are stealing from their employer by not working while being punched in, as well as stealing from the object of their con.

            So it may seem a simple thing for Jesus to see two fishermen, but it carries a lot of meaning.  These two, Simon and Andrew, have many strong attributes when compared with Simone and Andrew.   Jesus could have done far worse, even though Simon and Andrew are likely illiterate and uneducated, as well as knowing full well that they are sinners.  Jesus sees the positive in people and builds on that, because that is what exists.  A person's shortcomings do not exist.  Only what they are capable of actually exists.

           Nevertheless, as the animation plays out, there is the common practise of the attitude that “this will do”, that reality is adequate, which acknowledges not that God will provide, but that God is, has, and is always providing abundantly.  This is the calling of discipline.

Monday, September 10th, 2012

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