Thought-Sherds (It's a play on words, you know, "potsherds'' the little Earthenware fragments that Archaeologists find, with scriptures, notes, and things written on them,.... well if you have to explain it...... it's not so funny anymore)
Thoughtsherds: [thot '- surdz ] too small to be an article, but maybe big enough to make a difference.
Jesus Learned Obedience through the things he Suffered -(Heb 5:8)
We're all familiar with this passage, but really, what were the things he suffered that he learned Obedience from ? And what kind of Obedience did he learn ?
Well, let's put on our little "thinking caps" (make sure you make the little propeller spin on top. Thinking Caps always have propellers, ev'rbody knows that) and let's do some thinking.........
Although Jesus's mother and brothers and sisters are mentioned as living during the time of his ministry, his father Joseph is not. So, it's not unreasonable to conclude that Joseph died before Jesus began his ministry. If that is true, then Jesus had to suffer through watching his father die at a time when he could not use his "super-powers" (Holy Spirit) to save Joseph.
Jesus would have suffered as any child would in watching his father die.
There is no question that God provided an exceptionally warm and loving human father for Jesus. You must know that Mary was a wonderful mom, why wouldn't Joseph be a wonderful dad ?
So, what specific lesson in obedience would Jesus have learned through this specific suffering ?
Jesus knew his destiny, ministry, and abilities he would have later in life, Jesus knew the Scriptures.
So, it is not hard to imagine Jesus begging God for the ability to heal his human dad...... prematurely....
It would be impossible for Jesus not to !
But Jesus had not yet received holy spirit (baptism).
So, would Jesus learn to obediently respect the Timing of God's arrangements ? Would Jesus learn that you always have to do the right thing, even when it hurts like hell? (oops, did I say hell ? sorry)
And when He had to endure/suffer the presence of Judas for years and never show contempt, He learned to always obey the principle of 'principled love'. And never show by his attitude or actions even the desire to wish Judas or anyone ill.
A careful look at Jesus and his life will reveal many such "sufferings" and what he "obediently" learned.
Can you think of some ?
This is not a Dress-Rehearsal, this is our real life. This is the life we will be judged on.
Makes it a little more serious, huh ?
Is Satan allowed to do genetic engineering on Humans ?
Yes, he already has; the hybrid offspring of humans and angels before the flood.
Which are NOT the Nephilim.
Nephilum is just the Biblical term for Giant Humans. Period.
Note carefully what the Bible says in Gen 6:4:"There were giants [Nephilim]in the earth in those days; and also after that when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of renown. " (KJV)
Isaiah 52:14"His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man." -NLT
Science, …..scientificly speaking......
Science is that realm of thinking and knowledge, in the human experience, that provides validated description and explanation. Science is a reaction to observation, combined with a precise validation by means of independently duplicatable results.
It is not inherently predictive, for example; Science could never predict the existence of a butterfly or platypus. But it it can only struggle to attempt to verify and explain specific small aspects of their nature and design; aerodynamics, biomechanics, chemistry, etc. etc.
Oddly, we tend to imbue Science and the word “science” with much more gravitas than the objects of its attentions. Phunnie that.
Science is a child looking at a forest in wonder. The child did not and cannot make the forest.
Scientific knowledge is that very small part of the “realm of awareness”, that can be analyzed, subjected to proofs, laboratory conditions etc., wherein all variables can be accounted for. Science is not the art of “loose ends”.
It is that part of human knowledge and thinking that has been, and is capable of, deep and precise analysis, validation and confirmation.
Many, many, things simply cannot be fully subjected to the Scientific method....... too many variables. The more variables you have, the harder it is to use the Scientific method.
Thus, Science is just a tiny subset of knowledge and awareness, and Forensic* Science is just an even tinier subset of Science.
None of this is to say that Science has no or little value, it has great value. When it can be legitimately used it is very solid. It just can't be used as the “final answer” as often as some “thinkle peep”.
The point ?
Scientific thinking is just that. Limited.
But Spiritual thinking is much, much, more comprehensive. It's thinking based primarily on 'Spirit', as the word is used on this website, that is, the complete 'bundle' of emotions, morals, and motivations that are the essence of a person. Scientific proofs and thinking are just a small 'subset' of the thinking tools of a Spiritual thinker, not ignored, but the inherent limitations are recognized and respected. Science, and Scientific thinking is a tool, but it ain't nowhere near being a whole tool-box.
Doesn't the Bible/Jesus appeal to us to 'reason in our Hearts' ?
1 Cor 2:15 'a spiritual man investigates [asks questions of](G350) all things'
*“Forensic” just means “used in a courtroom”. A rubber eraser used exclusively in a courtroom is a 'forensic eraser',..... get over it.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Four rules I've learned about life.......
Any ignoring or violation of these four rules in behavior/relationships will get you grief.
Wise, consistent, and constant use of them will amaze you.
Rule one: Respect for dignity. (From you or to you.)
Rule two: Respect of free-will. (From you or to you.)
Rule three: Awareness of all persons need to be worshiped.(more on this below) (Yours and/or others.)
Rule four: A genuine, deep, heart-felt desire to see people be the best they can be. AKA Love. (see definition on this site, “uncommon definitions”)
If you take the time to examine every relationship you've ever been in, good or bad, you will see that these rules have dictated the outcome every time. Examine the last interaction you just had, maybe minutes ago, all 4 rules were there, in their good form or bad form, at one level or another. Oh yes they were.
4 simple rules, …... please, please, really think about these little rules. Teach and train yourself to become increasing aware of these little rules, the more aware you become the more amazed you'll be.
And yes, they all seem to overlap, but this really is just a reflection of the order of discovery in my personal journey. But each rule really does amplify a 'bright facet' that you can 'ignore only at your own peril'.
Just a note here, all four of these rules are sensed spiritually. Yah might wanna give that an extra thunk or two.
Hey, don't just zip by this, ….. it took me years to 'figgur' this stuff out.
And I've also learned that goldfish don't like jello, but you prolly already knew that.
God created the whole Universe so that all creation would worship and praise him.
Isn't that just a little disgusting ?
I'm just being honest here. (Ps. 15:2b)
If you had a friend or family member with that attitude you would rightly conclude that they had deep mental/emotional problems and avoid them as much as possible.
Ponder, ponder, hmmmmm......
One of the things I have learned on my spiritual “walkabout” is to give things 'a second look'....
So, let's give this a “second look”....
God claims to have made mankind 'in his image'. And in fact, whenever God deals with man he expects us to automatically by nature to understand where he's coming from, and no one ever questions that, think about that, really really think about that. Again, think, we're 'made in his image'.
Well, if we're made 'in his image' and he desires worship......
All this simply means, for Him and us, is that He/we have a desire/need to be Loved, appreciated, and it's built in us because we're made in his image !.
When a mother gives tender care to her children, doesn't she have the hope of receiving love from that child ? Doesn't she want her child to worth-ship her (which is the meaning of the word worship). No one thinks there is anything wrong with her, do they ?
has the desire to be worshiped. We are
made in his image, therefore: we have the desire to be
Once again, we are made in God's image, and we have the desire to feel noticed and appreciated, where does that need/desire come from ?..... .....follow with me here.....
But, when the desire to be shown “worth” becomes infected with greed... ahhhh...... yup, there's the trouble.....
as it always is....
(please see the monograph;“everything you need to know about life” here on this little website)
All of this reminds me of the time Huckleberry Finn waz tryin' ta be “sivilized” by the Widow Douglas.
"Pretty soon I wanted to smoke, and asked the widow to let me. But she wouldn't. She said it was a mean practice and wasn't clean, and I must try to not do it any more. That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don't know nothing about it. ….... And she took snuff, too; of course that was all right, because she done it herself.”
So, just like the 'Widow Douglas', now that I know that the desire to be worth-shipped (worshiped) is in me too, I'll forgive God for wanting to be worshiped, 'cuz I done it myself.
Well, here's how it works:
God wants to be worshiped; he made us in his image; therefore.....
But, but, ...... if you live with an awareness of this, you will understand human behavior, and yourself, and God, much, much better.(and see thoughtsherd 29, just above.)
A Lateral Arabesque....... God, Horizontally speaking
All who write about God are just children talking about their Father that they have never seen, and crave to know. And as such, we have a propensity/tendency to fantasize and distort reality and create an imagined and usually, exaggerated perception. Heartbroken children tend to do that. If you've ever known a child who yearns for a father they've never met, you know what I'm talking about. Rarely do they have a healthy and balanced concept of their absent father. Thus, it is easy to create an exaggerated and distorted image/concept of God that instead of its desired goal, really distances us from God.
It's called religion.
If God could become a human and come to your house, what would he look like? how would he make you feel?
If you feel awestruck just considering that question, then please, you need to know/reconsider this: he would look as ordinary as ordinary could be, and be as comfortable as an old shoe to be around. Why did Yehovah have Jesus represent him on earth as a sub-ordinary-looking, nondescript, plain-jane guy (Isa 53:1-3)? Please read that scripture. Yehovah wants you to perceive him as approachable !! (Acts 17:27)
If He, God, came to your home, He would make you feel comfortable in your own skin. He might even wash your feet, You know, like Jesus :)
Here's what I remind myself to keep my view of God balanced; God/Yehovah is just a person. No that's not blasphemy. We're made in his image, and we're just persons too. To call God 'just a person' does not bring him down, it should humble us to realize how generously and wonderfully he made us. To say “comparing God to us degrades God”, really is backwards. When a person thinks or says that, it really detracts from the power and supercalifragilisticexpialidociousness of God's creative abilities, and intent, his profound generosity, and gifts. (If and when the full force of this hits you, it will take your breath away. As I always say; Who is this God !?! Man !) Why do you think Jesus found it so hurtfully offensive to call someone a despicable fool ?(matt 5:22) He equated it with calling God, his Father a fool. Didn't Jesus say that 'the way you are treating the least of these my brothers, is the same away you would treat me'? Someone somewhere said 'with the same mouth we praise God and curse our fellow-man made in his image'.
When it is said here “God is just a person” it is not bring him “down”, but, to be honest, it is said with a little shock value to snap us into reality, and bring him, not “down” but “towards”. This is not a 'vertical' statement, it is a 'horizontal' statement. He is an approachable person, he's our Dad 'fer cryin' out loud'!
Or as a friend of mine says, “before when I would pray I would always look up, but now I find myself looking along-side”.
And yes, just as any child, many times we do need to look up, and many times we do need to hang our little heads down. And many times our kind Father pulls us along-side.
As Fathers tend to do.32.
The Name of God......
In a previous life, when I was a Negro Nanny, (no, really.... kinda) my little 7 year old 'chile' that wuz my charge, one time came to me to show me some pet mice babies of hers. She had three in one hand and three in the other. She pointed to the three in her first hand, and carefully told me their names. So, I asked her what wuz the names of the three in her other hand. “Oh, they don't have names.”, “Why?” I asked. “Because I'm going to sell those to the pet-store, and if I give them names I get too attached”. (true story)
“Out of the Mouth of Babes”......
How is it that a 7-year old 'chile' natively understands the emotional bonding-power of calling even a baby mouse by its name, but “wise” adult bible scholars/teachers don't seem to understand this principle when dealing with our God ? And in fact, care naught, that the over 6,000 occurrences of his name have been removed from most versions of his own book ?
Phunnie, huh ?
You can have no true meaningful emotional relationship or bond with anyone for whom you either do not have and/or do not use a name.
This is hard-wired into us, even a child instinctively knows this !
Note how prisoners are de-humanized by changing their name into a number.
“But we really don't know the correct pronunciation of God's name, so, out of respect we shouldn't try to say it”, some pompous, self-righteous, pedantic, poo-heads, (of course I mean that in the good sense) might say.
But please consider this: when a small child mispronounces the name of a pet, or sibling it is not treated with contempt by any involved. In fact, often-times the mispronunciation becomes a life-long term of affectionate endearment.
It is not the pronunciation, but the affectionate bond that can only come with, and, from the USING of that name that matters.
“God” is not a name. It is a job description.
What is the name of our God ?
I would say “Yehovah”.
Please consider this: The name of our Creator should sound euphonic, yes, even Beautiful. Think about that. Could the Creator of Beauty not have a beautiful name ? Okay, now think about it again.
Those who favor “Yahweh”, or variations of that pronunciation/spelling, miss two powerful points:
There is no “W” sound in Hebrew !! Did you know that ?
And it sounds awful !!
Please place your hand on your throat/adam's-apple and say the name “Yehovah”. Do you notice how your adam's-apple goes through the complete “Vowel Spectrum” eeee-oooo-aaaah ? Your adam's-apple descends the complete length of your throat, as the full Vowel-Spectrum seems to pour straight down into your Heart. Simultaneously, the “consonant producing organ” (teeth, mouth, tongue) goes from almost fully closed yeeeee,( notice your teeth) to to almost fully open vaaaah, (notice your jaw).
Thus, as you are saying this beautiful, euphonic name, Yehovah, You are literally “opening-up”, as you are at the same time, drawing deeply down towards your Heart. How perfect is that ?! (This pronunciation of his Name really has this distinct feeling, it really does. Once you become conscious of this, you can't miss it. ).
To the physical-man or even to a secular bible-scholar, all of this little 'thought-sherd' proves nothing.......
…....but to the spiritual person, i.e. the one who reasons with and on healthy emotions, ahhh yes, this is “heap big medicine”, powerful stuff to ponder.
“if it's not simple, and if it's not beautiful, it's probably not true”
(for“Jehovah”all of this is works the same, but the“J” is really not technically correct)