Page Eight: Thought Sherds 36-40
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.
Newbie ? ......
Thimik about this Scripture for a moment: 1 Tim 3:6
must not be a new convert,
or he might become conceited and incur the same condemnation as the
-Christian Standard Bible
This Scripture clearly suggests that the ol' Debbil was a Newbie !!
What does that tell you ?
Well, If the Earth was a "Show-Case" First-of-its-Kind-Project, would you have it run by a Newbie ?!? (Ezk 28:13-19)
if you had an established, proven
Manufacturing protocol for churning out Bizillions
of Inhabited Planets....
Then Putting a "Newbie" in charge would be, as they say, S-O-P, i.e. standard-operating-procedure.
Ergo: well, you do the math.......
compare with Heb 11:3- "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible" NAS
Note: "WORLDS" plural
And Please consider this comment made by Jesus Himself about Satan: "He was never grounded in the truth". John 8:44 NJB
Yep, he was a Newbie.
Just sumpin' tah thimik about..........
5 Stages of Knowledge ?
I have heard, and you may have heard, that there are 4 steps/stages of Knowledge/Learning. But I would posit that there are actually 5. and although this is a bit of a fine point, by extending it backwards one step, to make Five, it ties it to its True Roots; The Playground Universe.
That said, here they are:
1. UNconsciously Competent. Factory Default settings. The Playground Universe. Things just work well, Child-Like naturalness. Things just work “Cuz that's what they do !”. Like my friend said about his car; “I turn the Key, it goes”. No need for penetrating thought. No law against it either.
2. UNconsciously InCompetent. Things Ain't Right, but “That's just the way Life is !” You are Totally unaware that there is a better/different way. You're affected/infected by Adam's sin, but don't know it. Most Lists of 4 Stages will Start Here.
3. Consciously InCompetent; you sense that “sumpin' ain't right', but can't quite put your finger on it (again, you've been infected/affected by Adam's Sin. But you are either unaware of that, or unaware of what that means)
Growth can Start Now, with Effort. You Start lookin' for Stuff. Cracking open yer Unconscious Mind. Yer Gettin' some things partially puzzled out, albeit awkwardly. This is Paul in Romans Chapter 7.
4. Consciously Competent. You're aware that things “Ain't Right”, and know what some of them are. And with conscious effort, you can start changing/adjusting yourself to your New Awareness. You are learning and applying Yehovah's Laws (please see all of the 119th Psalm, and Ps 19) And actually are getting pretty good at stuff.... If you remember to Think about it.
Requires Continual Conscious Effort. This is Paul in Phil Chapter 3 vs 12-16. He's gettin' it.
5. SUBconsciously Competent. Note; SUBconsciously, NOT UNconsciously. The UNconscious Mind is only accessed through great Effort and Discovery. But the SUBconscious Mind simmers just below the surface. Unlike the UNconscious mind it is : “Right There” and readily accessible whenever you need it.
At this point your New Knowledge no longer Requires Continuous Conscious Effort. It's Who You Are.
At this stage you've “Got It” and it is truly “Second Nature”. The Highest Manifestation of Stage 5 is; Conquering The World as Jesus did, and as Paul did; “I have fought the Fine Fight, from henceforth is reserved The Crown of Life.” This is Paul in 2Tim 4:6-8.This is Intimately connected/related to the First Horse of Revelation, i.e. Christian Conquering of the world as Christ did. Please see Thought-Sherd 2.
You've come “Full Circle” on an inclined Plane, i.e. , you're back where you started, but at a Higher level ! You've made it Your Own !!! You've learned Yehovah's Laws, learned to love them, AND MADE THEM YOUR OWN !!!
You've gone From UNConsciously Competent of what is Natural&Good, to SUBConsciously Competent of what is Natural&Good !
Again, You've come “Full Circle” on an inclined Plane, i.e. , you're back where you started, but at a Higher level !
It's a lot of work
If you haven't already, You Really should Read this Article HERE
He Never Saw it Coming !!
There is a phrase in the Bible relating to Jesus: “He became Sin for us”.
And although I've always believed that, still, the Phrase itself always rested somewhat awkwardly in my little head. The Phrase itself didn't resonate, per se. it even seems Grammatically incorrect. However, If you had said to me; “He's atoned or paid for sin for us”, I would/could have quite comfortably said, “Why yes, I clearly understand and know that”. But “Became Sin”......?
But it was not outrageously upsetting, so it just floated around in my head like a sentence that someone had forgot to finish and punctuate.
But as my Spiritual “Walkabout” has progressed, the Events surrounding the time that Jesus's died, His crying out “Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani ?” (My God My God, Why have You Forsaken me?!”), and the Astounding insights in the First Part of Hebrews has really captured my attention like little else. (please see “Horrible” on this website) …...
…....but, meanwhile, back at the ranch.........
…...Just a few hours before Jesus died he was talking to His Apostles and telling them that they would all be scattered and abandon Him, and leave Him alone, but He very confidently said 'But That's OK, I won't be alone, because My Father is Always with Me'. (John 16:32)
HE DIDN'T SEE IT COMING !!!
When He said, “Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani ?” (My God My God, Why have You Forsaken me?!” What profound shock you can hear in His Voice !
Why ? What the Hell is going on here ?!
Jesus is being TOTALLY REJECTED BY YEHOVAH !!! WHAT ?!?!
HE DIED IN A STATE OF TOTAL REJECTION BY YEHOVAH !!!
Even His last words are a pathetic Heartrending plea, “Into your Hands I entrust my Spirit”. 'Oh My Dear God, please, please, please remember me !'........(if you're sobbing your guts out right now, you're getting it)
Again, HE DIED IN A STATE OF TOTAL REJECTION BY YEHOVAH !!!
(Dramatic Pause, …..slowly building Tympanic Rumble )
In the EXACT same way that SIN is rejected by Yehovah !!
If Jesus had even an inkling that this was coming the raw brute force of the rejection would have been compromised and muted. And The Absolute Unfairness of The Rejection would have not been TOTAL.
He became the recipient of the EXTREME anathema/hatred/rejection that Yehovah feels for Sin. He Became (Treated EXACTLY as though he were) Sin !!! FOR US
And because of the Absolute Unfairness of that Rejection, Justice Itself Demands Restitution TO Him for that Unfairness.
And He can take that Restitution and spend it ennyway He wants !!!
AND HE'S CHOSEN TO SPEND IT ON US !!!
(personally, I would have redeemed it for a lifetime supply of really super-good ice cream and See's candy....... but that's just me..... and yeah, I'd share..... if you promised to be really really good.....)
And please consider too; he/Jesus now understands the utterly hopeless rejection that a sinful person feels, he has felt it himself ! The Rejection that only a person who has committed horrible contemptible thoroughly despicable sin deserves and can feel. AND THIS COMPLETED THE PROCESSS OF HIM LEARNING COMPASSION !!! (Heb 2:17) BECAUSE NOW, AND ONLY NOW, COULD HE FEEL AND UNDERSTAND THE PAIN AND TOTALITY OF REJECTION THAT A TRULY SINFUL PERSON DESERVES AND FEELS !!! (I got it !! wheeee... hahaha.....that took me the longest time to figgur this out !)
That He paid the price for a person like that (us)!!!!!!
Because He was treated as though He were sin like that !!!!!
And that He learned Profoundly Deep Compassion Like That !!!
AND THUS HAS THE RIGHT, AND DESIRE, TO REDEEM A PERSON LIKE THAT !!!
MY HEAD'S EXPLODING !!!!Think about that. By Jesus UNFAIRLY receiving that SAME rejection that a completely wicked person gets from Yehovah, Justice itself Demands that He is owed restitution, which he gives to US !!!!
(And this should also teach us how much Yehovah really, really, really HATES bad stuff.)
I get it now, hehe..... learning this stuff is so fun …...
….....but before you rush off to the next Thought-Sherd.....
let me put a little salty lemon-juice into this fresh wound, and infinitely multiply the intensity of this event in your heart and mind......
The Greatest, most intense Relationship/Love that has ever has ever existed, is that between Yehovah and Jesus. Which means that the most intensely painful Emotional Wound ever Given or Received is This, This Wound Delivered by Yehovah and Received by Jesus.
To satisfy Justice, to give us a chance at life.
Think about how deeply it had to have hurt Yehovah to blind-side Jesus. Think how deeply this had to have hurt Jesus to receive this wound, he being completely blind-sided at his darkest hour, with no preparation/explanation.
The most powerful perfect movie, the most beautiful Love story, the greatest Opera, the most moving music, the finest art, simply pale by comparison.
Take a moment, please, to reflect on this.
..... I hope this is hitting home.....
just a little afterthought by way of mental/spiritual gymnastics.
What kind of conversation do you think jesus/yehovah had about this when jesus got home ? What was the emotional exchange ? Was there an adjustment period ? Did Jah apologize, not for wrong, but for hurt ?did jesus accept it immediately, or did he have to take time for reflection/adjustment ? did this change their relationship ? Much food for thought here. Don't think religiously, but spiritually/emotionally. These are two real people, with real feelings, in what is obviously not a static, but a dynamic relationship. Sit back with a very good cup of coffee/brandy and let this perfuse/percolate/transformicate in your mind.
“Yehovah Took Pleasure in Crushing him” (Isaiah 53:10)
Here's what that means:
Yehovah took Great Pleasure in Finally seeing the Successful, Completed means for Helping & Healing Us Poor Wretched, otherwise Hopeless Children of Adam & Eve.
ONLY AFTER JESUS WAS TOTALLY CRUSHED UNFAIRLY DID THIS COMPASSIONATE GOD BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF/PLEASURE,
BECAUSE HE NOW POSSESSED THE MEANS TO HEAL US (ROTTEN) CHILDREN !!!!! THAT IS WHY HE “TOOK PLEASURE IN CRUSHING HIM”!!! EVEN THOUGH IT MADE HIM (Yehovah) LOOK HORRIBLE !!!!!
JESUS DIDN'T KNOW WHAT
BUT THE BURDEN OF NOT HAVING THE MEANS OF AND FOR HIS (Yehovah's) COMPASSIONATE HEALING WAS NOW GONE !!!!
AND ALSO AT THE VERY MOMENT THAT HE CRUSHED JESUS (“It is Accomplished”.... “Father into your hands”,... etc,,,) YEHOVAH ALSO THEN KNEW AT THAT MOMENT, THAT THE WONDERFUL, HAPPY, IMMORTAL FUTURE OF JESUS WAS GUARANTEED !!!!
WHAT COULD MAKE HIM HAPPIER ?! (insert Hallelujah here )
EVEN THOUGH IT MADE HIM (Yehovah) LOOK HORRIBLE !!!!!
'HE HONORED HIS WORD ABOVE ALL HIS NAME' !!!!! PS 138:2b
“Yehovah Took Pleasure in Crushing him” Isaiah 53:10
OK, I get it now, But Why did Yehovah have to say it that way ?! grrrr....It makes him look like a mean heartless jerk !
I'm sorry, but it does. (He makes it sooo hard sometimes, sigh...)
First off, let me remind you that He is really, really, really into Riddles... a lot.... a lot..... (Deut 6:9 Pro 25:2) and also, please consider this; sometimes a humble/insightful person will say things in a self-deprecating/dismissive way to see if YOU give a dam. Or to see if YOU have any insight or perception. Let me give you a personal illustration/example of this. Many decades ago I learned that my mother was very sick, as soon as I realized how sick, I basically quit my job and moved about 3500 miles to help take care of her. There really was no second thought about it. Ennyhoo... here's the point: as I was helping her she turned to me and thanked me for coming to help her. I kind of brushed it off with “I was available”, “No,” she said, “you made yourself available”. My intention was to minimize so as to just make it light for her. But her insight and appreciation is a gift I will carry with me until my dying day...... I would have never gotten that gift if I had drawn any attention to myself.....
Keeping that in mind......
Remember how many, many times Jesus would do fantastic miracles and then tell the person “Don't tell anyone !”.
Who was he picturing ?
So should it come as a surprise that Jah would draw attention AWAY from the greatness of his greatest gift/act with obscurant phraseology that directs the Honor and Sympathy to Jesus and not Himself ? Please ruminate on that for a bit..... it is VERY consistent with his character and nature. And Who do you think he loves more, Jesus, or Himself ? Who would He want to look better, Jesus or Himself ? Reason on this with your Heart, and you will know the answer. And to discover His humble true heart by your deep contemplation, and discovery, means so much more to Him, and to you, than if he had just blurted it out loud..... Yah is a person of very deep and very private character.....
And Please see “Who is Jesus ?” on this website.
When did Jesus celebrate his last Passover ?
The Day before everyone else.
If you do a clear-eyed reading of the Gospels, It is as clear as a bell that Jesus and His Apostles Celebrated the Passover the day before everyone else, and He died on Preparation Day. (Matt 27:62, Mark 15:42, Luke 23:54, John 19:14, 31, 42)
'Cuz he was the fulfillment of the Passover Lamb and had to be “Prepared” on Preparation Day.
It's really that simple.
And in fact, He may have simply calculated the first day of Nisan from the Astronomical New Moon and not the Ceremonial New Moon.
As the Co-Creator of the Universe I think he's allowed to do that.
SO, on what Day of the Week did he die ?
Day One-Put in the tomb mid-to-late Thursday Afternoon (Preparation Day)
Night One- In the tomb all that night (Passover Night)
Day Two-In the tomb all day Friday.
Night Two-In the tomb all of that night.
Day Three-In the Tomb all day Saturday.
Night Three-in the tomb all of that night.
Up before Sun-up on Sunday.
Thus, 3 Days and 3 nights in the tomb.
The Jewish Day begins at evening, (silly tradition) but The Biblical Day begins like it does for everyone else, in the morning. (A subject for another Thought-Sherd.)
So, He was in the Tomb Thursday, Friday, & Saturday.
And He was “Up an At 'em” before or at the Crack of Dawn Sunday, (Jon 20:1 Matt 28:1, Luke 24:1 noting: he was gone before anyone got there!!)
Sunday is the Lord's Day, ALL DAY. Morning, noon, and night ! And He worked all day that day, and apparently into the early Night.(Luke 24:13-35)
Here's a little on dit to add support to that: at Mark 14:1, 2 it states VERY CLEARLY that ...
"Before the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread.... The Chief Priests and Scribes... were looking to find a way to arrest Jesus and put Him to Death"....but they clearly said, "IT MUST NOT BE DURING THE FESTIVITIES".
The "Festivities" Started The Night AFTER PREPARATION DAY. The Night When the (their) Passover began !! Thus Jesus clearly Celebrated the Passover the Night Before as He knew that He was the Passover Lamb, and thus would be "Prepared" on Preparation Day. It's really that Simple.
Please ask yourself this Question:
If it was the regular Passover Day, Where were the women ? Jesus's Mom Brothers Sisters Aunts & Uncles were all in Jerusalem.Why weren't they at the Passover He was celebrating ? Passover is a big family Event. They weren't there because it was a personal passover with his Apostles the Day before the Regular Passover. Just another little Clue.
Consider too, when Jesus, at John 13:27, told Judas "what you are doing, get it done quickly", and his disciples thought he might have meant, "buy what we need for the festival"(vs28). Please Think, if it had been the actual/general celebration of the Passover, would that have been possible for them to think that ? The Jewish Passover is NOT an all-day event. It is an evening event. NOBODY WOULD BE STILL SELLING FESTIVAL SUPPLIES DURING THE PASSOVER !!! However, however, if Jesus were celebrating the Passover the day before everyone else, it makes sense. Stores would still be open for last-minute shoppers the NIGHT BEFORE PREPARATION DAY. last-minute shoppers, what can I say.......
Just another little note to add here:
Regardless of what day of the week persons think Jesus died on, all agree that He was Up-n-at 'em before sun-up on Sunday morning. The Bible is super-duper abundantly clear on that. (Matt 28:1, Mark 16:2, Luke 24:1, esp John 20:1)
So, with that in mind, let's take a closer look at a very familiar passage in the account of Luke 24:13-35 with special note of verse 21.
“....Today is the Third Day since all these things have Occurred/Happened....”
This statement was made by Cleopas and his friend in the mid-to-late afternoon on the Sunday of Jesus's resurrection, to Jesus himself.
Consider please, for just a moment what they said to Jesus. “It is the THIRD days SINCE”..... when an event happens, on the Day that it happens you don't say, 'it's the First Day since', you say that on the day AFTER it happened. The day after that, you say “It's the Second Day Since”, and the next day you say, “It's the Third Day Since”.
So this is how this works: Jesus died on Thursday, thus on Friday you would say, “It's the First Day Since He died”, and on Saturday you would say, “It's the Second Day Since he Died”, and on Sunday you would say, “It's the THIRD Day since He died/All these things have happened”.
Just a little more support for a “Thursday at 3pm” time-of-death for Jesus.
Like most Riddles, once you see it, it's kinda obvious.
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