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Archive for September 27th, 2017

One night I jumped from my sleep for a thought had struck me. I woke up my wife of 40 years and asked,” With millions of migrant passing through our fields does anyone think of the plague that are coming into our midst?” Silence. My worry had become her worry now while I rattled of the names, ebola, malaria, rotavirus Zika and the whole flotilla of unseen enemy gathering momentum. My wife in the end stopped me to say,”You are foaming at the mouth, dear.” In the end I said, tomorrow I shall visit our city fathers. We cannot rest till we heard from them direct.”

Next morning I went to the city hall. Surprise oh surprise, the whole city hall  was now housed in a new edifice all chrome and glass. “You get what you see” the sign at the entrance did not exactly gladden my heart any more than the cleaning lady down on her knees and she said without even looking up, “there is none in”. I did not take that for an answer. I was already feeling nameless pains from nameless pandemic virus all going on at once. The offices were fully automated, and a state-of- the art robot sitting behind a table. There was a notice: “Ask me.”

I asked what was uppermost in my mind. “Ask me another.” the robot replied. I persisted till  the robot replied for twentieth time the same reply in the same placid tone.

Before I go berserk I thought it better to flee. I fled and the cleaning lady had not moved an inch where I left behind last time. I stopped squarely before her and barked, “You saw me last time didn’t you?” No response. I bent down and spat out “Answer me.” In the end she said askance,”I only take order from my boss.”

“You mean the robot inside?” She mumbled. I persisted since I saw a drop of tear welling on her left eye. “At least she is a daughter of Eve.’I asked,”From who does the robot take orders?”

She said, “From  the man upstairs.” I ran  before I could lose my marbles.

Benny

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Symbols

Symbols are the means adopted by the Spirit to reconcile variable time scales in the Bible. Both Time and earth time of man must reconcile. Whosoever believes in the death and resurrection of the Son is of an altogether different time scale. So the Spirit has taken both narratives from the Father-Son relationship and held as one by means of symbols.

So what do we mean by a symbol? An easily recognizable object or thing is lifted from its natural context to underpin nature of God or man. Thus to indicate long suffering nature and goodness of God the Spirit uses rain as a symbol. By same token when God withholds rain it manifests divine disfavor. Lamb is another. When Jesus exhorts his followers to be perfect he speaks how He makes the sun rise on the good and evil alike. Grass and lilies of the field are also examples. In short each material object holds an ancillary spiritual significance. Manna is a symbol for bread from heaven and also specifically refers to the body of Christ Jesus broken for our salvation.

Let us consider our own body with that of the Son of man. It is the image of the earthy. In the Common Prayer when we recite ‘ashes to ashes and dust to dust’ during the funeral service we are recalling the natural end of our body. Before Jesus Christ would taste death for everyone in his body God had prepared one for him. It existed in the Will before the foundations of the world began. It was but a symbol, indicating the eternal aspect of his Will. The Lamb slain was the emblem as the brazen serpent in the wilderness foreshadowing the vicarious death of God the Son. The body with which the Son of man came to the world was natural that we read that he experienced hunger and thirst as every other. God had willed God the Son would perfect his Will in his body but the symbol would never alter. It is a symbol applying to us and for eternity. Therein we trace what God had determined concerning us through the Son (Ro.8:29)”.

 

For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God (Col.3:3). This is how we consider our body as having died to the world and its corruption. The body shall die once but on a symbolic plane it shall continue as ever because it is hid with Christ in God. In order to make a distinction between the two we shall consider the body of our spiritual life that oversees our newness of life is our inner man.

The companion volume to Marginalia, a concise guide to the Bible

benny

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