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It’s Dog’s Life ©

Not that I travell’d in my flesh and blood
And hobbled along lanes for holy grail
long asleep beneath cobwebs spun of old,-
When Charlemagne girt with sword sat enthron’d
While knights in armor set out for honor,-
Saracens fell left and right, and at cut price,
Silver or solder, junk all thrown pellmell
In some Turk’s jumble sale dispersed.
Yet my quest was in some curious twist
A tale- and it mov’d my frame entire:
I found a dachshund long, and cuddly to boot
And a pug ugly, dash it, with a short snout.
One it had to be, and chose I, my dachshund.
Benny
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Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow’d Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star’d at the Pacific—and all his men
Look’d at each other with a wild surmise—
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.
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Rain in Spain stays on the plain;

What shall we do with California wine?

It is plain, -what a shame
Gone sour in a tariff war.

 

Wine and blood are red:

Madder than hell is wine gone bad

It is plain-what a shame

Gone sour in a tariff war.

 

Luminum shall wilt,

So shall steel melt,

When China say Boo!

Some shall say: ” Cheese!

There is glut in the Market

But bread in the basket

Shall wait for no man-

Pass some butter please!

benny

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The Book of Genesis is literally a book of beginnings. The intent of the author is to explain the narrative mode of the Holy Spirit so stories like the parables of Jesus work at many levels. Think of the Book of Genesis as a snapshot of the whole: we see Adam, Noah and the Patriarchs seated in the front row representing God’s promise to Abraham: “In thee shall at the families of the earth be blessed (Ge.12:3). In the back row what we see are multitudes, as fulfilled. Jesus, who as the light of the world gives it clarity. Consequently when the Spirit discusses the patriarchs, focus is on the nation of Israel but other nations serve as a foil to it. For instance God places Joseph in Egypt so the nation of Israel could be helped in time of a great famine. Similarly at the birth of Jesus God secures a safe hiding place there for the Holy Family. God’s Will sees all as part of his promise and in Time: time in which Joseph and Jesus were placed varies by more than a millennia. Yet these are all set in one timescale that is God’s Time. It has a bearing on us. In accepting Jesus Christ as the Saviour we have been inducted into the picture. Adoption (Ep.1:5) means transcending time and place that limit our earthly lives for heavenly places. From the same author: Marginalia, a concise guide to the Bible in 2 volumes The Immanuel Factor Available as paperback/kindle

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“Now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh,…are ine.”  Ch.48: 5

Jacob before his death blesses Joseph and adopts his two sons for parental blessing. Jacob who had cheated Esau out of his birth right and he is rightfully come as the heir of promise. God’s promise to Abraham shall pass through his hand. The material part has been provided for. He gives Joseph the extra portion above his brethren. It is rightfully his since he ‘took it out of the hand of the Amorite with the hand of the my sword and my bow (48:22) .’

The Spirit uses this solemn occasion to establish two important facets of divine Will. God is seeking fellowship with man. He shall be his priest as well the king. In Jesus Christ these two emblems merge as one. Through him every believer who is the elect shall be a saint. Of the Church we…

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Narrative Account of the Spirit often places similar events and juxtapose them. Narrative from the standpoint God the Father and God the Son has its own emphasis, and each in contrast emphasizes a particular idea. Truth despite of being set in a verbal mode is given clarity.  Emblem is a symbolic tag wherein objects are associated with narrative account to give the unity. It has a butterfly effect.  It ties events across Time. The scarlet thread for instance.

When God informs Rebekah of two nations struggling in her womb the stand point of God is unmistakeable. God’s Will concerning the nation of Israel and the gentiles are in focus. Delivery of Esau and Jacob is contrasted with those of Pharez and Zarah. Two sets of twins but one from the narrative of God, the Father and the other from God the Son. From reading of the passages it is clear…

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Since eight years I wrote this piece, much has happened. Stephen Hawking died recently without answering the crucial question w.r.t the Black Holes. It was a bold assertion of BH existing that did not let light escape. It threw up instead the Information Paradox and all hypotheses to solve it are theories; and in trying to settle that one Science may come up with yet another eye-popping discovery leading the Physicists in another direction. Science is trying to find Truth like fundamental particles that are gone in a split second. What Truth can that be? Science looks from proof, reason for which lies elsewhere. God is Truth. That is the rub, Science looking from the wrong end of a manifestation, which we call effect shall not reach the cause from empirical evidences.

In order to explain sudden burst of energy available seconds after the Big Bang we had come up with Cosmological Inflation Theory. Between Cause and effect as we observe in visible universe, there is a no man’s land in between. In moral terms it is a cloud built over millennia like a garbage patch growing ever larger. Consider what a statesman declared at the end of WWI,- with all the good intentions of course, it was a ‘War to end all wars.’ But it produced a more terrible war WWII. How come? Cluster principle speaks of so many effects of human folly not having found a clean resolution shall form the third component between cause and effect. It applies in all human enterprises, Science included.-b

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Here I quote the latest news:

“LONDON – Did creation need a creator?

British physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking says no, arguing in his new book that there need not be a God behind the creation of the universe.

The concept is explored in “The Grand Design,” excerpts of which were printed in the British newspaper The Times on Thursday. The book, written with fellow physicist Leonard Mlodinow, is scheduled to be published by Bantam Press on Sept. 9.

“The Grand Design,” which the publishers call Hawking’s first major work in nearly a decade, challenges Isaac Newton’s theory God must have been involved in creation because our solar system couldn’t have come out of chaos simply through nature.

But Hawking says it isn’t that simple. To understand the universe, it’s necessary to know both how and why it behaves the way it does, calling the pursuit “the Ultimate Question of…

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Pharez and Zara (Ge.38:11-30)

 

Birth of Judah’s sons from Tamar is very similar, superficially at least, to the birth of Jacob and Esau. Pharez did not catch the heel as Jacob did but having put forth hand withdraws as quickly as he put it out. Not before the midwife could tie a scarlet thread to his wrist. His brother Zara came forth followed by Pharez with the scarlet thread still on his wrist. Instead of heel catching Jacob we have in Pharez as a symbol for the nation of Israel, which started out as the heir of promise but their history showed the truth: in their falling off the gentiles symbolized by Zara shall fill in the breach.

In short one narrates the progression of the seed of Abraham and the other foretelling the rejection of Israel. Two variable speeds: God’s Plan and its fulfilment by the Son.

Narrative of the patriarchs runs parallel with its symbolism predictive of the coming of Messiah. For example Joseph is the forerunner of Jesus. The number of 12 is common for the patriarchs and the disciples. It also echoes as a memorial in heaven. Twelve refers to God’s ministry in heaven as well as on the earth. We have 24 elders of whom Apostle John refers thus: ‘The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne (Re.4:10)’. Disciples of Jesus were 12 in number as many as patriarchs were.

Benny

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