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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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GuidetohisWord

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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“And Esau ran to meet him(Jacob) and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him; and they wept (Ge.33:4).”

Ways of the world are different from ways of the Lord God. As Sovereign Lord of heaven and the earth He sees the weal of His kingdom in a way different from that of Esau who sold his birth right for a mass of pottage. Yet he was a man of good parts who warmed up to overtures of good will from Jacob who had done him wrong. Saul, the first king of Israel similarly had some nobility but in trying to make his royal house secure against other contenders he found himself sliding into the other side of God. The shade of Samuel warned him thus, ‘…the Lord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? (1 Sa.28:16)’ None of his nobility in parts ever had a chance to add up. It was thus with Esau. He was a profane person since he had no respect for His ways. Do we not see fellows who are life and soul of a party sometimes make the news for domestic violence? Their fault owes to where their priorities lay. They are often pampering their public persona and laying so much importance to the point of negecting their real selves. Ways of the world teach the simple to take a worm’s eye view of their narrow world and not learning from that of God. The world accepts people at face value. Without God they are fragmented and while they are suffering from ravages of sin they can outwardly show friendliness and make time spent with them pass pleasantly.

For a child of God it has to be consistent inside out. ‘Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Co.10:5)’
Benny

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“But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison…because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper (39:21-23).”

The Spirit makes use of Joseph as an example because he chose to suffer for being good. Joseph tended sheep along with his brethren. He being seventeen was not mature enough to keep his mouth shut. He carried an evil report of his brethren to his father. His brethren did things that in his eye amounted to injury of his father’s name as well as loss, so he reported before it could get out of hand. He was good before the ways of the world had got into the act and they fumed as though he were a betrayer. His brethren thought he breached the cardinal rule of brotherhood: ‘See no evil, hear no evil, Speak no evil.’ In the eyes of Joseph it was safeguarding the interests of his father. Ways of the world want others to join and not spoil the effect of brotherhood by tattletale. If one looks at what they were capable of we know what has penned rules of the ways of the world. The prince of the power of the air, it is called.

Joseph’s brethren were scapegrace. As we shall see further down they were ready to shed blood of their sibling, steal a kid of the goat to explain their crime and lie outrageously before their father and sell him to caravan of strangers. This brings us to the lie Jacob told his own father in order to usurp the blessing reserved for Esau. ‘…Be sure your sin will find you out (Nu.32:23).’

Joseph suffered for being good. It was not to be bracketed with reckoning for his father’s past or future of his brethren. It was goodness of God directly connecting with him. Grace of God, fullness of which would be revealed with advent of Jesus cast an aura about Joseph. The keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all his fellow prisoners and grace was proof that God was with him.

Benny

 

 

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“With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury (2 S.22:27; Ps.18:26)”. “As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity:..(Ps.125:5)”.

God prospered Laban, in visible terms, which he could appreciate. ‘For I learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake.’ Wealth is a blessing but Laban did not have the insight to seek it from God of Jacob. Instead he wanted it at his terms and pressing his advantage further. He pressed Jacob, ‘Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it (30:28).’ Behind his professed enthusiasm to pay wages we have on record that he had deceived him and changed his wages ten times. The face of greed has never changed neither then or now. Only that now people like Laban have become organized. When he says, ‘Corporations are people’ what he means is that he shall have the option to change wages and keep profits most unto who he chooses with excuse of bonus for the top management, operational costs, depreciation cost, sundries ad infinitum.

Here we see Jacob bearing witness, “But the God of my Father hath been with me.” How God took away the cattle of Laban and gave to him is a demonstration of the old adage, ‘The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.’

Laban agreed to let Jacob separate speckled and spotted cattle and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and specked among the goats for his hire. Laban’s common sense smelled a sure thing. How often do speckled and spotted cattle are seen in nature? They are rare freaks of nature according to his understanding.

‘Jacob took him rods of green poplar hazel and chestnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear…And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ring straked, speckled, and spotted (Ge.30:32-42)’. The feebler were Laban’s, and the stronger were Jacob’s (vs.42). When God had decided to turn the tables on him Nature took the cues and made it happen. Palimpsestic memory of Nature works according to divine Plan for His glory. In order to make it simpler, consider our sense of vision: how we look at things and see them are not simple. Eyes see but in order to make sense requires areas in the brain to process the impressions. Laws of Nature know her sovereign Lord. Before I immigrated to Europe I had no inkling what a Citroën would look like from a stream of automobiles in a highway. After buying one and soon I saw only Citroën in tangled rush hour traffic. How come? Memory made it so natural. While we discuss the palimpsestic memory of Nature as indicative of glory of God we need understand Nature always works to glorify God. Man in his conceit often fails to know God in his daily lives and such failure to glorify God on a wider canvas finds substitutes. Status symbols for those who are in a hurry and we see the consequences around us (Ro.1:20-21).

For God’s children even what seems at first disappointments are fitting out wings for closer walk with God.

Benny

 

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