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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)’


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The world is like the House of Laban where labour skill and integrity do not make both ends meet. Before Jesus called out Simon Peter to be his disciple we have this verse: “And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net (Lk.5:5).” Like many streams are made out of drops of water running into each other and these having run for length of time are lakes. Such are nations like seas always churning up and throwing about effluents that run into it. “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt (Is.57:20)”. Citizens careless of living by a strict moral code become worse when winds of change and laws of the land actively encourage activities no matter what, so it speaks for the times and the nation convinces that all these are fruits of progress. It also brings those who know laws are to be broken with impunity knowing that before courts of law there shall always some legal lacunae be found to let them escape justice.

Man’s injustice and dishonesty are personal faults which when settled make it difficult for a man who is neither good nor bad to resist. He may want to live quietly and earn a honest living by a trade. Does it pay him? Corruption has created societies out of such myriad lapses in human interaction. Laban repays Jacob in a way he shall understand. Trouble with deceit is that you shall meet one day one whose villainy makes you out a novice.
Post script:  What the world calls as civilized behavior is merely skin deep. Look at the international  politics,- and despite all the clamor of peace and co-operation it is either acting out your darkest fears against those whom you don’t know, and with the hi tech solutions: Novichok or the Wall. Name your villain either way you see them from their own hell, smiling like an imbecile and they all started out small. Laban shall drop his smile (as you shall read in the Genesis) when God sets up his own game, and Jacob meant to be the fall guy goes away with his wealth.


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Dilemma of Youth


O dark days dare, e’en as I stare what future shape

Morn shall wrest from slag heap of sleepless night:

More tears from life I tread than press from grape.



Sodden youth grown sere before wherewithal

In fortitude,- wisdom girt with purpose

To his aid rush no matter what but call;



Oh no! life said yes, but then my resolve

Grates Hamlet like, whining against what must

A drunken night in hangover evolve.



Life is a journeyman’s romp taken by steps,

Finds some offer add and other detract ,-

But what is profit when death pulls all stops?


Why cavil life for wrong turns and blunder

If death is all that life earns hereafter ?



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When love with uncommon force

Demands complete surrender

Old Age must an idea perforce

Lose domain it had before;

Years bind such outward sinews

Of Time as Autumn limns the eye:

Seasons like ages fall to disuse

And with Spring proves a lie.


Stone walls do not a prison make

Nor what lies an Age tells

I cannot with good sense take

When Love made me break the walls-

Bonds of my nine month ordeal,

I shall no wise exchange for another

Though be cast in gold and silver, a deal

Fit for dumb and the stupid in hell.


To Althea from prison by Richard Lovelace,1642

When love with unconfined wings
Hovers within my gates,
And my divine Althea brings
To whisper at the grates;
When I lie tangled in her hair
And fettered to her eye,
The gods that wanton in the air
Know no such liberty.

When flowing cups run swiftly round,
With no allaying Thames,
Our careless heads with roses bound,
Our hearts with loyal flames;
When thirsty grief in wine we steep,
When healths and draughts go free,
Fishes that tipple in the deep
Know no such liberty.

When like committed linnets I
With shriller throat shall sing
The sweetness, mercy, majesty,
And glories of my King:
When I shall voice aloud how good
He is, how great should be,
Enlarged winds, that curl the flood,
Know no such liberty.

Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage:
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage.
If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone, that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.





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“And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard (Ge.9:20).”

While discussing the symbolism in the Book of Genesis we dealt with the butterfly effect in an earlier instance. We shall consider the vine and husbandry associated with it. What does this effect signify? A symbol introduced under the Old Covenant, the import of which becoming far greater in the end explains the butterfly effect. The Spirit’s intent is two fold: It glorifies the Son as the heir of all things (He.1:2) and secondly establishes the Alpha and Omega aspect of Jesus Christ.

In order to illustrate this effect let us consider the symbolism of the olive leaf  introduced in the episode of Noah and the flood. After the ark of Noah came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat, he sent a a dove to investigate. We read that she brought back ‘an olive leaf pluckt off’ Whereas in the Genesis account it is casually presented the symbolism however becomes preeminent in establishing the salvation plan of God. Thus what was a trifle  casts a long shadow to the end times. The idea of the dove not finding ‘no rest for the sole of her foot’ acquires a greater significance when we associate the Holy Spirit is represented by a dove.  At the baptism of Jesus we read in the gospel of St Matthew thus, “…And he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove(Mt.3:16). It points to the outpouring of the Spirit upon all flesh on the day of Pentecost. The church is compared to a wild olive tree(Ro.11:24) “”And (graffed) contrary to nature into a good olive tree..:.The Spirit in reorganizing two narrative bodies one from God the Father and the other from the point of view of God, the Son establishes the branch from the olive tree to the Church. By the same token the vine is another symbol which is what we are considering at present.

“I am the true vine and my Father is the husbandman (Jn.15: 1).”  Considering the number of parables which our Savior Lord said in this context we shall treat  the image of Noah  planting a vineyard as intentionally set down and the Spirit instructs us to remember our place in terms of the Husbandman.”For without me you can do nothing (vs.15:5).”

Noah was drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. What shall man make of jealousy of God? Or the verse “And it repented the Lord that he made man…(Ge.6:6)” In order to understand where Ham failed we may recall the first of Ten Commandments. “Honor Thy Father and Mother…” Carrying tales or judging ‘seemingly different lifestyles of’ brethren’ must be seen as lack of reverence for God.




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“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (vs.8)”

Noah is a forerunner of Jesus Christ signifying his Messiah aspect. In order to understand his role in the whole narrative we need to look at the ark, which is a testimony of his righteousness ‘which is by faith (He.11:7).’ He prepared it ‘to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world..” Does this not echo our Savior Lord who ‘endured the cross, despising the shame’ so ‘he might present to himself a glorious church …without blemish (He.12.2;Ep.5:27).

Noah stood out in his generation as righteous. Jesus was the light of the world in a crooked and perverse world. We read in the gospel of John thus: “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness than light, because their deeds were evil (Jn.3:19).” Noah was a faithful witness as Jesus was (Re.1:5).

Noah was preacher of righteousness as Jesus was. By bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly God condemned the old world. He spared Noah and his family, altogether eight souls from destruction. The Spirit in presenting him draws parallel with the event set down in the Book of Revelation (Re.25.2)

Noah’s Ark (Ge.6:14-22)

The ark was of gopher wood and Noah constructed it to specifications given by God. God gives measurements, which however we may not know precisely. How does one measure anything that a dream presents? A similar difficulty exists when the Spirit set down things of God in a similitude.  Since the Spirit is setting the divine Plan of God, the Father symbolism which he uses must have its own value. We have the emblems of ark, tabernacle in the wilderness and city of Jerusalem coming out of heaven from God,- an assortment of emblems to indicate the consistency of divine Will. In terms of the last we are told the angel ‘talked with me (John) had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof…’. It was ‘according to the measure of man, and that is, of the angel (Re.21:17)’.

The ark had three compartments the number is a dead giveaway to us and what is more fits with the figurative elements of the emblem. Noah’s Ark signifies the church signaling interregnum, between the rapture (Mt.24:30-31) and revelation of the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.

Also significant is a clue thrown in by the Spirit, “And there was no more sea (Re.21:1)” Noah led his family and the creatures placed under his care to a new world purged out of the world of ungodly men.

In the Revelation we are told the saints martyrs and His servants shall descent out of heaven to inherit the earth. It is the new earth as the heaven is new since Jesus Christ has accomplished the Will of his Father. These are the overcomers. In this context we shall recall what Jesus had promised his disciples: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Lk.12:32)”. This would only happen after the Christ had arisen. As he promised he shall come in God’s Time to gather his elect. After rapture shall the Great Tribulation and collapse of world order which is reminiscent of the flood the “day were all the fountains of the deep broken up.” These events lead to reveal an everlasting kingdom. “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever (Dan.2:44-45-NASB).”

(reprinted from Guide To His Word Dec.12,18)


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