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God as Omnipresent and Omnipotent. His sovereignty over the earth is evident in his creation.

The river from Eden branching into four heads (Ge.2:10) is an illustration. The creation account clearly states that God had not caused it to rain upon the earth (vs.5). The Spirit clues us that not natural causes but God is the Prime Mover. We read in the last book of the Bible :there was ‘a pure river of water of life proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb(Re.22:1)’ and it goes like straight as an arrow. The river from Eden forms four heads compassing different lands.

The number four has significance to which I shall come by and by.

God sets his Will in a series chains of events where man and his actions do count. Adam’s disobedience in eating of the fruit informs us nature is also a component or divine instrument. ‘Cursed is the ground for thy sake.’ Weirder climate and one-percenters of today did not spring out of nothing but are the result of accumulated effect of chains of cause and effect.

In fulfilling divine Will nations of the world are the living canvass wherein man is placed and chains of events are the means to build up his faith or correct him. His individual life shall bear the lights and shadows cast by the immediate context in which he is placed. The example of Ruth amply bears out this truism. During the time the Judges ruled Israel there was a famine. Although Ruth being a Moabite and outside the promise of God made to the House of Israel, she was predestined to glory. She is the matriarch from whose womb the Messianic Promise would stream forth.

The eternal verity of Mercy is unchangeable but His authority is affixed in the many chains of events, too complex for any man to control. In its working we only need compare the role of volcanoes. These are upheavals of the earth causing many hiccups but renewing the face of the earth. God’s sovereignty assures His children the greatest good not according to any time frame of man but in his Time. Sorrows are like the birth pangs a woman undergoes before the birth never thought of once she holds the baby to her bosom. A child of God bonded with God through the redemptive work of the Son never need concern of whatever happens. Ruth suffered her share of misfortunes but when God had put these under the heading of Mercy her case was unlike anything that she had imagined. What does Isaiah say? “Sing, O barren that thou didst not bear;… (Is.54:1)

In the Will of God nothing is created for itself. The earth is not singly created but in context of the heaven. If we examine the earth in detail we shall see the Lord God first set up whatever appurtenances needful for the wellbeing of Adam.

Mathematics and counting of numbers hold relevance only for man. The Alien shall have his own system of counting. When the Spirit uses numbers it with the intent of sharing the divine Will in a manner man can find use for. So what is the significance of the number 4? In the Book of Zechariah we read of four chariots (Zec.6:1) four artisans, four horns(1:18,21) These are instruments appointed by God. It is clear from so many clues how God establishes his sovereignty of history of nations.

This is adapted and modified for this blog.

Marginalia, a concise guide to the Bible is available in print and as e-book/Kindle from Amazon.com

Benny

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The Parable of the Prodigal Son is an illustration of God’s long-suffering nature. He gives sinners a long rope upon which some hang themselves while some, like the younger son in the parable came to realize, just the right time to find way home. Consider God as the father and here we are talking of a share the son could claim as his. God allows his material blessings for each according to his ability. The same we find while God distributed manna from His storehouse. ‘…every man according to his eating (Ex.16:18).’ Compare this with the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus(Lk.16:19-31) and we shall see what is the significance of material wealth.

Wealth is a blessing indeed. But without God such blessings can turn contrary. The son realized without the Father his lot was suddenly thrown into misery. The younger son having to satisfy with hunger with husks is one of the most pathetic scenes one could conjure up! But God in mercy uses it to open his eyes.  What did it bring to mind? “He remembered of his patiently awaiting father and decided that it was to his parental solicitude he ought to appeal. Yes he had made a dent in the material wealth created by his sire. But love that overlooked all faults of the son was yet untried. The parable reveals the son was warmly received by the father. He puts on the best robe on the son who came back from the dead.  His righteousness is what God the Father offers to every sinner who repents.

Not so lucky was the dives who wined and dined on a grand scale never minding the sign of God had set right at the gate. Lazarus was indeed a sign for the dives as the husks of grain were for the boy.

Wealth indeed is a blessing from the Lord. But we need consider our roles. God as the maker of heaven and the earth has the right to call to account how his gifts have been put to use by every one of us. No man has come with the right to enjoy wealth not belonging to him and not having justify his actions. We need not consider how wealth is created and how man tries to hold on to privileges and wealth by stealth that over the years have become a precedent. But before God  no such man made laws, of the nation can save anyone who has proved to be bad stewards. At best we are his stewards as the many parables of Jesus Christ illustrate.

God always sets signs and symbols on the material objects that man often fails to acknowledge. Rock from which the children of Israel drank was not merely rock but holds a spiritual side. Manna similarly from heaven signified something much more than the article themselves. In these two parables we can see the Spirit relying on the husks and the beggar to teach the persons concerned something profound.

Death is the last stop before hell for those who felt no conscience prick about spending wealth with such impudence and boast over what they were not entitled to use solely for their own enjoyment. The rich man  did not bring wealth at birth and neither did he care if the wealth of others passing through his hands entitled him to carry blessings as well beyond the land of the living. When we are given gifts we need accept where they are from and set before us a warning: our accountability to God and our fellowmen shall confront us one day..

Internal evidence suggests both were Jews and observed the commandments of Moses. What the younger son wasted was material aspects of his (Father’s) living. Diaspora of Jews scattered the nation of Israel to four corners of the earth and in one such places the younger son being cast into dire straits joined to a citizen who tended the swine. It was in such a circumstance he awoke himself to the spiritual aspects of his father. Love of God is one such quality material wealth throws up.

Before we move on we need consider an aspect of spiritual life not often dwelt upon. The Prodigal Son among the swine delineates how tenuous our connection in the world is and being tempted all about us. The son had to eat whatever came in hand in order to satisfy hunger. ‘Being unequalled yoked’ with ungodly in the world how often we see children of God is constrained to live like every other in order to be as one among them. Certain cultural baggage that a believer carries around is unnecessary and often a drag on his spiritual life. There was a coarsening aspect wealth brings on people that the five brothers of the dives would not have listened to him had he gone to warn them of what agony awaited them. “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead (Lk.16:31). If wealth has deadened the soul what awaits man?

(reprinted from Guide To His Word)

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I have completed Marginalia the book at last. Writing the basic ideas in a book form took some three months but it took almost one year before I could say,’I am done with it.’ It has some 75,000 words, with additional Notes and Glossary at the end.

I shall give a description in 250 words or so.

1.Description

Christianity has been bedevilled by controversies from the Apostolic Age to the present. Among the early converts those who came from Judaism favoured an interpretation that sat well with their Jewish upbringing. It was like putting the new religion in the old wine skins so to speak. The World Ecumenism of our own times would have the light of knowledge of the Word under a bushel.

Either way it is less than the divine Intent.

This concise guide to the Bible is presented from two standpoints of God the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit has set these two as single narrative where the Will or Intent of God is shown as coming from the Son since he is the Image of the ‘Invisible God’(Col.1:15). Coherence in the Scripture is the work of God the Spirit and maintained so the Son of man ‘is before all things and by him all things consist’. Adam is thus an antitype of Jesus who is qualified as the last Adam. He is the spiritual rock; and bread from heaven. The entire scriptural unity testifies this: the Bible is from God to man.

Jesus Christ of whom we read as thus ‘ it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell (Col.1:19) is also the Word. In short Marginalia : a concise guide to the Bible favours a faith based approach to understand the word of God. Faith as St.Paul says comes from ‘hearing by the word of God (Ro.10:17).

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Key Features

  1. Time element The book reconciles God’s Time with many other time frames that cover the history of Israel, earthly ministry of the Son of man etc., This has a direct bearing on understanding the significance of the other two points (2 Pe.3:8)
  2. Focus is on Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit achieves this by using typology. Thus creation account of Eve predicts the death of Jesus and the founding of Church. Adam is antitype for Jesus. The tabernacle in the wilderness prefigures New Jerusalem in the last book. Christ as the head and the Church as his body.
  1. Articulated prophecies: The book offers a more coherent explanation of prophecies than other books. God set Jonah as a sign for Nineveh. Unknown to the prophet he was also a sign for Jesus as to the type of death he would undergo. Prophecies are articulated by which there is bar placed as in the east of Garden, cherubims holding a flaming sword. These are signs that demarcate time frames from God’s Time.

 

Finally choice of the title Marginalia is to highlight the manner God the Spirit has reorganized two narratives from the Father and from the Son. It is like supplying marginal notes on the Will of God. Holy Spirit also places markers as it were, which we find from the following example. In the upper room where the Apostles cast lots for a substitute St. Peter quotes from the Psalms 69:25. Another way the Spirits clarifies passages is by placing signposts for other passages. The best explanation on the nature of a spiritual body can be found in the sign God gave Gideon (Jud.6:36-39)

Healing of the bitter waters has a bearing on Prophet Elisha healing the land with ‘salt in a new cruze’. Here the emphasis is on regeneration whereas at Marah the wood is a token for the cross. This in turn leads to the living waters, which Jesus promises the Samaritan woman. It speaks of abundant life. It is a clear proof while the scriptures are written by human hands under varying circumstances, period of time the Prime Mover is the same: Spirit is the Inspirer (2Ti.3:16-17).

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Luk 24:5-6

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has risen!

I consider Christian living quintessentially is a point of view of an individual correctly understood and lived from that standpoint. Unless one knew his mind it would be a constant struggle to right himself and hold the position where he ought to be. If we seek thus a clear point of view others also are entitled to theirs. As a Christian my concern is with the living. Of these Risen Christ is like the pole star that mariners of old took their bearing. If others seek their salvation from dead works what am I to fault them? They serve their masters gurus,shamans and preachers. I have found my savior and it suits me to live in the land of the living and to seek His Will in charting my course.

Nu 21: 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.

We read in the Old Testament of putting up a bronze snake. Material to make the snake came from the free will offerings of the people. There were also men whose art excelled in fashioning snakes as well as ark of the covenant.

The saving of their lives was not in their own works, art or in their symbols. Instead it counted on their faith. We read that their murmurings didn’t end with it. They were rebellious people whose attention span for things of God was indeed very short. Like Simon Peter who could receive the revelation from God and could not mind the things of God just as easily he received it. The same Simon Peter wanted to experience what it is to be Jesus. But his faith was so little he could not keep up with his master.(Mt.14:28-31)The children of Israel were of divided mind so God’s majesty could not be appreciated or kept in their rebellious hearts. Bronze serpent or a miracle of Jesus to men of little faith are dead works. Then there are false preachers who wish to establish their control over others. Even this day we are of little faith we can only be moved by supposedly miracles performed by preachers and healers who are in most cases dubious and of little merit. Those who seek Christ among the dead works remain like the proverbial house divided.

The lesson of Easter teaches us to fix our standpoint correctly. The Word, Life and Vision are three legged stool to give us stability. Many stranded rope is, as the Bible teaches us, not easily broken. A tripod is stable. Our stability is established on His Word,our life and in our vision. Of the last our vision is focused on Risen Christ and not an historical Jesus.  Simon Peter looked at the boisterous waves rather than his master and he began to sink. Easter celebrates Risen Christ and life, and not death. Not dead works either.

Simon Peters plight in this context teaches us to keep our focus on the Risen Christ. ‘I am the Resurrectiion and life, said he. If what we believe cannot be translated into action it is of little use. Apostle James speaks analogy of Christian living to the mirror. We see our lives reflected in the Word but we soon forget what we saw thereon since we do not do what we need to do.

We live in an age of instant gratification; we also have cultivated many attitudes to prove we are in the swim of things. There are buzz words like quality time,tough love and proactive. Do they really mean anything worthwhile? Of course not. If we cannot make our time count in quality we are wasting it. In driving our children on the wrong path by our negligence and foolishness any toughness we imagine by doling out love is non starter.

The angel announced to the women to proceed to Galilee but we read that Jesus himself appeared to them. Angels are all  right but salvation is not for them to give. (Mt 28:5-9)The sign of New Age it must be that people are talking of their guardian angels as though they are talking of houseplants. They will need much more than pruning and quality of mulch to make sense of what they mean by angels. A guardian angel for them is like a security blanket to hold on to in times of their stress. Well it suits them to feel secure with their buzz words. These buzz words are short cuts to thinking. As a Christian my point of view is set on Christ whose words are unchangeable. Since he has overcome death, his words also shall live on. We need to seek him among the living.

Mt 28:”All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. vs.18.And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” vs.20

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Whether our absolute position would establish our souls in heavenly places or we carry them within our beings is a matter that is to be spiritually discerned. Arguing over what is unknowable is waste of time. Let every one decide what his or her soul has to say over this. Given my life’s color drawn from nature and nurture (whether by chance or by design) I believe Holy Spirit is the author of the Scriptures.  Soul of a Christian then is strengthened by spiritual food as my body need its daily calories. My soul is secure even as this body is showing signs of wear and tear. Naturally. What is earthy must leave its footprints on the Earth and what is incorruptible must live on. This spiritual life is a parallel world of which being born again is where we have submitted ourselves to a higher Truth than what we may know by our intellect. It is our hope. Like an anchor it shall hold on no matter how we may negotiate on this side of heaven.
St. Pauls epistle seems to say that we occupy the absolute position by faith.
(God) even when we were dead in sins…hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”(Eph 2:4-6)
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Soul is the essence of an individual straddling the Hereafter and Now. St. John the Divine exiled to the isle of Patmos witnessed a series of visions. These visions were entirely of a different kind than that of Nostradamus. Secular or religious visions spring from an individual and what sets them off is soul. What would that mean? Even the most sublime visions that a man ever gets to see is set on this side of heaven and it is meant only for man and is clothed in the human language. Naturally the symbols used are common to mankind for pagan and godly alike. Since the soul is the magic lantern and and it touches Hereafter and Now there shall be elements that are discerned spiritually. As a result how the Soul  flashes the images is not straight forward. Prophesies of Nostradamus has been stretched to include as diverse personages as Kennedy, Hitler etc., The number 666 of the Antichrist similarly is made to fit Nero, Napoleon or some other.In short images flashed by the soul hold significance that you may interpret as you will. If you use them for good you have done well or if you have distorted them for selfish gains you do so at your peril.
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Soul of man connects
The writing on the wall judged King Belzhassar but its meaning escaped the king for whom it was intended. But Daniel could interpret its meaning. Earlier the seer had explained the significance of the dream which Nebuchadnezzar his father had seen.
From these we can understand the Soul is source of visions that speaks Truth in a special language. Infirmity of man is such that Truth cannot be handled by all. ‘What is Truth?’ Pontius Pilate asked and remained as ignorant as he was before.  Like the Ethiopian eunuch who asked Philip one might ask,’How can I except some man should guide me?’  The Scriptures is one source where Truth that one seeks will be found.  The soul of Stephen came to the aid of the Ethiopian official and  Daniel was on hand to help the king.
From the Emmaus experience it is clear where soul opens our understanding we shall see Truth as it is. But do you possess it? You may be set by such an experience into the ways of righteousness but possessing it is a matter that will be settled hereafter.
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