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Soundings:2.1

Week 2

 

A living body is shaped by its context. Debris from a supernova in deep space tends to form a clump than remain by itself. Between them there are tidal forces at work. After acquiring mass these individual clumps are subject to gravity.

Think of imagination of life forms similar to gravity working for proto planets. Life form shall however lay emphasis on the basis of understanding its environment. Evolving on an island without predators, its size tends to be larger than otherwise.

 

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A female lion tends to produce fewer offspring compared to fishes that would lay millions of eggs and this difference owes to understanding of life forms with their context.

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A salt crystal has a form. It has its character or function. Taste of salt is different from sweetness of sugar.

In its make up of sodium and chlorine atoms it carries collective experience of these atoms; there exists a certain force acting between these two sets to hold a precise order,- it is what gives table salt its integrity. Think of this crystal as a system held together by facets each working towards a single purpose. It is truth.

When a man can recall its taste without recourse to senses we have an idea of consciousness. Form of table salt is what body of man would indicate. Spirit denotes consciousness while its character represents soul.

Benny

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Where shall my excess baggage go
When death sends my spirit as such
On a carousal beyond farthest reach?

My spirit has its sphinx-like riddle:
Never shall my lips tattletale carry,
My soul shall have his will.

No matter something of vision I leave
placid lakes mirror rolling face of heaven
It is as though I have come unbidden;

Well seek not where wind blows leaves
Plucked out of its nest by violence:
Consider it as though in remembrance
Done for one for whom death came by chance.

Benny

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Now faith is the evidence of things not seen (He.11:1).”
Let us consideer this verse:”For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal(2 Co.4:18).We have an emblem in heaven a body, and ‘the Lamb slain from the the foundation of the worlds began’ to be precise. Body every believer that comes to Jesus Christ holds evidence who his Savior is. This body shall perish since it is temporal while his faith which is not seen is of eternal quality.
What is the body of faith but the same body for which the Spirit provides us a long list of names. We shall consider a few. Of Jesus Christ the Psalmist predicted, “…But a body hast thou prepared me; (He.10:5-7) The Spirit is here setting a symbol for one whose offering would perfect forever them that are sanctified. The Word was God who became flesh. So he had to provide a body of evidence, which shall be what we could infer as faith given its perfect expression. His blood evidence of the body for the world is not in observance of a litany of Do’s and Don’ts indicated by Law of Moses but faith, the unseen quality of eternal God. It was so with the Patriarchs. Abraham believed God and was counted unto him for righteousness. The self-same faith with which God raised up Jesus caused ‘him (Abraham) that was as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, …(He.11:12)” For the same reason Abraham when tried offered up his only begotten son, ‘accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead’; In short the emblem of a body in heaven is the testimony of God that shall not change in eternity. Body of evidence we know as the Church or the body of Christ. In the throne of God and of the Lamb ‘his servants shall see his face (Re.22:4)’.
We see of ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Re.13:8)’ having a counterpart in Jesus whom John the Baptist witnessed as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (Jn.1:29). The emblem is one and it is a token or testimony for the world. It is similar as the word forever settled in heaven (Ps.119:89). We shall from the many verses how important it is for a body to be sanctified by faith. Faith of God from the foundation of the world has set the emblem and the slain body became a reality when Jesus offered himself for all on the cross. “In the body of his flesh through death to prepare you holy and unblameable…(Col.1:23).” Being hid in Christ is an act of faith; so is the act of faith that is pendent on the Spirit of God who raised him from the dead. It is Christ in glory we see in the throne of the Lamb.
In short the body prepared as predicted by the Psalmist an emblem as well as a corporeal body. Faith of the Son perfected forever them that are sanctified.
(Selected from original post in Guide to His Word of 22 July,2018)
Benny

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Don’t judge me by my size, I am Jack the giant slayer; treat me bad I can fell even a Hercules from within.

I am a three pound wonder, a gland tucked under the right side of your body. Remember the twelve labors of Hercules? I was right there while each task he performed, -and how did I do it, I fired up his muscles.  It is far more wondrous than any of his physical feats. I have at my disposal 24 hour supply of glycogen or animal starch, from which I convert a part into glucose, the fuel for muscles and feeds it into the blood stream.

Each second some 10 million of his blood cells die and these need to be disposed of; the spleen breaks them down as easily as an used car sent to the landfill: I help salvage the component parts such as iron for re-use in building new blood cells. While chopping the many headed Hydra, had  Hercules cut himself  he would have bled to death but I produce fibrinogen and prothrombin that help clot blood; what’s more If it were not for antibodies    he would have died while cleaning up the Augean stables from  the bite of a horse-fly. Anti-bodies fight invading viruses and bacteria. Each second what I perform is astounding that I can vouch for the Titan was preserved despite the eagle that Zeus sent to peck at me.

I am all fired up when Hercules flexes his muscles, for instance when he was faced with the Cretan bull. Of course I had to see that lactic acid which was accumulating as a result of burning the glucose, did not poison the hero. What do I do? Presto, I simply converted the lactic acid back into glycogen! I am a miracle worker. I shall not waste time bending a  spoon like Uri Geller. He is a mountebank while I, a 24- carat miracle-worker.

When my hero sits down to tuck in a hearty meal I cannot sit simply still: I shoot bile towards his intestine in order to break down the fat. Intestinal enzymes break fat into fatty acids, which is brought to me, ugh! it is like the man who sits on his thunder-stool and  is given back all that he vacated in its glorious colors. I am not the one to cringe even in the face of such provocation. A stoic that I am I convert into body fat. When one is called obese think of what I have done for him. Out of the depths I cry,  De Profundis what have I done to merit this?( Next time cut out the fat from your meat, won’t you?) Lean meat puts a smile in me, figuratively of course, for I make do protein from it into amino acids. I reconstruct them into plasma proteins, and these help build body’s tissue-building needs. Like lactic acid that I mentioned earlier Protein digestion bring us another problem: ammonia. I convert into urea and it is flushed out through kidneys.

Had Hercules quaffed dodgy wine It was my task to detox  him and oh he would have no idea that I did him further service in keeping his hormone balance. If he did not suffer from thyroid imbalance he owes thanks to me for clearing off the excess of hormone.

I store for him like a banker the essential vitamins, A,D, the B complex.Also when excess blood is around we hold this like a vault for storing excess cash, lest it should tax the Herculean heart.

With regards to the energy we supply to the heart of Hercules we provide 25% of the total. Only the lungs have a richer supply but like Hertz we try harder. We keep moving what we receive through arteries, freshly oxygenated blood which from the intestine comes to us for filtering before sent to the heart.

I mentioned Hercules for one special reason: He helped Prometheus who was plagued by the winged tormentor for 30 years by killing it. Then of course little did he know that I can always regenerate though pecked at by the eagle. As much as 90 % of liver has been removed in some cancer cases but I have always grown back which is quite a feat. If Hercules had been elevated to the Pantheon of gods, the credit of which he owes no little to me.

(ack: JD Ratcliff-RD Feb’64 originally pub.AMA)

benny

 

 

 

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why are you so busy 
with this or that or good or bad
/pay attention to how things blend” Rumi

Let us look at the way our human interaction has led to:

It is like the kindness of first man who traded milk for rat poison. The man who did not make profit was dubbed as a fool. Milk and rat poison since have been blended million times over. So many times that the present world cannot die of rat poison but has developed immunity. 

*Let us not speak of general state of things but how each must serve. He has to serve his best. No other choice because he has to deal with his soul.

*I hold a special relationship with my soul to settle for the indifferent quality what the world offers. Blending is done in no man’s land.

benny

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