Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Teacher

Jesus and his disciples went to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. He asked them on the way, “Who do people say I am?” He was seen as a prophet by the people. Peter named him as the Messiah or Christ. The name Jesus means “God saves.”

Map and History of the Area of Historical References in Luke

Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum

Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not.
Outline of Historical References

Survival is regarded as a property of goodness in life. Salvation isn’t limited to survival, but surviving life threatening events is celebrated. Salvation by faith is about the preservation of goodness in society. Faith is personal and social. It includes immediate perception, but conceptual analysis allows for connection with others within the historical perspective.
Quality of life is compromised by tyranny. Tyrants use destruction with the threat of death to rule over people. The testimony to goodness will not allow tyranny to destroy life. Life as it is known is risked for the sake of goodness in society. Personal testimony acquires a supra-personal aspect in promoting change for the better. It becomes a living social testimony in the life of others.

While many people have been killed in Syria, many others have escaped as refugees to another country.
Angelina Jolie Visits Syrian Refugees in Jordan

The following re-write addresses salvation as our teacher. God saves.
The Teacher

Ps.116, Proverbs 1, Ps.19,
Wisdom of Solomon 7, Isaiah 50, James 3

The cords of death entangled me.
The grip of the grave was pulling me down.
I felt great grief and sorrow.
I called to you.
“Please save my life.”
You rescued me.
My eyes were delivered from tears.
My feet no longer stumbled.

I love you LORD.
You listened to me.
You heard my request.
You answered when I was in distress.

I will walk in the presence of the LORD
in the land of the living.

Wisdom cries out in the street.
She raises her voice in the marketplace.
She makes her statement at the busiest corner.
She speaks out at the entrance to the city.
She sings.
The heavens declare the glory of God.
The earth shows the intelligence of design.

One day tells the tale of time to another.
One night shares secrets which others
will dare to share if you care.
While they speak without language
and their voices are not heard,
their song is sung in all lands.
Their message rings out
to the ends of the world.

The greatest depth of darkness
proclaims the coming of the dawn.
The light springs forth with the fastest speed
to foretell the procession of the sun
as its source.
The law of the LORD is brilliant.
It revives the soul.

Wisdom is a reflection of eternal light.
She is a spotless mirror for creativity.
She is the image of goodness.
God loves nothing
so much as someone
who lives with wisdom.
She is more beautiful than the sun.
She excels every constellation of the stars.
Her light is succeeded;
then preceded by darkness.

The Lord GOD has given me
the tongue of a teacher
to sustain the weary with a word.
Morning by morning my ear
is wakened to listen to those
who are willing to be taught.
All of us make mistakes,
yet perfection provides
continual incentive
for improvement.

Speech is the expression of mind.
The tongue is a medium for the expression.
Bits are put in the mouths of horses
to guide them in the desired direction.
Rudders are used by boats
to give the vessel the right heading.
Wheels are used in cars
to drive to a destination.

So the tongue is used as a small member
to express big thoughts with simple sentences.
It is a powerful device.
It can set fires
or put them out.
We use speech to bless God
and curse distress.
Jesus asked his disciples on the way
to the villages around Caesarea Philippi,
“Who do people say that I am?”

They answered,
“Some say John the Baptist;
others Elijah; and still others another prophet.”
Jesus asked, “Who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”
He warned them not to tell anyone.

He began to teach them that the Son of Man
would suffer rejection by elders, priests and scribes.
He would be accused of a capital crime.
He would be punished by torture
and killed.
This was not spoken as a parable.

He would rise again after three days.
He said this plainly.
Peter took him aside and tried to rebuke him.
He turned and looked at this disciples,
rebuked Peter and said,
“Get behind me, Satan!
You are not setting your mind
on divine things.”

He called to the crowd
to join with his disciples.
He said to them,
“If anyone wants
to become faithful,
deny yourself.
Take up your cross
and follow me.
Those who want
to save their life
will lose it.
Those who are willing
to lose their life
for my sake and
for the sake of the gospel,
will save it.

What will be the profit to gain the world
to forfeit life to belief in death
and the way of destruction?”

Salafists were rioting in Cairo, Tunis and other locations in the Middle East this past week. The video “Innocence of the Muslims” was created to incite violence in an unstable region of the world.
Now is the time for judgment. Now is the time to cast the tyranny of violence out. Those who created the video should be charged with inciting riot.

Those who killed four Americans need to be prosecuted for murder in Libya. Those who harm others need to be prosecuted for assault. Those who damaged property need to be charged for the damage. Those who protested non-violently did so within their legal rights.
Protesters Target US Embassy in Tunis

The US and other constitutional democracies have two major differences with the countries that claim to be Islamic in the Middle East. Freedom of religion and the provision against cruel and unusual punishment (cruelty or laxity) stand out as critically important in the government’s representation of human rights. A citizen should be able to choose his or her religious affiliation. A citizen should not have to worry about being destroyed by the accusation of criminal behavior.
The provision for correction started out as against cruelty. It has since become clear that the existence of partisan politics affirms that the provision is against laxity as well. Those outside “the party” are treated as expendable. Those in “the party” are regarded as beyond the need for correction. The offender had simply been victimized by the opposition according the laxity nexus of law.

The US and other western coalition countries have something important to learn from China, Japan and Germany. We had a policy of non-intervention that was protected by the investigation of suspected terrorist events up until 9/11/01. The investigation needs to be re-instituted, but a non-interventionist policy contributes to isolationism. We need to adopt the non-aggression pact.
The west had become content with the aphorism “The east is the east and the west is the west. Never the two will meet.” We are part of a global community. Commerce is an international activity. Human rights are not limited to specific nations. Justice has standards that are global in import. We can’t afford to turn a blind eye to what is right about the non-aggression pact even though it was imposed on the nations who lost WWII. The world economy says that it is better to have the non-aggressive military foreign policy. Two of the nations that had lost have become the leaders of the world.

This presents a problem for the “white hat” view of western society. The runaway cowboy wants to ride in on a white horse and save the day. George H.W. Bush accomplished the last hurrah in that regard. The invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi forces threatened the independence of all the nations in the Middle East and western allies. If Saddam Hussein had captured the resources of its wealthy neighbor, he was on the road to repeating what had been done by Adolph Hitler prior to WWII. When resources are channeled into the military machine, the machine picks up a lot of momentum.
The condition against military invasion then is a major provision in the non-aggression pact. If a foreign nation invades another for any other reason than defense of independence by alliance, then the nation can be driven out by another alliance.

Truth be told, the US did not have the right to invade Afghanistan. Many already agree that Iraq should not have been invaded, but the invasion of Afghanistan was initiated only after a superficial commercial investigation had already endorsed the call for a resurgence of the industry for war.
This resurgence of the war industry has taken its toll on the public sector for the US. Economic hardship has been visited upon those who were working in people programs. The hardship has been so severe that it pushes the demographic fringe into dangerous levels of economic dependence.

Why is the unemployment rate so high in an election year? The government has been without revenue for over ten years. Partisan politics has been driving the private sector. How are public sector workers supposed to work in a hostile employment situation in the private sector? How is any worker supposed to function in the hostility of the social environment generated by partisan politics?
The cords of death entangle me. The grip of death is pulling me to the grave. I feel grief and sorrow. LORD, please have mercy and save me.

Survival of a near death experience often drives desire for conflict out of personal perspective. There is however a strengthened desire to avoid stereotypical categorization. It is like two lovers seeking to avoid prying eyes and wagging tongues from those who move around them.
Arctic Monkeys – Mardy Bum

“Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not.”
God saves, but participation in the law of liberty is required.

If the desire to find happiness in obtaining provisions for basic needs is not satisfied, it will be resurrected with faith.
Have faith, but elect responsible leaders. The correction has not been achieved. Health care reform was only a start.

Steve K.

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