Spring Equinox Destabilization


The spring equinox for 2017 was March 20-21.  These change of seasons are usually a bit difficult for survivors of ritual abuse, but based on the email traffic I have been getting in the last 12 hours, this one was unusually rough.

Obviously there are sundry different streams of SRA with different techniques regarding time, but here is a tool that has helped a few people today.  If you or one of your clients has been destabilized, take a look in this direction.

In the spiritual work I do, we normally see the time line of an individual’s life like a river.  Every river has a beginning at a spring.  So your conception is seen as a spring on top of a hill.  Water bubbles up from the underground aquifer, flows down the side of the hill and begins its journey toward today and beyond.

We often find that when a person is massively destabilized by modestly problematic time factors it is because the spring of conception has been compromised.  Most of the time we will find either Leviathan or Nephilim there.

There are several things I check for in terms of the spring of conception/time line.

-Is there a critter present?

-Is the water coming up from below clean or defiled?

-Is the flow the right volume?

-Is the flow going down the hill to the west?

Any one of these can be compromised, or all of them.

If you want to know the Biblical foundations for this, our album “Accessing Intimacy with God” goes into considerable detail and has some renunciations for the root issues.  Mostly, these days, I just deal with them from a power encounter perspective, but if you prefer the authority grid, there are renunciations in that album.

The open door for this kind of defilement, especially Nephilim, is any one of these things:

-Wishing you were never born.

-Wishing you could not exist.

-Wishing you could die.

-Wishing you had been born into a different time.

-Trying to access a different stream of time than the one God placed you in.

This is just a quick and rushed blog since there are too many people in crisis right now for me to respond to each one individually.

However, since this issue of critters at the spring seems to have a disproportionate impact on people’s lives – exaggerating every other time issue they have – I will be doing a couple of clips in the very near future on our “Healing Tools Podcasts.”

For those who would like a more detailed discussion of the issue before the summer solstice and the big eclipse on August 21st, you should subscribe to the podcast.

Copyright March 2017 by Arthur Burk

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46. Hebrew Worship: Place and Time


“In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt— on the very day— they came to the Desert of Sinai.  After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.  Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain . . .”  Exodus 19:1-3  NIV

When someone decides to worship today, the three most common accessories are sound, motion and community.  While these are permissible, they are certainly not the original model.

Originally, God focused on the juxtaposing of the right time and the right place.  In addition to the Sabbath for the Hebrews, there was a calendar that was unambiguous and asymmetrical.  The weekly and annual schedules that applied to the general population were supplemented by various worship points during the day that the priests had to observe in the Temple.

Along with that was the insistence that worship be rooted in a designated location.  It was a long time from Mount Sinai to Solomon’s Temple at Mount Moriah but the theme of worshipping at the place God specified remained.  God’s complaint over their refusing to limit themselves to the style and location of worship He had prescribed was a relentless litany in the history of Israel.

1 Kings 14:23  For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.  AV
1 Kings 15:14  But the high places were not removed:  nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.  AV
1 Kings 22:43  And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD:  nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.  AV
2 Kings 12:3  But the high places were not taken away:  the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.  AV
2 Kings 14:4  Howbeit the high places were not taken away:  as yet the people did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high places.  AV
2 Kings 15:4  Save that the high places were not removed:  the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.  AV
2 Kings 15:35  Howbeit the high places were not removed:  the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the LORD.  AV
2 Kings 16:4  And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.  AV

Times have changed.  In Paul’s view, following the Hebrew calendar is permissible but not mandatory.  “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.  Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.”  Colossians 2:15-16  NIV

So the obligation to worship at a specific time is no longer there, nor is the duty to worship at a specific place.  We are free to be spontaneous in our timing and in our location.

However, there is a principle in Galations 4:1-7  NIV.  “What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.  He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.  So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world.  But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.  Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”

In short, the original time/land dynamic of worship came from God’s heart.  When we were slaves under the law, we were punished for not obeying that law.  But now, as sons, we have the same Spirit of God in our hearts inviting us to have the wisdom to consider time/land dynamics voluntarily, and creatively, rather than coercively.

Let’s put it in the vernacular.  Kiddo is not allowed to drive.  Dad drives everywhere and forces kiddo to ride with him.  When does Dad give the keys to his son or daughter?  When he can trust them to drive more or less responsibly like he drives, voluntarily, because the kids are now smart enough to drive wisely, not because Dad is in the passenger’s seat, ready to punish malfeasance.

To me, this principle from the heart of God shouts.  Where we worship and when we worship has implications at least to us, but might also affect how God receives that worship.

In my life, worship is immensely variegated.  I know of few people who have as many different modes of worship as I do.  AND, I am vastly spontaneous.  Anywhere, anytime, I can find a way to worship, in public or private.

Having said that, I am also hugely diligent in my pursuit of time/land combinations.  There are specific seasons in the year that I have sanctified for years.  I know that on those days, worship will have a richer flavor because of the investment in those windows of time.

I also have quite a catalog of pieces of land around the world that have an uncommon flavor to them, facilitating worship.  In May, I am going to be able to squeeze in a visit to a piece of very strong land I have only been on once before.  But that fifteen minute bit of time did something huge to my spirit.  I still remember it and am eagerly looking forward to spending more time there soon.

There is a mountain ridge which is known to be a spiritually great place for revelation.  I hope to go there someday.  It is on my wish list for exceptional worship experiences.

There are two Mercy patches of land in the US that I know well.  I set time (and money) aside to go to one of them at least once a year, if possible.  They release something different from me.

So slaves obey.  Sons are creative.  I have a time line with some wonderful spikes in it.  And I have a lovely collection of unusual land.  Since I am a son, I can creatively mix and match God, time, land and me, into a customized worship experience.  Some are exquisite.  Some are intense.  Some are simple.  Some are complex.

None are boring to me, and I trust not to The Most High either.

Freedom from constraints doesn’t mean worship needs to be narrow or merely spontaneous.  In the midst of the spontaneous, there is room for the carefully crafted worship experience.

God modeled it for the Hebrews.  We can embrace the principle and raise the bar as a generation of unparalleled worshippers.

46.  Hebrew Worship:  Place and Time  Colors of Love SLG Coaching blog

Copyright May 2016 by Arthur Burk

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45. Hebrew Worship: Food as Worship


Scripture is ambiguous about the spiritual orientation of Jethro.  He is simply described as THE priest of Midian.  The Midianites were descendants of Abraham, but in the general engagement through the centuries of Israel’s relationship with them, they were deemed to be followers of other gods, not the God of Israel.  So we don’t know where Jethro stood with Yahweh during the decades Moses was part of his family.

After the Exodus, when Moses gave a report, Jethro overtly validated Moses’ God.  We don’t know whether Jethro became monotheistic, or simply acknowledged that Yahweh was a cut above the gods he served.

“So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him.  They greeted each other and then went into the tent.  Moses told his father-in-law about everything the LORD had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the LORD had saved them.  Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the LORD had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians.  He said, ‘Praise be to the LORD, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians.  Now I know that the LORD is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.’

“Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God.”  Exodus 18:7-12  NIV

The Gentiles generally acknowledged multiple gods.  There was a hierarchy with a god who was greater than the rest, but there were also specialty gods who could be served for a particular asset which they were supposed to deliver.  My guess is that Jethro was simply acknowledging that in the pantheon of gods, he was recognizing Yahweh as supreme.

The point however, is that there were three components to this worship.  First, the unambiguous declaration of the greatness of God and the attitude adjustment that he, Jethro, had experienced.  “Now I know . . . ”

Second was the animal sacrifices.  There was the traditional burnt offering for sins and then “other” sacrifices for food for the party.

Third, there was the feast.

From the beginning, food has been the central meeting place for God and man.  There was no religious protocol at all in the Garden of Eden.  Just God and man talking and walking.  When the first post-fall sacrifices were offered, it was two different kinds of food in competition.  Through the season from Cain to Mt. Sinai, both the righteous and the unrighteous celebrated their gods with food.  At Mt. Sinai, God instituted a massive eating-centered religious structure.

When the complexity of the Mosaic Law was reduced to two ordinances in the New Testament, one of them involved eating – and in the Church of the apostles, it was not a crumb and a sip.  The elements for Communion came out of a full meal.

In eternity, at the marriage of the King and the Bride, there is no mention of any ceremony or vows or symbols other than the clothes of each.  But central to the ceremony is food.

Today, one of the greatest triumphs of the enemy is to secularize food.  Broadly speaking meal times at home or at church are times for fellowship and feeding.  The body and soul get all the attention.  There is little spiritual consideration other than perhaps the token prayer at the beginning.

Ironically, the most spiritual thing we do with food is to abstain from it!  Fasting is considered a high spiritual discipline.  Feasting is considered a concession to the crass body cravings.

That simply is not the picture Scripture portrays.

Feasting was central to worship.

The challenge we face is that we are so far behind, we don’t even know what questions to ask to begin to dig out of our ignorance.

What are the spiritual implications of boiled meat versus broiled?  What combinations of meats and grains produce which spiritual results?  What kind of food would comfort the brokenhearted? What kind would produce faith?  What kind would be best for an evangelistic meal?  Why is meat central to God’s worship services and not veggies?  What are the spiritual qualities of different grains?

Bottom line:  Hebrew worship was mostly anchored in food.  And our worship is rarely even peripherally related to food.  We have lost a huge treasure in knowing how to worship God with feasting.

45. Hebrew Worship: Food as Worship  Mercy Season SLG Coaching blog

Copyright February 2016 by Arthur Burk

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44. Hebrew Worship: Buzz


“. . . Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt; . . .”  Exodus 18:1  AV

Growing up in a technologically detached third world culture, we marveled at the speedy diffusion of new information throughout the community.  Obviously the world of Moses day did pretty well without Twitter too.  Before Moses arrived on scene, Jethro already had an earful about the works of God in Egypt.

What people talk about indicates what they consider to have worth.  A quick glance at Twitter or any of the online news sites will show you what is trending any given day – what the culture deems worthy of discussion.  That “worth” that is attributed to a theme is an expression of worship.

The modern press in America is very manipulative.  Stories are showcased or downgraded based on what the editors want the public to see.  But buzz is honest.  When people are hanging out and there is no pressure to think in a particular direction, what bubbles up is what is important to them at that time.  The selection of topics to discuss is an act of worship.

And agreement among people matters a lot in the spiritual realm.  While the Hebrews were living in the present, worried about food and water, God was keeping the grapevine busy for 40 years, bringing agreement from Gentiles that He, the God of the Hebrews, was not to be trifled with!

In addition to the overt worship He would be requiring from the Hebrews, He was collecting informal worship and establishing structures in the spiritual realm from the agreements of a whole lot of people who served other gods – like this priest from Midian!

44. Hebrew Worship: Buzz  RGI SLG Coaching blog

Copyright February 2016 by Arthur Burk

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43. Hebrew Worship: The God of the Grudge


The story of the battle with the Amalekites in Exodus 17 intrigues me because of the lack of clarity at the end.  This is the third of the compound names of Jehovah, so it carries huge significance to all of us.  Yet, the Hebrew is so ambiguous that as you scroll through the sundry American translations, you see a multitude of different conclusions, as very well educated people have wrestled with the word pictures – and disagreed enormously.

While much of the record in Exodus is vague, Moses’ recap in Deuteronomy 25:17ff is completely unambiguous.

“Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt.  When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and cut off all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God.  When the LORD your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.  Do not forget!”  NIV

Simply put, God was nursing a grudge, and He demanded that the Israelites join Him in that grudge and in getting even in the end.

This is yet another example of our pop theology creating a smoke screen that obliterates the reality of the God we serve.  Our culture likes simplistic solutions.  So, we have a massively well developed theology of forgiveness that demands that everyone forgive everyone unilaterally and if possible to reconcile.

Now, I am as aware as anyone of the dangers of bitterness.  The consequences to spirit, soul and body, not to mention community, your economy and your possessions of nursing unforgiveness are immense.   The pastime of nursing and rehearsing the injustice done to you has devastating consequences.

So, simple theology says, “Forgive everyone, immediately.”  And it is easy to point to Jesus on the cross forgiving his four Roman executioners as the basis for saying we should do likewise.

However, when you move beyond simplistic theology to the real deal, it causes brain bleed.

For example, when Jesus sent out the twelve on their first itinerant ministry, He not only gave them permission to be unforgiving, He required them to determine at the end of each campaign whether to bless or curse the city.  No middle ground was allowed.  They had no freedom to forgive basic rudeness or apathy.  They were to judge.  And Jesus committed to endorsing their judgments sight unseen.  Those cities were to be treated more harshly than Sodom and Gomorrah.  Mark 6:11.

And Christ unleashed a savage condemnation of Capernaum which carried no shred of invitation for reconciliation in it.  Matthew 11:23

So there you have a picture that is consistent throughout the Old and New Testaments.  God displays staggering levels of emotional engagement with some people.  And God displays staggering levels of enduring fury against others.

I have not found a way to develop a nice, neat, three point theological grid to determine when I should unilaterally forgive and when I should declare immediate or enduring judgment.

I tend to camp in Matthew 23 which is the most concentrated passage of Christian cursing to be found anywhere in the New Testament.  But after that vitriolic assault which resulted in the Diaspora, Christ’s tone changed in a heartbeat, and He closed with this:  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.  Look, your house is left to you desolate.”  Matthew 23:37-38  NIV

The God of the Grudge is terrifying, but beneath the most savage grudge, He still feels immense compassion.

And THAT is where I worship.  When I am burning white hot with anger, compassion is far from me.  When I am overwhelmed with compassion, I simply am not offended by anything about the person.

Only my Great King could speak and LIVE Matthew 23 – all in a single breath.

And for THAT, I worship Him today.

43. Hebrew Worship: The God of the Grudge  Blessing Intensity SLG Coaching blog

Copyright January 2016 by Arthur Burk

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42. Hebrew Worship: The Ultimate Chemist


I was at a rodeo a few years back.  Part of the entertainment was a trick rider.  We watched for ten minutes as he started with simple tricks and built slowly to more complex maneuvers.  Eventually the show climaxed with something really big.  We cheered and clapped, and he did a victory lap soaking up the approval.  Then as he headed for the exit, he suddenly swerved back into the arena and began a two minute routine that was miles beyond anything he had done before.

Clearly he had been toying with us, leading us to believe that each new step up in his initial routine was near the edge of his competence, when all the while he had a massive reserve of resources we had not even imagined, much less asked for.

God did the same with the manna.  The Hebrews with their deeply entrenched spirit of slavery were rewriting history as they celebrated how good life as slaves was.  The issue of the moment was food.

God expressed His displeasure over the whining, said He would provide for them beyond their expectations and added that He would expose their spirit of slavery by setting up some simple parameters that they would not follow.

That night there was quail (miraculously) and the next day there was manna – something new, not even imagined by the newly freed slaves, still stuck in their slavery.

They had to come to terms with the short shelf life of this new uber-organic food, but by the end of the week, there was a settled routine as they adapted to a new regimen.  Fresh every day.

Suddenly the news came – gather double on Friday and cook it for leftovers on Saturday.  Some did.  Some referenced the recent maggot problem and didn’t.

Manna itself was such a stunning innovation, it really did not seem imaginable that God would have Manna Type A and Manna Type B.  One had a shelf life of 12 hours and the other 36.

Amazing.

But, sometime later, God introduced Manna Type C – it had absolutely no expiration date – just like the Ten Commandments.

I would love to put all three under a microscope and see what technology God used.  Did He change a single atom or molecule from one to the other?  Or did He radically re-engineer each one and they only looked similar on the outside.

Who knows?

I just know it wasn’t a challenge for Him.

When our cosmos was completed, He was not out of ideas.  Whether it is creating a whole new cosmos (which He will do) or a city of translucent gold (which He will do) or tweaking the formula for manna, what we have seen of God so far is simply chump change  the residual sparks of the afterglow of His glory which He showed Moses.  There is more to God than we could ever imagine – and that calls for worship.

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41. Hebrew Worship: Worshipping Wisdom


I have been listening to a Mercy storyteller who fancies himself to be a historian, spinning the stories of Moses, Buddha, Confucius and Socrates.  As a non-believer, he dances uncomfortably around the issues of power and focuses instead of the acquisition and dispensing of wisdom by these sages of yore.

It is fascinating to look at a culture’s social constructs and their religious constructs through those two grids.

Broadly, Asian theologies lean heavily toward wisdom.  Broadly, Western theologies are visibly split between the power streams and the wisdom streams.  Broadly, African indigenous theologies had one of the most even handed blends of wisdom and power in the hands of the elders, but African Christianity today favors power much more than wisdom.

It is interesting to drill down to smaller subsets of the culture and watch the tension.  In our current presidential elections, those with sophisticated wisdom platforms are getting mowed down by the power people in this season of the seemingly endless election campaign.

By contrast, academic circles are infamous for harboring people who purport to be wise, but can’t build anything more complicated than a syllabus.

Conversely, the mom and pop businesses of our nation are largely staffed by people with the power to build a widget who have not read a book on business wisdom in the last five years – which is why they still run a mom and pop business!

God gave the Israelite culture a lot of wisdom.  He perfectly understood the laws of science and the rest of natural law – since He created those laws – and the mandates He gave them were simply an active expression of what they had to do to benefit from the laws He gave them.  Or to put it a different way, the power was wrapped up in the wisdom, but was not evident as power.  But it was there.

This is captured exquisitely in this promise.  It represented a transition from just power, to power wrapped in wisdom.  They had just experienced the raw power of bitter water becoming potable due to the symbol of the stick thrown in, and God announced a change of program.  It was not going to be power, power, power.  They had experienced that in the past, but now power and wisdom were going to meet.

“He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.'”  Exodus 15:26  NIV

This passage is where we get the name The Lord who Heals.  And our culture massively takes it out of context and misapplies it making it a power name, not a wisdom/power concept.  When someone gets sick, we claim this name and ask God to use His power to heal them of their sickness.  But that is so not what the passage says at all.  God says that if we will embrace the power that is embedded IN the wisdom principles, we won’t get sick in the first place.

And that set the stage for endless conflict between Israel and God.  They would violate the principles because they disdained the power that is IN wisdom.  Then, when the consequences of their violation of principles hurt them, they would cry out to God for Him to do a straight up power encounter to solve their problems.  And when God did a power intervention on their behalf, they named Him and built a memorial and celebrated Him for His power.  But they did not readily celebrate His wisdom for the greatness of the wisdom, much less for the power perfectly embedded in the wisdom.

Modern Christianity is not too different.

We hear lots of celebrations of powerful healing, supernatural economic relief and governmental documents coming through in record time or marriages being restored against all odds.  God’s power is very much loved these days – as long as it is divorced from wisdom.

Yet, our lives demonstrate far more of the power of God IN wisdom, than apart from wisdom.

Take our company.  We have applied the wisdom of God related to the principle of flow, and as a result of that, our shipping is incredibly blessed.  Even though the shipping companies are robustly cursed by their angry customers day in and day out, our products fly through their cursed systems on miraculous fast tracks, because of the principles.  We used wisdom.  There was power in the wisdom.  We have good results day in and day out, and most people who receive a package a couple of days after they order it are pleased, but don’t stop to name God, build a monument or worship the power embedded in the principles.

By contrast, we have two rooms that have had a bad smell in them for eight years.  We have tried every principle we knew of to cleanse the land and the air and the furniture and the people, but have been unsuccessful.  The other day, a small team of Servants took on the project and were able to appropriate the power of God in a wonderful intervention that has nearly fixed the problem.  It is wonderful.  I have asked them to go back and see if they can get the last 10% and then to see if God would be willing to release the fragrance of heaven into those two rooms.  We shall see.

If God provides His power to do that, we will be thrilled.  We will celebrate.  I wholeheartedly receive the full measure of the power of God unleashed on our behalf in such visible ways.

But the reality is, I experience the power of God wrapped up in wisdom day in and day out – far more often that stand-alone power.  Unlike the Israelites, I readily worship The God of All Wisdom, knowing that you can easily have human power without wisdom, but you cannot have the wisdom of God without having power embedded in it.

The wisdom of God and The God of All Wisdom were wonderfully celebrated by Solomon, especially in Proverbs 8.

Join me in a celebration of the glory of the wisdom of God, with its rich treasures of power.

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40. Hebrew Worship: Redemption Presaged


After the Exodus and the worship celebration(s), they headed for the desert, ran out of water and ended up at a toxic well.

The Hebrews fussed at Moses.

Moses passed the buck to God.

He told Moses to throw a particular stick into the water, and it healed the water.

The people drank and were content.

End of story.

Or not.

In actuality, that simplistic action was a prophetic picture of the crucifixion a millennium later.

There is a fascinating play on words regarding the crucifixion.  Christ made it a point to tell the disciples that He would not die on the ground.  No stoning in Jerusalem.  No being pushed off a cliff in Nazareth.  No being drowned in the Sea of Galilee.  He had to be “lifted up.”  Since the devil was the Prince of the Power of the Air, Jesus was going into His turf, to win this battle in the air, not on the ground or water.

The disciples understood the surface meaning of being crucified, but they didn’t really seem to understand the spiritual dynamic.

But the play on words comes with the phrase “lifted up.”

The Greek word is most commonly used for social elevation, not physically being lifted up in the air.  In other words, it was used for a promotion at work or a coronation in the government sector.  It refers to an increase in honor and power through attaining a new position.  Strong’s Concordance says this:

2a) to raise to the very summit of opulence and prosperity
2b) to exalt, to raise to dignity, honour and happiness

So Jesus was lifted up so He could take down the devil on his own turf.  Awesome defiance.

But He was also exalted through the act of dying for us all.  On the surface, it was a place of utmost degradation.  Both Jesus and heaven saw it differently.  “. . . who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2  NIV

While the world thought He was ending with a whimper, He was actually in the process of the ultimate promotion in all of human history.

This was the picture at Marah.  The people saw bitter water with the threat of death for themselves and their animals since they could not drink it.  God knew He was giving them a picture of redemption that would follow them through their variegated journey.

This was vital.  They only knew war so far.  Their God whupped the Egyptian gods.  This lesson they saw over and over again.  Power.  Violence.  Destruction.  Victory.  Go God.

But you can only destroy outsiders!  What do you do with the parts of your own self, or your history or your community that are less than savory?

For that you need redemption.

And this simple prophetic act, broadly not understood, was God’s first move to introduce them to a different facet of His nature.

Victory is much more easily celebrated than redemption.  The Exodus called forth poetry and parties on a large scale.  This picture of redemption was only acknowledged with a small grateful nod as they filled their bellies and their water pots.

We must do better in our worship.

For us, redemption is behind us and victory ahead.  We celebrate the cross and our salvation as past facts, while we look forward to cosmic victories through eyes of faith.

Join me in a rather personal walk through my life, as I comment on the range of areas where redemption has been part of my journey.

40. Hebrew Worship: Redemption Presaged  Trauma Bonds to Time SLG Coaching blog

Copyright January 2016 by Arthur Burk

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