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Gullible’s Travels

March 26, 2014

I started an essay early this morning, one I had been thinking about for a few days, but decided instead to do another on something that was called to my attention yesterday. At first, I resisted addressing this because I see it so much, and given its perpetuating circumstances, I view it as a problem near impossible to resolve. I felt I had little to share in the remedy. There’s always more than one message to anything brought forth, and in the Teaching on the cross, one that I experience as a two-fold message, there is Truth within the carriage.

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A friend who was raised in a radical Pentecostal church sent me a link yesterday with a note: This is one time I agree with the Pentecostals. I could not open the link for some reason, which I found odd, so I asked that he copy and paste the article and send it to me, which he did. The article, which was actually a letter asking for signatures, is intended for the mayor of Rockford, Illinois (city government). The letter asks to allow the homeless to continue to bed down in a Pentecostal church because of freezing temperatures. At first read, it sounded a bit like religiopolitical agenda, because it starts out  Dear Faithful America member. I was suspicious of its intent, because when I looked up the mayor of Rockford and saw that he is Democrat, I thought this be an attack on an opposing party. I figured there might be some agenda here that was less than sincere, but I researched the story, and found that the church does exist.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/23/3417952/rockford-church-homeless/#

I also did a bit more exploring to try to better understand why cities and towns might be prohibiting churches to feed and shelter the homeless, but I was not able to get a clear read on this. One opinion I read online is that city officials might be trying to encourage the homeless to move on, and out of their jurisdiction, a sort of ” let it be someone else’s problem.” This idea was not coming together for me. Another brought up other concerns, and I have added her link below.

http://invisiblepeople.tv/blog/2012/08/why-i-support-regulating-the-public-feeding-of-homeless-people/

There are many concerns in dealing with the homeless, which I do not need to go into here. One thought I did not see shared is the possibility that many cities and towns feel the problem of the homeless is better served by treating it as an epidemic—a situation as grave as a hurricane or a super storm. If cities are aware that this is an escalating concern, and have studied it carefully, and see that it might easily end up in numbers beyond their ability to manage, then this is a situation requiring immediate emergency assistance.

Besides “Dear Faithful America member”,  the letter for the mayor also states, and I share it in part: at the core of our faith is the belief that God favors those who are cold, hungry, outcast … I do not know the full intent in this, but it sounds inconclusive to me. Society tends to lump all together like one race, without desiring to see the back story, which will shed light on much of the problem.  Acts 8. 26-40 gives us a unique look into the life of one.

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26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is the desert.  Note “this is the desert” is not in quotes in the passage, and is not part of what the angel tells Philip. The reason for this is because the story of Philip in Acts is a Parable told in “first” Person. Philip enters the desert and what he encounters is a message on austerity, of a Spiritual kind. The “eunuch” is actually his Spirit Mentor, or Spirit Conscience addressing Philip’s walk in the Understanding on taking up the cross. You see, any formidable and faithful Monastic will tell you that theirs is a trek of Supreme magnitude in coming into the Spirit. It’s individual, as well as pragmatic, in the usefulness of self as instrument for God Purpose, as Agl. John Klimacus, and others have demonstrated. These may appear alone, but theirs is a walk that is not without Parent.

27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, (28) was returning. Philip awoke and ‘went’ to this desert. This desert houses Kandake (Kendake or Candace), and is referring to mother, or queen of treasure, and treasure (gold spoken of in Wisdom of Sirach) in this passage represents Sophia (wisdom). Also, pay special attention to where it says was returning. This, as I have shared many times in SPIR, is that RETURN to Father (I am the way, the truth and the Life; no one come TO the Father …). Philip is on a journey to enter his ID. Remember God says in Genesis 1.27: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. But the Understanding is that man is far from God’s image, and must return to [this] likeness.

28 And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. (29) Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”  What we see here is no longer the angel of the Lord, but the Spirit. What this is telling us is that the chariot is the epitome in the Life of Christ. This alone garners Truth, much the way the story of Ruth in the Old Testament garners Truth in her leaving one place to enter another, willingly. So, this “carriage” is symbolic of a vessel of Worth, just as Lord says that we cannot put new wine into old wineskins. Philip, having gone to the desert, is now in the Return as one entering into the Spirit. He is now uniting, or we might say that his Heart (Well of Truth) has ascended in this journey to teach [this] chariot, or this Mind of Christ … that likeness of God.

30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 

31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. That Philip ran is symbolic of no delay, and this is very important. Make haste. The wine might go bad … if not used. This understanding comes into focus when you realize the Parable of the Talent. God can take away gift as easily as He gives it, if buried [hidden] and not used.

 The Prophet Isaiah is being read … the Prophet Isaiah is heard. What this means is Philip understands what is meant by the spoils in Isaiah 8.
1 Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man’s pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz.

2 And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

3 And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.

4 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.

5 The LORD spake also unto me again, saying,

6 Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah’s son;

7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks:

8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.

9 Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces (note that this is twice stated).

10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.

11 For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,

12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.

13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.

16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.

18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.

19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?

20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

21 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.

22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.

 

And, of course, the place in Holy Scripture (Acts) that is read has to do with the lamb. And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.

 

The Parable is immense in scope, and I couldn’t possible share it all in this one essay, so I will wrap it up by saying that we cannot take everything we read at face value, for the carriage holds far more in retrospect. Now to clarify the letter about the homeless … all I can really offer in hindsight is that one should never have left home in the first place … but there are always those offering a speedy diet and a bed of something of lesser value for their own reasons, which leaves many lost, destitute and poorly placed.

 

 

 

 

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Peace and Love.

 

 

 

 

 

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