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Symbols – of Christ’s birth, Part II

Part I featured the Shepherd’s Staff and the High Priest’s Ephod.  Consider now:  The Human Brain.  It relates to Christmas by representing the upper class in Israel:  the priestly, wealthy, aristocratic class.  They had no faith in Jesus, no tolerance of Jesus, no obedience to Jesus. They mentally and determinedly opposed him.

The Brain distinguishes humans from all creatures.  They never had, and do not now have, God’s Image on them.  Not that they lack a brain.  The sperm whale has the largest brain among sea mammals.  It weighs some 18 pounds, about 500 cubic inches.  The human brain in contrast is approximately 80 cubic inches in size.  However, the brain mass in said whale constitutes only .02% of its total body mass while the human brain of 3.1 pounds constitutes 2.1% of our body mass.

The Image of God gives the exponential advantage to frail mortals denied sea leviathan, elephant, dolphins, and whatever else exists in the animal world.  Internet

We all visited the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry when Lance’s sons were still in strollers.  I pushed one of them past the Brain Display.  On it was a sign reading, “Out of Order.”  I made a mental note right then:  how appropriate a reference to humanity.

When we say no God exists, our brain is out of order.  When we think God is irrelevant, our brain is out of order.  When we think homosexuality is an alternative lifestyle, our brain is out of order.  When we say human sin isn’t the basic problem in humanity, our brain is out of order.  When we say no judgment awaits the sinner, our brain is out of order.  Etc., etc., etc.

Indeed, the brains of all creatures, reacting by instinct, remain true to their created purpose.  While the human brain, based on reason and the means by which we praise and serve God, remains out of order because we remain outside his will by our stubborn pride.  It will regain its created purpose only in conversion.    – Fini –

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Symbols – of Christ in Christmas, Part I

Symbols can be powerful representations of a position, a conviction, a faith.  The United States flag symbolizes all three, and more.  They’re NOT the truth they surface but draw us to substantial truth.  It’s proper to use symbols as signs of faith in God and his works.  To be permanently useful, however, they must be seen merely as heralds of truth beyond themselves.

In the next two blogs let’s consider symbols relating to our Master’s birth.  They’ll be used in my message 24 December.  If anyone from Escondido Christian Church is reading this, READ ON.  I’m only going to skim the cream of the sermon for the blogs.

A.  Consider the Shepherd’s Staff. I have several walking sticks stuck in the corner of the bedroom.  The one used on daily walks stands beside the stereo in the entryway.  A ceremonial stick given by a Christian brother in Las Vegas is too soft to be used in defense.  Then there’s the shepherd’s Staff Brooks gave me a few years ago.  It’s the symbol of a Shepherd’s authority over his sheep; what he carried before them as he went before them; what he used as a weapon against intruders of his flock, the crook of which he used to retrieve lambs out of arms’ reach in a crevice.  This one is also too soft a wood to be used in real life situations.

Let’s remember that the first Noel—Christmas carol—featured an angelic choir singing to…shepherds.  The unlikeliest audience to hear, the least likely to be considered worthy by those in charge of Israel’s life.  Those everyone else missed, but God saw.  That others overlooked, but God looked over.  The representatives of the unknown, unseen, unpretentious people in every generation—the salt of the earth people!

B.  Consider the Linen Ephod. With twelve precious stones representing the 12 Tribes stitched onto it.  Across his chest.  Over his heart.  Carrying the people to God.  Bearing their cares and aspirations and sins before God.  The symbol of authority to the people, of God’s presence among his people.

And, as representative of the Hebrew establishment, all that Israel had ever known, the final word in all religious matters.  Which, by the time of Christ’s ministry, represented the biggest obstacle to his originality, creativity and singularity:  TRADITION!

They defied his miracles, teachings and claims, all reinforced by massive evidence.  They would rather the nation perish with them than survive under another, particularly a Doctor-less in any study, who nonetheless had a Post-Doctoral knowledge and wisdom.

Beware of traditions that have a life of their own, an end in themselves.  They invariably sacrifice Truth itself to protect what has become their reason for living.       – End Part I –

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