Now these things happened to them as examples, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.
1 Corinthians 10:11
I have a few confessions:
1. I’m a new Christian.
2. I was born Catholic.
3. Only skimmed Old Testament.
But now I’ve descended deep into its ocean of history and wisdom—a grand treasury of symbolism.
It is not lost on me how the book is organized:
17 history books
5 poetical wisdom
I see this arrangement as a balance. On one side the historical books in which Yahweh deals with Israel collectively as a nation (“chosen people”).
On the other side are the prophetic books, each one named after a great individual who had a personal encounter with God and was fated to be an individual carrier of His Will.
And in the middle are the books of poetical wisdom, with Job at their head. Now I see Job as the pivot of the Old Testament. Here, for the first time, a man encounters Yahweh as an individual.
The idea of the individual interests me because it is an ideal shared by constitutional conservatives like us. While we are of communities, we must think for ourselves, build our futures, do our own research.
Throughout The Old Testament are echoes of the “Call” that initiates a Hero’s Journey. Moses (Exodus 3:4), Samuel (1 Samuel 3:4), Isaiah (Isaiah 6:8), and Jonah (1:1).
Paul the Apostle later makes frequent reference to this timeless and universal theme, like in Ephesians 4:1 when he says, “I, prisoner of the Lord, implore you therefore to lead a life worthy of your vocation.”
But none hit me harder than the covenant between God and Abraham that begins in Genesis 12:
“Leave your country, your family, and your father’s house, for the land I will show you. I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name so great that it will be used as a blessing.
This moment early on foreshadows the saying of Jesus:
“It is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies will be those of his own household.”
Over the past few years we’ve endured painful separations and know that more are in store. Letting go of society to reconnect with the spirit. This is the process through which we must all undergo. Each, in our own way, on our journey.
This letter much longer streamofconsciousness than usual. More like this, or keep it short and focused on the artwork? Let me know what you think and thanks for sharing. God Wins