Posts Tagged ‘Moses’


Today our church took us back to the Exodus (the service video if you wish to contemplate on what was shared there can be viewed here). Anyway, it is the start of a series on overcoming fear, which is pertinent within this moment and time when you are seeing the extremist fear reactions we are seeing. These types of reactions do open one up to being susceptible to conversion (radicalization) with the worst outcomes being seen this past week on Capitol Hill in the United States of America. This post is not about the service this morning, but rather using the story from the Hebrew Bible within some reflective and spiritual practices to aid one in understanding themselves in change.

The root though, is the discomfort and fear of the unknown. This is precepted by change, I encourage you to look at the U Theory diagram and see where you are in the process of the change our world is currently undergoing, or to simply hold onto this diagram (and explore it more through resources like Senge’s Presence), as well look at it now and become cursory familiar with the concepts, for it will flow into the next steps:

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Now we are going to take up a text that is illustrative of the struggle within change, that is Exodus 14:1-31 (The Message), we will be reading this 3 times, but there will be times of reflection between each reading. Take a moment and sit comfortably, as straight up as possible, close your eyes and take deep diaphragmic breaths. Counting up slowly to 10, then back down to 0, do this as many cycles as it takes for you to feel relaxed and disconnected from the cacophony of the household, social media, and world around you. Know that we are in the Exodus story of the Hebrew Bible (you may be familiar with it through such movies as the 10 Commandments, Prince of Egypt, even Veggie Tales). It is a time of slavery, when a person with a disability is called forth by God to go into Egypt and set the people free from an oppressive Empire of the Pharaoh, after many back and forths, 10 plagues, they are free and on the run. Much like a bully who has been confronted though or a leader not knowing when time is up, Pharaoh decides to pursue. The Israelites are now surrounded on two sides by mountains, to move forward is to drown in the Red Sea, and to go back is to either be slaughtered or once more into slavery depending on the ruler’s whimsy. Ever felt like this when a challenge of change arises? Or when a change of life is forced upon us either through enforced retirement? Health (mental or physical) crisis? Layoffs? Loss of life? Or Covid-19 restrictions to keep ourselves and neighbour safe? The fight-flight-freeze response, what emotions are driving this within ourselves? Sometimes we can pinpoint core or raw emotions (i.e. sadness, anger) but there is usually more at play. This is where we are in change as we enter the three hearing cycles and space for contemplation, have paper and pencil/pen/crayons/pencil crayons before you:

First Reading/hearing (if you’re in a household of more than one, take time to have someone read aloud, if not read aloud on your own or use a speaker phone or video call) Exodus 14:1-31, The Message:

1-2 God spoke to Moses: “Tell the Israelites to turn around and make camp at Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. Camp on the shore of the sea opposite Baal Zephon.

3-4 “Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are lost; they’re confused. The wilderness has closed in on them.’ Then I’ll make Pharaoh’s heart stubborn again and he’ll chase after them. And I’ll use Pharaoh and his army to put my Glory on display. Then the Egyptians will realize that I am God.”

And that’s what happened.

5-7 When the king of Egypt was told that the people were gone, he and his servants changed their minds. They said, “What have we done, letting Israel, our slave labor, go free?” So he had his chariots harnessed up and got his army together. He took six hundred of his best chariots, with the rest of the Egyptian chariots and their drivers coming along.

8-9 God made Pharaoh king of Egypt stubborn, determined to chase the Israelites as they walked out on him without even looking back. The Egyptians gave chase and caught up with them where they had made camp by the sea—all Pharaoh’s horse-drawn chariots and their riders, all his foot soldiers there at Pi Hahiroth opposite Baal Zephon.

10-12 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw them—Egyptians! Coming at them!

They were totally afraid. They cried out in terror to God. They told Moses, “Weren’t the cemeteries large enough in Egypt so that you had to take us out here in the wilderness to die? What have you done to us, taking us out of Egypt? Back in Egypt didn’t we tell you this would happen? Didn’t we tell you, ‘Leave us alone here in Egypt—we’re better off as slaves in Egypt than as corpses in the wilderness.’”

13 Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today. Take a good look at the Egyptians today for you’re never going to see them again.

14 God will fight the battle for you.
    And you? You keep your mouths shut!”

15-16 God said to Moses: “Why cry out to me? Speak to the Israelites. Order them to get moving. Hold your staff high and stretch your hand out over the sea: Split the sea! The Israelites will walk through the sea on dry ground.

17-18 “Meanwhile I’ll make sure the Egyptians keep up their stubborn chase—I’ll use Pharaoh and his entire army, his chariots and horsemen, to put my Glory on display so that the Egyptians will realize that I am God.”

19-20 The angel of God that had been leading the camp of Israel now shifted and got behind them. And the Pillar of Cloud that had been in front also shifted to the rear. The Cloud was now between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel. The Cloud enshrouded one camp in darkness and flooded the other with light. The two camps didn’t come near each other all night.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and God, with a terrific east wind all night long, made the sea go back. He made the sea dry ground. The seawaters split.

22-25 The Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground with the waters a wall to the right and to the left. The Egyptians came after them in full pursuit, every horse and chariot and driver of Pharaoh racing into the middle of the sea. It was now the morning watch. God looked down from the Pillar of Fire and Cloud on the Egyptian army and threw them into a panic. He clogged the wheels of their chariots; they were stuck in the mud.

The Egyptians said, “Run from Israel! God is fighting on their side and against Egypt!”

26 God said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea and the waters will come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots, over their horsemen.”

27-28 Moses stretched his hand out over the sea: As the day broke and the Egyptians were running, the sea returned to its place as before. God dumped the Egyptians in the middle of the sea. The waters returned, drowning the chariots and riders of Pharaoh’s army that had chased after Israel into the sea. Not one of them survived.

29-31 But the Israelites walked right through the middle of the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall to the right and to the left. God delivered Israel that day from the oppression of the Egyptians. And Israel looked at the Egyptian dead, washed up on the shore of the sea, and realized the tremendous power that God brought against the Egyptians. The people were in reverent awe before God and trusted in God and his servant Moses.

This is the time in the quiet, to feel what is bubbling up for you in this moment of change in your life, what emotions are raw and under the surface or at the boiling point? Take time to draw, scribble, colour, write out what you are feeling. Use the emotion wheel below then to find the emotions that come up, and see what others are connected to them, anything else to add to/discern about your feelings, once we know what our heart/soul song is, we can work forward:

Take the most present and precise emotion forward with you as you enter back into the story, taking a rotation count of deep diaphragmic breaths counting up to 10, then back down to 0 as you are an Israelite in the moment on the shore.

This is the moment in time we are in, on the banks wondering what is going to happen? Where will we be? Are we ready to step forward? As the Red Sea parts, and it becomes like an aquarium for the lie thriving within, you have a choice to step into the passage, stay on the shore, or turn back to Egypt (what is known). Reading/Hearing #2 Exodus 14:1-31 the Message:

As you slowly come out with the emotion you took with you, reflect on the U Theory and where you are within it at this point and time in your personal story.

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Take time to reflect and write-draw-scribble-colour why you are where you are on the U? What is holding you there? What past story is holding you in place, what story will move you forward? Is there a new emotion present you would like to take with you into the third hearing?

As we prepare for the final hearing/reading, take a moment to re-centre yourself. Take the deep diaphragmic breathing count up to 10, then back down to 0. This time take into the story where you are on the U, what you are feeling. As you hear the third hearing, focus on the collapsing waters on the old way, the washing out of the pursuers, that which calls you back to “how it has always been done”, or puts qualifiers on love of neighbour. As we enter:

Third reading/hearing Exodus 14:1-31 as the waters crash behind you as you fearlessly take the step into the unknown…what is being washed away?

Take a moment to draw and write these out. This is what is holding you back now, take a moment to reflect on these “guardians” that have carried you through your life to this point. Honestly thank them, then destroy them as a moment of release.

For crossing through the Red Sea, is about releasing that which enslaved. Now the question arises, what is the below and above surface work you need to accomplish to be in the Promised Land? For it is about the journey….


“You want to know the problem with going somewhere no one’s ever been? It takes so damned long to get there.”

-Dayton Ward’s (2015) Star Trek: The Next Generation Armageddon’s Arrow p.29

The mysterious quill behind Hebrews continues drawing the hearers to their old stories. Having moved through angels and some patriarchs, they now touch upon Moses in the Jesus comparisons. How does this fit with the Ancient Alien Theology lens we are bringing to this? Surely there is nothing within the Moses story? Hmmm… Let’s think. Ancient pantheon of gods that were easily seen as aliens (just watch any Stargate show or movie), the concept of the Elohim being the alien race that had attached to the Hebrew people, the material creators of the human race (Haze, 2018, p. 98). An extra-terrestrial conflict brought to Earth, to save those who had been loyal to the Elohim, and now currently imprisoned by another alien species that used them as slave labour. Moses being in contact with the Elohim, the idea that being upon Mount Sinai and the crashing thunder and lights were a spaceship (Haze p.112-113). That it is this glory that was revealed to Moses illuminating (burning) his face, much akin to the transfiguration we see mirrored in the Canonical Gospels of Jesus in the Christian Testament.

Haze will go on to point out the communication devices that Moses used during the Exodus and how he always spoke separated from the people- perhaps a safety measure?

 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,”[a] bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

-Epistle of Hebrews 3:1-6 (New International Version)

Reminding the people that Moses had led them out of slavery in Egypt, but had faltered in faith and as such could not lead them into the Promised Land. Moses needed to take safety measures to interact with the Elohim that is a tent of communication, being in the crevice of rocks, not facing the Glory of God directly. While it has been reported, Jesus of Nazareth has been within the Glory unprotected, and speaks directly. Pointing out and lending credence that Jesus was both – wholly human-wholly Elohim (alien).

So, as the Holy Spirit says:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested and tried me,
though for forty years they saw what I did.
10 That is why I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”[b]

12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.15 As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”[c]

16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness?18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

-Epistle of Hebrews 3:12-19 (New International Version)

Jerusalem at this time, as noted in my posts Epistle of Strawolution; is a city in flux. For a time, Rome was held at bay as the Judaic rulers-religious had seized control. The time was coming for a fiery end of the rebellion, for no Empire could let the David beat Goliath. In the midst of this change, those that were not fully within the “orthodox” religion knew they would be the first of those used as cannon fodder. It is words of reminder for those thinking of surrendering their new path of metaphysical-transcendent love of God, Self, and Neighbour and turning back that the mystery writer is tapping in to.

Reminding them of the ancient stories, when the alien messengers-creators walked with them and still the people whined (rebelled is such a strong word for those that whined to go back to slavery). It was the shift of change, it would be a change for the good, but the grief was inconsolable as these refugees from the Egyptian dynasty wandered the wilderness for 40 years- a Hebrew Generation. Why so long? Like the old adage of Peace in the Middle East or Ireland, a generation raised away from the hatred, war and anger and able to return with a fresh start for a new country is what was being proposed in the journey of the Wilderness.

It left open that who entered the Promised Land would only know about the transition phase lived, they would only know the stories of bondage in Egypt. It was a step away from the conflict and the anger of the journey for a new beginning.

And what was entry into the Promised Land, but true Sabbath…

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.[a] For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,

“As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter my rest,’”

although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” And again in this passage he said,

“They shall not enter my rest.”

Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, God[b] would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

-Epistle of Hebrews 4:1-13 (English Standard Version)

Exposure. It is a scary concept. It is what happens when we rest. Our true selves begin to emerge, as we allow the sludge of life to slip away. Our dreams can bubble through the sub-conscious to the conscious. It is intriguing to view this concept of resting with the Creator through an Ancient Alien Theology for it shifts understanding. Yes it references to fighters- David and Joshua- both who likely used Alien technology to accomplish their feats, but speaks of a day of rest.

Is it the rest that happens with peace? Not just peace within ourselves, but as there is allusion to the life and teachings of Jesus as encouragement- peace between species and interplanetary?

What would galactic, local, and inner peace be to you?

What facets of self-need to become whole?


Faith, Leadership and Public Life

If you were to drop Woodsworth’s Bible it is said to have opened to Luke 10 (Good  Samaritan)….Drop Aberhart’s open to John 3 (Personal Salvation). p.287-288

Some say religion/spirituality and politics should not mix. It is an extreme view. I hold that one’s religious/spiritual beliefs should not be imposed on another due to legislative-political power, but if one truly holds core values within the spiritual realm you cannot set them aside if you are called to pursue a political vocation. It was a question raised in the debates in 2006 when I ran, as a Third Order Franciscan, and answering honestly that my religion would not be left out for it is intrinsically part of me and informs my social conscience, yet that does not mean I cannot and would not represent those within the multi-cultural riding I lived if elected.

It is a challenge, and in Preston Manning’s 2017 book, Faith, Leadership and Public Life: Leadership Lessons from Moses to Jesus that Manning touches upon. Mr. Manning has a strong Evangelical faith that has shaped his political career, and it is a generational call as his father, Ernest, was an Alberta MLA, Premier, and Senator, What is aptly shown in the words and journey of Preston is that faith is not one sided. He writes of the spectrum of Christians (and one can extrapolate to all peoples) that have entered public life. J.S. Woodsworth and Tommy Douglas with the CCF (on the left) and his father, and William Aberhart with Social Credit (on the right), but the same belief structure governing it; if not a different perspective on emphasis.

The book walks through lessons from the life of Jesus of Nazareth; Moses; David; and what Manning terms the Exiles (Jeremiah, Daniel, Esther, Joseph, Ezra and Nehemiah). I may not always have agreed with his perspective– i.e. the Conservative Party Merger; or that David was an adulteror (readers know I list the Bathsheba incident as rape). But there is wisdom in Manning’s writings that if one can step outside the rhetoric of entrenched ideology they can see what is being laid out.

A path of conscience. Yes, Mr. Manning is more socially conservative than I (though some days the wife points out the NDP can be more socially conservative than I); but he lays out for spiritual leadership an authentic path. One that walks much like the mystics and monastics of our ancestors in developing a Spiritual Rule (laid out in my book, Pilgrimage to the Heart of the Sacred): Daily Spiritual practice and examin.

He also writes of humility and humbleness in leadership. Why are we leading? He gives two examples as he shows the intertwining of his faith and politics:

At the end of the day, perhaps the greatest lesson we can learn from Moses is that true leadership isn’t about the leader. It’s about serving someone and something greater. (p.179)

and

“It’s like trying to drive a car down the road while looking in the rear-view mirror. The most likely result will be a crash– and that will be your legacy.”

-Ernest Manning

We do what we do as leaders, not because of our legacy, or the esteem/power that comes, but because we are called to serve those we lead and do something to make this world better. The book also carries wisdom on a leader whose hardest battles will not be the attacks from outside, but when one inside your organization/church/party attacks you for who you are. Also areas touching on how to whether storms, look into yourself and remain healthy:

Particularly relevant to anyone in a pressure-packed occupation is the fact that most of us very much need a safe and cathartic outlet for our emotions, especially our fear and anxieties. Otherwise we unhealthily suppress them or vent them at the wrong time, in the wrong way and in the wrong place. (p.223).

A trusted support network. Some that are professionals (counsellors, spiritual directors, coaches, mentors) and a strong personal network. The term network may seem business or techno-centric. When I was working life recovery for those leaving youth corrections they used “Circles of Support” with the balance on the life map being more personal than professional. It means family and friends that are supportive and encouraging more than those that tear you down (and I believe we all know folks like that).

Between the Rule of Life; knowing one’s vocation; having the support; and being a support it may be possible to live as a healthy leader. Manning touches upon the need within religious framework to re-assert the need for reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians; care for creation and charity as other key points.

Manning’s third book was a good read. It challenged in some areas; reaffirmed in others. At some instances I outright disagreed, but there is tied in personal anecdotes with his lay theology. The main question that should arise as one reads through the chapters:

What are the take aways for my journey?

How do I commune with the Holy (what is your spiritual practice)?

 

 


ac2For the non-comic geek, today is the 1000 issue of Action Comics. Now the rest of you know what I am writing on. Superman. Action Comics #1 in 1938 introduced something new to the world– a super hero. Yes there had been pulp heroes before, and adventure men (Doc Savage, the Shadow), but Superman was something new and different.

There has been a plethora since. How do I know this is momentous? I grew up in public schools from 1984-1996, and comics were verboten.  Could only find them on convenience store spin racks, or comic shops. Yet now they are in book stores, premium shops, public libraries, and yes, my daughter’s school library. We have begun to realize what I always talked about growing up. Pop culture ala comics, graphic novels, sci-fi are rapidly becoming our new meta-narrative. Much like ancient legends and play wrights we studied in school before hand.  It was through the world of comics, that I discovered the myths and legends, classics, a deeper passion for current events, and simple kindness changing the world.

acAnd it began with the most memorable and imprintable– Superman (there are others, Batman, Spider-Man, since the advent of MCU and DCEU many more have come into consciousness), but I digress. Superman is more than simply the 1000 issues of Action Comics. He has been on every medium: Radio shows, television, movies, video games, multiple comic series, book series, toys, models, trading cards, and other collectibles. The S-shield is a symbol. When it is seen, people have an understanding of heroics. Much like others would when they would see a marshall star, or here a Robin Hood story. That is what Superman grew into as the 20th century carried forward. He fought racism, fascism, poverty, injustice and pure villainy whether it was from within or without.

As much as the Christianities have attempted to co-opt it as an allegory of Christ, the roots are in the Hebrew Bible stories of Moses and Judges. Yet has grown beyond the tribal underpinnings to a universal story. It is why the last two films, Man of Steel and Superman v. Batman were panned. For it was not Superman.

The light in the darkness. The one that seeks justice, but does not use the methods of those he battles. The emblem of truth and hope. A throwback to a simpler time perhaps, but in the complexity we have created in the world, the simplicity is still needed. For in Superman what is stripped away is the convolution, and the mask that is Superman drops to the core of the character:

Clark Kent.

Sent to earth, raised by Jonathan and Martha, humble farmers. Whether you were part of the story where the died, or lived until senior years. It was the simplicity of new life, and light, and kindness… helping neighbour that rung true. The humanity, not the superhero that made the story. A reporter, seeking the truth behind the glitz, glamour and show. His love growing and changing in life. A character through ideations we have seen as child, teenager, elseworlds/multi-verses, young adult, adult, married (Finally! to Lois Lane!) and now a father.

Clark Kent lived life. Yes he had powers, yes he had a mask, Superman, that he wore to use his exceptional gifts. But when the world met Superman, the mask was only the awe that stopped them from seeing Clark…for they truly met Clark.

That is the hope of Superman you see. It is about doing whatever you can to make the world better, and have the life you are meant to live. It is about being the authentic you, regardless of the situation.

Superman, neigh, Clark Kent truly answers the question, Who is My neighbour? For it is his simple and complex actions seeking the best for those that is what matters.

Here is to the narrative continuing…and inspiring new generations.

And yes…Clark…inspired me at one point to want to write…


Read Aquarian Gospel 129 here.

Transfiguration. It is one of those unique stories that some have alluded to, almost like Clark Kent changing into Superman. But then that removes the mystical aspect. For it is a transformation.

Perhaps there is more for us to uncover than simply changing clothes.

What if it was more akin to when the Incredible Hulk becomes Bruce Banner. When the ego run rampant, that which separates us from the Holy Mystery is stripped away to truly live into our vocational calling of brilliance. For, the Hulk was the protector. In life coaching, we coin the term saboteur or gremlin. That which allows us to survive in life, but holds us back from truly thriving. It is once we have released the monster truly from our being, and lived into our true self that we are at peace, content, whole in Holy Love…

Transfigured.

Like Brother Jesus:

  1. And as he prayed a brilliant light appeared; his form became as radiant as a precious stone;
    13. His face shone like the sun; his garments seemed as white as snow; the son of man became the son of God.
    14. He was transfigured that the men of earth might see the possibilities of man.

-129:12-14

Peter, James and John play the role of showing what has allowed survival…but the next step into thriving they show letting go of the past in the manifestations of Moses and Elijah to live into the Cosmic Christ.

First acknowledge and give voice to that holding you back.

Draw it out.

Prepare your self for release.

Thank the Gremlin for allowing you to survive up until now, while acknowledging it is time to move forward in your new life.

Destroy/discard the image when truly ready to step out of the past, this is the monument left on the mountain.

  1. The veil that separates the worlds is but an ether veil. For those who purify their hearts by faith the veil is rolled aside, and they can see and know that death is an illusive thing.

                        –129:19

For the old must die, for the new to be born, like a fire releasing the seed of life within the pine cone.

  1. And all symbolic of the path that every man must tread; symbolic of the way the sons of men become the sons of God.

                        –129:24

The symbolism of release, the stepping into your new reality connecting with the Cosmic Christ-Holy Mystery within. Letting your love light shine brightly within your own transfiguration. Each moment of each day.

The question is, are you willing to leave the gremlins on the mountain top and descend with the Holy Mystery into true life?


Star dust. That is what lives within each of us. A divine spark of the vast universal mystery. The Holy Breath is what the ancient Hebrew poets spoke of in Genesis 1 in being created in the image of the Holy, life breathed and blessed as very good.

This was the story of the people, the family, journeying into the Exodus. Where hearing ancient words we can accept different roles that resonate within each of us. Think of this time. Relax and breathe into calmness, let peace wash over you. Allow the room you are in to vanish. Let the sounds of ancient wilderness, beasts, children, families in panic, hoof beats chasing you. Former slave, saved, promised paradise, running, following one once raised by Pharaoh, rescued from a genocide of male children. At the edge of the Red Sea, confronted with selfish absorption (sin) or living out of the star dust (Holy Mystery) within.

Hear the passage three times, each time take time to ponder a question.

Miriam sings a song of victory. The song. Jesus reveals the symbolic character of the journey of Israel from Egypt to Canaam.

1. And Miriam stood before the surging crowd, and casting up her eyes to heaven she sung anew the song of victory:
2. Bring forth the harp, the vina and the lyre; bring forth the highest sounding cymbal, all ye choirs of heaven. Join in the song, the new, new song.
3. The Lord of hosts has stooped to hear the cries of men, and lo, the citadel of Beelzebul is shaking as a leaf before the wind.
4. The sword of Gideon is again unsheathed.
5. The Lord, with his own hand has pulled far back the curtains of the night; the sun of truth is flooding heaven and earth;
6. The demons of the dark, of ignorance and death, are fleeing fast; are disappearing as the dew beneath the morning sun.
7. God is our strength and song; is our salvation and our hope, and we will build anew a house for him;
8. Will cleanse our hearts, and purify their chambers, every one. We are the temple of the Holy Breath.
9. We need no more a tent within the wilderness; no more a temple built with hands.
10. We do not seek the Holy Land, nor yet Jerusalem.
11. We are the tent of God; we are his temple built without the sound of edged tools.
12. We are the Holy Land; we are the New Jerusalem; Allelujah, praise the Lord!
13. And when the song was done the multitudes exclaimed, Praise God.
14. And Jesus said, Behold the way!
15. The sons of men have groped for ages in the darkness of Egyptian night.
16. The Pharaohs of sense have bound them with their chains.
17. But God has whispered through the mists of time and told them of a land of liberty and love.
18. And he has sent his Logos forth to light the way.
19. The Red Sea rolls between the promised land and Egypt’s sands.
20. The Red Sea is the carnal mind.
21. Behold, the Logos reaches out his hand; the sea divides; the carnal mind is reft in twain; the sons of men walk through dry shod.
22. The Pharaohs of sense would stay them in their flight; the waters of the sea return; the Pharaohs of sense are lost and men are free.
23. For just a little while men tread the wilderness of Sin; the Logos leads the way;
24. And when at last men stand upon the Jordan’s brink, these waters stay, and men step forth into their own.

Aquarian Gospel Chapter 110

  1. As you hear the story the first time. See through the heart and eyes of Pharaoh. One possibly raised with Moses who now has stolen “property”. Your anger burns at the terror reaped on your nation by plagues, blinded by the rage of grief that shattered your world view. When in your life have you lived/experienced as Pharaoh? Spend time in that moment of paradigm shattering rage…what did your heart learn? What shaped your soul? Sit with these answers awhile.
  2. As you hear the story a second time, it is your voice ringing out the victory song. A child when you played the oppressor, giving your brother to the Pharaoh’s daughter…rescued and saved…savvy enough to get your own Mum into the palace as Nanny. Now standing at the riverbank you await the true victory you began to parlay years ago, living into love. Surrendering into the divine flow of the star dust. Remember a time, when despite the odds against love and justice, your victory song came out? What changed in your heart in that moment? What shaped your soul? Sit with these answers as you prepare for the third hearing.
  3. Will the Red Sea part? Will you die? Trepidation and fear. Looking back on the familiar pain to live into, or the unknown of release and freedom form the shackles that hold you. As you hear the words a third time, know your Pharaoh truth, know your Miriam victory song. What emerges as the shackles you must shatter today? What must you step into, trusting like the sea it will part letting you be free?

Sit with your riverbank. Are you ready to step out?

Feel the wilderness fall away. Return your breathing to normal as silence reigns. Peace in your heart.

  1. Behold, the Logos reaches out his hand; the sea divides; the carnal mind is reft in twain; the sons of men walk through dry shod.
    22.The Pharaohs of sense would stay them in their flight; the waters of the sea return; the Pharaohs of sense are lost and men are free.
    23. For just a little while men tread the wilderness of Sin; the Logos leads the way;
    24. And when at last men stand upon the Jordan’s brink, these waters stay, and men step forth into their own.

-110:21-24

Are you ready to step forth into your own?

To be finally free of your Pharaoh?


The Ways We Minister : Love the story, love God

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I love to tell stories — all varieties. Always have; I still have a comic book on subscription. I have been a youth leader for many years and over those years I have struggled to find ways to tell Bible stories. With my comic books as inspiration, and a Rabbi for guidance, I’ve developed a story telling method; one I find works very well, which I call the Rabinnical. I joke that God used to be a lot more visual in his teachings. That’s what he did at Jericho’s Walls. He meted out the ultimate butt kicking. Telling that story, as a dramatic tale, brings me to telling my youth about the Kingdom of God. In telling the story of David and Goliath, we argue about how a pebble could go through a giant’s head. This is the visual language of comic books. Or, how cool it would be to have aquariums to peer at fishes after Moses‘ trick with the sea. And, isn’t it funny how a feast day fell after the circumcision of all the warriors of Israel? And, did the vomit stick to Jonah after the whale puked him onto the beach? All great questions, but why were we talking about them (and in some cases getting very weird looks from elders as they choose the most awkward moments to walk by and peer in)? Because they are the story. We forget that the stories of the Bible are entertaining. As my chorus of youth tells me, we’re slow and God has to keep inventing new ways to talk to us. (Yes we are slow and occasionally just plain dumb — just look at the Golden Calf when Moses goes up the hill to get the Ten Commandments, or Peter telling God that he can’t eat what God is offering him because it is unclean.) I know I could find more traditional ways to teach the Bible. But then who likes easy — the challenge of the story is in the telling. Just like a Rabbi on the hill teaching, I sit in a church kitchen with too much pop and really great food talking about why we circumcise, will pharaoh ever get smarter, and were all the plagues cumulative or did they vanish after each one. My love of story grew out of my love of comic books (Superman, Captain America and Spiderman). It has followed me into ministry as I teach the story I am most passionate about: God’s constant seeking of a relationship with us.

http://presbyterianrecord.ca/2005/03/01/the-ways-we-minister-love-the-story-love-god/


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37 Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and the most important commandment. 39 The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ 40 The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments.”


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I have recently had the opportunity to spend 22 weeks doing a distance online course through the ULC Seminary on Biblical Egytpology, it is interesting, would not be as academically challenging as I would have liked, but provided good food for thought, and direction if one wished to continue to dig deeply on the topic, this is my last three page paper.

Who is the Moses of the Exodus?

3 Viewpoints

Introduction

Moses, a name revered in five Monotheistic Faith traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Baha’i, and Mormonism), yet still shrouded in mystery.  This short paper will explore three viewpoints about this man of faith and mystery, rage and justice, killer and activist.  The three view points are: (a) Paleo-Seti, (b) Biblical Literalism, and (c) Biblical Egyptology.  By travelling through these three distinct viewpoints, what can emerge for the reader is the simple fact that the historical accuracy of the Moses’ story is not what is important, rather the message and themes that continue to inspire change in our world are.

Paleo-Seti

            Paleo-Seti (Ancient Astronaut Theory) is the view point espoused by such theorists as Erich Von Danikan and Zecharia Sitchin.In Chariot of the Gods (1968) Von Danikan postulates that such structures as the pyramids in Egypt were built with the guidance of visitors from outerspace. Sitchin clearly states that Mount Sinai could be a mistranslation with Sinai (Elohim) being a landing spot for the messengers (aliens) and (p.136-137). This couples with the other concepts around the Exodus story familiar to theorists and the Raeliens (a religion arising around this belief) that aliens guided Moses to create the Ark of the Covenant as a communication device.

            Does this idea differ much from the following Biblical Literalist account, or is it simply another reading of the words on a page?

Biblical Literalism

            Biblical Literalism is the simplest form in understanding who Moses is.  Simply stated, he is the author of the first Five Books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) up to and including his own death scene. He is exactly what is says within the Biblical text, a Hebrew child saved from the massacre by his mother, raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, who grew up, murdered a mad, fled to the wilderness and returned to free the people.  The epic adventure is remembered for Jewish people in the event of the Passover, and renewed in the Christian Church in the Easter Holy Week.

            Within the confines of the literalist story what emerges is the story of G-d working in the life of one that may seem lost or irredeemable, one that took time to argue with G-d, yet in the end took a chosen people onwards to become a nation.

Biblical Egyptology

            Biblical Egyptology raises the question of extra-biblical evidence for the Exodus narrative, and more importantly the historicity of this man called, Moses. The first decision to be reached is whether or not one believes the evidence that there was actually a historic exodus, if you side on the affirmative, then the question arises as to when the Exodus happened, and which Pharaoh’s son was Moses and this is decided dependent on which Dynasty you believe the Exodus to have happened in (circa 1500-1200 BCE approximately).

            Biblical Egyptology is as much an art form, as Paleo-Seti, and Biblical Literalism following in the steps of archaeology, theology, and social science.  The key is to understand that the truth proven is only a truth by the facts you have gathered to prove it.

Conclusion

            As a writer, theologian and practitioner of faith there has always been an interest into the history of the events of the sacred stories.  Fortunately (or unfortunately) as my faith journey has progressed, it is easy to look at each of the three viewpoints (and the litany of others) and see statements of value.  What it truly comes down to as one studies, grows, and expands their understanding is bringing the new information alongside the more familiar and going, is this something that aids my understanding and grows my faith or not.  In the case of the study of Biblical Egyptology, in regards to the identity of Moses, it was interesting, gave a new perspective on the story, but has not done anything to grow my faith understanding beyond where it already stood.

References

“Ancient Alien Theory” retrieved from http://www.crystalinks.com/ancientastronauts.html 10 May 2011.

Sitchin, Zechariah (2007). The Earth Chronicles Expeditions. Rochester: Bear & Company publishing.

Von Danikan, Erich (1968). Chariots of the Gods. New York: Bantam Books.

Veith, WJ, “Egypt and the Bible” retrieved from http://amazingdiscoveries.org/S-deception_archaeology_Egypt_Moses.html on 9 May 2011.