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Matthew 2 – Coming Together

This is one of those things that i find so awesome about the Bible and the scriptures.  How even the little things mean a whole lot.  And, how everything seems to just come together.  It becomes clear that God is a step ahead of man and his work… or hundreds, even thousands of years ahead.  In this chapter we see AT LEAST four different prophecies being fulfilled in those first years of His life.

What’s even more interesting to me is that of these four prophecies, three of them seem to be contradictory of one another.  The first one states that from Bethlehem of Judah will come forth the ruler (Messiah).  Thus Jesus, the Christ, is born in Bethlehem.  The second says that “Out of Egypt I called My Son”.  So the Messiah is to come out of Egypt… wasn’t He supposed to come out of Bethlehem of Judah, not Egypt?  Yet here He is, the Messiah coming out of Egypt as well.  Then there’s the prophecy that, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”  He shall be called a Nazarene because He came out of Nazareth.  So now we have three different conflicting prophecies being fulfilled by the same child.

This is what i love about the scriptures.  In what seems like an insurmountable conflict and opposing ideas, there is a smooth and elegant solution that surpasses and bypasses our lack of understanding.  Prior to understanding how all of this comes together in the end, these three passages could almost seem impossible to reconcile together.  Yet God / YHWH brought it all together.  That brings us back to the conflict mentioned in chapter 1’s post.  The conflict seems almost insurmountable with no real answer in sight, and it may remain that way through your entire life.  Yet, as we can see from this chapter; what seems impossible to man, is more than possible with God / YHWH.

I have answers to the conflict of Chapter 1, but i will not give them at this time.  Faith, Hope, and Love abide.  In this conflict, pursue those things.

Rev. John Camiolo

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Genesis 35 – Promise & Pain

It’s a time of change again, isn’t it?  Here we go, Jacob / Israel is called by God yet again to leave the place where he is and go.  This time move to Bethel (house of God), live there, and make an alter to God.

So what does Jacob do?  He gives instruction to all his household to take their foreign household gods and emblems representing these things and get rid of them.  He tells them to purify themselves and prepare to leave.  In response, God puts a fear of them in all the cities that they pass.  No one pursues them, no one attacks them.

While at Bethel, God renews the promise He made with Abraham and Isaac with Jacob (yet again changing his name to Israel).  Jacob gets that promised blessing, but it all comes at a time of loss and despair as well.  Rebekah’s nurse Deborah dies on the way, then not long afterwards Rebekah dies in childbirth.  Quite the contrast.  Such an opposition of turmoil and joy.  Personal blessing from God (what Jacob/Israel had specifically asked for when he wrestled with God), and a new son, at the loss of his beloved wife.  Add to that, the death of his father.

I just can’t find the right word to describe it.  Turmoil is about correct, but turmoil emphasizes trouble over blessing.  Confusion deals with the contrasting feelings, but it implies being unsure, and in this case all is clear, but it is more conflicting.  Conflicting is a good word, but it has too much of a feeling of conflict, and this is not about conflict.  It’s about two opposing states of being residing clearly within the same experience.  It leaves the man confounded but not confused, divided but still whole, overwhelmed but still at peace, frustrated but still full of joy.  It is a time of both blessing and pain all clear and jumbled at the same time.  I just can’t find the right word to describe it.  It’s funny, with so many words in the English language, yet it is so incomplete in so many ways.

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