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Matthew 27 – 2 – The Beginning Ends

I have a hard time writing about this section.  I don’t know why.  It is such a rich section of the scripture with beauty, majesty, & strength.  I look at this section of scripture and it seems like time is slowing down and almost coming to a standstill.  Like if you could be there, you could almost see every drop of blood and hear the cry of every vulture.  It’s almost like every bit and piece of reality is slowed down and magnified.  Like all of life and time itself has been preparing for this moment and is now holding its breath in anxious anticipation of this, the very moment that it exists for.  Distantly, in the background, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” ringing through all of reality.  The flutter of the wings of a bird; the racing heartbeat of a little boy; the sound of the laughter of the roman soldiers slowing down as a moment is extended into five.  It is almost deep and primal, and then… it is done!

Jesus, the Christ, has died!  The heaven’s mourn.  The Father / YHWH tears His veil, as the priest had torn his robes only hours before.  The very earth and rocks cry out.  They expel the very bodies of the dead righteous, just as the blood of righteous Able called out to YHWH from the ground that had swallowed him up from the hands of Cain.

Nothing else matters in all of history and time, as what happens in that very moment when “Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

… except maybe what happens on the third day

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Genesis 20 – Righteousness

This is one of those chapters that sometimes i just don’t get.  So God has been blessing Abraham everywhere he goes.  God has watched over him, taken care of him, prospered him, protected him, etc., etc., etc., but Abraham still see the need to fear people’s response to him and the beauty of his wife (who is by the way, more than 100 years old at this point).  He allows them to take his wife away… why?  Because he doesn’t think that God can/will protect him?  I mean come on Abraham!

I have to be careful about what i say and how i criticize Abraham in this situation.  God treated him as if he had done the right thing, or at least as if he had not done the wrong thing.  Just because i don’t understand it, doesn’t make it not true.

What i can say though, is that King Abimelech appears to be the righteous one.  He takes Sarah, who he believes is unmarried, treats her well, doesn’t touch her, listens to God, returns her to Abraham, and gives Abraham gifts for himself and sacrifices to cover all sins.  Because of Abimelech’s righteousness God protects and speaks to him.  If he had not been righteous to start with, he would not have heard from God, and he would have been destroyed, he and his family.

Do we reside in the righteousness of God?  In a situation like this would we have heard God calling out to us?

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