Bimetallism (Mispocha part 1)

"Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold." (Psalm 68:13)

Interesting verse from the King James. While it says pots, it's actually the "sheep pens" or "stalls". The Hebrew word is shaphath. It refers to being shut in and corralled by God in order to learn something. What He'd have you know. A very special place to be. You can look out the bars at those who come and go as they please. Know, though, that "he (she) that is called in the Lord, being a servant (essentially a slave, point in time), is the Lord's freeman" (1 Corinthians 7:22a). Hence the allusion to the dove from the psalm. You are free within to move around. Within your body, I should say. While a sense of personal freedom to travel the world under natural auspices is a heady thing, to compare it to the freedom in Christ offered and delivered by the Holy Spirit is folly. And no sense in comparing oneself to anyone else for that matter. Paul continues in Corinthians: "Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men." (verse 23) In other words, serve others as unto Christ. Because people, in and of themselves--God bless their darling hearts--don't sometimes have what it takes to fill you up. Whether they're a brother or sister in Christ, or not.

Either Or

"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many." (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)

As an aside, were you to design your own coat of arms, one of the many rules you'd be expected to abide by is that of tincture. Namely the placement of gold--called Or--and silver--Argent. There is an order to all things and something important as the crest representing your family must follow a pattern. Heraldry is a complex and awesome art and science.

"But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour." (2 Timothy 2:20)

"Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, Why hast Thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?" (Romans 9:20-21)

Paul talks a lot around and about distinctions in class and race and how the blood of Christ unites even as it separates along those lines. Nothing is sacred, in a sense, except the holiness of God. Read all the latitude you want into that statement. Everything must be alloyed with love and an individual's conscience attuned to the same Holy Spirit as was (and is) Jesus'. The point here is, yes, Paul says that God has indeed made some vessels for "honour" and some for "dishonour". But if we neglect the simple fact that the thousands of choices we're free to make make us into who we are and are becoming, we will indeed end in being a vessel of "dishonour".

What does it take to be "in a great house", a "vessel of gold" or "silver"? Y'know, there's an alloy called electrum of gold and silver? Or that. More heat, more hammering. You can hammer out gold and silver and metal and form it into something at once more durable and also more beautiful. Because metal is malleable (malletable?). You cannot, however, hammer a vessel of earth or wood. These things come about in altogether different ways. I have read that anything under gold and silver in Paul's list is a vessel of "dishonour" but practically, I don't think so. I could be wrong. Some of the most beautiful containers are polished wood and some vases (pronounced "vahz") of pottery fetch more than their weight in gold. It's a spectrum, a family. And spiritually, it's more about what we're carrying that what we look like on the outside.

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household." (Matthew 10:34-35)

Uhh... A hard word to be sure. If Jesus actually said that, evidently it needed to be said.


A Direct Line (Mispocha part 2)

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