Friday, January 4, 2019

Jasmine's Discoveries


Given the once or twice a month pace for Just like Eve, this selection is a summary of the discoveries Jasmine is about to make during her quest.  It’s a snapshot of a later section, toward the end of the book – but not the very end, as I’ve already drafted the final chapter.  Perhaps it could also be used as the back cover of a future book.
I’m struck by the number of words.  Every time I finish drafting a selection on the computer, I do a word count and note the count at the bottom of my draft with the date.  When I later go back to revise, I do a new word count, note the new count and add the revision date (leaving the original creation date too).  My word count for the draft of this selection came to the illuminating and powerful number of 358.  See Jasmine’s discovery below , another powerful number: #7.  I was struck and affirmed, but I didn't expect it to stick.  When I later added some clarifications, omitted some needless words, and revised, I did a new word count: 358.
I’ve been both encouraged and discouraged these past few months while working on Just like Eve: encouraged because I’m doing it, writing fiction – something I’ve never been good at; discouraged because it remains wanting in vibrant characters, an enthralling story, and poetic power.  But, it's a draft, and the divine stamp of approval of 358 sets me in motion to keep on truckin’.


Jasmine's Discoveries

            How much truth could be contained in the brief story of Adam, Eve, the serpent, and the mysterious plural part masculine, part feminine entity called Elohim?  Upon the conclusion of her quest into her question, “Who is Eve?” Jasmine sits dumbfounded.  Each discovery holds profound insight, yet is entirely different, even directly opposed, to the lessons provided by the church.  Jasmine lists out the astonishing revelations into her journal:
1.      women were sentenced to a mysterious longing: to be completed by their man (Gen 3:16); 
2.      this longing would so burden some women that it would be a curse;
3.      others – those in the fashion, beauty, jewelry and other romance businesses – would profit in multi-billion dollar industries from woman’s burdensome longing;
4.      a woman was also likely to suffer from the most chilling of all curses: to be “ruled” by her man (Gen 3:16);
5.      the serpent both deceived and told the truth; 
6.      the serpent also both liberated and oppressed; 
7.      the serpent (nahash: Nun (50) + Het (8) + Shin (300) = 358) holds the same mystical energy of 358 as the Messiah (Meshiach: Mem (40) + Shin (300) + Yod (10) + Het (8) = 358);
8.      the God figure, Elohim, is plural (-im) with a feminine root, but masculine in plural form, suggesting a far bigger, complete, and more mysterious entity;
9.      Elohim would forbid something good, that the God of the New Testament would later call for: knowledge/discernment of good and evil (Gen 2:17 vs. Heb 5:14);
10. taking of this knowledge would lead to both liberation and suffering;
11.  the woman (an ezer) was designed to be more than merely a “helper” for the man, as the essence of ezer suggests “life-saver.”

Jasmine closed with the one most astonishing to her, adding into her journal, “How many women throughout time and, at least, English speaking women ever since the King James Bible was published, had any idea when they were reading of the woman’s creation for man, ‘I will make for him a suitable helper’ (Genesis 2:18), that a more salient translation would be ‘I will make for him a suitable life-saver?’”

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

If My People

Originally written in the G. W. Bush years in 2006, then posted in the Obama years in 2010, I'm re-posting "If My People" as a 2019 New Year's wish in the Trump years.  It's built upon 2 Chron 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

If My People
who are called by My Name
will humble themselves and pray
and seek My face
and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven,
will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land

But if My People
who are called by My Name proclaim,
“Our Kingdom is not of this world,”
yet they weep and wail
when their kingdom of the world
goes the way of the world
and, for this, they trust not in My Kingdom,
then My people have not heard My voice

And if My People
who are called by My Name cry out,
”Change their hearts and minds!”
and cry not, “Change my heart and mind!”
and pound their fist in prayer,
“Cleanse their heart, Oh Lord”
and not, “Cleanse my heart, Oh Lord,”
then My people have not heard My voice

And if My people
who are called by My Name say
“If the sinners stop killing babies,
if the men stop marrying men,
if the movie makers dawn modesty,
if Caesar cuts taxes,
if the schools discipline,
and if these people and those people ad nauseum,”
and, for this, if My People think
their marriages will be saved,
their children will follow Me,
and their land will be healed
because those I seek to save
have been rescued by politics,
then My people have not heard My voice

If only My people
who are called by My Name
will loosen the bonds of wickedness,
let the oppressed go free,
bring the homeless into their home,
clothe the naked,
and feed the hungry,
then I will hear from heaven
and will heal their land

But if My people
who are called by My Name say
“We are children of great fathers,
so God is with us,”
and they honor Me with their lips
and claim Me in their hearts,
but they have set up their high places,
and turned My gift into a god
and cry for the right to pledge allegiance to their god,
then My people have not heard My voice

And if My people
who are called by My Name
render more unto Caesar
than the taxes and votes that are Caesar’s
and render less unto Me
than the humility and trust that is Mine,
and with Caesar commit adultery,
and if My shepherds preach politics for salvation
and garner power for themselves
through their flock as a voting block,
then My people have not heard My voice

If only My People
who are called by My Name
will seek and save the lost
not by Caesar,
but by My Power and by My Cross,
and show compassion to the oppressed
and honor to My Creation,
then I will hear from heaven
and will heal their land

But if My People
proclaim My Law
upon those I seek to save
and petition My Law become a shrine,
and if My people do not themselves follow My Law,
and if they weep, wail and whine
when those I seek to save
grumble against a shrine for My Law,
then My people have not heard My voice

And if My people
who are called by My Name
cry out in fear,
“Touch not the wine or the oil!”
and cry out in anger,
“Tax us not!”
and worry not just for bread, but for luxuries too,
and trust not in Me
or My promise to clothe them
then My people have not heard My voice

If only My people
who are called by My Name
will humble themselves
and return to Me,
and trust in Me for all their needs,
and trust they can do all things through Me,
and even obey My Law they seek to enshrine,
then I will hear from heaven
and will heal their land

But if My people
who are called by My Name
see not with their eyes,
and hear not with their ears
the dreams I send them of Caesar's sickness,
warning them to flee adultery,
and tell them in dreams,
“Get out of her, My People,”
and if instead, they urgently tell thousands
to pray for Caesar 
and not for their own repentance,
then My people have not heard My voice

And if My people
who are called by My name
behead My prophets
who say to them,
“Repent! 
For the Kingdom of God is near!”
and if My people keep for themselves
the body of the prophesy,
and cut off the head of the prophesy,
and display the head on a silver platter,
then My people have not heard My voice

If only My people
who are called by My Name
will love Me with all their heart,
with all their soul and with all their strength,
and love their neighbor as themselves,
then they will hear My voice,
and I will hear from heaven
and will heal their land


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