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Unless We Are

Luke 13:31-35
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you kill the prophets and stone to death those sent to you! How often I wanted to gather your children together the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings! But you were not willing! Your house will be abandoned. (NOG - Names of God Bible)
It took me a long time today, and a dive down the research rabbit-hole, but finally, after crawling out of the theological warren of Revelations and brushing its bitter desert dust off of me, I went back to the Gospel reading. (I always have trouble with readings from Revelations, and I’m generally in agreement with the Eastern Orthodox folks who don’t include it in the canon.)
Anyway—
“Chicks under wings” is where I ended up today. Most of us in the modern U.S. don’t have any experience with hens and chicks, except as a garden plant. Even if we keep chickens, we don’t breed them. We’ve never seen a real live hen with her chicks under her wings. So here’s a video: Hen hiding chicks. It’s cute, and faintly ridicu…

The Narrow Gate

Luke 13:18-30
Do your best to enter through the narrow gate…many will try to find the way in, and won’t be able to. Once the head of the household gets up and shuts the door and you are left outside, knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open to us!’ —then he will answer you, ‘I don’t know you or your hometown.’ Then you will say, “We ate and drank with you and you taught in our streets,” and he will speak, declaring to you,
“I do not know you, or where you come from!Back off! Employees of injustice; workers in falsehood!”
From the Zen rodeo:
Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope.
Moving freely vertically and horizontally without obstruction is the way of outsiders and the nightmare army.
To preserve the heart mind and to purify it by letting impurities settle to the bottom in quiescence is the perverted Zen of silent illumination.
Neglecting the written records with unrestrained ideas is falling into a deep pit.
To be awake and not ignorant is to wear chai…

Then

Psalm 119:73-96
92 If your Torah had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my distress.
93 I will never forget your precepts,
for with them you have made me alive.
94 I am yours; save me
because I seek your precepts.

That just completely speaks for me. I would have perished without the delight I find in the Word and the Way. The principles I practice, which come from God, are precisely what is keeping me alive. I belong to God, and by following the Way I am released from distress, distraction and ineptitude.
Revelation 16:1-11
Then I heard the altar say,
“Yes, Adonai, God of heaven’s armies,
your judgments are true and just!”

There are places in the New Testament where the writer(s) use some literary device to indicate a quote from the Old Testament or Tanakh. I haven’t been able to discover by what method, but modern translations usually indent the quoted passage. This quote only applies to one of the Names of God: Adonai Elohim Elohei-Tzva’ot/Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot, which is tradi…