Thursday, March 26, 2020

I was thinking out loud the other day. I wrote a limerick about the possibility we might be taking the wrong course of action by shutting down everything.

My grandkids (son and brother too) jumped in and went on a roll. Proud of these smart and savvy homeschoolers — enjoy!

I started out with this one:
“China started a sickness contagious,
The countries responded outrageous,
They locked us away
so we all lost our pay,
And the cure was disadvantageous.”

My brother Tim:
They say that it started in Wuhan.
On the skin of the rats, it grew on.
They ate them fried,
and most of them died
Now the world has gone to ruin.

Grandson Damian (15 years old):
Corona has wreaked a pandemic,
It causes the countries to panic.
It shortens the breath,
and all men fear death
cause God is not known in the havoc

Grandson Dominic (17 years old)
“Freak out and run for your lives
Only congregate in fives
Buy all the sanitizer,
and you’ll be the wiser”
On these things the media thrives!”

“In the midst of delirium
Bow before the imperium
beg and plead,
hope they’ll concede
To quickly find a serum”

My son Jesse:
“The virus made everyone scared,
except for those who prepared.
But it won’t matter much,
cause we’re all sitting ducks
When those who have less become flared.”

Granddaughter Maria Faustina (15):
What is More Dangerous than Coronavirus?

“Many dangers are written down on this list
let’s cut it short and get to the gist:

When men are afraid
they’ll trade freedom for aid
and that’s when things turn communist.”

“While some fling their hands up in despair,
feeling powerless in the general scare,
there are those who hold strong
though the storm rages on
for they know the Power of Prayer.”

Grandson Joshua (17 years old):
“This catastrophe must be Trump’s fault,
“He screwed up his job” they all cry.
But Trump fights day and night
To secure all our rights,
Fake news can do nothing but lie.”

My conclusion:
“I’ve got the smartest grandkids ever,
Perceptive and wise and exceedingly clever,
The look on the scene
The lines read between
And we stand in the truth altogether!”

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I put up a post a few days ago with a video of my talk in Ephesus about Mary being Queen of Heaven and an Intercessor for the people of God’s kingdom.

Someone wrote to object saying,

It is interesting Steve, as to what you left out in your reference to 1 Kings 2:19 , Solomon’s Mother did indeed come into the throne room, Solomon did indeed, rise and bow and have her sit at his right hand. But the Queen Mother’s request was in fact denied, and the first person to go to the Queen Mother with his request was put to death that very day! So much for taking requests to the Queen Mother, doesn’t always work!

I responded,

There are two ways to see the intercession of Bathsheba: 1) a naive request to the king for Adonijah and 2) a subtle and wise exposing of Adonijah’s continued deceit to claim the throne. Let me explain a bit. If we assume the first possible scenario, Solomon is a type of Christ yet Solomon was a sinner. Solomon’s sin does not detract from Jesus’ perfection as the quintessential king of Israel and the Universe.

Every king in Israel/Judah had a queen but it was never his wife; it was his mother. She was called giborah, great lady and Queen Mother.

Being a sinner and flawed did not detract from the fact that Solomon was a type of Christ. Neither does Bathsheba’s sins and flaws detract from her being a prefigurement of Mary. Solomon and his mother were sinners; Jesus and his mother were not. What Solomon and his mother failed to do; Jesus and his mother do perfectly.

You could also note that Jesus said explicitly that the only sign he would give was the sign of Jonah, but Jonah was rebellious; does that mean Jesus’s crucifixion and burial was a result of his own rebellion?  Of course not–that would be an improper use of typology.

Also, if you use Bathsheba’s indiscretion to diminish Mary, then you must be consistent and use Solomon’s sins to diminish Jesus. Queen mothers were flawed intercessors; the Mother of God is an intercessor without flaw.

But if we consider the second possibility, the second way to interpret the historical and political situation behind this event we see Bathsheba as being very wise and discerning.

It is possible and even likely that Bathsheba was wiser than she is normally given credit for and made this request to expose the deceitful intents of Adonijah? Did she inform Solomon of the plot in a diplomatic way?

The taking of a king’s concubine was a political move to grasp the throne. In this scenario, Bethsheba wisely and publically exposed Adonijah’s continued plot for the throne. It ultimately brought about the assassination of the competitor for her son’s throne. As an “image” of Mary, the request can be seen as a parallel to the revealing of the Evil One and his continued attempt to displace her Son.

Sorry, I didn’t miss anything.

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