During the recess of WW1 and WW2, could the German Jewish war veterans that fought for the German Army, have imagined that a new war was coming, that would destroy them, if it could. In those day’s Europe folded, now they follow the piper. These are new days.
In the second war, some unlikely alliances rose to survive; England, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and the Old Commonwealth; then the Americans came to fight. As these quarters rested, new wars brewed and we often wonder, who lit the match. The Asian wars, the African wars and the Middle East. Nation against nation. Weapons, Hired Guns and Slaves are a thriving enterprise and someone is making a profit.
Refugees; homeless, all full of anxiety, rock in the ocean and await angry shores for a smile, a wave and a welcome new home. Could it be you, will it be you?
How do you prepare for war? Who are our friends, who is a spy? If the bully fails, are we safer or worse off? Do our blind guides know where they are going?
Will the garden idols save us? Who are the hired hands fighting for? Don’t lose your head, stay calm; why should we care?
How do you prepare for war? Will your house survive? Where will you hide? What will you wear? Can you make a fire, or plant a garden when the fuel and food are gone. Who will you pray too, when the bombs fall? Ask a refugee and ask how they survived a war.
Many Christians will Celebrate Easter on Good Friday (the crucifixion) and Sunday for the resurrection, few Churches will be following the Passover rite. Passover traces back to when a population of Slaves, that were the descendants of 12 brothers, fled from the tyranny of an Egyptian dictator.
Moses, a man that spoke with God, entered the battle with his walking staff. He trusted that God would do what he claimed he would, this entailed an environmental disaster of dead fish, plagues, ruined crops, diseases and the loss of live stock. The Pharaoh refused to allow the release of his work force. Moses threatened the death of first borns if the demand was not met.
The death of the first born was not limited to the Egyptians but would effect any home that did not have the blood of a lamb on its doorpost. The angel of death was not told to avoid the slaves but only the doors that had the innocent blood of the lamb. Technically Egyptians were not excluded, if the Pharaoh had the blood on his doorpost, the Angel would not have killed his first born.
‘You saw the suffering of our ancestors in Egypt; you heard their cry at the Red Sea.You sent signs and wonders against Pharaoh, against all his officials and all the people of his land, for you knew how arrogantly the Egyptians treated them. You made a name for yourself, which remains to this day. You divided the sea before them, so that they passed through it on dry ground, but you hurled their pursuers into the depths, like a stone into mighty waters. By day you led them with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take. (Nehemiah)’
When Jesus (Yeshua) had the Passover super with the 12 men, which he had been training, he explained that when they celebrated the Passover that they should remember him and that the wine was symbolic of his blood. Like the Passover lamb, his blood would save people from death. He illustrates the point by dying a horrific and public death and then coming back into town after the ordeal.
The Easter story has different roots, it was a pagan ritual involving a woman who married her son, some versions claim it was Nimrod. (Nimrod was the architect behind the tower of Babel) The son dies a brutal death and the mother claims he became the sun god (Baal). The mother said that she was a moon goddess and the queen of heaven. They ate sacred cakes, celebrated with bunnies and eggs.
The original Christians celebrated all of the feasts and laws handed down from Moses. They were symbolic acts that would reveal the end from the beginning.
It was dangerous to be a Christian until Constantine (Italy) became one and made it a state religion. Although the early christians celebrated Sabbath on the 7th day (Saturday) it was changed to the 1st day (Sunday) for convenience, although it had been the sun gods day. Rather than build new buildings they worshipped in the old Baal temples. The old pagan priests had to switch their style to accommodate the conversion. It was a compromise. They also changed the Calendar, so that September is the 9th month rather than the 7th and December is 12th rather than 10th. Under Catholic domination in the early Templar days, faith driven Christians were executed as martyrs if they did not submit to the changes.
‘But they, our ancestors, became arrogant and stiff-necked, and they did not obey your commands. They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf and said, ‘This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,’ or when they committed awful blasphemies.‘(Nehemiah)
With the emergence of the internet and the increase in knowledge many Christians are returning to the Passover.
For some it’s an annual 4 day Autumn weekend, mass exodus to the coast.
For others, it is the EXODUS
It’s that Holy time of the year for Jews and Christians, Passover and Resurrection rituals reminding the faithful of a power stronger than death. Revolutionary leaders such as Martin Luther King and Gandhi have drawn from these ancient beliefs to alter the fate of the future. The original set of Commandments were the moral compass for the refugees that were escaping slavery and dreaming of a better place.
Although Jews, Moslems and Christians are keen to point out their differences, the ‘top ten’ applies to them all.
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.”
2. NO IDOLS
“You shall not recognise other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.”
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.”
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant, your animal or your stranger within your gates.”
“Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”
“You shall not murder.”
“You shall not commit adultery.”
“You shall not steal.”
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools” Matin Luther King
For Christians there was an add on.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
“The true measure of any society is how it treats it’s most vulnerable members” Gandhi