2009- ALL THINGS?
Today is really my first day back- real time [I’m posting this right after I write it].
I have been journaling for the past 3 months- but that’s a little different.
Okay- out of all the news events- Boston marathon bombing- Ricin letters [by the way- last I saw they seem to have arrested the wrong guy].
Out of these events- a smaller one stands out in my mind.
The handling of the debt crisis in Cyprus.
A few weeks back Cyprus- one of the very small states that’s involved with the E.U. debt crisis- did a surprising move and simply confiscated the money of private citizens from the banks and used that to pay off debt.
Now- they took what was over and above there form of FDIC insurance for the depositors.
In essence- they looted the accounts of their customers.
Now- this simply shows us how bad the EU debt crisis is- and that things have not actually improved- but gotten worse.
So- how has the global market reacted?
This is what’s funny [or sad?] it seems as if some are in denial- while others are simply hedging their bets.
There is a huge amount of money in the system [what we look at when the dow goes up- or down] that simply is looking at the numbers- sort of like a bookie would look at the odds on a game.
Some of this money is simply there because- for various reasons- they think more money might be coming into the system.
That is some investors are not investing because they think the global market is sound- some invest because they think the situation is so bad that it merits a bailout.
I read an article on Egypt- how Morsi [the president] believes that the western nations will bail him out- give him loans that are above what they should get- and he believes this because he thinks they are ‘too big to fail’.
That is- he is expecting the loan not because they are stable- Egypt used to have a good economy- but since the ‘revolution’ it has been a real mess.
So- as a direct result of their Arab Spring- they need much more cash than before.
And Morsi thinks they will get it- even though- economically they probably don’t deserve it [not to mention some real ideological problems with the new leadership- like very anti Semitic statements that the leader holds to].
So- overall- we are in April of 2013- and the European debt crisis is not over- but probably getting worse.
These last few months I have been reading more of the gospels- and have cut down on the news a lot.
I still read the headlines- and catch a few news shows- but not nearly as much as before.
I was what you would consider a news addict- for real.
So- I have focused more on the gospels and less on world events [though they are still very much a part of what we are called to impact as the church].
As I finished the gospel of Luke the other week- I noticed a verse that I have read many times before.
But it hit me in a new way.
It says ‘all things that were written had to be fulfilled- in the Law and the Psalms and the Prophets’.
It’s talking about all the Messianic portions of the Old testament- the bible passages that speak about Christ.
Then of course he enters into the final stages of his earthly life- and is Crucified.
Over the years- as a bible reader- I noticed how lots of us tend to gravitate towards the ‘flashier’ parts of the bible.
I have many Psalms and Prophets that I quote from- there are portions of Isaiah [what would be called ‘the prophets’] that I have memorized for years.
I am reading thru the Psalms right now- they are great stuff.
But when I read the above verse- which was said by Christ himself- he said ‘ALL THINGS’ had to be fulfilled- not just the ‘flashy’ portions of scripture [Psalms- Prophets].
But the hard stuff too- Law.
Then at the crucifixion scene- he’s on this Cross- this place of public humiliation- and the people watching are sort of in shock.
He has become what the scripture said ‘a stone that the builders rejected’.
His friends have gone- his poor mom is seeing all this play out- and the others are there- almost to see what else could go wrong with him.
Then- in the middle of it all- don’t forget his family earlier thought he was ‘beside himself’ he looks up to God- and he makes a few statements.
He asks ‘why did you leave me’.
He says ‘father- forgive the ones who hate me- and want me gone- they don’t know what they do’.
Then- as the Roman gaurd looks on- he says ‘into your hands I commit my Spirit’.
And in Old King James language- he ‘gave up the ghost’- that is- he died.
As I read this account recently- and the statement from Christ about all things being fulfilled.
I saw what Jesus was saying ‘look- I have been with you for 3 years- doing ministry- teaching you stuff- how to forgive- don’t hold grudges- carry your Cross every day’.
Then- HE DID IT- he showed them how to ‘die well’.
Yeah- all things had to be fulfilled- all things had to be modeled.
He had to demonstrate- in real time- what he taught them.
Oh- now I get it- I really do.
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