There are many people who do not believe in the bible or assert that the events recorded never happened, but in actuality it is a most credible collection of writing given its historical accounts of actual kingdoms and empires and also its’ real depiction of the complex character of people. It is a book as I stated before which is rooted in the grit and grime of humanity. It doesn’t sugar coat the deeds and action of the people who are the subject of the book or the nations around them. It is a thematic book. One of the overriding themes is worship, but in this article I will continue the examination of Duality. In the previous article, I looked at Israel’s judgment and the reasons why they were judged and sent into exile. But I also noted that the prophets often pronounced judgment but also God’s mercy on Israel and their future restoration so that dual contrasting prophecies were occurring at the same time.
As we jettison to the arrival and lifetime of Yeshua (Jesus), we see this duality occurring yet again. The story of Jesus has been told and demonstrated many times in the creative arts whether in theater or via Hollywood filmmakers albeit he is depicted as a white gentile. But there is one question that arises which is never addressed in the films and in Christendom. If Jesus is all about love for his people and sacrifice, why did he prophesy the destruction of Jerusalem specifically declaring, “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those day for there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.” Like 21:23. Why was there going to be wrath upon the people? When this question is answered it is to use a phrase from the Black Authority in regards to the issue of reparations for Black American descendants of slaves akin to cutting the check spiritually with God-that is let us skip all the fluffy distractions and side matters which don’t get us to the core issue of resolving the wrath that has been upon us since the destruction of Jerusalem in 70ad.
Before I address this question I am going to summarize the gospels as a back drop to the most significant example of duality in that of Yeshua aka Jesus. The bible is a supernatural book in that it chronicles supernatural occurrences in the history of the people of Israel. It is about the human execution of the power of God against those spiritual powers of the gods of other nations. When Jesus arrives on the scene he is demonstrating the full power of God over the natural and spiritual world. He heals many people of sicknesses and cast demons out of them. His teaching is leap years ahead of the Pharisees, priests and scribes. He is an outsider to the ruling religious and political class; a disrupter of their place and position in the wheel of subjugation by the Roman empire.
Each step of his life brings him closer to his understanding of who he is and what will befall him so that one day before they head to Jerusalem, he asks the disciples, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man am? They responded, “some say John the Baptist, some Elijah and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them “But who do you say that I am? And Simon Peter said You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:13-16. At this moment of revelation for Simon Peter we see that Jesus is at once the son of man and the Son of God so that the duality of Jesus person is revealed at this time. The other most significant part of Jesus’ duality is that of his death. Commonly, in Christianity we think of Jesus as having sacrificed his life for mankind and of God so loving the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
He is seen as the good shepherd who gives his life for the sheep and whom the Father loves because he lays down his life that he may take it again, that no takes it from him but he lays it down of himself and have the power to take it again. John 10:11, 17-18. We focus steadfastly on the surreal Son of the Living God aspect of Jesus’ death and glance over grit and grime of the Son of Man part.
The grit and grime of Jesus’ death as the son of man is seen when he warns his disciples on three separate occasions that he will be handed over to the authorities in Jerusalem to be killed. When Jesus enters Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, he teaches boldly in the synagogues and performs miracles of healing. He irritates greatly the teachers of the law so much so they look for an opportunity to terminate him. They find it in Judas who sells him out for a mere 30 talents of silver. I’m hoping that is at least equivalent to a $1000.00 dollars in today’s calculation.
But before Judas betrayal we find Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane praying. He is not engaged in casual prayer. Luke lets us know in chapter 22:42 that he prayed to the Father that he wouldn’t have to go through with his pending persecution, remove the cup from me Father if there’s another way; nevertheless not my will but your will be done. In verse 42 and 43 we see that an angel appeared to him from heaven strengthening him. And being in agony he prayed more earnestly and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Dear people, it is evident that Jesus did not relish the notion of laying down his life as the Son of Man. He was not overjoyed at the thought of undergoing a barbaric Roman execution. I can imagine that fear gripped his insides and more than a few waves of doubt and trepidation washed over his soul. He wasn’t in heaven surrounded by a legion of angels, he was on earth surrounded by callous, crappy, stone cold killing men. Yes, he was in the theater of the grit and grime of envy and politics so much so that when they went to arrest him, they came as a multitude with clubs and swords as if he had been out thieving and robbing instead of teaching in the synagogue.
We learn from Pontius Pilate that it is out of jealousy that the elders of the people and chief priests and scribes had delivered Jesus to him. Matthew 27:18. Pilate tried to get them to release Jesus but the people stirred up by the chief priests wants Barabbas a known criminal to be freed instead. When he inquires what is to be done with Jesus, they cry, “crucify him.” Pilate is shocked. What has he done to be crucified? Crucifixion is reserved for the most evil of actions. But he could not persuade them as a lunatic rage had overcome the people and he washed his hands of the matter.
Question for the audience. Where were all the people who Jesus had healed, driven demons out of and taught in the various towns and synagogues. Surely, there were people in Jerusalem from the places Jesus had been doing miracles and whose lives he had personally touched among the hostile crowd. Could not one person have spoken out and testified to Jesus good works and character. Jesus had to be highly disappointed at the level of ungratefulness of his own people; at the level of cowardice to do the right thing. This reminds me of the Brett Kavanaugh hearing where at the height of the me too movement the Democratic party was trying to stop his nomination by any means necessary so much so that they found a woman who claimed to be assaulted by him in high school. Yes, folks high school.
They would have gone back to pre-school if they had to given the level of animosity against him just for the being President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme court. With no evidence of wrong-doing they wanted him hung out to dry. The attacks were vicious and the witches were in full display because in their world you are guilty until proven innocent if you are on the wrong team. Surprisingly Susan Collins was one woman who didn’t jump on the Me Too firing squad and condemn a man with a good professional record because a woman made an accusation with nothing more to back it. She was not like the people in the crowd at Jerusalem who knew better, but were too afraid to go against the hostiles.
When Jesus is on his way to be crucified after enduring mocking and beatings, women who are among the crowds mourned and lamented him. “But Jesus turning to them said, Daughters of Jerusalem do not weep for me but weep for yourselves and for your children. For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts which never nursed. Then they will begin to say to the mountains ‘Fall on us and to the hills Cover us. For if they do these things in the green wood what will be done in the dry? Luke 23:27-31. Here Jesus once again alludes to a future judgment that will not be pretty for his people, but we see in his capacity as the Son of God as he is being crucified with criminals on each side of him that he with voice probably hoarse and dry utters, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they do.”
In keeping with the tradition a duality of the prophets proclaiming judgment and restoration we see that Jesus pronounce judgment but also mercy by asking for the father to forgive them. If Jesus had not asked for the people to be forgiven, If he had not loved his enemies who were his own people, if he had not blessed those who cursed him, did good to those who hated him, and prayed for those who spitefully used and persecuted him, I am convinced there would have been none of his people left. As if it was a trivial thing, they walked in the sinful ways of their fathers and just as Ahab willfully married Jezebel and served her god, Judah willfully used the Roman gentile system to crucify not just a son of man or prophet but the Son exemplar, the Son of the Living God. Dear people God has an overriding concern for justice. It is a running theme throughout the bible.
When David was confronted by Nathan the prophet for his adultery with Bathsheba and actions against her husband Uriah the Hittite he lets him know that God will execute justice on Uriah’s behalf one of which is the death of the child who is to be born because David’s deed gave great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme. 2Sam 12:13,14. Since only David and Nathan knew about his transgressors, what enemies of the Lord would have occasion to blaspheme him. He is likely referring to rebelling sons of God in heavenly places and to Lucifer/Satan. So we see from David who used the sword of the people of Ammon to kill Uriah the Hittite and God’s pronouncement of judgment on David and his house, we see similarly Judah used the Roman system of capital punishment to execute Jesus.
I love my people and we have many great qualities, but a problem with us and Black men in particular from what I’ve seen on discussion with this topic is the inability to accept responsibility for their actions particularly as a collective. They are more apt to blame women just as they focus on Jezebel as opposed to Ahab when it is Ahab who sinned against God not Jezebel. She was only doing what she was raised to do. He didn’t evangelize her to the worship of his God, but he left his God to serve hers. It the reason why Elijah confronted Ahab and not Jezebel. It is the reason Nathan confronted David and not Bathsheba. Similarly, when they are not blaming women, they blame Esau who for them are all white men for their ills and troubles in this world. Well, the gentiles are doing what they have been raised to do and God’s sword of justice will find and is finding those of them for whom it is merited.
Although David never killed Uriah directly, God is not crazy. He understood David was responsible for his death because he set him up to be killed by a heathen army. Similarly, David’s people set Jesus up to be killed by Roman heathens. But Black Americans who are aware of their identity of Judah will place the blame for Jesus’ death or ignore it altogether squarely on the Romans or gentiles or just the religious leaders, but without anyone in the crowd ever speaking up about the injustice of Jesus’ arrest we see that the people had no qualms about assuming responsibility for his death for themselves and their children. And now we know why wrath visited the people of Judah and why the real Judah found in the Black diaspora has been pinned down.
The powers that be have a vested interest in keeping Black Americans and other Blacks of the diaspora ignorant as to their true identity and even when they discover it if they take the more religious route of living out their identity and faith nothing about the status quo will change. As for the gentiles they will continue the charade of Jesus looking like Brad Pitt with white gentiles showing no evidence of judgment for their trespasses against the Son of the Living God in Jerusalem. But they are not needed to end the age. Religion is void of power because it glosses over what needs to be confessed.
When Judah(everyone not needed) has her own garden of Gethsemane moment and confesses to her ancestors real transgression then Yeshua will hear his people calling and ready his battle gear and the world will move on to the third act and final conclusion of the age and time of the gentiles. It is not something ever in the hands of the sorcerers, magicians and wise men of Babylon. They are not the fulcrum upon which history turns. God does not speak to them but to his prophets and his people the true, first and original natural and spiritual Israel.
This article has been longer than I thought but necessary on this Good Friday and Passover. I will continue my conclusion in the next article. This ends my examination of biblical duality.
To God always,