Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Mary's Verses and the meaning of Scarlet

I did an absolutely horrible job giving you the bible verses for Mary's Story. So, I want to post the verses that we discussed last night.
Jesus' childhood is recorded in Chapter 2 of Luke.
These verses record Samuel saying to Mary,
34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, Behold, this Child is appointed and destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against--(H)
And a sword will pierce through your own soul also--that the secret thoughts and purposes of many hearts may be brought out and disclosed.
I misspoke during the discussion, I thought the Prophetess Anna spoke these words. In fact, it was Simeon. Upon closer inspection, verse 35 speaks so loudly to me. "And a sword will pierce through your own soul also--" I recalled it as her heart, but the word in fact records the piercing of soul and the secret thoughts and purposes of hearts.
So...then, as Mary harbors her thoughts and intentions towards her son Jesus, the piercing of her soul with the "double edge sword" allows for the clarity of mission. Just as Jesus has a mission, Mary's mission of the day was to support the ministry of her son Jesus--who would also be her Savior. How amazing is that? So, when Beverly explained during the talkcast that perhaps as Mary is praying to God about Jesus, she is seeking understanding--she is spot on. Mary is seemingly seeking understanding regarding her son, her son's ministry, and her own mission in that ministry. Why? Because it is important to keep her house covered with God's wisdom and blessing.

Just a side note...I think its interesting that Anna went off proclaiming Jesus to the people. It appears that in the New Testament, every time Jesus came into contact with a female, they quickly and readily understood who He was, with conviction. And, so, they became quickly evangelists. Anna, the Woman at the Well, and even Lydia are all good examples of this.

The second group of verses we discussed, Jesus "dismissing" his mother can be found in Luke Chapter 8:
19Then Jesus' mother and His brothers came along toward Him, but they could not get to Him because of the crowd.

20And it was told Him, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to have an interview with You.

21But He answered them, My mother and My brothers are those who listen to the Word of God and do it!

You know that Jesus' mother and James are both biologically his mother and brother, but they are also spiritually his mother and brother. Both continued His ministry, believed in His Diety, after His death---EVEN IF, they were conflicted before his death and resurrection. I think the thing here is that Jesus was suspect of why his mother and brother were seeking Him out when he was in the middle of teaching. Remember the previous verses that he came to discern the hearts and intentions. Possibly Jesus felt that His family was confused at His ministry, and would cause disruption. Regardless, can you imagine how Mary must have felt after this statement?

Finally, I wanted to address the scriptures that mark the color Scarlet as a color signifying purification and atonement which contributed to my interpretation that verse 21 of Proverbs 31 signifies the ministry of the Honorable Woman in her household. It is the color used in robing the prophets and temple of God. In Exodus 38 the curtains of the Tabernacle included scarlet. In Exodus 39, Scarlet is the color used in the Prophet's garb...especially the breastplate. Leviticus explains that a scarlet yarn dipped in hyssop should be used for purification. In the Book of Revelations, the meaning of scarlet is to indicate sin and evil...again, scarlet as in still needing to be purified, I think.

I hope you enjoyed tonite's talkcast. I hope you will consider joining us next week when we discuss "Becoming and Raising the Royal Family."

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