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[Note: This is one of a series listed under the heading: Wordie Post." It was originally posted on the Word Press blog entitled "Our Daily Bread," found at firstname.lastname@example.org. The changes at Word Press are similar to those on Twitter and Facebook, where I was posting to an empty space. That was because I began and maintained that blog as one of their free offerings. When their force to change to a paid blog website did not move me, they cancelled their "Reader," so posting on Word Press has become like a caged animal at the zoo, where only workers occasionally toss the animals a bite to eat. Word Press [et al] is like what I imagine life was like in the satellite countries of the Soviet Union: meager, bleak, spiritless. So, I am transferring those forty articles here.]
In First Kings’ chapter 19 is the short interlude between Elijah killing 450 priests of Ba’al, because they proved they worshipped no god of value. Yet, they had been imported into Israel [the Northern Kingdom], by Jezebel, to inch the Israelites a little closer to their eventual collapse and disintegration. News of those deaths reached Ahab and Jez, and the queen was so upset she ordered a death sentence for Elijah. Elijah fled to the wilderness when he heard that decree.
After a day’s journey, Elijah sat down under a broom tree and told Yahweh, “That is enough. Take my life.”
The part that everybody misses is Yahweh received the prayer and took Elijah’s life. Elijah died under that broom tree.
Now, I know there are few people around these days that have ever experienced an angel of Yahweh, must less ever been touched once by such an angel. But … take a deep breath and count to ten, then think about this for one full minute: What would the touch of an angel feel like.
<Jeopardy theme song for one minute.>
<buzzer sound> Time’s up.
The answer is: An angel is spiritual, like a ghost; so, any touch by an angel would not be felt. It would pass right through anyone not dead.
Now, if dead, that’s a different matter. When a soul is released from a body of flesh at death, the soul would certainly feel the touch of an angel. So, because Elijah felt the touch, he did not awaken at the touch; he lifted out of his body.
That is where one needs to realize how often an angel has baked some fresh bread on hot stones and poured some cool water into a jar, and said, “Elevate out of your flesh and eat.”
I know mommy probably cooked some fresh biscuits and had them on the table when she called, “Breakfast is ready!” So, as a child you went scurrying to that ‘angel’s’ voice; but mommy really wasn’t an angel. [And, nobody’s mother has made homemade biscuits for anyone under the age of sixty today.]
Real angels do not bake bread and draw water in a dry wilderness. That was spiritual food. Plain and simple.
When the verse then says Elijah “ate and drank and then lay down again,” guess what?
Laying back down means his soul reentered his body of flesh.
That is called resurrection. Elijah died, went to heaven, then came back into his body, while nobody was around to see that.
When we then read that the angel touched Elijah for a second time, the angel then joined with the soul of Elijah. Elijah, for as good as he was as a servant of Yahweh, when he died and resurrected under the broom tree he became reborn as Jesus. Jesus was the angel, because Jesus had not yet been born.
When Jesus [my new name for the angel] then said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you,” this is what Jesus says to all who are bodies of flesh-with-souls his soul has been joined with. The Old Testament calls that an elohim [which scares translators a lot]. The journey of sainthood is always greater than a soul alone can bear.
Again, the bread and water were spiritual food, not physical food. The forty days are impossible by human beings not divinely possessed. Moses was divinely possessed. Elijah was divinely possessed. Jesus was divinely possessed; and, Philip symbolized how all the Apostles were divinely possessed. All Saints of Christianity have been divinely possessed. All have had Jesus resurrect with their souls [divine possession] and all have been fed spiritual food.
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” Jesus is the hot bread and cool jar of water.
Now, after Elijah had resurrected, his spiritual journey took his body of flesh to a cave. That is where Elijah’s body was buried. The cave is symbolic of the tomb they put Jesus’ body in.
Once in the rock, the physical body is buried and taken away to heaven. The likeness that remains appears physical, but it is not. The body of physical flesh has been buried and taken away divinely, unseen by human eyes.
After the cave, Elijah went and appointed priests to take his place. Elisha was the first. After the tomb, Jesus went and appointed Apostles to take his place. Both ascended without the appearance of having died. They both died. They both resurrected. Their physical bodies were ‘disposed of’ divinely; and both ascended.
Because both appeared to be the same ole Elijah and the same ole Jesus after death and resurrection, that says two souls joined as one, when one of the souls is Jesus and the other a soul filled with Yahweh’s Spirit, that combo gives the illusion of three-dimensions.
Keep that in mind when you encounter some stranger who blows you away with the answer to a prayer, one you never expected to be answered. The person is as real as the stranger that walked the road to Emmaus, blowing away Cleopas and his wife Mary; and, then poof.