Homily for the fifth Sunday after Pentecost – The duality of sheep and goats

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Good morning bus riders!


Welcome to the fifth Sunday after Pentecost. That is still early in the season of personal ministry, after one has been ordained by Yahweh as another Son of man sent into the world to teach – regardless of one’s human gender.


I hope everyone got the email with the link to the Episcopal lectionary page and read all the readings for today. There were seven in total this week.


Remember, since we do not waste time reading only four aloud, I can include all seven in what I am about to tell you. Of course, what I am about to tell you, about the meaning of those seven readings, pales in comparison to what can be told about each.


I wrote about all seven individually and posted those commentaries on my website, which is freely available for everyone to read. Also, feel free to comment there, or via email, or in person. Christianity is not about doing what someone says. It is about being Jesus reborn; and, that takes first developing a relationship with Yahweh, which does not some by doing nothing.


The Gospel reading for today comes from Mark and tells of Jesus healing two people in one afternoon. Any time a focus can be placed on “two” that number becomes a reflection of duality. Thus, duality is a theme that should be seen in all seven of the readings today.


Before I get into the specifics of those dual healings, let’s step back and take a big view of the totality of the seven reading options for today.


There are five songs: Two Psalms; one song of David from Second Samuel; a poetic song of wisdom; and, a song of lament from Jeremiah. That is one commonality in all five.


Then there are two non-songs: the insight from Paul’s letter; and, the insight from Mark’s Gospel.


That is the duality of ministry. One sings praises, as a way of expressing musically the pulse of Yahweh’s Spirit being in tune with one’s soul, where one is divinely inspired to prophesy as Yahweh speaking through a prophet, apostle, or saint. The other explains what has happened, from a divine insight that comes from Yahweh’s Spirit being the Master of one’s body of flesh, where prophecy is explaining the acts of Yahweh’s prophets, apostles, and saints.


The essence of duality is the ability to understand divinity in a multiplicity of ways. Thus, reflection is balanced by expression. Insight is personal and meant to be shared.


Relative to the songs optional today, the Song of the Bow is found written in the seemingly historical document that is Second Samuel. I remembered writing about this back in 2018; and, I remembered it was very insightful when I wrote about it. So, I looked at what I wrote as a refresher. Rather than rewrite anew, I reproduced what I had written with just a tweak here and there. I welcome everyone to read that on my website.


Still, as I did some minimal research about the Book of Jasher, which is referenced in Second Samuel 1:18, I found that the Book of Jasher is one of those things of scholarly debate. Because that book is only found referenced in this reading and somewhere in the Book of Joshua, it is said to not be an official Hebrew document. There is question as to whether or not there actually was such a book.


That right there is the duality of believing … as long as there is proof to something existing … and faith … where as long as it is written then it is true.


That duality is an example of the sheep and goats. In the same category, generally, but whole different beasts specifically.


I did not set out on a quest to solve this riddle of the Book of Jasher, but it dawned on me, based on what I had read. The Book of Jasher was a Philistine book that listed all the great kings and warriors of those people. I imagine someone might have written about the giant Goliath and placed that page in the book.

Game of Thrones offered a similar "Kingsguard book."


At the time this song was written, David was still banished from Saul’s kingdom. David was, for intent and purposes, a mercenary general for a Philistine king, with an understanding that he would not go to war against Israel.


There is a story told in First Samuel about Saul offering David his daughter in marriage, so David would become a prince in his house. David refused the offer. Then, Saul said if David could bring him one hundred Philistine foreskins, he could marry his daughter and become a prince of Israel. David went out and brought back two hundred Philistine foreskins.


Raise your hand if you know that story.


<Look for raised hands.>


The Episcopal Church will never read that story aloud. It is not on their lectionary schedule.


The meaning of that story came to me not too long ago. I wrote about it and posted it on my website. The meaning is missed because of a mistranslation – a common practice in what is presented in English – that says David and his men killed the Philistines and took their foreskins. That is not the truth. That cannot be the truth, because it makes no sense.


The challenge David accepted from Saul had nothing to do with killing an enemy. That was too simple. The challenge David accepted was to walk into a Philistine camp and convert two hundred Philistines to belief in Yahweh, to the point that two hundred soldiers of a Philistine king were willingly circumcised. The foreskins were then collected and taken to Saul as proof of Yahweh’s power. David became a true prince of Israel because he had the Spirit of Yahweh joined with his soul. Not only did he slay a giant at the age of ten, but he also converted two hundred Philistine soldiers to turn away from their gods and worship Yahweh.


It was the same king of the Philistines who defeated Saul’s army that David had converted to belief in Yahweh. David knew Saul’s army would be defeated; and, he would not take part in that defeat. Still, when the news of Saul and Jonathan’s deaths came to David, he was saddened.


David was in Ziklag when the news arrived, and that was a Philistine town awarded him by the king, as a mercenary ally for him. The town was given to David due to them both worshiping the same God. Thus, as a Philistine ally, David knew the Book of Jasher and how so many of the names in that book were those who had killed Israelites and likewise been killed by them.


The clear point David made in his song was “how the mighty have fallen.”


The song is dedicated to Saul and Jonathan, as the mighty warrior Israelite king and his princely son, who were chosen by the elders over Yahweh to rule them and keep them safe with their sword and bow.


David sang, “The weapons of war have perished.”


That conclusion is evidence that David did not go kill Philistines and then sever foreskins from dead bodies.


It was a Philistine tactic to mutilate the bodies of those defeated in war. Saul attempted suicide to prevent that desecration of his corpse. It failed. The bodies of him and all his sons killed in battle were mutilated. That simply shows how easy it is to butcher something unable to fight back.


David won over two hundred foreskins of Philistines through Yahweh being his Lord. It made him an honorary Philistine. Those who converted to belief in Yahweh killed and mutilated Saul, who had turned away from Yahweh.


Saul had sought mutilations for the hand of his daughter in marriage, thinking it would turn Yahweh away from David, making David vulnerable to his desire to kill him. David turned Saul's challenge against him; and, in the end it was Saul who suffered the humiliation of mutilation after death in battle.


It is important to see the duality in this story told in song.


When David sang “The weapons of war have perished,” that same theme is seen in the Wisdom of Solomon, where it begins by singing, “God did not make death, And he does not delight in the death of the living. For he created all things so that they might exist.”


The Wisdom of Solomon is not recognized as canon. Therefore, it is “apocryphal.”


The definition of “apocryphal” says, “(of a story or statement) of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true.”


My standard reference for the Hebrew and Greek text is the BibleHub Interlinear web page. They do not list this reading, because it is apocryphal. So, I had to use another source to see the Hebrew that was written.


In my search of that, I read that the scholars do not think either David or Solomon wrote any of the “wisdom” songs.


Sounds like they might want to check behind the Book of Jasher, right?


<Let the laughter die down.>


Well, whoever wrote the words read in that optional selection should look deeply at those words that sing, “God created us for incorruption, and made us in the image of his own eternity, but through the devil’s envy death entered the world, and those who belong to his company experience it.”


There, again, is that duality of the sheep and goats – the believers and those of faith.


It is the “devil’s envy” that leads religious scholars to try and put to death those who have faith, without needing proof.


If Solomon did write that, he might have heard his dad [who was in the throes of a sinful end of life] talk about how he had to hide from King Saul, who wanted to kill David simply because of jealousy – “the devil’s envy.”


The “incorruption” and “in the image of his own eternity” means a soul. No matter how much pain and agony a body of flesh might feel, a soul is never harmed. It is “incorruptible,” due to being “eternal.”


Job learned that lesson and we are taught it by the book about Job.


The meaning of “those who belong to his company,” when one realizes “death” is only possible in the material realm because all souls are eternal, says there is a duality in souls.


The broad view duality is good souls and evil souls; but the closer meaning – when one is talking about an apocryphal work like the Wisdom of Solomon – is the duality of the sheep [“those who belong in Yahweh’s company”] and the goats [“those who think they belong in Yahweh’s company,” but when “death” comes they get told, “I do not know you” by Yahweh and they are tossed into the outer darkness where they weep and gnash their teeth].


This means the souls who actually do “belong to his company” are those who are married to Yahweh – His wives. After all, faith comes from personal experience and knowledge, more than a need to see first in order to believe.


The sheep are those who sacrifice their self-ego and self-will and let Yahweh lead them in Spirit. The sheep are those reborn as Jesus and go out into ministry serving Yahweh.


The goats, on the other hand, wear clerical collars, fancy robes and work at universities and seminaries, with degrees in religious philosophy. They are challenged to write books and papers that contest the foundations of faith, to prove they believe.


The religious scholars are the goats who read “elohim” and know it is Hebrew for “gods,” but then purposefully change it to “God.” They do so because it suits their personal agenda. Then, to justify a lie, they write scholastic papers about accepted scholastic theories, which amounts to nothing more than making a lie greater.


The word “elohim” means “gods.” End of story.


These are also the ones who own some kind of copyrights that feed the various Christian websites that present English translations of Scripture. They are accepted as great authorities; so much that ignorant Americans take it for granted that everything translated into English is the ‘gospel,” even though there are more ‘variations’ or ‘versions’ than a Christian can shake a stick at.


In the two Psalms read today and the song of Jeremiah from Lamentations there are twenty-four translations that say “Lord,” in one way or another. There are also two references in Psalm 30 to “God,” along with ten references to “Lord.”


Why would David write “Yahweh” ten times and “elohay” twice, both times as “Yahweh elohay” together? If he was referring to the One God at all times, why say both? Why not simply say “my Yahweh,” if it was understood “Yahweh” was “his God”?


Yahweh is the name David’s spiritual Husband. Calling Yahweh by name means David had a close, personal, soul-level relationship with Him. Faith had David cry out the specific name.

The goats, however, have stripped the name “Yahweh” from our vocabulary … purposefully.


Twice in the Wisdom of Solomon reading the capitalized word “God” is shown. Both time the word “adonay” was written. The word “adonay” is like the word “elohim,” because it too is a plural form of “adon,” which means “lord.”


The scholars do not tell us the English actually says, "lords did not make death" or "lords created us for incorruption." If they did, they would need to know who multiple "lords" were. The scribes didn't know. They began the practice of mistranslation, before Yahweh sent Jesus to point out the errors of those ways.


When we read, “God did not make death,” and “God created us for incorruption,” the translation that says “God” gives the impression that the plural number “elohim” of Genesis 1 – the Creation story – is the singular “God,” and not all His little ‘elves’ actually doing the work He made them to do.


There is the duality of Hebrew translation scholarship: both "elohim" and "adonay" mean "God


The picture becomes clearer when a little tweak of the verbiage shows the truth written: “Spirits merged with Yahweh did not make death” and “Spirits merged with Yahweh created us for incorruption.”


Because there is “death” and because there is “incorruption,” the translation of “adonay” as “God” makes it seem Yahweh is imperfect. However, the truth is the imperfection is only possible when a soul of Yahweh is placed into the death of the world and given the challenge: “Find eternal life again by marrying Yahweh and let Him keep you incorruptible.”


The Psalm 130 option was read just a few weeks back. It is a “Song of Ascents,” which means it was sung while ascending the steps to the Tabernacle [or Temple] in Jerusalem.


A song of ascent is kind of like traditionally playing “Here comes the bride” before a marriage. The bride walks to the altar in the same way that an Israelite would walk solemnly to the Tabernacle – where the altar was outside the tent where the Ark of the Covenant was kept – the marriage vows.


Psalm 130 sings about Yahweh being a soul’s salvation, which can only come from a marriage to Him specifically. A bride does not marry just anyone.


The comparison that came to me about this generality is the President of the United States. He is the “Lord” of this country – whoever it is. We all call him Mr. President, which is a general title.


American citizens refer to the President by title, not by specific name. If the President is not the one you voted for, then you long for a time when someone more likable takes his place. If the President is one you like being your “Lord,” then you are sad when his time in office is over.


Still, the President is always someone placed on a pedestal high above oneself; and, he is most usually not someone most citizens ever get to know on a first name basis.


Verse 4 in Psalm 130 sings, “I wait for Yahweh; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.”


In verses 25 and 26 of Jeremiah’s lamentation he sang, “Yahweh is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of Yahweh.”


Verse 3 in Psalm 30 David sang, “You brought me up, Yahweh, from the dead; you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.”


Both songs of praise and the song of lament specifically name Yahweh, although the translations all say “Lord.” It is only Yahweh who has the power to redeem a lost soul and return a soul to eternal life, escaping the death that is certain to come and escaping the punishment of reincarnation, if a soul has become corrupted by the sins of the flesh.


Can a President wield such power of redemption, as an external “Lord”?


<Look for shaking heads.>


Knowing the President is a “Lord,” do any of you wait for the President to save your soul? Does the President give you hope for spiritual salvation?


This is the duality of relationship.


The sheep know Yahweh personally, through marriage of their souls to His Spirit. The goats recognize a power that is ethereal, but they keep their distance, non-committal to Spiritual matrimony.


One says “Yahweh,” while the other says “Lord.”


Now, in the Greek of Paul’s letter is found the only true time that the word “Lord” is the proper translation. There, Paul wrote, “For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.”


In that is three capitalized words placed together: “Lord Jesus Christ.”


In what Paul wrote is the truth of what a “Lord” is. It is not Yahweh, who does not dwell in this corrupt realm where death abounds. Instead, the individual “Lord” within a body of flesh is a soul.


Each of us is a “Lord,” simply as a soul animating a body. The body is our realm of rule. Thus, each of us “Lords” over what each of us does.


At least that is our hope.


In reality, many bodies of flesh become the “Lords” over their host souls, telling the soul to take the flesh were some fun sin is. And the soul, more often than not, complies to the commands of that “Lord.”


In Paul’s letter to the true Christians of Corinth, he was reminding them of the gifts that each had been given by Yahweh.


The true Christian has been given faith, the ability to speak the truth, knowledge of Scriptural meaning, eagerness to explain that meaning to others, and a love of God that has led all their souls to marry Yahweh.


Still, Yahweh was not their “Lord.”


That “Lord” was their submission of self-ego and self-will, so marriage to Yahweh’s Spirit allowed their soul – the true “Lord” of each – to become the resurrection of the soul that is Jesus.


In the actual Greek written by Paul, in between the word “Kyriou” – meaning “Lord, Master, Sir” – and “Iēsou” – meaning “Jesus” – is the word “hēmōn” – which means “of us.” That little possessive pronoun needs better understanding.


The Greek word “hēmōn” is a form of the word “egó,” as the genitive first person plural. While this is understood to translate as “of us,” the deeper meaning says “of our egos” or “of ourselves,” where a “self” is a “soul.” Therefore, what Paul wrote says, “the Lord of our souls is Jesus.”


That means Yahweh is not our “Lord.” Yahweh is the name of one’s Holy Husband.


Through that divine union of “soul” or “self” to Spirit, then a child is born within each wife that is named “Jesus.” It is Jesus whose soul becomes merged with one’s birth “soul,” so the “Lord” of one’s body of flesh – a body of flesh that loves to sin – is no longer oneself, but Jesus.


Always keep in mind - "Jesus" means "Yah[weh] Saves." "In the name of Jesus" means a soul has been saved by Yahweh.


This is the Trinity being stated in all true Christians – the sheep – who are a marriage of Father [Yahweh] and Son [oneself reborn as Jesus] and the Spirit [the Advocate of marriage to Yahweh].


When one’s soul is married to Yahweh and possessed by His Spirit – remember the Leviathan? – then the purpose of marriage is to make babies. The baby of Yahweh is always Jesus, so the “Son” is all true Christians – males and females – who give birth to “Lord Jesus” in one’s body of flesh.


The last of the three capitalized words written by Paul is “Christou” – meaning “Anointed One, Messiah, Christ” – which says any body of flesh possessed by Yahweh’s Spirit and “Lorded” over by His Son “Jesus” is then another “Anointed One” of Yahweh.


Christians get caught up in the wrong that is believing "Messiah" was only going to be one promised savior - a human being that would never die. We think Jesus was that "Messiah," to the point of thinking his name was "Jesus Christ." We fall for a limitation being placed on Yahweh, as if human beings have the right to say, "Okay God, remember you promised only one Messiah."


Simply by remembering David was an Anointed One makes it easier to see that Yahweh can anoint whomever He pleases, whenever He wants. Paul was a “Christ,” because his “Lord” was “Jesus.” Likewise all the true Christians of Corinth were too. Every true Saint that ever lived was a Christ … a "Messiah" … as all were "Anointed Ones" of Yahweh.


That is why Christianity exists: All members have allowed their soul to be “Lord Jesus,” so all have been “Anointed Ones” of Yahweh.


The duality here says there are a lot of people running around calling themselves “Christian” because they have been taught belief in Yahweh as their “Lord,” with His Son “Jesus” placed on a high pedestal – like a President who no one can ever be equal to, as an external icon – given the name “Christ.” Those Christians believe that Jesus was the only Christ that ever was, ever is, or ever will be.


Then, there are Saints, who are the truth of “Christianity.”


Thus, Jesus told the parable of the sheep and goats. One group would be judged as good and the other would be judged as bad, even though all followed Jesus and claimed to believe in him. [In case you forgot, Judas was the goat present when that parable was told.]


All of this background brings us to the Gospel reading in Mark. The duality is then clearly that Jesus healed two different people on the same day.


Both people healed were females, but one was a girl and one was a woman.


In this early time of Jesus’ ministry, he had been told not to come to the synagogues in the area of northern Galilee, around the sea. He was told not to come because he healed on the Sabbath, which the scribes figured meant he was led by Beelzebub.


We are told a leader of a synagogue in Bethsaida knew where to find Jesus, so he went there after doctors told him his daughter was about to die.


Because Jesus saw a need to make his own synagogue outside of Galilee, in the flood plain area by the sea, overlooked by a mountainside, he welcomed all who sought to know the truth. Crowds of people flocked to where Jesus was known to be on a certain day – probably each Sunday. Knowing Jesus would be there, a woman in need of healing went there to secretly touch Jesus.


In this duality, Jairus – and therefore his daughter who was ill – were of the class of Jews who were well-respected, outwardly clean and devout. The unnamed woman, on the other hand, was unclean. She, like Jesus, had been told to stay away from the synagogues because her affliction meant she was unclean.


By reading that “one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw [Jesus], fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly” to save his “little girl,” this speaks of a prior relationship between Jairus and Jesus.


The feeling I get about this relationship is Jairus was the one who was possessed by an unclean spirit, who questioned why Jesus had entered his synagogue. Jesus ordered that unclean spirit out of that man. If that man was not Jairus – a name that means “One Giving Light” or “He Enlightens” – then he had witnessed some remarkable healing by Jesus. That is the only reason a leader of a synagogue would go seek out Jesus, prostrate himself before him and repeatedly beg him for help.


The woman is unnamed and Mark [the writer of Peter’s Gospel] would not name a woman of her status, even if her name was known. Neither Luke nor Matthew mention her by name; the same for the daughter of Jairus. The unnamed woman was unclean and knew Jews that were unclean could not touch another Jew who was clean.


That makes Jesus casting out an unclean spirit that possessed the leader of a synagogue become a huge paradox now. As a leader of a synagogue, he would have cast out the woman if she was known to have hemorrhaged within a week of the Sabbath, with her doctor most likely pointing her out. All the while, her soul remained clean of demons possessing it, allowing her flawed body to be outcast by those who were inwardly unclean.


With Jairus having been made clean [in some way] by Jesus, both of these central characters come to Jesus from the same state of soul cleanliness. Jairus comes seeking help for his daughter. The woman comes seeking help for herself, so she can better serve Yahweh, no longer having the onus of physical malady keeping others from seeing her as a sinner.


Here is where we need to realize the situation all Jews were in when Jesus walked in ministry.


Unlike when Paul wrote letters to the true Christians in Corinth, the “Lord Jesus” was the only human being “Anointed” by Yahweh during his ministry. Those who were converted by Paul taking his soul merged with the soul of Jesus, a divine possession of his body of flesh that entered Corinth, could not ever meet Jesus, as did Jairus, his daughter, and the woman who touched the hem of his cloak.


The Jews were lost sheep and goats. They believed in Yahweh. They believed in a Messiah who would be their “Lord,” like another king to tell them what to do; but none of them had a “Lord” merged with their souls, after their souls had married Yahweh and been possessed by His Holy Spirit.


Jesus in ministry was the “Lord” that the lost sheep flocked to hear his voice – the voice of Yahweh - which they knew.


The pleas of Jairus and the woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years need to be seen as prayers sent to Yahweh, who answered them by saying, “Seek Jesus as your Lord.”


When Jesus felt the touch, meaning power passed through him to the woman, he asked, “Who touched me?” This question can be intended to ask, "Who has been touched by Yahweh through me?"


The woman, having been clean prior to the physical touch, prostrated herself before Jesus, confessing it was her. As a woman healed, she could do the same as had Jairus, without condemnation for breaking a law.


Jesus then said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”


Jesus commanded her as her “Lord.”


When Jairus led Jesus to his home, where he was told by relatives, friend, and doctor, "It is too late," as his daughter was dead, Jesus said to Jairus, “Do not fear, only believe.” There, the Greek word translated as “believe” equally says, “have faith,” which implies "be possessed by faith."


Jesus commanded Jairus as his “Lord.”


The symbolism of the touch must be seen as how Paul brought an absence of fear and the possession of faith with him to Corinth. Just as Jesus had been addressing the large crowd of followers, it was the words confirming the truth of Scripture that opened hearts, exposing their souls for divine possession. Every lost sheep felt the presence of Yahweh in Jesus; and, they wanted to be as close to Jesus as possible.


Christianity began with the impossibility of a physical Jesus ever being such a "Lord" in the flesh. Christianity means Jesus can only be one's "Lord" through spiritual possession. Yahweh is not the "Lord," as Yahweh is God Almighty who allows a soul to decide who "Lords" over one's flesh: be it self, Satan, Jesus, or all others possible. Jesus can only be one's personal "Lord" through a soul's sacrifice of self-ego, in submission to Yahweh as one's Husband. Then, Yahweh's Spirit will allow the soul of Jesus to resurrect within new flesh, so others can find the real presence of Jesus through all ages, through his presence in Apostles and Saints [like Paul].