House Church Talk - Questions concerning leadership
david at housechurch.org
Fri May 14 13:48:07 EDT 2004
Jim, from an undisclosed location somewhere under the blue moon of
>I always enjoy your insights along w/ serious scholarships... so "shock and
>surprise" that you would see Ezek 34 as being cryptic...
Hi brother, :-)
As you are aware the book of Ezekiel begins with the words: Now it came
to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of
the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the
heavens were opened, and I saw VISIONS of God.
(I always wondered if "Journey" received their inspiration for "Wheel in
the Sky Keeps on Turning" from Ezekiel 1.)
I don't question the authority of the book nor it's author but I am
uncertain as how to interpret much of it. Much of the imagery sounds like
that of an LSD tripper. And I can't figure out where the literal ends and
the symbolic begins. Ditto for the time-line of events.
Take this verse, for instance, from the same "shepherding" passage: Ezek.
34:13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the
countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the
mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the
"Gathering of them from the countries" opens up a lot of possibilities.
Past, present, future? All the above? 2 of 3? It's cryptic to me. LOL.
It is quite possible that you and others here have more understanding on
this. I just couldn't figure out why Jehovah would fire the shepherds to
become the Shepherd, then put the sheep under a prince named David. Nor
could I find any commentators to confirm the views of Wayne J. That last
fact, obviously, is not conclusive.
Like yourself, I am concerned about what "church leadership" has morphed
into and how that many house churches are little more than institutional
churches in a small box. That's a shame because house churches have the
opportunity to objectively view the traditions of the past and casting
off those which do not check out.
Jim, it was real joy for me to meet you in person several years ago. You
reminded me of other friendly KY folks. I used to drive over to Grundy,
VA near Pikeville, KY. Folks came in to VA from KY to work in the mines.
They were hard workers, transparent, and very devoted to you once you got
to know 'um. One unforgettable thing was to see how unaffected many of
them were when they became very wealthy. Huge fortunes were made during
the coal boom of the late 70's but the new millionaires just acted and
dressed as they had always done. If I recall, the First National Bank of
the little town of Pikeville had about 700 million dollars in deposits
back them. Even National Geographic did a story on the community.
My elder brother Andrew has devoted mucho hours to the family genealogy.
One distant ancestor created the KY Long Rifle, another founded the
Kentucky Derby. The problem with Andy is that he exaggerates sometimes...
The Lord is using your words, brother - that I know. Sorry if I
misrepresented them in any way.
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