Judeo-Christianity – The Ark of Life
Correcting Wrong Interpretations of KJV
Right from the first words the Jewish scribes distinguished their writings from all surrounding nations and cultures. They borrowed some of the images but wove them into a unique message to show the ability of mankind over all other species.
In Genesis we are told that God rested after the evolution of consciousness. God was never to return to help mankind to a higher level. God has never returned and the Jews scribes fully understood this from their first crafted words.
The Jews were recording a personification of philosophy and by the time of writing they had discussed their oral recollections time and time again in their community. They had experience violence, death, brutality over and over again, endlessly, generation after generation, within cultures and between cultures. So picture yourself in that situation. From phonetics had come the written word. From cosmology had come the hunter and gatherer, consciousness had evolved from the physical harmony that had existed from time memorable – that could not be explained. All wondered about the seemingly harmonious state that they knowingly perceived. And only mankind perceived.
The inkhorn became the weapon to write a story that would bring the cosmology and humankind together. Mankind would be able to move beyond the local warring factions to a higher elevation. The scribes fully understood that initially conflict was local but they had experienced, by the time of writing, nations fighting nations. They realised it was an expanding world that would become global in application in time.
Before I go further let me reiterate that we are told after seven days God rested. The baton had been past to mankind “to make”. “To make” required freedom and liberty, free from captivity of all kiinds. It also required remembrance. We espouse these qualities even to today. The warriors whether it was Egyptian, Mediterranean, Assyrian, Greeks, and Persians…etc. espoused gods of every kind and had images to suit – many superstitions to amuse.
The Jews had a reverence for life above and beyond the warring factions and nations that just plundered for their own personal benefit. They admired and pondered the universe, asking what it was all about, and how to set out and write the constructive down to counter the destructive void. Writing a personification was their only weapon, free from the regressive life that abounded and caused endless chaos and jarring of society.
Before continuing let’s reiterate the first week’s message – “to make”:
1. God created the heaven and the earth.
2. The earth was without form and void, darkness was upon the face of the deep. Now the Spirit (note) of God moved.
3. First Day – the light was called Day and the Darkness he called Night (Note capitals as these are symbols of the division in evolvement – not just literally day and night).
4. Second Day – God “made” a firmament dividing the waters from the waters (waters represent peoples throughout all the testaments – there was a division – soon to be personified as Adam (male) and Eve (female), Cain (suppressor, warrior, individual) and Abel (carer, philanthropist, community). Adam represented Mankind and Eve the creative, maker Spirit drawn from mankind’s rib. Also not capitals Seas and Earth. Mankind evolved from the turmoil of the Seas and came to Earth. On Earth mankind was able to create form and governance. There was no governance in the depths of despair. One had to emerge over time.
5. Third Day – The earth brought forth (made form) – grass and herb yielding seed, fruit tree yielding fruit. Yielding is “to make”. The seed was after “itself”.
6. Fourth Day – And God “made” two great lights – greater for the day and lesser for the night. There is a little light even in the darkest of places.
7. Fifth Day – let the waters bring forth (make) abundantly … the fowl that flies to the great whales …
8. Sixth Day – Let us “make” man in our image, after our likeness and let them have dominion…and the image of God was created in man. Man has the Spirit within. Everything at this stage was very good.
9. Seventh Day – God ended his work which he had “made”….God rested from all the work he had created and made. God was never to do more.
God then “took man (male and female), and placed him in the garden.”
God then said “It is not good that man should be alone” – Gen. 2:18. “I will make for him an help”. The “help” was to be called “Woman” – Gen. 2:23 and Woman was taken out of Man (Mankind). The “man” shall “cleave” unto his “wife”. In other words Mankind (male and female) shall cleave to Woman (the creative Spirit of God – the Maker). Man cleaving with woman could become the Maker on earth and have dominion. The constructive had always been triumphant as sentience created choice – even though there would be swings and roundabouts.
The woman was not called Eve until Gen. 3:2 – Eve meaning, from lexicons, is “life, life-giving”. Mankind was given life-giving ability through the unity of oneness between the cosmological and the terrestrial. In Jewish terms the sacred year had to match the civil year and be equal – 180 days each and this lead to many more symbols which were manmade to describe the co-dependence between ecology and governance – sacred and civil.
Now skipping to the Ark
The Ark was a construction – a making process. Two of every kind entered the Ark. Male could not “make” without the female. Evolution, creation and making require symbolically the unison of male and female, female and male. You cannot have one without the other … what a great symbol.
The waters of the flood are symbolic of the Seas out of which all life came to the Earth. The Earth was always contrasted to the Seas where the deep see creatures of stealth lie. The Earth, after God had rested provided mankind the opportunity to have dominion.
40 days symbol:
Gen. 7:4 “I will cause it to reign upon the earth forty days and forty nights” – Gen. 7:12 also.
40 days is a symbol of the time each one of us has “to make” – from maturity to adulthood and used throughout the Testaments. Some examples are in OT and NT:
Here are some recordings in the OT:
• “And he (Eli) judged Israel forty years” (1 Sam. 4:18)
• “the Philistine … presented himself forty days” (1 Sam. 17:16)
• “to rain forty days and forty nights” (Gen. 7:4, 12)
• “children of Israel did eat manna forty years” (Exod. 16:35)
• “in the mount forty days and forty nights” (Exod. 24:18)
• “iniquity of the house of Judah forty days … each day for a year”
And in the NT, forty years is also constantly symbolic of our prime years, our sacrificial years:
• “he had fasted forty days and forty nights” (Matt. 4:2)
• “he was there in the wilderness forty days” (Mark 1:13)
• “Being forty days tempted of the devil” (Luke 4:2)
• “being seen of them forty days, and speak …” (Acts 1:3)
• “when forty years were expired, there appeared” (Acts 7:30)
• “proved me, and saw my works forty years” (Heb. 3:9)
150 days symbol:
Gen. 8:3 “And after the end of the hundred and fifty days” the waters were abated.
The 150 days is a symbol. The symbol was part of the scribes making Form….in the void of illiteracy of the warrior mentality that thought might was right. The inkhorn had to create Types for later Antitype application and eventually Archetype. The Ancient’s skill in creating Form (in contrast to Formlessness) was where the Jewish writers exceeded all surrounding cultures. Atheists and others like to say they used other culture’s images but the Jews established a Form that was an epic elevation of the human spirit, surpassing.
This Symbol (i.e. form creation) was later carried right through to, for example, the Book of Revelation in Archetype at Rev. 9:5 “they should be tormented five months”. The book of Revelation is a compilation of types from the OT books, for archetype application.
Mount Ararat symbol:
Many years ago I looked up the word Ararat as I scrolled down my lexicons. Ararat means creation, holy land from Young’s lexicon.
The whole story of the ark is symbolic that the constructive element will always conquer the destructive. At times the pendulum swings but long term what is righteous wins out. By righteous I mean righteousness or faithfulness – not just faith, as we have the Spirit to make.
The darkness of the flood of waters had lasted a lifetime – the destruction often cannot be wiped out in a lifetime – one remembers the errors of wrong interpretations, literal interpretations, and selective literalism of every type. We are drench in it and people run off to recreate the ark. Creation comes from the Earth, the dry land and from dust we do come and to dust we return. We have 70 years of life and just 40 to be a carpenter, a maker – all metaphors for admonition.
Now precept is upon precept and it is up to everyone “to make”, to take, their own steps. But “to make” is the poetic beauty of living and so Ten Commandments to create the inner temple were taken from the objective world of ritual and monument building. In the first chapters we are told of enslavement and remembrance over 200 times. Then the writers moulded the ten “make commandments” just as the ark had been created – from the literal objectives and procedures of their day. The ark was to become more sophisticated in these real Ten Commandments:
1. “make an ark of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:10–22)
2. “make a mercy seat of pure gold” (Exod. 25:17–22)
3. “make a table of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:23–30)
4. “make a candlestick of pure gold” (Exod. 25:31–40)
5. “make ten curtains of fine twined linen for walls” (Exod. 26:1–6) “and curtains of goat’s hair for covering” (Exod. 26:7–13)
6. “And thou shall make a covering for the tent of ram’s skins dyed red and a covering above of badgers’ skins” (Exod. 26:1)
7. “make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up” (Exod. 26:15) “and make bars of shittim wood” (Exod. 26:26)
8. “make a vail.… Hang up the vail under the taches.… Bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.… And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick” (Exod. 26:31–37)
9. “make an altar of shittim wood” (Exod. 27:1–8). In archetype the court and its trimmings are “without the temple, leave out, measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles” (Rev. 11:2)
10. “make an atonement” (Exod. 30:6–8, 10)
Unfortunately for control purposes these have not been espoused in our culture to date. Ten simple laws were identified for enslavement and distortion. But that is about to change. A new Ark is emerging. Thanks for this opportunity. You are invited to enter. What shall we do today?