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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Isaiah 42:16

"I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them and rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone."

"Whoever tells the story of a society has power." Plato ?

Amuse has as a primary meaning to "deceive, cheat" by first occupying the attention. It means to beguile; to delude, to keep from thinking, to divert attention, ‘to stare stupidly at, be bewildered’. In the context of story-telling we mean to create an entertaining and pleasant environment by engaging a person into a story. The context allows for the absorption by the viewer/listener of a plot. A story is created to communicate, whether as an aside it is entertaining is secondary to the intent to provide knowledge, to impart doctrine, to share ideologies, to build into culture a common philosophy. Basically all stories seek to indoctrinate, teach and guide.  

"Once upon a time" forms the introduction to the human story. The bare bones of the human plot that hold the flesh of our own story. It is ageless and timeless. Historical and cultural change are explained in the tales that have been told from generations on down to present day and are continuing to be told in the 'new' stories being told today. Stories are designed to 'clear clouded consciences and sharpen moral sensitivities'. This works to the advantage of the story-teller to whatever design his story seeks to achieve. Afterall the story-teller has the power.

Imagery and metaphor are used discriminantly to communicate and express the experienceof life. Through stories sense is made of those things which are unable to be understood when faced head-on. "Stories reach levels of the subconscious inaccessible to rational words alone." Bausch Stories are simply the language of the soul.

"In the beginning ..." are the first words of the Bible engaging us in a story, 'HIS'tory chronicled in the lives of the Jewish people as they daily discover God (Yahweh) revealing Himself. The story unfolds the fact that there is a spiritual reality in this earthly existence.

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, ..." What truly defines us as human is the story. The story acts as the 'mirror and memory' of a community. The story creates mystery, promotes investigation, provides 'the shortest distance to the truth'.

The story of which all are aware is God's purposes in creation, the inability of man to align himself with those purposes, the defiance of man in accepting God's purposes and the manner and necessity for God to provide a way which restores man's relationship with God.

Proverbs 19:21, "There are many plans in a man's heart, nevertheless the Lords's counsel -- that will stand." We think that by changing the story we will thwart the intentions of God. John Owen says of Genesis 27, "There is none (other story) in the scripture filled with more intracies and difficulties as unto a right judgemnet of the things related, though the matter of fact be clearly and distinctly set down. The whole represents unto us Divine sovereignty, wisdom and faithfulness, working effectually through the frailties, infirmities and sins of all persons concerned in the matter." 

A story is being told today, it is trying to divert attention from the serious cosequences of sin and alienation from God. It is persuasive because as all stories it tickles the fancy of our spiritual inquisitiveness minimizing the repercussions for actions in this life, as they  are always pleasant. The story contains the same figures under the guise of different names. There are villains, heros and saviours, however the plot changes the outcome is the same, man will survive, will rise above his circumstance and have the victory, save the day, get the girl, and live 'happily ever fater (oops, after)'. All these events will occur without mention of Satan, God or Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 12:1,2 “I will give thanks to You, O LORD;

For although You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away,
And You comfort me.
“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the LORD GOD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”

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