What If #5 – After The Eclipse

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How was your eclipse viewing today? I would love to hear your stories and see any pictures you would be willing to share. Perhaps, with your permission, I will be able to post several for others to see as well.

My Eclipse 2017 experience was very instructive. I was indeed out of doors for my lunch break from about 12:30 – 1:30, with period of “totality” at 1:05. With eclipse glasses sold out in this area for several weeks, and my Prime membership guaranteeing me delivery by… wait for it…August 22nd, I had resorted to fashioning a pinhole camera from two paper plates. As I was exiting the building, one of my fellow workers offered to let me look through her eclipse glasses. But, trust me, the look was very brief and only after checking for the maker’s name printed on the side.  Having had multiple serious retinal issues over the last six months, I was not likely to trust my eyes to glasses that might or might not be authentic.

The paper plate camera was somewhat satisfactory and my daughter ran by my office with her cereal box pinhole camera as well. It was quite a sight today as I drove through town and noticed several groups in parking lots with various eclipse viewing devices, some fashioned, and some purchased.  I pulled over also, and retrieved my two plates from the backseat. In the center of one, I had created a tiny hole with the use of a small nail. With my back to the sun, I held this plate above my right shoulder slanted towards the sun,  while holding the other at about waist level and parallel to the ground, repositioning both until the tiny crescent of the “sun” was projected on the “screen” plate. The crescent became thinner and thinner as I “watched” the moon move between earth and this giant star without which the human race could not survive.

As we neared totality, the area around the circumference of this miniscule “sun” began to shimmer and sparkle, and then I continued to observe as the “moon” began to move in the other direction, again revealing the full power of this magnificent Star.

As for a noticeable difference in the daylight here in Oklahoma?? Hmmmm … not so much, I  am disappointed to report! In fact, had I not known about the eclipse, I would have to say I would have been hard pressed to notice it at all!  Even 20% of the light and energy produced by this star is powerful indeed!  How I wished I had taken a day off and driven to a location that I could experience total absence of sunlight, and witness stars becoming visible in the middle of the day!

It brings to mind another day in history that the sun and the moon went black.

Luk 23:44  It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45  while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46  Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 

Yes, that was definitely the day He stood between us and the full force of  judgment!

Not coincidentally, today begins the Hebrew month of Elul, and the 40 days of repentance leading up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is said that the Hebrew letters which form the name of this month, Elul, are an acronym for the Hebrew phrase translated as “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.” (a quote from Song of Songs 6:3) and a precious reminder that the goal of repentance is to be in intimate relationship with our Bridegroom.  Yes indeed, the Fall Feasts are on the doorstep, each teaching about our redemption.

Also interesting to note, in Jewish tradition, a lunar eclipse portends judgment on Israel (Israel uses a lunar/solar calendar). A solar eclipse warns of coming judgment on the nations (of which the USA is one), solar events being connected to those who employ a solar calendar. Throughout history, eclipses have indeed been followed by events that could easily be interpreted as judgment. It will be interesting to observe the coming days to see if any notable events unfold following this eclipse.

The most significant thing I learned personally from the Oklahoma 2017 eclipse, is that 80% covered is far from adequate! It was a good representation of a spiritual truth. You and I would be ill advised to accept only “part” of Yeshua/Jesus’s covering, no matter how great the percentage. We must allow Him to COMPLETELY cover us if complete protection is what we desire.  When we try to retain ownership of a “pet” portion of heart and soul (reserving a pet sin), we are placing ourselves in peril indeed!  We need Him to stand COMPLETELY between  us and certain judgment, not just “most” of the way.

I also recognize that it is vital that I be committed to guarding against finding myself with “spiritual knockoff” glasses that only TELL me I will be alright, while doing nothing to actually protect me.  It is our human nature to desire to simply be told that everything we are doing is acceptable and all will be well with us. It was, after all, the first lie ever told, and has “gone viral,” being perpetually recycled and repackaged, ending up on our “timeline” time and again and again and again.

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2  And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3  but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4  But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 

Yep, yep, yep. NOOOOO worries! (wink, wink). The lie now often comes packaged in the pretty paper of the “perverted grace” doctrine which only encourages covering over sin but not digging it out by its roots and destroying it. That’s rather like investing in many cans of air freshener to try to overpower the stench of rotting food instead of removing the rotting food.   I don’t know about you, but I do not think my Savior suffered and died on a cruel tree in order that I might continue in my sin. I believe He gave His life to allow me the opportunity for a “do over.”

I once had an adult Sunday School class teacher who, when teaching on sin, would assure the members of the class that it was “other” people of whom the passage spoke, and, of course, NOT people in this class.  It left me feeling uneasy because somewhere deep within I sensed we were receiving “seedless watermelon” teaching (See “Seedless” for a better explanation of this.) After all, I knew that at least ONE of us in the room was part of  those terribly imperfect “other” people (me). I desired to have a true mirror, rather than a funhouse mirror, held up to me so I could see what needed to be addressed.

Jas 1:22  But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25  But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 

Well, my paper plate eclipse projector was imperfect, but then that is our field of vision at this time. Alas, it will not always be so!

1Co 13:12  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 

What a wonderful day that will be, when we are able to behold Him face to face!

I leave you with a great end-of-eclipse song! Enjoy!

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “What If #5 – After The Eclipse”

  1. I missed this at the time! Being only 3 hours away, we were able to drive to the total eclipse. Our camera couuldn’t catch pictures of the eclipse, the sun is so strong it looks whole. I’ll send you two pictures. One is of me during totality trying (and failing) to get a picture of the eclipse as we saw it. The other is the amazing phenomena that turned the shadows under trees into reflections of the eclipse. The trees formed thousands of pinholes, and the shadows showed the eclipse. I love reading your lessons, and it’s always your voice I hear when I read. xok8

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