Martyrs

 

 

Jesus

had a powerful ministry explaining the kingdom of God

predicted His own death and resurrection did’t preach it

trained his disciples and commanded them

Go ye therefore and teach the gospel of the kingdom

to all the world

 

Trade connected worlds apart

Did Thomas really set sail or did he take an overland route?

Was he killed by the soldiers or Brahmin priests

or a wayward peacock arrow?

 
Paul’s letters from prison taught more of the kingdom

and how to deal with the church

before Nero took off his head

 

 

Peter’s request to Nero “crucify me upside down”
Matthew stabbed
Andrew crucified
Philip cruelly put to death
James stoned and clubbed to death
Simon refused to worship another god which always led to death
Jude (or Thaddeus) martyred
Another James was he killed too?
Bartholomew had various accounts of how he met his death
We all know Judas killed himself
John the most beloved died of his old age

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Martyrs

King Saul and the Witch

an elegy for Saul

After the death of the prophet Samuel

Saul

(abandoned by God)

no visions in prophesy or dream

the kingdom snatched from his hand

with the Philistines about to attack

Saul went to the witch of Endor anyway

surely you are Saul who has come to kill me said the witch who recognized him even in disguise (it is hard to fool a witch)

Saul swore to his God (who had abandoned him) he would not kill the witch

She conjured the spirit of prophesy

raised Samuel out of the grave

sent the king into battle knowing of his death

and that of his son

all that remained to him

was death

King Saul and the Witch

More Than

Less than a week of being off the water of the mighty Colorado River, my body is still rocking. Some call it disembarkment syndrome when your mind is sensing movement that is no longer there.

My mind returns to the shore of the Grand Canyon, Poncho’s Kitchen, thick sand, rock ledges where the silent scorpion was ready to pounce on a moth that night. How it glowed white under Danny’s UV light and we watched it move in its own darkness.

what we cannot see
hidden in summer shadow
more than time and space

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dVerse prompt on sounds of summer – most scorpions make no sound – saw my first one while camping on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

More Than

Greater Works

based on John 14:12 Aramaic Bible

Noah did a great work

       Moses too

Abraham was father to Issac

       did not have to make a sacrifice of him

                  became the father of faith

Jonah finished his task 

         after much travail and prayer

                   from the belly of a fish and was still

                               mad at GOD

Jesus did great works

           some we will never know of

Peter and Paul led the blind to see

            and Jesus said 
  

                       Timeless truth, I tell you: ‘whoever believes in Me,

                       those works which I have done, he will also do,

                       and he will do greater works than these, because

                       I am going to the presence of my Father.’

Expect greater works

Greater Works

Mustard Field

  

While driving on a country road in England I saw a mustard field. It was just the right time when all the plants were in bloom, a patch of vibrant color on the landscape. I had to stop, take a photo, ponder the source of mustard, like Jesus sitting in the countryside, saw its brilliance and told a parable about the man who planted a mustard seed in his own field. It was a simple truth, one the people could relate to. It was a healing plant, an ancient mustard recipe. He used it to demonstrate the kingdom.

Pliny the Elder wrote of it. It can grow wild but when cultivated it is much improved. Once it is sown it is hard to get rid of it. The tiniest of seed yet Jesus said it will grow into a tree that shelters the birds.

the sound of yellow
vibrates from 2000 years
says my kingdom come

dVerse prompt on sound. Pliny the Elder wrote about natural history circa 23 to 79AD.

Mustard Field