Last night I dreamt that a man I know invited me onto his porch so he could tell me about the symbolism of the Gospel. In the dream, I was waiting for someone to come and pick me up, so I told him I was in a hurry.
“Don’t worry. It’s quick.”
Here is the jist of the message given me in my dream:
Jesus, though a Jew, was heavily influenced by the new forms of Hellenistic Western thought reaching Judea through the conveyor belt of the Roman Empire. His ideas were so different from the legalistic and borderline hateful nonsense of the Jews that he might be said to stand for the Western man, spiritually and perhaps even philosophically.
“Look out for your neighbor. Exercise your religion through service to others, and not just your own goofy Tribe. Abandon superstition; don’t hold onto grudges, etc.”
All very un-Jewish sentiments.
The Pharisees and Sadducees are the Jews of the world. Scheming, conniving, angry, spiteful, jealous, bitter. Few in number, but POWERFUL and clever enough to manipulate huge and powerful empires into doing their bidding through political manipulation of the crowd of dolts they whip into a frenzy.
“You see, Pilate, he says he’s King of the Jews and thus, by extension, Judea. We Jews recognize what an outrage this is, as we recognize only Caesar as our King. You wouldn’t want Caesar to hear you didn’t crack down on that guy, would you?”
The Romans are the governments of the world, the states. Trying to keep peace, talking tough, but intimidated by the threats of unrest that don’t really make a whole lot of sense to them.
“Crucify him? For THAT?? Who the hell are these guys? What are they talking about? Can’t we just WHIP him?”
The ultimate lesson might be that, even when the forces of State and Corruption collude to silence, kill and destroy Western Man’s insistence on Truth, Truth will emerge from the tomb (and womb) to eternally frustrate the forces of darkness. It’s a message of hope for those of us prone to despair after reading the news.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 tells us there is nothing new under the sun and that human history repeats itself. When it comes to the Jews vs. The West, I think it’s true. Let’s pray for 70 a.d. to get here soon.