Leviticus 25, Matthew 28
It was pointed out to me that the first people who get to hear and see the Easter news are two women, the two Marys—how beautiful!
Also I find it interesting that in the Old Testament reading, all land belongs to God. It doesn’t belong to us to control or keep from others:
23 ‘The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me.
20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Our Lord is Risen!
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” I did some research on this once a long time ago. An “age” in Jesus’ time had a specific meaning because he mentions it another time to the disciples. He was speaking to something that was going on culturally.
In the ancient world everyone followed the stars and what was happening celestially (wise men, Herod) and I believe he was referring to that. Because an “age” consists of the sun rising on the morning of the spring equinox into one of the signs of the zodiac. And it can take anywhere between hundreds to thousands of years for the sun to make its way across the face of that symbol before moving on to the next symbol.
People in the ancient world put so much meaning into things happening on earth (births/death, fortunes, etc) that going from one zodiac constellation to another was a HUGE deal! And guess what!?! According to an ancient star map or zodiac which was found in Egypt in the 1800’s (when archeological expeditions were a highly fashionable occupation) they discover the ancient zodiac was different to our modern one! (It’s now somewhere in a museum in France.)
But all that to say… when the ancient cultures witnessed the sun passing into a new zodiac constellation they called it a “new age” and Jesus mentions this somewhere ( I can’t remember where).
So the meaning of the constellations and the starts that comprise them had different meanings in ancient times than the pagan ones of today. And in the book. The Witness of The Stars, a scholar breaks down the root meanings of the ancients names for the starts and the constellations themselves. It’s FACINATING !! What I discovered, is that according to the ancient zodiac discovers in Egypt, that around the time Jesus was born they were leaving the constellation or “age” of Virgo (the virgin). And they entered a “new age” or constellation of The Sacrificed Lamb!! Anyone have goosebumps yet!?!!
So when Jesus said “I will be with you even to the end of the age” he would have been referring to the fact that the new age had begun with his birth and he was going to be around for a long long long time.
And guess what… supposedly we entered another “new age” somewhere around……. are you ready for it….. 2012. No joke.
So fascinating! Thank you for sharing. I am about to look up this book right now.
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