It’s Monday, and Queen’s Birthday. Her majesty has had a long and difficult life, but continues to do her duty, despite the death of her husband. God bless her and preserve her, and keep her in true faith, so that at the end of this life she shall see the LORD, who appointed her to lead the Empire when she was young, now dissolved on the advice of her ministers.
For we as a nation either have the spirit of God, or we have the spirit of Satan. Though art can ease our pain, it will not stop the illness. If the Holy Spirit is now within us, we will follow our desires, and they will cause damage, and not merely to us.
We can speculate on the nature of Saul’s affliction: music was seen as healing from the ancient times. But more importantly, the servants of Saul knew that the spirit of God was with David.
14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.
15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.”
17 So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”
18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”
19 Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 20 So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.
21 David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. 22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”
23 Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.
20 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.
4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
I am sure that every word in Revelation, looking back, will be seen as the plain truth and obvious. I don’t consider that the scholars have unpacked this text, and I am quite aware that here lies a rabbit hole, where people can end up lost and ineffective. Mundabor helps here.
Forgive me, again, for my naivete I realise I will never be among the cool guys. But in my simple mindedness, I do think that the Church has already given us all the answers we need, and has given us beautiful Mysteries for the ones we don’t.
My job in this life is not to wrestle, but to serve; and not to question, but to obey.
All the rest, my friends, is of the devil, and the devil will do irreparable damage if we allow him to. The devil will, as I see written around with great waste of pixels, leverage one’s ego and try to slowly turn a soul, which at this point fancies itself so good and deep, against God.
What do we know? There will be social pressure to be apostate, and some will fall away, to our horror. Then there will be persecution, and many will die. There are martyrs being made by the job lot on the borders of Islam and Christianity every year: that very faith that our elite want to import into the post Christian west. The burning of churches and killing of ministers and priests may be in their minds a bonus.
But God notes these things, and rewards those who are faithful. So, like our Brother Mundabor, be faithful.
Leave the mockery, sophism and false models to the elite. They can be distracted in their blindness and disobedience. We are not to be like them.