When we go beyond the Scriptures to hear God, we face significant dangers.
“Supernatural knowledge that reaches the intellect by the exterior bodily senses” must not be relied upon says St. John of the Cross. Why says John? Because we can be easily deceived by counterfeits from the devil.
“Individuals who esteem these apprehensions are in serious error and extreme danger of being deceived.” (AMC 2:11:3) He says false visions and communications from the devil “cause in the spirit agitation, or dryness, or vanity, or presumption.”
On the other hand, communications from God, “penetrate the soul, move the will to love, and leave their effect within. As Muto says, God’s self-communications …penetrate the soul like fragrant oil softens dry, cracked skin.” (58)
In our longing for these sensory communications we are vulnerable. We must detach ourselves from desires for these special communication. As Muto says, “If good, their effects will show up anyway; if bad, they will be eliminated from the start.”(60)
A good reminder to not seek out special experiences with God or from God. I do need to spend time listening rather than always talking but when I start hearing voices, it is time to be on the alert!
Still thinking about Psalm 133. Today, I was thinking about the precious oil flowing down Aaron’s head, beard to the bottom of his robe. Found some references in Ex and Lev that refer to the initial anointing of Aaron and his sons by Moses if you are interested: Ex 30:30-33; 40:13-15; Levit 8:10-12, 30
Wanted to find some paintings but I only find one by a Kabbalist painter, Moshe Tzi Berger, whose has done paintings of all the Psalms. Kabbalists are a bit too weird for me, they are Jewish mystics who focus on the “inner meaning” of the Hebrew texts. But, with persistence, I found a calligraphy done by Connie Jones for a class under Dr. Stephen L. Cook and posted on his blog. Below is higher quality image I uploaded.
NT reading was in Col 3:5-18 today. Wow, want a text on how to build unity–here it is!!
- Remember your life is now hidden with Christ in God v3
- Don’t live like you once did 5-8 (Put off . . .)
- Do not lie to one another 9
- Start by remembering that you are chosen by God, you are holy and you are deeply loved by God. 12
- Focus on being (Put on the new self . . . Clothe yourselves with . . . ) 12-14
- compassionate 12
- kind 12
- humble 12
- gentle 12
- patient 12
- bearing with one another 13
- forgiving 13 (Paul had to say this twice since it is so important)
- (Put on) Loving–since love binds all the above together into unity 14
Guess this means that unity is something we will need to work towards! Is it worth it my brothers and sisters? With fear and trembling, I say yes.