Deathrow Junkie

There are people who are entrusted with the truth but they don’t speak it.  Many people have turned their backs on their roots and shut the door.  There are people who are afraid of death and failure as they rejoice in their power to kill.  They are like the bird who is afraid to fly, the fish who is afraid of swimming, when they know full well that broken vessels leak and that actions are the best evidence of our condition. The victim of that mindset is alternately on or off deathrow.

Curiously, the deathrow junkie is also a globally recognized oppressor of widows and orphans, the denier of the rights women and children, and foreigners. He claims to have the keys to greater stuff.  There’s little permanence in his priorities.  His goal is to look good because there is nothing in his program or propaganda that leads to any open achievement of spiritual importance.

The deathrow junkie is the guy who claims the title “just” while embracing the undisputed champion of condemnation. In the current era men are desperately trying to be anything that seems easy.  They grasp at gains and privilege even at the cost of becoming the worst kind of hypocrite, daily dead by 0900 hours, after fantasizing at 0600 hours that they are alive and belong to the human race.  It’s absolutely necessary for us to be divorced from tribal and cultural traditions that victimize us with on again and off again standards and conditions.  If  our behaviour decides our identity and we are flipping between sinner and saint, our middle name must be “deathrow junkie”

There’s a Mob Majoring in Minors

There are phrases which the readers of the Bible should not miss.  The usual phrases that one should not miss are the ones that begin “Jesus said”, “Jesus answered”, “the Lord said”,  and “it is written” and so on.  Beyond these are the phrases that indicate the framework of the writer’s intention or his main assumptions.  These include “after  …”, “Having…”, “Having been…”, “When he had…” and so on.  Many of these types of phrases or clauses are secondary and should not occupy our attention or centrestage when it is time to interpret the text.  If they do then we who know these facts need to step up and shine a light on risky Bible interpretations or be found to be accomplices in the practice of majoring in minors.

Let’s begin with some examples from Matthew chapter 5, the first two verses.

(1) And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: (2) And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

The six verbs are marked in italics and boldface.  The ones in italics are secondary because they are not in the required form which is used to make direct assumptions about the subject.  Non-indicative forms are contextual information for the writer’s main assumptions (which are found in the indicative form).

The three main actions are

  • Yeshua went up a hill
  • His disciples approached him
  • He taught them

The other actions describe less precise or peripheral realities.  “Seeing the crowd” sets the stage for Yeshua’s ascent. “Taking a seat” sets the stage for the disciples’ approach, and “opening his mouth” set the scene for HE TAUGHT THEM.

The strongest possible interpretation of these two verses rests on the foundation of these three actions:  he goes up, the disciples approach, and he teaches them.

More Minors and Majors

Another massive example shows how this dynamic can be be missed and lead to poor focus and ultimately unhealthy interpretations.

Ephesians 1:3-15 is a single sentence.  Yes, one very long sentence, coloured with:

  • In whom
  • Having done so and so
  • According to/as
  • To whom
  • With which

These types of expansions contain a clause or several c. 4lllklauses in which there are both stated  contextual information for the main impossible to accurately discover the primary from the secondary without Greek grammar. There are likely 20 verbs present.

Another example of major consequence is the way we pray.  The text of Matthew 6:5-9 contains a single indicative, in the clause “as we forgive”.  There are no 1st person verbs, no 1st person pronouns,  which absence shiw AOS to the basedbce if husvdi i Jesus when he brree BV the. Bbh