Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Dillon Thomas- Do not go gentle into that Goodnight

In his article “Moses” which contrasts Moses and Balaam, Dr. Moshe Reiss describes how the adept knows these things are possible through the reading of Scripture…”Moses and Balaam most easily show the fight of Hebraism and Hellenism in history.  On the verse in Deuteronomy [34.10] that states, “there hath not arisen a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses,” the ancient Midrash the Sifré says that this is so in Israel, but among the other nations there did arise such a prophet, and that was Balaam.

Moreover, the Rabbis discuss the superiority of Balaam over Moses. The scripture says Moses did not know who was speaking to him and asked “Who are you Lord?”. The Lord had to call Moses to speak with Him.  Moses was reluctant; often unwilling to fulfil the role the Creator assigned him and therefore had to enlist his brother Aaron to speak for him.
Balaam on the other hand knew fulwell who the Living God was and heard the Word of God, knew the knowledge of God, and saw as God saw. Numbers 24:15  “And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, And the man whose eye was closed saith;16  He saith, who heareth the words of God, And knoweth the knowledge of the Most High, Who seeth the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, and having his eyes open..”  This speaks of a very powerful professional prophet in contrast to Moses who sees only his inadequacies.”
Now and only now we have a basis for contrast. Moses was raised in the refined culture and wisdom of ancient Egypt, its religions, its mysticisms. He was brought up to be a ruler. He knew only the luxury of his culture and left it all at the tugging of his God and became a shepherd. The lowest and most defiling position his culture had.
As educated as he was in arts, in science, aware of the stink of his clothes, the best question he could come up with was “who are you Lord”?
The one moment he decided he did know who his Lord was, he was taken up on the mountain to view the land he would never set foot in.
Or in the majestic power of Elijah, who on the mountain with the thundering, and the rumbling of the earth, with the tumult of the wind, and searing of the fire, gets an answer to the unasked question “who are you Lord”? A still small voice, and that no, he was never alone.
When we contrast these two men to the other prophet, both become coarse compared to Balaam. A base truth of the universe stands out. We cannot know the knowledge of the Living God and survive. We cannot wield His limitless power and remain holy to Him. The result of “they have become like US was, and is death.
Where or how do we find the footing to stand in all of this?
Why are you reading this book? Is it for the beauty of the history in the first section? Or is it for what I can only consider the vomit that has become our latter history?
I could only wish I had the wisdom and eloquence to invent the first sections. It is only a compilation of isolated scholars works or writing. It is history, not much more.
The sad truth is I wish I had the deviousness to invent the second also. It would have been better as the stuff of fantasy; it could be put down and walked away from. It also is a simple progression of scholars working in isolation through history. There was no conspiracy, just natural progression.
What if we are not that people? What if this is not that day?
What is the difference in being Babylon or being like Babylon?
To say the ship has sailed would imply hope. The ship is sunk, and the shore is not in sight. The lifeboats are capsized in the waves, and we tread water, together.
What is the difference in being Babylon or being like Babylon?
It is in the opportunity to stop and think about the ramifications of, and in smallness, ask “who are you Lord?”
Or we can go on and trust other men, who looking through a solid wall of separation, claim to see the throne of God. Trusting them not with the fleetingness of our lives and our children, but our eternity, when for as little as we know of Him, we know less about them.
You now have answer for issue…

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