Speaker for the Dead

“Poets exist so that the dead may vote.”[1]

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://spectrummagazine.org/arts-essays/2020/speaker-dead

This is brilliant, Barry, thanks so much. May I also recommend Psalm 12? It speaks to today’s hurtful rhetoric and God’s response (“Do thou, Lord, protect us!”).


Thanks, Carolyn! Yes, Psalm 12 is another on my list of all-time favorites. We need it more than ever.

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Did He live and breathe the law?

Jesus said, “Moses said…but say…” (The Law, the first 5 books of the OT, are credited to Moses.)

Paul said that the Law was added to God’s covenant with Abraham until the Promised Seed came, the first time.

"Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; Til. til, til… (Gal 3-19)

(I find the situation a little awkward, since the law wasn’t fulfilled until Jesus’ death.)

He was raised on the law like any Jew of his time. He said he did not come to do away with the Law, but through his actions and his words he lived out the principles of the Law. In order to reinterpret the Law he had to know it thoroughly. I see Jesus as a transitional figure between the Law/Prophets and then Paul, with His very existence and actions providing the means for Paul’s articulation of freedom in discipleship to Jesus. And, of course, Jesus was not a Christian. :smile:

Just wait…, someone will soon write that He was a SDA in disguise… :laughing:

Actually, we can ask:

  • Shouldn’t the Christian faith be based exclusively on Jesus’ teachings?
  • What would such a faith look like?

Jesus identifies himself as the “Son of Man”. Doing a little research, we find that the original designation of the “Son of Man” came out of a peripheral “book of Enoch”. Interesting reading online.

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