RE: [XTalk] The Rule that is "at hand"
- Brian McCarthy writes:
> Given the 'constraints of occasional communication' under which JesusThe Dead Sea Scrolls might have a clue as to why the N.T. emphasis on the
> worked, I don't think he could have used the term 'malkut', or whatever
> Aramaic is, if it had been defined [italics!] as Empire--oppressive
> of brute power--for the general run of Galileans, and been in need of
> "completely redefined" to match Jesus' message.
term "Kingdom". In the DSS we encounter the phrase "Community of God"
or "Yahad of God". And this community was managed by a "democracy" of
sorts. This would be a primitive kind of democracy, in some ways similar to
the primitive nature of democracy in early America. Before the present age,
Americans elected Congressmen, and Presidential Electors. The Congressmen
would elect the Senators for their State, and the Presidential Electors
the President of the Nation. Not very democratic by today's standards, but
a democracy of one form or another to be sure (considering the alternatives
in even the late 1700's).
In the DSS communities, there were whole assemblies that made legislative
and judicial decisions. While obviously there were leaders who had their
share of autocratic powers, there was obviously no "King" within the
community, and there was a strong "commune" ethic.
What if Jesus, who may or may not have been influenced by the "ethics"
of the DSS community (or communities), was not looking to create a
"Community" of peers.... what if he felt that sometimes the "democratic"
process was too crude or too subject to the whims of "flesh"? What if
he consciously began to design his "commune" movement to take
advantage of one of his family's most important attritubutes?: their
or his descent from the King of David?
The DSS communities might seek a "**COMMUNITY** of God" but Jesus
would build a "**KING**dom of God" - - under his authority, with assistance
from the 12 episcopates/officers, and leaders elected locally (as in most
ancient municipalities) within his Kingdom. Only with the firm and
beneficent hand of a King of David, would the chaos of
human society finally achieve its full measure.
Just a thought....