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PAPER 136 - BAPTISM AND THE FORTY DAYS
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P.1509 - §1 Jesus began his public work at the height of the popular interest in John's preaching and at a time when the Jewish people of Palestine were eagerly looking for the appearance of the Messiah. There was a great contrast between John and Jesus. John was an eager and earnest worker, but Jesus was a calm and happy laborer; only a few times in his entire life was he ever in a hurry. Jesus was a comforting consolation to the world and somewhat of an example; John was hardly a comfort or an example. He preached the kingdom of heaven but hardly entered into the happiness thereof. Though Jesus spoke of John as the greatest of the prophets of the old order, he also said that the least of those who saw the great light of the new way and entered thereby into the kingdom of heaven was indeed greater than John.
P.1509 - §2 When John preached the coming kingdom, the burden of his message was: Repent! flee from the wrath to come. When Jesus began to preach, there remained the exhortation to repentance, but such a message was always followed by the gospel, the good tidings of the joy and liberty of the new kingdom.


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Good Day NelsonG, Michele, Menno, Alina, Carolyn, Raymond, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

Welcome to the introduction and study of Paper 136. This Paper has 14 pages, 10 Sections and was authored by Midwayer Commissioners under the direction of the ranking Melchizedek:

 

Overview of Paper 136. Baptism and the Forty Days

1. Concepts of the Expected Messiah

2. The Baptism of Jesus

3. The Forty Days

4. Plans for Public Work

5. The First Great Decision

6. The Second Decision

7. The Third Decision

8. The Fourth Decision

9. The Fifth Decision

10. The Sixth Decision

This group of papers [120-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.... P.1321 (120:0:0)

 

 

Synopsis of Paper 136:

 

Following his baptism, Jesus went into seclusion for forty days. He was now fully aware of his relationship to the universe, and recalled Immanuel's instructions concerning the bestowal mission. While Jesus was in seclusion, Gabriel appeared to him to discuss the welfare of the local universe. He was accompanied by the Constellation Father of Edentia who informed Jesus that he was now at liberty to terminate his incarnation.

After Jesus' celestial visitors left he planned for his remaining days on earth. Jesus decided not to teach until John's work was finished. He reviewed Immanuel's instructions and pondered the methods of ministry open to him. Jesus realized that situations might arise in his public career in which his concern for the planet could conflict with his Father's desire for an illustration of the ideal mortal life. He decided that if he had to choose between these two, he would subordinate his own wishes to the will of his Father.

Three days after Jesus secluded himself in the hills, he was given a vision of the assembled hosts of seraphim and other celestial beings who had been sent to serve him. Twelve legions of seraphim, nearly six million angels, awaited his command. Jesus decided that he would not use them unless it was evident that it was his Father's will.

Jesus made a conscious decision not to transcend natural law to obtain personal necessities or to prevent his own untimely death. Neither would he use superhuman power to win favor for his saving message. Jesus decided that he would not allow his followers to think of him as the Messiah, and that he would remain completely subject to the Father's will in all matters.

Jesus did not intend to use miracles or wonders to win people to his message. He knew the Jewish people were expecting a Messiah who could perform miracles, but Jesus refused to prostitute his divine powers. Miracle-working might have gratified the Jews, but would not have been a revelation of the heavenly Father. Jesus chose to establish the kingdom of heaven by the natural, ordinary, and difficult methods that all humans must use in their work of expanding the kingdom.

 

 

 

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Here is one of those unforgettable statements about Jesus' nature and demeanor:

 

...only a few times in his entire life was he ever in a hurry.... P.1509 - 1

 

It seems like John's life, especially near the end, was tumultuous, confused and humorless. And it is interesting to note this comparative and surprising statement from Jesus about John:

 

...he also said that the least of those who saw the great light of the new way and entered thereby into the kingdom of heaven was indeed greater than John.... P.1509 - 1

 

Evidently two of the Gospel writers (Matthew and Luke) heard those words:

 

Matthew 11:11 "Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he."

Luke 7:28 "For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."

 

 

Did John not enter the kingdom he extolled while still on Urantia? Apparently not. His reward, and presumably his happiness, came in the afterlife.

 

 

 

Tomorrow's reading is Section 1. Concepts of the Expected Messiah In it the Midwayers expound on the various Hebrew beliefs and myths that preceded Michael's bestowal in human form, as both a son of man and the Son of God, all based in the prophetic scripture of what has become the Christian Bible's "Old Testament".

 

 

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PAPER 136 - BAPTISM AND THE FORTY DAYS
1. CONCEPTS OF THE EXPECTED MESSIAH
P.1509 - §3 The Jews entertained many ideas about the expected deliverer, and each of these different schools of Messianic teaching was able to point to statements in the Hebrew scriptures as proof of their contentions. In a general way, the Jews regarded their national history as beginning with Abraham and culminating in the Messiah and the new age of the kingdom of God. In earlier times they had envisaged this deliverer as "the servant of the Lord," then as "the Son of Man," while latterly some even went so far as to refer to the Messiah as the "Son of God." But no matter whether he was called the "seed of Abraham" or "the son of David," all were agreed that he was to be the Messiah, the "anointed one." Thus did the concept evolve from the "servant of the Lord" to the "son of David," "Son of Man," and "Son of God."
P.1509 - §4 In the days of John and Jesus the more learned Jews had developed an idea of the coming Messiah as the perfected and representative Israelite, combining in himself as the "servant of the Lord" the threefold office of prophet, priest, and king.
P.1509 - §5 The Jews devoutly believed that, as Moses had delivered their fathers from Egyptian bondage by miraculous wonders, so would the coming Messiah deliver the Jewish people from Roman domination by even greater miracles of power and marvels of racial triumph. The rabbis had gathered together almost five hundred passages from the Scriptures which, notwithstanding their apparent contradictions, they averred were prophetic of the coming Messiah. And amidst all these details of time, technique, and function, they almost completely lost sight of the personality of the promised Messiah. They were looking for a restoration of Jewish national glory--Israel's temporal exaltation--rather than for the salvation of the world. It therefore becomes evident that Jesus of Nazareth could never satisfy this materialistic Messianic concept of the Jewish mind. Many of their reputed Messianic predictions, had they but viewed these prophetic utterances in a different light, would have very naturally prepared their minds for a recognition of Jesus as the terminator of one age and the inaugurator of a new and better dispensation of mercy and salvation for all nations.

P.1510 - §1 The Jews had been brought up to believe in the doctrine of the Shekinah. But this reputed symbol of the Divine Presence was not to be seen in the temple. They believed that the coming of the Messiah would effect its restoration. They held confusing ideas about racial sin and the supposed evil nature of man. Some taught that Adam's sin had cursed the human race, and that the Messiah would remove this curse and restore man to divine favor. Others taught that God, in creating man, had put into his being both good and evil natures; that when he observed the outworking of this arrangement, he was greatly disappointed, and that "He repented that he had thus made man." And those who taught this believed that the Messiah was to come in order to redeem man from this inherent evil nature.
P.1510 - §2 The majority of the Jews believed that they continued to languish under Roman rule because of their national sins and because of the halfheartedness of the gentile proselytes. The Jewish nation had not wholeheartedly repented; therefore did the Messiah delay his coming. There was much talk about repentance; wherefore the mighty and immediate appeal of John's preaching, "Repent and be baptized, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." And the kingdom of heaven could mean only one thing to any devout Jew: The coming of the Messiah.
P.1510 - §3 There was one feature of the bestowal of Michael which was utterly foreign to the Jewish conception of the Messiah, and that was the union of the two natures, the human and the divine. The Jews had variously conceived of the Messiah as perfected human, superhuman, and even as divine, but they never entertained the concept of the union of the human and the divine. And this was the great stumbling block of Jesus' early disciples. They grasped the human concept of the Messiah as the son of David, as presented by the earlier prophets; as the Son of Man, the superhuman idea of Daniel and some of the later prophets; and even as the Son of God, as depicted by the author of the Book of Enoch and by certain of his contemporaries; but never had they for a single moment entertained the true concept of the union in one earth personality of the two natures, the human and the divine. The incarnation of the Creator in the form of the creature had not been revealed beforehand. It was revealed only in Jesus; the world knew nothing of such things until the Creator Son was made flesh and dwelt among the mortals of the realm.


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Greetings NelsonG, Michele, Menno, Alina, Carolyn, Raymond, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

Today's, and the following two days' readings, set the stage for the rest of Paper 136, a recitation of Jesus' momentous six part plan that will guide his actions and reactions for the remainder of his life on Urantia, as a son of man and the Son of God.

 

 

It's no wonder at all there was terrible confusion and bloody disagreement about the coming Messiah, the seat of David and Israel's destiny. Here are some of the ancient, oftentimes inscrutable, scriptures that the Hebrew prophets and priests of Jesus' time had to draw upon, their sole source of divine prophesy, national pride, and promised messianic salvation:

 

Ezekiel 2:1-3 "And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day."

Daniel 9:25-26 "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined."

Daniel 7:13-14 "I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."

...The rabbis had gathered together almost five hundred passages from the Scriptures which, notwithstanding their apparent contradictions, they averred were prophetic of the coming Messiah.... P.1509 - 5

2 Samuel 7:12-13 "And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever."

...But no matter whether he was called the "seed of Abraham" or "the son of David," all were agreed that he was to be the Messiah, the "anointed one...." P.1509 - 3

Isaiah 61:1 "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound."

 

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Seems like the last thing the prophets and priests would be looking for is the Messiah's personality. Did they have even a vague conception that such a divine gift existed apart from the soul, mind and spirit??

 

...And amidst all these details of time, technique, and function, they almost completely lost sight of the personality of the promised Messiah.... P.1509 - 5

 

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About the Shekinah, one of several words in today's reading that are italicized:

 

...The Jews had been brought up to believe in the doctrine of the Shekinah.... P.1510 - 1

 

 

Shekinah is the English spelling of a grammatically feminine Hebrew ancient blessing of God...

...Accordingly, in classic Jewish thought, the Shekinah refers to a dwelling or settling in a special sense, a dwelling or settling of divine presence, to the effect that, while in proximity to the Shekinah, the connection to God is more readily perceivable.

Some Christian theologians have connected the concept of Shekinah to the Greek term "Parousia", "presence" "arrival," which is used in the New Testament in a similar way for "Divine Presence".

...The prophets made numerous references to metaphorical visions of the presence of God, particularly in the context of the Tabernacle or Temple, with figures such as thrones or robes filling the Sanctuary, which have traditionally been attributed to the presence of the Shekinah.

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Christian artistic depiction: "The Shekinah Glory Enters the Tabernacle"; illustration from The Bible and Its Story Taught by One Thousand Picture Lessons; Charles F. Horne and Julius A. Bewer (Ed.), 1908

 

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...Others taught that God, in creating man, had put into his being both good and evil natures; that when he observed the outworking of this arrangement, he was greatly disappointed, and that "He repented that he had thus made man...." P.1510 - 1

Genesis 6:6 "And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart."

 

 

Scapegoating is as old as mankind, so blaming one's national leaders and those evil-loving gentile converts no doubt found great resonance in the devout, pious, exclusionary, Hebrew community:

...The majority of the Jews believed that they continued to languish under Roman rule because of their national sins and because of the halfheartedness of the gentile proselytes.... P.1510 - 2

 

One of the themes the Midwayers embrace in the retelling of his life, is this dualistic idea of the joining of the son of man and the Son of God. Here, in today's reading, they emphasize the word union twice in one sentence:

 

...There was one feature of the bestowal of Michael which was utterly foreign to the Jewish conception of the Messiah, and that was the union of the two natures, the human and the divine. The Jews had variously conceived of the Messiah as perfected human, superhuman, and even as divine, but they never entertained the concept of the union of the human and the divine.... P.1510 - 3

 

 

Paper 157:5 is titled "The New Concept". In it we find more about this two-in-one idea:

 

...The new and vital feature of Peter's confession was the clear-cut recognition that Jesus was the Son of God, of his unquestioned divinity. Ever since his baptism and the wedding at Cana these apostles had variously regarded him as the Messiah, but it was not a part of the Jewish concept of the national deliverer that he should be divine. The Jews had not taught that the Messiah would spring from divinity; he was to be the "anointed one," but hardly had they contemplated him as being "the Son of God." In the second confession more emphasis was placed upon the combined nature, the supernal fact that he was the Son of Man and the Son of God, and it was upon this great truth of the union of the human nature with the divine nature that Jesus declared he would build the kingdom of heaven.... P.1748 - 1

 

 

 

Tomorrow's reading is Section 2. The Baptism of Jesus In it we are told what was expected, and what actually happened to Jesus and his Adjuster that day with John in the river Jordan.

 

Overview of Paper 136. Baptism and the Forty Days

1. Concepts of the Expected Messiah

2. The Baptism of Jesus

3. The Forty Days

4. Plans for Public Work

5. The First Great Decision

6. The Second Decision

7. The Third Decision

8. The Fourth Decision

9. The Fifth Decision

10. The Sixth Decision

This group of papers [120-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.... P.1321 (120:0:0)

 

 

 

 

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PAPER 136 - BAPTISM AND THE FORTY DAYS
2. THE BAPTISM OF JESUS
P.1510 - §4 Jesus was baptized at the very height of John's preaching when Palestine was aflame with the expectancy of his message--"the kingdom of God is at hand"--when all Jewry was engaged in serious and solemn self-examination. The Jewish sense of racial solidarity was very profound. The Jews not only believed that the sins of the father might afflict his children, but they firmly believed that the sin of one individual might curse the nation. Accordingly, not all who submitted to John's baptism regarded themselves as being guilty of the specific sins which John denounced. Many devout souls were baptized by John for the good of Israel. They feared lest some sin of ignorance on their part might delay the coming of the Messiah. They felt themselves to belong to a guilty and sin-cursed nation, and they presented themselves for baptism that they might by so doing manifest fruits of race penitence. It is therefore evident that Jesus in no sense received John's baptism as a rite of repentance or for the remission of sins. In accepting baptism at the hands of John, Jesus was only following the example of many pious Israelites.

P.1511 - §1 When Jesus of Nazareth went down into the Jordan to be baptized, he was a mortal of the realm who had attained the pinnacle of human evolutionary ascension in all matters related to the conquest of mind and to self-identification with the spirit. He stood in the Jordan that day a perfected mortal of the evolutionary worlds of time and space. Perfect synchrony and full communication had become established between the mortal mind of Jesus and the indwelling spirit Adjuster, the divine gift of his Father in Paradise. And just such an Adjuster indwells all normal beings living on Urantia since the ascension of Michael to the headship of his universe, except that Jesus' Adjuster had been previously prepared for this special mission by similarly indwelling another superhuman incarnated in the likeness of mortal flesh, Machiventa Melchizedek.
P.1511 - §2 Ordinarily, when a mortal of the realm attains such high levels of personality perfection, there occur those preliminary phenomena of spiritual elevation which terminate in eventual fusion of the matured soul of the mortal with its associated divine Adjuster. And such a change was apparently due to take place in the personality experience of Jesus of Nazareth on that very day when he went down into the Jordan with his two brothers to be baptized by John. This ceremony was the final act of his purely human life on Urantia, and many superhuman observers expected to witness the fusion of the Adjuster with its indwelt mind, but they were all destined to suffer disappointment. Something new and even greater occurred. As John laid his hands upon Jesus to baptize him, the indwelling Adjuster took final leave of the perfected human soul of Joshua ben Joseph. And in a few moments this divine entity returned from Divinington as a Personalized Adjuster and chief of his kind throughout the entire local universe of Nebadon. Thus did Jesus observe his own former divine spirit descending on its return to him in personalized form. And he heard this same spirit of Paradise origin now speak, saying, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." And John, with Jesus' two brothers, also heard these words. John's disciples, standing by the water's edge, did not hear these words, neither did they see the apparition of the Personalized Adjuster. Only the eyes of Jesus beheld the Personalized Adjuster.

P.1511 - §3 When the returned and now exalted Personalized Adjuster had thus spoken, all was silence. And while the four of them tarried in the water, Jesus, looking up to the near-by Adjuster, prayed: "My Father who reigns in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come! Your will be done on earth, even as it is in heaven." When he had prayed, the "heavens were opened," and the Son of Man saw the vision, presented by the now Personalized Adjuster, of himself as a Son of God as he was before he came to earth in the likeness of mortal flesh, and as he would be when the incarnated life should be finished. This heavenly vision was seen only by Jesus.
P.1512 - §1 It was the voice of the Personalized Adjuster that John and Jesus heard, speaking in behalf of the Universal Father, for the Adjuster is of, and as, the Paradise Father. Throughout the remainder of Jesus' earth life this Personalized Adjuster was associated with him in all his labors; Jesus was in constant communion with this exalted Adjuster.
P.1512 - §2 When Jesus was baptized, he repented of no misdeeds; he made no confession of sin. His was the baptism of consecration to the performance of the will of the heavenly Father. At his baptism he heard the unmistakable call of his Father, the final summons to be about his Father's business, and he went away into private seclusion for forty days to think over these manifold problems. In thus retiring for a season from active personality contact with his earthly associates, Jesus, as he was and on Urantia, was following the very procedure that obtains on the morontia worlds whenever an ascending mortal fuses with the inner presence of the Universal Father.
P.1512 - §3 This day of baptism ended the purely human life of Jesus. The divine Son has found his Father, the Universal Father has found his incarnated Son, and they speak the one to the other.
P.1512 - §4 (Jesus was almost thirty-one and one-half years old when he was baptized. While Luke says that Jesus was baptized in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, which would be A.D. 29 since Augustus died in A.D. 14, it should be recalled that Tiberius was coemperor with Augustus for two and one-half years before the death of Augustus, having had coins struck in his honor in October, A.D. 11. The fifteenth year of his actual rule was, therefore, this very year of A.D. 26, that of Jesus' baptism. And this was also the year that Pontius Pilate began his rule as governor of Judea.)


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Jesus' people had put themselves in an untenable situation with their erroneous beliefs about national sin and guilt, where one person could ruin it for all. Since no nation can control every citizen all the time, they set themselves up for certain failure. Can you imagine it? Most of the population spent life suffering in guilt, thinking they had contributed to Israel's downfall:

 

...The Jews not only believed that the sins of the father might afflict his children, but they firmly believed that the sin of one individual might curse the nation.... P.1510 - 4

 

It's a good thing we have this explanation of Jesus' baptism, he certainly didn't need divine sanctification. Now we know why:

 

...Jesus was only following the example of many pious Israelites.... P.1510 - 4

 

Astonishing isn't it, that we all have an Adjuster like his, AND the potential to reach such heights of perfection as he did:

 

...He stood in the Jordan that day a perfected mortal of the evolutionary worlds of time and space. Perfect synchrony and full communication had become established between the mortal mind of Jesus and the indwelling spirit Adjuster...And just such an Adjuster indwells all normal beings living on Urantia.... P.1511 - 1

...Jesus' Adjuster had been previously prepared for this special mission by similarly indwelling another superhuman incarnated in the likeness of mortal flesh, Machiventa Melchizedek..... P.1511 - 1

 

For that story see Paper 93. Machiventa Melchizedek

 

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Evidently some of our celestial siblings engage in speculation about divine doings:

 

...many superhuman observers expected to witness the fusion of the Adjuster with its indwelt mind, but they were all destined to suffer disappointment.... P.1511 - 2

 

Fusion is explained in Paper 112:7:

 

...When your earthly course in temporary form has been run, you are to awaken on the shores of a better world, and eventually you will be united with your faithful Adjuster in an eternal embrace. And this fusion constitutes the mystery of making God and man one, the mystery of finite creature evolution, but it is eternally true. Fusion is the secret of the sacred sphere of Ascendington, and no creature, save those who have experienced fusion with the spirit of Deity, can comprehend the true meaning of the actual values which are conjoined when the identity of a creature of time becomes eternally one with the spirit of Paradise Deity.... P.1237 - 4

 

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Adjuster personalization is a somewhat rare occurrence. From today's reading:

 

...in a few moments this divine entity returned from Divinington as a Personalized Adjuster.... P.1511 - 2

 

This description is from Paper 107:2:

 

...Personalized Adjusters, those who have served with the incarnated Paradise Sons, together with many who have achieved unusual distinction during the mortal indwelling, but whose subjects rejected survival. We have reasons for believing that such Adjusters are personalized on the recommendations of the Ancients of Days of the superuniverse of their assignment.... P.1179 - 2

 

So, John and Jesus' two brothers heard the Adjuster speak, but saw nothing. Jesus both heard and saw:

 

...John's disciples, standing by the water's edge, did not hear these words, neither did they see the apparition of the Personalized Adjuster. Only the eyes of Jesus beheld the Personalized Adjuster.... P.1511 - 2

 

It should be noted here that we as ascenders will hear these words spoken over us, "this is my son in whom I am well pleased". From Paper 47:8:

 

...The union of the evolving immortal soul with the eternal and divine Adjuster is signalized by the seraphic summoning of the supervising superangel for resurrected survivors and of the archangel of record for those going to judgment on the third day; and then, in the presence of such a survivor's morontia associates, these messengers of confirmation speak: "This is a beloved son in whom I am well pleased." This simple ceremony marks the entrance of an ascending mortal upon the eternal career of Paradise service.... P.538 - 2

 

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The New Testament books of Matthew, Mark and Luke all record these words in quotes:

 

...the "heavens were opened," and the Son of Man saw the vision.... P.1511 - 3

Luke 3:21 "Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened."

Mark 1:10 "And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him."

Matthew 3:16 "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him."

 

From today's reading we now know what he really saw. He finally, after 31 years, receives a full blown picture of:

 

...himself as a Son of God as he was before he came to earth in the likeness of mortal flesh, and as he would be when the incarnated life should be finished.... P.1511 - 3

 

Once Jesus has his "final summons":

 

...he went away into private seclusion for forty days to think over these manifold problems.... P.1512 - 2

 

 

The Midwayers seem to be saying we will go through a similar experience after fusion, but this happens most often in the morontia phase of ascension. From today's reading:

 

...In thus retiring for a season from active personality contact with his earthly associates, Jesus, as he was and on Urantia, was following the very procedure that obtains on the morontia worlds whenever an ascending mortal fuses with the inner presence of the Universal Father.... P.1512 - 2

 

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This is a curious statement, isn't it?:

 

...The divine Son has found his Father, the Universal Father has found his incarnated Son, and they speak the one to the other.... P.1512 - 3

 

Were the two ever lost or estranged? Certainly not! The Midwayers are simply saying that contact was now full and replete, the apex of communication had been reached by God and Son, their final union was achieved as far as could be with a person still inhabiting a human body.

 

 

The Midwayers correct the Biblical record attributed to Luke:

 

(...While Luke says that Jesus was baptized in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar....) P.1512 - 4

Luke 3:1 "Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene."

(...it should be recalled that Tiberius was coemperor with Augustus for two and one-half years before the death of Augustus, having had coins struck in his honor in October, A.D. 11....) P.1512 - 4

 

 

 

Tiberius ( 16 November 42 BC – 16 March 37 AD) was Roman Emperor from 14 AD to 37 AD...His mother divorced Nero and married Augustus in 39 BC, making him a step-son of Octavian.

 

 

 

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The tribute penny mentioned in the Bible is commonly believed to be a Roman denarius depicting the Emperor Tiberius.

 

 

 

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Historians agree with the Midwayers about the start date of Pilate's reign. From today's reading:

 

(...The fifteenth year of his actual rule was, therefore, this very year of A.D. 26, that of Jesus' baptism. And this was also the year that Pontius Pilate began his rule as governor of Judea....) P.1512 - 4

Pontius Pilatus, known in the English-speaking world as Pontius Pilate, was the fifth Prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, from AD 26–36.

 

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In tomorrow's reading, Section 3. The Forty Days Jesus goes apart from humans to decide his policy, his attitude for the remainder of his life, just four years. There he encounters his first born Gabriel, and then another of his Sons appears, a Vorondadek from Edentia. He and Gabriel hold "long converse" about the affairs of his universe, and the Most High Son brings a "bestowal release" from Immanuel. He could leave Urantia now with the right to full sovereignty.

 

Overview of Paper 136. Baptism and the Forty Days

1. Concepts of the Expected Messiah

2. The Baptism of Jesus

3. The Forty Days

4. Plans for Public Work

5. The First Great Decision

6. The Second Decision

7. The Third Decision

8. The Fourth Decision

9. The Fifth Decision

10. The Sixth Decision

This group of papers [120-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.... P.1321 (120:0:0)

 

 

 

 

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PAPER 136 - BAPTISM AND THE FORTY DAYS
3. THE FORTY DAYS
P.1512 - §5 Jesus had endured the great temptation of his mortal bestowal before his baptism when he had been wet with the dews of Mount Hermon for six weeks. There on Mount Hermon, as an unaided mortal of the realm, he had met and defeated the Urantia pretender, Caligastia, the prince of this world. That eventful day, on the universe records, Jesus of Nazareth had become the Planetary Prince of Urantia. And this Prince of Urantia, so soon to be proclaimed supreme Sovereign of Nebadon, now went into forty days of retirement to formulate the plans and determine upon the technique of proclaiming the new kingdom of God in the hearts of men.
P.1512 - §6 After his baptism he entered upon the forty days of adjusting himself to the changed relationships of the world and the universe occasioned by the personalization of his Adjuster. During this isolation in the Perean hills he determined upon the policy to be pursued and the methods to be employed in the new and changed phase of earth life which he was about to inaugurate.
P.1512 - §7 Jesus did not go into retirement for the purpose of fasting and for the affliction of his soul. He was not an ascetic, and he came forever to destroy all such notions regarding the approach to God. His reasons for seeking this retirement were entirely different from those which had actuated Moses and Elijah, and even John the Baptist. Jesus was then wholly self-conscious concerning his relation to the universe of his making and also to the universe of universes, supervised by the Paradise Father, his Father in heaven. He now fully recalled the bestowal charge and its instructions administered by his elder brother, Immanuel, ere he entered upon his Urantia incarnation. He now clearly and fully comprehended all these far-flung relationships, and he desired to be away for a season of quiet meditation so that he could think out the plans and decide upon the procedures for the prosecution of his public labors in behalf of this world and for all other worlds in his local universe.

P.1513 - §1 While wandering about in the hills, seeking a suitable shelter, Jesus encountered his universe chief executive, Gabriel, the Bright and Morning Star of Nebadon. Gabriel now re-established personal communication with the Creator Son of the universe; they met directly for the first time since Michael took leave of his associates on Salvington when he went to Edentia preparatory to entering upon the Urantia bestowal. Gabriel, by direction of Immanuel and on authority of the Uversa Ancients of Days, now laid before Jesus information indicating that his bestowal experience on Urantia was practically finished so far as concerned the earning of the perfected sovereignty of his universe and the termination of the Lucifer rebellion. The former was achieved on the day of his baptism when the personalization of his Adjuster demonstrated the perfection and completion of his bestowal in the likeness of mortal flesh, and the latter was a fact of history on that day when he came down from Mount Hermon to join the waiting lad, Tiglath. Jesus was now informed, upon the highest authority of the local universe and the superuniverse, that his bestowal work was finished in so far as it affected his personal status in relation to sovereignty and rebellion. He had already had this assurance direct from Paradise in the baptismal vision and in the phenomenon of the personalization of his indwelling Thought Adjuster.
P.1513 - §2 While he tarried on the mountain, talking with Gabriel, the Constellation Father of Edentia appeared to Jesus and Gabriel in person, saying: "The records are completed. The sovereignty of Michael No. 611,121 over his universe of Nebadon rests in completion at the right hand of the Universal Father. I bring to you the bestowal release of Immanuel, your sponsor-brother for the Urantia incarnation. You are at liberty now or at any subsequent time, in the manner of your own choosing, to terminate your incarnation bestowal, ascend to the right hand of your Father, receive your sovereignty, and assume your well-earned unconditional rulership of all Nebadon. I also testify to the completion of the records of the superuniverse, by authorization of the Ancients of Days, having to do with the termination of all sin-rebellion in your universe and endowing you with full and unlimited authority to deal with any and all such possible upheavals in the future. Technically, your work on Urantia and in the flesh of the mortal creature is finished. Your course from now on is a matter of your own choosing."
P.1513 - §3 When the Most High Father of Edentia had taken leave, Jesus held long converse with Gabriel regarding the welfare of the universe and, sending greetings to Immanuel, proffered his assurance that, in the work which he was about to undertake on Urantia, he would be ever mindful of the counsel he had received in connection with the prebestowal charge administered on Salvington.
P.1514 - §1 Throughout all of these forty days of isolation James and John the sons of Zebedee were engaged in searching for Jesus. Many times they were not far from his abiding place, but never did they find him.


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Now we know there were two significant and separate forty day periods in the Master's life on Urantia. The first was before his baptism, after his last teaching tour of Palestine alone. From Paper 134:7:

 

...The indwelling Thought Adjuster now led Jesus to forsake the dwelling places of men and betake himself up to Mount Hermon that he might finish his work of mastering his human mind and complete the task of effecting his full consecration to the remainder of his lifework on earth.

This was one of those unusual and extraordinary epochs in the Master's earth life on Urantia. Another and very similar one was the experience he passed through when alone in the hills near Pella just subsequent to his baptism. This period of isolation on Mount Hermon marked the termination of his purely human career, that is, the technical termination of the mortal bestowal, while the later isolation marked the beginning of the more divine phase of the bestowal. And Jesus lived alone with God for six weeks on the slopes of Mount Hermon.... P.1492 - 6

 

More: 8. The Sojourn on Mount Hermon

 

The first forty days (August/September AD 25), were spent terminating the Lucifer rebellion on Hermon. The second forty (January/February AD 26) was a conference with his trusted administrators and high born off spring, in the hills of Perea. From today's reading:

 

...During this isolation in the Perean hills he determined upon the policy to be pursued and the methods to be employed in the new and changed phase of earth life which he was about to inaugurate.... P.1512 - 6

 

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Perea, a portion of the kingdom of Herod the Great occupying the eastern side of the Jordan River valley, from about one third the way down from the Sea of Galilee to about one third the way down the eastern shore of the Dead Sea; it did not extend too far inland...Herod the Great's kingdom was divided by the Romans into a tetrarchy, of which Herod Antipas received both Perea and Galilee. It is a very green area.

 

Perea is the area inhabited by the Israelite Tribes Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Menasseh. New Testament commentators speak of Christ's Perean ministry. It began with his departure from Galilee (Matt 19:1, Mark 10:1) and ended with the anointing by Mary in Bethany (Matt 26).

 

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A view of the Perean hills from Nazareth:

 

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About the "bestowal charge" cited in today's reading:

...He now fully recalled the bestowal charge and its instructions administered by his elder brother, Immanuel, ere he entered upon his Urantia incarnation.... P.1512 - 7

 

It was presented in Paper 120: The Bestowal of Michael on Urantia

 

1. The Seventh Bestowal Commission

2. The Bestowal Limitations

3. Further Counsel and Advice

 

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From today's reading:

 

...While wandering about in the hills, seeking a suitable shelter, Jesus encountered his universe chief executive, Gabriel, the Bright and Morning Star of Nebadon.... P.1513 - 1

 

For more about the origin and work of our Bright and Morning Star, see Paper 33: 4. Gabriel — The Chief Executive

 

 

How refreshing it must have been for Jesus to reconnect with his celestial family. Both Gabriel and the Edentia Father were in actuality his own sons:

 

...While he tarried on the mountain, talking with Gabriel, the Constellation Father of Edentia appeared to Jesus and Gabriel in person.... P.1513 - 2

 

About these "Most High" Sons, from Paper 35:6. The Constellation Fathers

 

...At least three Vorondadeks are assigned to the rulership of each of the one hundred constellations of a local universe. These Sons are selected by the Creator Son and are commissioned by Gabriel as the Most Highs of the constellations for service during one dekamillennium--10,000 standard years, about 50,000 years of Urantia time.... P.390 - 5

 

This is an interesting statement from the Vorondadek Son:

 

"...Technically, your work on Urantia and in the flesh of the mortal creature is finished. Your course from now on is a matter of your own choosing...." P.1513 - 2

 

Could he now leave Urantia with God's full blessing? Apparently not:

 

...in the work which he was about to undertake on Urantia, he would be ever mindful of the counsel he had received in connection with the prebestowal charge administered on Salvington.... P.1513 - 3

 

 

In tomorrow's reading, Section 4. Plans for Public Work Jesus again reviews Immanuel's charge. He made up his mind to destroy everything--upon his return to Capernaum--that he had previously written. And he decides what exactly his attitude will be toward the political and social needs of his benighted people and this tardy world, weighed against our Paradise Father's will and wishes for the enlightenment of all the worlds of Nebadon.

 

 

Overview of Paper 136. Baptism and the Forty Days

1. Concepts of the Expected Messiah

2. The Baptism of Jesus

3. The Forty Days

4. Plans for Public Work

5. The First Great Decision

6. The Second Decision

7. The Third Decision

8. The Fourth Decision

9. The Fifth Decision

10. The Sixth Decision

This group of papers [120-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.... P.1321 (120:0:0)

 

 

 

 

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PAPER 136 - BAPTISM AND THE FORTY DAYS
4. PLANS FOR PUBLIC WORK

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P.1514 - §2 Day by day, up in the hills, Jesus formulated the plans for the remainder of his Urantia bestowal. He first decided not to teach contemporaneously with John. He planned to remain in comparative retirement until the work of John achieved its purpose, or until John was suddenly stopped by imprisonment. Jesus well knew that John's fearless and tactless preaching would presently arouse the fears and enmity of the civil rulers. In view of John's precarious situation, Jesus began definitely to plan his program of public labors in behalf of his people and the world, in behalf of every inhabited world throughout his vast universe. Michael's mortal bestowal was on Urantia but for all worlds of Nebadon.
P.1514 - §3 The first thing Jesus did, after thinking through the general plan of co-ordinating his program with John's movement, was to review in his mind the instructions of Immanuel. Carefully he thought over the advice given him concerning his methods of labor, and that he was to leave no permanent writing on the planet. Never again did Jesus write on anything except sand. On his next visit to Nazareth, much to the sorrow of his brother Joseph, Jesus destroyed all of his writing that was preserved on the boards about the carpenter shop, and which hung upon the walls of the old home. And Jesus pondered well over Immanuel's advice pertaining to his economic, social, and political attitude toward the world as he should find it.
P.1514 - §4 Jesus did not fast during this forty days' isolation. The longest period he went without food was his first two days in the hills when he was so engrossed with his thinking that he forgot all about eating. But on the third day he went in search of food. Neither was he tempted during this time by any evil spirits or rebel personalities of station on this world or from any other world.
P.1514 - §5 These forty days were the occasion of the final conference between the human and the divine minds, or rather the first real functioning of these two minds as now made one. The results of this momentous season of meditation demonstrated conclusively that the divine mind has triumphantly and spiritually dominated the human intellect. The mind of man has become the mind of God from this time on, and though the selfhood of the mind of man is ever present, always does this spiritualized human mind say, "Not my will but yours be done."
P.1514 - §6 The transactions of this eventful time were not the fantastic visions of a starved and weakened mind, neither were they the confused and puerile symbolisms which afterward gained record as the "temptations of Jesus in the wilderness." Rather was this a season for thinking over the whole eventful and varied career of the Urantia bestowal and for the careful laying of those plans for further ministry which would best serve this world while also contributing something to the betterment of all other rebellion-isolated spheres. Jesus thought over the whole span of human life on Urantia, from the days of Andon and Fonta, down through Adam's default, and on to the ministry of the Melchizedek of Salem.
P.1514 - §7 Gabriel had reminded Jesus that there were two ways in which he might manifest himself to the world in case he should choose to tarry on Urantia for a time. And it was made clear to Jesus that his choice in this matter would have nothing to do with either his universe sovereignty or the termination of the Lucifer rebellion. These two ways of world ministry were:
1. His own way--the way that might seem most pleasant and profitable from the standpoint of the immediate needs of this world and the present edification of his own universe.
2. The Father's way--the exemplification of a farseeing ideal of creature life visualized by the high personalities of the Paradise administration of the universe of universes.



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Good Sunday Alina, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

What a wonderful expansion and revelation about his post baptismal forty day period in the wilderness.

 

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Here's about all we had previously, from the Bible's New Testament, Matthew, Mark and Luke. The Quran also cites "prophet" Jesus' forty days, but neither distinguishes between the pre-baptismal period and the post-baptismal. Both declare he didn't eat at all:

Luke 4: 1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:

10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:

11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

Mark 1:12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.

13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

From the Islamic record:

Prophet Isa [Jesus] walked the desert and fasted in the wilderness for forty days.

 

 

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You have to wonder if Jesus cringed when he heard about John's repeated political and social attacks on the local Roman authorities. He really had little choice but to wait for John to be removed from the scene:

 

...Jesus well knew that John's fearless and tactless preaching would presently arouse the fears and enmity of the civil rulers.... P.1514 - 2

 

 

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About Immanuel's instructions, from today's reading:

 

...The first thing Jesus did, after thinking through the general plan of co-ordinating his program with John's movement, was to review in his mind the instructions of Immanuel.... P.1514 - 3

 

These instructions from his celestial brother were presented in Paper 120. The Bestowal of Michael on Urantia

 

1. The Seventh Bestowal Commission

2. The Bestowal Limitations

3. Further Counsel and Advice

4. The Incarnation — Making Two One

 

From today's reading:

 

...And Jesus pondered well over Immanuel's advice pertaining to his economic, social, and political attitude toward the world as he should find it.... P.1514 - 3

 

From Paper 120:3 Immanuel's advice:

 

"3. In your relations to the social order we advise that you confine your efforts largely to spiritual regeneration and intellectual emancipation. Avoid all entanglements with the economic structure and the political commitments of your day...." P.1329 - 5

 

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Evidently the forty day fasting myth was a mix of his brief forgetful experience and much scriptural content and context around the concept of forty. His thinking must have been truly astounding in its breadth and depth, so spirit oriented that he simply didn't think about food:

 

...The longest period he went without food was his first two days in the hills when he was so engrossed with his thinking that he forgot all about eating.... P.1514 - 4

 

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This sentence in today's reading concisely encapsulates the whole of our human spiritual aspirations, doesn't it?!

 

...The mind of man has become the mind of God from this time on, and though the selfhood of the mind of man is ever present, always does this spiritualized human mind say, "Not my will but yours be done...." P.1514 - 5

 

Also from today's reading:

 

...Jesus thought over the whole span of human life on Urantia, from the days of Andon and Fonta, down through Adam's default, and on to the ministry of the Melchizedek of Salem.... P.1514 - 6

 

References:

 

Andon and Fonta, Paper 63. The First Human Family

 

1. Andon and Fonta

2. The Flight of the Twins

3. Andon’s Family

4. The Andonic Clans

5. Dispersion of the Andonites

6. Onagar — The First Truth Teacher

7. The Survival of Andon and Fonta

 

Adamic default, Paper 75. The Default of Adam and Eve

 

1. The Urantia Problem

2. Caligastia’s Plot

3. The Temptation of Eve

4. The Realization of Default

5. Repercussions of Default

6. Adam and Eve Leave the Garden

7. Degradation of Adam and Eve

8. The So-Called Fall of Man

 

The Melchizedek incarnation was detailed in Paper 93. Machiventa Melchizedek

 

1. The Machiventa Incarnation

2. The Sage of Salem

3. Melchizedek’s Teachings

4. The Salem Religion

5. The Selection of Abraham

6. Melchizedek’s Covenant with Abraham

7. The Melchizedek Missionaries

8. Departure of Melchizedek

9. After Melchizedek’s Departure

10. Present Status of Machiventa Melchizedek

 

 

In tomorrow's reading, the last half of Section 4. Plans for Public Work we read more about the two ways, the two choices Jesus always found himself "torn" between.

 

Overview of Paper 136. Baptism and the Forty Days

1. Concepts of the Expected Messiah

2. The Baptism of Jesus

3. The Forty Days

4. Plans for Public Work

5. The First Great Decision

6. The Second Decision

7. The Third Decision

8. The Fourth Decision

9. The Fifth Decision

10. The Sixth Decision

This group of papers [120-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.... P.1321 (120:0:0)

 

 

 

 

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4. PLANS FOR PUBLIC WORK

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P.1515 - §3 It was thus made clear to Jesus that there were two ways in which he could order the remainder of his earth life. Each of these ways had something to be said in its favor as it might be regarded in the light of the immediate situation. The Son of Man clearly saw that his choice between these two modes of conduct would have nothing to do with his reception of universe sovereignty; that was a matter already settled and sealed on the records of the universe of universes and only awaited his demand in person. But it was indicated to Jesus that it would afford his Paradise brother, Immanuel, great satisfaction if he, Jesus, should see fit to finish up his earth career of incarnation as he had so nobly begun it, always subject to the Father's will. On the third day of this isolation Jesus promised himself he would go back to the world to finish his earth career, and that in a situation involving any two ways he would always choose the Father's will. And he lived out the remainder of his earth life always true to that resolve. Even to the bitter end he invariably subordinated his sovereign will to that of his heavenly Father.
The forty days in the mountain wilderness were not a period of great temptation but rather the period of the Master's great decisions. During these days of lone communion with himself and his Father's immediate presence--the Personalized Adjuster (he no longer had a personal seraphic guardian)--he arrived, one by one, at the great decisions which were to control his policies and conduct for the remainder of his earth career. Subsequently the tradition of a great temptation became attached to this period of isolation through confusion with the fragmentary narratives of the Mount Hermon struggles, and further because it was the custom to have all great prophets and human leaders begin their public careers by undergoing these supposed seasons of fasting and prayer. It had always been Jesus' practice, when facing any new or serious decisions, to withdraw for communion with his own spirit that he might seek to know the will of God.
In all this planning for the remainder of his earth life, Jesus was always torn in his human heart by two opposing courses of conduct:

1. He entertained a strong desire to win his people--and the whole world--to believe in him and to accept his new spiritual kingdom. And he well knew their ideas concerning the coming Messiah.
2. To live and work as he knew his Father would approve, to conduct his work in behalf of other worlds in need, and to continue, in the establishment of the kingdom, to reveal the Father and show forth his divine character of love.
P.1515 - §8 Throughout these eventful days Jesus lived in an ancient rock cavern, a shelter in the side of the hills near a village sometime called Beit Adis. He drank from the small spring which came from the side of the hill near this rock shelter.


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Greetings NelsonG, Alina, Bernie, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

Strange to think that Jesus could have terminated the bestowal right then and there, isn't it? We wouldn't have this unmatchable collection of the greatest lessons and stories ever experienced, not only on Urantia but in all Nebadon.

 

We aren't told exactly how, when or where he did it, but his brother Immanuel persuades Jesus to live on in his human body:

 

...it was indicated to Jesus that it would afford his Paradise brother, Immanuel, great satisfaction if he, Jesus, should see fit to finish up his earth career of incarnation as he had so nobly begun it, always subject to the Father's will.... P.1515 - 3

 

Jesus surely knows if he stays he will suffer, and suffer greatly. But he commits to it anyway:

 

...On the third day of this isolation Jesus promised himself he would go back to the world to finish his earth career.... P.1515 - 3

 

Why do you suppose he no longer had (needed?) guardian angels?

 

...During these days of lone communion with himself and his Father's immediate presence--the Personalized Adjuster (he no longer had a personal seraphic guardian).... P.1515 - 4

 

Wonder if that cave and spring are still intact?

 

...Jesus lived in an ancient rock cavern, a shelter in the side of the hills near a village sometime called Beit Adis. He drank from the small spring which came from the side of the hill near this rock shelter.... P.1515 - 8

 

Unfortunately there don't appear to be records of Beit Adis, we only know that this forty day period took place in the Perean hills.

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In tomorrow's reading, Section 5. The First Great Decision, Jesus is given a vision of the vast celestial help he has available. He must choose whether to use them in the remainder of his earthlife. Section 5 presents the first of six "great" decisions made during his 40 days out in the Perean hills.

 

Overview of Paper 136. Baptism and the Forty Days

1. Concepts of the Expected Messiah

2. The Baptism of Jesus

3. The Forty Days

4. Plans for Public Work

5. The First Great Decision

6. The Second Decision

7. The Third Decision

8. The Fourth Decision

9. The Fifth Decision

10. The Sixth Decision

This group of papers [120-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.... P.1321 (120:0:0)

 

 

 

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PAPER 136 - BAPTISM AND THE FORTY DAYS
5. THE FIRST GREAT DECISION

P.1516 - §1 On the third day after beginning this conference with himself and his Personalized Adjuster, Jesus was presented with the vision of the assembled celestial hosts of Nebadon sent by their commanders to wait upon the will of their beloved Sovereign. This mighty host embraced twelve legions of seraphim and proportionate numbers of every order of universe intelligence. And the first great decision of Jesus' isolation had to do with whether or not he would make use of these mighty personalities in connection with the ensuing program of his public work on Urantia.
P.1516 - §2 Jesus decided that he would not utilize a single personality of this vast assemblage unless it should become evident that this was his Father's will. Notwithstanding this general decision, this vast host remained with him throughout the balance of his earth life, always in readiness to obey the least expression of their Sovereign's will. Although Jesus did not constantly behold these attendant personalities with his human eyes, his associated Personalized Adjuster did constantly behold, and could communicate with, all of them.
P.1516 - §3 Before coming down from the forty days' retreat in the hills, Jesus assigned the immediate command of this attendant host of universe personalities to his recently Personalized Adjuster, and for more than four years of Urantia time did these selected personalities from every division of universe intelligences obediently and respectfully function under the wise guidance of this exalted and experienced Personalized Mystery Monitor. In assuming command of this mighty assembly, the Adjuster, being a onetime part and essence of the Paradise Father, assured Jesus that in no case would these superhuman agencies be permitted to serve, or manifest themselves in connection with, or in behalf of, his earth career unless it should develop that the Father willed such intervention. Thus by one great decision Jesus voluntarily deprived himself of all superhuman co-operation in all matters having to do with the remainder of his mortal career unless the Father might independently choose to participate in some certain act or episode of the Son's earth labors.
P.1516 - §4 In accepting this command of the universe hosts in attendance upon Christ Michael, the Personalized Adjuster took great pains to point out to Jesus that, while such an assembly of universe creatures could be limited in their space activities by the delegated authority of their Creator, such limitations were not operative in connection with their function in time. And this limitation was dependent on the fact that Adjusters are nontime beings when once they are personalized. Accordingly was Jesus admonished that, while the Adjuster's control of the living intelligences placed under his command would be complete and perfect as to all matters involving space, there could be no such perfect limitations imposed regarding time. Said the Adjuster: "I will, as you have directed, enjoin the employment of this attendant host of universe intelligences in any manner in connection with your earth career except in those cases where the Paradise Father directs me to release such agencies in order that his divine will of your choosing may be accomplished, and in those instances where you may engage in any choice or act of your divine-human will which shall only involve departures from the natural earth order as to time. In all such events I am powerless, and your creatures here assembled in perfection and unity of power are likewise helpless. If your united natures once entertain such desires, these mandates of your choice will be forthwith executed. Your wish in all such matters will constitute the abridgment of time, and the thing projected is existent. Under my command this constitutes the fullest possible limitation which can be imposed upon your potential sovereignty. In my self-consciousness time is nonexistent, and therefore I cannot limit your creatures in anything related thereto."
P.1517 - §1 Thus did Jesus become apprised of the working out of his decision to go on living as a man among men. He had by a single decision excluded all of his attendant universe hosts of varied intelligences from participating in his ensuing public ministry except in such matters as concerned time only. It therefore becomes evident that any possible supernatural or supposedly superhuman accompaniments of Jesus' ministry pertained wholly to the elimination of time unless the Father in heaven specifically ruled otherwise. No miracle, ministry of mercy, or any other possible event occurring in connection with Jesus' remaining earth labors could possibly be of the nature or character of an act transcending the natural laws established and regularly working in the affairs of man as he lives on Urantia except in this expressly stated matter of time. No limits, of course, could be placed upon the manifestations of "the Father's will." The elimination of time in connection with the expressed desire of this potential Sovereign of a universe could only be avoided by the direct and explicit act of the will of this God-man to the effect that time, as related to the act or event in question, should not be shortened or eliminated. In order to prevent the appearance of apparent time miracles, it was necessary for Jesus to remain constantly time conscious. Any lapse of time consciousness on his part, in connection with the entertainment of definite desire, was equivalent to the enactment of the thing conceived in the mind of this Creator Son, and without the intervention of time.
P.1517 - §2 Through the supervising control of his associated and Personalized Adjuster it was possible for Michael perfectly to limit his personal earth activities with reference to space, but it was not possible for the Son of Man thus to limit his new earth status as potential Sovereign of Nebadon as regards time. And this was the actual status of Jesus of Nazareth as he went forth to begin his public ministry on Urantia.


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Greetings Alina, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

You may have noticed several uses of italics in today's reading, mostly around time and will. But it's fascinating for yet another reason, this is a period of direct communication with his Adjuster, Jesus is shown visions, perhaps not unlike John the Revelator was:

 

...On the third day after beginning this conference with himself and his Personalized Adjuster, Jesus was presented with the vision of the assembled celestial hosts of Nebadon.... P.1516 - 1

 

Is this kind of vision available to all who achieve the heights of human spiritual aspirations? Did Enoch, Elijah and others see such things? Apparently our Adjusters hold vast secrets, secrets that unfold before our eyes when the moment is right, when the requisite experience and wisdom are acquired.

 

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Throughout all these "great decisions" we are told the Father's will is the final resolution, but here Jesus is receiving warning that stray thoughts can create confusion because of the absence of time consciousness. The Midwayers didn't mention that this time issue manifested itself very soon following these forty days, at Naomi's wedding in Cana. After the ceremony, Jesus inadvertently turned water into wine. From Paper 137:4:

 

...It was gradually dawning upon Jesus what had happened. Of all persons present at the marriage feast of Cana, Jesus was the most surprised. Others had expected him to work a wonder, but that was just what he had purposed not to do. And then the Son of Man recalled the admonition of his Personalized Thought Adjuster in the hills. He recounted how the Adjuster had warned him about the inability of any power or personality to deprive him of the creator prerogative of independence of time. On this occasion power transformers, midwayers, and all other required personalities were assembled near the water and other necessary elements, and in the face of the expressed wish of the Universe Creator Sovereign, there was no escaping the instantaneous appearance of wine. And this occurrence was made doubly certain since the Personalized Adjuster had signified that the execution of the Son's desire was in no way a contravention of the Father's will.... P.1530 - 4

 

 

Today's reading has one of the few paragraphs where we have verbatim words spoken by an indwelling fragment of God, even Jesus' own Adjuster, ending with:

 

"...In my self-consciousness time is nonexistent, and therefore I cannot limit your creatures in anything related thereto...." P.1516 - 4

 

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From today's reading:

 

...He had by a single decision excluded all of his attendant universe hosts of varied intelligences from participating in his ensuing public ministry except in such matters as concerned time only.... P.1517 - 1

 

We later learn that Jesus consciously uses the time advantage to create a "miracle"--no doubt with Father's approval--to feed five thousand. From Paper 152:2:

 

Jesus took up the loaves in his hands, and after he had given thanks, he broke the bread and gave to his apostles, who passed it on to their associates, who in turn carried it to the multitude. Jesus in like manner broke and distributed the fishes. And this multitude did eat and were filled. And when they had finished eating, Jesus said to the disciples: "Gather up the broken pieces that remain over so that nothing will be lost." And when they had finished gathering up the fragments, they had twelve basketfuls. They who ate of this extraordinary feast numbered about five thousand men, women, and children.

And this is the first and only nature miracle which Jesus performed as a result of his conscious preplanning. It is true that his disciples were disposed to call many things miracles which were not, but this was a genuine supernatural ministration. In this case, so we were taught, Michael multiplied food elements as he always does except for the elimination of the time factor and the visible life channel.... P.1701 - 4

 

 

So, did Jesus have to stay on guard for the rest of his life? Apparently so:

 

...In order to prevent the appearance of apparent time miracles, it was necessary for Jesus to remain constantly time conscious.... P.1517 - 1

 

And it must be noted here, after the water and wine incident Jesus must have controlled his thinking every minute. Even while hanging on a Roman cross, no thoughts of anger, destruction or injury harmed a hair on anyone. Nor was Urantia obliterated for torturing to death its divine messenger, God's own Son.

 

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Menno pointed yesterday to Jesus' declaration that he needed no defenders, also recorded in the Bible's New Testament:

 

Matthew 26:53 "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?"

 

 

 

In today's reading Jesus decides what to do about everyone else in his universe. In tomorrow's reading, Section 6. The Second Decision, he makes choices regarding himself.

 

Overview of Paper 136. Baptism and the Forty Days

1. Concepts of the Expected Messiah

2. The Baptism of Jesus

3. The Forty Days

4. Plans for Public Work

5. The First Great Decision

6. The Second Decision

7. The Third Decision

8. The Fourth Decision

9. The Fifth Decision

10. The Sixth Decision

This group of papers [120-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.... P.1321 (120:0:0)

 

 

 

 

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PAPER 136 - BAPTISM AND THE FORTY DAYS
6. THE SECOND DECISION
P.1517 - §3 Having settled his policy concerning all personalities of all classes of his created intelligences, so far as this could be determined in view of the inherent potential of his new status of divinity, Jesus now turned his thoughts toward himself. What would he, now the fully self-conscious creator of all things and beings existent in this universe, do with these creator prerogatives in the recurring life situations which would immediately confront him when he returned to Galilee to resume his work among men? In fact, already, and right where he was in these lonely hills, had this problem forcibly presented itself in the matter of obtaining food. By the third day of his solitary meditations the human body grew hungry. Should he go in quest of food as any ordinary man would, or should he merely exercise his normal creative powers and produce suitable bodily nourishment ready at hand? And this great decision of the Master has been portrayed to you as a temptation--as a challenge by supposed enemies that he "command that these stones become loaves of bread."
P.1518 - §1 Jesus thus settled upon another and consistent policy for the remainder of his earth labors. As far as his personal necessities were concerned, and in general even in his relations with other personalities, he now deliberately chose to pursue the path of normal earthly existence; he definitely decided against a policy which would transcend, violate, or outrage his own established natural laws. But he could not promise himself, as he had already been warned by his Personalized Adjuster, that these natural laws might not, in certain conceivable circumstances, be greatly accelerated. In principle, Jesus decided that his lifework should be organized and prosecuted in accordance with natural law and in harmony with the existing social organization. The Master thereby chose a program of living which was the equivalent of deciding against miracles and wonders. Again he decided in favor of "the Father's will"; again he surrendered everything into the hands of his Paradise Father.
P.1518 - §2 Jesus' human nature dictated that the first duty was self-preservation; that is the normal attitude of the natural man on the worlds of time and space, and it is, therefore, a legitimate reaction of a Urantia mortal. But Jesus was not concerned merely with this world and its creatures; he was living a life designed to instruct and inspire the manifold creatures of a far-flung universe.
P.1518 - §3 Before his baptismal illumination he had lived in perfect submission to the will and guidance of his heavenly Father. He emphatically decided to continue on in just such implicit mortal dependence on the Father's will. He purposed to follow the unnatural course--he decided not to seek self-preservation. He chose to go on pursuing the policy of refusing to defend himself. He formulated his conclusions in the words of Scripture familiar to his human mind: "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." In reaching this conclusion in regard to the appetite of the physical nature as expressed in hunger for food, the Son of Man made his final declaration concerning all other urges of the flesh and the natural impulses of human nature.
P.1518 - §4 His superhuman power he might possibly use for others, but for himself, never. And he pursued this policy consistently to the very end, when it was jeeringly said of him: "He saved others; himself he cannot save"--because he would not.
P.1518 - §5 The Jews were expecting a Messiah who would do even greater wonders than Moses, who was reputed to have brought forth water from the rock in a desert place and to have fed their forefathers with manna in the wilderness. Jesus knew the sort of Messiah his compatriots expected, and he had all the powers and prerogatives to measure up to their most sanguine expectations, but he decided against such a magnificent program of power and glory. Jesus looked upon such a course of expected miracle working as a harking back to the olden days of ignorant magic and the degraded practices of the savage medicine men. Possibly, for the salvation of his creatures, he might accelerate natural law, but to transcend his own laws, either for the benefit of himself or the overawing of his fellow men, that he would not do. And the Master's decision was final.
P.1518 - §6 Jesus sorrowed for his people; he fully understood how they had been led up to the expectation of the coming Messiah, the time when "the earth will yield its fruits ten thousandfold, and on one vine there will be a thousand branches, and each branch will produce a thousand clusters, and each cluster will produce a thousand grapes, and each grape will produce a gallon of wine." The Jews believed the Messiah would usher in an era of miraculous plenty. The Hebrews had long been nurtured on traditions of miracles and legends of wonders.
P.1519 - §1 He was not a Messiah coming to multiply bread and wine. He came not to minister to temporal needs only; he came to reveal his Father in heaven to his children on earth, while he sought to lead his earth children to join him in a sincere effort so to live as to do the will of the Father in heaven.
P.1519 - §2 In this decision Jesus of Nazareth portrayed to an onlooking universe the folly and sin of prostituting divine talents and God-given abilities for personal aggrandizement or for purely selfish gain and glorification. That was the sin of Lucifer and Caligastia.
P.1519 - §3 This great decision of Jesus portrays dramatically the truth that selfish satisfaction and sensuous gratification, alone and of themselves, are not able to confer happiness upon evolving human beings. There are higher values in mortal existence--intellectual mastery and spiritual achievement--which far transcend the necessary gratification of man's purely physical appetites and urges. Man's natural endowment of talent and ability should be chiefly devoted to the development and ennoblement of his higher powers of mind and spirit.
P.1519 - §4 Jesus thus revealed to the creatures of his universe the technique of the new and better way, the higher moral values of living and the deeper spiritual satisfactions of evolutionary human existence on the worlds of space.


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Good Day NelsonG, Menno, Alina, Bernie, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

Obviously doing "miracles" is nothing special to God and his Creator Sons, they have this inherent power and may use it any time. Today's reading seems to suggest the real test for incarnated Sons like Jesus is how to avoid them, unless Father should permit.

 

After 72 hours of what must have been intense, unceasing celestial communications, his body called out:

 

...And this great decision of the Master has been portrayed to you as a temptation--as a challenge by supposed enemies that he "command that these stones become loaves of bread...." P.1517 - 3

 

Those words in quotes are found in the Bible's New Testament Gospels:

 

Luke 4:3 "And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread."

Matthew 4:3 "And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread."

 

The only italicized word in today's reading is here...

 

...he could not promise himself, as he had already been warned by his Personalized Adjuster, that these natural laws might not, in certain conceivable circumstances, be greatly accelerated.... P.1518 - 1

 

...which is exactly what happened with the water to wine "miracle".

 

 

These quoted words:

 

"...Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.... " P.1518 - 3

 

...are found in at least three Bible verses:

 

Deuteronomy 8:3 "And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live."

Luke 4:3-4 "And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."

Matthew 4:3-4 "And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

 

 

From today's reading:

 

"...He saved others; himself he cannot save"--because he would not.... P.1518 - 4

From the New Testament Gospels:

 

Luke 23:35 "And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God."

Mark 15:31 "Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save."

Matthew 27:42 "He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him."

 

 

About this fantastic symbolic myth of the grape vine:

 

"...the earth will yield its fruits ten thousandfold, and on one vine there will be a thousand branches, and each branch will produce a thousand clusters, and each cluster will produce a thousand grapes, and each grape will produce a gallon of wine...." P.1518 - 6

 

No sources outside the UB were found.

 

 

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From today's reading:

 

...That was the sin of Lucifer and Caligastia.... P.1519 - 2

 

For their sad stories see these Papers:


53. The Lucifer Rebellion

54. Problems of the Lucifer Rebellion

67. The Planetary Rebellion

 

 

It usually doesn't take long on this planet, in this first life, to realize physical pleasures, wealth gathering and human recognition are empty pursuits. This line states our worthy endeavors so well, so concisely, doesn't it?:

 

...Man's natural endowment of talent and ability should be chiefly devoted to the development and ennoblement of his higher powers of mind and spirit.... P.1519 - 3

 

In tomorrow's reading, Section 7. The Third Decision, Jesus debates how he will treat dangers to his physical body.

 

Overview of Paper 136. Baptism and the Forty Days

1. Concepts of the Expected Messiah

2. The Baptism of Jesus

3. The Forty Days

4. Plans for Public Work

5. The First Great Decision

6. The Second Decision

7. The Third Decision

8. The Fourth Decision

9. The Fifth Decision

10. The Sixth Decision

This group of papers [120-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.... P.1321 (120:0:0)

 

 

 

 

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.About this fantastic symbolic myth of the grape vine:

 

"...the earth will yield its fruits ten thousandfold, and on one vine there will be a thousand branches, and each branch will produce a thousand clusters, and each cluster will produce a thousand grapes, and each grape will produce a gallon of wine...." P.1518 - 6

 

No sources outside the UB were found.

 

 

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GOOD DAY RICK! :)

 

 

 

I think it relates to the mind and the mind of the spirit associated, yield its fruits.

This has a multiplier power because if we progress we leave that legacy to our descendants and thus, growth and abundance of these goods, will extend ...

 

It is a service for ourselves and for posterity.

 

 

(1930.3) 178:1.6...In the gospel of the kingdom there resides the mighty Spirit of Truth, and presently I will pour out this same spirit upon all flesh. The fruits of the spirit, your sincere and loving service, are the mighty social lever to uplift the races of darkness, and this Spirit of Truth will become your power-multiplying fulcrum.

 

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PAPER 136 - BAPTISM AND THE FORTY DAYS
7. THE THIRD DECISION
P.1519 - §5 Having made his decisions regarding such matters as food and physical ministration to the needs of his material body, the care of the health of himself and his associates, there remained yet other problems to solve. What would be his attitude when confronted by personal danger? He decided to exercise normal watchcare over his human safety and to take reasonable precaution to prevent the untimely termination of his career in the flesh but to refrain from all superhuman intervention when the crisis of his life in the flesh should come. As he was formulating this decision, Jesus was seated under the shade of a tree on an overhanging ledge of rock with a precipice right there before him. He fully realized that he could cast himself off the ledge and out into space, and that nothing could happen to harm him provided he would rescind his first great decision not to invoke the interposition of his celestial intelligences in the prosecution of his lifework on Urantia, and provided he would abrogate his second decision concerning his attitude toward self-preservation.
P.1519 - §6 Jesus knew his fellow countrymen were expecting a Messiah who would be above natural law. Well had he been taught that Scripture: "There shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up in their hands lest you dash your foot against a stone." Would this sort of presumption, this defiance of his Father's laws of gravity, be justified in order to protect himself from possible harm or, perchance, to win the confidence of his mistaught and distracted people? But such a course, however gratifying to the sign-seeking Jews, would be, not a revelation of his Father, but a questionable trifling with the established laws of the universe of universes.
P.1519 - §7 Understanding all of this and knowing that the Master refused to work in defiance of his established laws of nature in so far as his personal conduct was concerned, you know of a certainty that he never walked on the water nor did anything else which was an outrage to his material order of administering the world; always, of course, bearing in mind that there had, as yet, been found no way whereby he could be wholly delivered from the lack of control over the element of time in connection with those matters put under the jurisdiction of the Personalized Adjuster.
P.1520 - §1 Throughout his entire earth life Jesus was consistently loyal to this decision. No matter whether the Pharisees taunted him for a sign, or the watchers at Calvary dared him to come down from the cross, he steadfastly adhered to the decision of this hour on the hillside.


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Thank you Alina! Greetings all, NelsonG, Menno, Bernie, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

This idea of self preservation to avoid an "untimely" death brings to mind that incident where a rowdy crowd was about to throw him off a cliff, in Paper 150:9:

 

...And so, under the leadership of hirelings, these ruffians laid hold upon Jesus and rushed him out of the synagogue to the brow of a near-by precipitous hill, where they were minded to shove him over the edge to his death below. But just as they were about to push him over the edge of the cliff, Jesus turned suddenly upon his captors and, facing them, quietly folded his arms. He said nothing, but his friends were more than astonished when, as he started to walk forward, the mob parted and permitted him to pass on unmolested.... P.1686 - 6

 

Jesus chose his time and method of departure, not man.

 

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From today's reading:

 

...Well had he been taught that Scripture: "There shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up in their hands lest you dash your foot against a stone...." P.1519 - 6

 

Those words appear the Bible's Old Testament:

 

Psalms 091:010-012 "There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."

 

Then the writers of the New Testament repeated it in somewhat distorted form:

 

Luke 4:9-11 "And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone."

Matthew 4:5-6 "Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone."

 

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The Midwayers correct the Biblical myth of water walking. From today's reading:

 

...Understanding all of this and knowing that the Master refused to work in defiance of his established laws of nature in so far as his personal conduct was concerned, you know of a certainty that he never walked on the water.... P.1519 - 7

 

From the New Testament:

 

John 6:19-21 "So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went."

Mark 6:48-50 "And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid."

Matthew 14:25-27 "And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid."

 

The true story about this incident is told in Paper 152:4:

 

...While the other apostles toiled against the wind and the waves, Peter dreamed a dream; he saw a vision of Jesus coming to them walking on the sea. When the Master seemed to walk on by the boat, Peter cried out, "Save us, Master, save us." And those who were in the rear of the boat heard him say some of these words. As this apparition of the night season continued in Peter's mind, he dreamed that he heard Jesus say: "Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid." This was like the balm of Gilead to Peter's disturbed soul; it soothed his troubled spirit, so that (in his dream) he cried out to the Master: "Lord, if it really is you, bid me come and walk with you on the water." And when Peter started to walk upon the water, the boisterous waves frightened him, and as he was about to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" And many of the twelve heard him utter this cry. Then Peter dreamed that Jesus came to the rescue and, stretching forth his hand, took hold and lifted him up, saying: "O, you of little faith, wherefore did you doubt?" P.1703 - 2

 

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About the Pharisees and watchers cited in today's reading:

 

...No matter whether the Pharisees taunted him for a sign, or the watchers at Calvary dared him to come down from the cross, he steadfastly adhered to the decision of this hour on the hillside.... P.1520 - 1

 

The Gospel writers also recorded these taunts and dares:

 

Mark 8:11 "And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him."

Matthew 12:38 "Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee."

Matthew 16:1 "The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven."

Luke 23:35-37 "And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself."

Mark 15:29-32 "And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, Save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe."

Matthew 27:39-44 "And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save."

 

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Many a myth has been attached to our Creator Son's incarnation:

 

 

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A representation of Jesus as the sun-god Helios/Sol Invictus riding in his chariot. Mosaic of the 3rd century on the Vatican grottoes under St. Peter's Basilica.

 

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In tomorrow's reading, Section 8. The Fourth Decision, he must decide whether to use his well nigh unlimited powers over the material creation to win followers and convince unbelievers.

Overview of Paper 136. Baptism and the Forty Days

1. Concepts of the Expected Messiah

2. The Baptism of Jesus

3. The Forty Days

4. Plans for Public Work

5. The First Great Decision

6. The Second Decision

7. The Third Decision

8. The Fourth Decision

9. The Fifth Decision

10. The Sixth Decision

This group of papers [120-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.... P.1321 (120:0:0)

 

 

 

 

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PAPER 136 - BAPTISM AND THE FORTY DAYS
8. THE FOURTH DECISION
P.1520 - §2 The next great problem with which this God-man wrestled and which he presently decided in accordance with the will of the Father in heaven, concerned the question as to whether or not any of his superhuman powers should be employed for the purpose of attracting the attention and winning the adherence of his fellow men. Should he in any manner lend his universe powers to the gratification of the Jewish hankering for the spectacular and the marvelous? He decided that he should not. He settled upon a policy of procedure which eliminated all such practices as the method of bringing his mission to the notice of men. And he consistently lived up to this great decision. Even when he permitted the manifestation of numerous time-shortening ministrations of mercy, he almost invariably admonished the recipients of his healing ministry to tell no man about the benefits they had received. And always did he refuse the taunting challenge of his enemies to "show us a sign" in proof and demonstration of his divinity.
P.1520 - §3 Jesus very wisely foresaw that the working of miracles and the execution of wonders would call forth only outward allegiance by overawing the material mind; such performances would not reveal God nor save men. He refused to become a mere wonder-worker. He resolved to become occupied with but a single task--the establishment of the kingdom of heaven.
P.1520 - §4 Throughout all this momentous dialog of Jesus' communing with himself, there was present the human element of questioning and near-doubting, for Jesus was man as well as God. It was evident he would never be received by the Jews as the Messiah if he did not work wonders. Besides, if he would consent to do just one unnatural thing, the human mind would know of a certainty that it was in subservience to a truly divine mind. Would it be consistent with "the Father's will" for the divine mind to make this concession to the doubting nature of the human mind? Jesus decided that it would not and cited the presence of the Personalized Adjuster as sufficient proof of divinity in partnership with humanity.
P.1520 - §5 Jesus had traveled much; he recalled Rome, Alexandria, and Damascus. He knew the methods of the world--how people gained their ends in politics and commerce by compromise and diplomacy. Would he utilize this knowledge in the furtherance of his mission on earth? No! He likewise decided against all compromise with the wisdom of the world and the influence of riches in the establishment of the kingdom. He again chose to depend exclusively on the Father's will.
P.1520 - §6 Jesus was fully aware of the short cuts open to one of his powers. He knew many ways in which the attention of the nation, and the whole world, could be immediately focused upon himself. Soon the Passover would be celebrated at Jerusalem; the city would be thronged with visitors. He could ascend the pinnacle of the temple and before the bewildered multitude walk out on the air; that would be the kind of a Messiah they were looking for. But he would subsequently disappoint them since he had not come to re-establish David's throne. And he knew the futility of the Caligastia method of trying to get ahead of the natural, slow, and sure way of accomplishing the divine purpose. Again the Son of Man bowed obediently to the Father's way, the Father's will.
P.1521 - §1 Jesus chose to establish the kingdom of heaven in the hearts of mankind by natural, ordinary, difficult, and trying methods, just such procedures as his earth children must subsequently follow in their work of enlarging and extending that heavenly kingdom. For well did the Son of Man know that it would be "through much tribulation that many of the children of all ages would enter into the kingdom." Jesus was now passing through the great test of civilized man, to have power and steadfastly refuse to use it for purely selfish or personal purposes.
P.1521 - §2 In your consideration of the life and experience of the Son of Man, it should be ever borne in mind that the Son of God was incarnate in the mind of a first-century human being, not in the mind of a twentieth-century or other-century mortal. By this we mean to convey the idea that the human endowments of Jesus were of natural acquirement. He was the product of the hereditary and environmental factors of his time, plus the influence of his training and education. His humanity was genuine, natural, wholly derived from the antecedents of, and fostered by, the actual intellectual status and social and economic conditions of that day and generation. While in the experience of this God-man there was always the possibility that the divine mind would transcend the human intellect, nonetheless, when, and as, his human mind functioned, it did perform as would a true mortal mind under the conditions of the human environment of that day.
P.1521 - §3 Jesus portrayed to all the worlds of his vast universe the folly of creating artificial situations for the purpose of exhibiting arbitrary authority or of indulging exceptional power for the purpose of enhancing moral values or accelerating spiritual progress. Jesus decided that he would not lend his mission on earth to a repetition of the disappointment of the reign of the Maccabees. He refused to prostitute his divine attributes for the purpose of acquiring unearned popularity or for gaining political prestige. He would not countenance the transmutation of divine and creative energy into national power or international prestige. Jesus of Nazareth refused to compromise with evil, much less to consort with sin. The Master triumphantly put loyalty to his Father's will above every other earthly and temporal consideration.


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Jesus had so many superpowers, was there anything he couldn't do? He could perform magic, fly, appear and disappear, see the future, know the past. He could easily trick men's minds into believing just about anything, at least for a moment. So, naturally questions like this have to be answered before he returns as a public teacher:

 

...Should he in any manner lend his universe powers to the gratification of the Jewish hankering for the spectacular and the marvelous? P.1520 - 2

...Jesus was now passing through the great test of civilized man, to have power and steadfastly refuse to use it for purely selfish or personal purposes.... P.1521 - 1

 

Those lines bring to mind to one of the 28 sobering and sagacious morontia mota counterpoints listed in Paper 48:7:

 

...To enjoy privilege without abuse, to have liberty without license, to possess power and steadfastly refuse to use it for self-aggrandizement--these are the marks of high civilization.... P.556 - 8

 

He determined not to lose his FOCUS. To keep to the assigned task always listening for the divine leading:

 

...He resolved to become occupied with but a single task--the establishment of the kingdom of heaven.... P.1520 - 3

 

BUT, even though he's now enlightened as to his origin, nature and mission, the Midwayers want us to know he is not yet perfected in wisdom, not without uncertainty or doubt. Evidently, at this point in his evolution, his human self is still present in some degree:

 

...Throughout all this momentous dialog of Jesus' communing with himself, there was present the human element of questioning and near-doubting, for Jesus was man as well as God.... P.1520 - 4

 

This reference to walking off a pinnacle in today's reading:

 

...He could ascend the pinnacle of the temple and before the bewildered multitude walk out on the air; that would be the kind of a Messiah they were looking for. But he would subsequently disappoint them since he had not come to re-establish David's throne.... P.1520 - 6

 

...is reflected in the Bible. You have to wonder if the Midwayers somehow saw that it was worked into the New Testament, albeit within the context of the supposed 40 days fasting and struggling with Satan's temptations:

 

Luke 4:9-11 "And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up..."

Matthew 4:5-6 "Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up..."

 

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We aren't told how the Midwayers are able to record his innermost thinking while out in the Perean hills making these great decisions. Maybe the Angels told them?

 

Here the Midwayers quote the book of Acts' author (thought to be Luke):

 

...For well did the Son of Man know that it would be "through much tribulation that many of the children of all ages would enter into the kingdom...." P.1521 - 1

 

Acts 14:22 "Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."

 

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This must be important because the Midwayers use a whole paragraph suggesting we always bear in mind Jesus' humanity:

 

...While in the experience of this God-man there was always the possibility that the divine mind would transcend the human intellect, nonetheless, when, and as, his human mind functioned, it did perform as would a true mortal mind under the conditions of the human environment of that day.... P.1521 - 2

 

Compare the quote above with this from the Midwayers in Paper 161:3:

 

...After he became fully self-conscious of his divine nature, prehuman existence, and universe prerogatives, he seems to have possessed the power of variously limiting his human consciousness of his divinity. It appears to us that from his baptism until the crucifixion it was entirely optional with Jesus whether to depend only on the human mind or to utilize the knowledge of both the human and the divine minds. At times he appeared to avail himself of only that information which was resident in the human intellect. On other occasions he appeared to act with such fullness of knowledge and wisdom as could be afforded only by the utilization of the superhuman content of his divine consciousness.... P.1787 - 3

 

For more about the differential use of his divine and human mind, see: Paper 161 3. Jesus’ Human and Divine Minds

 

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About the Maccabees cited in today's reading:

 

...Jesus decided that he would not lend his mission on earth to a repetition of the disappointment of the reign of the Maccabees.... P.1521 - 3

 

The Maccabees...were a Jewish rebel army that took control of Judea, which had been a client state of the Seleucid Empire. They founded the Hasmonean dynasty, which ruled from 164 BCE to 63 BCE, reasserting the Jewish religion, expanding the boundaries of the Land of Israel, by conquest, which included instances of forced conversion, reducing the influence of Hellenism and Hellenistic Judaism.

 

...Following the re-dedication of the temple, the supporters of the Maccabees were divided over the question of whether to continue fighting or not. When the revolt began under the leadership of Mattathias, it was seen as a war for religious freedom to end the oppression of the Seleucids. However, as the Maccabees realized how successful they had been, many wanted to continue the revolt and conquer other lands with Jewish populations or to convert their peoples. This policy exacerbated the divide between the Pharisees and Sadducees under later Hasmonean monarchs such as Alexander Jannaeus. Those who sought the continuation of the war were led by Judah Maccabee.

 

...On his death in battle in 160 BCE, Judah was succeeded as army commander by his younger brother, Jonathan, who was already High Priest. Jonathan made treaties with various foreign states, causing further dissent between those who merely desired religious freedom and those who sought greater power.

 

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The only italics used in today's reading is the word evil:

 

...Jesus of Nazareth refused to compromise with evil, much less to consort with sin.... P.1521 - 3

 

From Paper 75:2:

 

...Caligastia paid frequent visits to the Garden and held many conferences with Adam and Eve, but they were adamant to all his suggestions of compromise and short-cut adventures.... P.840 - 3

 

From Paper 188:5:

 

...Jesus brought a new method of living to Urantia. He taught us not to resist evil but to find through him a goodness which effectually destroys evil. The forgiveness of Jesus is not condonation; it is salvation from condemnation. Salvation does not slight wrongs; it makes them right. True love does not compromise nor condone hate; it destroys it.... P.2018 - 1

 

Section 9. The Fifth Decision, tomorrow's reading, is much about how Jesus will teach, how he will instruct his Urantia children during the remainder of his life, within the constraints of the four previous decisions.

 

 

Overview of Paper 136. Baptism and the Forty Days

1. Concepts of the Expected Messiah

2. The Baptism of Jesus

3. The Forty Days

4. Plans for Public Work

5. The First Great Decision

6. The Second Decision

7. The Third Decision

8. The Fourth Decision

9. The Fifth Decision

10. The Sixth Decision

This group of papers [120-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.... P.1321 (120:0:0)

 

 

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PAPER 136 - BAPTISM AND THE FORTY DAYS
9. THE FIFTH DECISION
[Part 1 of 2]
P.1521 - §4 Having settled such questions of policy as pertained to his individual relations to natural law and spiritual power, he turned his attention to the choice of methods to be employed in the proclamation and establishment of the kingdom of God. John had already begun this work; how might he continue the message? How should he take over John's mission? How should he organize his followers for effective effort and intelligent co-operation? Jesus was now reaching the final decision which would forbid that he further regard himself as the Jewish Messiah, at least as the Messiah was popularly conceived in that day.
P.1522 - §1 The Jews envisaged a deliverer who would come in miraculous power to cast down Israel's enemies and establish the Jews as world rulers, free from want and oppression. Jesus knew that this hope would never be realized. He knew that the kingdom of heaven had to do with the overthrow of evil in the hearts of men, and that it was purely a matter of spiritual concern. He thought out the advisability of inaugurating the spiritual kingdom with a brilliant and dazzling display of power--and such a course would have been permissible and wholly within the jurisdiction of Michael--but he fully decided against such a plan. He would not compromise with the revolutionary techniques of Caligastia. He had won the world in potential by submission to the Father's will, and he proposed to finish his work as he had begun it, and as the Son of Man.
P.1522 - §2 You can hardly imagine what would have happened on Urantia had this God-man, now in potential possession of all power in heaven and on earth, once decided to unfurl the banner of sovereignty, to marshal his wonder-working battalions in militant array! But he would not compromise. He would not serve evil that the worship of God might presumably be derived therefrom. He would abide by the Father's will. He would proclaim to an onlooking universe, "You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve."
P.1522 - §3 As the days passed, with ever-increasing clearness Jesus perceived what kind of a truth-revealer he was to become. He discerned that God's way was not going to be the easy way. He began to realize that the cup of the remainder of his human experience might possibly be bitter, but he decided to drink it.
P.1522 - §4 Even his human mind is saying good-bye to the throne of David. Step by step this human mind follows in the path of the divine. The human mind still asks questions but unfailingly accepts the divine answers as final rulings in this combined life of living as a man in the world while all the time submitting unqualifiedly to the doing of the Father's eternal and divine will.
P.1522 - §5 Rome was mistress of the Western world. The Son of Man, now in isolation and achieving these momentous decisions, with the hosts of heaven at his command, represented the last chance of the Jews to attain world dominion; but this earthborn Jew, who possessed such tremendous wisdom and power, declined to use his universe endowments either for the aggrandizement of himself or for the enthronement of his people. He saw, as it were, "the kingdoms of this world," and he possessed the power to take them. The Most Highs of Edentia had resigned all these powers into his hands, but he did not want them. The kingdoms of earth were paltry things to interest the Creator and Ruler of a universe. He had only one objective, the further revelation of God to man, the establishment of the kingdom, the rule of the heavenly Father in the hearts of mankind.


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Greetings Alina, NelsonG, Menno, Bernie, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,
Even though John would soon die for his tactless remarks about Roman rule and Herod's "unlawful wife", Jesus had to build on what John had started:

John had aroused interest and baptized many thousands up and down Palestine. See Paper 135 for an account of John's youth, ministry and death.

 

...How should he take over John's mission? How should he organize his followers for effective effort and intelligent co-operation? P.1521 - 4
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Fascinating to think what he could have done, isn't it?:

...You can hardly imagine what would have happened on Urantia had this God-man, now in potential possession of all power in heaven and on earth, once decided to unfurl the banner of sovereignty, to marshal his wonder-working battalions in militant array! P.1522 - 2
These words in quotes:

...are recorded in Luke and Matthew:

 

...He would proclaim to an onlooking universe, "You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve...." P.1522 - 2

Luke 4:8

... And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship
the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve ...

Matthew 4:10

... Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall
worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve ...

 

Interesting that Jesus seems to be dropping bad plans and weak ideas one by one, even though it means he won't become king of the world, his people won't rule it, and his Father won't be universally recognized and worshipped. His mighty decisions came down to a simple formula:

This objective still hasn't been entirely achieved, but someday...

 

...He had only one objective, the further revelation of God to man, the establishment of the kingdom, the rule of the heavenly Father in the hearts of mankind.... P.1522 - 5
Tomorrow's reading is the last half of Section 9. The Fifth Decision. Jesus decides to become a leader in love, not war, to return to Galilee and begin the proclamation of our Father's kingdom on earth.
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Overview of Paper 136. Baptism and the Forty Days

 


This group of papers [120-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.... P.1321 (120:0:0)

 


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PAPER 136 - BAPTISM AND THE FORTY DAYS
9. THE FIFTH DECISION
[Part 2 of 2]
P.1522 - §6 The idea of battle, contention, and slaughter was repugnant to Jesus; he would have none of it. He would appear on earth as the Prince of Peace to reveal a God of love. Before his baptism he had again refused the offer of the Zealots to lead them in rebellion against the Roman oppressors. And now he made his final decision regarding those Scriptures which his mother had taught him, such as: "The Lord has said to me, `You are my Son; this day have I begotten you. Ask of me, and I will give you the heathen for your inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.'"
P.1522 - §7 Jesus of Nazareth reached the conclusion that such utterances did not refer to him. At last, and finally, the human mind of the Son of Man made a clean sweep of all these Messianic difficulties and contradictions--Hebrew scriptures, parental training, chazan teaching, Jewish expectations, and human ambitious longings; once and for all he decided upon his course. He would return to Galilee and quietly begin the proclamation of the kingdom and trust his Father (the Personalized Adjuster) to work out the details of procedure day by day.
P.1523 - §1 By these decisions Jesus set a worthy example for every person on every world throughout a vast universe when he refused to apply material tests to prove spiritual problems, when he refused presumptuously to defy natural laws. And he set an inspiring example of universe loyalty and moral nobility when he refused to grasp temporal power as the prelude to spiritual glory.
P.1523 - §2 If the Son of Man had any doubts about his mission and its nature when he went up in the hills after his baptism, he had none when he came back to his fellows following the forty days of isolation and decisions.
P.1523 - §3 Jesus has formulated a program for the establishment of the Father's kingdom. He will not cater to the physical gratification of the people. He will not deal out bread to the multitudes as he has so recently seen it being done in Rome. He will not attract attention to himself by wonder-working, even though the Jews are expecting just that sort of a deliverer. Neither will he seek to win acceptance of a spiritual message by a show of political authority or temporal power.
P.1523 - §4 In rejecting these methods of enhancing the coming kingdom in the eyes of the expectant Jews, Jesus made sure that these same Jews would certainly and finally reject all of his claims to authority and divinity. Knowing all this, Jesus long sought to prevent his early followers alluding to him as the Messiah.
P.1523 - §5 Throughout his public ministry he was confronted with the necessity of dealing with three constantly recurring situations: the clamor to be fed, the insistence on miracles, and the final request that he allow his followers to make him king. But Jesus never departed from the decisions which he made during these days of his isolation in the Perean hills.


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This refusal:

 

...Before his baptism he had again refused the offer of the Zealots to lead them in rebellion against the Roman oppressors.... P.1522 - 6

 

...was recorded in Paper 127:2:

 

...A group of organizers from Jerusalem arrived in Galilee and were making good headway until they reached Nazareth. When they came to see Jesus, he listened carefully to them and asked many questions but refused to join the party.... P.1396 - 7

 

These quoted words in today's reading:

"...The Lord has said to me, `You are my Son; this day have I begotten you. Ask of me, and I will give you the heathen for your inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.....'"

 

...came from the Bible's Old Testament:

 

Psalms 2: 7- 9 "I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."

 

Glad he rejected the iron rod idea, aren't you? :)

 

...Jesus of Nazareth reached the conclusion that such utterances did not refer to him.... P.1522 - 7

 

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Apparently Romans of that day expected their government to feed them. From today's reading:

 

...He will not deal out bread to the multitudes as he has so recently seen it being done in Rome.... P.1523 - 3

 

It was in Italy where Jesus taught about the proper role of government and citizens. From 132:4:

 

...He talked with a Roman senator on politics and statesmanship, and this one contact with Jesus made such an impression on this legislator that he spent the rest of his life vainly trying to induce his colleagues to change the course of the ruling policy from the idea of the government supporting and feeding the people to that of the people supporting the government.... P.1461 - 3

 

And people expected their Messiahs not only to feed them, but also to lead and entertain them:

 

...he was confronted with the necessity of dealing with three constantly recurring situations: the clamor to be fed, the insistence on miracles, and the final request that he allow his followers to make him king.... P.1523 - 5

 

But he knew better:

 

...Jesus never departed from the decisions which he made during these days of his isolation in the Perean hills....P.1523 - 5

 

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Tomorrow's reading is the last tiny bit of Paper 136, Section 10. The Sixth Decision, just one short paragraph that sums up the whole of his 40 days in the hills of Perea.

 

 

 

Overview of Paper 136. Baptism and the Forty Days

1. Concepts of the Expected Messiah

2. The Baptism of Jesus

3. The Forty Days

4. Plans for Public Work

5. The First Great Decision

6. The Second Decision

7. The Third Decision

8. The Fourth Decision

9. The Fifth Decision

10. The Sixth Decision

This group of papers [120-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.... P.1321 (120:0:0)

 

 

 

 

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