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PAPER 134 - THE TRANSITION YEARS

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Greetings Alina, NelsonG, Carolyn, Raymond, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

About these two Jewish holy days:

 

...It was now near the end of the summer, about the time of the day of atonement and the feast of tabernacles.... P.1494 - 4

 


Yom Kippur [day of atonement] is the holiest day of the year for Jews.Its central theme is atonement and reconciliation. This is accomplished through prayer and complete fasting—including abstinence from all food and drink (including water) —by all healthy adults. Bathing, wearing of perfume or cologne, wearing of leather shoes, and sexual relations are some of the other prohibitions on Yom Kippur—all them designed to ensure one's attention is completely and absolutely focused on the quest for atonement with God. Yom Kippur is also unique among holidays as having work-related restrictions identical to those of Shabbat. The fast and other prohibitions commence on 10 Tishri at sunset—sunset being the beginning of the day in Jewish tradition.

 

Sukkot or Succoth is a seven-day festival, also known as the Feast of Booths, the Feast of Tabernacles, or just Tabernacles. It is one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (shalosh regalim) mentioned in the Bible. Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God protected them under difficult desert conditions.

 

 

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Obviously the mature Jesus came to see Hebrew tradition much differently than his youthful self who so freely discoursed with the Jerusalem rabbis on a previous visit:

 

...Jesus remained a thoughtful and silent spectator. To the Son of Man this performance was pitiful and pathetic.... P.1494 - 6

 

 

Having little interest in participation, Jesus goes to the nearby hills for communion, then heads for Capernaum:

 

...On the way home he spent a day and a night alone on the slopes of Gilboa, near where King Saul had taken his life.... P.1495 - 2

 

 


Mount Gilboa is a mountain range overlooking the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel.

 

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About James, from today's reading:

 

...After this period of working with Jesus, no matter what doubts came up to becloud James's understanding of the lifework of the Son of Man, he never again really and wholly gave up his faith in the mission of Jesus.... P.1495 - 3

 

James becomes a leader of the early Christian organization in Palestine. From Paper 194:4:

 

...They all agreed that they must separate themselves from unbelievers; and within one month from the death of Stephen the church at Jerusalem had been organized under the leadership of Peter, and James the brother of Jesus had been installed as its titular head.... P.2068 - 2

 

 

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About John's trek up the Jordan:

 

...Jesus worked on, making boats, until John had journeyed up the river to a point near Pella in the month of January of the next year, A.D. 26.... P.1495 - 5

 

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After so many times saying "my hour has not yet come", finally:

 

...he laid down his tools, declaring, "My hour has come," and presently presented himself to John for baptism.... P.1495 - 5

 

That's all of Paper 134, the last chapter of the story of Jesus' eventful birth and childhood, to the end of his private and personal ministry, full physical manhood and mature spiritual status. Now begins the initial phases of his public ministry. The introduction to Paper 135: JOHN THE BAPTIST is tomorrow's OPAD presentation. It tells briefly of John's birth, his parents, and a meeting he had with Jesus at age six, up to the time of his initiation into the Nazarite brotherhood.

 

 

Overview of Paper 134. The Transition Years

1. The Thirtieth Year (A.D. 24)

2. The Caravan Trip to the Caspian

3. The Urmia Lectures

4. Sovereignty — Divine and Human

5. Political Sovereignty

6. Law, Liberty, and Sovereignty

7. The Thirty-First Year (A.D. 25)

8. The Sojourn on Mount Hermon

9. The Time of Waiting

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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Much love, Rick/OPAD host

 

 

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