65) Redemption

“And the LORD God said unto the serpent…

  • the seed of the woman [heir]shall bruise thy head,
  • and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15)

A “bruise” is a crushing injury which applied to the head of the snake is a sure death, but don’t make the mistake of assuming that bruising “the heel” is, by contrast, inconsequential. In crippling, it can certainly cause death.

From Dungeons and Dragons: In my last session my player, a Dark Elf Hexblade, was fighting with a NPC named Rockwell. Anyway, the player was knocked on his back and was still on his back when it was his turn. When asked what he was gonna do he replied “I slash his Achilles’ tendon…” he came up with the idea to cripple my character in potentially one hit.

Since legs provide a tremendous advantage in fighting a legless creature, the Achilles’ tendon is clearly the “fatal weakness” of a fighter, whether in real or vicarious sports battles.

Our Achilles tendon, which is located in the heel, is the largest, as well as the strongest, tendon in the entire body. This is the tendon that connects the heel with the calf muscles and is involved in all movements related to standing or moving around…

according to a study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, “The NBA players who returned to play after repair of complete Achilles tendon ruptures showed a significant decrease in playing time and performance. Thirty-nine percent of players never returned to play.”

The warrior Achilles is one of the great heroes of Greek mythology…extraordinarily strong, courageous and loyal, but he had one vulnerability–his “Achilles heel.” Homer’s epic poem The Iliad tells the story of his adventures during the last year of the Trojan War…

[The Trojan] Paris, who was not a brave warrior, ambushed [the Greek hero] Achilles as he entered Troy. He shot his unsuspecting enemy with an arrow, which [Lucifer’s grandson clone] Apollo guided to the one place he knew Achilles was vulnerable: his heel, where his mother’s hand had kept the waters of the Styx from touching his skin. Achilles died on the spot, still undefeated in battle.

The term Achilles’s heel in modern language has come to signify the fatal flaw of a person who on the outside appears strong and powerful. It is this weakness, that can cause that person’s eventual downfall…

A person’s Achilles’ heel is that part of their character which is the weakest…It is a deficiency that is often unacknowledged, or lies deeply hidden beyond a seemingly impenetrable body of…the person’s strengths. While that person might seem on top of things on first look, when this hidden deficiency is poked, it can make everything come crashing down…

what should you do in order to get rid of your fatal flaws or at least diminish their influence? The answer to this question once again comes from ancient times…the great philosopher Socrates dedicated his life to: know thyself

This should start with a general study of the human condition, how your brain makes decision, how it falls for cognitive biases, and how these can affect a person’s behavior.

There is a reason the account of the Greek hero Achilles has survived into our own time. Its story of failure carries a vital lesson for success.

Everyone has weak spots. This can be hubris, honesty, or even things like a tragic childhood which had created demons in your soul, that you cannot get past. These weaknesses can strike at any time, sometimes getting triggered by the most innocent looking situations…

If you are not aware of these weak spots, and even more importantly, if you cannot control them, then you risk being a tragic hero brought down by their passions. The problem is that the way your brain functions, with its cognitive biases, can make you blind to these vulnerabilities.

The account of Achilles also, quite strikingly (that’s a pun), proves that the Adversary knew this most ancient curse by YHVH by  by his twisted attempt to fulfill it.

  • Apollo is the grandson clone Seed of the Serpent Lucifer through Zeus / Satan who sided with Troy in modern Turkey.
  • Achilles is the part human-part god Hero-Redeemer of the Greeks who fought Apollo and the Trojans to rescue King Agamnenon’s wife Helen who had been carried off by a Trojan prince.

Redemption of helpless human victims of powerful forces beyond our ability to overcome is the fundamental reason for “receiving” Jesus Christ or YHVH or any of the false gods “into our heart / control center.”

It is so important to understand all that this entails that an entire book in the Bible is devoted to explaining this.

“Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there; and, behold, the kinsman came by…And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab [a hated enemy nation. Her daughter-in-law Ruth was essentially a Palestinian to the Israelis], selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech’s…If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me…I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.” (Ruth 4:1-4)

Nice guy, the kinsman, helping out an impoverished widow. Although, as the account proceeds, we discover that he wasn’t being charitable. He was actually motived by financial considerations. Since Elimelech and his heirs were dead he was not planning on technically “redeeming” but “investing in” property that would more than repay him through the harvests it would yield him and his heirs for generations to come.

Land is the source of the Wealth of Nations.

In Economics, the word ‘land’…stands for all nature, living and lifeless. It includes all natural resources that we can get free from air, water and land…

It includes oceans, lakes and rivers, mineral deposits, rainfall, water-power, fisheries, forests and numerous other things which nature provides and man uses. The term ‘land’ thus embraces all that nature has created on the earth, above the earth, and below the earth’s surface. Dr. Marshall has therefore defined land thus: “By land is meant not merely land in the strict sense of the word, but whole of the materials and forces which nature gives freely for man’s aid in land, water, in air and light and heat.”

Importance of Land:

Land as a factor of production is of immense importance. As has already been pointed out, everything that we use can be traced ultimately to land. Land may be rightly called the original source of all material wealth. The economic prosperity of a country is closely linked with the richness of her natural resources.

Despite its renown as the first great work in political economy, The Wealth of Nations is in fact a continuation of the philosophical theme begun in The Theory of Moral Sentiments. The ultimate problem to which Smith addresses himself is how the inner struggle between the passions and the “impartial spectator”—explicated in Moral Sentiments in terms of the single individual—works its effects in the larger arena of history itself, both in the long-run evolution of society and in terms of the immediate characteristics of the stage of history typical of Smith’s own day.

In Boaz’s own day, under the Mosaic law, redemption served the purpose of restoring possession of the land to the original owner, often through his heirs. In the case where the land owner died without leaving any heirs to keep the land in the family in perpetuity, it was the duty of the redeemer to become a surrogate father with the widow. Their son who would take the name of, i.e. be posthumously adopted by, the deceased in order to continue the family of the deceased original owner.

“If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother [close relative] shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and…the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel.” (Deuteronomy 25:5-6)

In addition to losing the land he paid to redeem, he risked losing his own heir. In ancient times, upwards of 50% of infants did not survive the first year of life, and Israel at that time was in deathly circumstances of famine and terrorist attacks – including from Moabites – which increased mortality in all ages from all causes of death. It was a dangerous time and place to raise a family.

When Elimelech’s nearest kinsman, who either was ignorant of the law or planning to ignore it, was publicly informed by Boaz that he would be held to the conditions of this law, he rescinded his offer.

“Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou thy right to thyself.

nasty-birk.jpgNow this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel. [You can see this footprint would be as effective an identification as a fingerprint.] Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.

And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s…Moreover / including Ruth the Moabitess…have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off…” (Ruth 4:5-10)

Can we not see that Boaz was following Adam’s example? Boaz is another Redeemer who, witnessed by the elders and the common people, put his own life on the line to buy back a woman isolated from society and access to the sources of life to raise up the name / attributes of dominion over the land of the dead, that the name / identity of the dead be not cut off.

Can we not see that this tangible practice establishes the basis for understanding and accepting the ephemeral concept of redemption from sin by the Seed of the Woman? The laws – immutable consequences of action A resulting in reaction A – hold as true in the hyper dimensional state of being as they do in our familiar four-dimensions. Crimes result in punishment and death.

“And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament [tangible proof, legal evidence and enforcement of someone’s commitment to accomplish something, this individual’s last will and testament] that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. ” (Hebrews 9:12-15)

  • Like the first Adam who gave his life to redeem his wife from eternal separation from God,
  • Boaz redeemed a wife to raise up the name of the dead by producing more sons to claim their inheritance
  • Paying a high price for land he wouldn’t own and risking his own extension of life by loss of an heir in the process.

Even today, societies with strong clan membership ties, such as the Batak in Indonesia, practice the levirate – widows marrying brothers or cousins of their deceased spouse to keep the most valued of possessions – land – in the family. 

Another example suggesting that the need for redemption was carried forward in the conscience of all humans is found in the death sentence imposed by virtually all cultures throughout time.

The death of family members had a profound psychological effect upon the Iroquois…Essentially, they felt that they needed restitution in some form or another for the dead relative...The first was for a warrior to bring back the scalp of an Indian from the killer’s tribe and to present it to the grieving person…The other two options involved a live captive: the Iroquois either vengefully tortured the prisoner to death or adopted him or her into the tribe.

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Mr. Handsome Smart Alec “I’m too sexy for my shirt” pseudo-scientist social influencer demonstrates his ignorance and/or deception in every one of his memes.

The idea that deadly cancer can be cured without a major disruption to the system is, from an objective point of view, a very pleasant idea, but a fatal one, and so it is with sin. So, Richard Dawkins, Sophist, does this answer your question? Wait, that was a rhetorical question from an academic who gets paid to propagate propaganda for the elite, wasn’t it? Not an actual intelligent question for thoughtful consideration.

Sin, like cancer, is not something that can be dismissed with a nod and a wave of the hand, like burping in public. Sin, like cancer, is a deeply unpleasant condition requiring a deeply unpleasant remedy involving suffering because IT IS A MALIGNANT FORCE OF DEATH THAT HAS TO BE FOUGHT.

I met a police officer who spent years tracking pedophiles online by pretending to be a pre-teen target (back in the days of chat rooms instead of videos). He was haggard and clearly in a terrible unhealthy condition. When I asked him he admitted that the stress of the chase and the vicarious sexual exploitation he experienced from sexual predator had taken a massive toll on his emotional, relationship, social, and physical life. But the lives he had saved were worth the life he lost.

How many lives have you saved, Richard Dawkins? Oh, yeah. Malignant narcissists don’t save lives, they destroy them.

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