From Gilgal to Jericho: from aid dependency to self-sufficiency (Joshua 5:9-12)

Thought Leaders Series: 2018

The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.” And so that place is called Gilgal [shame or reproach] to this day.

While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho. On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.

After providing a metaphysical and physical origin for their audiences, the Elders moved again to re-shape the minds of the people.

This time to teach the need for self-sufficiency, and not sole dependency on the metaphysical for their livelihood. In fact they taught the people that dependency on the supernatural for their livelihood was in fact shameful.

Therefore, I declare that you are an asset and not a liability to this generation. As such you understand and you are able to harness your full potential as a human being in the 21st century. Not only this century, you are laying foundations for the future.

You are not a mediocre, rather, you are intentional, purposeful, creative, intelligent, kind, and wise. You are a catalyst, a reformer, a leader, an influencer and change maker.

But most of all, you have moral vision. You are independent, self sufficient and not aid dependent.

In other words, you do not rely, depend, or need provision, permission, or approval from anyone, systems, or institutions to deploy your skills and talent for the good of humanity.

Doors are opened, your words, mind and hands are blessed.

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From Order to Chaos: a study on Exodus

Thought Leaders Series: 2018

In their telling of their creation myth, the redactors of the Old Testament, take us on a journey from the book of Genesis, where Yahweh brings order into a chaotic world, to Exodus where Yahweh introduces chaos into the order, in his quest to deliver them from slavery, owing to his covenant with Abraham.

But perhaps the most profound lesson one can deduce from the book of Exodus is centred around the concept of self-offering (Kenosis).

Moses exemplified Kenosis, as he forsakes the wealth, comfort, power and influence of the royal family to fight for the liberation of his people.

This concept is embedded into the fabric of Judaism through these Texts. In fact we also see it in the stories of other key figures, for example, Abraham, David, Esther, Ruth, Ezra, Nehemiah and even much later Jesus.

Consequently, as a forethought we will explore ideas from a statement by Martin Buber (philosopher and existentialist), as we build upon foundations laid in our study on Exodus.

Buber notes,

“God does not want to be believed in, to be debated and defended by us, but simply to be realised through us” ― Martin Buber, On Judaism

Join us at 3pm for From Order to Chaos: a study on Exodus

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Today at healingsprings fellowship

When faced with challenges we have a tendency to look to the past for answers. We also find this pattern as a reoccurring theme in stories within the bible.

Like most things in the bible, sometimes it is encouraged, other times it is discouraged. For the Israelites being led out of Egypt, they had to look forward. For the Israelites in Babylon, they had to look back to move forward.

Consequently, looking back for answers is fine to an extent, as long as we also consider the present, and prepare for the future.

If we only look to the past for answers, then we become stuck in the past. Making it difficult to make progress.

I use this example to emphasise the power of worldview or mindsets. It is the lenses from which we view and react to the World and it’s complexities.

Everyone has a worldview. It may be more or less conscious or systemic. It may or may not make reference to institutional religious or non-religious perspectives. It is one of the core tasks of faith leaders to enable people to reflect on their own and others’ world-views.

For society to flourish, people need to understand where their own and others’ worldview come from, to understand their impact on people’s actions in a whole range of areas of human life, and to be able to critique them in a climate of respect.

Paul notes in his letter to friends in Ephesus:

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. (Eph. 4:4-6)

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