Paradigm Lost

Jeff "Miztah" Rogers By Jeff "Miztah" Rogers, 5th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Are we afraid to change how we think? Are we prepared to consider new thoughts, new ideas and an entirely new mind-set?

Paradigm Lost

The title of this article probably causes the reader to hearken back to John Milton's 17th century epic poem; "Paradise Lost". While I will admit to riding the coattails of the inspiring nature of that wonderful work, the title "Paradigm Lost" connected to Milton's classic tale only by way of euphony.

The word "Paradigm" is an interesting word and according to Dictionary.com, it means
1. One that serves as a pattern or model.

2. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.

It is from the Greek "paradeigma", from paradeiknunai meaning; to compare: para-, alongside; para + deiknunai, to show, to show alongside of.

In the study of the bible there are often times paradigms with which we become accustomed. We establish patterns of interpreting the bible whether right or wrong with which we become comfortable and eventually inflexible, often to our own hurt. It has been my experience that many Christians who grow and learn are taken down a road in which their paradigms are challenged and often broken before their eyes. I believe that this is the nature of the day and age in which our savior Jesus Christ came. He arrived on the scene in the heyday of the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, the synagogue worship and the myriad of Jewish traditions and festivals. What Jesus did was revolutionary, astonishing and must have been breathtaking to behold. His ministry was not a "live and let live" ministry, nor was it a passive wait and see approach. Jesus came with a "take no prisoners" attitude. His words and deeds went so far in the destruction of the existing first century Jewish paradigm that the Jews were left with no choice; they had to kill him.

A quick survey of the introductory book of the New Testament, Matthew, gives us hints all along the way. Sixteen times the author tells us that; "This or that was done"... so that the words of this prophet or that prophet "might be fulfilled." (see Matthew 1;22, 2:15, 17,23, 4:14, 5:18,:8:17, 12:17, 13:14-15, 21:4, 24::34, 26:54-56,27:9,35) So right away we see that Jesus was preaching a day of fulfillment. This was disturbing to the Pharisees on many occasions. When John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness Matt 3:1-13a, and 17.

"In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, saying, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camels' hair, and a leather girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. BUT when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves; We have Abraham to our Father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings forth not good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: whose fan is in his hand and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but He will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. Then cometh Jesus...And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

Here in this passage we see John the Baptist Introducing Jesus and what he is about to do and what is about to happen. "Repent"! The whole idea was revolutionary to the Jewish leaders whose message was "Perform". "The Kingdom is at hand", here, the Jewish leaders that heard this were under the delusion that they ruled in God's kingdom of Israel. They believed that if any kingdom were to be established, they would be leading the effort and they would be ruling in that kingdom. That kingdom included a defeat of Rome and an exaltation of first century Judaism. If you wanted standing or status with the Jewish society of that day, you went through the rabbis, Pharisees, Sadducees, etc. John was not an establishment type, his clothing and diet were odd and out of place with the accepted norms. His message was also disturbing to the Jewish leadership.

John went on to tell them that old relationships that you may have been counting on, count for nothing. "Do not to say within yourselves, "We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham." The Jewish people were trained from birth; to count on and even brag on their link to Abraham. Here John tells them that this link is meaningless...you must be linked to God by way of his Son Jesus Christ.

John did not make too many friends with his comments where he addressed the Pharisees and Sadducees as "generation of vipers"...telling them that there is wrath to come. And in verse ten he continues by saying that "now", not some far distant time in the future, but "NOW" the axe is laid to the root of the trees, warning them that their fruit will be judged, and the fruitless trees will be cut off and will be cast into the fire. If it were not for the crowd and the cloud of witnesses who counted John as a prophet, they probably would have killed him right there and then. But he was protected because the people were hungry to hear a sincere message from God, and they flocked to him in huge numbers. The leaders dared not touch him. After John baptized the one to whom he was testifying, then came the one and only important witness, the final stamp of approval. The thunderous voice from heaven; God himself, saying; "This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased". If John's testimony was not enough, they heard from Jehovah himself.

All this came by way of introducing a drastic shift, an incredible upheaval, a world shattering PARADIGM CHANGE. This majestic change rendered obsolete the old covenant in which the Jewish leaders were placing their faith. We continue today, to live with the ongoing results of this paradigm change. The institution of the New Covenant in the blood of Christ has revealed to the entire world the only way for a person to approach God. Jesus has, in the process, fulfilled all the law and the prophets. He is the New Covenant high priest...we have no further need of Aaron. He is the New Covenant Prophet foretold in Deuteronomy 18...we have no further need of Moses. He is the New Covenant King, eternally ascended and sitting on his throne, we have no further need of David, or Solomon or any other earthly king; Jesus fulfilled it all.

The Paradigm shift is complete, and I ask you... Are we going to embrace the newness of Christ in the New Covenant; or are we going to hold onto the types, forms and shadows of the Old Covenant?

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Change Of Mind, Ideas, New Covenant, New World Order, Paradigm Shift

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author avatar Jeff "Miztah" Rogers
Lived in many places in the U.S.. Served in the Air Force for 21 years. retired from active duty in 2002. Traveled extensively, lived 8 years in Europe. I write about the bible, faith, and new ideas

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