I want you to consider this picture and then the following accompanying post.
1 Esdras4:38 As for the truth, it endureth, and is always strong; it liveth and conquereth for evermore.
39 With HER there is no accepting of persons or rewards; but SHE doeth the things that are just, and refraineth from all unjust and wicked things; and all men do well like of HER works.
40 Neither in HER judgment is any unrighteousness; and SHE is the strength, kingdom, power, and majesty, of all ages. Blessed be the God of truth.
(King James apocrypha, 1 Esdras chapters 3 and 4)(emphasis added)
by Mary Collier.
Good picture. Good message, But, I guess SHE thinks we are all stupid and didn’t get HER point.
That’s a beautiful picture. If somebody said that was Mrs. Jesus, or Heavenly Mother, I would believe them. I have to object that “Mary Collier”, has to emphasis every female pronoun in ALL CAPS. It feels like a bludgeon. And it takes away from her message.
She is simply trying to point out and celebrate the scriptures talking of our Heavenly Mother. One of the plain and precious truths we’ve lost. The bible as we have it today makes little mention of Her. And as a result many woman struggle to fully understand there devine nature, purpose, and potential. I treasure every fleeting glimpse we can get from the scriptures about this Goddess and Mother of use all. God bless womanhood, and God be with and bless Mary Collier
I agree, but do you understand where I am coming from?
It may sound like I am over-blowing this, but as I started writing this, I realize there was a point to be made about subtlety, made in a non-subtle way. And this kind of wrote itself.
To me, the beauty, the mystique, the power of feminine energy is it’s attractive ability. It’s there, but it’s subtle, not obvious. It’s hidden in plain sight, but still invites us to discover it.
Don’t you appreciate something more when you have to work a little bit to see it? You lost a valuable ring, but you know is somewhere in the house, and you turn everything upside down to find it? And when you find it, you rejoice. This parable is about a woman who lost the ring that she knows is valuable. Perhaps Christ told this story about a woman because a woman would understand it. What would a man do? Probably ask his wife to find it for him. 🙂
It’s like Paul describes charity in 1 Cor. 13. It doesn’t vaunt itself. It seeketh not her own. It doesn’t toot its own horn. It’s love.
In Ecclesiastes 31:10-31, it says “Who can find a virtuous woman for her price is far above rubies?” You have to find her. But, you know what? That word “virtuous” is either a mis-translation or it meant something to the Elizabethans who translated the Bible than it means to us today, because the original word in Hebrew was more like: “Who can find a STRONG woman?” You can find her, but you have to look, and after you do find her, she is more valuable to you than rubies.
You even have to go looking in an obscure book like Esdras of Ecclesiaste. But, you must seek in order to appreciate what you find.
This is the best speech I ever heard about the role that woman play (together alongside men) in the plan of salvation. It all about Our Divine Parents. She’s hidden everywhere, out there in plain sight.
In 1 Esdras, the author personifies Truth as a woman. In the Bible, and in Greek Mythology, Wisdom is personified as a woman.