AN ALTERNATIVE, NOT A PARALLEL

Thursday: 7th February, 2019

Reference text: Hebrews 12:18-19,21-24

Hebrews 12:18, 22 You have not come, as the people of Israel came, to what you can feel, to Mount Sinai with its blazing fire, the darkness and the gloom, the storm. Instead, you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, with its thousands of angels.

Let us take a brief journey into the physics class today: Wave interference, which in simple terms can refer to a combination(superposition) of more than one wave, can lead to an increased or decreased level of amplification. It is therefore crucial that one understands the nature of any waves that are to be combined as the output depends on that.

Whether done consciously or unconsciously, humans are inclined to compare things: the past with the present, their lives with that of others, even their expectations too. By doing so, we tend to superimpose a specific image or story unto another even though the two may have very different interpretations and entirely distinct backgrounds.

Because of such overlay, the resultant images are distorted and often difficult to interpret. The letter to the Hebrews therefore mentions two distinct mountains with a clear difference: one that is associated with fear and the other with glory. Therefore, to discourage superposition, we see the words ‘instead, you have come to mount zion’.

That is an offer of an alternative, to replace entirely, not for a trial run side by side. This is often our way of acting : we are uncertain how to separate the old from the new, but try to superimpose the two- a combination that does no good. Sweetheart, superposition can either amplify or cancel out. So, if you are attempting to put together two images that ought not to, now may be a good time to reconsider.

#sly

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