Tuesday, December 11, 2012

twelve

Thank you to mashable.com for the pic...  but it's here now!

  

In Mexico today people will get up, go to work and make a living.  Some will get married, others will pray.  There will be feasting and rejoicing and celebration; there will be movements of repentance, tears and sorrow.  In fact the day will be so much like it is here you will never know that the Olmec’s (native inhabitants of the land) calendar ended on this very day.

December 12, 2012.

Some people say it was the Maya (the Maya kept incredible records, similar to the ancient Egyptians) but the more I read the more I see that the pattern for the calendar came from the OLMECS (the great artists and sculptors of Middle America).   I don’t particularly enjoy reading academic literature but just read an academic paper called “Archaology and Religion: A Comparison of the Zapotech and Maya” – which illuminates the thinking of the ancient middle American people groups.  I am grateful for Joyce Marcus (who is still alive and teaching) for writing this.  It shows how different societies thought before Christ – long before colonization.

The more you dig into Maya, Toltec and Olmec history the more you see that God was always searched for.  These were a spiritual people who became known for the terrible politics of the day and their version of religion.  It reminds me that what man forms and calls religion is never as good as what God is.  He is true and pure. 

Even the Bible promises that where man has failed as far as religion goes, He will be faithful to rescue:

“ Save me, LORD! We can no longer trust anyone! All the good, loyal people are gone. People lie to their neighbors. They say whatever they think people want to hear. The LORD should cut off their lying lips and cut out their bragging tongues. Those people think they can win any argument. They say, "We are so good with words, no one will be our master." They took advantage of the poor and stole what little they had. But the LORD knows what they did, and he says, "I will rescue those who are poor and helpless, and I will punish those who hurt them." The LORD'S words are true and pure, like silver purified by fire, like silver melted seven times to make it perfectly pure. LORD, take care of the helpless. Protect them forever from the wicked people in this world. The wicked are all around us, and everyone thinks evil is something to be praised!"

Yeah...that’s Psalm 12. 

Since Jesus told us to read the signs of the times, it’s good to pay attention to know what’s going on today.

  • ·         Number 12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 is will.i.am - Scream & Shout  (featuring Britney Spears) – a danceable, albeit narcissistic number. 
  • Brave enough to watch it? Click here.
  •         If you google 12-12-12 you will get a picture of a scientific calendar, with the answer being -12
  •         mashable reports the odd happening worldwide today here
  •        time and date (also a dot com) shows the unique and rare occurance in our calendar here
     Today I woke up and read a friend's oddly encouraging facebook post, encouraging me to put my hand on my heart and remember that God has a purpose for my life.  
      
      TRUTH.