The Role of the 24-Hour Clock and Our Power to Master Over Deception and Violence
“God has made everything beautiful for its time. God has also placed in our minds a sense of eternity; we look back on the past and ponder over the future, yet we cannot understand the doings of God,” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (The Voice)
Unlike any other creature, humanity measures time with eternity set in our hearts. We desire an awareness of the finite, while simultaneously imagining, but not fully grasping, the infinite. We live as eternal souls in temporal bodies. With practice, we could live with the truth that every measured second of temporal time belongs to eternity. But, this truth too often escapes us.
How did Jesus understand the spiritual interplay between the two realms of time? Was he able to make clear distinctions between the greater government of eternality and the lesser temporal government? We cannot know for certain, yet John’s gospel suggests that he had full knowledge. Over and over again John tells us that Jesus claimed a sense of ownership regarding his time.
Jesus said, “My hour. . .”
The Timekeeping Images of Jesus’ Day
Coinciding with the desire to measure time, humanity entered into a spiritual realm that was unknown by any other creature in the pre-historic garden. Thousands of years before Christ, four spiritual personas were introduced inside the human mind. These attributes were not definable at the time. Eventually, however, the spiritual personas took on the allegorical image of a serpent in Genesis 3. Craftier than all of the wild beasts God had created, the passage of temporal time crept into the garden of life like a snake slithers silently through fresh, green grass without so much as a rustle. With it came the following:
1.) a lesser spiritual government, a.k.a. the ancient serpent, the devil, and satan
2.) an inaudible voice that converses with the human mind
3.) an assumed authority that demands allegiance through restraint and constriction
4.) an image with a face
Anthropologically speaking, humanity would not have sensed the serpent’s presence until the desire to measure time entered human consciousness. Even then, the spiritual nature of the personas would have been confined to the deeper recesses of the subconscious as the timekeeping puzzle was calculated. The spiritual effects of timekeeping only became knowable as humanity matured. Unable to articulate the ways and habits of the four spiritual personas, these unexplainable entities simply entered sacred story as a serpent, or the devil, or the satan.
While Jesus would have experienced the lesser government, its voice, and its assumed authority inside the human mind—a greater government, voice, and authority controlled his perception of time’s passage. He was not about to let a lesser spiritual government subvert his earthly mission. Quite the opposite. Jesus came to overthrow the powerful grip that the ancient serpent had within the human mind. He had no intention of listening to any voice other than God’s eternal voice. He refused to knuckle under to the authority of an inferior dominating system.
Lastly, Jesus rejected all allegiance to, or worship of, timekeeping images. After all, such worship pays homage to the movement of shadows that are wholly dependent on a blockage of light. Just because the gnomon on the sundial ruled the world into which Jesus was born, a moving shadow of darkness was not going to govern Jesus. The gnomon’s sole purpose is to block light. Jesus came to reveal light.
My Hour Has Not Yet Come
Evidence of Jesus’ staunch resistance came early in his ministry, while attending a wedding in Cana. Jesus quickly pointed out to his mother that his hour was at his command, according to his discretion, and by his will.
When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come,” John 2:3-4 (NRSV).
The quantity of wine did not match the speed at which people chose to consume it. Hence, the devil was busy escalating tension over the miscalculation of wine versus time. Simultaneously, the 24-hour clock ticked out its demand for additional rounds of refills because the designated time for celebration, by cultural standards and social expectations, had not yet ended. Only after claiming his dominion over the temporal dilemma, did Jesus agree to assist. Thus, the miracle was performed in his time, thereby rejecting any notion that the devil made him do it. This initial distinction between his time and temporal time set the tone for Jesus’ ministry from that moment forward.
Taunting the Satan
Throughout the fourth gospel, we are invited to watch Jesus play into the hands of the ancient serpent. He goads the devil that hides behind timekeeping devices. He reveals the accusatory nature of its voice, diminishes its authority, and exposes the idolatrous worship of its images. Jesus repeatedly provokes those who bowed down to the lesser government, those who listened to its voice, those who elevated its authority, and worshiped its images.
After the wedding at Cana, Jesus traveled to Judea where he cleansed the temple, talked with Nicodemus, and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. On the way back to Cana, he healed the son of a Galilean official before arriving in Galilee. Thus, in the early chapters of John, Jesus demonstrates his intention to upset the social norm. He draws attention to himself, but only for a brief time.
By the 5th chapter of John, we discover Jesus’ direct attack on the satan by choosing to violate the Sabbath Day laws. While most scholars focus on Jesus’ desire to call out the spirit of legalism, we should consider the possibility that something deeper was at play. Jesus could have violated any law, but he chose the one law associated with the measurement of time. In doing so, he targeted those who enforced a strict, unbending allegiance to the Hebrew calendar.
Every good Jew knew the spiritual reasons behind the Sabbath day of rest. The Sabbath day deception in Genesis 3 had been well documented in the Pentateuch. The allegorical character of the ancient serpent deceived humanity. Adam and Eve were banned from the tree of life. Remembering the Sabbath—to keep it holy—was an original commandment. In other words, Jesus went straight for satan’s jugular vein on a routine Sabbath day in ordinary time.
After healing a lame man, he dared to ask the man to pick up his mat and walk, thereby setting up all the necessary visuals that would encourage outrage among the religious leaders. He opened the door for satan by violating satan’s comfort zone. He took a stab at satan’s system of temporal domination which demanded strict adherence to the Hebrew calendar. His actions laid a foundation for the triggering of a scapegoat mechanism that would eventually lead to his crucifixion.
Jesus knew that the mechanism required the passage of time in order to function. He understood the fact that a predictable pattern of human behavior would follow the violation. Like little marionettes, people would be pulled by the strings of the lesser spiritual government of temporal time. They would obey its authoritative voice as the shadow on the sundial kept track of the days and months of Jesus’ ministry. Escalation would unfold in the following way:
Step #1: Time to Identify and Accuse the Victim
Step #2: Time to Assemble the Accusers
Step #3: Time to Restrain the Accusers
Step #4: Time to Constrict the Victim
The passage of time allows satan to create hostile environments. Thus, the 24-hour clock acts as an enabler in all kinds of deception, but none can be understood as clearly as the clock’s participation in the process of scapegoating. As it ticks out measured minutes, the clock becomes an active accomplice in accelerating the need for relief from perceived pain, annoyance, or irritation.
Simply put, we cannot validate the predictability of scapegoating behaviors without also validating the role that the 24-hour clock plays in moving it forward. Its timekeeping role escalates tension that inevitably brings about an end to spiritual discomfort, albeit a false end.
The process is described as follows:
STEP 1: TIME TO IDENTIFY and ACCUSE the VICTIM
When Jesus asked the lame man, whom he had just cured, to pick up his mat and walk, he involved the man in his intentional violation of the Sabbath Day laws. Without question, the man obeyed Jesus’s eternal government and innocently participated in Jesus’ disobedience of temporal time. He was so overjoyed at his ability to walk, that the man gave no thought to the fact that he was in violation of a strictly enforced religious rule.
Now that day was a Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’” John 5: 9a-11 (NRSV)
Jesus knew that the man would be caught and questioned for breaking the law. He also knew the man would say, “The one who healed me … he told me to take up my mat and walk.” His words would replay the role of Adam in Genesis 3. “The woman you put me with … she gave me the fruit and I ate.” The response of both Adam, and the man with the mat, reveals the desire to blame someone else rather than accept ownership of one’s actions. “Don’t punish me. I only did what I was told to do by someone else. Punish that person.” Jesus counted on this predictable behavior.
However, Jesus didn’t stick around to observe the questioning. He disappeared into a crowd of people amid the five porticoes of the Beth-zatha pool where the Sabbath day healing took place. His disappearance allowed the 24-hour clock to stir up irritation in the minds of the religious leaders. When the man could not immediately point to Jesus, the religious authorities were given the gift of time to fuss and fume among themselves.
They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take it up and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you have been made well! Do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. Therefore, the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the Sabbath, John 5:12-16 (NRSV)
When Jesus finally revealed himself to the man, he asked him to refrain from breaking the Sabbath law again. He wanted no further harm to come to him. He protected the man, knowing full well that he would go to the authorities and identify Jesus as the one who told him to violate the calendar. Mission accomplished. Jesus was fingered. A scapegoat was identified.
But, Jesus wasn’t the problem. A scapegoat is never the problem! The real problem, according to Jesus, was the worship of their calendar. The Jewish leaders were deceived by their own blindness to what time had done inside their own minds. They were enforcing laws, as if by the authority of God’s eternal voice, when in truth, they were merely jumping up and down to the rhythm of the lesser government of temporal time.
They were bowing down to the clock inside their heads. They were more concerned about obeying their temporal system of domination, than rejoicing with a lame man who had just been made well. The eternal love of God stood right in front of them! Yet, all they could see was a man carrying his mat on a day when the calendar said no one was supposed to work. By exploiting the foolishness of the 24-hour clock, Jesus exposed the deceptive nature of it images. A singular act of disobedience fingered him as a troublemaker.
STEP #2: TIME to ASSEMBLE the ACCUSERS
At this stage of the scapegoat mechanism, information must spread like wild-fire from one itchy ear to another. In order for troublemakers to be perceived as dangerous, the passing of inflammatory accusations requires time. Jesus knew this. Thus, he intentionally began to avoid people who were looking for an opportunity to kill him. His hour had not yet come! Thus Jesus continued to play with the clock. Only the passage of time could increase the number of angry people. After all, a single murder would be too easy to sweep under the proverbial rug. His death was to be one for the history books!
After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jews were looking for an opportunity to kill him. Now the Jewish festival of Booths was near. So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea so that your disciples also may see the works you are doing; for no one who wants to be widely known acts in secret. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” (For not even his brothers believed in him.) John 7:1-5 (NRSV)
According to John’s gospel, Jesus’ brothers did not yet believe in him. They didn’t understand why Jesus did not want to make himself more widely known. Why was he not seeking the fame and recognition that the world’s system could provide? All he needed to do was acquiesce to the lesser spiritual government and play to the thirsty souls of a growing number of supporters. But, to his brothers he said:
“My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil. Go to the festival yourselves. I am not going to this festival, for my time has not yet fully come.” After saying this, he remained in Galilee, John 7:6-9 (NRSV)
Jesus once again made a distinction between his time and his brother’s time. He insinuated that his brothers lived with a different perception of time. They only had the knowledge of one clock to which they were spiritually bound. Its incessant ticking was always present in their minds. They could not fathom a greater government, or a co-existing realm of time. They were not aware of the fact that Jesus was in control of the world’s time and he admitted that the world hated him for it. The world hated that he was testifying against it, claiming that its works are evil—another direct blow to the lesser government that hides behind the human clock.
But after his brothers had gone to the festival, then he also went, not publicly but as it were in secret. The Jews were looking for him at the festival and saying, “Where is he?” And there was considerable complaining about him among the crowds. While some were saying, “He is a good man,” others were saying, “No, he is deceiving the crowd.” John 7:1-12 (NRSV)
Expecting to be found at the festival in the company of his brothers, Jesus gave the Jewish leaders additional time to look for him. He gave them time to question other people. “Have you seen Jesus?” This additional gift of time allowed gossip and speculation to spread among the crowds and foster a spirit of division. The voice of temporal time is not an audible voice. Yet, it speaks to the human conscience through generic statements such as: “People are talking. What do you believe? Who is telling the truth? Are you with him or against him? What do you think he’s up to? Should we trust our religious leaders? What is their opinion? Who should we believe?” Meanwhile, the voice remains well hidden behind the face of the sundial as it assembles more and more accusers.
STEP #3: TIME to RESTRAIN the ACCUSERS
The scapegoat mechanism also requires a time of restraint. People must experience a time of limitation in order to boost loyalty among the assembled group of accusers. During this time of restraint, the assembly demands allegiance to their cause which discourages any defection. Loyalty is determined by listening to the most powerful voices of authority—even if those voices are dead wrong about the spiritual dis-easiness that plagues the group. The time of restraint builds fidelity to a perceived truth—even if it is an utter lie. As people feel restrained from taking action, they bond together with increased solidarity as well as an increased determination to eliminate the chosen scapegoat.
Restraint also provides time to polarize. Walls are erected between opposing voices. Some people may wish to speak truth to the assembly, but the longer the duration of dis-easiness continues, the deeper the polarization becomes. No outside voices of reason can change the minds of the accusers. Ears become closed. Deafness sets in. Each day of restraint brings increased anxiety. The group cries out louder and louder for their sense of justice to prevail. Only an elimination of the scapegoat will ease their discomfort. No other solution is sought.
Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come. John 7:30 (NRSV)
He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come. John 8:20 (NRSV)
These two verses demonstrate the time of restraint placed upon Jesus’ accusers. They were prevented from harming him, while the passage of time allowed them to fatten their list of perceived offenses. The time of restraint only raised the level of anxiety among people who wanted Jesus killed. We should not be surprised then, that a waiting crowd was poised and ready to cry, “Crucify him” when his hour finally came.
STEP #4: TIME to CONSTRICT the VICTIM
The fourth stage in the scapegoat mechanism employs the clock to carry out the plan of elimination. The best analogy for the time of constriction is the position of checkmate in the game of chess. When a player’s king is placed in checkmate, the player concedes the loss of the game. The player knows his king cannot escape capture. No future move is possible.
Jesus knew precisely when his time of capture had come, as is evidenced by the following words in chapters 12, 13, and 17 of John’s gospel. After all, Jesus had manipulated the entire saga from beginning to end. He composed and directed his own funeral music. He choreographed the fatal dance with the devil—all according to his time.
Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified,” John 12:23 (NRSV)
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end, John 13:1 (NRSV)
After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you,” John 17:1 (NRSV)
Constriction is one of the ways that snakes kill their prey. The snake wraps itself around its victim, becoming tighter and tighter. Constriction can be a slow, or rapid coiling. But, there is no escaping the grip of the snake. Jesus was fully aware of the fact that all participants in his death would follow the orders barked out by the voice of the devil inside their heads. They would all tighten their grip on him as the shadow on the sundial dictated the timing of Jesus’ final moments.
It was Passover—a religiously observed event on the Jewish calendar. The celebration lasts for a full week. Thus, the perfectly timed event was set. The players would call him a king and all pawns would move in their predictable manner. Checkmate.
Ironically, the timing of Jesus’ death was hastened to ensure that his body could be buried by sundown on the afternoon before the Sabbath, (lest the Sabbath day begin with a dead body that could not be buried for an additional 24 hours because no one is allowed to work on the Sabbath).
These are the appointed festivals of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you shall celebrate at the time appointed for them. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, there shall be a Passover offering to the Lord, and on the fifteenth day of the same month is the festival of unleavened bread to the Lord; seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not work at your occupations. For seven days you shall present the Lord’s offerings by fire; on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation: you shall not work at your occupations. Leviticus 23:4-8 (NRSV)
Even more ironic is the fact that Passover is a remembrance of the release of the Jews from slavery under Pharaoh’s system of domination! But, who was enslaved on this particular Passover? Certainly not Jesus. He had established the timing of his own death by his own freedom of will. Therefore, the ones enslaved were those who jumped up and down to the rhythm of the lesser spiritual government of temporal time. Those enslaved were his captors and the servants carrying out his execution.
Make no mistake about it. The people in captivity were—and still are—all of us.
In the book of Exodus, Pharaoh played the symbolic role of the lesser spiritual government, or the devil. During the time of Jesus, the Jews had not yet seen the correlation between physical slavery and spiritual slavery. They hadn’t realized that God freed them from a physical system of domination, but they had not been freed from the spiritual domination of their own timekeeping devices that governed every aspect of their lives.
Sadly, their ancient blindness remains our present blindness.
So, Jesus launched his campaign against the ancient serpent (who is the devil and satan) by asking a lame man to pick up his mat on a Sabbath day in ordinary time. But, ironically—or not—his campaign ended just before sundown when another Sabbath day in ordinary time was about to begin. Thus, Jesus died at his chosen hour and the laws of the Sabbath day continued as usual. Time went on.
Did anyone know that Jesus overthrew the human clock—the hiding place for satan’s government? No. Not at the time. Jesus took humanity’s clock to the grave and killed its power, yet even today, we live as if nothing changed. We still don’t have a conscious awareness of the exact nature of the overthrow that took place. We continue to be deceived by the spiritual power of the lesser government, its voice, and the authority that our timekeeping images have in our heads. By all earthly appearances, the satan is alive and well in our world—deceiving the nations.
Oblivious to our collective obedience to temporal time, people will go to their deaths to defend time-honored customs, traditions, rituals, heritage, nationalism, and all man-made systems of domination. They will die believing they are defending God’s will for their lives. In reality, we continue to defend satan’s well-orchestrated will for humanity. Meanwhile, the gift of true dominion, offered by God’s eternal government, escapes our enjoyment because we suffer from an unrecognized, undiagnosed time sickness.
So … what did Jesus’ death and resurrection truly accomplish 2,000 years ago?
At the present time, we are just beginning to uncover the overthrow of a lesser spiritual government and the deeper nature of the deception in a long ago garden. We are just beginning to understand the role of the 24-hour clock, the scapegoat mechanism rooted in desire, and the predictable pattern of behaviors that lead to human violence.
The woman of Genesis 3 said, “The serpent deceived me and I ate.” The woman accurately identified her accuser. She pointed directly to the source of deception. Yet, the true identity of the allegorical character of the serpent has escaped us. We haven’t understood how the woman’s desire to gain wisdom led to a catastrophic change in eyesight. We haven’t fully grasped the type of wisdom the woman sought. Yet, one thing is clear. The woman pointed directly to the source of deception.
However, this is not the story we have lived.
No. The story goes like this: Adam blamed the woman, the woman blamed the serpent and everyone was scolded and sent away from paradise. Everything had been perfect until the woman messed up. From that point forward, Adam believed his god was a punishing god, and the woman became Adam’s scapegoat for time immemorial. Women must never be trusted ever again. Adam needs to rule the world. The Bible says it. We believe it.
This is the story we have lived.
If interpreted wisely, however, the biblical myth correctly reflects humanity’s anthropological reality. The woman accurately fingered humanity’s deceiver, but we’ve never known the true identity of the allegorical serpent. If we don’t know the serpent’s identity, then we cannot articulate the modus operandi of our spiritual enemy. We cannot determine how the lesser government converts the gift of temporal time into a curse; how the devil exploits human eyesight in order to subvert equitable partnership into hierarchical relationships; or how the satan bottom feeds on human desire.
Modus Operandi—Satan’s MO
We must get to a place in our spiritual maturity where we can point to the 24-hour clock and say, “Look.” “See.” This is the image where satan hides! This is the location from which satan gains access to the human mind. This image is the doorway to humanity’s weakest spot!” We don’t think about the role of the clock because, like scapegoating itself, the ticking clock is simply part of our subconscious activity. Yet, that which is subconscious must be illuminated if humanity is ever to heal from its spiritual affliction.
Humanity is currently moving to higher and higher levels of reasoning—just in time! As a species, we presently have nuclear and chemical weaponry at our fingertips. We’ve been within days of pushing buttons that could bring about the annihilation of our earthly home. We cannot afford to remain oblivious to subconscious behaviors that continue to escalate into violence and bloodshed. We’ve been hurting ourselves for thousands and thousands of years. If there is to be an end to violence, it must involve an understanding of the deceptive nature of humanity’s clock—and the lesser spiritual government that subconsciously exerts amazing power and influence within the human mind.
So … what did Jesus know about temporal time that we do not yet regard as important?
Did he understand satan’s MO? Did he know that human eyesight had been exploited in order to deceive the human mind; that equitable partnership had been subverted in exchange for hierarchical domination; that the devil constantly bottom feeds on the basic nature of human desire? Yes. He knew.
Did he ever look upon the raised head of a coiled snake and recognize its striking resemblance to the gnomon on the sundial and the shadow that coils around it day after day? We can be certain that he did. But, even though the image of the gnomon and its coiling shadow may imitate the ways and habits of a snake, it is the serpent’s ability to converse with the human mind that is most troubling—not the image itself! The voice of temporal time poses questions, presents doubts, causes forgetfulness, etc. It is a voice that also says, “Look.” “See.”
Upon noticing an action or object, the mind begins the process of comparison. Observing our neighbor’s appearance, ways, habits, or possessions can sometimes lead to imitating or desiring what we have seen. This is where bottom feeding begins. Therefore, the serpent exploits human eyesight in order to bottom feed on our desires. But, the eye is neither good nor evil. Desire and imitation is neither good nor evil. Only the lesser government of temporal time can manipulate both by pointing out actions and objects of desire—over time.
Comparative observation is also neither good nor evil. Seeing the differences in our neighbor does not always create a desire to possess or mimic what our neighbor has or does. Moreover, some attempts to mimic our neighbor can be quite healthy leading to an improvement of self and community. However, when envy, jealousy, or any form of rivalry is birthed in the mind, the negative effects of a snake bite will soon be felt. The passage of time will inevitably foster the growth of such negative thoughts. Envy, jealousy, or rivalry will swell in the mind like yeast in warm water. The unwanted swelling then infects, itches, burns, or irritates the soul.
As the dis-ease intensifies, people look for something, or someone, to blame for the discomfort. Again, satan will exploit human eyesight. The cause of the dis-ease will always be our neighbor! That’s satan’s MO. Once the scapegoat mechanism is triggered, it’s like a poisonous bullet traveling through time on its way to its intended target. While traveling, it will carry negative behavior on a trajectory of escalation, and the 24-hour clock will continue to enable the escalation in route.
Oddly, the crafty serpent is almost never recognized as the director of the deception. Just as Jesus chose to disappear amid the five porticoes of the Beth-Zatha pool, Satan also hides. Disappearing deflects attention away from the real culprit and on to a randomly chosen scapegoat. This can be God, a person, a group, a tribe, a nation, a religion, a law, a weapon, etc.
Deflection is one of satan’s best methods of operation. Even as the passage of time begins to exert pressure on the human spirit; even when time pushes the human spirit toward thoughts of hatred and violence, satan remains incognito behind the clock. Therefore, subconscious behavior is simply carried along through time, while the serpent hides behind the face of the clock, unnoticed.
Ending Generational Dysfunction
As the biblical saga of Genesis 3 ends, deception spills over into Genesis 4. Cain becomes angry. From his perspective in temporal time, he cannot bring himself to please a god who clearly shows favoritism. Envy and jealousy take root in Cain’s mind and the 24-hour clock springs into action. The lesser government bottom feeds on his desire to be loved as much as Abel is loved. None of his perceptions are true, but as prediction would have it, Cain blames his brother Abel just as Adam blamed Eve.
After a time of restraint and escalation, Cain moves into a position of checkmate, because that is what you do with scapegoats. You capture them in order to either immobilize, constrict, or kill them. But, Abel wasn’t Cain’s problem anymore than Jesus was a problem for the religious authorities. Cain didn’t understand his spiritual problem anymore than we understand our spiritual problem today!
Cain was caught in a generational trap of obedience. He listened to Adam who blamed his mother for everything that was wrong in his life. He listened to Adam’s belief that God was a punishing god who put a curse on the land and did not treat people fairly. He bought into a generational lie.
So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? Genesis 4:5-6a (NRSV)
If you do well? What does this even mean? Perhaps doing well simply means listening to God’s voice that speaks inside the human conscience rather than listening to the voices that are governed by a lesser spiritual government. Yet, Cain was caught just like his mother was caught. He heard two conflicting voices—a greater and lesser government and he couldn’t, for the life of himself, discern which voice offered wisdom.
And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it,” Genesis 4:6b-7
And if you do not do well? What does this mean? What is sin? Is it humanity’s subconscious desire to be in relationship with the lesser government of temporal time, to obey its voice, to honor its authority, and worship its timekeeping images? Is that it?
This is not the definition of sin that we have lived!
Yet, it certainly reflects the idea that all are born into bondage to the measurement of temporal time. It certainly makes sense that this bondage is something from which we cannot free ourselves. Despite our desire to believe otherwise, we live with a lesser spiritual government in our head, and sin is crouching at our door—every minute of every day. Yes! The image of humanity’s 24-hour clock is the doorway to humanity’s weakest spot!
That being said, this verse offers a tremendous ray of hope for our collective future. It tells us that sin is something we can master, once we accurately define it.
This is the definition of sin that we need as we move into the future:
Humanity’s subconscious desire to be in relationship with a lesser spiritual government
of temporal time, to obey its voice, to honor its authority, and worship its timekeeping images
Once we become consciously aware of the satan’s MO, then we can put our eyesight into check knowing that our own eyes could be exploited by the lesser government of temporal time. At any point, we can monitor our comparative thinking and put envy, jealousy, or rivalry in checkmate. At any point, through the four-step process of accusing, assembling, restraining, and constricting, the scapegoat mechanism can be stopped. If the mechanism is triggered and the poisonous bullet flies through time on its way toward the victim—we can catch it midair.
We have this power within us!
We can master the ways and habits of the lesser spiritual government and put its authority in checkmate. We can constrict its voice in our minds. We can reverse any and all dis-easiness by restraining its infectious spread. We can stop the ticking of the 24-hour clock and its escalating momentum by refusing to worship its image. In other words, we can bring an end to all forms of violence on the face of the earth once and for all. We have the personal and collective ability to say, “NO! Not this time. Not ever again.”
The question is, do we have the personal and collective will to live it?
Thoughts along the way,
Carol Wimmer is the author of the acclaimed poem When I say I am a Christian, and three books entitled: The Net—An Organizational Vision for the Church of Tomorrow; The Clock—A Timekeeping Tool for the Church of Tomorrow; and The Key—A Spiritual Language for the Church of Tomorrow