Act on earth in accordance with the Divine Mandate from Heaven
Calling of Moses
Moses’ mission to rescue the Jews from Egypt was a result of his self-reproach and agony. Moses, who was fostered by the Pharaoh's daughter, felt self-reproach and contrition after he discovered that he was one of the Jews that were oppressed in Egypt by the Pharaoh.
Moses left the Pharaoh's daughter's palace and went to live in the land of Midian. He married the daughter of Jethro, the priest of Midian.
One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law in the desert. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. God called him from the middle of a blazing bush. He said, "I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt."
I Am Who I Am has sent me to this world
But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before the Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?"
God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain."
But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,' they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?"
God replied to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you."
Moses may have thought that God was the Divine Mandate from Heaven which made him who he was. According to the Gospel of John, chapter 4, Jesus told a Samaritan woman "God is spirit."(John 4:24) This ‘spirit’ may be translated to ‘tamashi’ in Japanese. The Japanese often say “Bushi no tamashii”, that is, the spirit of Bushi (samurai warrior). The Japanese think, “Bushi is Bushi because of its sprit. ” Without the spirit Bushi is no more Bushi. Neither are all things in this world. They are no more themselves without their spirits. Moses and Jesus too, appear to have realized that God was this kind of spirit and thought "I Am Who I Am has sent me to this world".
Jesus also says, "Man does not live on bread alone." If so, what does he live on? In the Gospel of John, chapter 4, Jesus answers, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about. My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work." (John 4:32-34)
It seems that the essence of Jesus' teaching is to act on earth in accordance with the divine mandate from Heaven. Ancient followers of Confucius also said, "The divine mandate from Heaven is called the self, maintaining the self is called the way and practicing the way is called religion", according to Zhongyong (doctrin of the Mean), one of four ancient Confucian texts known as the Four Books.
When Jesus taught the Israelites, including Pharisee and Sadducee scholars, nobody understood him. Therefore it is believed that Jesus decided to become a medium through which people could gain access to God, in other words, a lamb of God, and to be crucified.
In the Gospel of John chapter 6, Jesus preached as follows, "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life. My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me."
According to Jesus’ exposition, to believe in God means to eat his flesh and drink his blood and to remain in him who was with God in the beginning. Then we and God become one through Jesus.
The Jews, when fleeing from Egypt, found that they were unable to continue due to a lack of food and water. Some were bitten by venomous snakes and died. Moses knew that they could neither return to Egypt nor stay in the desert. However he thought if a few of them were able to reach Canaan, the promised land, the Jewish race would survive and he could accomplish his mission even though many would die making such a hazardous journey. But he needed to give them an objective to move ahead. Then Moses put up a bronze snake on a pole and said, "If Anyone is bitten by a snake and looks at the bronze snake, he will live. God told me. Believe it. Onward!"
Jesus told the story to Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the Jewish ruling council, and said that his task was to play the role of the bronze snake and to be raised up before the people. (Eko-an hensho-koji:2008/03/10)
What is "Baptism with The Holy Spirit"?
According to the dialectic of the Gospel of John,
【thesis】 "A man can possess eternal life through accepting testimony of the Son of man and being baptized by him." (John 5:24)
【anti-thesis】 But "The one who comes from the earth cannot accept the testimony by one from heaven."(John 3:32)
How then can a man possess eternal life?
【synthesis】 "If you want to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, you can just go back to the word which was with God in the beginning (John 1:1) and certify that God is truthful. (John 3:33)"
When he said, "You are Huichao," Zen Master Fayan thrusted vivid Self in Huichao in front of his eyes. (The Origin of Christianity P.171)
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