74~More About “Desert of Sighs”

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BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE

(In Order of Appearance)

NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
  • In the Bible, Mark 2:14f says Levi, renamed Matthew, was the son of Alphaeus.  Mark 3:18 says James was the son of Alphaeus.  Mark 15:47 says Mary was the mother of James and Joses (Joseph).  John 19:25 says this same Mary was the wife of Clopas.  Luke 24:18 says Cleophas was one of the two men to whom Jesus appeared. 
  • Acts 1:26 – Then the apostles gave the two men lotse to pick. God’s choice showed that Matthias was the one. So, he became an apostle like the other eleven apostles.
  • Alphaeus is the Hebrew pronunciation (used in the book of Mark), Clopas the Aramaic pronunciation (used in the book of John), and Cleophas is the Greek pronunciation (used in the book of Luke; Luke was a Grecian physician).
  • Mark 1:21-28 – They went into the town of Capernaum. On the sabbath day, when Jesus went into the synagogue, he began to teach the people right away. 22They were amazed at what he taught. Jesus was teaching them as one with authority—not as the teachers of the law. 23There was a man in their synagogue with an evil spirit. Suddenly, he shouted, 24“Jesus of Nazareth! What do you want with us? Did you come here to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 25But Jesus stopped the evil spirit. Jesus said, “Stop talking and come out of the man!” 26The evil spirit jerked the man around. He shouted loudly and came out of the man. 27All the people were shocked. They started asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching? With authority Jesus even commands evil spirits and they obey him!” 28And so, the news about Jesus went out immediately to the whole area around the land of Galilee.
  • By tracing all Biblical accounts of demon possession, it only occurred during Jesus’ ministry, some of which lingered a little beyond.  Apparently, Satan saw God’s son enter a human, so he decided to let some of his demons enter humans to see if they could influence mankind as well.  But Jesus entered a baby and was the only one in that body; Satan’s demons entered grownups, sometimes in groups, and shared the body with a human spirit.
  • Luke 8:1-3 – Later, Jesus was traveling through each town and village. He was proclaiming and preaching the Good News about God’s kingdom. The twelve apostles were with him. 2There were also some women with him. Jesus had healed these women of evil spirits and sicknesses. One of the women was Mary, from a town called Magdala. Seven demons had come out of her. 3Also, there were: Joanna, the wife of Chuza (Herod Antipas’ business manager), Suzanna, and many other women. These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles.
  • Luke 24:10 – The women were: Mary of Magdala, Joanna, Mary (the mother of James), and some other women. These women were telling the apostles everything that had happened. 
  • Matthew 9:2-9 – Look, they brought to him a man who was paralyzed. He was lying on a small bed. When Jesus saw that these people believed, he said to the paralyzed man, “Be strong, friend, your sins are forgiven!” 3Look, some of the teachers of the law thought to themselves, “This man is speaking as if he were God!” 4Jesus knew what they were thinking. He said, “Why are you thinking evil thoughts in your hearts!? 5Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 6I will prove to you that, on earth, I have the authority to forgive sins.” Then Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Stand up! Pick up your little bed and go home!” 7Then the man stood up and went home. 8When the crowds saw this, they had great respect for Jesus. They praised God for giving such power to human beings. 9As Jesus was leaving that place, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. Jesus said to him, “Follow me!” Matthew got up and followed him.
  • Matthew 10:1-4 – Jesus called his twelve followers. He gave them the authority to throw out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: First there was Simon (called Peter); Andrew (Peter’s brother); James (the son of Zebedee); John (James’ brother); 3Philip; Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew (the tax collector); James (the son of Alphaeus); Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Revolutionary;a and Judas Iscariot (He turned against Jesus.).
  • John 20:14-15 – After she said this, she turned around. She saw Jesus standing there, but she didn’t know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” Thinking that Jesus was the gardener, she said to him, “Mister, if you carried him off, tell me where you put him and I will take him away.”
  • Luke 24:13-26 – That same day, look, two of Jesus’ followers were going to a village named Emmaus. (It was about seven miles from Jerusalem.) 14They were talking about everything which had happened. 15While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself came near and walked along with them. 16(But the two men were not allowed to recognize Jesus.) 17Jesus walked with them for a while. Then he said, “What are these things you are talking about as you walk?” They stood still. Their faces looked very sad. 18The one named Cleopas answered, “You must be the only man in Jerusalem who doesn’t know what has just happened there!” 19Jesus asked them, “What are you talking about?” The men said to him, “It is about Jesus, the one from Nazareth. He was a prophet from God to all the people. He said and did many powerful things. 20Our leaders and important priests handed him over to be judged and executed. They nailed Jesus to a cross. 21But we were hoping that Jesus was about to bring salvation to Israel. Besides all this, it has been three days since this happened. 22And today, some of our women told us some amazing things. Early this morning, the women went to the tomb, 23but they didn’t find Jesus’ body there. They came and told us, that, in a vision, they had seen two angels. The angels said that Jesus was alive! 24Some of our group also went to the tomb. They found that it was just as the women had said, but none of us saw Jesus.” 25Then Jesus said to the two men, “You are foolish and slow to realize what is true. You should believe everything the prophets said: 26The Messiah must suffer these things before he enters his glory.” 
  • In early decades of the church when it was dangerous to be a Christian, many used the sign of a fish (not a cross!) to find each other.  In Greek fish is “ICHTHUS.”  To the Christians “I” represented “Esus” (Jesus), “CH” represented “Christ“, “TH” represented “Theous” (of God), “U” represented “uios” (united), and “S” represented “soter” (Son).  Thus the fish represented “Jesus Christ of God United Son”.
  • Luke 24:27-35 – Then Jesus began to explain everything which had been written in the Scriptures about him. Jesus started with the books of Moses, and then he talked about what the prophets had written about him. 28They came near the village of Emmaus, their destination, and Jesus acted as though he didn’t plan to stop there. 29They begged him, “Stay with us. It is late; it is almost night.” So, he went in to stay with them. 30Jesus sat down with them and took some bread. He gave thanks for the food and broke off some of it. Then he gave it to them. 31At that time, the men were allowed to recognize Jesus. They saw who he really was, but he disappeared from them. 32They said to each other, “While Jesus was talking to us on the road, it felt like a fire burning in us when he explained the true meaning of the Scriptures.”33-34During that same hour, they got up and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the followers of Jesus meeting together. The eleven apostles and those people who were with them said, “The Lord Jesus has actually come back to life! He appeared to Simon Peter!” 35Then the two men gave a report about the things which had happened on the road. They talked about how they recognized Jesus when he broke off some of the bread.
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:

OTHER JESUS QUOTES IN THIS EPISODE

EUSEBIUS:
  • Ecclesiastical History, Book 4 –  HEGESIPPUS, the historian writing in 169 AD, said that James did not drink alcohol, did not eat meat, never cut his hair, and prayed so much his knees became calloused.  THE BIBLE, NUMBERS 6:2-5 – When…a man…takes…vow of a Nazarite, consecrating himself to the Lord…he must not…taste strong drink…never cut his hair.

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Season 1, Dream Maker, “Power House”

Season 1, Dream Maker, “Hearts Afire”

Season 1, Dream Maker, “Hand of God”

Season 1, Hearts Afire, “The Traitor”

Season 3, Folk Hero, “Cosmic Chaos”

Season 2, Hearts Afire, “Haze of Hopelessness”

Season 2, Hearts Afire, “Shackled”

Season 3, Folk Hero, “The Benefactresses”