FRANCE AND GOD
Now we saw the result of this human Utopia wanting to build perfect peoples without God, we will try to understand why and how such a confusion can have taken old in this twentieth century which saw us be born. The theory date back with antiquity, since Plato towards 387 BC, dreamed already of the ideal city, but a major factor prevailed for the setting-
It comes out sometimes from this idea, all that rises up or it is one day raised up against the monarchy, is born from a human insurrection, therefore carnal.
It cannot be denied that during the various French revolutions and all over the world, much of circumstances were not necessarily led according to rules laid down by God. We could also add, "were the revolutions truly essential", since various syntheses show us they are generally, I quote "than brackets of the history", and they generally recreate after a more or less long time, of the systems similar to those of which they precipitated the fall.
These systems being then adapted to the new standards of the dominant ideology, are sometimes radically opposed to the precedents, and the analogy does not appear in an obvious way to the mass of those who do not seek the comparative analysis of it. They produce however an imbalance equal to the first, whose victims have changed sides.
Although other concrete examples are easy to take all over the world, we will say that of Russia from which we come to concretely see the result, is enough for us to realize how, with initially creditable intentions, it is possible to behave as badly as the one we beforehand fought through revolution. This would it nevertheless say, than all that took part to the fall of the monarchy was against the will of God?
We will look at together what could have encouraged God to act thus, and because God of the Christians is "the Lord God I AM THAT I AM", namely God of Abraham, of Isaac and Jacob, we will refer so that the bible says to us about the history of his chosen people, Israel. We will not examine what led God to choose these people more than another, we will say simply it was need to one and it was this one.
It isn't, to get a personal Glory from a banal human level, God wanted, and wants again to become manifest to us. He doesn't want to guide us in all things for him, but well for us. He pursues the intention to make us profit from a dimension impossible to reach without him, so that we live happy and in peace, already on this earth. If that had been a simply individual level on the person of the Christian or Hebrew, God would not have necessarily taken this example at the level of a nation. He would have been satisfied to reveal us his difference through certain human. It however goes from there differently, because when we deepen the history of Israel, related through biblical texts, we realize quickly, this history is the example even of our personal interior conflicts, and it is thus easy to transpose the real-
To act as example was not always easy matter to achieve for the Hebrew people, as it is not always easy matter to achieve for a man, so near to God he is, to act as good example, and to be followed. There is on the one hand the observer who would like to receive only good examples from the one whom is taken for the demonstration of the God power, it’s there an idolatry. There is also the one who is observed, who would like to be only one perfect example, having never repentance of nothing, because acting always perfectly, second idolatry. When God however, sends to a perfect man such Jesus-
Reality is altogether different, because the example of this reference is not enough. Nobody indeed can follow this reference until the end, because the heart of each one must before to be transformed according to God by the repentance and the faith. We thus have in Jesus-
Thus we find in the biblical accounts of the Israel history, the example even of what we are today, on an individual or collective level. This example, good or bad, give us the perception of our right actions or not. It is the eternal alternative of good and evil, in the individual or collective field! They aren't however the successes develop us most, because the failures are more advantageous to us, if we know to learn the good lessons from them. It is in that, the history must speak to us, and in particular that of this Hebrew people.
We thus will take time to make a small historical background of the Old Testament, which will enable to each one to better locate the establishing context of the monarchy in Israel.
The first period of the God action is that of the beginnings during which the fall of Adam arrived. Adam and Eve tempted by Satan in the covetousness of knowledge, reach a dimension to which they were not prepared yet. From their union are born Cain, who will become a tiller of the ground, and Abel, a keeper of sheep. Cain jealous because God had no pleasure with his offering and prefer this of Abel, puts him to death. This example is certainly one of the most fundamental, since it emphasizes from the beginning, the necessity for not to act by ourselves to cultivate our "ground", our soul. God reveals us here, nothing of what we can offer to him coming from our human dimension can be pleasant for Him, because perfect, if not that comes directly from Him. This act is thus the first prefiguration of the Jesus crucifixion, by his "brothers", whose attitude was only "religious".
During this first period which lasted from 4004 to 2234 BC, there were then the Flood and Noah's Ark, then the dispersion of the races, so that the man, fact to the God's image, populates all the ground.
The second is that of the Patriarchs, since Abraham recognized like the God's friend for the faith which it expressed toward Him. Having preceded the promise of God for his first son, by a union extramarital with one of the maidservants of Sara his wife, he gave birth to Ishmael. Very late in the old age of Abraham, Sara will however gave birth to the child of the God's promise, Isaac. This promise wasn't stopping with this only seed, but to the multitude as the sand which is upon the sea shore, to whom Abraham would give birth. All Christian is thus by his faith, include in the lineage of Jesus-
Isaac had two sons with Rebekah including Jacob who had twelve sons. He was called Israel after having fought with God and to be found victorious (see Genèse 32-
His second last son, Joseph, dearest to his heart because first born from the wife whom he was cherishing, was sold by her brothers to merchantmen Madianites (descendants of Abraham by Ketourah) who were going to Egypt. By the hand of God, this one became the right-
This second period lasted from 2348 to 1706 before Christ.
The third period is that of the life of the descendants from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They will be gradually abased to the rank of slaves by the Pharaoh and his entourage, over one four hundred and thirty years total duration.
After all these years, and many cries of the Hebrews always captive, God used Moses to liberate His people.
It was born in the year 1571 BC, during one extermination period of the children old less than two years, consecutive to the announcement of a liberator of the Hebrew people. He was put by his mother in a wicker basket at the mercy of the Nile's waves, and adopted by the Pharaoh's daughter. Thus during the first forty years of his life, Moses became "prince of Egypt", but during the forty following he learned how to become simple servant of God. Accompanied by Aaron his brother, he successively announced to the Pharaoh the ten plagues on Egypt.
Each one of them were in fact a divine demonstration of the "the God's superiority". It's why the ten plagues of Egypt were of such an importance at the eyes of the Pharaoh and his people, since they reflect in ratio the God's power and the one from the idol corresponding to the plagues, venerated as "god" in Egypt. The plague of frogs was in connection with the god of fecundity, the water of the Nile changed into blood, the god of water, as for the death of the first born which also affected the Pharaoh's son, Pharaoh himself, god on all the men, to quote only some of them.
Each of them were in fact a holy demonstration of the greatness of "the Living God". It's why the ten plagues of Egypt were of such importance in the eyes of the Pharaoh and his people, since they were in comparison to the power of the Eternal and this one from the idol, "god" venerated in Egypt, corresponding to the plagues. The plague of frogs was in connection with the god of the fecundity, the Nile water changed into blood, the god of water, as for the death of the oldest children which also affected the son of the Pharaoh, Pharaoh himself, god on all men, to quote only some of them. To the tenth plague, the death of the oldest children, that represented the direct sovereignty of God as compared with an human even if this one was born Pharaoh. This is why the Pharaoh drove out Hebrew, and much gold gave to them, to make them leave. It is the exit of the Egypt land and the crossing of the Red Sea in 1491 BC.
Each one knows obviously the various miracles that God employed to come out Egypt, its people oppressed by several centuries of slavery. So that youngest people do not assimilate it to an varied television serial, let us read or read again together this reading in which all this people, driven back between the Red Sea and his exterminators, lived what astonishes us still today: (Exodus 14-
And let your rod be lifted up and your hand stretched out over the sea, and it will be parted in two; and the children of Israel will go through on dry land.
And I will make the heart of the Egyptians hard, and they will go in after them: and I will be honored over Pharaoh and over his army, his war-
And the Egyptians will see that I am the Lord, when I get honor over Pharaoh and his war-
Then the angel of God, who had been before the tents of Israel, took his place at their back; and the pillar of cloud, moving from before them, came to rest at their back: And it came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel; and there was a dark cloud between them, and they went on through the night; but the one army came no nearer to the other all the night.
And when Moses’ hand was stretched out over the sea, the Lord with a strong east wind made the sea go back all night, and the waters were parted in two and the sea became dry land. And the children of Israel went through the sea on dry land: and the waters were a wall on their right side and on their left.
Then the Egyptians went after them into the middle of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses and his war-
And the Lord said to Moses, Let your hand be stretched out over the sea, and the waters will come back again on the Egyptians, and on their war-
And when Moses’ hand was stretched out over the sea, at dawn the sea came flowing back, meeting the Egyptians in their flight, and the Lord sent destruction on the Egyptians in the middle of the sea. And the waters came back, covering the war-
But the children of Israel went through the sea walking on dry land, and the waters were a wall on their right side and on their left.
So that day the Lord gave Israel salvation from the hands of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the sea’s edge. And Israel saw the great work which the Lord had done against the Egyptians, and the fear of the Lord came on the people and they had faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses.//
Still forty years life to the desert, but also of repeated miracles, and Moses died before enter in the country of the Promised Land. This third period lasted from 1706 to 1451 BC, and ended in the crossing of the Jordan River by Hebrew people, then leads by Joshua. It is the entry in the Land of Canaan (1451 BC.), the promised land. Conquest of 1451 to 1444 BC..
The fourth period, which interests us particularly, was that of the "Judges". These judges, were used by God "to judge Israel", i.e. its acts.
They were there to lead the people Israel to the respect of the law given to Moses, so that God made him victorious when he would follow his commands, as he had promised in this law. The Judges so were spiritual drivers and intercessors, for the whole of the people and themselves to the Lord God. They were not sovereigns, this share being the Lord God responsibility. They however remained only men, subjected to their own human nature, identical to ours, therefore imperfect.
They followed each other during three centuries from 1394 to 1095 BC, and were fourteen from first Othniel to the last Samuel.
Who would us be, to judge our fathers of whom we are not necessarily worthy?
Let's hope, we never do worse than them!
For those whom would have entirely read the account of the judges book, it seems obvious at the first synthesis that the people of Israel never walked in the ways of God. It would be an hasty conclusion. These accounts mention indeed a lot more the disobediences, causes of the reprimands, than periods of peaces, which are mentioned only in between thread, for example " And the land had peace for forty years, in the days of Gideon.".
According to that, the people whose God is the leader, would like to always emerge victorious from all situations, whatever his error. He would then consider God like the best of kings, exactly like each one of us would like to follow God, if he was him made to our image, an not the contrary, us to his image. The thing would be indeed more comfortable. From an imperfect image, whose the vocation is to approach the divine perfection as well as possible, by the way of the repentance, God would give us reason, especially in our bad behaviors. It is indeed easier to answer violence by violence, for example, than violence by the love and the abnegation of our "rights". These rights so easily claimed, which don't learn to comprised us in the direction as Jesus taught it to us, if one strikes you the cheek, give the other cheek, but to the contrary, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
We don't so astonish us Israel was not more often victorious of its enemies, just like we can not be to it today ourselves Christian, or Christian people. Rather than to question themselves and to let God act in his promises like it had announced and showed regularly, it was going to be easier to the Jews, to seek the bad example through their neighbor. To an immense supernatural but invisible power, it was more conceivable to them to trust a human capacity which was expressed by violence and the domination, and whose sovereign was elevated to the rank of a god visible by them.
In these times when the television and cellular phones didn't exist, the example was not distant from them. For more thousand years before the time of which we speak, all over the world existed several monarchies based on the divine and immortal nature of their sovereign, such in China, at the Mayas and so, in Egypt. Pharaonic Egypt, created by Menes whom subjected the kingdoms of low and high Egypt to him, during the time located between Adam and Abraham, thus approximately 1000 years before Moses, and approximately 1500 years before the end of the Judges period, to which we refer.
These Hebrew, nomad populates brought by Abraham from today's Iraq, had been established near the Egyptian people. They were thus going to have choice to grant the most absolute confidence "to the Lord God", God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob as they had done hitherto, or to use the customs and habits which they well knew from their powerful neighbor as a model. They knew them of as much better than their ancestors had spent there several slavery centuries from which God had made to escape them a few centuries earlier.
Let us look at then what occurred: (1 Samuel 8-
The name of his first son was Joel and the name of his second Abijah: they were judges in Beer-
Then all the responsible men of Israel got together and went to Samuel at Ramah, And said to him, See now, you are old, and your sons do not go in your ways: give us a king now to be our judge, so that we may be like the other nations.
But Samuel was not pleased when they said to him, Give us a king to be our judge. And Samuel made prayer to the Lord.
And the Lord said to Samuel, Give ear to the voice of the people and what they say to you: they have not been turned away from you, but they have been turned away from me, not desiring me to be king over them. As they have done from the first, from the day when I took them out of Egypt till this day, turning away from me and worshipping other gods, so now they are acting in the same way to you.
Give ear now to their voice: but make a serious protest to them, and give them a picture of the sort of king who will be their ruler.//
It speaks for itself, when-
Despite everything miracles achieved under their eyes before and after their exit of Egypt, the Jews, from nature identical to ours, had not been able to prevent grumble about their liberator, and to fall sometimes because of that under his wrath.
For we who change policy direction all the five or six years, how not to understand that after three hundred and fifty six years of institutions and these twelve judges, their lack of faith was not going to push them to replace God (King Holy on Israel) by a human king whom existed at their neighbors?
For we who change policy direction all the five or six years, how not to understand that after three hundred and fifty six years of institutions and these twelve judges, their lack of faith was not going to push them to replace God (Holy King on Israel) by a human king whom existed at their neighbors?
Here we find a very banal human need for physical references, on which the man little naturally to find rest without his faith intervene. In spite of the supernatural one that their fathers had lived and the warning which they then received, the Hebrews believed more at the man than to God and thus took the risk to create an institution imperfectly in conformity with the will of God. An institution which was going to govern the whole of their country, their context of life, to have a major incidence on the life and the evolution of their children.
By the speech of the Samuel prophet, God had however warned them of what the monarchies their would make endure and which we can note today. Can the description given by God of that appear to us exaggerated in comparison to the abuses all various monarchies during the passing of times and all over the world? (1 Samuel 8-
And he said, This is the sort of king who will be your ruler: he will take your sons and make them his servants, his horsemen, and drivers of his war-
Your daughters he will take to be makers of perfumes and cooks and bread-
He will take your fields and your vine-
He will take a tenth of your seed and of the fruit of your vines and give it to his servants.
He will take your men-
He will take a tenth of your sheep: and you will be his servants.
Then you will be crying out because of your king whom you have taken for yourselves; but the Lord will not give you an answer in that day.
But the people gave no attention to the voice of Samuel; and they said, No, but we will have a king over us, So that we may be like the other nations, and so that our king may be our judge and go out before us to war.
Then Samuel, after hearing all the people had to say, went and gave an account of it to the Lord.
And the Lord said to Samuel, Give ear to their voice and make a king for them. Then Samuel said to the men of Israel, Let every man go back to his town.//
Perhaps the Jews had some fears to decide this, but each one in his human presumptions which had moved away him from God, had hope to be better and more sly than his neighbors?
What then, the image of greatness of man that represents the royal ostentation to which the simple man connects easily, glorified him a little or no? It reassure him by the image of the physical force whom he would represent or no? In this kind of collective or personal introspections, how much could we advance worse reasons some than others, in front of which we are ourselves so weak?
These passages very well highlight the gradual will of God, who leave to each one his free will to follow or not his advice, even for the people which it chose. Perhaps this permissive will exists only for better showing its error to the man. Which choice indeed do we leave to God to bless us beyond our hopes, if we refuse to follow him for lack of confidence in him? Will he abandon us? Will he destroy us to better demonstrate us his power and his Love for us? After our stubbornness, we cry, and often we hear from mouth of the most tenacious to do exactly as one pleases, "if God existed how could him allow that? "But what happen does for us case?
Forced by the stubbornness of their children, what are indeed the parents who never had to employ this kind of method of "don't touch, else will burn you", once, twice, three times and to finish "If you burns yourself, do not come to complain you...", what shall we do?
And God said in the same way! Although he wants to avoid us all these trials and tribulations by which often we pass, that it is in an individual or collective attitude, he is impotent in front of our deafness and our fears. There is thus nothing surprising, in the deposition of a monarchy, God does not intervene as we would wish it. When we chose and to impose our will to God, He will stick to our decision until our whole will to turn us towards other ways, in the most perfect repentance. It is thus of any form of individual or collective sin.
We can exactly distinguish the God's essence to bless us all, even if that can seem paradoxical it first. It however acts a fundamental situation in which God wants to intervene for our good, in individual blessing as good as collective. Let us read the fight account that Jacob carried out to receive the blessing of God: (Geneses 32-
But Jacob said, I will not let you go till you have given me your blessing.
Then he said, What is your name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel 1: for in your fight with God and with men you have overcome.
Then Jacob said, What is your name? And he said, What is my name to you? Then he gave him a blessing.
And Jacob gave that place the name of Peniel, saying, I have seen God face to face, and still I am living.
And while he was going past Peniel, the sun came up. And he went with unequal steps because of his damaged leg.
For this reason the children of Israel, even today, never take that muscle in the hollow of the leg as food, because the hollow of Jacob’s leg was touched.//
(1) Israel means: He fight-
The God will to fill us of all its blessings appears perhaps even less obvious at some after the reading of this text, but it is however the attitude of heart in which God awaits us to be able to bless us. God absolutely wants to lavish all these blessings to us, without us lose only one, so incredible that can appear. It is a fundamental attitude of God towards us, because much deeper than the simple desire for providing for a need. At a need passed, another need follows indeed, but with a blessing obtained in the research of the God will, by our communion with God, in the intimacy even of God, and so much often in the questioning led by God of our bad attitudes, there is no more on this level a vague capricious spirit which requires some always more without effort. There is on the contrary the attachment to preserve pure this blessing which then doesn't remain human level, but divine. The respect of that God gave is all the more large that we realize really it is not us who "deserved it", but it is well God who us gave Grace despite everything our errors.
That's why or at least for a small share of that, God requires investment sometimes so fierce from us to bless us. It's besides almost always when we exceeded our physical resistance, mental or spiritual that, at the moment even where we are about to let go, the thing is carried out with our great astonishment.
It is also about that is all the life beauty from the faith in the God communion. It goes without saying that if the thing is already difficult at the individual level, it's still worse collectively.
Not, I assure you, it is not God who limits the man, but quite to the contrary the man who limits God!
Look at nowadays, how much preserve an object close to them as a "lucky charm". It isn't the same thing for each, but if this fetishism exists instead God, it is existing also for others sexuality or the money before God? Would this be there a problem of social standing? I myself met it at any social level, and not inevitably more low, because the idolatry can be everywhere.
This evil is certainly one of sins most widespread on our planet, and always puts God to the second, to see to the Nth rank. It's that which brings to certain the conviction that God is an unhealthy heresy to which the man agree by death fear. Thank you, I already gave!
I don't condemn those which act thus, because if I were to do it I would condemn myself, me who was during years one of the principal defenders of this last thought.
I believe that just like I saw it yesterday, much unfortunately confuse God and the religions. They say to represent God on the ground, but it is an idolatry still there. I think much unfortunately confuse God and the religions like I believed it yesterday. They say to represent God on the ground, but it is still there an idolatry. They make certainly know their divine law interpretation, and about that they are good, but when they impose for their profit, their size, their power, their supremacy, they do that God himself does not allow by Amour for us.
Does the idolatry come only from those who never saw God at work, or can it persist? Can it reappear in those who lived certain miracles among most spectacular of all humanity, and consequently in us all?
Let us return to these Hebrew slaves, and to their Egypt Land exit. We will say, "they believed", and will be able to add, much believed among us. They had seen and they were going to see again. Three months after the Egypt land exit, and already many tribulations, the people led by Moses arrived at the Sinai Mountain, where God was going to communicate to him the "Ten commandments". They had all a great fear of God and asked Moses alone attended this "sight". It lasted six days and in seventh Moses went up near to the Lord God. He there remained forty days for finally going down again with the two stone tables, the Tables of the Law, and there what did he find? (Exodus 32-
Then Aaron said to them, Take off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives and your sons and your daughters, and give them to me.
And all the people took the gold rings from their ears and gave them to Aaron. And he took the gold from them and, hammering it with an instrument, he made it into the metal image of a young ox: and they said, This is your god, O Israel, who took you out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw this, he made an altar before it, and made a public statement, saying, Tomorrow there will be a feast to the Lord.
So early on the day after they got up and made burned offerings and peace-
And the Lord said to Moses, Go down quickly; for your people, whom you took out of the land of Egypt, are turned to evil ways; Even now they are turned away from the rule I gave them, and have made themselves a metal ox and given worship to it and offerings, saying, This is your god, O Israel, who took you up out of the land of Egypt.//
We must again once remember us how much, to the eyes of the people of this time, could appear important the miracles achieved by God through Moses, in comparison to the ten plagues of Egypt. They all were of the supernatural demonstrations showing the divine power, in order to better demonstrate in the world of yesterday and today, the incommensurable dimension of God in comparison with the man can produce in the idolatry. It is also why among all the miracles achieved by the Eternal, whose could have been witness the Hebrew people, it so that in Egypt before their leaving, to the desert during forty years or later at the crossing time of the Jordan or still to the Jericho's walls, all had been from an exceptional size, so that his people took more confidence in Him than in any other god of human nature.
Three hundred and fifty six years after their exit from Egypt, that was not going any more to be sufficient so that these people kept The Lord God as King and request one of human size.
The generations had followed one another and the parents had testified to all miracles that God had made for his people, but some had eighteen years, twenty five years, thirty five or others forty years. At all these ages, I was saying for my part, "God never existed, Jesus was extraterrestrial", then, who would I be for saying of them, they were incredulous idolaters? They had drunk, eaten, worked, harvested, as many benefit which seem to us coming so easily from ourselves. It was my case before God intervene in my life. I claimed for myself all the glory of all my results, without that won't realize the circumstances even of my birth in a place such as France had never depended on my choice.
We are to the benefit from the Grace of God and of his promises made with all those who act and led one day according to his ways, from which some of our ancestors form part. God already promised it in Horeb in the ten commands:(Exodus 20-
Because I had been lucky to be born in this country blesses of God, that is France, I was considering myself an higher person but can't see it was precisely that, the Grace of God, but no my human abilities. This grace of God goes back to many centuries for our beautiful France, and even if it were transmitted to us by a monarchy, which perpetrated certain false ideas the Hebrew People had given birth to, we however remain today under the effects of this Grace of God.
The Merovingian Gaul
At the death of Clovis the Frank kingdom is located on the territory of present France with two differences: the coastal strip from Marseille to the Pyrenees remains the Visigoths while the north-
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