Wouldn’t it be great if …we could have more emphasis in worship on how to battle better--that is, if worship formed us up, and shaped us, as does band practice, athletic practice, sales training, boot camp?
Here’s how to get that.
First some English, later some Symbol.
Tom Woods (yes, the ‘Meltdown’ guy) writes in ‘How the Roman Catholic Church Built Western Civilization,’ p. 112:
‘…Cathedrals in Bologna, Florence, Paris, and Rome were designed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to function as world-class solar observatories. … Each such cathedral contained holes through which sunlight could enter and time lines (or meridian lines) on the floor. It was by observing the path traced out by the sunlight on these lines that researchers could obtain accurate measurements of time and predict equinoxes. (They could also make accurate calculations of the proper dates for Easter—the key initial function of these observatories). …’
Let’s work with this.
Now, several keys to Dr. Jordan’s work include: Maturition. Redemptive History. Holy War.
Were we to apply Dr. Woods’ report using these 3, what might result?
I give you A First Possible Liturgical Battle Formation For Warriors of Light. A few implications of this formation follow.
Top is liturgical east, toward the front of the church. This is a 7x7 grid that did not come out in this format.
1--Genesis 2--Exodus 3--Leviticus 4--Numbers 5--Deuteronomy 6--Joshua 7--Judges
9—Ruth 10—Psalms 11—Job 12--Proverbs 13—Song 14—Eccl-esiastes
16—Kings 17—Jere-miah/Lam-entations 18—Ezekiel 19—Daniel 20—Esther 21—The Twelve
23—Matthew 24—Mark 25—Luke 26—John 27—Acts 28—Reve-lation
30—James 31—First Peter 32—Second Peter 33—Jude 34—Second John 35—Third John
37—First Corinth-ians 38—Second Corinth-ians 39—Galatians 40—Ephesians 41—Phil-ippians 42—Colos-sians
44—Second Thessal-onians 45—First Timothy 46—Second Timothy 47—Titus 48—Philemon 49--Hebrews
Additional lectures and writing by James Jordan
Hartman supplied the grid
© A. D. 2011 (SardisCORAM861) by Charles Howard Hartman. Use freely, non-commercially, linking back.
1—There is a Battle Formation Two. It’s retuned and flipped to show our more mature situation. Ideally, both would be used together.
2—Since most are seated in church now, we resonate more with Ephesians 2:6, ‘…seated with Him in the heavenlies…, and we are lights, as several places tell us, such as the one that says ‘…Let your light so shine…’.
3—What I am saying is that in one milieu it made sense to study nature by using a church as an astronomical observatory, but that it is more mature to add a layer in which we church members are the light. We do not only study other light, we radiate light. And as this light is shaped, one anothering, under shepherds, we are trained for shining as warriors of light also, outside.
4—How so? Here’s one way, a start. The back of each chair could be labeled with the appropriate book in the above formation. The congregation, part of her, would be ‘formed up’ in battle array, such that one person sat in each of the 49 chairs. That person would be that book, that book’s light, light. (Adjust for congregation size, etc.)
5—A first application might be to the sermon within the liturgical context. How does Kings relate to the sermon subject, how does First John…? Potentially, each chair would write something about the relations and one another each of the others with it.
6—A second application might be to use Elder Roorda’s HAAG, the best articulation version so far of Lectionary Historical. In History At A Glance, the Ussher-Jordan time from Creation to A. D. 70 is placed within a 7x7 grid, each grid being of the size of approximately 9x9 years, 81 years. (Extra years are used at the end and the beginning). Thus, Genesis fits with section 1, the first 81 years (plus extras).
7--It would be better, however, to use the whole number of years until now for one grid. It would have approximately 121 years per section, and as a congregation got more used to this way, the future should be added. A first suggestion would be to have 242 years per section. (One could well use the 16 billion years, by stacking 49ths, starting with @ 320 million years per section of 7x7 grid, and getting down to about a minute for the whole grid. Using a future grid also, one would be able then to begin to ‘read’/’hear’/’sense’ the Rosetta Stone of Time, that is, the language, respectively, of the past, and of the present, and of the future, each of which is different and all of which say the same thing, like the Rosetta Stone. I’ll post on that.
8—More to come. Thanks. Chuck
PS: It is too weird to think that Jeremiah-Lamentations may be the Leviticus of Leviticus. That is, can the heptamerous chiasm of the first 7 days be seen in some type of iteration going down the grid? And can Samual-Ecclesiastes be seen as an ‘Exodus’/Second Day’ iteration of this heptamerous catechism. That would be a jewel! One would need a prismator. A lensman, Doc, for a shepherd.
Thanks, Doug! The more one-anothering, the more 'kabod,' if each interaction adds weight.
[Add to Woods, Facebook/Newt, Nov. 30, 2011: 'How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization' was great. I took the cathedrals as observatories and added a self-reflective battle formation for we who are the lights now, Eph. 2:6, 'Let your light so shine before men'. Liturgical Battle Formation For Warriors of Light.]
[Add: ‘living epistles’. 2 Corinthians 3:2. King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: This adds credence to each of the 49 ‘being’ a book of the Bible, for one anothering and discipling]