The Angel Moved The Stone – But Why?

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I write on the Saturday of Easter weekend (as the westernised version of events has it) and it is no coincidence I am sure that in my recent re-reading of the gospel of Matthew I arrived today at the final two chapters, the account of the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of the Son of God.

As always, the bible text itself corrects so many popular bible myths that have been introduced over the centuries. We must not base our beliefs on myths or religious paintings, but the word of God.

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  1. CNN has a habit of airing productions on common holidays, evening through late-night, pertaining to topics of faith history. Last night, I recorded “The Tomb of King Herod.” Near the beginning is some recounting of the story of Jesus’ birth. It was said that the usual retellings convey there was no room “at the inn.” But the word “inn” isn’t there. They showed a home type, in the area where they would’ve been, where a portion of a family home sheltered animals. The camera then focused on a trough that was an integral part in the stone of the wall. I wonder if the fact one of these could be used for the baby indicates the family of the home (probably Joseph’s extended family) was too poor to have animals in there needing food or water.

    (And I think, while it wasn’t said, that provides another allusion to the teaching and person of the Messiah and future King being sustenance.

    And this provides an opportunity to share — again — Trish’s favorite verse:

    “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5

    This is a verse, also a favorite of mine, that can be “interpreted” [or used, rightly or wrongly] in more than one way. Trish and I {and you} likely see it similarly as each other [and not in the same way that has been handed down to and by those (not only the young but also the elderly and passed) who insist on material [as if spiritual] “success” in the here and now].)


    Most of the burial site is in ruins, probably deliberately damaged by Jewish rebels, who loathed the Roman-appointed Herod and holed up in Herodium during a revolt against the Roman Empire in the late 60s A.D. The team found no bones in the tomb, and it’s highly unlikely Herod’s remains will ever be found.

    Herodium is protected by the Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority, and Netzer’s work at the site continued until his premature death due to an injury at the site in 2010.

    “We need to find more artifacts in order to fill in the pieces of the puzzle,” he said of the site.

    The CNN installment (“The Tomb of King Herod”) for the series FINDING JESUS offered a photo of the carved pink limestone sarcophagus currently associated with Herod.

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