As we prepare for our ordeal and to confront our own personal demons, I must confess to feelings of misgivings as the words of Ezekiel continue to prey on my mind.
“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.” Ezekiel 25:17.
I’ve only just realised that the Japanese t-shirt in the Shinto shrine of a previous post featured the well-known QANTAS pilot John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction.
Nothing can bond a couple of guys better than large guns, a biblical reference, bad haircuts and righteous vengeance.
And when you’ve had your great vengeance, turn to Ezekiel 4:9
“Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the 390 days you lie on your side.” Ezekiel 4:9
We won’t mention Ezekiel 23:20
But I did seek some “Big Ring” guidance and the biggest ring is 53:11, but Ezekiel 53:11 doesn’t exist and I turned to Isaiah:
“After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light and be satisfied.” Isaiah 53:11
With the commentary emphasising “The word rendered here ‘suffering’ (עמל ‛âmâl), denotes properly travail, labor, toil; wearisome labor; labor and toil which produces exhaustion; and hence, sometimes vexation, sorrow, grief, trouble.” – Big ring riding indeed.