A confluence - the rivers meet and mingle like Abraham and Melchizedek ...

a confluence in Geneva

one is the River Rhone
the other, the River Arve

both emanate from glaciers
both pick up different things as they flow
different land, different elements, different color

and they meet and mix
somewhere there …  in the middle

confluence

there was once only one seeker of God Most High – Abraham
and there was only one priest of God Most High – Melchizedek
each flowing, picking up different things, never connecting

until, one day the only seeker flows by the only priest

confluence awaits

the seeker is having a typical day

business activity
a problem child
oh … and a war

following a voice from heaven
following the light to his darkness
following the answers to his questions

never once does he consider that his conclusive answers lie in Jerusalem
and there is someone in Jerusalem who needs a confluence for himself

so he’s about ready to pass by Jerusalem … again

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but this time…

the inspiration he seeks as hard as an artist in search of the exact. perfect. blue
flows down the hillside so that the two can meet, and mingle, and share

somewhere there …  in the middle

the priest of this God nobody appeared to know about, “El–Elyon” – God Most High
streams down from the hillside, bestowing bread and wine, and receiving a tithe from Abraham

a confluence below Jerusalem

momentous. moment.

one man has a practical, personal, on the ground understanding of the only God
the other has theological knowledge – a religious, mountain top kind of learning

the conversations they must have had
each filling in the various vacancies
of the other one’s perception of God

but…

years before this meeting gets a chance to unfold
Abraham must leave family, career, his native country
and maybe he’s like a fledgling bird at the edge of the nest

a bit scared
and oh so curious
but not quite ready

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and maybe he needs one last push, a promise that he isn’t leaving it all for nothing

maybe that’s when God provides the final nudge
with words recorded in the Greek of the Septuagint
(with pronunciation below, and a literal translation)

(and the Greek version of Mary’s “magnificat” in bold print)

καὶ   ποιήσω  σε    εἰς    ἔθνος   μέγα
Ki      poyeso-se   ayees ethnos mega
and I will make you into [a] nation, great

καὶ    εὐλογήσω σε
ki    youlogaysow-se
and I will bless you

καὶ μεγαλυνῶ     τὸ ὄνομά σου
ki    megaluno     tow onoma-sue
and will magnify the name of you

καὶ ἔσῃ    εὐλογητός
ki   esay   youlogaytos
and you will be blessed

it’s Genesis 12:2
the first use of Mary’s word, magnificat, in the Scriptures

it’s only “magnificat” in the Latin  (man-yee-fee-cot)
in the Greek it’s “μεγαλύνω” (megaluno)

now to unwrap this pretty present…

 

 

The Picture Perfect Artwork:
the confluence
the colors
the fledgling

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God Most High, "El Elyon" written in Hebrew (reading right to left - of course ツ )

The first use of Mary’s word in the Bible is spoken by the One True God to Abraham, during a time when humans worshiped  more “created” gods than at any other time in human history. I’m thinking Abraham was the only person in his native Sumer who doubted this panoply of gods.

Abraham had, since his youth,
a suspicion that followed him

like a growing shadow

as

dawn

breaks

there had to be only one. true. God

and so he talked with and followed and sought after this one true God

steadfast
consistent
unwavering

one piece at a time he came to know him
through listening and trial and error and faith

Isn’t that the way?

he found the final piece of the mystery almost by accident

from a person he didn’t yet know
in a place he had brushed by repeatedly

Isn’t that the way?

Abraham was a wealthy traveling merchant

buying
selling
trading

seeking

The sales territory of Abraham, Father of our faith, reached from Syria to Egypt...

plying a route from modern day Syria to Egypt
all the while cultivating a deep relationship
with the God he often spoke to, but never saw

Abraham had a name for him

אֵל עֶלְיוֹן
(Hebrew)

El Elyon
(English)

God Most High
(what the name means)

but in his myriad trading destinations in Canaan
among people who worshiped a god called “El” (אֵל )
that being the first half of the name of the God for whom Abraham searched

nobody seems to have known anything about Abraham’s God

until…

one day Abraham arrives at a place called Shalem
after having just saved his son Lot by means of war
he camps beneath a city who’s name means peace

Melchizedek came down from the hill, to Abraham below - as faith followed both...

שָׁלֵ֔ם
(In Hebrew – the city pronounced, Shalem)

In English – Salem

the city would one day be called

יְר֣וּשָׁלִַ֔ם

yeru – shalem

Jerusalem

more to come…

the picture sources:
El Elyon
the map
Salem somewhere “up there”

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