In which we consider again the fullness of time

by Craig on October 5, 2011

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For the entrance of Messiah into life there’s always a fullness of time.

Ten years before I came to know him…
I didn’t have enough wisdom to accept…
Ten years after and I would have been so full of the world’s wisdom…
that it may have been too difficult to change my ways…
but in between there was my personal fullness of time for the Messiah to come.

And the world had a fullness of time too…

that one precise moment when all the strands of history converged to create the perfect spot in the timeline for God to enter in – and for the ripples from that moment to spread perfectly around the globe.

On this earth there was a Garden time…
talking to God like we talk to each other.

There was a Babel time where we totally lost sight.

Then, from the cradle of civilization…
in a place just beginning to figure out how dominate the landscape…
and at a time when there were more “gods” worshipped than any moment in history…
and people were lost in the haze of their own mis-belief…

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One man received direct revelation through a personal relationship with you.

And Abraham became a nation…
a tiny nobody of a nation…
but a nation with revelation…
and a path perpetually intertwined with the history of Great Empires…

If God would have come five hundred years sooner, Israel was Exile in Babylon…
and their thought of a Savior was only beginning.
Five hundred years later and the Dark Ages descended.

Too early…too late.

One hundred years earlier and Israel no longer felt the need for a Savior…
One hundred years later and there was no Israel at all.

Too early…too late.

Two thousand years before Our Lord arrived there weren’t even 30 million people on the planet. Two thousand years later we have about 6 billion – that’s 6,000 million.

That means that about 5% of all the people ever born…
were born before Jesus…
and 95% of all the people ever born…
came afterwards. (one source of many)

Like points of light converging on a sunrise…

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COnverging points of history pointed to and emanated from the perfect time for the arrival of the Savior of the world:  numbers were still small, there was overall peace, civilization was thriving, historical records were reliable, and a precise language for preservation of the Gospel existed.

Before this last month, when all I could write was of Sara, and her going home to God, I was in the middle of considering this fullness of time. All the posts for it, if you are new, and in case you’d like to catch up, are over in the sidebar under the Category “The Fullness of Time.”

So far there has been…

  • Sumer – maybe the first Great civilization – from which Abraham came…
  • and Egypt, woven throughout the history of Israel…
  • and Assyria and Babylon to reduce but not destroy Israel…
  • and a brief period of freedom for Israel amid chaos…
  • and Greece bringing a same-ness to the land…

and now…

the fullness of time blooms…

with the glory that was Rome…

tomorrow…

please come back.

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Martha Orlando October 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I love your own “fullness of time” with ten years before being too young to understand, to accept both with heart and mind, and ten years later, being too entrenched in the ways of the world to change directions. Timing is everything!
I’m just about to start writing my next blog inspired by this verse in Psalm 20:4 – May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We know God doesn’t give us all that we ask for (surely, a very good thing!), but He gives us, in the fullness of His time, what we desire, but have yet to name in our hearts. It is a moment, a love, an opportunity, a gift beyond our wildest imagination. And it comes from His mind, not ours. And it comes at a time when we can accept it, believe it, and act on it.
His epiphanies are amazing!
Blessings, my friend!

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Craig October 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm

that idea sounds beautiful – and I don’t want to miss it – I’m just now getting back to reading all the blogs I love – and didn’t read one today because of computer problems – but in case I miss that post – please come here and tell me – because I don’t want to miss it. Thank you Martha, thank you, as always. And blessings to you too my friend.

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Dawn October 5, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Dear Craig,

I just have to tell you this because you mentioned you were just getting back to reading all the blogs you love. I won a pumpkin. As you know, I stop by my neighbors’ blogs at Ann’s, and last week I stopped at Paula Fraker’s. I glanced that she was giving away a cloth pumpkin she had made and had taken a picture of it sitting on her table. It was quite nice, but I didn’t think much more about it. I left my comment and a couple of days ago I got an e-mail saying I won it. What a surprise! You really need to get back out there. One never knows the blessings in store!

I wrote about Garden Time today.
Bless you,
Dawn

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Craig October 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm

there are only so many hours in this sleep deprived body – I spent about 3 hours on each post – writing and finding pictures and laying it out – and then twitter – and dealing with the thousand plus spam comments I get per day – the spam catcher gets them – but I still have to go through them to make sure nobody is caught by mistake. But you are so right – I smile every time I read – and there are so many that I heart – but I’m reading again – slow but sure. Good for you for winning that pumpkin. And I can take a hint – it’s up to read about garden time ツ and they had their with a big smile on my face. It better be good! ツ God bless you my friend.

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Debbie October 6, 2011 at 2:31 am

I love what you bring me that my mind would not think of on its own. . .the fullness of time. Blessed by this!
God bless you as you continue to show His glory!

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Craig October 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Debbie, I think our minds work differently – but work exactly the same – because they both revolve around wisdom from God – your simple poems – I’ve said it so many times – are just not so simple. God bless you Debbie

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