Movies Behind his Eyes

Our 4-year-old great grandson John Butler told his mother recently that when he dreams, “It’s like seeing movies behind my eyes.”

Since our minds are focused on Christ’s first advent, I thought of all the movies Joseph saw “behind his eyes.”

After [Joseph] had considered [divorcing Mary quietly], an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit” (Matt 1:20). God said it; Joseph did it.

When the [Magi] had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt” (Matt 2:13). God said it; Joseph did it.

After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, “Get up, take the child and his mother to the land of Israel” (Matt 2:19, 20).God said it; Joseph did it.

Having been warned in a dream [Joseph] withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went to live in a town called Nazareth” (Matt 2:22, 23). God said it; Joseph did it.

What impresses me from the four dream encounters Joseph had with God is his immediate obedience, submissive spirit, and his trusting heart. God said it; Joseph did it. Even though there were uncertainties, lots of travel without a GPS, (at least 75 miles to the border of Egypt, an area foreign to Joseph starting at night,) and danger. How’d we like being roused from sleep in the deep of night, told to get out of Bethlehem for “Herod is going to search for the child to kill him” (Matt 2:13b). It’s almost ironic that God (and Joseph) had to work so hard to keep His Son alive. And irony of ironies, after they returned from Egypt, his enemies succeeded in killing him less than 30 years later.

Joseph must have been a Godly man, knowledgeable of the Law and angels appearing in dreams, and discerning the voice of his God. He and Mary would make a trusting, obedient team.

I doubt if Joseph saw “movies of the angels behind his eyes,” but he certainly had sufficient practice in seeing the images of the angels in his dreams. As the sacred season is already on our radar screen, let’s “see” the narrative with a new point of view.

Arranging God’s Anatomy

Arranging God's Anatomy

For a change in content, how about a review of anatomy to see how the Holy Author of Scripture pictures God in human form, called anthropomorphism, to help us visualize Him.

Mind–Jer 32:35 “My people built high places to sacrifice their children. A detestable thing that never entered my mind.” God’s pure, innocence

Face– Ps 105:4 “Seek his face always.” God’s close companionship

Voice–Ps 29:4 “The voice of the Lord is majestic.” God’s lofty magnificence

Heart–I Sam 2:35 “I will do according to what is in my heart.” God’s autonomy

Shoulder–Deut 33:12 “The one the Lord loves rests on his shoulders.” God’s tender care

Back–Isa 38:17 “You have put all my sins behind your back.” God’s eternal forgetfulness

Eyes–2 Chron 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” God’s reassuring energy

Arm–Isa 50:2 “Was my arm too short to ransom you?” God’s available resources

Hands–Ps 31:5 “Into your hands I commit my spirit.” God’s firm grip

Ears–Ps 31:2 “Turn your ear to me, quickly rescue me.” God’s immediate help

Feet–Nahum1:3 “The clouds are the dust of his feet” God’s poetry

Reviewing God’s anatomy definitely reaffirms the variety of his eternal promises and commitments to his sons and daughters. Enjoy the anatomy lesson.

The next Umbilical will explore God’s emotional disposition.