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[Inner Cycles] > Matthew 25 - Gimel - Lamentations
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Spoke 3

Naked and Hungry

Matthew 25 chain Lamentations

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Matthew 25 (vs. 41f)

The Third Spoke reveals the character of the Holy Spirit in three fundamental lights:

Leviticus: The ministry of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies. The distribution of verses containing the words holy and fire are maximized in this book. This links to the baptism with the Holy Ghost and Fire found in Matthew 3 (Spoke 3, Cycle 1).

Lamentations: The magnified absence of God's comfort. Famine, nakedness, and exile are major themes of this book. The have their origin in Genesis 3 and their ultimate outworking displayed on in all three Cells of Spoke 3 of the Inner Wheel of Isaiah.

2 Corinthians: The magnified presence of God's comfort. The abundance of God's blessings are a major theme of this book.

These primary Spoke 3 themes manifest in Matthew 25 where Christ said:

I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink.

This links directly to Lamentations (Spoke 3, Cycle 2) where we read (Lam. 4.11):

The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.

The linked themes of food, sin, nakedness, and tribulation all originate with the fall in Genesis 3:

And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

This is contrasted with 2 Corinthians (Spoke 3, Cycle 3), where the gift of God in the Person of the Holy Spirit manifests most clearly. We read (vss. 9.8f):

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

All of this integrates with the fundamental theme of Food, Nurishment, and the role of the Holy Spirit found on Spoke 3:

[Lamenations 1.1f] How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! 2She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.

[Lamenations 1.16] For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.

[Lamenations 5.1f] Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach. Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens. We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows. We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us. Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest. We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread. Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities. Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand. 9We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness. 10Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

The integration of Matthew 25 with themes from Spoke 3 also manifests in the symbol of the Holy Spirit as Oil and Light in the opening verses:

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

The same image is used in the Third Seal (Revelation 6.5f):

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

The connection between blackness and faminine is established in Lamentations 5.10: "Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.






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