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Avatar January 1, 2010

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Saw Avatar in 3D. The scenery is amazing! The story, however, is so so. Sort of a bit too preachy in terms of its eco-earth spiritual message. Despite its preachiness, it does have some interesting points:

Ironies

  • Grace said to the Colonel, “what are you going to do, shoot me?!”.  And at the end, the Colonel did ended up shooting Grace as Grace and her gang tried to escape.
  • Colonel said the Na’vi are “hard to kill” and in the end of the movie, the Colonel is very hard to kill as it required the combination of a thanator, Jake, and Neytiri to kill him.
  • The characters in this film in general lack depth (that probably plays a part in making the film preachy). As a result, we have many one dimensional character in a three dimensional  film. See Racial Politics article here, point number 1.
  • One of the film’s message is anti-technology but the making of this film requires some of the most advance technology that we have.
  • In the film, humans are extremely technologically advanced at the physical level. The Na’vi on the other hand are technologically advanced at the spiritual level.  An interesting old sociological book on technology and society is The Technological Society by Jacques Ellul.

Avatar – There are other less sophisticated “avatars” in the movie if one thinks about it. An avatar is basically some kind of body that our mind (or mind/body) can be in. It often enhances our physical abilities in one form or another.  It require a person to “drive” or “control” it.  In general, humans use non-biological avatars and the Na’vi use biological avatars. Here are a few other “avatars” in the movie:

  • Armor suit or AMP suit (Amplified Mobility Platform) – The armor suits in the movie and the one that the Colonel is in at the end of the movie is really a non-biological avatar.
  • Na’vi horses and flying dragons – These are the Na’vi avatars as they connect with these animals through a neuro link. One of the main difference here is that these avatars are biological instead of mechanical.
  • War helicopters are avatars – Again these are non-biological avatars that correspond to the biological avatars that the Na’vi have like the flying dragons. Interesting enough, one type of flying machine is called the “Dragon Gunship”

Race – Racism is universal as demonstrated that the Na’vi is not immune from it either. Here are some observation about race in general in the movie:

  • Blue monkey – Humans refer to the Na’vi as “blue monkey”. They are less than human. Actually to be accurate, Na’vi are really “blue cats” as they are “a paleolithic species of sapient humanoids with feline characteristics” (see reference here).
  • Neytari’s father refer to Jake initially as “This creature”. Jake is less than Na’vi.
  • Neytari told Jake “you are like a baby!”  or others call Jake as a “Moron” – Na’vi view humans as unsophisticated and unfortunately humans do the same to Na’vi by calling them “savages”
  • “Demon in a false body” – This was said of Jake. This is actually very much like one of the Chinese racist term for white people which is “white devil”. The Chinese context here is that Chinese are “human” and white people are not human as they are “devil”.
  • Neytari’s mother said they will see if Jake will gain his sanity back by becoming Na’vi.  Humans have a sick mind. Maybe some subtle stigma against mental illnesses also. What is not stated overtly in the movie is that humans probably think the Na’vi are “crazy” by not moving or trying to attack the humans giving they are totally out gunned in fire power.
  • According to the Census Bureau, by 2050, whites will be a minority (see article here). In the movie, which takes place after 2050, we still have whites as the majority in the movie.

White Savior issue – Some commentaries talked about that Jake is just another “white savior”. It is actually more complicated than that.

  • Jake did have an important role in rallying the Na’vi. But actually it is the mother-planet that did most of the saving at the end (Jake’s battle plan is falling apart as they are getting wiped out) which gives Jake the chance to disable the flying bomber that contains the shock and awe explosives.
  • Jake is  no longer white as he literally becomes physically, emotionally, and spiritually Na’vi.  A full conversion and rebirth which involves the spirt, mind, heart, and body. On a physically level, Jake is phenotypical Na’vi but genotypical Na’vi/Human (biracial).
  • If one insist on the white male savior thing, then technically it is a white-young-handicapped-military-male savior.  How come we don’t comment on the fact that Jaek is handicapped?

Spirituality – The film obviously has lots of spirituality and it gets a bit preachy about it. Here are just some comments and thoughts about it:

  • One of the LA Times review of the film, “Avatar and the Faith Instinct”,  has an interesting quote regarding to spirituality, “He was making something he thought would be most pleasing to the greatest number of people…”. Basically as a society, we are probably moving toward some form of pantheistic world view.
  • Jake asks for higher power to help, can’t do it himself. The higher power did help at the end probably out of self preservation since Jake’s battle plan is falling apart and they are getting demolished. If no help comes, then the Tree of Souls will be destroyed.
  • Grace death scene shows the white light which is a reference to many near death experiences.
  • Upload memories to the tree – This enables some form of continuity with one’s past or ancestors. But it does not allow any kind of fellowships. As far as the film preaches, the memories are just that, memories, no fellowship among the ancestors with each other who has passed on. This is different than other spiritual traditions where there are fellowships between everyone in eternity. The relationship is sort of a biological version of digital recording of our dead love ones. When we died, all we have left is our digital recordings of ourselves.
  • Godless/goddesless people (e.g.  In the preemptive strike speech, it mentioned the Na’vi’s “deity and everyone laughed) are evil and ignorant. So it is a jab to atheist and actually other people who has a different spiritual orientation. This is in a very subtle way of expressing one’s spiritual view is the only correct way.

Misc. Values Promoted

  • Courage and loyalty to one’s “clan” or “race”  is highly valued on both sides given the war context.
  • Inner and external strength is highly value on both sides. For example Neytari says of Jake that he has a “strong heart”.  She values this, not a kind heart or a compassion heart but a “strong” one for example.
  • Once acceptance in both societies is based on performance.  For the humans, Jake mentioned in the beginning of the film that he can pass any test. On the Na’vi side, we have the rite of passage tests. When Neytari mentioned other potential female mates for Jake, they are all performance quality like she can sing well or she can hunt well. No other quality like compassion, calmness, kindness, wisdom … etc.
  • Youth is valued. No “elderly” people there. Even the “old” people are relatively young.
  • Everyone is physically healthy on both side, except Jake who is an odd ball by being in a wheelchair. So subtly, both society placed high values on perfect bodies. No fat people on both side. Slimness is promoted as all the Na’vi are all slim (almost anorexic).

Misc. Comments

  • Humans are the only side that has a crippled warrior.
  • Both Jake and Neytari are left handed (shooting arrows)
  • US army uniform (the beige Iraq war uniform),  has not change in 50 years??? In 50 years and with long distance space travel, wouldn’t it make more sense to have some kind of international effort and not just US? Looks like it is all US in 50 years.  With that much money going into the film, at least they can do is make the military uniform somewhat futuristic.
  • Why would Na’vi wants Earth medicine since their physiology is totally different.  Also why would they want to learn English? Anyway, notice the Na’vi speaks perfect English, no Na’vi accent. It is kind of hard to believe the greedy cooperation is so lack of imagination in terms of giving the Na’vi something that they might be interested. On top of my head, how about an ipod (futuristic ipod is solar powered or powered by the energy of the earth) where they could record their tribal history and love ones? How about some of earth culinary like cheese cake? How about lighter, stronger, bows and arrows that travel faster, longer distances, and more power, powerful enough to penetrates some of the armors that some of the Pandora animals have?  How about a high tech boomerang in which I am sure the Na’vi will be very good at?
  • Placing an arm on the others shoulder or chest is a Bushman greeting (and maybe other tribal greeting that we have on earth).
  • Some anti-Marine comments here and there which gives one the impression that Marines are just stupid impulsive fighting machines.
  • Standard underdog wins – The Na’vi and a crippled solder.
  • Would Neytari falls in love with Jake if she knew he was in a wheelchair.
  • Given that Jake is phenotypical Na’vi but genotypical Na’vi/Human, what would his offspring be like in a few generations?  Would one of Jake’s descendent inherent the human gene and ended up having a short Na’vi? Which would be a huge disadvantage in the Na’vi world.

So, bottom line, don’t go and see this film if you want a story with depth. Do go and see this film if you wants some real nice eye candies with the amazing sceneries and some really cool imagination. If you are a movie geek who is interested in the technology behind the film, definitely go and see it. If you are taking a “anthropology, religion, and science” kind of class, you would have to see it as you probably won’t have a choice.


Jill anf Kevin Wedding Entrance reflection August 6, 2009

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Just some thoughts on the Jill and Kevin Wedding entrance (http://www.jkweddingdance.com/ ) and some of the reactions the world has with it.

Here is the Youtube version in case the above link does not work:

My personal reaction when I first saw it was to smile and to chuckle. Just really enjoying it. When I started reading the different comments on the internet, I felt sad that some people actually were offended by it.

In the Christian community, how we react to this wedding entrance actually say a lot about the image of one’s God and also one’s theology.

In the wedding entrance, I did not see anything disrespectful during the dance.  Sacredness in Scripture also involve celebration and how one celebrates depends on one’s culture and the event being celebrated. And yes, there are dances in Scripture. For example, David danced when the ark came back and he got into trouble with his wife because he was viewed as losing his dignity.  God actually punished (by shutting her womb) his wife for her holier-than-thou view in this account.  This also reminded me that Jesus is actually kind of famous for “drinking and eating” and John the Baptist’s disciples were sort of the opposite.

The thing is this, our broken natures have this tendency to turn any happy occasion into a burden, a tendency to suck the joy and life out of it and make it into a joyless lifeless obligation. Wedding is no different. How many of us have seen weddings that just have artificial joy and it is in reality a heavy burden and extremely stressful for the couple (e.g. financial burden, relatives in-fighting, people criticizing the free food and drinks, criticizing the music, criticizing the wedding, … etc).

Jill and Kevin’s entrance restores the original joy in a wedding and reminds all of us to celebrate with this couple in the presence of God (celebration in the presence of God by the way is a Scripture theme especially in the Hebrew portion of the Bible). It reminds us of God’s grace in the midst of a broken world. It reminds us of what marriage is intended to be.

Talking about grace… the song that is used… some people also criticized the use of this song given the artist who sang the song is being accused with domestic violence related charges. I think it is appropriate to use the song as the music and the words fit the occasion. The wedding actually has an unintended effect of redeeming the song and showing what a loving relationship with supporting community should be like. Actually the center piece of the wedding is not the song, it is the joy that is expressed by the whole community.

Maybe an underlying theme in this wedding is the genuineness and spontaneity of everyone. The genuine and spontaneous joy we saw were expressed through smiles, laughter, and joy in the guests and everyone else.

What else… I do like the part where the groom came up to the bride and greeted her; and they both walk and sway to the music all the way up to the pastor in the presence of God to be united as one.

So if one is thinking of future wedding, one does not have to do a similar thing in terms of dancing (one may be a very bad dancer). But one should try to find ways to throw off the shackles of lifeless ceremonies and traditions and infuses whatever ceremonies and traditions one has with life giving celebration.

Abortion, Bricks, Eggs October 13, 2008

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Scripture sometimes uses the metaphore that our bodies are like a tent, building, or temple. The extreme abortion positions where one equate murder if one does anything to disrupt the prenatal development process any time after conception (which includes a number of birth control methods) and the position that it is ok to abort the baby if his/her head is still inside the womb but the rest of the body is outside seemed a bit odd to me.

Let’s use the metaphore of a huge brick house which has 1 billion bricks (each brick is metaphorically a living cell in our body).  Let’s say it is in the real early process of building and the house only has 5 bricks so far… and these 5 bricks are destroyed… is that equivalent to destroying a house?  No, I don’t think so. Or the other extreme, the house now has 999,999,999 bricks, one short of a billion and I destroy all these bricks… that is not equivalent to destroying a house? Yes, I think so.

So how many bricks does it take to say it has become a house? I don’t know. It is somewhere between the two extremes. Somewhere between the two extremes, there will be a grey area and there will be a areas where it is obvious.

Another thing, let’s use a living metaphor like a fertilize chicken egg. If I accidentally run over your chicken with my car, I would have to pay the full price of a chicken to compensate you. Now if I accidentally dropped one of your fertilize chicken egg, I would find it very weird if you demand I pay you the full price of a chicken because you insist that is the same thing as destroying a chicken.

Abortion loaded words and other thoughts October 13, 2008

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Given the abortion issue is so emotionally charged, it is hard to come up with a neutral term during a discussion. ProLife and ProChoice are both bad terms since it demonizes the other side. Plus it really does not describe the issue at hand (e.g. Life? What about capital punishment? Choice? What about the choice of the father of the unborn or the grandparents of the unborn?). A more accurate and a more neutral term is probably proAbortion or antiAbortion.

Also these words are binary in nature in that you are either for it or against it. No middle position.

So, what are some of the possible positions?

  • No abortion under any circumstances including incest, rape, or danger to the mother’s life.
  • Abortion under any circumstances including if the mother just want to abort the fetus because she wants a boy instead of a girl.
  • Context dependent abortion which depending on the reasons and circumstances which takes into account of different factors like what trimester, medical, psychological, social, ethical/moral, spiritual… etc. The other two positions mentioned above are context free as it ignores the situational context that the abortion is being considered. Within this position, there will be a wide range of positions ranging from most abortions are ok to most abortion are not ok and there is always some form of exceptions. I think most people in the US have this position.  So instead of identifying oneself as ProChoice/ProLife, most people would identify themselves as having a context dependent abortion position.

Random thoughts on abortion using breath reference from Scripture October 12, 2008

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Ok, if you are a die-heart pro-abortion or anti-abortion person, please don’t read this post and please do not comment on it as I will delete them.

This is a post where I put some of my random thoughts about abortion in writing and my view can change any time.

Depending on which side of the abortion debate one is on, one will be highly selective in one’s Scripture reference (I am of course assuming the person is a Christian whose Scripture is very important). It is rare to see an individual who will present most or all of Scripture references for both sides of the debate.

Anyway, for this post, I want to play around with the Scripture reference that Adam became a living being after God breathe into him (and other breath passages).

Using the concept that one becomes alive only after breathing is initiated, then a possible position is basically life really start after the first breath of the baby. Since the baby’s lung is not in operation when it is in the womb… and it first sign of operation is after birth when the baby first cry… one can argue that life begins after the baby’s birth and after the first breath.

Now we can get technical with it and push it back a bit. Breath in our current understanding of physiology really involves oxygen. One can possibly argue that life begins when the lungs are developed to a degree that the baby has a chance of surviving outside the womb (with medical help of course). This will push it back to about 20 weeks to 28 weeks. Around 20 weeks, surfactant start to get produced in the lungs. Usually there is not enough surfactant produced to enable the fetus a fighting chance outside the womb until around 26-28 weeks. Also at this time frame, other body systems are still quite immature and many complications can occur outside the womb.

One can even push it further back by concentrating on not the lungs, but when does the fetus independent oxygenation (breath) starts in the fetus. One can reason that starts during embryonic period around the 6th week where blood formation are mostly in the liver (the heart already developed 4 chamber by now and the lobes of the lungs are there also; but the guts are still in the umbilical cords and won’t migrate to its proper place around the 12th week during the fetal period).

Just for references, implantation or nidation is around 6 to 10 days after conception; preembryonic period is about the first 2 weeks of conception; embryonic period is 3 to 8 weeks after conception where all the basic structures of all the organs are being developed; fetal period is 9 weeks after conception to birth; “quickening” is around 13-16 weeks.

Actually, using the above Scriptural reference, a person become a living being when the spirit (breath and spirit are related in Scripture) comes into a person. This view has the understanding that a person is made up of the physical part and a spiritual part. The spirit is like the driver of a car and the physical body is like a car. The care becomes “alive” when the driver is in the car driving it just as the body becomes alive when the spirit is joined to the body.

Now when does the human spirit comes into the physical body? Don’t know. It is reasonable to assume that after birth, the spirit is already residing in the baby. It is also reasonable to assume that the human spirit is not presence right after conception simply there is not anything to reside in yet (no brain). So the earliest possibility is when the fetal brain is developed enough that the human spirit can be join to it which would have to be sometime during the fetal period of development (probably around 9 to 12th week as this is when the first fetal movement is possible (this is before the “quickening” period as the movements are too small for the mother to feel)).

Harry Potter Characters – Gems in the Rock September 3, 2007

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Finally finished all the Harry Potter books. I was reflecting on what are my favorite characters and why. Here are my three favorate characters and a few misc reflective comments:

Luna: I think she is my favorite character in the book. Although she does not have many friends as people make fun of her, tease her, and in general gives her a hard time… what I like about her is her fierce loyalty to the few friends she does have. She is like one of the gems hidden inside some ugly rock. You have to look inside the rocks to find the gems. If you think about it, on the outside, she is just plain odd and weird. But if you look inside, and the ironic part also, is that she is probably smarter than most people who gives her a hard time as she belongs to the Ravenclaw house (just the fact she belongs in the Ravenclaw house means she is no dummy). Plus she is probably a much more powerful witch than most of the wizards and witches at her age because in the book when she does battles along with Harry, she was one of the few people who either sustain no injury or minimal injury. Furthermore, you can count on her in the book when all the chips are down.

Another thing I like about her is that she is very calm when people gives her a hard time. She is aware what people call her and how people treat her. But she does not seem to really care… sort of a “oh well” attitude. She marched to her own drummer (very independent) and she is not one who goes with the crowd. If you need someone to swim against the crowd, she would be one of them.

She also knows when to fight and when not to. For example, when she and her friends were caught and brought into one of the professor’s room, everyone was struggling except her. From the description of the book, she just was there, not struggling at all and actually looked kind of bored. She knows struggling at that moment won’t do any good. When she was in the dungeon, it does not seem that she try to figure out how to get out (probably knowing full well it won’t do any good) and instead she comforted her fellow jailmate. This is one person who knows where to put her energy.

What else, in the book, she is extremely perceptive and have a way of saying the truth which nobody dare to say. She is the one who would point out the “elephant in the room” calmly. Not only is she perceptive, she is also an encourager, especially in the area of grief and death. She was the only one who can comfort Harry when he lost his God-Father.

One more thing I like about her, she crosses house. Although she is a Ravenclaw, she crosses over the the house that Harry and his friends belong. She is not tie to artificial boundary that society set up around her. She is tie to, instead, loyalty and love for her friends.

Last, she drew comfort from knowing she will see her mother again. She has a hope, a hope that does not disappoint. And from this hope, she was able to comfort Harry when another person he loves died. Finally she is a person who has both brains and heart.  Bottom line, Luna is a gem hidden in a rock.

Tonks: My second favorite character is Tonks. I guess I like the contrast of her being super smart and being super clumsy at the same time. She is just plain halirious sometimes without trying. She has some of the characteristic of Luna, but the expresion of it is different. For example, she basically is not a crowd follower either and she is very intellegent. She has a sense of fun and a sense of play. Plus she can see the gem inside a rock as demonstrated by her loving Lupin who is way older than she is and he also has a, let’s just say, serious medical condition (see mental illness below). She is willing to love a person whom society rejects. She is the one who crosses boundary in terms of loving a person who has a significant age difference than she is and also having a condition which society feared. She see the gem in Lupin.

Dumbledore: What I like about Dumbledore the most is his ability to see the gem inside a rock. Just look at all the people he gives a second chance to – Hagrid, Snape, Lupin, … etc. All these characters are in one way or another, outcasts. Furthermore, he understands the lure and the destructiveness of power. Last, he understands death and love and how love (especially sacrificial love) will triump over death.

Serious Mental Illness: I wonder sometimes if the author of Harry Potter actually is familiar with serious mental illness. The reason is that one of the description of Luna is that she does not blink as much. For those of us who are familiar with seriious mental illness, we know that the blinking rate of some people with serious mental illness are different (depending on the disease, it could be higher or lower).

Furthermore, as others had notice, the Lupin character may be a subtle commentary on serious mental illness and how society treat people afflicted with such an illness (see http://tazmy.blogspot.com/2004_11_01_tazmy_archive.html and search for “mental illness” or “lupin”)

What does it say about my values: As I was thinking about these characters, I was thinking about what does it say about me? I think I like these characters because we have similar values. The interesting thing is that all three of my favorite characters have something to do with “gems in the rock.” Luna is the gem in the rock. Both Tonks and Dumbledore can see gems in rocks. So thinking about these characters actually flushes out some of the values that I hold dear to:

  • Able to have a sense of fun and a sense of play.
  • Able to cross boundaries set artificially by culture.
  • Able to see pass a person’s flaws and weakness, able to see the inside of a person, able to see the potential of a person when everyone gives up on that person. The ability to see the gems in a person.
  • Having the ability to be perceptive.
  • Having the ability to encourage and to comfort in difficult situations is highly valued.
  • Loyalty and faithfulness is highly valued.
  • Sacrificial love is highly valued.

Titanic April 9, 2006

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Just watched Titanic.  Yes, I never watched it before and I am way behind the times.

A good film where it showed the way we died reflects the way we lived as we see the different reactions of many different people facing death.  We have the villians to the saints.  We have people who paniced and people calmly looked death in the face. 
What touched me the most about this movie was the music players who played faithfully until the last moment.  They played knowing full well that they would die shortly.  Although they thought nobody was listening, they played anyway because it was meaningful to them. They died with dignity.

Another scence that also touched me was the old couple who hold each other in bed and died together.  The wife refused to leave her husband of many years and stayed.  It was an act of fullfilling her vow of staying with her spouse no matter what.  It was an act of faithfullness and they too died with dignity and with love.

It was a good movie as it contrast the different treatment of different people based on their economic status.  The irony was that most higher class people in the film were psychologicall, socially, and spiritually dead.  Their wealth had killed them. While the lower economic class people had life. The other irony was that most people of the lower economic class were probably wishing that they were like the people in the higher class, not knowing the heavy price they would need to pay – psycho-social-spiritual death.

Guess I see the theme of faithfulness as very important in this film (and also important to me personally).  Rose at the end kept her promise to her lover faithfully.  She rode horses full straddle.  She flied planes.  She had children and grandchildren. She lived to a very old age.  She lived life fully.  The ending was good where Rose died peacefully and gone into eternity as a young woman again and she gets to see her lover once more and embraced openingly where the good dead of the Titanic witness their love and faithfulness to each other and rejoiced with them as a community.   

The Doctor February 5, 2006

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“The Doctor” is an old film (1991).  It is recommended to me by my dental hygienist as we were talking (before she stuck her instrument into mouth mouth, of course).

My favorite scene is the scence where Jack and June danced.  It is a scence where two people know they are going to die (Jack did not at the end, but June did).  The music to the dance is good as it reflect the enjoyment they have in each other during a dark time.  It is a dance of compassion, of connectedness, of empathy, and of comfort.  It is a dance of life in the midst of death.  It is a dance where we are taught to not to take our life for granted, a dance that teaches us to slow down and to enjoy the life around us.

It is a good film to use for discussion of grief and death.  It shows how cancer can killed more than the person.  It kills the person socially and psychological first before the physical death takes place.  It also can kill the families and friends who are close to the cancer person at the psycho-social level.

A phrase in the film is “the tumor sets you free”.  The film also demostrate that the tumor can indeed set one’s free, but it can also set one free to do somethings that one will regret later.

June (the other patient) been teaching Jack through modeling.  Jack gave June the gift of heart right before she died.  June in turn gave Jack another gift, a gift that will restore his relationships with his family, a gift that greatly affects postively Jack’s patients and the residence he is teaching.

This is a film of grief, death, and life.  It is a “slow” film… but I think it is done on purpose because it tries to slow us down to reflect.  Somewhere I read, it is like a slow dance which is good.

Leah January 15, 2006

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Was reading here and there in “Hustling God” by M. Craig Barnes.  His comment on Leah was interesting.

He talks about the Bible mentioned that Leah has weak/lovely eyes.  The problem here is that scholars do not really know how to translate it as it could either mean weak or lovely eyes.  Barnes think the original purposely use this word so that it has a double meaning.  The reason is that it depends on Jacob, he could see Leah as having weak eyes or as having lovely eyes.  In the begining, Leah has weak eyes as evident by the meanings of all names that Leah gives to her children.  But later in life, it looks like Leah has lovely eyes because Leah is burried in the ancestor grave and next to Jaccob.

The meanings of the name of the children given by Leah is also interesting.  You can see her pain and her desire for her love of her husband.  Then as time goes on, she just want some affection from her husband, not love.  Later, she seemed to have given it up and just trust God.  It is also interesting that God is on Leah side because Jacob is mistreating her by not loving her.

Maybe later I can study more the names of Leah’s children because I think we can see how she grows in the Lord.

Some of the people I like to meet in eternity January 15, 2006

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Was just thinking, what Biblical character would I like to meet first in eternity?

I think I would like to meet Jonah and discuss how his sermon (which is probably the shortest on record) caused the biggest conversion in terms of numbers.

I think I like to meet Boas and Ruth and talk about their huge age difference and how they handle it (guess in eternity the age difference won’t make a difference). Maybe discuss when they first started to love each other.  Or maybe ask Boaz how did he feel when Ruth propose marriage to him?  Or talk to Ruth about the differences in the gods her people worship and the God of the Hebrews worship.
I think I would like to meet Deborah (not the judge Debra, but Rebecca’s nurse). I always wonder why the Bible mentioned her by name but tell us very little about her except that she must be a woman everyone loves. She must be a very interesting lady as she must have taught Rebecca about the Lord.

I think I would like to talk to Barnabas in the NT. At least on how he can see the potentials in people when nobody else can.

If animals go to heaven, I think I would like to talk to the fish who swallow Jonah. I wonder what it thinks of Jonah in terms of taste and how bad it was when it had to vomit Jonah out because Jonah did not agree with its stomach.