Thursday, October 24, 2013

Exiled to the Island of Patmos

by Steve Ray on October 24, 2013

Because he preached the word of God and opposed the false gods of his day, John the apostle was excited to the small Greek Island of Patmos.

Today we stepped off our big ship onto small tender boats to go ashore. We had Mass outside the WHER he received the Revelation which became the last book of the Bible.

We toured the cave and monastery atop the mountain. Everyone learned a lot and had a great day. We had two more talks in the ship to continue our “Seminar at Sea.” The talks were by Fr. Scott Courtney and Mark Brumley.





Walking in Ephesus Where St. Paul Lived Over 2 Years

by Steve Ray on October 24, 2013

Ephesus is magnificent. I gave four talks as we moved our way thru this die. The outdoor lunch and the rug-making demonstration was frosting in the cake.

Ephesus Part One

Ephesus Part Two



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Queens in the Old Testament – They Were Mothers

by Steve Ray on October 24, 2013

While on the radio this morning a man called in to say my argument for the Assumption of Mary from the Old Testament was wrong. I had quoted 1 Kings 2:19 where Solomon had raised his mother to Queen of the Kingdom was the ONLY case of a mother being queen in the Old Testament. He prefaced his comment by saying he knew the Old Testament. Well, it seems he is incorrect.

In the Old Testament, the queens of the Judean kings were their mothers — with one exception of the queen being a grandmother. Solomon had 1,000 wives and concubines — but he only had one mother. Click here to read the section on The Great Lady or Queen Mother in Roland de Vaux’s book Ancient Israel: Its Life and Institution.

AncientIsrael.jpgThe Queen Mothers of the earthly kings of Judah were not always good queens. Many of them were sinners and would make improper intercessions to the king. But, this takes nothing away from the perfect King and Queen –Jesus and his mother Mary.  It is the pattern and the office that is important.

Jesus is a king sitting on the throne of his fathers David and Solomon and all the subsequent kings of Judah. They all had queens and the queens were not their wives, they were their mothers. This is the pattern and ultimately Christianity and the Kingdom of God are based on the Old Testament model.

Follow the logic: 1) The kings of Israel raised their mothers to Queenship which became established as an official office; 2) the mothers were referred to as the Queen Mothers or the Great Lady; 3) they sat on a throne near their sons (1 Ki 2:19); 4) Jesus is the quintessential Jewish King with an eternal kingdom; 5) Jesus is the fulfillment if the Israelite offices of Prophet, Priest & King; 6) As the Davidic king, Jesus would honor his mother more than earthy kings honored their mothers; 7) It is biblical, historical, and reasonable to expect the perfect Jewish king to follow in the stead of the kingdom and his fathers by assuming his mother to a throne at his right hand. 8) It is proper and biblical to consider Mary in a position of intercessor.

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