While reading National Geographic as the lovely Mrs. Lilly was being treated with Radiation, I came across a fascinating piece on Ancient Egypt. Here’s thought for our time from Ancient Egyptian History.
“In Egyptian cosmology, the goddess Maat embodied the concepts of order, truth, and justice. Viziers often wore a pendant in the form of the goddess, who is often shown with an ostrich feather on her head. Egyptians believed that living according to her precepts-honesty, loyalty and obedience to the king, would keep chaos at bay. Egyptian kings were not exempt from living by Maat’s principles.”
To be sure Egypt was not a democracy or republic, both of which are vastly different. However, the society in toto was required to live by the same rules.
One of the division causing tenents of our current fair land is the apparent double standard in the administration of our laws. Leaders live by one set, and the peasants must live by another set of rigid rules. Leaders are exempt from some regulations that peasants will be imprisoned for if they violate said rules. (The list is longer than you may think).
The bold line for consideration is the last in the quote from the National Geographic:
“Egyptian kings were not exempt from living by Maat’s principles.”
Do you want to know how this affects you as a Christian? Very simple. Consider the biblical teaching that Christians are saved by grace. Take a peek at the awesome power of Grace in its teaching aspect:
Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,” (NKJV). (Order, truth, justice).
In simple terms, God’s unmerited favor, grace, gives us insight as to how to conduct our lives as we walk in God’s grace. All people, most especially Christians are to strive to live an exemplary life, with the understanding that willful neglect with lead to our Father, God, dealing with us as with children, consequences in line with our willfulness. Still children, but a little pain to promote gain.
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