2018-04-13 Pretentious


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Dear Brothers and Sisters in IAUA (ee-ah-oo-ah) our Father,

Greetings on this day of preparation for the weekly Sabbath. I pray this newsletter finds you in good health and happy in the service of IAUA. This is day 26 of month 1 of the Biblical Calendar in the estimated year 6022 Anno Mundi.

The Spring Sabbaths finish with Pentecost in four weeks and four days, day 6 of month 3 (Tuesday, May 22of the 2018, Gregorian Calendar, at sunset Monday, May 21).

On God's Calendar the Biblical month begins on the global day after lunar conjunction. The Biblical year begins with God's New Year's Day (Passover) after the spring equinox (Spring Passover Rule). The Millerite Calendar (Spring New Moon Rule) is a month late in the Gregorian 2018 year. The Calculated Rabbinical Calendar will be two days early in spring and one day early in fall.

My wife and I had a bit of a disagreement because she did not appreciate some Messianic music I was listening to by Joshua Aaron, an Israeli musician. He uses many Masoretic Hebrew words and phrases, which she does not appreciate. We were discussing this and other issues related to people practicing pretentious actions in their presentations.

Many Jewish believers, Messianics, and Jewish wannabes make a point of including many Jewish words in what they say and write. You have seen this in some reader responses I have included in past blogs. I find this a bit pretentious and distasteful when taken beyond a reasonable point. I have mentioned this in other blog posts.

I am not bothered by an Israeli musician using some Masoretic Hebrew, which is his native language. I do not consider this necessarily pretentious at all. An English speaking person writing in English but inserting Masoretic Hebrew words as replacements for English words is pretentious, in my opinion.

Now, do not misunderstand. I often use some Biblical Hebrew words. However, these are usually proper names, which should never be translated. There are a few mostly universal words that come from Biblical Hebrew that I often pronounce using my best understanding of the original Biblical Hebrew. Some of these are Alleluia and Amen. I do not consider this pretentious but an attempt to be Biblically accurate.

It is also necessary to make a distinction between ordinary communication and a specific word study or discussion of Hebrew. There would be many Hebrew words used in this case. This is not the same as routine communication.

My wife and I discussed some other things we have observed that come dangerously close to being pretentious or truly are pretentious. Using words found in the dictionary that are widely used at a university but are obscure to the average person is pretentious. Sometimes these words are not even found in the typical dictionary. Sometimes these words are not even pronounced or used correctly! This is most distasteful in a sermon where it is assumed you are trying to follow the example of our humble Savior.

My wife also brought up the many people and sermons where there is a significant use of Hebrew and Greek words. Often times I consider their use reasonable when they are attempting to be helpful with Biblical understanding because of English translation difficulties. However, sometimes there is far too much use in one sermon to be considered reasonable.

Sometimes you see an example of someone who makes excessive gestures or uses exotic body movements in their presentation. This was mentioned in the previous blog because of its hypnotic effect but it is also pretentious.

Are you simple, honest, and humble in your example of a follower of our Savior?

I pray we may all continue to seek love, peace, and unity in truth preparing for the soon coming of IAUShUO (ee-ah-oo-shoo-oh) Messiah, the Son of God.

Frank T. Clark

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Revised 2018-04-13