An Article by Doug Esse
The following is from an email exchange between a friend steeped in the Law of One, and myself. Here is a short dialog:
In my Morning Offering this morning, I read Romans 12:19 where Jesus says:
“19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] says the Lord.
Could you tell me why Jesus seems to be referring to the Old Testament, wrath-filled, Orion Yahweh?
I hope all goes well with you.
Love & Light,
Good morning, my brother in Christ. Here is my response to your question.
First, Romans is Paul’s letter to the Roman community. These weren’t Jesus’ words.
Secondly, Paul was Jewish (as was Jesus). Neither Paul nor Jesus ever thought they were starting a new religion, their great desire was to reform Judaism. Furthermore, Paul had a deep spiritual awakening which, to my mind, opened him up to basically fourth-density living and loving. With his little communities scattered around (Roman community, Corinth community, to the Galatians, the Colossians, the Ephesians, the Philippians etc), he was setting up fourth-density type of groups that would act as leaven for the great society, raising societal vibrations and even planetary vibrations. Paul was an adept, for sure.
Two things to take into account with Paul is that he, like all Jews, didn’t know that there were two Yahwehs, the Confederation Yahweh and the Orion Yahweh.
So, very naturally, he refers to his own sacred scriptures which as we know are a mixture of Orion and Confederation influences… sometimes within the same few verses! Now…. please read the whole of Romans 12 and you’ll see a greater context from which this passage that you selected emerged.
Yes, Paul seems to be quoting an Orion-type perspective of the Creator, but in reality, he is actually talking about the cosmic law of karma, albeit from a 1st century Jewish third-density perspective. He is writing to his small community in Rome in response to some discord within that community. He is showing them how to live from the heart as opposed to the lower-chakra triad that is endemic of Earth’s third density. See how this is true:
A Living Sacrifice
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Humble Service in the Body of Christ
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Paul, in effect, is saying,
“Don’t live from an eye for an eye (read: revenge) ethos. Let karma take care of your enemies, not you. Instead… you should feed your enemy and love him into transformation (burning coals on his head). Great love transforms and transformed people transform people. But negative energy, if it is transmitted and not transformed, begets more negativity.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. said something very similar. Check out King’s incredible letter from a Birmingham jail. The theme is loving your enemies. You can see how the ethos that Jesus and Paul instilled has borne incredible fruit. What would give him the ability to write these words in the midst of being persecuted? Only heart activation and his real experience of living in love with the Creator and with his other selves:
“To our most bitter opponents we say: ‘We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We shall meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will, and we shall continue to love you. We cannot in all good conscience obey your unjust laws, because noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. Throw us in jail, and we shall still love you. Bomb our homes and threaten our children, and we shall still love you. Send your hooded perpetrators of violence into our community at the midnight hour and beat us and leave us half dead, and we shall still love you. But be ye assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer. One day we shall win freedom, but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.’“
— Martin Luther King, Jr., Loving Your Enemies