Ed attempts to attack Father, but with a simple gesture, the Homunculus leader closes off alchemy once again and, bidding his guests farewell, conjures a miniature sun in the palm of his hand with which to strike down his piteous foes. However, he suddenly senses that something is amiss; Hohenheim speaks up, revealing that his countermeasure came into effect as soon as the Homunculus swallowed God. Van explains that he has had untold decades with which to devise a plan of attack and had sent several souls out of his body and into the ground at several locations around the countryside in preparation for this day, asking them to help the people of Amestris and defeat Father when the time came. Father scoffs at Hohenheim's plan, commenting that he may have provided points, but that there is no circle large enough to connect and activate them. However, Hohenheim replies that there is indeed a circle - an extremely powerful one that would activate on its own. As the massive, circular shadow of the moon - cast by the eclipsed sun - shifts across the surface of the Earth, the five locations to which Van had been traveling burn with light from the deposited souls, activating the umbral Transmutation Circle.
Pride scoffs at Greed's lack of proper decorum in associating himself with the inferior humans, but Ed mocks Pride's willingness to obey Father without giving any thought to himself even though that same Father hasn't so much as batted an eye at his eldest son being torn apart in his presence. Incensed, Pride thrusts his shadowy limbs into Edward's wounds, declaring that he will replace his own crumbling shell with the body of one who, like his own father, is of Van Hohenheim's blood. However, within the Homunculus' own being, the soul of Solf J. Kimblee speaks up out of the screaming tempest of anguished animus, declaring that Pride cannot be allowed to take Edward's body. Pride expresses his disbelief that Kimblee would be able to hold on to his individuality inside the vortex of souls and demands to know why he would interfere now, but Kimblee responds that the chorus of screams is like music to his ears and that his interference is due to the fact that Pride, who speaks of \"honor as a Homunculus,\" abandoned his convictions and honor to flee from death into the body of a human - that being which he has always considered inferior - and has therefore lost himself the Crimson Lotus' respect.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling-- if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan under our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord-- for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
Martha said to Jesus, \"Lord, if you had been here, my brother, Lazarus, would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.\" Jesus said to her, \"Your brother will rise again.\" Martha said to him, \"I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.\" Jesus said to her, \"I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this\" She said to him, \"Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.\"
Jesus said, \"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.\" Thomas said to him, \"Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way\" Jesus said to him, \"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.\"
And as if we really needed to catch what He is saying it is repeated in Isa 2:19 and Isa 2:21! The splendor of His majesty. What a great book title that would be. But what does it mean We don't say splendid that often and when we do it sounds a bit old fashioned or formal. And splendor is just plain missing in our everyday language.
It is almost impossible for us today to hear these words without thinking of Christmas. (There is nothing wrong with that, but I wonder if we would learn still more if we could somehow think of theses words for a while separate from Christmas hymns, narrations, and Christmas pageants.)
I love the description in Isaiah 11:10. The Messiah would be a banner for the people. Their covering, their protector. The nations will rally to Him. This has yet happen in all its fullness, but we see the spread of Christianity to thousands of people groups around the globe and its ever spreading nature as partial fulfillment of this promise.
If you were going to the Scriptures to build a Biblical defense for the fact that God was indeed Creator, where would you turn Certainly anyone who knows their Bible student head straight to the first few chapters of Genesis (Ge 1:1ff). Others would remember parts of many Psalms (Ps 33:6, Ps 33:9, Ps 148:5, et al) which poetically celebrate God as Creator. And, some would go to Colossians and Hebrews and refer to Christ being the present at creation and the sustainer of all things.
We know that this indeed was a statement about the Messiah, the Christ, Jesus. I don't know that I would have focused much on the fact that He was One who would seek and speed. I get the justice and righteousness, but His role is seeking and speeding.
If these leaders had known their law and had been seeking to obey God they would have known that the Law warned them against the tendency of the flesh. Deut 17:16, The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the Lord has told you, \"You are not to go back that way again.\"
What should have been their legacy Maybe something more like this. Blessed are you who have known My Law and followed My directions. Blessed are you for NOT seeking to strengthen yourself as the world would do. Blessed are you who seek after Me, who rely on My Spirit, who trust in My Word, who wait for My lovingkindness to provide what you need.
This effort is worthless, just as the physical object is worthless. Those who would promote idol worship are caught up in their own blindness. The end (the object) is that it profits nothing. The one who crafts such an object will come to shame. They will be humbled.
But when this corruptible will have put on incorruption, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: \"Death is swallowed up in victory.\"2_Corinthians 2:7so that on the contrary you should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his excessive sorrow.2_Corinthians 5:4For indeed we who are in this tent do groan, being burdened; not that we desire to be unclothed, but that we desire to be clothed, that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.2_Peter 2:22But it has happened to them according to the true proverb, \"The dog turns to his own vomit again,\" and \"the sow that has washed to wallowing in the mire.\"2_Samuel 17:16Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, 'Don't lodge this night at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people who are with him.'\"2_Samuel 20:12Amasa lay wallowing in his blood in the midst of the highway. When the man saw that all the people stood still, he carried Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a garment over him, when he saw that everyone who came by him stood still.2_Samuel 20:19I am among those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel. You seek to destroy a city and a mother in Israel. Why will you swallow up the inheritance of the LORD\"2_Samuel 20:20Joab answered, \"Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.Amos 8:4Hear this, you who desire to swallow up the needy, and cause the poor of the land to fail,Deuteronomy 11:6and what he did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben; how the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and every living thing that followed them, in the midst of all Israel:Ecclesiastes 10:12The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but a fool is swallowed by his own lips.Epistle_of_Jeremiah 6:22Upon their bodies and heads sit bats, swallows, and birds, and the cats also.Exodus 7:12For they each cast down their rods, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.Exodus 15:12You stretched out your right hand. The earth swallowed them.Ezekiel 16:6When I passed by you, and saw you wallowing in your blood, I said to you, [Though you are] in your blood, live; yes, I said to you, [Though you are] in your blood, live.Ezekiel 16:22In all your abominations and your prostitution you have not remembered the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, and were wallowing in your blood.Ezekiel 27:30and shall cause their voice to be heard over you, and shall cry bitterly, and shall cast up dust on their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes:Ezekiel 36:3therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord the LORD: Because, even because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that you might be a possession to the residue of the nations, and you are taken up in the lips of talkers, and the evil report of the people;Genesis 41:7The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy and full ears. Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.Genesis 41:24The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads of grain. I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.\"Habakkuk 1:13You who have purer eyes than to see evil, and who cannot look on perversity, why do you tolerate those who deal treacherously, and keep silent when the wicked swallows up the man who is more righteous than he,Hebrews 11:29By faith, they passed through the Red Sea as on dry land. When the Egyptians tried to do so, they were swallowed up.Hosea 8:7For they sow the wind, and they will reap the whirlwind. He has no standing grain. The stalk will yield no head. If it does yield, strangers will swallow it up.Hosea 8:8Israel is swallowed up. Now they are among the nations like a worthless thing.Isaiah 25:8He has swallowed up death forever! The Lord the LORD will wipe away tears from off all faces. He will take the reproach of his people away from off all the earth, for the LORD has spoken it.Isaiah 28:7They also reel with wine, and stagger with strong drink. The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink. They are swallowed up by wine. They stagger with strong drink. They err in vision. They stumble in judgment.Isaiah 38:14I chattered like a swallow or a crane. I moaned like a dove. My eyes weaken looking upward. Lord, I am oppressed. Be my security.\"Isaiah 49:19\"For, as for your waste and your desolate places, and your land that has been destroyed, surely now you shall be too small for the inhabitants, and those who swallowed you up shall be far away.Jeremiah 6:26Daughter of my people, clothe yourself with sackcloth, and wallow in ashes! Mourn, as for an only son, most bitter lamentation; for the destroyer shall suddenly come on us.Jeremiah 8:7Yes, the stork in the sky knows her appointed times; and the turtledove and the swallow and the crane observe the time of their coming; but my people don't know the LORD's law.Jeremiah 25:34Wail, you shepherds, and cry; and wallow [in ashes], you principal of the flock; for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are fully come, and you shall fall like a goodly vessel.Jeremiah 48:26Make him drunken; for he magnified himself against the LORD: and Moab shall wallow in his vomit, and he also shall be in derision.Jeremiah 51:34Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon has devoured me, he has crushed me, he has made me an empty vessel, he has, like a monster, swallowed me up, he has filled his maw with my delicacies; he has cast me out.Jeremiah 51:44I will execute judgment on Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he has swallowed up; and the nations shall not flow any more to him: yes, the wall of Babylon shall fall.Job 7:19How long will you not look away from me, nor leave me alone until I swallow down my spittleJob 20:15He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again. God will cast them out of his belly.Job 20:18That for which he labored he shall restore, and shall not swallow it down. According to the substance that he has gotten, he shall not rejoice.Job 37:20Shall it be told him that I would speak Or should a man wish that he were swallowed upJonah 1:17the LORD prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.Lamentations 2:2The Lord has swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and has not pitied: He has thrown down in his wrath the strongholds of the daughter of Judah; He has brought them down to the ground; he has profaned the kingdom and its princes.Lamentations 2:5The Lord is become as an enemy, he has swallowed up Israel; He has swallowed up all her palaces, he has destroyed his strongholds; He has multiplied in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.Lamentations 2:16All your enemies have opened their mouth wide against you; They hiss and gnash the teeth; they say, We have swallowed her up; Certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.Mark 9:20They brought him to him, and when he saw him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground, wallowing and foaming at the mouth.Matthew 23:24You blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel!Numbers 16:30But if the LORD make a new thing, and the ground open its mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain to them, and they go down alive into Sheol; then you shall understand that these men have despised the LORD.\"Numbers 16:32and the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who appertained to Korah, and all their goods.Numbers 16:34All Israel that were around them fled at the cry of them; for they said, \"Lest the earth swallow us up!\"Numbers 26:10and the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died; what time the fire devoured two hundred fifty men, and they became a sign.Obadiah 1:16For as you have drunk on my holy mountain, so will all the nations drink continually. Yes, they will drink, swallow down, and will be as though they had not been.Proverbs 1:12let's swallow them up alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down into the pit.Proverbs 21:20There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man swallows it up.Proverbs 26:2Like a fluttering sparrow, like a darting swallow, so the undeserved curse doesn't come to rest.Psalms 21:9You will make them as a fiery furnace in the time of your anger. the LORD will swallow them up in his wrath. The fire shall devour them.Psalms 35:25Don't let them say in their heart, \"Aha! That's the way we want it!\" Don't let them say, \"We have swallowed him up!\"Psalms 56:1Be merciful to me, God, for man wants to swallow me up. All day long, he attacks and oppresses me.Psalms 56:2My enemies want to swallow me up all day long, for they are many who fight proudly against me.Psalms 69:15Don't let the flood waters overwhelm me, neither let the deep swallow me up. Don't let the pit shut its mouth on me.Psalms 84:3Yes, the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young, near your altars, the LORD of Armies, my King, and my God.Psalms 106:17The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram.Psalms 124:3then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their wrath was kindled against us;Revelation 12:16The earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon spewed out of his mouth. 59ce067264