Gospel of Thomas - Chapter 019

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Saying 17

(17) Jesus said, "I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind."

What is the mystery of the face of a clock? The nature of a mystery is that the mystery must be visible, but not seen, or audible yet not heard.

In the metaphor of the body:

head - authority
ears - "sheep hear his voice" being drawn without understanding
eyes - understanding
hands = work
shoulder - purpose of the work
foot/walk - life
thigh - will

Men who were deaf, blind and lame were made to hear, see and walk.

In the context of the riddle, the mystery, though right in front of them, was not seen, nor was anyone curious about it because they did not even recognize it as a mystery.

Usually the eyes, ears and feet are clustered because we hear the Father, see the Son and the Holy Ghost gives life. Because eyes and ears are clustered with hands, the riddle is speaking about men in the flesh. There is a Christian dualism as taught by Paul and Jesus. As an individual I am both a sheep and a goat. the sheep represents the spiritual side, and the goat represents the flesh, or instinctive side. The kingdom of God was never seen, nor heard, and no hand was used to make it. Carnal man never considered the spiritual things.

Jesus opened their eyes to the spiritual realities. It is said that the Ninevites did not know their right hand from their left. Think about goats on the left and sheep on the right hand of Christ.... the Ninevites did not discern flesh from spirit. Paul taught that we had an old man and a new man.

The meaning is simply he is revealing the mystery which has been hidden in plain site... giving them the keys to the kingdom.

Having said that... in Hebrew hieroglyphics, the blank page represents God, since we are not permitted to make a graven image. The yod י represents something like the Big Bang. It is like the first thought that God had to create. Every other letter is drawn by starting with a yod. Every word is made up of letters and everything which was created was created by God speaking words. Symbolically we interpret that everything that was created came from the mind of God.

Each letter represents a massive metaphor of about 1/28 of everything in existence. As two letters join, they form a sub-root which is a metaphor for the intersection and combination of the two letters. Add another letter and you get a Hebrew root word which is the intersection and combination of all three letters. Longer words are built the same way.

Though there are 22 proper letters, there are 28 hieroglyphic letters. There are 5 final forms that are the same sound as the five associated proper letters, but their shape changes when found at the end of a word. And there is one letter that is never used in creating words, it is never pronounced.

Everything that can be seen, heard, or thought of is contained in the 28 hieroglyphics. By the way, there are four voices of God (prophet, priest, king and judge) and the number 7 represents completeness. 4x7 = 28. The complete revelation of God is contained in the 28 glyphs.

But the meaning of all 2-letter subroots are not known. This means that there is a lot of stuff that God has said, made and thought of that we aren't aware of yet. And should we get cocky and think we can discover them, there is one letter which is never used to make words, which indicates that totally half of what God knows is beyond our reach to even comprehend.

The 28th symbol is a four-legged shin. It looks like a W with four legs. The prophets could get a glimpse of its metaphor, but were forbidden to speak of it. The misunderstanding of it is the antithesis of all other revelation which when appropriated by the carnal mind creates all evil. The meaning of the symbol itself is not evil but presents too great of a temptation for the carnal mind to resist. Misunderstanding it is the origin of original sin, the Pandora Box myth, etc. But the symbol itself is the origin of the folklore of the unspeakable name of God. The word Yahweh has been used as a substitute for the unspeakable name, But there is no admonition against saying it. The 28th symbol is unspeakable because it is not used to make any words.

Jewish tradition says that when Messiah returns he will reveal the meaning of all the unknown sub-roots. The Christian equivalent is that Jesus did reveal the mystery. And through his revelation the metaphor for each letter is known, including that of the 28th letter. And new words can be formed which express ideas which have never been thought or spoken by men.

1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1Co 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
1Co 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

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