What is your reference point?
The metric you choose is absolutely critical for achieving a right process.
The Bible provides a good collection of reference points.
Faith? Abraham is your man, along with the rest of the Hebrews 11 tribe. (Please don’t use him as your reference point for marriage or parenting though. Not so hot in those departments.)
The ultimate marriage? A serial entrepreneur married to a man in politics is God’s gold standard for marriage.
Spiritual greatness? Elijah and John the Baptist clearly get the nod here.
Knowing the mind of God? Solomon.
Knowing His heart? Solomon’s father.
Obedience in government? Hezekiah took top honors in all of Scripture.
But not every reference point is that clear in Scripture. When we don’t have a clear starting point, we have to be very careful what we choose.
I have a big issue with the amount of stuff we borrow from Judaism and automatically consider it to be a Biblical reference point. Most of it comes from the culture around the time of Christ because we have so much written material describing that culture.
Take for example the idea of a bar mitzvah or of the Jewish wedding practices that our Christian ceremonies borrow much from. Neither of those are from the God-given Mosaic Law. They are additions to the Law by subsequent cultures.
Does that make them wrong? No, it just makes them suspect as a reference point to build from. To be blunt, the culture of Jesus’ day was massively corrupt. He blasted it in sundry ways. It ultimately put Jesus to death.
So to use something from that culture as a reference point for my pilgrimage needs to be considered carefully. Using something from the Bible is much simpler.
All of that is introduction to the concept of the Mother Fractal.
It began with a discussion of the fractal of five. As you well know, I think the current presentation of the Fivefold Ministry is pretty messed up, but I don’t know what right is. Clearly the Fivefold will eventually be precisely defined, Biblically, not culturally, when we understand the fractal of five.
The only other major list of five I knew of was Lucifer’s five “I will” statements, but I couldn’t get much traction from that one either.
Out of that conundrum came the sense that somewhere in Scripture there has to be a RIGHT list of five that will define all the other fives after it.
Immediately I realized that each numerical fractal has to have its defining list in Scripture. I coined the term, the Mother Fractal, and proceeded to wonder how I would find those lists.
The Holy Spirit replied with a smile: “What is the Mother Fractal of three?”
OF COURSE! It could be none other than the Holy Trinity. We had bumped up against that with the material from the South African team who did the work on the Trinity and the three kinds of tissue, we just didn’t have language for fractals and Mother Fractals back then.
That was an exciting moment. The concept of Mother Fractals was confirmed solidly in my mind. Now I just had to figure out the rule for finding the rest of them!
My assumption is that they would be found early in Scripture, not late. Using that logic, I tossed the Fivefold, assuming it could not be the Mother Fractal for five. Something far earlier in Scripture would eventually define it.
I also rejected the redemptive gifts as the Mother Fractal of seven, although that is how we have been using them for years. Pondering the whole picture, I settled on the seven days of creation as the Mother Fractal for seven.
I have been fascinated with Genesis 1 for years and have frequently joked that I could preach for a year from that one chapter and never exhaust it. It has moved beyond a joke into a point of looking for the opportunity.
Shortly thereafter, I found what I think is the Mother Fractal for two, also in Genesis 1. More about that later.
We are testing a list of five to see if it is the Mother Fractal. So far, the list works, but it is not convincing. Still experimenting.
But for being so new at thinking this way, I am excited about having the Mother Fractal for the numbers two, three and seven nailed down.
Once we have the reference point, it makes all the subsequent research so much faster.
Next up, some thoughts on the the fractal of two and your health.
Copyright August 2012 by Arthur Burk
In the afternoon of a day that began horribly, which the King redeemed marvelously