Skovoroda, Hryhorii (Gregory)  1722 12 03  – 1794 09 11

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..studied quite a long time in Kiev, between 1734 – 53 – first music and finally theology..  After his dismissal from the college he abandoned any hope of securing a regular position and spent the rest of his life wandering about eastern Ukraine, particularly Slobodska Ukraine. Material support from friends enabled him to devote himself to reflection and writing. Most of his works were dedicated to his friends and circulated among them in manuscript copies..

Jesus spoke in parables in the three so-called synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – sometimes he really seems to think aloud:

Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God?” – Mark.4:30

But in the Gospel of John, he sort of abandoned the “liken-unto” kind of talk, and start to express “being” more frequently. He does not say “I am likened unto a wine”, but he says:

I am ..the wine” – John 15: 1

This kind of mysterious transitions between what something or someone is compared to, and what something or someone is, one may find examples of also in the Song of Solomon:

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” – Song of Solomon 2:1

 

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(Picture below:)  Lovisa with her grandmother in the kitchen in our Christian community in the Maranatha Church in Stockholm, Sweden, where also I live. She is one of the children that are homeschooled by her parents. For this reason the parents must pay fines.

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According to the new swedish school-law (since 2010), the way to make an application for homeschooling is made so narrow, that it is almost impossible to get permission. Homeschooling families have left Sweden for this reason, and have moved to neighbouring Finland and other countries.

In our Church the homeschooling families have so far stayed within the borders of the Country, and are wrestling with the common day-to-day issues, and also with the problems that the new laws are creating.

When believers in our Church first started out with homeschooling in 1977, the laws were very good, because they did encourage rather than discourage the couples who wanted to home school their children. Since then has taken place – during a number of opposite political majorities in the swedish Parliament –  an altogether strange change for the worse.

 

What do the parents who are homeschooling their children in our Church teach them, so that the swedish authorities found it plausible to punish them ?

– To read the Bible and to believe in Jesus Christ, and to be able to speak and write in swedish, among other subjects.

Home-school ban in Sweden forces families to mull leaving (The Washington Times , July 2010)

HSLDA International  (where bad news from Sweden are not very rare)

Black parents are homeschooling their children to avoid racism (Quartz, April 2015)

Samhället förföljer hemundervisande familjer (in swedish Nov. 2014))

“And the angel answered and said unto the women: ‘Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said’…”  

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A “way out” is something  you may dream about. Not so few people have done so. One who did this was probably Bob Dylan, which is expressed through one of his songs.

The text is not hard to find on the web:

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“..said the joker to the thief”

“..Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.”

 

Whatever thoughts that are behind these lines , I am first of all interested in one question: What did Dylan experience when he saw such fame and success in the 60 ‘ s ? Was it a feeling of being used for purposes that he couldn’t control ? Is this something that is expressed in the above quoted  “All along the Watchtower” ? (An early version, only sound, no pictures – here)

Later versions of this song, also performed by Dylan, which may be found on YouTube, sometimes give you a resigned impression. As if “the businessmen” took home the game. As if there is no idea to sing the song any longer…  (Listen: from 1994 – here, from 2014 – here)