Fractal Part in the Narrative: Bones
Wikipedia explains fractal something like this: A fractal is a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set where a repeating pattern can be found at every scale. If the replication is exactly the same at every scale, it is called a self-similar pattern. In Bible the Holy Spirit sets several symbols repeating from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelations in which truth of Core Will is established, without losing its integrity in whichever form the narrative has been reassembled: in its several parts each is true in harmony with the whole. The bone is one such. symbol.
Purpose of the Bible is stated in no uncertain terms so any one who reads and believes in the scriptures may be made perfect, being thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2Ti.3: 16-17).
The role of the Holy Spirit is in revealing the Invisible God in concrete images. Jesus Christ as the image of the Invisible God for instance. Recalling the verse from the epistle to Timothy quoted above what do we understand by the term perfection? Perfection is an abstract term which is made clearer by giving it a concrete image. The Spirit shows man can achieve this perfection only through Christ and his sacrifice.
Reading the Bible with understanding means letting the Spirit of God throw light on any passage in question. Firstly we need know what is the Will of God towards man.
Will of God covers both heavens and the earth. Core Will is a term to denote the divine Will in totality. Thus the Holy Spirit portrays the core ideas in two sets. One set holds Jesus Christ as a person and Son of God; the other has the Will of God, the Father and the Word. In the fullness of time God the Son was manifested and Jesus termed himself as Son of man. Historically we can place it from scriptural references at a time the Imperial Rome was at its peak. ‘When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king (Mt.2:1) It ran on earth time. Also relevant here is that his advent was predicted by no less a prophet than Moses. ‘The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee…(De.18:10) He also is qualified as the lamb slain before the foundations..’ Holy Spirit with so many references to him establishes as Son of God who was with the Father. Yet Jesus born of Virgin Mary has a finite time frame. Ministry of the Son of man lasted some three and half years. Significant is the verse: ‘For all things concerning me have an end (Lk. 22:37)’ How does the Holy Spirit present God the Son with full force before us? It is by reconciling them,- the Person and Deity of Jesus in one.
What is God’s Will? ‘Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.'(Mt.18:14) Jesus’ ministry was to fulfill it.
He Similarly reconciles Time frame of God and Son of man with time frame we live our earthly lives. Our salvation is determined in our belief in the Son and it has a time and place. St. Paul was on his way to Damascus when Jesus met him( Ac.93-4). Each of us must account for both time and place. The Holy Spirit commands,’ Now is the day of salvation’ This is left open for every one of us. Coming back to the topic God the Spirit reconciles both time frames so will of God is ever present and the moment you act on it you have met the condition of divine Will. That is ‘now’.
We also see how the Holy Spirit conveys divine Thought in such a manner that a snapshot in one is given a detailed treatment elsewhere. Let us examine how Eve was created. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept.(Ge.2:21). The Holy Spirit predicts the death of Jesus from the outset.
What is the significance of Adam’s words on waking up from his sleep? ‘Bone of my bones’ (Ge.2:23) is more than any literal reference to his rib. It is the Word. The vision of dry bones is another that renders the power of the Holy Spirit to quicken each of us and the Word is necessary for abundant living.
Let us now examine Jesus on the cross. As the custom was the soldiers broke the legs of the two on the cross but when they came to Jesus they found that he was dead already, ’…They brake not his legs: (Jn.19: 32-33)’ It also fulfilled the Scripture, ’A bone of him shall not be broken (vs.36). This refers to a prophecy in the Book of Psalms (Ps.34: 20)’Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever (He.13:8). God’s word stands sure and his righteousness shall not be gainsaid. (Is.45: 23) Not a word of his shall be broken and re-set for another foundation.
When we connect bone as a symbol to the living word, the comparison holds true considering that bone is a living tissue. Bone as a biomaterial is light as well as strong. So are words of our mouth. Words spoken in jest or anger can be held against us (Mt.5: 22).’A soft answer turneth away wrath…(Pr.15: 1)’. Think of the manner bone provides structural support for heart, lungs and marrow and protects internal organs. No less vital role the word of God does in building up a child of God. (Ps.119: 9)
Coming back to the creation of the first woman is a symbol for the Bride of Christ. We only need compare the descent of New Jerusalem from above(Re.21:1-3). The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to reconcile narrative accounts from God the Father and the son. God does it so as veil over the mysteries so only those who are ready to sell all as in the Parable of the goodly pearl can possess Truth.