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The Original Lockin

Photo of ''Noah's Ark'' by Edward Hicks.

”Noah’s Ark” by Edward Hicks. Taken from [http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~aaronson/zoo.html]. Since Hicks died in 1849, copyright has expired.

year 600 , month 2, day 17
year 601, month 2, day 27
time lapse year 1, month 0, day 10

A year and ten days. Noah and his close family – 8 persons in all – were locked in for a year and ten days. They couldn’t go to the grocery store, or walk in their back yard, or call a friend to talk. There were no on-line church services or computer games.

A year and ten days with his family in a football field sized shoe box full of smelly animals.

This is tedious for me to write but worth while. My right wrist was broken late on Sunday last week, and I am typing with my left hand, Biblical method, “seek and ye shall find”.

I really miss having both hands. Actually all my normal activities, most of which I would have wonderfully enjoyed during this necessary time in seclusion, can not be performed with one hand. Stitching leather, finishing the trim in my living and dinning rooms, playing group computer games, even taking a shower, need two hands. Try washing your left elbow without using your right hand. Take some creativity, or a helpful wife struggling not to laugh.

There was a time, long ago when humankind was just beginning, that another man and his family were locked in and isolated from all their friends and relatives.

Calculation of timeline creation to the great flood.

Calculation of timeline creation to the great flood. Added up years from scripture and compared to Table taken from Alfred Edersheim “Old Testament Bible History” page 12, checked with the Tanakh and KJV Bible.

Up to that point in history, the timeline looks like this. Godly young men were marrying worldly young women, and their children were learning to be worldly, not godly, so the knowledge of God and with it the line of faith would be extinguished in just one more generation.

Gen 6: 2  the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Everyone became worldly and corrupt. There was only one family left to carry the line of faith, that of Noah, son of Lamech and grandson of Methuselah.

Gen 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; 24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

We have Internet but they did not. We know after this present inconvenient time has passed that most of our friends and relatives, indeed our lives, will pick up where they left off. But when Noah entered the huge wood box he built in obedience to God’s instructions he knew he would never again enjoy the company of all his friends and neighbors – he was to start over with nothing but his family and God. And the memories. Dear God, the memories. Friends from 600 years of living, who just couldn’t believe Noah when he told them water was going to fall from the sky – it always squirted up out of the ground. In 1,650 years no one had ever encountered water falling from the sky. And when God closed the door all Noah could do is try not to hear their pleading to please let them into the ark: “My wife, Abigail, Noah, she’s dead -she drowned. Please neighbor, please we believe you please let us in.” And the sounds of them pounding on the door, the screams, the sobs inside and outside the ark, the desperate scraping of their fingernails on the door, and then nothing but the rain. All Noah could do was sit in a corner with his face to the wall and plead with God to save them.

This is not a trial we have now, this is a minor inconvenience.

Gen 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen. 6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: 10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; 12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.

13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: 14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried. 15 And God spake unto Noah, saying, 16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

year 600 , month 2, day 17
year 601, month 2, day 27
time lapse year 1, month 0, day 10

A year and ten days. Noah and his close family – 8 persons in all – were locked in for a year and ten days. They couldn’t go to the grocery store, or walk in their back yard, or call a friend to talk. There were no on-line church services or computer games.

A year and ten days with his family in a football field sized shoe box full of smelly animals. Everything he had built over 600 years was gone. All his friends and extended family were gone.

Gen 9: 20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken;

Who could blame Noah?

Folks, all we need to do is stay away from people for a month or so, and things will be right back to normal. Let’s use this time profitably – there is work locally right now for those who want it. There are plenty of options to keep us busy, from praying for the sick and our first responders, to cooking on the grill at home, to watching funny cat videos. This really is not so bad. It’s a vacation.

Staying inside until the end of April doesn’t look so bad now. We can do this.

 


Dangerous consequences of the Cold War

Scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus shown was isolated from a patient in the U.S. Credit: NIAID-RML. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

I suppose we could call it the Chinese Cold Virus, or maybe the Cold War of 2020. Our “social distancing” quarantine The Great Wall of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 cold virus is a modified cold virus that escaped laboratories in China apparently through bats (see COVID-19 Emergence) sold in a “wet” meat market near the research facility. The Chinese Cold Virus has spread globally into what is globally accepted to be a pandemic.

Diagram of COVID-19

Diagram of COVID-19, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_COVID-19

We are presently battling this virus in what could honestly be referred to as a Cold War, and the stakes are life or death for the elders and those among us with weak immune systems. Reliable information is updated daily at 10:00AM EDT on the official US government Center for Disease Control web site at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and in Indiana on the official Indiana State Department of Health web site at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/.

Inherent in this global effort to slow the spread of the disease so that all infected can receive life saving health care are many voluntary suspensions of individual liberty that are clearly not within the constitutionally granted powers of government, but with which we as sovereign individual citizens voluntarily choose to comply in the interest of the well being of ourselves and our communities. The danger is that these voluntary deprivations of individual liberty could become government expectations, rather than temporary voluntary individual accommodations of government requests.

The following article summary is from an Electronic Frontier Foundation article by MATTHEW GUARIGLIA and ADAM SCHWARTZ MARCH 10, 2020 and can be read at https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/protecting-civil-liberties-during-public-health-crisis and worth a read. Importantly it lists some of the civil rights violations being used to slow spread of the disease and restrictions that must be placed upon those civil rights violations to prevent them from becoming permanent.

Special efforts by public health agencies to combat the spread of COVID-19 are warranted. In the digital world as in the physical world, public policy must reflect a balance between collective good and civil liberties in order to protect the health and safety of our society from communicable disease outbreaks. It is important, however, that any extraordinary measures used to manage a specific crisis must not become permanent fixtures in the landscape of government intrusions into daily life. There is historical precedent for life-saving programs such as these, and their intrusions on digital liberties, to outlive their urgency.

Thus, any data collection and digital monitoring of potential carriers of COVID-19 should take into consideration and commit to these principles:

The article concludes:

EFF has long advocated against digital surveillance by government and corporations of our movements, health, and personal relationships, and against big data systems that can turn our lives into open books. Such data processing often invades our privacy, deters our free speech and association, and disparately burdens racial minorities. Some use of big data may now be warranted as public health officials work to contain COVID-19. But it must be medically necessary, as determined by public health experts; any new processing of personal data must be proportionate to the actual need; people must not be scrutinized because of their nationality or other demographic factors; and any new government powers must expire when the disease is contained.

The same procedures being used to track and slow spread of this disease could be used for less noble purposes. You can read the full article here: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/protecting-civil-liberties-during-public-health-crisis.