Two Interpretation Epiphany’s

Wherever there’s a fight against the blood and hatred in the air, Look for me ma’, I’ll be there.” (Rage Against the Machine – Ghost of Tom Joad)

Compared to…

“‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’” (Matt 25:40)

It dawned on me after listening to RATM and working out what Jesus was saying the parable of the sheep and the goats. It seems to me Jesus is saying in the helping of the downtrodden ‘he is there’ (or what you did you did it to him). It’s like the Rage line – not that when oppression or suffering are happening that Zack de la Rocha is actually there – but he does the same thing and he supports those causes. Likewise in the sheep and the goats – when you help someone that is in the same conditions, that Rage preach about constantly (poor and broken), you’re helping Jesus because that is what he would do (and did) in the same scenario.

 But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money” (Matt 25:18)

This hit me this morning. The dude with the one talent in the story just hid it and did nothing with it – and was severely reprimanded in the story (cast out even). What went wrong? Selfishness. You see he took what he was good at it and decided to do nothing for those around him at all, in fact he had one talent when some have none, and he’d rather just keep it than help anyone around him. He seen problems and issues in his community and decided that with his ‘gift’ he would use it to move himself forward and not help.

It dawned on me because I was thinking about how charities work and how some people (including myself) have a lot of stuff but do nothing to help others (or not enough I feel). Instead, we keep our talents to ourselves and make a good life for ourselves (which is a good thing in and of itself) but we don’t bless others with what we know and how we got there (or what we have). And that’s like being given a gift and hiding it away – for only yourself to use.

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3 thoughts on “Two Interpretation Epiphany’s

  1. RATM is actually quoting Steinbeck here. Ghost of Tom Joad right?

    Great song, great author, great band! Just love the levels of theology in each of these artists. And connecting them to the Gospels?! Well done sir. Well done!

  2. I guess RATM is using the idea of Steinbeck (Tom Joad) and relating it to a feeling they have for the poor – and I am relating that to Jesus. All in all, the sentiments are the same in idea.

  3. And Steinbeck used a TON of Biblical images (one of his books was entitled “East of Eden”) but far more literary minded peeps had written massive amounts about that. but you’re in the same vein! all are using different names for the same thing (just as I’m using a Deathcab reference to say so… there is nothing new under the sun.. wait! that’s the bible too! ack! i’ve read the writing on the wall and must stop… ack! still bible!)

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