In our celebration of the Apostles' Fast and the
Apostles' Feast, we find that our fathers the apostles
were of so many types. Each of the apostles was of a
type: Peter was different that Thomas and both were
different from John the beloved. And in reality these
types were not only different among the apostles but
among all the characters of the Holy Bible, not only
that but they are in the human society surroundings.
Because not all people in the world have the same
psychology or the same mind.
Therefore, God did not specify a single road that
leads to His Kingdom, but there are many roads, and
they all must be good roads.
So among the apostles we find Peter the eagerly,
who when asking the Lord a question rushes himself
into answering it. And we find Mathew who was
originally a chief tax collector and Thomas who
doubts everything by nature. Then they were joined
by Saul of Tarsus (St. Paul the apostle) who at the
beginning of his life was prosecuting the church then
after believing became one of its big defenders and
he has served the church in strength and spread…
This variability can also be found in the story of
the birth of Jesus and the visit of Virgin Mary to
Elizabeth. We see that the pure Virgin, Elizabeth the
married and pregnant, Zachariah the priest and their
son John the Baptist who was filled with the Holy
Spirit from his mother's belly. And they all are saints
and members. And in the same story we find Joseph
the carpenter, Samaan the Elder and Hannah the
widow the prophet and they are all saints.
And on the mountain of the Transfiguration, we
find with the Lord Christ Moses and Elijah and they
were of different types too: Elijah is an example of a
man living on the mountain and Moses is an example
of a man living in the city and of service. Elijah
represents violence where he killed the priests of the
Baal. And said to the two captains of fifties let fire
come down from heaven and consume you and your
fifty men… Elijah represents virginity and Moses
represents marriage… And although both are of
different types, they were accepted before God and
So no one may say that Moses is right and Elijah
is wrong, if he likes meekness more!! If you like
meekness then praise him but do not say that he who
is not meek is not walking through God's road
because everyone has his nature and style.
Women who followed Christ were of different
types. There was Mary the servant, the mother of St.
Mark the apostle whose home was the first church.
Among those women, there was also Mary
Madeline from whom he got out seven devils.
And we find one of the relatives of the ruling
house: the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward.
We also find Mary and Martha: Mary represents
the life of meditation and Martha represents the life of
service and both were accepted before God.
And across history we find other various types,
varying in education, age, raising and nature. For
example from the point of view of education: we find
Athanasious the man of Theology, the well known,
the twentieth of the Popes of Alexandria. Also Paul
the apostle, the educated the well known of reading
many books. We also find Luke the doctor and
Arsanious the tutor of the kings' sons. And side by
side with all these people we find a group of the
apostles the fishermen about whom the bible said
that they are the foolish things that put shame on the
And from the point of view of raising we find
Deborah the judge (Jg 4,5), and Ruth who used to
collect from the sides of the field what the harvesters
And from the point of view of age we find David
the lad, Mark the youth and Samaan the elder and
God chose all of them and assigned them services.
And from the point of view of repentance, we find
a number of repentants, each with a story that varies
from the other: Augustine's story varies from that of
Moses the black and they both vary from the
repentance story of St. Mary the Coptic.
And we find, among repentants, that some spent
many years in sin until they repented. And some were
taken away by the grace at once. And some reached
repentance after a long struggle. And some did not
know until the eleventh hour or maybe until a quarter
to the twelfth hour like the right hand side robber.
We notice in all the sins that God accepted that
He knew the weakness of our nature (Ps 103:14).
And know that the nature has become more tending
to the sin ever since the days of our father Adam. And
yet, those sinners who were accepted by God like
Zacchaeus and Moses the black did not continue as
sinners but He lead them to repentance.
As for their sins, He did not reproach them
for them, and He even forgotten it.
And so, He said in Jeremiah's book "For I will
forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no
more" (Jr 31:34). It is a comforting verse for every
human who committed a sin in his life and his
conscience is annoying him because of it.
And about repentance He said (in prophet
Ezekiel's book): "he shall surely live; he shall not die.
None of the transgressions which he has committed
shall be remembered against him" (Ez 18:21, 22).
And says in the psalm "Blessed is he whose
transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not
impute iniquity" (Ps 32:1, 2). And out of St. Paul
admiration of this verse he quoted it in his Epistles to
Romans (Ro 4:7, 8).
All these statements calls for hope and
encourages every person who is facing desperation
that is trying to kill him. God does not only forgive
the sin but also covers the sin and erases it and does
not remember it again… All these are comforting
And from the side of women, He chose Sara the
barren, and choose Leah the baring woman. And from
the side of children He called Samuel the child and
called a child to Him, set him the midst of them and
said: "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are
converted and become as little children, you will by
no means enter the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 18:2, 3).
And we read about a baby who was filled with the
Holy Spirit while he was in his mother's belly, I mean
John the Baptist.
And here we notice in all the samples or types we
First, that God gives a chance to all, so that no
one gets despaired from going to Heaven. And
second, He puts before us many types and each of us
can choose what suits him… So he who loves
meekness has the example of prophet Moses (Nm
12:3). And he who has toughness in his nature has
the example of prophet Elijah.
The most important thing is that God wants to
lead everyone to salvation regardless of their types.
The strange in all what we mentioned is that we
find for example of Rahab the harlot and how the
bible mentioned here in the genealogy (Mt 1:5). God
allowed that to give hope to everyone. Even this
Rahab had that hope.
And you may say: Count me, o Lord, among any of
those. The important thing is that I reach you. Or just
count me as smooth stone in David's sling for you to
hit a target that you want(1 S 17).
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