WFT- archetype

04 July 2010

The Merriam-Webster Word of the Day for March 16th was archetype [AHR-kih-type].

the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies : prototype; also : a perfect example

This is the etymological information they provided on the word:

"Archetype" derives via Latin from the Greek adjective "archetypos" ("archetypal"), formed from the verb "archein" ("to begin" or "to rule") and the noun "typos" ("type"). ("Archein" also gave us the prefix "arch-," meaning "principal" or "extreme" and used to form such words as "archenemy," "archduke," and "archconservative.") "Archetype" has specific uses in the fields of philosophy and psychology. The ancient Greek philosopher Plato, for example, believed that all things have ideal forms (aka archetypes) of which real things are merely shadows or copies. And in the psychology of C. G. Jung, "archetype" refers to an inherited idea or mode of thought that is present in the unconscious of the individual. In everyday prose, however, "archetype" is most commonly used to mean "a perfect example of something."

To "rule a type"?  How about "to rule the whole universe!?"

Messiah Yeshua uniquely fits that role.

All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. - John 1:3

[Messiah is] far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. - Ephesians 1:21

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  - Colossians 1:16-17

and in Him [Messiah] you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; - Colossians 2:10

The tabernacle that Moshe made was a type [a picture] of the tabernacle in heaven (Hebrews 8:5).  The tabernacle pictures Messiah.  He is the archetype that was copied to make the earthly tabernacle possible.  John 1:14 tells us that "the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us...".  The Greek word skenoo in that verse means to have one's tent... to tabernacle or dwell.

The sacrifices that G-d commanded in the Torah are types of the heavenly sacrifices.  They picture Messiah.  He is the archetype that was copied to make those sacrifices have meaning.

Torah observance

For Messianics Messiah Yeshua is also the archetype for Torah observance.

Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. - Philippians 2:8

Torah observance is humbling.  To submit your will and do things that, at times you may not want to do, is incredibly humbling.  It is also incredibly rewarding.  It brings forth a measure of discipline that is often lacking in today's world.  It is glorifying to G-d that we choose to submit our lives to Him.

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.- 1 Timothy 1:17


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