Solved by Walking…
While the initial idea was to consider all the scriptural references to Michael,
the General Epistle of Jude promised to be problematic.
It is the first and only scriptural text to refer to Michael
as an Archangel and is important for that reason,
but that aside, for a long time, there seemed little else to commend it,
apart that is for an apparent obscurity.
The quotation in full runs thus:
‘Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil,
he disputed about the body of Moses,
dared not bring against him a railing accusation,
but said, “The Lord rebukes you!”
A couple of things present themselves…
Firstly, ‘contending’ may not necessarily be ‘warring’ so
that the devil here accords more readily with the ‘Old Dispensation’
notion of Satan as accuser or prosecutor in a court of Law,
a disputant, as it were, in a legal confontation.
From such a notion, presumably, springs
the age old tradition of playing, ‘Devil’s advocate’.
And secondly, Michael, albeit, a mighty Archangel
relies exclusively upon ‘The Lord’s’ power in order to ‘win the day’.
We are here, it seems, a far cry from the, ‘war in heaven’ of Revelation,
and perhaps a little closer to the Hebraic conception of a more orderly
and seemingly purposeful expulsion from the heavenly realms by God.
But why should the body of Moses be key?
The body here could be symbolic of the earth realm,
and as such would be the point at issue in any sought after transformation.
The Old Dispensation relied soley on purification
and a raising of the earthly body through initiation.
This process was symbolised by a new, clean raiment.
The New Dispensation appears to have ‘upped the ante’,
by insisting upon a ‘World Apocalypse’,
which eventually results in The New Jerusalem…
And nobody has ever seen that!