So – One Little Word

John 3:16 has got to be the verse on which believers are most surefooted about salvation. Exactly how surefooted only appears when one connects its so with as and so in verse 14.

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, John 3:14 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:15

The writer says “For God thus loved…” or “Because (for) this is how God loved…”

So = thus = in this way = like this, (oυτω, HOO-toe). It is an adverb; it modifies a verb, defines the action under the miscoscope. God loved the world like this, in this way.
What way? Like how Moses elevated the serpent in the desert. Fact check on how.

Moses elevated the serpent

  • for a people saved at the Red Sea (Exo 14:13)
  • for a saved people on their way to Canaan (Num. 21:5-9

This is why John can write

  • he who keeps believing (πιστευων, present tense believing)
  • may keep possession of life (εχη, present tense having)

One look does it for snakebite, one confession and one belief (Rom 10:10-11) saves from lostness and condemnation. Jn316 is definitely about saved people looking to Christ for relief, not about people who are believing for the first time, that is, unsaved people. It is a perplexity for those who claim to be in compliance with God’s will while denying that snake-bite happens and while denying that believers need the elevated Christ for maintenence of the gift of life. Without this grace we are hopping back and forth between saved and lost, dead or alive, or we find ourselves making claims that leave nothing to hope for.
What remedy can there possibly be for fatal afflictions other than the Son of Man himself? Christ who started us on our journey by giving his life on the Cross, now lives forever to save us (Heb. 7:25).

Nicodemus, though he sneaked in a nocturnal audience with the Saviour, was a man who needed maintenance salvation. He was a Jewish leader, an unwitting believer, who tried to get answers about how salvation works. This would have been a prime occasion for the Lord Yeshua to drive home the Jewish tradition – covenants and prophets, and kings – but no, he steered Nicodemus smack into believe and keep your life.

It is amazing how one little word – so, oυτω – hidden from view by careless translators and commentators, comes to the light up this layer of our great salvation.

This journeying layer of salvation often gets, regrettably, attached to things, virtues and non-virtues, but John 3:16 connects God’s love for the pilgrim with a one-on-one with the Elevated Saviour.

Again he convinces us that our need – to have a good journey in the new life – is met fully in His Inimitable Majesty Yeshua Elevated Son of Man.

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Sacred Superpower Shenanigans Shredded

I know I am not alone wondering what to make of the likelihood that the religious world is being ravaged with lies in a similar fashion to what we are seeing in the political sphere. I suppose that many of us have actually confirmed the phenomena of truth being a well-worn lie and of minors taking over the roles of majors but we do not know what to do with our discoveries.

Certainty and corrosion

How many times have you seen a cart leading a horse? It happens often. Let us establish the reality of well-worn lies and what are some of the minors that have become majors, and that there are carts pulling horses.

  1. To be sure that no one can complain that God is being arbitrary or robotic because he organizes every era of human existence under various covenants.
  2. Nothing moves into the realms of the Messianic kingdom without repentance. A change of mind is essential.
  3. Pride of property, family and place is not divine justice: all humans sin
  4. Death is not life elsewhere: there is no life in Gehenna or Hades.
  5. God made flora, fauna and humans with seed: immortal ones in creation do not exist.
  6. If the whole of man is commandment-keeping we know what departure from the faith looks like.
  7. All messengers or gatekeepers are by comparison to the Good Shepherd thieves and robbers.
  8. Compare the picture of every nation becoming a kingdom priests, peculiar and higher than the rest with spiritual and truthful worship in places other than Jerusalem and in no particular place.

The 45th president in your church

Stories of truly great things morph into incredible folklore and junk.  Instead of shiny truths we end up with corroded materials: justice at the cross loses to condemnation at Sinai. “I accept Jesus as personal saviour” replaces “Jesus is lord” so that there is no tension between Christ and Caesar.  Still, Caesar does not bow to Christ and we know that Christ is Caesar’s maker and has Caesar on a leash.

Making sure of a working salvation

Before recommending a strategy let us ensure what our motives are. We go to church to participate in four graces: prayer, apostolic doctrine, sharing meals, and fellowship.

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42

This is reflected (fellowship assumed) also in Peter’s conclusion in the welfare discrimination case:

But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. Acts 6:4

Whose prayer pattern, whose doctrine dominates? Every organized church has a focus that is adrift from the once-delivered faith. Just look at the names of the denominations. The faith of Jesus Christ needs no revision or amendment (sorry all you religious revolutionaries, American patriots and reformers, you should have learned to read and practiced believing the report). Reform movements began with the Pharisee attempt to turn Gentiles into Jews (Acts 15) and revivals are always a quixotic response to (seemingly threatening) current events. They eventually show that they are not tethered to the gospel. They paper over the walls of salvation by repeating the lies, the fables, and unsubstantiated allegations about life and death, many of which are inherited fron the Jewish tradition.

Bible Club Bible Comfort

There is more talk about “God” than testimony about Yeshua yet we know so little about God without Yeshua’s face. There is a concerted effort to bash people with the Bible rather than offer them the great news there is of God’s love and what he has provided for humanity.

Of course people can say they see strings connecting Christ to every prophet, exorcist, and magician. They can accept every hook, line, and sinker as appropriate. They can ally themselves with every merchant, landowner, and legislator, but Christ is not only separate from sinners (humans) he is higher than the heavens.

They can turn the new covenant into the old, turn justice-pardon into obedience, turn the law into life-giving words. If the regurgitated slogans, childish songs, and maxims omit the grace of the dying lamb they are not worth the time.

So, ask the question. Do not be intimated, especially if you are a young person and female of any age.  Ask everyone – including yourself!!! – who uses the Bible: what does this have to do with the promise, purpose, and progress of the Crucified Christ?

Be sure to make the question the primary filter for your thinking and thereby ensure that what comes out of your mouth is not defiling. Your behaviour will also be approved apart from injunction and prohibition. Do this and you will shred the powers of the deceiver. The sacred superpowers – churches, states and prostitution rings – cannot stand real change, neither do they appreciate the consistency of Christ.

Braves Boot the Bullies

Do not keep saying “Amen”

CHRIST OUR PASCHAL LAMB

If we needed evidence of the estrangement of Christianity from its roots we need look no further than the seminal intervention and memorial of both Judaism and the Way; the Passover.  There is no need to probe the Law vs Grace red herring, the moral abyss invented by deluded perfectionists, or the hypocrisy of commandment-keepers.   We are not expecting a resurgence of Judaism, nor do we feel obliged to give up Messianic revelation because there are roots reaching back to Israelite history.  Every so often the Passover falls on the day Christians have christened as Good Friday and this year the setting of Good Friday a month away from Passover is a stark exposure of Christian negligence and avoidance of the public truth, namely that  Christ died as the primary act in salvation history and the Gospel.  The season is still being called Easter and passed off as commemorative of Yeshua’s resurrection. Despite the fact that there is no biblical call for celebrating the Lord’s resurrection, we omit the reason for the season, the sacrifice of the Lamb, and the vast majority of Christians stumbles on in the dark about Christ our Paschal Lamb.

The prevalence of “Easter” as a name for the seminal event in Christ’s saving mission is the result of a poor translation of a single word in the 17th century King James version, and the negligence of succeeding generations. Instead of translating pascha as Passover, because the Greek term comes from the Hebrew pesach, they gave us  “Easter” in hopes of connecting the Sacred festival with the secular festival that comes around at the same time of year. Easter is really a pagan practice that is connected with early Babylonian rituals which appear also in the Old Testament in Canaanite practices.
Another pervasive example of the King James translators going astray is their destruction of personal names. J and Z replace Y and TS. Yeshua becomes Jesus, Tsiyyon becomes Zion. This is a symptom of cultural insensitivity and scholarly negligence.
What has happened since Paul said “Christ our Passover [Paschal Lamb] is sacrificed for us” and today when we see Passover, the 14th of Nissan, and Good Friday are separated by a month?   We have mistaken the immutable with irrelevance. Since Christ died Passover is no longer a Jewish feast. The Lamb of God is a universal provision. Passover, the day on which our Lord died cannot possibly be on any day beside14th Nisan.
Our estrangement from the recognized foundations of Messianic Revelation has its roots in xenophobia, political allegiances, and religious animosity. Since Abraham is our avowed common ancestor we have some explaining to do about our drifting apart into our clans (religions and denominations). We seem to have ourselves resisted the developments that have defined both Jewish and Christian history.  The transitions from bondage to liberty, from pilgrimage to inheritance, the merging of priesthood and monarchy are all accompanied by covenants and pronounced shifts in divine revelation that require our repentance. Resistance to change can become a millstone around one’s neck.
In this regard it is helpful to note that a change of mind was what the Lord proclaimed as necessary if people wanted access to the kingdom of God. The record shows that Moses, Solomon, or Jeremiah would be shocked to see how their contributions have spiraled out of shape. Peter, Timothy, or 4th century church father would be likewise shocked to see how the glorious Way has been abandoned.
The Passover should remain grounded in the understanding that some things do not change. Passover is essentially a sacrificial monument in which blood is spilled as a means of liberation and identity.   When God ordered the death of the firstborn in Egypt He made provision so that Israelites would not suffer loss. The slaughtered lamb provided the cover a satisfactory substitute for the firstborn in every Israelite home.  It is to accomplish this very thing that Christ is Paschal Lamb.

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: (7) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (8).  1 Corinthians 5:7-8

Try as we might, we cannot undo the fact that there is no resurrection song or litany that has the effect of significance as do the songs of the Cross. There is no resurrection celebration in the Lord’s table.  Easter Sunday does not compare to Passover.  Christ is Saviour by means of death, not by rising from the dead, so let’s put first things first.  This year,  let’s face the holiday with a new sobriety, laying aside the shallow and commercial intoxication of a feel-good Sunday and put our thoughts and trust in Christ our Paschal Lamb.

The Life Hidden in Christ

Life in Christ comes with death and resurrection. Death is past but yet present, because the fullness of life comes later with a permanent and splendiferous transformation. Death is past because we were raised with Christ. Hence Paul writes about us as people who were raised with Christ to help us focus on the source of our life. Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Why?

πεθάνετε γάρ,

For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).

apethanete gar kai he zoe humon kekruptai sun to christo· Col 3:3

Properly, this is not a statement about a condition; it relates something that happened. Paul is saying you died; by which he means that no-one put you to death. We decided to accept Christ’s death. We died when we embraced the promise of life. “Died” is never the last word. Paul joins our death to “and your life” Your LIFE was hidden and remains hidden, with Christ in God. The dying and the hiding stand in contrast. The first is done, the second, begun, continues.

You died your life was hidden and remains hidden.

          O                            O ________________________

It is hidden not because of secrecy or unintelligibility. Our Father is the God of the mysteries unveiled. No sir. He has nothing to hide. If a city set on a hill cannot be hidden then neither can the glory of that city be hidden. Our life is not out of sight; God sees our life as it is both in heaven and on earth. We are in heaven WITH CHRIST now, He is WITH us here on earth, as He says, “Lo, I am with you unto the end of the age”. I have died, and I was raised to be with CHRIST! It is not for secrecy that he hides us! He hides us for our security and for secure communications.

The tokens of the hidden life do not always make sense to the observer. They are unusable by the outsider, just as the beeps and squawks on a debit or credit card reader as it communicates with your bank are unintelligible, even though you know it is saying “hi bank, can you process a 14.95 debit on the account of Mrs Fillup At-the-Pump. Please confirm that you receive this message and that Mrs Fillup At-the-Pump has the money in her account”.

Everyone can  hear those beeps and squawks, but only you and the bank know exactly what is being said. Those transactions are privileged even though they take place in the public arena. This is especially true of prayer since even when our prayer is public there are intercessory unutterable groanings to which no-one is privy. This is how our life is encrypted.

In the following sentence an encryption code is applied which unlocks the meaning, in this case an algorithm that uses the preceding letter of the alphabet, hence J=I.

The transmitted message reads:

J xjmm sjtf gspn uif efbe jo uisff ebzt

The decoded message reads:

I will rise from the dead in three days.

This hidden or unknown element – the algorithm – is the kingdom manifest in the water-born and the Spirit-born person (John 3:3-8).
3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

The encrypted life is perceived; one hears the sound of it. The voice of the hidden life is not imperceptible. The departure station and the destination are not known. The source specifics and the goal details are not disclosed. They are kept undercover, classified, by God.

8  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Everyone that is born of the Spirit BLOWS WHERE HE/SHE WISHES

YOU HEAR THE SOUND of everyone that is born of the Spirit

you do not know where the spirit-born is coming from

you do not know where the spirit-born is going

YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE FATHER IS DOING WITH HIS OFFSPRING

Because of this encryption we ought not sit in judgment over God’s children.

Christ is truly our refuge, a Safe Fold, a Place of Help and Comfort, and a Rock on which to build.

Yes or no; old or new?

More often than not an issue can be resolved with a yea or nay, and in that regard the Lord’s instruction about good communication comes is a fine place to settle our minds. There are two pressures that drive biblical interpretation and application as we seek for answers. The pressures seem to come from a backward look, which is the essential orientation of Christian theology. We look back to the cross and our looking forward is for the happy hope of the swallowing up of death. Looking back also comes in the form of viewing the first things, the things in antiquity, with a view to retrieving past glory. This includes pressures to reconstruct all the types and symbols. Reconnecting with the original is a necessary occupation since, after all, restoration is the rational for divine intervention in every age. However, since no-one has seen the destination, we cannot find an adequate declaration of its character in Scripture either. The goal of global salvation is not to restore Eden. It is the beginning of the new creation. Our response to his offer is a simple yes or no.

Long answers are questionable where a simple yes/no is indicated. Buts, ifs, and maybes often overshoot the question. As Christians we have been oriented to truth. While people pose reasonable questions about Christ’s message and teaching, his salvation needs no question. What question should we be asking the man in the lifeboat before accepting his rescue? Is Yeshua Salvation? Is Torah Instruction?

What about gold, silver, and precious things?

The factors that made the temple in Jerusalem a den of thieves (as far back as Isaiah’s days) instead of a house of prayer have poisoned the proceedings in most churches. At the point – the jubilee -where people should have been about the means to a sustainable livelihood, the priests could be found plotting to acquire property of widows and orphans. The gold and silver, even in the temple, are mere things, though put on a pedestal by the temple authorities, are not to be compared with the life/death of Christ.

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers; 1Pet 1:18, But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1Pet 1:19,

The Christian’s  backward look connects with an eternal platform:

salvation by Lamb’s Blood

Faith opens the door to realities that are beyond human ability, understanding and knowledge.

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FATHER, Missing in the HOOD

One of the strangest titles of the Saviour is everlasting father. Strange, because he is Son. He can be whatever he wants, including dead on our behalf. Father is a Christian power-word. It is how we think of God. It is how we address him. The fatherhood or motherhood of God is however not in question. His names do not reflect fatherhood except as source, but parent is missing from the divine revelation until we come to Christ’s message.

God is not averse to being father to those who have none. In fact, his interest shows that he will take the place of both parents. He pictures himself as mother-(hen).

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. Ps 27:10

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not! Matt 23:37

The God of the Hebrews did not present his relationship to the individuals of the Sons of Israel at Sinai. The seventy elders represented the families. The promises to Abraham included no provision of individual sonship, but the seed promise (Gen. 12:3 , Gen. 22:18 ) holds out adoption possibilities.

As father to the nation he appears in a creative role Isa. 64:8 – father, potter, maker (<- work).

But now, O LORD, thou [art] our father; we [are] the clay, and thou our potter; and we all [are] the work of thy hand. Isa 64:8

As part of the adoption and family arrangements in the New Covenant we do not usually look to the Old Testament for guidance on fatherhood. We certainly want to conform to the image of God in Christ, and that ought to include the Father’s own excellencies, or at least certain ones. But then there are pictures of parental majesty that we can hardly deny.

  1. Of David’s great descendant’s dependence on God: He shall cry unto me, Thou [art] my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Ps 89:26

  2. Of God’s pity to those who revere him: Like as a father pitieth [his] children, [so] the LORD pitieth them that fear him. Ps 103:13

A father of the fatherless,

and a judge of the widows, [is]

God in his holy habitation. Ps 68:5

It is significant that this verse has no verb. There is no intention by the songwriter to bring God’s activity to our attention. This verse is stating what is, not an occurrence. It is a statement of being, not doing.

Light of the world, Son of God, are names. Some modern translations have begun to impose phrases like “he cares for…” on verses like this. Even the following verse, which seems like a narrative, is split. The first half, has two verbs, both of which are participles (shub, turn or return, and yatza, go out or send out) serving as nouns. Hence more names. The one-causing-the-return and the one-causing-the-going-forth.

The second half is also split but between state of affairs and action, telling us who the other side is, and it too uses the same form as the first half. The ones-rebelling live in a dry place.

The weight of abi yetomim and [we]dayyan almanot is that the typical father connotation is missing. This father is connected with the homeless, not wife-child-tribe-nation.

“and” connects fatherhood with judgment and discernment; wedayyan. These need be considered together: father and judge. Moreover, judgment has to be “in favour” since this father aids orphans. “Father and vindicator seems best”.

Is it not like God to leave the usual home joys to pursue his boundless grace with the orphan and the widowed? This is a godly thread that is red with the Passion theme. Perhaps the shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep to bring the one lost sheep to safety comes to mind! It is a godly facet we can embrace in line with the superb kingdom tenet: put others first.

[Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;

in honour preferring one another; Rom 12:10

I charge [thee] before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels,

that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. 1Tim 5:21

The alternative is to face the stiff judgment that Moses recorded for people messing with the welfare of widows and orphans.

And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless. Exod 22:24

Our orphans’-Father and widows’-Vindicator, let your kingdom come!

Happy Father’s Day

Right way this way to death

There is a way that seems right…

Solomon says it twice, leaving the impression that a person ( )îsh, vya!) needs to tread mindfully when choosing a way.  Whether it is the many choices or the high stakes, we can relate to both especially since we have been told that we need to be familiar with all that God has said.  Noticing that bread does not bring back people from the dead, we are on the trail of the life-giving word, knowing full well that it does.  Not everything is what it seems. Gospel alone – blood and Holy Spirit – suffices.

Death is where we start. Right where Adam saw a right way is where we need our life-giving shot. No-one is able to undo Adam’s devastating choice by doing one or a million good things.

Now I know how easy it is to find financial, real estate, interpersonal, and leadership guidance in the sayings of Solomon, but not so easy to find the matters of life for the dead.  No matter what we find in the prophets we have to admit the prophets are not the answer.

If I were a Jew, with the knowledge that the first generation (600, 000) of my people ( bne yisrael the kingdom-to-be ) perished in a desert because they were an unbelieving bunch, I would be ashamed to open my mouth about law and righteousness.  They nor I have a chance of coming back from the dead with the provisions of the Sinai Covenant, nor with anything that does not come from the Prophet of prophets (POP).  I do not mean a prophet among or above others.  This is the prophet that eclipses all thereby creating a new definition, summed up in Son king-priest.  Moses was not sucking when he said “A prophet is coming whom you must heed in all things”.

Now, we do not want to speculate about Adam’s choice, but we do have to reckon with matters of mutual spousal and other interpersonal trust.  Neither do we want to pontificate about absolutes.  Maybe we still looking for the words to keep us alive without finding the words that bring us back from the dead?  We can either be satisfied with bread or we can acknowledge that only the Lord Yeshua has words that cause life.  The grave of condemnation is due to unbelief not misdeeds.  What seems right can only be right or wrong.  We connect with either the old or the new.  In Christ’s direction: faith and life.  Step in the other and you will find Sinai and death.

Let’s talk so we can walk

Golden chats are available!
We have listened to and read a lot of nonsense and blatantly unsubstantiated claims. This can lead to carelessness, attitudes of self-defense, and faceless, factless exchanges. Simple stories get buried in emotional and quizzical fluff. The life of a conversation takes on messianic functions when we laugh together. Conversation are supposed to open doors that let in the wind of life.

Some of the zigs of chatting

Questions are asked about the fluff instead of the facts. How, when, what, who, and where have become troublesome questions in recent times.

What do I know?
We are loathe to say “I do not know” when our ignorance is obvious. A few messy things we can do in a conversation are

  1. reserve the right to the final word (“My opinion is the truth”),
  2. think that questions disturb one’s narrative, and
  3. take the microphone and talk until one (or the other) forgets what one was saying or runs out of ‘story’.

Not my business? Then do not tell me

(What) Do you want me to know? When one asks if one can ask bells go off. Is that necessary. Aren’t opinions of every type waiting to be the fragrance in the room? Ashamed of our opinions, and wanting to put ourselves in the best possible light we opt to tell never-ending stories. We have every right, and our interests lead us to tell the same story over and over again, and it becomes obvious that variations of the story do not change the reason for telling. We are merely repeating how good or bad something is. We do not gravitate towards telling what a jerk we were, all day. Nooo. We end up believing the things we repeat. Let’s just credit God for the highways and the alleys. It’s much better than putting anyone in a bad light (without mentioning a solution).

A Two-way Street

If the story is an answer to a spoken question all the more should the narrator welcome exchange. It takes two. Every two must make space for the third. A popular maxim states that Christ is the silent listener to every conversation. That intersection – the third person – is essential unless we think our contributions are above critique. Information is not merely stuff we flip back and forth: there is purpose for opening our mouths except where the conversation is purely a time-filler, monologue, or performance. How well we listen is an essential component of good conversations. Listening delivers details, which, if not grasped, makes the time spent more like shooting the breeze, because facts are for focusing interests and, dare I say, love.

Facts not Faces

The sun never rises in the west. We do not hear well when we are talking. Neither is there much to a conversation without query. Something always needs clarification. The facts in the narrative may be all that stands between our motives and the health of the conversation. Who cares if we think our experiences are perfect and edifying when we know that failure is the common lot of every individual? Sugar coating our lifestory works for the immature and sinks the user into deeper delusions. Euphemisms are fine for creative writing and diplomatic relations, but keeping our narrative simple does wonders for building understanding, rapport and friendships.

No one has to look very far to tell that our faces eventually become masks when we avoid the facts of life. Our faces turn to bricks because no one sees our eyes in the phone calls and text messages. How we feel is not immaterial. There is a critical space for emotional envelopes in all our exchanges. Got passion? Be genuine.

Turn Taking

Monologues may be informative, empty and shallow, and funny and even shocking and disgusting but they have one thing in common: the speaker gets to listen to himself. When the subject is considered to be all about the speaker there is no need for a listener. Not even God does that.
Droning on, babbling on, rattling on and venting are apt descriptions of the kind of conversations that descend quickly to every thing that comes to mind.
Who is keeping track of the priority?

A confession about why one is a good judge of character turns to an incident where one lady who has little ability in a certain area of social participation exposes her shortcoming and it just happens that her husband is a military man who made millions selling fake meat to the vegetarian community and has a massive tumor in his nose that the doctors say is benign, but bigger tumors exist, like the one seen on vacation in Europe, where the hospitality was way below standards…blah blah blah.

Just try telling the narrator of an account like that the topic was judging character. One is likely to be chided for interrupting or for being impatient.
The best speech is dialogue so we do not need to figure out that religion has divebombed into silly slogans, or why teaching what Jesus taught has become shallow ads for miracles, lectures packed with meaningless tradition, self-aggrandizing stories instead of intelligent conversation.

Elbert E Joseph, PhD
Salt that refuses to be trampled
www.yeshuaspeaks.WordPress.com

All Pass Away

So you want to talk about eternal law and commandments in the heavens. Well let’s. Start with the fact that Jesus said so little about the law that people began to think that he was ending the law, and he was. But not as a smasher of the past. He is most certainly the new and exclusive Speaker. One would have to be still blind, still under the power of darkness, or plain dead to build on the sand of carnal ordinances and tribal customs, to not see that if salvation pricesses are like a relay, then Yeshua has the baton.

Let me first admit that using analogies such as passing the baton/torch, temple processes, or whatever metaphor we choose are usually inadequate to express the truth about Christ. So let it be equally clear that none of the people who preceded Christ in the realm of giving God’s message have passed anything to him, and he is not completing anything that they started. In this particular regard baton-passing fails. Christ has brought into human stream of life something unprecedented and incomparable.

Four terminals help me leap over the snare of hypocrisy.

  1. John the Baptist. End of the law and prophets (priest and king too). Cheap talk
  2. The death of Christ. Ascension and session. Priceless walk
  3. The will of God was done. He gave his life and took it back
  4. The end of the age. Heaven and earth pass away with all those words.

The end of the old is not the start of old.2

When our Lord said all will be fulfilled when heaven and earth pass away we know they all do. Pass away: heavens, earth, Law.

Righteousness is either faked or genuine. One is either doing a Pharisee job or enjoying Yeshua’s cake and wine.

Today is not too late to decide to to stop inventing righteousness and accept God’s.

The Passing of Royal Asses and Bad Dudes

Kings whose passing (maybe only the torch) passes like every Sunday morning are in the majority and they are obviously on the road to destruction list. Most Sunday mornings are distinguished by photo ops and glib soundbytes. Megalomaniacs, dictators, homicidal democrats, lawyers. and spineless business persons are the spread of our choices these days for rulers. That we are deceived by the glitter and the pomp of modern governments and even philanthropic organizations – most of which are rotten to the core – is evidence that the best set of laws and the best location turn out trashy leaders who are worthy of note as Very Bad Dudes who wiped with the flag and turned the joyful song into a war jingle. The flag flutters over a gruesome graveyard. It is not surprising that oppressors think that standing up for the anthem of a country that was this poorly led is something noble.

Like king like people! A history lesson is in order.

King Saul👎 Begging for death.

1 Samuel 31:4. Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.

King David✔
King Solomon the wise👎, in his old age, lost it.

1 Kings 11:4. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

King Rehoboam.👎 A child of a forbidden marriage.

1 Kings 14:31. And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead.

King Abijam.👎 Bad dude.

1 Kings 15:3-4. And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father. Nevertheless for David’s sake did the Lord his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

Asa✔
Jehoshaphat✔👎
Jehoram👎
Ahaziah👎
Joash/Jehoash✔👎

Amaziah👎✔
Azariah/Uzziah👎✔

Jotham👎✔
Ahaz👎

Hezekiah✔

2 Kings 18:3-7.And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did. He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses. And the Lord was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

Manasseh👎. Bad dude. 2 Kings 21:2-6
And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord said, In Jerusalem will I put my name. And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.

Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the Lord. 2 Kings 21:16
A very bad dude!

Amon👎
Josiah ✔
Jehoahaz👎
Jehoiakim👎

Would you stand up for the anthem of a country that was this poorly led? The Zionists named their country after a kingdom that did not have a single good king. The United States of who and under what god? Do we stand for Israel’s Constitution? Bad Dudes, royal or otherwise, do not find any redemption in the Bible; they will find it in Christ.

What is your claim to fame?

What is your claim to fame? Fame is in our lifespan but it eludes us when we try to make our profile based on our performance. Let’s use Abraham as the template for a person who got up and left and became famous. Where exactly does our fame come from? I hope we are willing to admit whether or not we have left everything to follow the Lord?
The things you commit and omit?
Those shall-nots are not promises.
They are a witness against your rebellion and uncircumcision.

It is a good thing that we have the record of 2 souls out of .6 million believing. The rest thought that Moses and Yahweh were full of it.

How probable is it that one’s food and drink… (Hebrews 9:10) are kingdom business Romans 14:17? How much evidence do we need that our tables are covered with regurgitated and excreted matter Isaiah 28:8

True church?
Chosen race?
Head not tail? Higher than all?

Worse than farm animals?
Unabashed wanton prostitute?

The cross is the final verdict against unbelief; God reveals his righteousness apart from the law.

Family matters?
Why demoralize our children and delude ourselves with a obedient life then claim that salvation is that same obedience?

Elbert E Joseph, PhD
Salt that refuses to be trampled
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