Verified by Blood

A covenant reminder can be a refreshing exercise.  When we revel in the New Covenant we are not to be charged with inventing some new fad. The Lord himself introduces it distinct fashion. The partaking of bread and wine in memory of our Lord’s death resurrection should be held in strict reverence. The covenant in his blood is the only candidate for the progress of the people of God. Jeremiah’s new covenant prediction can only be realized (a) with the shedding of efficacious blood, and (b) the terms of the covenant cannot include anything from the testimony (Jeremiah. 31:31-34).

For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jer 31:34
not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. Jer 31:32;

The homogeneity between the Sinai Covenant and the covenant of grace may be something more than a childish delusion, a refusal to grow up. It comes from ground that wants to take credit for the rain and the farmer’s work. It comes from a mind that wants to sit on the fence. When our Lord cautioned about loving God or Mammon, the elephants in the room were Himself and the rest of the world. His disciple could not embrace both Moses and the God who had appeared in human flesh. The difference is stark. The difference is demands and death through unbelief versus grace and life through faith.
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On top of this, bread and wine, the very staples of Palestinian life, are the signs of the Lord’s mediation as priest-king.  Our life in Christ is sustained, dynamically, by High-priestly generosity, the milk and honey of our times in fellowship with the Father. These proverbial queens of baby food give way to the blood that pays our debt and is our life.

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) Gen 14:18;

Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest,
one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, Heb 8:1;

Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost
those who draw near to God through him,
since he always lives to make intercession for them. Heb 7:25;

Fact or Fiction

The songbook of the Hebrews remains popular for the history, geography, insights into God’s work in the world. Its authority rests on the interpretation especially of deeds narrated as distinct from established facts. “The Lord is my light” is a fact we rely on. Both God’s activities and outcomes are unmistakeably stamped with insight. Paul reminds us that even the visible creation reveals God’s invisible godhead. On the other hand, “The Lord will hear from heaven” is likely to happen, and “The Lord brought them out of Egypt” is not likely to happen. These actions are therefore not enduring truth.

The purpose of Scripture is not to retread the call of Abram, the bondage in a foreign land, the exodus, the journey to Canaan, the servitude to Canaanite powers, the monarchy, exile, and return. Christ brought the full significance of God’s interest in the human race. John says that the early witness saw the glory of the Father in the incarnate Word (John 1:14)

The message of Yeshua deserves a new kind of attention because only he can tell of heavenly things. The prophets were never there, neither were the wise and prudent of all the ages.

At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Matt 11:25

He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. John 3:31

If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? John 3:12 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. John 3:13

The difference between the messengers who came before Christ and Christ is not a trifle. The message cannot be the same as those messengers’. Christ alone has the words on which we can build secure lives. The importance of the very words of Christ is indicated by possessive pronouns, not mere [personal pronouns (my, your, their, his, her, our). Possessive pronouns (mostly hidden by poor translations) are more like adjectives that transform “the word of me” into “the my word”, ton logon mou into ton emon logon, signifying his peculiar words and not someone else’s. The stakes are inestimable.

It can be demonstrated that all the problems with practice and discussion arise from the distractions that draw attention away from the new covenant. Most Christians are speeding headlong along the same trajectory as the Greeks, who spent their intellectual capital hunting for new concepts. The Jews of New Testament times were dead set against anything new, as if they had been told that the customs of their patriarchs and the covenant of Sinai was going to last forever. It was as if they did not know that a new and different arrangement had touched down and official Judaism was not going to be its chief spokesman and that the new was not going to be a copy of the old.

For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, John 8:31

Abuse Happens Here

Isaiah 56:6-8 records a prediction of Gentile participation in Israelite worship. The passage tells of foreigners joining the Lord and gives an explicit picture of that participation. I suppose that many will be saying “Not so fast” because we have seen the cessation of the tabernacle services during the Babylonian exile (586-516 BC) and again in AD 70 to the present time.

A crucial issue that we can address is that “the Lord” is not applicable to Messiah. He called the one and only house of prayer – the Jerusalem Temple where he had put his name – a den of thieves and robbers.

The temple was the only place acceptable for offering sacrifices and that fact was verified by the Chronicles episode where the temple was filled with the glory of the Lord at Solomon’s dedication of the house. Further to that, our Lord also called the temple in Jerusalem a desolate house. People joining YHWH since AD 70 have had no place to offer sacrifices.

And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.

This prophecy lists the specific:

  1. burnt offerings
  2. sacrifices
  3. my altar
  4. my house
  5. a house for all people

Abuse accompanies every movement that tries to magnify minors, like law and prophets. The Lutherans, Arians, Baptists, and Anabaptists, and the whole army of Christ deserting `ists should be up in Jerusalem now burning animals and eating their flesh for fellowship with God.

For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John… Matthew 11:13

From dead festival to living faith

The lessons that spring from the announcement of the ancient festivals are typically instructions about what to do and when. Naturally, there are prohibitions in the mix. Surprisingly, the following show up and if they did not give the Israelite near complete confidence and comfort they certainly do today over two thousand years later.

The following three instructions show how YHWH intended to focus the Israelite mind on personal responsibility for the neighbour’s welfare.

  • 1. Proactive kindness to the poor: reaping, Leviticus 23:22

And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the Lord your God.

  • 2. Proactive kindness to the poor: bringing food
  • 3. Seven days of fire offerings, aromatic (incense or great smell) for yhwh and the nutrition for the priesthood

The lessons that spring from the announcement off the festivals are typically instructions about what to do and when. Naturally, there are prohibitions in the mix like Leviticus 23:25, “You shall not do any ordinary work, and you shall present a food offering to the Lord”.

Surprises include:
Food offerings for YHWH. Leviticus 23:36

For seven days you shall present food offerings to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall hold a holy convocation and present a food offering to the Lord. It is a solemn assembly; you shall not do any ordinary work.

Bread with yeast, Leviticus 23:17

You shall bring from your dwelling places two loaves of bread to be waved, made of two tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour, and they shall be baked with leaven, as firstfruits to the Lord.

As evidence of the symptomatic refusal to shift into warp speed we have the doctrine of God-creator dominating both Jewish and Christian practice instead of the saving and providing God in both temporal and spiritual matters.

Pentecost (Shabuot) is our season of shift. It stands in contrast to Leviticus 2:11

No grain offering that you bring to the Lord shall be made with leaven, for you shall burn no leaven nor any honey as a food offering to the Lord.

Even so, leavened bread, in the feast of Pentecost, seems to properly identify us along with our Saviour-God (as the unblemished life). God accepts us with his Son.

Leviticus 23:17

You shall bring from your dwelling places two loaves of bread to be waved, made of two tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour, and they shall be baked with leaven, as firstfruits to the Lord.

Life and death: straight priorities 2

Why such controversy about law?

The Law of God is the Law of Moses. To pretend that God’s Law is written in everybody’s national law is a convenient fable. The repeating annual cycle of guilt (in Israelite religion) proves that Law is neither deterrent nor detergent. The law is only mentioned as kingdom material by destructive forces. There is no life in the law just as there are no worshippers of God in Jerusalem per se. True worshippers are everywhere. If life and death were truly the priorities no one would spend penny on the law. It is a smoke screen that barely hides the self-righteous pretensions of resistant and rebellious generations.

Annual Cycle of Guilt

By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation. Hebrews 9:8-10

No one in antiquity received the Holy Spirit because they corrected their way with reference to the Law. That is an absurdity from Psalm 119:1, 9 that Paul thought did not deserve an hour of his time, namely, that the undefiled are keepers of the law and need the law to cleanse their way. This does not pass the smell test.

Loving childish things

A child’s priority is not growing up. The law had nothing to do with our receipt of righteousness. Righteousness comes courtesy of the Son of God direct from the Father. There were people who wanted to equate the Way announced by Isaiah and John with the covenants and practices with which they had been familiar.

The age of minority ends and ushers in violence

The church rejected any such conflation. The followers of the Way and the Jewish leadership had the evidence that Christ was not Moses and the prophets. By no stretch of the imagination could they bring the two together. It is no wonder that the charges against Yeshua and his followers were capital offences. There was no way to reconcile what Yeshua taught and brought and what Moses and his followers taught. John said the tree was ready for chopping down, not because scholars, elders, and ruling priests were misinterpreting the text, but because the kingdom had arrived. The era of global ignorance (of God’s eternal plan) and the era of God looking the other way was over. Yeshua did not even try to reconcile his message with Jewish practice: not on holy days, not on neighbourliness, not on ablutions, not on defilement, and definitely not on the means of eternal life.

One of them had to back off. Neither religious movement, biblical scholar, nor 21st century charismatic, can change these facts.

Christ a sin minister?

The law’s function in defining our sin and showing how bad sin do nothing to save us. People seem convinced nevertheless that a holy and moral life is the absence of sin or at least the attempt at perfect obedience to the law. Christian and Jews have better evidence. How ungrateful can one become!

If sin is human lawlessness ( anomia ανομια) then should not righteousness be human compliance with law?

Not so fast Mr Lover Commandment-faker! The death required to redeem the lost is not achieved via personal provision. The life of the redeemed is not reckoned via debt. One cannot accept the gift of salvation and then claim to have contributed to the gift. Genuine gifts have no cost to us and no strings. We provide nothing that helps pay for or goes towards recognizing the cost of our salvation.

And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, Romans 4:5

Law and faith personified

Since faith that brings life can be said to “arrive” we say with certainty that Law entered.

This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. Galatians 3:17

Added means it was not was on the table and no one had it for dinner until the angels set it up.

Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary. Galatians 3:19

If faith did not arrive then the temple would still have some claim on providing purification . If faith did not arrive then the saints of old who died would be still sleeping, not knowing that their share in the gift of immortality had been confirmed.

The temple services finished

And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. Matthew 27:51

The Resurrection of the faithful confirmed

The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. Matthew 27:52-53

Covenant and life

The law is a covenant set in place by angels (Acts 7:53) and it neither perfected nor matured anything. This fact makes Psalm 119 look like devilish creativity.

(for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. Hebrews 7:19

All the primary parts of the covenant, command, decree, and judgment – mitzvah, choq, mishpat – had no part in the offer of life. Christ was not on the cross dying on the cross because the law said so. They also have no part in the condemnation of the race. The promise of life in the leather coats donation (Gen. 3:21) predates and overrides the lock out (Gen. 3:24), and the promise to Abraham of all families blessed in the Seed predates and overrides the condemnation that the law magnifies. The law is neither a sample or example of great education. It is a document of condemnation and a witness against the people gathered at Sinai and their descendants.

The law’s goodness

The law itself is good, holy and just, but far from perfect. If it were its perfection did not reach the people of God and its job was done as designed.

[The temple/tabernacle] (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, Hebrews 9:9

God was not with them as he had planned. Faith that arrives and saves is a person whose arrival changes everything. Note here too that the law did not come to force through Christ but through angels. There is no comparison. Just a delusion.

Creatures or God

No created thing should think about itself as a functional element in salvation hence the saviour is the God-man to make it effective.

There are no half-lost people. There are no Gentiles becoming Jews by believing in Christ. There are no Jews who can inherit eternal life by following Moses (except to abandon him by turning wholeheartedly to the prophet they were told to expect Deuteronomy 18:15ff). God did not come seeking the lost to reclaim Eden, Sinai or Mosaic Judaism. He came with heaven’s prior and most primitive majesty, the Word of God himself, our life, our food and drink. There is no law that gives life or maintains life.

Sorry Israel 2.0! Death and life are God matters. They are not Moses’. The resistance and misguided zeal of the Christian chasing down a foolish dream gets turned around when God grants the courage to discard tradition. We can understand Jewish people wanting to hang on to Moses (not that they should). Christians trying to be commandment-keepers and the people of God (in the way that Israel was) do not even deserve a minute of our time. The sneaky attempt by Jewish converts to kill the freedom Christ brought is what Paul aptly called another gospel. Their priorities were topsy-turvy.

The right to become and be named God’s children can only come from following Moses where Moses turns the keys over to Yeshua. The people who preferred to hear Moses rather than God all died in the desert as unbelievers. Their heart was where their treasure was. Their minds were not ready. Even when we are invited, as was Peter and his peers, we face the risk of being practically on the side of the opposition. Playing devil’s advocate is not a game that can end with delight.

But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man. Mark 8:33

Go America, back to ye good ole days

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It is also quite obvious that the American public is programmed to believe that the Revolution was won by force of arms and that it can only be maintained by force of arms.

There are a lot of people in public life who expect respect and even I homage from the resident population (by virtue off their office) and they have not earned a farthing of admiration with a television (ratings and taking points) reality vision of a revived state. Good luck with that.

The big deal for the wannabes and half-baked scholars, wolves dressed up like sheep, and thieves and robbers pretending to be good shepherds is that many trusted and authorized persons have displayed an abjectly wanting appreciation for the bedrock of Judaism, Christianity, and the America genius. Diversity and justice do not bend in the wind: they channel the wind in the direction of love and mercy.

It is quite clear that potusbigotusgloatus is a puppet of the darkness most people know they need to flee.

What the American people have to endure!😭

More Bannon-Miller-vomit

Respect for wingnuts and kooks? A cup of cold water is due when needed, but respect? No.
Go America, back to ye good ole days. Murder and mayhem!

Matthew 23:32-35

Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.

Tree of life Community: seared into our memory

One week ago a familiar phenomenon burst onto the consciousness of – we hope – millions of people in North America. Unspeakable violence, of the type that shakes us up like an earthquake shakes a mountain and spew us out like lava rocks, disrupted the lives of innocent people. Suffering gives us insight into and reason to hope for release and comfort. Things whispered in the dark have come to light. Hate and bigotry are out in the open. The murder of 11 Jewish congregants and the wounding of many others while they devoted themselves to their spiritual calling reminds us.
All of the people in the world who see themselves as having an interest in a civic society know what they need to do. It is either apathy or get a new attitude. Loving our neighbour cannot be legislated. We have learned that the moronic violence of armed guards in places of worship that the US president thinks would have saved lives has already is neither new attitude nor apathy.
We must remember this hateful act against the believing community and hold our conviction that we will not waste our heart resources on patriotism, nationalism, bigotry, xenophobia, and violence.
Our gratitude to God for the Tree of Life congregants continues. The dignity of divinity has shone through survivors. They and the fallen loved ones had already made their mark on American conscious with their pursuit of neighbourly love. The memory of Pittsburgh is unequivocal: the Tree of Live congregants are by every standard people people every community needs. Love and participation in society still speaks loudly.
When the Jewish people suffer because of who they are we all suffer. When the African family suffers – even insults by government officials – we all suffer. The family of believers (all people who trust and pursue the Supreme Being) know that the sacredness of a riverside worship needs no more armed protection than Israel needed when she departed Egypt or when the walls of Jericho fell without “a shot being fired”.  We need to be protected from our forgetful selves.  How we get past the profanation this violence represents is critical.
I pray that the One who led my parents to introduce me to the literature that Tree of Life members hold as most precious will help us to go to my places of worship with a fresh awareness of our vulnerability. People who have the highest ideals in their hearts will be the target of the malevolent spirit that has deceived and oppressed the poor.

Let us be very sure in this life of God’s regard for the living and the dead and his plan to do His good and generous pleasure. May we be ready to embrace the gifts, the fresh and the familiar, from his treasures.

In sacred memory of the Tree of Life Synagogue
8:08 AM 2018-11-03

Faith in the laughing God

Some talk about faith is pure games. Christ is not a problem as long as he follows Moses. In fact people expect God to deny himself so that their ways can be treated as the best thing since the walls of Jericho fell. Our prayers are mostly selfish wishes -what else could they be? – if they are not about getting our neighbours to be like us and enjoy the same things we do..

When we talk about faith we sometimes drill the propaganda that has been there all along:

  1. what God wants us to do
  2. How we fix our failures
  3. What is our destiny

New ground

Faith in God stretches our neat packages of maxims, fables, and commands, so that a child can see the difference. Believing in God is expected to break new ground and affect those things we are incapable of changing. Ending the terror of death would be a nice starting point. God invests in giving our diseased minds one shot on this account.

One sign to believe

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you. But he answered them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. Matthew 12:38-41

So the next time faith comes up in a discussion comparing faiths it is good to remember that Christian faith is a matter of life and death and calls for imagination. The rulers of the earth have imagined a vain thing. They want to have a kingdom without a king. They want peace based on tough rules. Show me a child who has become a model citizen who was shaped by us-them policy, law and order and pretense and I will show you a lost cause. I will show you a laughing matter.

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us. He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Psalm 2:1-4

Verse and command syndrome

Translations can help communicators as well as muck things up. People with large audiences who post verses need to show the proper care.

Every place where we think we see some action we turn it into a command. We love being told what to do so we turn up every rock hoping to say we have applied the message.

1 Peter 5:7 does not tell us to
“cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you”.

Peter’s command is humble yourselves.

Casting all our anxieties… is the context in which we need to stay humble.

1 Peter 5:7 gets posted as a verse (which it is!) when in effect it is a mother isolated from its baby. In context

1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting (having thrown once for all) all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

We can see how easily people fall for glitter. The apostle calls for continued humility in accordance with the fact that we have already thrown all our anxieties on the Saviour.

The throwing actiion is easily illustrated because the word for throw/cast appears in one other place: the Lord’s donkey ride into Zion.

Greek New Testament

ERRIPTO – I throw on

To be sure, verses seem necessary, but verses are not always complete thoughts. Verse by verse comments amount to little understanding if one ignores the clear sentence breaks in the Holy Books.

I hope this verse had not tripped you up into a thinking a commandment-keeping response was in order. If it had that is a concern you can happily lay on the Saviour

Let’s have a myth dump-ling

 

Myth dump[ling] A

When Yeshua says “Keep commandments, he means subject yourself to the law.

Since the only way to please God is faith and the law does not belong with faith pride in the law of God is a dark cave.

But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them”. Galatians 3:12

This cannot fit under any rug.

Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, Galatians 3:23-25

From prison to liberty

Saying that the guardian law is only ceremonial (irrelevant food and drink and festivals) is an inconvenient cover for the condemning prohibitions of the covenant.

God’s righteousness does not come with  ties to the law. The law and the prophets affirm this fact.

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— Romans 3:21

Spit that dumpling out

The Rights We Give Up

Cannabis has been in the news with an innovative edge. The government of Canada has legislated that cannabis be available without penalty for recreational use by adults. This is a landmark move. The United States had arbitrarily put a plant on the list of banned substances and created decades of misery and oppression. Thousands of people have criminal records for using a plant that God designed for human happiness. Thousands have led productive and sustainable lives with both casual and regular use over those same decades. In an age when governments are forced to accede to popular propositions cannabis is now approved for medical and recreational use in many jurisdictions. While the US is mired in its bigoted federal opposition to a handful of states’ decriminalization Canada is set to break ground with federal legislation rolling out across the dominion in October 2018. The health concerns and plans to criminalize pot use have gone to ridiculous lengths to create a cash cow for governments and seek for a foothold to maliciously intimidate users.

God’s pot never needed a politician or a doctor

I will celebrate the non-criminal use of pot but not without a resolute SCREW YOU to the police, medical experts, and the religious bigots who think they have found respectively an excuse to intimidate innocent citizens with functional (not impairment or intoxication) roadside tests and extreme criminal penalties (hah!), a reason to prevent young people from abusing the plant (what produce or product have people not abused with government happily watching?), and a sin against God (for using one of his designated plants).

Medical professionals had 5 decades at least to be proactive and productive instead of joining with the biased police operative turned MP and floating a wide range of alarmist suppositions.

Religious people have been turning over the keys of spirituality to government with destructive effect in nearly every case. We have seen government taking over the lead on matters that have been the subject of divine revelation, and Christians especially will sell the shop for a few handouts of temporary fixes from the government, as if they can forget that every government will singe every religious backside in its drive to be supreme).

People know:

(the police are the last people we want with their finger on our well-being, they have not prevented the slide into violence-soaked neighbourhoods and members of the medical profession  have sold themselves to serve the golden calf of public safety)

  • Canada’s legal pot is not a recognition of 5 decades of despicable drug policy copied from the stiffnecked US. Where is the apology for terrorizing pot users?
  • Canada’s legal pot just happens to be a cop-inspired recognition of safety. (do NOT laugh)
  • Canada’s legal pot is a slap in God’s face. Cannabis sativa is not a human invention.
  • Canada’s legal pot delivery is a disgusting patchwork of White Anglo-Saxon bigotry.

I am sorry to say a demon may not have inspired the Canadian decrim law but the forces of evil and atheism seem to have a firm grip on the pot market and people-control factors.

There is too much sleight of hand and distraction in this national policy. I am not a fan of these modern Merlins

Thanks to the Right Hon. Justin Trudeau, PM of Canada

Grow Happiness! It is the right thing to do.

Out to the front

Put out your remix series
try to reach me
With divisions and revisions
You have besieged me
No longer will I let you deceive me
Keep me in chains so u can defeat me

How much longer will you feed this junk?
When an elephant doesn’t need his trunk?
Look behind you when you need me ’cause I’m able
Justice will certainly turn the tables

It might have been a brighter day
mob controlled every play
wicked sat in their scornful seat
running ahead of every beat
predator planning a profiling hunt
racist cream of the crop out to the front

From a song by kyu n ganjy (2018)

The Bewitching State of Affairs

There are times when we observe uncharacteristic behaviour among our friends and acquaintances and questions arise about what happened. Some behaviour can be so contrary or unfounded that powers other than God and the individual(s) are thought be responsible. The interfaces we rely on for our spiritual sustenance had better be sound and tamper-proof. The Galatian spell is playing again full blast and there is the risk of apathy and entanglement in things we have just been introduced. In the spiritual world we should expect the dark forces to attack and the saints will find themselves bewitched. The phenomenon is not restricted to the spiritual world. Bewitching is the favourite method of powers intent on controlling large swathes of people without their consent.

Debatable

Demons have been active disabling people with diseases and conditions. They have also been tormenting people with violent behavior and causing people to be ostracized and shunned. On top of this destructive program there is a huge deceptive wave that the devil generates, and in the current era, the 21st century, it is extremely difficult to discern what is the truth. Whether one talks about religion or politics, or even if one brings scientific discoveries to the table, there is a huge debate over issues.

The bewitching of the Galatian believers came from Jewish people and the Asians they had convinced of their opinion. It is possible that the tip of the spear in this attack was Way-converts but the efforts of the Jewish religion to silence the Way may have also been continuing. The issue they raised was not one the disciples should have given even a passing thought. This shows the entrancing and seductive powers that lie behind the messengers with another gospel.

Freedom dimmers get air time

At stake was the liberty the Christian experience brought. The people who sneaked in believed that Christ’s subjects should not have an exclusive bondage to him. They saw Christianity as a child of Judaism and that it should be subject to Moses as the Jewish people were. That was a huge mistake. We seem to be willing to give interlopers all the time they want. Paul thought that no room should be given to any question that tried to unseat the Holy Spirit.

Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. Galatians 2:4-5

One and only

The Holy Spirit has no partner. One does not transfer confidence from God to meager assistants. Our start defines the rest of the journey. We begin with Holy Spirit, who renews us, and brings all of Christ’s business to our minds so we can live the new life.

Flesh in this regard is the whole panoply of human attributes and performance: Eden faith and practice, patriarchal traditions, the law, the kingdoms and their chronicles, the prophecies, political and social arrangements.

This is why Christ died alone.  There was no creatutre that appeared on the timeline.  So let us stop giving the time of day to people who say that heaven’s detectives missed them in the search for a saviour. A helper – any helper – would have made the mission ineffective.

Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Galatians 3:3

Righteousness and perfection are divine attributes. Anyone trying to tell us that these are ours apart from a gift is a light dimmer. He wishes you had a oil lamp instead of the blazing sun. Humans have no perfection, righteousness or maturity apart from Christ. Our performance, since we have no innate perfection, is filthy rags to God. We have no collateral that registers with God.

Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—

Vanity of the Spell

Now that the state can make high ground and low ground its business there is no longer a reason to follow God. Now that the state can reverse what God says and make itself look supreme the state is obviously bewitched. It thinks it can change anything and some people do. We recognize that it cannot but it certainly can affect lives in ways that look like omnipotence.

Christians have been exploiting the idea that good citizenship is moronic allegiance to a country or organization and best exemplified by a law-abiding commitment. Is this not what Solomon said? Is this not what happened at Sinai, a mountain we want to avoid? We have seen that Law and faith are not siblings. They are separate incompatible species.  There is no mule consisting of law and faith.  Faith unseats human designs and efforts. Nothing we can do besides believing is of real interest to God for the purpose of acceptance.

Beyond the affairs of the state

Christ was unequivocal about other messengers. He was not manipulating Moses. He said something new and revolutionary. He called them all thieves. Since Christians are ridiculed by Muslims and Jews for believing that God gives life to the dead by giving them repentance, faith and remission of sin one of us must be the outcome of a spell. We have to be under something more than a huge network of interpretations. It is not only politicians and agents of corporations who cover up the truth, hide the facts, shoot of decoys to distract people.  The vast majority of religious people are doing it.  Religious people are famous for creating a narrative on top of what is accepted as sacred.  They also create literature to compete (one cannot add or subtract from genuine divine revelation).  When the sacred texts are not sufficient we call a God a liar.   When we are told not to believe our eyes or when what we believe is the target of manipulation we are witnessing the massive bewitching not merely of facts but the very state of affairs.

Just as we expected

The fingers of God are written into the American experience and the problem of keeping abreast of them is what is driving the circus and turmoil in the United States and fuelling beastly behaviour all over the globe. One has to suspect that there are sisters and brothers living in blissful ignorance of our daily news of our ballot boxes, hordes of civil servants, bigoted religious people, and mud-mired political class are mere toenails: clip and discard. The inability to think rightly grows out of a resistance to thinking. More precisely, God’s fingers allows bad people to rise to power and do bad things. He does not allow the minds of his people, the followers of Yeshua, to be victims of bad thinking. Since our minds and bodies need food. No-one can live by God’s words without being directly related to him. Indeed when the stars in our universes are obviously flawed individuals and sometimes one’s One can, as they did in New Testament times, take up the challenge of embracing a new regime without fear of sanction or rebuke or one can go allied with law and prophets, which is the same as Protestantism and Catholicism in bed, just as we expected.

Thoughts in the public arena

What matters is one’s business. Thoughts are private but we can hardly be expected to hide our good thoughts (about the past, present, and future) or resist telling others. The parables of the lost sheep, coin, and son, tell us about the imperative of telling others what has happened to us. What happened, is happening, and will happen are fair broadcasts, so are what might have happened, might be happening now, what might happen in the future are also all legit. It helps when our expectations do not crowd out the facts. Where we have come from and where we are now are not conflicting pieces of divine stuff we need to figure out and pull together. I think it is way better to be in expectation of the wonders of love and trust, and not being disappointed too deeply. So when we say “I think” it ought to soaked in caring about others, accountable for our relationships, and hold out hope’s flag. Better yet, think out loud. Do we dare? Hmmm.

New Regime Expected

Three prophecies in Luke’s gospel provide the Holy Spirit link between the Old and New Testaments. They occur before our Lord’s public ministry begins. They come through male and female witnesses. They say nothing about Moses, Sinai, and the Law. Each shows the expectation of something different than the Law and the prophets and far more satisfying.

Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, prophesies about being saved, mercy performed as promised, holy covenant remembered, oath remembered, John’s salvation-knowledge career, and he calls Christ the Visiting Honourable (=from on high?) Dayspring.

And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, (Luke 1:67)

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, Luke 1:68 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; Luke 1:69 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: Luke 1:70 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; Luke 1:71 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; Luke 1:72 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, Luke 1:73 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, Luke 1:74 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. Luke 1:75 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; Luke 1:76 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Luke 1:77 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, Luke 1:78 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:79

Elisabeth prophesies: Yeshua is her lord, Mary is blessed for believing, and God does what he promises.

And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: Luke 1:41 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Luke 1:42 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Luke 1:43 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Luke 1:44 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. Luke 1:45

Mary sings: God as saviour is her exultation, he was well aware of Mary’s low estate, he did great things to her, his own arm is the show of strength, he dispenses with proud persons, he pulls down the mighty from their seats.

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, Luke 1:46 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Luke 1:47 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Luke 1:48 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. Luke 1:49 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. Luke 1:50 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. Luke 1:51 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. Luke 1:52 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. Luke 1:53 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; Luke 1:54

New Regime Received

Hear now how the Spirit witnesses to the fulfilled expectations. This is from an old guy. This is sober thinking out in the open. When Mary and Joseph bring the infant Messiah to the temple in Jerusalem for dedication (called purification due to holiness demands) the Spirit of God uses the occasion to connect the family with prophetic expectation.

And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; Luke 2:22 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) Luke 2:23 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. Luke 2:24

Imagine the brisk trade at the temple for the sacrifices, the busyness of the priests and Levites, and all the travelling of pilgrims to the temple for childbirth, for the dedication of firstborns, offerings for cleansing after childbirth in Mary’s case, and you can see that this trip was a very big deal. They run into Simeon.

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. Luke 2:25

New regime Rejected

The people had three authority figure that were supposed to help with both official and social matters. These were the ruling priests, the elders, and the scribes. Their fingers are all over the many things our Lord suffered. This suffering is in addition to dying as sacrifice for sin.

These allies hounded the Lord from birth, and the secular powers of the Roman puppet monarchy also persecuted him. They knew what to expect. Their power was over interpreting the law and regulating the reverent sacrificial services. They knew how to launder money more than lightning up paths and lightening burdens.

Thee big shock was to come in the Lord’s words. He saw the coming events with clarity and commitment. He even revealed his “…great desire” to have that upcoming Passover, saying, “… “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer”. Luke 22:15b (actual words, With desire I have desired to eat…)

From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Matt 16:21

Peter’s response to this appointment was “Absolutely no way this is happening to you”. He took Yeshua aside and began harassing (rebuke, ἐπιτιμᾶν , is present tense = he kept it up) the Lord. Imagine Peter taking Yeshua aside for a talking to. Oh my! This is a picture of him doing it every time he got a chance. He would pull Yeshua aside to affirm his view of Yeshua’s destiny. No death and resurrection.

Way off from you, lord, this thing shall never (from not not) be yours

Ἵλεώς σοι Κύριε, οὐ μὴ ἔσται σοι τοῦτο. Matt 16:22

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And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” Matt 16:22 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Matt 16:23

What are our expectations? Who are our allies? Are there things we say – when we think we are in the know about what Christ is up to – that are help and hindrance? Things of man are food, drink, dominion, occupation, exile, salvation, blessing. It makes no sense to be, from one day to another, condemned in the morning, justified in the evening. Which is a pretty lame expectation per se. The modern version of walking in the light begins with getting everything right. People should not say avoid traps like trust and obey for there is no other way. What happens when one does not obey is a far cry from what is the result of not trusting. The latter is dead. The former is forgiven and happy (blessed)

Salvation is such a great thing that it does make a person think what an amazing thing to bring because of sin, and only dead-beats will deny themselves God’s grace. According to many, eat and drink right are fundamentals, yet these have no place on the atonement scale. There was no treatment for violations of Israel’s eating and drinking (uncleanness not nutrition and not medical) code except for a gluttonous child.

What people say about what we say is far worse than we think.

Let us give the best and expect the best.

There is no disappointment in remaining hopeful

for what God has promised for our day-to-day.

Kingdom-come, food, forgiveness, rescue-from-evil

and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Rom 5:5

Jackal Prophets – Jingle all the way

EIGHT WOES ON THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES – jingle all the way

I may seem stuck on jackals but not.  Jackals are in the news big time.  So allow me, please, one more peek at today’s jackal prophets, who we see doing anything to cling to the illusion that a palace makes a pig a prince.  It is a phenomenon that we observe in the religious world in the political world and in the financial world.  The popular operations for informing people of critical issues include saying what people want to hear,  pretendingthat things are so because we said so, and preparing a host of talking points to push back against the scrutiny.   Their operations revolve around majoring in minors, taking ownership of what they can and relabelling even the most despicable attitudes as honourable.  Like the people who today believe that walls and tall tales are the mice that enhance the American lion’s posse.  It is one part of the horrible jingles that have pimped up the darkest places of human aspirations.  We are just waking up to the fact that Pharisee love of money, and clamour for the Law of Moses are with us today and it is jingle all the way.

Hollywood Helfire

Like the dead from the wilderness journeys of their ancestors the Scribes and Pharisees of New Testament times were ornate walking tombs.   Their cowardice, malicec and greed are legendary.  Their likeness to the modern pundit and experts on social, political, and spiritual matters is also striking.  Once the administrators of Jewish religion and their academic allies saw Messiah coming they began their questions and and plots to silence the vew voice.   Let us not think that Yeshua did not like these people or had any pwersonal animosity against the Jewish leadership, against the king, the Roman Emperor, or against the local ringleaders.  They fanned the flame of resstance to God and faced the music when Rome destroyed the temple.  It seems that they still thought that the temple was a shield against divine judgment.   They belonged to hellfire, for their legendary unbelief, and even the temple was an empty shell despite all the activity in both rituals and religious invesitgation.  They were in the business of making disciples destined for hell; disciples who were twice as distant from God’s way as they were.

They were not obedient.  They were not into executing justice and we are woefully slow to acknowledge that the kingdom life, for which we pray every day, is what matters.   It is God’s promise fulfilled that energizes us when we join Christ.  We are not merely eligible for kingdom participation: we are in.  On the other hand all the jackal behaviour of New Testament times are in our news today.   The claims made in most jingles are a lot of hot air.

It is not hyperbole when the Rabbi from Nazareth denounces with graphic relish the elite of his society. Scribes and Pharisees are the players to watch. One cannot miss them. His elevation of these groups is to warn against their attitudes and lifestyles. Beware! In effect he says, “Say goodbye to your megaspirations”. All greatness belongs to Christ our Saviour. Every tempest of our 21st century contentions is tainted with Pharisaism and it is time we say aloha to it. We have been hearing and seeing it in alliance with the crudest political platforms. Contending for the faith as our defence of the Gospel cannot be a defence of jingoism. A lot of hot air is out there. Christian faith is not jingoism, even as it has become a front seat ally to political sentiments that reek of greed, impurity, and oppression. The goal of Christ’s call is precise. One does not need 3 to 7 opinions to see what is in it for everyone.

Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 1Tim 1:5  (unfeigned = without pretense)

Jingoism; the favourite strategy of the day.  A hit slogan of the purists is the Ten Commandment jingle. Practically everyone is certain that law will fix our problems. It never did and never will. We know that.  It is beyond debate.  People surely could not claim to be under it and not under it.  That does not work.  When they came to the commandment that invites love from a pure heart they swerved to avoid it and slammed into faking it. Was it that they did not accept either salvation from sin or productivity in the world?

From which, some having swerved, have turned aside unto vain jangling; 1Tim 1:6 understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. 1Tim 1:7 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 1Tim 1:8

Now one has to see that the law is the source of the content for the jingles. Paul’s contemporaries affirmed something about love, pure hearts, good consciences, and pretense-free trust in God. But they did so using the law unlawfully. Their arguments were all red herrings. One cannot use the law to establish the Law. The law testifies to happiness from forgiveness, happiness for grace and pardon, and freedom from condemnation, not credit for having paid our debt and not assurance by reliance on our works.

Resistance to decency is an old and persistent threat, reported with clarity in the 6th century BC. This is God giving the southern Kingdom of Judah one last chance to treat people with dignity and respect. These are not religious standards.

If you stop oppressing the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and stop killing innocent citizens, and deify dead things… Jer 7:6

A spell must certainly be deduced from the behaviour of Christians, Muslims, and Jews who like to self-evaluate as substantial agents for the heavenly kingdom. A demon must be deduced from the large number of our contemporaries who are mouthing ancient sayings as if they were present truth.

Desiring to be teachers of the law is still a popular ambition. The people who are followers of Messiah are not born into access, did not ask to be selected for glory, and have nothing to prove to an unbelieving world.

The Pharisees learned their slogans from the Scribes and together they sought to make Yeshua and John the Baptist (and one supposes all the prophets) nice boys in pretty palace clothes just blowing in the wind.

Matthew 11:7-13

As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you. Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John,

Yeshua saw through the illusions and pronounced woes: misery to them.

  1. Woe 1. Locking the kingdom against others entering Matt 23:13
  2. Woe 2. Theft of property of widows- a religious ponzi scheme complex and making long public prayers to cover their corruption Matt 23:14
  3. Woe 3. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. Matt 23:15
  4. Woe 4. Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Matt 23:16
  5. Woe 5. passing up on justice, mercy and faith(fulness). Matt 23:23
  6. Woe 6. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Matt 23:25
  7. Woe 7. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. Matt 23:27
  8. Woe 8. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, Matt 23:29 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ Matt 23:30 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Matt 23:31

There are 8 simple doctrines here. Yes. Doctrines. If there is not a simple doctrine in this package it should be labelled aloha (a lot of hot air).

  1. Access is for everyone. I do not want to be a road block to anyone.
  2. Robbing the poor is abominable. The vulnerable need our protection.
  3. We bring people to Christ, not ourselves.
  4. speak precisely of the majors; the saviour is more valuable than the saved
  5. some things carry more weight than others
  6. majors exist inside us
  7. pretense does not persist
  8. people do what their ancestors have done

The most obvious items for the modern jingle choir are repetitive prayers (and songs) and the “I got it” mentality, even when the it is an irrelevant adjunct to quasi-spiritual life. Food and drink are not functional for spiritual life. No one can stretch the meaning of the gospel to include the notion that food and drink commend anyone to God. The gospel is not anything that we can relate to in our times. The gospel is the eternal truth about God entering human existence so he can redeem us. No food or drink can make the knowledge or the experience happen.

Bread is for one kind of life and the gospel is for another. The law is not of faith, grace or life. Christ is the only one who can change a leopard’s spots and make everyone zip their lips in amazement. The wonder of the leopard’s change includes explaining what just happened, including the leopard’s silence. The wonder of salvation is not our answer, but the unutterable joy at a generosity that seems infinite when compared to the terror of law and any covenant that depends on our performance.

Jingles are entirely dangerous, because they are supposed to be substantial reminders of what is important, but there isn’t a jingle that is not responsible for the emptiness of tribal religion and for a wide range of the character of today’s wickedness. If the jingle is worth anything it touches mysteries, not possibilities and unrecognizable identities. Jingles can trip a person up rather badly. Now let’s start aloha-ing with vigour, to all those empty repetitions, comfort zone mantras, and interminable cover-up prayers. To the success of everyone determined not be a victim of the daily approved load of hot air, “Aloha!”

After coming to know … what?

God is perfectly patient and longsuffering despite the severity and impatience we observe in the vast majority of people who say they know God. A childish game of merry go round is not worth our time. We have known all along that everything that preceded Christ was at best playschool. That is, all the narratives and wise sayings combine to form a school where one plays with salvation’s pictures and toys. The real learning is for the people who live at the end of the age. Nothing that came before Christ appeared belongs to spiritual maturity, fruitful vineyard, or adopted child. We are using a stupid and bewitching hotspot of lies to cling to the claim of knowing the Lord, because once we say we know Him there is that possibility that one comes to realize that knowledge can be utter nonsense. We Christians believe, we do not merely sing it, that we were blind. The spiritual reality behind the famous saying is that we were dead and that now in Christ we are alive. That’s where we stand. So we cannot allow someone to shove us off our rock.   Ee are certain of what has happened to us even if we cannot explain it.  That is the essence of spiritual life. We cannot afford to have anyone shove us off our Rock of certainty about what has happened to us, even though. We are not able to explain it from a to z.  We are like the wind.

We all know people who are pulling out all the stops

  1. to be Jewish
  2. to be a nation like Israel
  3. to be a kingdom like Israel
  4. to be a king like Solomon.
  5. to be a priest like Caiaphas.

More and more it is becoming painful to explain away the facts.  How many people do you know who are successful at being all God wants them to be?  We seem unable to say that we fall short, as if God does not see the whole deal.  All the heroes of Jewish and Christian faith were members of the human family who did not possess the attributes of God that some people are claiming to have acquired (and some even dare to say they had them all the time).

The obvious dilemma is that there is a lot of wheel to spin after one becomes a Jew (perhaps more popular and frequent than we think) or Christian.   Both seem to relish a list of things they don’t do.  There seems to be nothing to aspire to after one becomes a son of the Commandment in the Jewish religion. There is simarly nothing apparent to reach for in the Christian faith if one enters by means of pledges to comply with standards.  One can only become twice as bad as the person who brings one in to (presumably) meet Christ.

We are pretty sure that individuals are not spending their lives getting saved, nor are repeatedly coming to the knowledge of the truth.   Our relationship with all people is not merely thoughts and prayers.  They are supposed to be a prominent part of our thinking.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 1Tim 2:1  for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 1Tim 2:2   This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 1Tim 2:3   who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1Tim 2:4

The maturity measure often is unrelated to Christ.  We know that his maturity was not a question of sinning less.  Why is that an issue for disciples when we are powerless to deal with missing Holy Spirit’s guidance?  We are still stuck on the idea that gifts come with strings.  The one safe place for the disciple is first of all trust – that is God at work in us.  However, we also recognize that our witness to great salvation (not creation) has little teeth when we are not positioned in the world as the Saviour was.  A certain flavouring contact is inevitable: a city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Christ was lifted up, for all to see, as the example of life, not exalted in the heavenlies, but in his passion.  This was his obedience to mission: suffer for the world’s sin.  His examplary behaviour to which we can relate is his service in the face of massive contradiction and conflict.  One has to be in touch with one’s identity in such a way that nothing happens that shakes our attention from being God’s children.  The pain and elation of life are ways of life that are ours to pay attention to, ours to obey.

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; Heb 5:8,

Righteousness in plain sight

People have no personal claim on righteousness. Not the saved, not the unsaved. Nobody. Righteousness is a God-thing.
The Jewish tales of covenant-keeping (even as a possibility) are proven to be unreliable and unfounded. The facts about how humans approach God are inescapable: blood and grace.

I have no idea why righteousness is not acknowledged as the thing that’s done to procure us a righteous standing.
Righteousness, signed, sealed, and delivered is surprising but on fact-check we discover we could have known that God was not expecting humans to fix their sin problem.

If there really was any possibility of any human rising to a flawless performance God would not have prepared the Lamb before the creation of the world.

Acting out our identity

A righteous action delivers a righteous state. Christ died for the ungodly.

How more ugly can we get trying to remake ourselves with obedience and chosen status!

Nothing else delivers what we need. Our attempts are rubbish. Doing nice things does not save people, and the persistent performance of duty does not corroborate salvation. Bad people do good things!

Grace is not a race

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. Romans 5:18

One misstep led to condemnation. Death. It was not a multitude of sins that condemned Adam. It took only one.

One paraptoma led to katakrima

There is one right act that led to life. It was not compliance with the law.

One dikaioma led to dikaiosis (justice of life)

What does that fairy tale say again? Sin less but not sinless?
We are foolish to copy a tradition – keep a covenant that failed – that did no good for all of human history.

You do not want the law as your new husband. Its ex-status needs to be recognized. One would have to relinquish common decency and compassion to keep insisting that the law meets human need.

Case in point

Why would a conscientious neighbourhood committee eager to do justice not be fully aware that adultery is a two-person violation.
The villagers brought a woman they claimed was caught in the act of adultery. “in the act” means that there was no reason to drag one person into the village square or gate.
Let’s be sure that if the Lord Jesus was not present that woman would have died.
So let the Moses-head Christians throw their stones: they are happiest jumping on and off off death row.
Righteousness is not compliance with the law because there is no grace in the purposes of the law. We have seen that something in plain sight – and within easy reach- can become the subject of long journeys, distorted explanations and damnable lies.

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— Romans 3:21

Prime Premature Progress

Reuben and Gad want to stay out of Canaan

Numbers 32

The twin golden pots of Yazer and Gilead on the east side of the River Jordan were prime cattle land (place for livestock, maqom miqneh). Perhaps ranchland is a good interpretation for the modern reader. These two territories could not have been any more appropriate than what Canaan itself had to offer. After all, Canaan was the land of promise and Transjordan was not. The episode shows how human interests can seem attractive and beneficial but be the opposite. In a rebuke to insularity and I-got-it-now-ism God establishes that he does not have or accept premature slots of progress for selected individuals, tribes, people, or nations.

Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle: and when they saw the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that, behold, the place was a place for cattle; Num 32:1

They leaped at the opportunity.

Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan. Num 32:5

Moses had a different view of the situation.

And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here? Num 32:6

Taking advantage of excellent lands for livestock seemed reasonable, but shortsighted and self-centred.  Moses received the proposal as “we want to stay out of the fight”. Num 32:6

Not a great idea

Leaving the two tribes on the east side of Canaan would have diminished the vision of a family inheriting together. Not only would they be separated from their cousins they would not be in the land God promised. The tribes inheriting together is a big deal for God and this particular configuration of his purposes in not restricted to ancient times. It also shapes the inheritance of all believers Heb 11:39-40.

I see now too how the fundamentals of modern interpretation have spilled a great deal of in in appreciating the gold off this particular transistional crisis. The parallels between the Ranchland Proposal and a couple of moderns views give us certainty about the error of premature progress.
Sometimes, dying and going to heaven immediately seems like a “why not?” Hebrews 11:39-40 and the whole chapter tells of faith heroes who are waiting dead. Sometimes, sin and grace seem like enemies when in fact there is no other remedy.

The die and go to heaven or hell slogan has not been revised since Jonathan Edwards raised the flag of impatience in his work Absent from the Body.  Instant personal gratification is obviously a faculty we inherit from the Creator, but finding a place for it in the common progress and inheritance of the saints plan is next to impossible.

The saints do go marching in at the same time, after the return of Yeshua, and no-one gets in without instantaneous change (1Th 4:16-17, 1 Co. 15:50-54 ), and all come from the grave or among the living. It is not progress that someone is claiming that his dead mother is alive in heaven or that the lost are burning in hell now and will be resurrecetd to be thrown into the Fiery Lake. This Inuit is not buying ice.

 

The Threat of Falsehood

Separating the facts from the fantasy is a fairly regular routine. No special skills are needed and one does not need a “How to” list from experts. Virtual reality, cosplay and slogans are the main tools of the false forces. No-one should think that a list of ingredients, fine print, very small print, and huge billboards are unrelated to the proliferation of alternate ideas about the real and the false. We have no choice but to put into these categories much of what passes for intelligent and effective Christian doctrine.

There are far too many people opining about things they have not seen. One can watch a lot of videos and read a lot of books, but let us be sure that it is not the quantity of material one consumes but the quality of one’s sources. Real knowledge is arrived at through inquiry. Merely repeating what we have heard does not make something factual or reliable.

Filtering out the false

Critical cautions can come in a dream, from reading the text, or from the behaviour of a beetle. Instruction in the truth is a matter of being alive and eligible. Truth has a destination to which we travel and we do so with our own truth. Incorrect or corroborated statements have no place at all in our growth arrangements.

Source and Sources

Our security comes down to – not walls – openness and deliberate testing of what people are saying. If we have to consider who is speaking before we give yourselves permission to ask the diagnostic questions then we are enmeshed in the deception network.
Dead people are locked in on food and drink, dedicated to Moses and any prophet of their choosing, and we will find them repeating catchy phrases, intimidating converts, and making the same claim as the desolate house Israel-Judah.

The Old Testament is still informative but it is not an authority since John the Baptist. It is pure laziness on the part of interpreters of the gospel to keep slamming audiences and readers with the same old tired mantras of the law and the prophets. Yeshua on the scene meant an urgent and dramatic change was in the making, and with the exception of the disciples as his remnant the Jewish economy became rubbish.

We have lost our credibility when we teach people that the new covenant has the old covenant at its centre. If a person is distracted by the number of pieces of literature they are expected to read in addition to the bible then the answer is to get back the Bible.

No two ways to interpret

The terms of the new covenant says that the new covenant will exclude the words of the old. That there is a new arrangement: no confusion.

For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Hebrews 8:8

That new arrangement veers away: no confusion. The old and the new, the ex and my new spouse, cannot occupy the same space.

Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. Hebrews 8:9

Useless Teachers

How many times since becoming an adult have you been told what to think and what to do by someone with no authority over you? It is happening every time someone spouts off about the moral law of God.

And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. Hebrews 8:11

Why do people cling to nonsense like “the Law of His shows God’s character”? Why do we find people who still try to pretend that they are teaching people about the Kingdom of God and His great message of salvation? They have, just like the Hebrews at Sinai, refused to hear the divine voice, and they have refused to accept the death of Christ as the end of the “marriage” to sin, death and the law.

If we are unable to introduce people to Jesus, and if we all unable to find what it was that Jesus taught so that we can teach people to observe, then we understand because people are not looking at Jesus, but looking at Moses and God knows who else. They are probably not even reading the words of Yeshua. Now that’s the place to begin to settle one’s house on the foundation: the very words of Jesus.

The vast majority of teaching experiences that we have seen in the modern era are mere window-dressing: there’s nothing there. No one is really asking any hard questions so no one is really trying to answer them. Those teachers who seem thrilled to keep reciting things that their ancestors have said over the centuries since the apostles died may likely be dead (unsaved and without a calling).

People are afraid to teach what Yeshua taught because his teaching is still a call for radical thought, and we do not need not need to think if the pie-in-the-law and the law-is-the-pie doctrine is our treasure.

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.

The Late Great Ingrate

… the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:20

Angry people -sow chaos. Insatiable persons thrive on endless complaints. A deprived family finds comfort in hostility and competition. A warring tribe traffics in death.

Righteousness ( greatness) cannot be these two

  1. getting the things we want or need
  2. giving in love

But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert; he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them. Psalms 106:14-16

A lost race – a saviour awaits

If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole body well? John 7:23

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

Love one another

James talks about the royal law and there seems to be no kingdom attached to that law. He is talking about the Sinai Covenant. Loving as I love myself is a nebulous and low profile pursuit. It has become an idol if we think it meets God’s design.

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13

The Great Bewitching Hijack

The disssatisfaction associated with Sinai and Calvary flows from our desire to please ourselves. In the Sinai situation the people faced the music unadvisedly and advisedly.

The people promised unadvisedly

They were not going to keep the law and they were not even going to get past the First Commandment (which outlawed other gods). Compliance was really not happening.

The people protested advisedly:

There was no heart available to contain what God’s will was. The only hearts that could receive God’s will are the ones that receive the Holy Spirit since Christ died.

The sons of Israel were right when they asked Moses to shuttle back and forth and tell them what Yahweh had to say.

As Christians, we take on a life of promising because we can guarantee nothing. We rely on God’s promises. Here too our expressions go off the rails and (back) into the box of death.

Every time they see “I will” they are in quicksand territory.

Some deadly examples:

  1. I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall be continually in my mouth. Psa. 34:1
  2. My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being! Psalms 108:1
  3. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. Psalms 43:4

These I wills are not ordinary promises and predictions: they are a kind of intense and hyper-respectful way to plead or make a request. These should be translated “let me sing” and “let me play” and “Let me come”. This form of address seems to ask the Lord for the okay to sing and play (for example in declaring his righteousness) but notice what people do. They take these as promises and then tell themselves things like the following – and the end up the same mire as the Sinai crew.

  • I will abc with my whole being
  • I will xyz all the time

These exhausting activities – of doing anything incessantly or without fail – are small peanuts compared things like circumcision, unruly children, ethnic bigotry, church discipline and unpretentious love.

All of the turmoil and confusion in Christianity has to do with the fact that people are trying to escape from loving one another the way God loves us. They have made up all kinds of conventions and regulations but they will duck the pattern of us loving people the way God loves us. Few want to do it even when they say that it is the way of light.

Swerving from Conscience to Box

The purpose of God’s lifegiving command and the apostolic priority is to create loving hearts, good consciences, and faith without pretense.

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5

Thinking outside the box as adopted children of God (even though we do not yet have our final shape or form) is facilitated by our new conscience. Our thinking about God-living-in-us and speaking with us directly needs to proceed without putting on a show or making a case for having done everything right.

Sanctuary Box

Thinking out of the box is not just a cute saying or a mere uncomfortable exercise. The very nature of the heavenly gifts does not allow for human assertions of capacity or credit for eligibility.

The challenge to think out of the box is the primary activity to which the New Covenant brings us. We are no longer logged in to the box that stands as the instrument of our death. The tablets of stone are witnesses to the condemnation of both Jew and Gentile. The challenge is also to accept the authority of Christ above all else. Faith breaks us out if jail when Moses, the Law, and the Jewish people and government refuse to take God’s global standard seriously.

Conscientious and heartless

Many of us think we can follow a few Jewish practices and call ourselves “Jew” and child of God but Jews have had major hurdles to mount when conscience and heart are involved which we can only imagine.

  1. No heart at Sinai (rightly choosing to hear Moses rather than to hear God)
  2. No conscience on entering Canaan (loving the neighbor by destroying people and property)
  3. Not one israelite has passed into life by being obedient to the Covenant. Now the house is desolate

There is a dynamic sense of being out of the box, and that begins with our change of mind concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment. he has taken us out of the box for a New Perspective.

How can there be a new view without a new object, and what would be the point of looking at the same object from a different position?

If Christ is the judge the guilty go free. Most Christians say that but they do not believe it and are not willing to forgive the guilty. If Moses and the Law are the bosses then we are in prison: faith (Christ) is locked out and our juvenile status is confirmed. When a believer sins no death sentence can apply, because the believer has already passed from condemnation to justification, from death to life. The strength of sin is the law and when the Law speaks it speaks death.

Law had never created hearts of love that succeed in loving. Yhe law has never created a good conscience that helps people accept the truth no matter how different or difficult it is, and the law does not create faith. Law and Faith are not partners.

Hearing the message of salvation is what awakens faith: faith comes by hearing the gospel, the promise of Life in Christ. Let us examine ourselves to see if we have jumped out of the box and into Christ’s lap (bosom) because loving hearts, good consciences, and faith without pretense will never come from trying to do all that God has said.

The Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let the one who hears say, Come. And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. Revelation of John 22:17

Shekinah and Dabar

Residence and Communications are the stated purposes for building the Tent of Meeting and this Tent turns out to be so full of detailed revelations about the divine order that one can easily go astray in assigning value to its many details. Paul’s contention in 1 Timothy 1:5ff shows how successful the deceiver of souls has become in having people rejoice in elevating the moon above the sun. The contention is sobering because it comes as the first thing on the apostles mind.
Paul was concerned about people swerving off the highway of truth.

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, (1 Timothy 1:7)

The simple stories of the Mosaic Economy have become the pillars of those who wander away but Paul was onto them. Their purpose was clear to Paul and is to us now.

are desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

The tent narrative is hard for all of us but it is not mysterious. Two things are stated explicitly.

God wants to live in his people

Exodus 25:8. Dwell is from shaken (shawKANE שכן)

And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.

God wants to communicate with his people.

Exodus 25:21-22. Speak is from dabar דבר

And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you. There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel. Exodus 25:21-22

Tent and temple without a Christian centre crumbles and distracts from the facts, of which the temple is but a mere shadow. The temple/tent/sanctuary is not a building in heaven, it is a symbol of God at work in us.

Christ is above the heavens, from whence he ministers the spirit to those who come to God the Father through him, making us a fit dwelling place for the Holy Spirit so that it may said even now

Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. Revelation of John 21:3b

There is no greater Shekinah than Christ dwelling in the hearts of those who come to God and there is no greater communication than the Holy Spirit who speaks the word of Christ to us and guides us into all truth.