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.


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


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.

Now and Then We Zig and Zag

The days when we are allowed to come before God with corruptible things are over. Gold, silver, pots and pans, animal blood, food and drink belong to yesterday.

The human body is one of those corruptible things. It is a living sacrifice for witness and service. Christ’s body, in contrast, was a priceless and spotless sacrifice.

Jews can say with certainty that they’re first. Muslims cannot. They can only claim to be the revision of ancient revelation, often taken from cunningly devised myths and traditions, and taken to abominable and terrifying levels. Christ was first to preach the gospel.

Hebrews 2:3 says so.

how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,

The gospel cannot change.

Our works, no matter how noble, do not erase our debt of gratitude for the grace that rescued us and keeps us anchored in God.

How did we become a temple for the Holy Spirit in the first place? Did Paul, who introduced the body as temple, not know that the exercise and diet were gospel? Were they really or is the health and diet movement a 19th century invention?

Can the following (Exodus 15:26) be a global recipe for a healthy population?

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

The Sinai covenant produced neither physical fitness nor spiritual rightness. There is much to be said for the discipline of prohibited tasting and touching and there certain justice for crossing the material lines of food, drink, personal interaction, ritual processes, priestly ministry.

All is vanity but some things are deliberately futile. Vanity – emptiness – is not an indication of active sin.

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Romans 8:19-20

Empty spots in life are the bedrock of hope. Zigging and zagging are natural to all creatures. Since none our ancestors, physical or spiritual, have fully complied with rudiments of the world let’s be content to zig and zag our way with patience, full of hope.

No-destination Education

The world is full of it.
Hours of one way speeches by leaders in every field…do not amount to much.

Saying something is God’s word because it is in the Bible is killing people. Take that infernal whopper about forgiveness with law as boss and righteousness as a human product. People actually swear it’s true. Forgiveness is neither a lottery nor collateral.

Saying something is God’s word because it is in your favourite book is deceiving people, especially that demonic doctrine about how badly people need the moon for light during the daytime.

We’ve been going to school that is all recess! The world’s peace and health will never be secured by any 21st century video, a 19th, 18th, 17th, or 16th century manuscript.

Hitching a ride on those wagons with the “blessing” label hardly help with growth and maturity. In fact no feedback is allowed in many so-called information sessions: sermons, motivational talks, study sessions, and yes, the videos and shares riddled with maxims, wisdom, Bible verses and advice.

At this rate we have lost sight of justice rolling down like a river and the knowledge of (intimacy with) God like terran oceans, because much of what is being drilled into young minds has no eternal value. It’s all going nowhere quite quickly.

The Beat of the Christian Beast’s Heart

Since Nebchadnezzar’s decree – that all men should worship the God of the Hebrew people – there has not been a genuine attempt by any nation to identify itself as disciple and worshipper of the true God. Israel’s venture to do so with the best of legislation and instruction seems not to have been received as credible evidence of the futility of claiming to be a religious nation. Therein lies the tension between godliness and beastliness.

The British Prime Minister recently acknowledged the Christian foundation of the British state. Not a peep was heard in the media. Religious nations are an amazing sign of dullness. Corporate entities are beasts: all levels of government and church are included. They have neither the capacity nor commitment to care as humans do. As much as the church or any other corporate entity can adjust its course its decisions are not the result of the dynamics that move human beings. It is rare for an entity to resolve anything without votes or discussion. Animals on the other hand are programmed – may we never accept instinct as the normal – wired to survive. Humans are wired to build and protect families and that difference illustrates the beat of the Christian beast’s heart.
How many polls will the news media use to gather public opinion about whether Britons see their nation as a Christian stronghold or not? Not many, if any, because they would rather broadcast the outrage of celebrities and editorial opinion which we know to be amoral, anti – monarchy and supportive of esoteric knowledge.
Such a decree could alienate some of Cameron’s own supporters, including those who agree with his decision to break with the Church of England by supporting gay-marriage. The Christian heritage has given birth to two entities: one a beast, the other a female figure. The tendency to syncretize everything in the name of diversity and pluralism often makes it difficult and even risky to distinguish the beastly dimensions of the Judeo-Christian alliances from the Church.

Amid the various identifications of the beast the straight line from Babylon to Europe is treated as a if it did not exist. One only has to take note of who are the competing powers on earth’s political, economic, and religious battlefields. Iraq (Babylon), Iran (Persia), Greece, Rome, Brussels (The EU, and Russia (Rosh, Gog and Magog).

Not long from now, all of these nations that are championing rights and freedoms will gang up on the conscientious objectors to a world government that deifies humanity and tramples on the foundations of society laid millennia ago, before a single kingdom or city state was established. What we have received from our ancestors, wherever we live on this planet, is a tradition of family. It is the human thing.

Families are not a secular or civic invention. Our loved ones are not a cog in the wheels of government. Our traditions of food and drink, of stewardship of our environments, our laughter and labour are divine gifts. Our families are the sacred trust that we keep without much thought, though increasingly building a family that honours the traditions that have persevered over the millennia demands sober thinking. Our procreation stands with the Lord’s promise that Hell’s Gates will not prevail against the church. He provides the armour for each generation and we provide the armour-bearers.

At the centre of our struggles are our children, the next generation. When the elders of any generation seem ready to hand over the reins of government to the youth we can afford to be excited. Old people are dreamers, nothing more, dreaming of being young and (relatively) untarnished. The kind of vision needed to give life to our communities is not given to older adults. Most are sold on the golden bricks of secular power and are in the grips of a merchandising mindset.

The friendship between church and state is a terrifying development especially in a state that claims to be guardians of the mystery of godliness. There are so many secular flavours that the Churches have used to build blind loyalty and uninformed devotion that when the devil-powered beast says “Jump”, the Churches will be the first to say “How high?” The unwary will be taken by the beast’s miraculous powers and the altar of sacrifice will be populated by those who do not love their lives only when death is not in the picture.

The beast offers death to all who are loathe to stuck with faith in God, but Christ offers life to all and loves all.

Life Maintenance as we Travel

While most Christians will tell us that the priority of life is its external character many have not distinguished endless life from divine life. The evangelical focus on going to heaven at death seems like more of a rug under which one can shove the immediate receipt of life than the confidence of a happy future. That we have passed from death to life is not in doubt but many prefer to see the Christian experience as partly our perfect position in Christ and partly a defining performance as less than stellar, which only a few dare try to defend. We are not now immortal, so eternal life, as a present possession, is not immortality.

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. John 3:14-15

A complaining mindset complication

The details of the bronze serpent episode cannot go much further than the manner or timing. “As” ought to shape our extraction of truth from the Lord’s saying. He means “like this” in our wilderness journey.

The overarching reason for death in the wilderness was unbelief. As surely as God brought Israel to Canaan he will bring us to heavenly Zion despite snakebite and huge casualties.

And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Numbers 21:5-6

Imagine having to look at a snake for relief from its fatal venom that is coursing through your veins.

This episode from Numbers is the background for the famous passage John 3:14-16 and the experience as a paradigm for life maintenance has been poorly appreciated.

Evangelists and teachers of all stripes love to trot out John 3:16 as the salvation call. Salvation from snakebite however is not the same as life from the dead and 3:16 does not address anyone getting life.
The Bronze Serpent in the Wilderness episode does not adress anyone coming back from the dead. Israel was a saved people who were kept alive by unusual means the most arresting of which is right here in the Bronze Serpent episode.

God loved the world thus, he gave his only Son so that anyone who keeps believing in him may keep his grip on divine life.

Coming to Christ and getting salvation happens once, but relief for injuries along the way – the Saviour Raised as a Bronze Serpent – once saved, is a necessity

The one and only Chosen People

In one brief episode Israel passes through the wringer. She finds herself under attack, makes a bold move, conquers a Canaanite king, then she’s discouraged.
The attractiveness of Israel is significantly reduced when we realize that some of these passages of life are difficult to place on the Christian pathway. We do not want to be Israel because that would mean a great many things hostile to repentance and faith.

Numbers 21:1-4

And when king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the south, heard tell that Israel came by the way of the spies; then he fought against Israel, and took some of them prisoners.


And Israel vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.


And the Lord hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah.


And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.

And the Lord hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah.

Genocide is not a good thing, neither are oaths. We do have wild swings like Israel and there is no point in trying to acquire a bed of roses life. Like Christ, Israel was the face of God, and experienced the valleys and mountains human life. We do too.

Rebellion and Priestcraft

Do you suffer from high priest syndrome?
What is it like?
A. Being in a position to prophesy but is lost through unbelief, as Caiaphas was.

And this spake he *not of himself*: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; John 11:51

B. Declared guiltless (for habitual violation of the law as the priests were) but imposing condemnation on others (as did a harassing Pharisee faction tried to do, causing even Peter an embarrassing disorientation).

But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? Galatians 2:14

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Raining Down Vomit and Excreta at the Dinner Table

Watching the circus across the United States I get a jolt of pride that my mother, Africa, is not an imperial serial rapist. My smile is not without a twinge of pity for the deceived millions, who have bought the idea that capitalism and democracy are the essential paths to greatness.

The GOP and its heartless talking heads are temporarily incapable of repenting of following a broken foundation. At least there is hope that a remnant -preferably young people – will call the the attempt to make a beast a person what it is: silly rebellion. The U.S. was born out of rebellion. Remember?


Idiotic isn’t it? Any fool with a gun becomes a patriot, defending stolen land, and denying people the very cradle that bore the nation.
By the way, any nation built by bloody hands is, to speak kindly, an abomination.

People are gobbling up what ever is on the table: at church, work or school. The enduring foundations of family life and secular society did not begin in the middle ages or in the 19th century. If the leaders who got us into the Middle East mess or the abominable support for Nazism, violence against women, and misogyny or sold our future to China, had glanced at Abraham, father of the Jewish people, we would be light years ahead of the current devastation that makes even a civilized conversation implausible.

Let us watch the game until the next revolution comes around. It will not be on TV or YouTube.