United Bunk and Great Misadventures

The United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Islamic Republics, and the European Union are each a pathetic example of human persistence. Of course the noble aspects of human advancements have continued as the seeds of false gods and empty standards have been sown and the proceeds reaped. If one dares look closely at the entities named united what emerges is a picture of great brokenness, desperate windowdressing , all shining monuments to the utterly unreliable and factually-challenged bunk of human misadventures.

Enlightenment produces sophistication and we have been programmed into thinking that the signs include moon landings or wise statements about justice and decency. With no-one claiming to be the bright shining whore who deceives the world and merchandises everything (including people) the chances of light where there is no lamp is slim indeed. The world’s declared powers continue to horrify us.

One can always find people who are eager to justify their nation’s history no matter how cruel and disgusting. Extreme examples have been toyed with to correct historical narratives and escape the stigma: homelands (Israeli Zionism, apartheid policies, and ghettos), legislation to keep the gap between the poor and the rich widening, and xenophobia as a self-defense strategy. Few people really want to go back to anything. Yet it is the past that appeals to current views. At least the last shapes the present.

It may seem that life in its tribal configurations were simple and uncomplicated, but tribal and national arrangements are not sustainable. Building walled cities seemed to benefit the pirate and colonizer. This was the world into which Abraham came, and saw the same mentality about community and fellowship that he had seen in Mesopotamia. Canaan had no sprawling metropolises but its nations built and fortified their cities, and conducted raids on the neighbours, taking people, animals, food and all kinds of goods.

The world into which most of us were born had nations allied and determined to make merchandise of their neighbors, and the record shows that there were nations that ventured to distant shores to loot and rape.

The unity that makes strength was denied the world-ruling powers, and their ventures prove that their tribal loyalties build no lasting solidarity. Unless there is a new definition of unity everybody should be careful about attaching harmony to character of the United States, the United Kingdom or the European Union. The new Yorks, Bedfords, Dublins, Scotias, and Glasgows are more than spitting images of the namesakes. They ensure memories of character: a motherhood necessity.

Daniel saw that mixing iron and dirt does not create unity.

And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay. Daniel 2:42-43

The beastly powers have no conscience. They are corporate giants with robotic and capricious habits. The moments when they are not hungry and prowling are rare.

Since American character has been sealed by the Constitution and the devastating Civil War it is unlikely that real unity is possible. The two amendments that people seem to treasure most dominate the scene – the right to speak freely and the right to bear arms – have been the fuel for ongoing conflicts even bloody conflict.

All of these United entities – Europe, the States and United Kingdom- have one thing in common, a record of family squabbles. States’ rights have been the tools of seditious and discriminatory legislation. Divided houses have a date with calamity and that is a lesson the great do not seem to learn easily.

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Highly Helpful Human Happenings

TO GOD nothing will be impossible needs to be addressed with people in view, saved or unsaved. There are many things that are not possible. The mindset that places human capacity and alliance with God on the level of divine omnipotence is responsible for people saving themselves by enduring, by obedience and many other false constructions. God is quite alone in saving us and alone in his ability.

Understanding that God is constrained by what he has said we realize that God, by saying nothing shall be impossible, is actually committing himself to do whatever it is we need. No business (rhema ρήμα) shall be possible to him is with regard to us. There are so many things that God will never do; he is not capable of failure, not capable of deception.

When the angel told young Mary she was going to have a child she wondered how. She hears how and gets encouragement that her barren and older cousin was also going to have a child. And wouldn’t you know it, off goes Mary to visit cuz Liz.

One can only imagine Mary’s eager watch on her own signs of motherhood but we do not have to imagine, we are certain that Mary did not become a worker or operator of any impossible rhema.

Not many women confirmed as barren have children in their senior years. No young girl has become pregnant and had a baby without male contribution. We are pretty certain about who finds no business impossible. We are going to have a good day whether or not we have agreement in prayer about our requests. We have top level evidence that God has already gone to the realms of impossibility.

The death of Christ cannot be outdone for majesty and significance and everything we imagine or desire is to God “no problem” at all. When we question how God does his business we should remember that God holds the bag, he knows best how to give gifts. and he is responsible for the helpfulness of all human happenings.

Not all things are expedient

Contextual and Comforting Hooks

Sometimes a verse that we memorize or recite has hooks to its neighbours that we need to remember. Often often the reader can tell by means of the punctuation that a thought isn’t finished. Key words that help us include for telling us an explanation (which may include its own pieces of explanation) is coming, and therefore telling us an argument is closing. Who[m], when, and how that, extend the main trunk of the saying. Getting the thought is not always possible with a single verse.

Take 2 Timothy 1:9; featuring
GOD THE FATHER (and his gift with eternal timing, purpose and grace, with current happenings, light, gospel, appointment, and assurance of a good finish).

who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,

The precision eludes us until we step back and read 2 Timothy 1:8ff

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, …(vs. 8)

Here is what murder looks like.

put to death unlawfully…

Abel, all the prophets of Israel, and the Crucified King are as close are we can get to the picture of homicide from God’s perspective.

Be careful with what you are saying yes to both consciously and subconsciously.

From Stephen

Acts 7:52
Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered,

From Yeshua

Matthew 23:29-31

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 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. Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. This may sound like hyperbole but it is not overkill. Hear what he says next!

Homicide A to Z

Matthew 23:34-35

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.

Add to this the hateful spray that surrounds us in our institutions and fellowships, and murder is far from being a distant galaxy

Unjustified Anger Fuels Hatred-murder

Matthew 5:22

But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, You fool! will be liable to the hell of fire.

Can you imagine Yeshua’s indignation when he saw his contemporaries
(1) despising all Gentiles
(2) condemning them for the food they’ve eaten for millennia
(3) making use of Gentile labour, and
(4) claiming to be the template for the human race?

New goals and old roads

It has become quite popular now in the 21st century for people to act as if they have become the new Jew. They adopt a host of Jewish things and then look down on the rest of humanity just as in the New Testament. The icing on the poison cake is that the questionable practice of adopting the rudimentary elements of the cosmos is now the major goal of many Christians. Ministers of the gospel had better start reading their bibles.

A good minister will acknowledge that right food and drink are not the gospel. If he or she does not it is likely that there is no salvation to begin with.

Emotional watches are critically necessary

Animosity begins, “us and them”, saved and lost, God’s evaluation gets overridden, enter murder.

Are We Abusing the Creation Motif in the Age of Global Atonement?

If any one is in Christ he is a new creation, (κτισις not κτισμα), work-in-progress vs product.

No one ever got saved by worshiping a creator: not the Jews, not the quasi-judaized. God is saviour to make us sons. Are you stuck in creation memorials?

Creation is a reference point for establishing the proprietary relationship God has with his created works. It reminds us of his sovereign will, namely, the great and eternal salvation.

Worship is empty without faith in the Son of God, without an admission of the fearful chasm between him and us.

Between the two testaments there is evidence that creator-God and saviour-God are not progressive revelation. There is little need to keep returning to creation as an effective mind-mover towards wholesome living.

In the Bible, deliverance from Egypt appears as a descriptor of God some 37 times. That is twice as many as God who created the heavens and the Earth (15 times).

Still, a creator-God seems to be pretty much the fall back position and we know that salvation was on his mind before he created the world.

When Moses wrote the Ten Commandments as Israel approached Canaan he referred the Sabbath commandment to God’s Deliverance of Israel from Egypt not God’s creation of the world in 6 days.
Believing in a Creator God does not save anyone. (Excellent interpretation by Moses!)

Salvation obviously comes to created beings, but it remains at the top of the divine agenda, invested as it is in the Son of Man, the Life-giver and it was made a must-happen event before the world began.

The name above all names is …

Salvation

Jesus

Joshua

Yehoshua

יהשה

Christ, the Atoning Sacrifice for Sickness and Disease?

Christ forgave people their sins before he actually laid down his life. Adam, Abraham, and Moses were all forgiven. Now we’re pretty sure that there is no sin that can be defined as mankind needing physical maintenance. God also healed scores people in ancient times without the reference to sacrificial death.

Where is death, enemy #1, in the scenario that permanently forgives sins, heals bodies, and relieves demonic oppression?

Christ died to save us from our sins, not from sickness, and not from poverty or lack of this world’s goods. He saves all or none at all. New bodies are a resurrection morning event for everyone. He heals all or none at all. Matthew 8:16-17 is not about atonement, but divine generosity, identifying with human humiliation and relieving human physical and demonic oppression. The remission of sin is the only stated goal for Christ’s death on the cross.

That evening they brought to him many were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: He took our illnesses and bore our diseases. Matthew 8:16-17

Christ Never Arraigned a Sinner

Having a host of entities all ready to throw one book or another at us, it is satisfying to know that God’s adjudication of the human condition is far more noble than the rush to repay God with our faithfulness. It may come as a surprise that when God speaks in his court he speaks to justify or vindicate himself. This appears in Psalm 51 as David speaks about his sin and his recovery.

Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Psalms 51:4

The cross is God’s verdict, conditional on grace (his gift and my thanks) and faith (his faithfulness and my faith).

If David was condemned for his sin he should have also been executed. Apparently, God forgave him. Our Lord demonstrates his advocacy when a woman accused of a capital sin walks free when he rules “no condemnation from me”.

Everyone was pretty sure that she was worthy of death but not the Lord. Even faithful Moses, prosecutor-General (John 5:45), would have concurred. Recall Moses’ divorce allowance (amendment?).

Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.

Divine justice. Romans 3:25

Mercyseat operations – blood and atonement – show his rightness.

[Christ] whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

Since we cannot pay for our unbelief nor pay for the gift of life let us love with the love he’s given us. Is not thanks enough?

Lord, thanks for the grace

κύριε, χάρις χαριτι