Why did the heathen rage

The heathen who raged were bigoted and rebellious. They rage with jealousy and they rage against the king, not the people. They seem to like being exposed to divine anger. Israel is a nation (goy, yog) above all others.1 There is only one kingdom of priests: Israel. Neither the Hebrew nation nor the nations are ignorant of God’s priorities. Germany, the UK or the US are never going to be the greatest or highest nation on the planet. That designation was reserved for the descendants of Abraham and is now exclusively for those who kiss the Son, the king on the hill. The nations conspire because they do not know what God is going to do, and even God’s prophets are often in the dark, even though he promises to give his prophets a heads up (Amos 3:7). Let the heathen rage, because they can, and they must, so that the happiness of those who take refuge the Lord’s Son may stand in contrast with the perishing as long as they remain exposed, separate from the king.

The day Yeshua could not hide

This business about the king on the hill is not as private as we have thought. Magi came to worship while the people had their heads in the sand, or more precisely, their noses glued to the scent of Roman power, instead of the power of God’s written word.

And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. Mark. 7:24

The interactions God had with the neighbours of Israel are eyeopening. They make the case that when both repeated exile and restoration, the ups and the downs always have been in the care and company of heathen nations and peoples that takes the sail out of the us them of the Mosaic tradition. One can refuse to eat with Gentiles or even to enter a Gentile home, but we are standing against that conspiracy to ignore the facts, namely that God in ancient times sent top level ambassadors to people other than Israelites.2 There is even a God-directed partnership with Syria and Israel on one side and Judah on the other (2 Kings 15:37).

God’s checklist – from Abraham to David

It is as if there is a checklist of events Yeshua to use to drive home the emptiness of the wall of partition between Israelites and the heathen. Syria, Lebanon, alien lepers, widows, all receiving law defying attention from heaven’s ambassadors is a testimony that cannot be hidden. The same players are on the agenda. He goes to them, he touches them, he stays with them.

We cannot forget that Abraham’s descendants are not themselves the king, and David’s house, in which were combined both mediation and kingdom, was the repository of all things that make happiness and lasting security possible. David’s house was going to buck the trend in order to make a clear distinction between the king on one side and the heathen and the rulers on the other. Some things we have to just say amen to. When it comes to being not Israel the Ninevites probably take the cake. But any nation will do to help us illustrate that the heathen/Gentile Jew split has had its day.

How to love the nations

The ancient pattern of showing how much he cared for the heathen was going to have a witness doubles in modern times. This is what plays out in Yeshua’s visit to Tyre and Sidon. It is a deliberate fellowship with the heathen that also came to life in the Book of Acts. Him wanting to keep it secret is not to hide the momentous event(s) but to avoid unnecessary publicity, which we have seen him do. The interests of David’s house was going to excel by connected with both global inclusion and atonement through the king on the hill. Even with John the baptist preaching in a desert the upset could not remain unwitnessed.

The God in touch with everyone

God does not stand afar off. He sends prophetic delegation to a military officer in Syria who suffers with leprosy, to a widow in Lebanon, to the Syro-phoenician woman whose daughter was demonized, to the centurion whose faith was not found in Israel, to a uncircumcised centurion Cornelius.

And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” Matt. 8:2 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matt. 8:3 And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” Matt. 8:4

A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Do not even try. The king of that city has a shiny new title: king of the nations.

1 The ESV soft pedals segullah mikol haummim, a manifest comparison and distinction, not “among”. Compare Gen. 3:1, Exo.. 33:16, Deu. 7:6, 1 Kings 4:31, Jer. 17:9

2 Israelite king to Syrian King (1 Kings 15:18), Syrian king to Israelite king (2 King 5;5).

Liars die but bigots dive

In a world dulled by nepotism and xenophobia it may seem to be a wonder that no one died like Ananias and Saphira when discrimination appeared in the early church.
We have no record of investigation or culprits – it would have shrunk the membership to zero. Peter was caught up in the hypocrisy and he was the rallying point for the disciples. We should not terrify church members- people who believe – with the thought that they die when they sin.

Freed by truth

Honesty and candour are lasting character treasures but it is necessary to  evaluate the quality of the resulting freedom. It is necessary because many things are called truth: only one of them is a candidate as saving truth. One reviewing every collection of commands, decrees, and judgments, one thing is certain: it takes more than any created thing to liberate humanity. There is not even a hnt of liberation in the Ten Commandments, and there is no record of anyone being ushered into the glorious liberty of God’s elect because they have kept any covenant. The business of setting people free has never happened on account of compliance with regulations. Something unique has to be brought to bear on our bondage.

He shall send from heaven, and save me [from] the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.

Psalm 57:3

The doublespeak about human performance, accountability, and identity is under the miscroscope. Animals, gold and silver are not liberating elements. For an ancient Israelite there was the lasting impression that money answers to everything. Even the ancient activity of returning (shub) to covenant or Yahweh is not a lifegiving activity. Coming back to worship Yahweh after an idolatrous excursion is not the same as changing one’s mind about the status quo and believing in God for finality. The blood of animals does not affect the source of poor human judgment and behaviour. The consciences of people who were occupied with gold, silver, grain, and animal blood sacrifices remained tainted with destructive desires and rebellion. Truth that liberates does not bring one under the yokes of the past. Christ has a new yoke that does not include any anxiety such as the law introduces with its hundreds of demands. Coming to the Truth, to Christ, brings rest, liberty from death’s terror and from the owners of death’s power, guaranteed.

Do not bother saying Amen


When we cannot believe the things we hear in prayer we encourage foolishness when we say amen. God will only answer the requests that match His will anyway. Even when no one else agrees God gives, on request, good gifts. I am personally cautious about being an amen-for-amen’s-sake kind of guy.

Junky prayers show up when we ignore God’s will

  • We ask for a touch on someone’s “everything”, head to toe
  • We ask for God to heal a person’s everything
  • Then we ask God to remove every “stumblingblock”

Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

Matthew 18:7

Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!

Luke 17:1

No amen when prayer turns to junk

People who pray in public often show off their private practices, the theological concern of the moment, and a confusing mix of insults to a caring God and a desire dressed up like faith. Asking for a miraculous and instantaneous loss of weight may sound like a great faith venture but may also be as unlikely as a wanting to swallow a camel. We can never pray away things Christ says MUST happen, such as affliction, adversity, or stumbling blocks. Perhaps people make poor word choices when they are praying, instead of getting their words from the Holy Spirit. Offences or stumbling blocks are necessary from God’s perspective.

Hope that settles

The people who sit in the darkness can be blissfully unaware of the light that may be about to dawn, so when it does come they were not prepared for that light to be a person. They and we hoped but were not sufficiently convinced to drop everything so that their expectations can be realized.

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

1 Thessalonians 2:19

There is a nakedness that attends every expectation. Our hoping is an admission of poverty in some respect. We hope for things we do not have and the lack is a condition we know will end. Hope must be allowed to settle us and be treated as part of Christ’s saving equipment.


And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

1 John 2:28

Finding rest in the text – B

Continuing our conviction that coming to God’s written word is a deal that brings rest, we venture to propose that our coming and arrival includes guarding the

Protecting the mysteries

Our defence of  the faith is an important part of our rest.  This will ultimately call for us to walk in the other person’s shoes. This is a primary contributor to spiritual health. It is more than having thoughts and prayers and even having an emotional expression or deliverance insights about our neighbours in their adversity. Theology that brings us to law, Moses, Jewish types and fables as the ultimate expressionn9fnthr kin hd9mjru4dis suspect because the texts are designed to bring us to Christ, to discoveries of the substance of what the earlier witnesses saw or spoke about as yet future, not understanding but yet saved by the faith they possessed.

Real Rest

The aim of God’s intervention is to deposit divine love in human hearts.
The yoke – easy and educational – that we are invited to take on gives us real rest in the place of annual cycles of sin and death. Even when our love does not provide the relief needed for life’s situations rest is assured.  We rejoice with those rejoicing, and we mourn with the mourners. Our rest takes Messianic shape with our dynamic connection to our neighbours. Our rest is not from our hostile neighbours but from the anointed work of God.

Guarding the word and the treasure the word brings

We do theology only to the extent that we have been equipped by our pastors to do so. Instead of holding people captive to our pastoral acuity and expertise we ought to take the greatest pleasure in seeing our members advance along the lines of our own empowerment and outfitting. Currently we keep looking for problems to solve, the miracle relief, but both the written word and the personal Word of God give rest without revolving yawning.

The snare of legalism

The definitions of legalism have not always been helpful. There is always a “but” in the explanation usually to fill the perceived void that liberation from death, sin, and law seemed to create. The pressure towards law is immense and wicked. Jews who decided to follow the were rightly assumed to have discarded the Law. Theologians, fully displaying their cowardice and laziness, have applied the term antinomian to anyone who dared to cling to life and not death. When we say we are Christians we do not need to confess anything about Moses, prophets, law, or Judaism, If you feel guilty about receiving Yeshua as God’s Anointed you are a fly in the spider’s web of legalism, snared and probably still dead.

Paul had said so much that puts the law into a unattractive framework that he asks the question that his readers were bound to ask.

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

Rom. 7:7

Law is a hypocrite’s tool

  1. they believe in monogamy, but a man can yabam his way to as many wives as he has brothers who predecease their spouses
  2. the priests do the same work Sunday to Saturday and are guiltless
  3. people put patriarchal above the sabbath by performing circumcision
  4. they believe that gold and silver are currency for atonement
  5. they equate commandment keeping with righteousness even when it is clear that no-one gets saved by doing so
  6. they insist that saved people must commit adultery – remarrying the husband – the law – from whom they were set free by Christ
  7. they enrich themselves by devouring the money and property of God’s priestly people often by robbery and murder

We are pretty sure that law does not figure in Messianic lordship. He did not need it to save us and he does not need it to keep us safe and to enable our growth. By the time Yeshua is into his first tour of Israel the law and the prophets had been certified as weak, ineffective, and without authority.

What did Paul say? He said (ii) Jews were unfaithful/unbelieving even though God entrusted the oracles to them (ii) Jews were convicted of sin – did not keep the law (iii) Abraham was not in any position to brag about his performance of duty but rather his faith (iv) People (Romans or Jews) are not under law but under grace and (v) there was no fruit but death from the things they cherished.

Liberated

To be sure about what our behaviour should be the place to look is the Cross. To be sure about who is our authority the person to look to is Yeshua. To be sure about our identity we must believe and confess Yeshua’s death and resurrection.

A day to remember, eh?

One day long ago a Philistine capital was rocked to its foundation. A Jewish official, appointed by God and given superhuman powers, pulled down a Philistine government building killing 3000 persons. That day changed nothing in Canaan. In 2004 a tsunami took the lives of 225,000 in the Indian Ocean. That day changed nothing in the Asian world. Eighteen years ago the American people suffered the loss of 3000 persons in a suicide attack that also brought down a building. That day changed nothing even though the mantra would have people believe that there is a new era and a new world order emerging.

The one lesson that does way more than any kind of memorialization is the elemtary collective security and unity that nations love to name and fail to claim.

Appeal of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, June 1936

I ask the fifty-two nations, who have given the Ethiopian people a promise to help them in their resistance to the aggressor, what are they willing to do for Ethiopia? And the great Powers who have promised the guarantee of collective security to small States on whom weighs the threat that they may one day suffer the fate of Ethiopia, I ask what measures do you intend to take?

Representatives of the World I have come to Geneva to discharge in your midst the most painful of the duties of the head of a State. What reply shall I have to take back to my people?”

Grace and glory not earned

Psalm 84:11-12 seems to give assurances of divine generosity but the precise pervasiveness of God’s giving needs to be held up to the light.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

The components of this verse are very different. On first glance we see:
A. What is. God is…
B. What happens or will happen
C. What will/might happen

For clarity we recognize that there is no path to worshipping the sun (the star at the centre of our galaxy or any other star) or a shield or any other defensive military equipment.

  • God is not a star or a piece of armour.
  • He does what the sun does.
  • He provides what a shield does.

We can misplace the generosity of the Lord by treating the gift as (1) merely likely, or as (2) if it never happened. What are the chances of the grace and glory gift being all future? Neither Jew nor Christian can say that favour and significance, grace and glory have been withheld. Both grace and glory have been given repeatedly, which is precisely the point of YITTEN, יתן, translated as “He will give”. Natan נתן would have meant the gift giving is over. He gives so much of this that there was no doubt of the activity. The straight line to the 3rd part is justified.

Life without grace or glory

We know most certainly that if God withheld grace and glory no one would survive. Of the good things we have two samples right here in the sentence: grace and glory.

The person who walks in integrity is a graced person. He or she can be in no other category. Someone who walks perfectly is a familiar image: Abraham, Noah, and David (Gen. 15:2, 6:1, 1 Kings 9:4). Each of these stands in company with sacrificial animals: blemish free. But we must notice that animals chosen as offerings need no work-up to their condition. Humans become flawless only when God accepts the sacrifice of His Son.

Those lovely apartments

“Will give grace and glory” is not the best translation. How else could any one claim to recognize God’s lovable residences?

Sparrows in the sacred tent, where only the priests could go?
Birds nesting in the holy places and in places where even the priests dared not?

Grace and glory he keeps giving
חן וכבוד יתן

So much hatred of freedom

Someone shared the following rant against divine generosity. It failed to encourage me. It turns out to be so low there’s snake all over it.

What it means to maintain principles

Is that like having an annual clean up with no end in sight? Is that maintenance like the way of condemnation in the temple? Is that like executing people instead of liberating them?

In all dealings with His creatures God has maintained the principles by revealing sin in its true character, by demonstrating that its sure result is misery and death. The unconditional pardon of sin never have has been, and never will be. Such pardon of sin would show the abandonment of principles of righteousness, which are the foundation of the Government of God

(Gods Amazing grace 73.2?)… cannot be found in vengeance.

This outrageous venom is right next to Caiaphas’ denial of Christ. The writer is saying that grace is debt, that grace starts a race to set oneself right with God.

Not so certain truths

Do you really want to cling to NEW BODIES ON CONVERSION?

  • We certainly have been forgiven, or is forgiveness a loan?
  • We most certainly are sons of God, or is that provisional until we comply with what the church says?
  • We most certainly are not condemned by the Covenant in Christ’s Blood as contrasted with the moral law written in stony tablets?
  • We are most certainly safe in the grace-faith that saves, just as having been plucked from the waves in which he was sinking, Peter was safe.

Do you really want to cling to GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER SO CHRIST CAN GIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT?

  • Let us just say that when the leopard can change his spots he needs no Saviour
  • God does not check ethnicity, culture, diet or compliance with Mosaic law.
  • Faith alone in Christ alone sets people free

Only the bewitched and demon-inspired cling to prison, condemnation and fear.

  • Prison, from which faith in Christ frees us. Galatians 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
  • Condemnation, the stony record; 2 Corinthians 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written engraved in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
  • Fear of death and men; 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Alongside the cross, no buts or ands

No one gets power, love and a sound mind by any means beside faith in the crucified. If there is a “but” or an “and” on the must be saved highway that route is a detour and a shipwreck. No one gets out of the law’s prison by paying his debt. No one can embrace the law and not get burned. It is ridiculous to propose that the tabernacle stood until Christ came without a report of anyone – priest or commoner – asking for it to be put away permanently. Christ has the right to say “No more of your traditions, patriarchal, ritual, royal, or prophetic” and when we choose to take a pass on his voice, building our houses on things proven to be irrelevant and ineffective we can be sure that our priorities are not so certain truths.

The whisper of the prophetic voice

In the chaos of the quest for dominance people seem to have forgotten that the majesty of morality cannot ever be achieved by legislation of any kind. If God was going to establish his kingdom on the Sinai Covenant that would be abundantly clear, but the New Testament makes no such appeal. The need for a prophetic voice has been exclusively vetted in the person and work of the Messiah.

If the American Judeo Christian platform is trustworthy then we must admit that there is no progress for the meek of the earth. The thousands of pastors, evangelists, deliverance ministers, and teachers seem to have lost their first love. There is not a single voice or pen that has stepped into the breech to call out the xenophobia and oppression of the poor or the greed and violence of the patriotic class.

It is not possible that the servants of Christ do not recognize the injustice and moral decay that America and most of the modern states have refused to confess. The excellence of Christ that Peter says we were called from darkness to proclaim is hidden under a mountain of legal nonsense. It is not the cross that drives their agenda, but law. They will, as a result, take the side of the beastly and satanic world order – to be seen as law-abiding. They have already shown that they are more interested in the unborn than in the living. It suits their agenda that mass murders are unstoppable because someone is profiting excessively from the sale of weapons.

The one thing that defines Christianity is often discarded once a person is received into fellowship. New believers find themselves looking up at Moses and wondering how could such a thing happen. The culture of works – filthy rag rightrousness – has stilled the prophetic voice of Christ and his apostles. Without a direct line to Messianic sayings and deeds the voice of authority is a mere window-dressing whisper.

All the earth; a very big deal

How excellent your name!!! The first and last expressions of Psalm 8 are identical. MAH ADDIR SHIMeKA is a striking call out and “all the earth” is an unstoppable attention-getter because it is the superlative expression of global harmony and community.

The narrative runs from the proposition to the punchline through one request and a few pitstops;

The storyline gets expanded only once from (1)” you remember humanity” (2) “you visit him” with YOU KEEP HIM LACKING JUST BELOW ANGELS

Narrative thread

  1. Request: Please put your glory above the heavens.
  2. Surely I keep looking at your heavens
  3. you remember humanity
  4. you visit him
  5. you chrown him
  6. you make him ruler

Wanna know who the actors are? By name? David and Yahweh.

This query – who are the actors? – highlights the peculiarity of usage of the divine name: God’s actual name. It is both mystery and enigma. Conscience demanded that Moses had a name to attach to his message to Pharaoh. The patriarchs, built altars and vocalized towards God using several distinct names.

  1. He was EL-something in patriarchal times; EL-OLAM, EL-BERIT, EL-ELYON etc.
  2. Adonay is not a name; it is “owner”, “lord”, a term one uses to show respect to one’s peers.
  3. Abigail’s servants used adoneynu of their boss Nabal (2 Sam. 25:14, 17).
  4. David is “our lord” (1Kgs. 1:11, 1Kgs. 1:43, 1Kgs. 1:47) spoken respectively by a Levite (priest’s son), Bathsheba, and David’s servants).
  5. “Our Lord” is also on the lips of the returned exiles (Neh. 8:10 , Neh. 10:29)

It is not merely curious that the sacred name YHWH is not spoken and that ADON takes its place. It is as if one rejects using one’s wife’s name, and insists of calling her “my wife”, “ISHTI” but the name, the same name, put into the temple, becomes a wall of injustice, a pretext for xenophobia. The excellence of the name is denied when women and Gentiles are treated as strangers to God’s glory and strangers to the glory assigned to all humans. Glory that is above the heavens has been dragged through earthly things: wood, precious metals, blood, leather, and fine cloths.

All the earth seems to be on the backburner for the religious classes who have their heads locked into place between law and prophet, between the secular and the profane. All the earth does not stand a chance in their books. They will have a mighty explanation for standing afar off when the call has been going out for God’s people to mingle with all the earth and spice things up with heaven’s light.

Rightly-divided; do not panic

We have all been trying to interpret what the various messages mean for us, but it sometimes seem as if the goals are either to apply the idea before its relevance and its unique connection to reality are discovered or to find some metaphorical application of everything we read. The instructions about holiness and removing uncleanness, for example, have no place in an informed environment when the procedure ends in someone being stoned to death. The proclamations about what God is and the actions he engages in are also major turning points. The filters we use for separating the enduring pieces of revelaton from the expected, desired, and probable. We will see that rightly-dividing however will affect a verse, a sentence, a paragraph, and it does take courage to separate faith and life from fear and works.

As judge God will not be found accusing and seeking the condemnation of anyone. Despite the loud claims for capital lunishment as the ultimate verdict againts wrongdoing it has no place in civic – much less Christian – society.

The shepherd and his shepherding

“The Lord is my shepherd” states what is. He does not stop being my shepherd, no matter what the sheep’s condition or situation. The actions the shepherds performs are many, all in recognition of the sheep’s needs.

  • (I) lack
  • makes me lie down
  • leads (me)
  • makes my soul return
  • (I) walk
  • (I) fear
  • (he) comforts
  • you prepare
  • anoint
  • pursues (me)
  • (I) dwell

The thirsty sheep may not be in the field to eat the grass but Yahweh is still shepherd. The sheep may not see or even recognize the overflowing cup, but Yahweh is still shepherd.

A similar relationship between fact and action, between what is and what happens appears in the Lord’s sayings about the identity iof His disciples. When he says “You are the light of the world” he states what is, not what we can try to become. We are well aware of what light’s functions are. If we do not believe that we are light or salt of living stones we will never consent to the mysteries flowing through us. Lamps do not light themselves, and their light streams as naturally as a fig tree bears figs.

Separating the trust from the fear

The difference between what one does and who one is cannot be corrected by trying to adjust what one is. That requires a creative/redemptive act. When I lack, I know I am his sheep. What God says is, is. Accepting that fact seems to be the hub of fearful and unfruitful lives. We cannot get a glimpse of the actions God initiates on our behalf if we do not fully embrace what he says is the framework – He’s our shepherd. When our life is being drained, when we are in death’s valley, we have our shepherd and he is with us. In this frame, Immanuel comes alive for the believer and there is no condition that separates the beloved from the Lover.

Another Milestone – September 1

It is my birthday. My dad had 88 of them, and mother had 92. If you imagine that I have a few octagenarian relatives and exceptional caregivers among them, you are right.  The days I spent in their frontline care amount to the full number of their share of their days. As I celebrate this marker I am full of gratitude for them and for all the people who have stood courageously beside me, those who have quietly made sure there was wind under my wings to keep me aloft. 

This birthday is more than happy. The many things I dreamed of as a juvenile and as a young adult that are today’s reality are momentous. To understand my destiny as wrapped up in my village, in the capital city of my native land, and the specific ideals passed on to me, is to understand the popularity of injustice and insensitivity and the youthful courage to resist.

Above all, I have learned that resistance is futile when destiny calls and now the stars are in procession for triumph. I have learned to honour my siblings – love really begins at home – ECL, EVU, and WW.

Since you died

How dare anyone who died with Christ keep running to dogma – law or statute of any kind – as if life in the world was actually maintained by human observation and performances. Talk about arrogance and foolish pride!

Colossians 2:20

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

Dying with Christ has nothing to do with our accountability but with his. We did not care that much. So dying with Christ has nothing to do with our personal preferences but with his. He chose us. Dying with Christ has nothing to do with our performance but with his. His one act of laying down his life still blows away anything we can possibly do or anything we have wanted to do.

I died with Christ

The text is a powerful affirmation of the fact that we died. There is nothing iffy about me needing to die in order to live. I died to elementary things. I died to law and prophets. I died to don’t touch, I died to dont taste, I died to don’t handle, but that is where we are, rejecting the death-to-life trail, and looking on high to see the things of Christ is of little interest to us.

Forgetting why we died is a sign of denial of Christ’s lordship.

The Certainty and Nature of our Inheritance

We commit our lives to what Christ has purchased for us even when we do not see the precise form of the gift. Our sonship remains mysterious in accordance with the Spirit’s motions. If we did see we would be able to say we know the unknown, and then we would have nothing to hope for. Faith is concerned with things we hope for and the resources of the exalted Christ are of distinct and immovable significance.

Our interest

Since we are connected personally with Christ in glory – we died with him, rose with him, and are seated with him – our desires ought to be focused on his possessions in their primary essence.


You were raised from death with Christ. So live for what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God.

Colossians 3:1
Christ’s glorious riches are for strengthening us in our inner being.
Every need of the believer gets attention out of Christ’s glorious riches.
The purpose of the Christ Event is to make known His glorious riches to the Gentile world.
It is impossible to find an inheritance that is not the personal property of the Lamb of God.

It is a demonic lie that offers people everything their hearts desire.  Even if one had evidence of having a perfect delight in the Lord our hearts ought to be in sync with his heart. He is not unaware of our mundane needs – as our daily prayers should alert us – but we can do  better than to show ourselves as imitators  of the Gentile world by seeking things for our biological eexistence: food, drink and clothing.

Glory Glory

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

Proverbs 25:2

God’s concealing and our searching constitute a monumental and beneficial hide and seek. God is not in the hiding business but neither does he leave his business out in the open. Recall how Yeshua spoke in parables, and how he called the most important revelations mysteries.

Royal Assignment

  • God is not opposed to kings; his glory is not opposed to man’s honour
  • Neither kings nor commoner can find God by searching
  • God’s concealing his business does not put it beyond reach.

Far from being opposites, God and the king are in the business of honouring each other.

There is no need to wax poetic over kabod being aplied to God and man. There is no need to change the translation of dabar when it applies to either God or man.

Conceal = encrypt
Glory and honour; kavode כבוד
Thing and matter; word, dabar דבר

God’s fingerprint is on display in the encryption of his business. If you do no research you are not a king/queen. In nature and the written revelation God is revealing matters, and nothing trivial. Though these are matters are apparently ignored by many, the messages await in their encrypted states the deciphering by our ears, eyes, taste, touch, and intellect. There are two criteria for dealing with God’s encrypted business.

Overwhelmed by choices

Unklike the crooked systems of human governance our choices of getting the glory are simple and transparent. The choices of where a matter lands is binary. The design of the universe has binary distinctions: life and death, good for us and bad for us. Beyond binary is mere diversity: The beginning of our realities had heaven and earth. The consummation of God’s business is a series of heaven-on-earth kind of activities.

Correct Criteria

One must measure everything by heaven and earth. Recall how Yehsua taught using the motif the kingdom of heaven is like. He also made it clear that when heaven initiates change in the earth the subjects are like the wind – one does not know its origin or destination. This means that the revolving explanations of what is or ought to be in the hearts of queens and kings are likely to be a lot of hot air.


The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

Proverbs 25:3

When we are done seeking out the wise sayings of Solomon, Hezekiah’s men, Agur, and Lemuel we will find that there is not much that informs our great salvation. Solomon has a descendant whose glory and kingdom eclipses anything Solomon came up with or possessed, and the ancient kingdoms under David’s dynasty or not are measured purely by earth, not heaven.

Kill the Dreamers-3

Killing the dreamer epitomises the history of the Israelite family. Their persecution of their prophets and leaders is aptly reconstructed by Stephen in his defence before the Sanhedrin where he was arraigned for blasphemy. “Kill the dreamer” is the solution that comes up time and time again in the history of the modern world as it did in summary narrative of Stephen’s defence.

Cowardly champions



The surprising result of comparing biblical dreamer-killing with secular assassinations shows how deeply into human nature the resistance is drilled. Every group of believers has created structural barriers to curtail legitimate dreaming. Denominational visionaries and bishops seem to have taken the cowardly approach to development and progress, and most of these gatekeepers are ill-equiped to deal with dissent and the profound issues of the Christian faith. Step out of line – even to ask a pertinent question – and all barrels are aimed at you.

On record

Dreamers are out of line with the trending treasures and yet their dreams were more fundamental than the wise imagined.  Powers like the United States, while championing inventiveness and liberty are on record as having no compunction with imposing silence by means of death on dissenting voices and on those who dare to dream beyond the status quo. The United States is also not alone in prosecuting anyone who dares to seek to do the very thing that distinguishes America from her mother. Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. are seated into the living archives of human memory. In the place where peace has a memorable and contestable mention the record is equally distressing. Jerusalem has been killing dreamers too, joined in recent times by Egypt. Two dreamers stand out: Anwar Sadat and Yitzhak Rabin.

I need look no further

When the words that flow are hateful, fierce, and unfounded we detect demon influence. The reason the bigots of America not being properly diagnosed and their demons not being sent into the swine or whatever animal happens to be nearby is that there are too many demons. There are probably more demoniac heads of state than we would want to admit, and not enough certified or fake exorcists. Americans live in one huge cage, sharing accommodations with hateful and unclean birds, and I do not need to look any more.

When the preacher spends 10 minutes setting up his spiele and there is no sign that he has taken in the dimensions of the text I tend not to look any more. When the politician says “when you look at…” and there is nothing except more moronic megalomania people tend to stop looking.

When our friends keep turning our attention to symbols and idols we draw the line. We do not need kindergarten when we come of age. Faith – the man Messiah Yeshua – has arrived and maturity is the package. When they tell us that today’s movie is yesterday’s blockbuster we do not need to look any more. Counterfeits, cleverly devised fables deserve no further look.

I want mercy not killing

Where mercy prevails there is no need for sacrifices. Men can be expected to behave like animals, devouring and robbing their neighbors, often in the name of nobility and rightness.

Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

Hosea 6:1


He himself tears up Israel and will heal her. Forget that line-up that says human behaviour leads to indictment and justice. God takes responsibility for ripping Israel to pieces.

Israel’s flaky goodness


O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.

Hosea 6:4


The score so far: shaped by the prophets and put to death by Yahweh’s words.




Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.
Judgments are like light that exits (and does not return?). Hosea 6:5




For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me. Hosea 6:6-7

Dysfunction in surprising places


Gilead appears in the prophets as a place for healing, agricultural abundance, and animal farming, but here Gilead is indicted as the HQ for murder and theft by the priests.


Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood. And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.

Hosea 6:8-9



Compare this prophetic word in Hosea with the life-giving words of Yeshua. Behold the mercy extended to all humans! Compare a thousand years of animal sacrifices with the day the Lamb of God laid down his life, and behold mercy’s dismantling of the sacrificial system (May. 27:51). Compare the death of sinners under Moses (Hebrews 10:28, 2 Cor. 3:19) with Yeshua’s refusal to condemn the guilty (John 8:11, 3:17) and behold the priority of mercy.

Mercy not killing



Human judgment cannot be trusted with questions of the life and death of human beings. The record shows that we will accuse and condemn innocent people when given the chance. It is not a human trait to forgive offence and we have not stood with God in his demand for mercy. The day of Pentecost confirms that mercy is king and sacrifice has left the building.

King of Crap

List Jerusalem as a virgin for being declared as Israel’s capital by a corrupt Gentile head of state. List Israel as the witting pawn of another superpower. List the role of the United States as powerbroker in the peace and security of the Levant as effectively finished. The vast majority of Israel’s kings were bad actors for rejecting the instructions and mercies of Israel’s rightful monarch, and there can come no good of an alliance that recognizes the proclamations of the king of crap.

American king

Jerusalem is not looking for a king and has political parties like the nations. The ruins of Israel’s heritage tell us that Jerusalem needs a course correction. Israel’s greatest and most loved king bought a threshing floor from a Jebusite to be the site of the temple. The southern portion of this same tract of land is Zion proper and it is there we find the royal palaces and royal tombs. The two locations are distinguished by name and content: Jerusalem with the temple and Zion with the palace.

A place for all to worship and live

The idea that the interests of Israeli citizens are advanced by a United States president whose trademarks are bigotry and xenophobia is all landfill material. Israeli citizens cannot decide the fate of Jerusalem because the pride of being chosen and circumcised cannot be reconciled with the manifest destiny of Jerusalem

King David, king God

King is either David or God.   David’s city is either Bethlehem, his native town and famous for the approved inclusion of Moabites into Israelite life, and David’s city is Zion, captured from the Jebusites and dedicated for royal residences.

Zion has no nationalist future

Israel’s neighbours have a place in the royal city, and the ones that were hostile to Israel are named as native: Rahab Babylon, Philistia, and Tyre.

Fundamental Zionism has taken a U-turn because no one has been nir2
His foundation is in the holy mountains. The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah. I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there. And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah. As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.

Psalm 87

A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah.Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Psalms 48:1-2

Israel has had its share of crap kings and the United States’ DNA is dominated by an anti-monarch gene.

A godly supply

A beggar can be expected to share the scraps he has collected. A prince can be expected to treat someone to a full course feast. Each offers supplies in accordance with his realm. When we say that God does or gives something in accordance with his kingdom, grace, or glory, we expect to find unique dimensions defining the activity or supplies.

My God will use his glorious riches to give you everything you need. He will do this through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

This saying from Paul is intended to raise the expectations of his readers. They were to expect God to address their needs in accordance with his significant riches. As such, groceries, precious metals, and real estate are not part of Christ’s glorious inheritance. They are certainly in his control and he gives commands concerning our requests for everything, even when the things are in our power.

Perhaps it would be good to recall that Paul had just finished saying that he has everything he needs. This saying shows Paul’s contentment with God’s gifts and his awareness that God gives in line with extreme generosity and unlinited means and resources. This means that a commensurate gift or a gift from the glorious riches does not need to be 6-figured, made of precious stones or metals. Exact change for $3.65 from an unexpected source just when one needs it is a riches in glory gift.

Feeding the hungry could get a person killed

And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?

Luke 6:1-2

Defining a person’s work and its season seems to have been the aim of the fourth command of the Sinai Covenant. When we put everyone’s work on the schedule we find a tear in the fabric of justice.
The case of the man who gathered firewood on the Sabbath and perished as condemned must come to mind because it illustrates what should happen when the Sabbath is violated. One would think that both criteria – THE WORK and THE SEASON – were met in that guilty verdict. One would also admit that guilty verdicts have been found to be faulty.


Who said that people are not allowed
• To eat on the Sabbath?
• Procure food on the Sabbath?
• Prepare food on the Sabbath?

No one. Neither were we aware that sacred duties profane the Sabbath with no indictment. Feeding the hungry is no longer suspect activity and creating the environment for people to be charged with Sabbath profanation is a malicious and unchristian venture. Feeding the hungry is noble activity any hour and any day.

The Terror They Treasure

Say “Terror” and all kinds of pictures spring to mind, many photo-shopped and many unrecognizable. Black men were supposed to be a terror to Caucasian women, but the rape and incest was coming from White men. Hooded Klansmen, nationalist talking heads, any nation teeming with swords and not food, and masked religious people calling for America’s death are all cut from the same cloth. Let me clean up the montage just a little. Suicidal killers seem to be a Jewish invention. There may be other individuals who thought and followed through on the thought “Let me die with my enemies” but Samson, the first real and successful strongman, was a Hebrew. The ability to silence one’s neighbour has been the tool of bad actors from earliest times.

To the guillotine

God did not silence Satan. God locked up – first prison on record – some of the angels in thick darkness, rendering them useless to Satan. God did not execute the leader of rebellion in heaven. He wisely removed him from his court: flung him far away, from heaven to earth. Our modern cosmology allows us to think of heaven and earth as neighbours, but to the ancients they are distant realities. The terrorism of some nations is cleverly hidden behind platitudes and empty gestures: saluting, parading, slogans, maxims, and punchlines. The backstop is always going to be: worship the state or die.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, [so] great is his mercy toward them that fear him. KJV

Ps 103:11

Killing offenders and the innocent in the attempt to be right, both the sacred and the secular worlds have been terrorizing people with loss of liberty and life, the very things both the secular law and sacred conventions guarantee to all.

One nation cage

Our greatest word-worker is Paul, a man who terrorized the church to the nth degree. If a man like that can tell you that the whole of his heritage, up to being confronted by the Risen Christ, seems like rubbish, do we not need to make a similar leap? People are afraid of being sent to prison: it is supposed to be a good thing to be chastened and corrected, but the state does not guarantee anyone’s safety, even in prison. How deluded can people be in thinking that throwing the book (Bible and law) at someone can be a reliable means of realizing God’s will! We should never alloww ourselves to be trapped in a patriotic maze, especially when the nation is one huge cage for demonic ventutres.

Mobs that call for blood

Forgive me for thinking that the nations teeming with guns and violent mobs are capitalizing on the potential to silence people who ask questions and people they think are undeserving of the common rights and privileges. If you can incite a mob to kill and maim you are in very bad company. When you can no longer incite a mob to follow you blindly you are a toothless terrorist. When people reject the priorities of their only guide (Moses/Jew, Constitution/Americans, Jesus/Christian, etc.) they are in very bad company. This helps us understand why the American death trap persists – scapegoating the unpatriotic and unbaptized by forcing people to fear expressing their opinion even dispassionately. To express ones views passionately is an invitation to the assassins.

No-one can terrorize a worshipper of the true God. One may think that Elijah’s fear of Jezebel points to the contrary, or that the sword wielded by secular power should scare people into doing the right thing. That did not work at Sinai, when the the people said “yeah” and did not follow through. It did not work in Babylon when only three Hebrew individuals refuse to worship a false God. If you were not one of the guilty before God would you be stoning and hanging people? Since we know that God has no interest in condemning anyone – we are all born into – what would appropriate chastening look like, and there is no law to be applied to those who have escaped the terror of sin and death.

We find no-one saying “I love the law” except the songwriter with a fried-conscience in Psalm 119. If you love the law, then you ought to love its consequences. But how can you, knowing that where you are not could not be possible if the law had its way? We can treasure thge glorious freedom in Christ or revel in terrorizing our peers with our denial of our stated treasures, namely, sin, law, and death.

Ranking Jokes

It is thought that godly people have no time for humour or recreation while some people think that time is running out and that everyone needs to shift into a kind of super-proselytization mode.  Good fun is part of God’s design and to deny it amounts to dangerous extremism. Hearing God laugh at the people putting distance between themselves and God’s king should wake us up to divine humour.

Fig leaves wardrobe

The attempt to cover the their nakedness with fig leaves has to rank as one of the all time pathetic fixit ventures. In their ignorance of both good and evil God must have at least smiled.  He had the answer to their problem!

Glory vistas

Moses had seen a burning bush, the Passover, the Red Sea Crossing and the fiery pillar and the cloud.  As he was receiving the covenant he determined to see more of God’s person.   “Show me your glory” he requested, only to be told “You’d die in the process”. There was nothing to see: God is invisible and lives in unapproachable light. God decided to humour him. “Catch a glimpse of my backside!”

Baal’s bowel movement

When Elijah cornered the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel he poked fun at their attempts to get an answer from Baal. “Perhaps he’s in the toilet!”, Elijah said.

Communion miracle

The communion is a memory exercise. There is no death-defying, physical healing in the elements, and remembering Christ’s sacrifice delivers nothing beside the building up of faith and the demonstration of our confidence in Christ’s return. It is evident that all some people know about God is that he gives gifts to his loved ones. God must have a wry smile as Catholics and charismatics pervert the communion.

All out in the open

Poor Mitch McConnell and his colleagues are no revolutionaries. The scorpion eggs they laid during the Obama administration are hatching. The lawyers angling for a constitutional crisis – which is the only route for oligarchs and plutocrats to have their way, and look like they are responsible.  Americans should listen to one another.  If atheists are tuning out the Christians, and Jews are tuning out the Palestinians the only debate left is malicious speech and weapons of mass destruction.  Christian radio and ignorant demagogues have a hold, all out in the open, on greatness in the form of rape, papist attitudes, white privilege, and an oppressive health and wellness maze.

They have devolved from barking up the wrong tree to dumb dogs that do not bark. They will change all to Caucasian whenever it suits their bigoted plots.  They will hold the population hostage with the threat of instant death by lost – not mentally sick – individuals.  They are self-envenomated into paralysis.  Flip a coin: will they [a] confess or [b] shut up and lose the next?

Famous Deportations

Cyrus, the Persian king who facilitated the return of the Jews to the province of Judea, was a man who had an interest in history. He ordered a search for the facts about the Jewish people.  He ended up an unlikely hero, after seeing what had transpired between God’s people and the people who had  power over them.

Restored by migration

If Cyrus read the imperial archives he learned about the Jewish people and their fortunes from the start.  God stirred up his spirit to cooperate with the predictions about the Jewish people.  God raises up all kinds, among them the Pharaoh of the Exodus,  all the kings of Canaan, the heads of the four world-ruling empiresm and a host of heads of state in the modern era.

Rejected by deportation

When the Jews became aggressively assertive in Rome Claudius decided they should be shown the door. 

Elitist and xenophobic interests should have died with the return of the Jews to Judea. They had lived and breathed in a foreign land, married, died and were buried in exile. Following their return the Jewish people were shaped by Greek and Roman powers, both of which had established cosmopolitan societies.  Yet Judea plunged ahead with its orthodox priorities; barring women, excluding Gentiles from the worship designed for all peoples.  Deportations of undesirables have helped shape many societies but no entity can expect to abuse citizens and residents and walk away with a feather in its cap. None. If one nation starts deporting your racist and white supremacists and it will be famous beyond imagination.

Saints are rare

David wrote Psalm 12 with intention to cry for help. “Save me , O Lord” he started and immediately pivots to complain about the neighbours.

To the director: With the sheminith. A song of David. Save me, LORD!

Psalm 12:1-4

  • We can no longer trust anyone!
  • All the good, loyal people are gone.
  • People lie to their neighbors.
  • They say whatever they think people want to hear.

The contribution of his neighbours to the help he expected from God is not clear. The recommended solution does not serve grace and mercy. The LORD should cut off their lying lips and cut out their bragging tongues? Really?

  • Those people think they can win any argument.
  • They say, “We are so good with words, no one will be our master.”

“Good with words” and “good with works” are familiar mantras. God is not buying it. We will find him unimpressed with our words and our works.

No Rocket Science – Just Christ

And, beyond controversy, great is the mystery of our religion– that Christ appeared in human form, and His claims justified by the Spirit, was seen by angels and proclaimed among Gentile nations, was believed on in the world, and received up again into glory.

1 Timothy 3:16

This passage is believed to be one version of the kinds of affirmations early Christians would have sung or recited. It presents the non-debatables of the common faith.

High Chant

The hymn is acutely Christ-centred.  It contains not even a hint of the Jewish priorities.  Its thrust is crystal clear.

  • The incarnation
  • The attestation through the Holy Spirit
  • The unprecedented angelic observation
  • The proclamation to the nations
  • The successful gospel advance
  • The return to glory

The Christ event does not include a creation theme, even though atonement is labelled as a new creation. There is no attention to the patriarchal or Levitical traditions.  There is no affirmation of previous covenants.  We must not say amen to the myriad lists of requirements, to the demands that we emulate Israelite conventions, or that the good works of the saints constitute compliance with the law or prophets.  No calculations, revisions, or extensive prophetic scenarios make the cut: just Christ, no rocket science.

Don’t worry


Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Matthew 6:34

Thanks for telling me that my concern – thoughts –  about food and drink and clothing and tomorrow might be just a lot of hot air piped into a hot room on a summer’s day, We should be aware that the saying wraps up a teaching that flows through the latter part of Matthew 6,

  1. Stop worrying. (vs. 25)
  2. No one has thought – worry- control over life’s processes (vs. 27
  3. Why worry? Learn from the lily and from Solomon instead (vs. 28)
  4. So don’t even start  worrying (vs. 31)
  5. So don’t even start worrying (vs, 34)

If you think this is mere advice that you can take or leave you are in dire straits, not seeing yourself as exceedingly well positioned with no need to worry. If you want to claim sinlesssness or that your experience is free from evil come here often. You will find you are in great fellowship with both the gentile and the disciple. This is quality of life encouragement not another potential sin or death trap.

God Became Their Saviour

This great development is shoved aside with regularity because people prefer to claim status rather than dependence. The human race will remain locked out of paradise as long as their attention is riveted on creation.

Creation and Incarnation

Creation happened once and the created world became a case for the doctor.  Salvation happened once and the saved abide in Him. Atonement is a smashing success.


And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

1 Timothy 3:16

Believing that God created the world never saved a soul. If Christ is first and foremost one’s commander then one is heading for a chilling wake up.

What Christ says matters most

We can call Christ “lord” and “king” and not have a relationship with what He has done or with what He has said. You do not want the shock of your life to be “Get outta here. I do not know you”.

Many people have forgotten what “I love you” means when it comes from God. Preferring to copy or imitate human achievement, they turn off the love and dabble in prophecy, demonic warfare, and wonderful works. The most dreadful wake up is for these people.

Terrorist Bigot Wants an A

Cruelty and heartlessness has sunk the boat of greatness in every nation. Perhaps it is time to ask “Why does the most powerful nation want to deny anyone the dream of living and working in America?” The political corruption that holds nations from achieving their noblest goals is not complicated at all. Babylon was great until it wanted the worship of all nations. God does not allow the type of policies espoused by the bewitched generals and mighty men. We know exactly how small and utterly condemnable xenophobia is. Terrorizing helpless people has got to be the bottom of the barrel. The terrorist bigot in the White House is in league with the German people before World War II, the Jewish people for most of their history, and with the father of lies.

We woke today to the news that PBG (potus bigot gloating, potusbigotusgloatus) has unleased the armed might of the United States against the poor. If his backers had an eye to see they would know that widows, orphans, and children have a special place in God’s agenda. He will act swiftly against those who pervert justice for these parts of society. Just imagine what God will do for those who make orphans and widows or oppress the poor

God’s judgment is already on the land.

  • China holds 25% of America’s debt.
  • Children will not learn when they are hungry and afraid
  • Church priorities will end up like Solomon’s (or Herod’s) temple
  • Chattel prosperity is an abomination

A nation full of preachers and powerbrokers has no excuse for not recognizing a failed charlatan when he announced his candidacy for the US presidency with a xenophobic and falsehood-laced speech. A nation that fails to protect its children has sold its heart to vipers and scorpions. Violent Devil-spawn are agitating for a war that no-one ever won. One-third of the American people, at least, have earned the label.

Pretentious Pawns

America is a desert posing as an oasis for white people. PBG’s language is quite clear. His actions are unmistakeable. Under America’s spacious skies vice thrives when the Attorney-General lies for the president. Across her amber waves of grain poverty ravages countless lives. The flag is an insult when the door to those who want to come without no intention to steal land and murder First Nations people is being slammed shut. America gets an “F” today and for the forseeable future because I am sure that a youth-driven revolution is impossible. Prove me wrong!

Powerless Sleep-walking potus45

When sitting with Vladimir Putin potus45 turns into a starter gun: loud noise and nothing more.  When the National Rifle Association sits him down he reverts to the spineless uninformed and heartless version of his best self. When his nation needs a pilot he courts oligarchs, despots and authoritarian leaders and uses their terms define current as affairs: shipwreck.  He is incapable of speaking a single coherent sentence, even when his nation is in another bloody crisis. Can anyone wake the sleep-walking buffoon?

Truthful rhetoric has the following shape

I am not a racist because (or “I am sorry for my racist behavior…”

  • My dad…
  • My mother…
  • My school…
  • My business experience…
  • My political convictions…
  • My religious experience

Potus45 failed again on August 7, 2019, just as he did in business (his only claim to fame). The GOP is also stuck in a power sleep-walking round. Its only concern is that the end of rape, the end of religious bigotry,  the end of the exploitation of the voters,  Brown people women and children are on the horizon. May God rouse the bigot or at least shake his wife as a witness to the nobility of the American spirit.

Turtle Island was in better hands when the bison roamed free

Commander of the Churls

The likes of Pence, Santorum, Conway, and McConnell will see no opportunity for repentance in the familiar bloodshed of innocence. To apologize for decades of criminal and evil seems out of reach and not even desirable. 

To expect an unprincipled buffoon to understand the evils of bigotry or take action to eradicate its grip, to lead the nation in mourning, to lead the nation in healing from its gaping wound of innocent blood is a pipedream.

Potus45 cannot do it

The hordes of fine Christian people will see no injustice in the wall policy and nationalist filth that pours out of the White House and many houses of worship, and will not urge the bigot-in-chief to apologize.

The dark underside upturned

The churches in North America need to hum to another tune this weekend. The clap offerings for Christless slogans in the mega churches must be seen as a clanging symbol that is more trash than Saddam Hussein’s statues, more rubbish than Israel’s wailing wall, more useless than the U.K.’s unity, more moronic than the juvenile morality of law-abiding citizenship, and more predatory than any previously known cannibalistic quest.

Trash to be discarded

Most cultures and social norms resist change. They resist growth. We should not need to be reminded that a change of mind became the litmus test for embracing progressive revelation, or that successivee generations have stubbornly inventing standards in order to avoid moving past useless and irrelevant traditions. Paul, the eminent teacher and preacher of the gospel, discared everything his context had fed him. The rubbish that came to light when Christ confronted Paul (Saul of Tarsus) included:

  • circumcision on the eighth day,
  • belonging to the people of Israel,
  • belonging to the tribe of Benjamin,
  • a Hebrew of Hebrews;
  • as to the law, a Pharisee; Phil 3:5
  • as to zeal, a persecutor of the church;
  • as to righteousness under the law, blameless. Phil 3:6

Every individual has a pedigree that shrinks on contact with genuine excellence.  We have no leg to stand  on when we find an informed Jew saying “Enough!” to Jewishness.  This is the courage that distinguishes Christian faith, though it may be labelled as unpatriotic.

Rubbish to sober us

When nations rise and fall people think that the international competition has yielded results, but the truth is more that the human race’s follies are being put on display. All the great ones have crashed, and the powers that be are a mere candle compared to the bright stars of the world-ruling powers.  We can only imagine the inner heavings of the Jewish heart to see the temple in ruins or to witness  the violation of the covenants.  I think both Christians and Jews understand that there is practical and eternal value in our painful experiences.  God chastens us by reducing our idols to nothing. Great Britain has shrunk to a great little island and a few friends. The Asian giants are wisps of bird feather floating out of the coop. Israel’s temple mount ought to sober up everyone who wants to play lord of all I survey.

Useless Unity

No nation should be known for its uniting to go to war. War is no-one’s friend. When Americans and First Nations look for greatness it is not in the alliances they have formed. We see a hollow, burned out shell, devastated by tribal oppression.  That is what is left of genuine collective wisdom and shared values. The unity forged between lawyers, constitutional experts, and the religious community, and a home-schooled generation turns out to be the same racist and xenophobic attitudes that caused the civil war.

The unity of patriotism, flag reverence, and honouring civil and military service is not compatible with defending the unborn while resolutely murdering Black and Brown people and doing nothing to stop the mass murder of children in their schools. If you want to see how united the United States are just look at the passion for mistreating foreigners in the border states or the legislation to prevent women from rejecting unsolicited conceptions.

Moronic morality

Who wants a standard of right without a positive example?  Lazy people.  We live in air: we were born into it, and like the fish in the sea, we never need to hear “How’s that air working out for ya?” The morality that tags all the stuff we were born in – or born with- is depressing, not elevating.

Morality needs a dramatic leap because badness comes from within: no devil or enemy of the state is needed

  • Evil thoughts
  • Adulteries
  • fornications
  • Murders
  • Thefts
  • Covetousness
  • wickedness
  • Deceit
  • Lasciviousness
  • Evil eye
  • Blasphemy
  • Pride

One does not need to imagine how effective reciting God’s commands can be for creating moral values.   Neither selftalk nor repeating what God says have proven successful to any of the peoples who have instituted ritual recitation. We are likely to find that there moral or royal value in the holistic lifestyle of First Nations peoples than in the communities that have created ornate buildings and complicated legal systems.


Predator

Who needs perfection when the chief executive sees his personal goal so close?   Who needs perfection when the evangelical heavyweights turn out to be blind watchmen and barkless dogs? More predatory behaviour is in the works as personal business deals loom on the horizon. His pussy-grabbing, racist, and quasi-patriotic propaganda may excite people in Russia, North Korea, and Israel, even though none of these states see anything but juvenile bully-puppet in the latest bigot of Mar a Lago.

Yes. Go back, Europeans. Go back to Syria and Mesopotamia, Hebrews. Go back, everybody, to where we all mix without feeling we are better than our neighbours. There will be a very loud amen if in every church this weekend the pastoral prayer resolves to end the theft and rape that started when the Pilgrim Fathers landed in Turtle Island.

Well, maybe.

Not one evangelical leader has spoken up against the racism the bigotry that is sweeping across America. The stacking of the courts against women’s rights and the right of people to migrate in search of the common dream may please you today, but they will come for you tomorrow, if you have the guts to say no to the worship of the state under God. Yeshua and Jeremiah are right. The pastors are lying greedy and cowardly noisemakers. They concur with xenophobia and genocide. Racism is in American DNA. The GOP see it like fish see water. They also see the thief coming and flee.


But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

John 10:12
Pastors according to Jeremiah

Father Speech You Want to Know

Father Speech We Should Know

It is a privilege that we can pick out the distinct voice of the Father in Scripture. Of course there is the notable utterance like the baptism saying “This is my Son, pay attention to him”, and then there are the dozens of words spoken by the Saviour, which we know are words he heard from the Father (John 8:28,12:49). Father speech is rare indeed outside of the narratives. It is a bit of a supernova when Yeshua cites a portion of Scripture where the Father speaks to the Son about John the Baprist.

This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’

Luke 7:27

John is the one about whom the Father, in speaking to the Son, says

“I am sending a messenger ahead of you…”

the FATHER JOHN YESHUA

Like What You Say?

We are trying to discover what the precise corollary to the essential Spirit help in prayer is. Likewise tips us in that direction.as we read Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

To understand the issue we look for
1. Divine help
2. Necessary intervention
3. Human poverty
4. The divine assistance defined

PRAYER

  • Spirit helps our weakness
  • Is necessary
  • Because we are ignorant of what to say

The previously mentioned patterns include:

  1. WHO WE ARE. Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
  2. COMMON INCOMPARABLE EXPERIENCES. Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in
  3. THE FUTILITY AND HOPE TWINS. Romans 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope
  4. GROANING SONSHIP. Romans 8:23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
  5. THE NECESSITY OF HAVING SOMETHING TO HOPE FOR. Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Just as these opposite conditions are authentic in both their present and future screening, and not directed by the believer, so is the prayer life.

Walk in the Spirit: no condemnation is possible. We know that without a doubt people who walk in the Spirit will be the last to throw a book at you.

Knowing Yeshua’s Commands Means Life

Every time you run to the words of Moses and prophets you disrespect God. Like a dog to its vomit and a pig to the mud, you forget who matters.

In the first six chapters of Matthew’s gospel alone we find the following direct commands of the Saviour of the world. None are intended to test or prove the hearer (prove, Exo. 20:19-20) nor yet to show him lost and condemned (Romans 3:19-20). If we take the time to examine for ourselves the obedience claims and the love practices of our brothers we will find a black hole of kindergarten pictures and toys arranged around a death cult. The words of the many are decidedly unlike Yeshua’s words. From the Life comes life, and from the dead, death.

  1. REPENT: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matt 4:17
  2. FOLLOW: And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matt 4:19
  3. REJOICE AND EXULT: Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matt 5:12
  4. SHINE: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matt 5:16
  5. PAUSE YOUR WORSHIP AND BE RECONCILED : Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matt 5:24
  6. COME TO TERMS AT COURT: Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Matt 5:25
  7. REMOVE TROUBLESOME MEMBERS: And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell. Matt 5:30
  8. AMPUTATE TROUBLESOME MEMBERS: And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell. Matt 5:29
  9. USE SIMPLE SPEECH: But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Matt 5:37
  10. DO NO RESIST EVIL, TURN THE OTHER CHEEK: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matt 5:39
  11. GO THE EXTRA MILE: And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Matt 5:41
  12. LOVE ENEMIES: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matt 5:44
  13. BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matt 5:44
  14. DO GOOD TO HATERS: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matt 5:44
  15. PRAY FOR ASSAULTERS AND ABUSERS: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matt 5:44
  16. DO NOT SHOW OFF YOUR ALMSGIVING:Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Matt 6:1
  17. PRAY IN SECRET: But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matt 6:6
  18. HOW TO PRAY: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matt 6:9
  19. DO NOT FAST LIKE A HYPOCRITE: Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Matt 6:16
  20. HOW TO FAST:But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; Matt 6:17
  21. STORE UP TREASURES APPROPRIATELY:Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: Matt 6:19
  22. STORE UP TREASURES APPROPRIATELY: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: Matt 6:20
  23. AVOID ANXIETY: Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Matt 6:25
  24. TAKE A LESSON FROM THE BIRDS: Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matt 6:26
  25. TAKE A LESSON FROM THE LILIES: And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: Matt 6:28

It is obvious that finding all the relevant commands by Yeshua and his apostles is neither recommended nor healthy. The Holy Spirit is the dynamic guide and that relationship is intensely personal. The Holy Scriptures, which people are interpreting to put human beings ahead of Christ, is not private at all, but they are the measuring stick for the hypocritically righteous crew. Listen closely and you will hear them saying, “Oh look! We found another command. ‘Thou shalt not sin.'”

Chasing commands can become ridiculous. It is destructive. Even the evaluation of someone’s lunch shows the absence of genuine love.

Think soberly the next time you are tempted to say “I love Jesus and am keeping his commandments”

From Vision to Exultation

Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” John 8:56

Be very sorry for yourself if you keep trotting out your acquisitions and triumphs, flexing your right “things” muscle, all the while squeezing the traffic off of joy’s highways.  When Yeshua told his contemporaries that their most celebrated ancestor had an occasion to exult over the Christ Event,  he created a sharp contrast between their murderous conspiracies to silence and murder him and Abraham’s preview and exultation. When Abe exulted he had no land and innumerable children were yet millennia away.

Abraham’s vision sets the tone for all believers to experience contentment with divine promises and to be comfortable with the paradox of not seeing and not possessing the promised thing(s). Land and children were Abraham’s treasures, both promised by God, yet he was 90 years old when his promised child was born, and his children (not yet countless) did not possess the promised land until 400 years after Abraham died. This puts his exultation in raw faith space.

Faith and sight are related even though we have adopted a quick filter for accessing faith matter. 2 Corinthians 5:7 – for we walk by faith, not by sight – helps us determine when a matter truly belongs to faith or performance. However faith needs to have something to motivate the walking without sight. That thing we hope for can be like Noah’s vision of flood and ark (Heb.11:7), or Sarah’s desire and expectation for children (vs. 11), or like the escape from the destroying angel (vs 28). When it comes to life and inheritance, we are all separated from the final object of our faith, and need to hope.

Abraham’s exultation was obviously about something more distant from his reality than children and land. It was Messiah’s day.  It is not mere sloganeering nor sentimental energy to call Abe “Dad”. The entire Gentile world is God’s target when our Lord and his followers separate Jew from Gentile in order to establish a new person (the new man) in the image of God, and discard the things unrelated to lifegiving faith.

and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. Rom 4:12

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad

Rejoice (CHAIro) appears in 68 verses while exult (agalliAo) appears in 11 verses. Rejoice and exult are not synonyms. They appear together too, four times, and with precision, with focus on (a) the persecution of those who follow Christ, (b) those convicted by the preview of, (c) the glory and (d) the consummation of the Christ Event.

  1. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matt 5:12
  2. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. John 8:56
  3. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 1Pet 4:13
  4. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Rev 19:7

Peter helps us see the difference between joy and exultation. If a smile is rejoicing, then a belly-laugh is exultation.

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 1Pet 4:13

  1. Rejoice for being co-sufferer with Christ
  2. ye may exult when glory dawns

From smile to belly-laugh

It is indeed humbling to have this exultation experience subjected to someone or something other than Christ. No prophet, priest, or king can deliver the catalyst for the kind of exultation that Yeshua says Abraham had. At some time our smile, our joy, will burst into a belly-laugh at the very promise of life, into an expression too intense for words. Like Abraham, not having the land or children as promised, we have access to exceeding joy; exultation. Having eternal life we are glad, but the promise of immortality, assured by the gift of Holy Spirit to us, is reason to exult. The end becomes real only because of faith and hope. Even now, having been adopted, we do not yet have what God’s sons will eventually possess.  Yet, it is full or glory, needing nothing added.

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice (exult, agalliAio) with joy (chara) unspeakable and full of glory: 1Pet 1:8

Rise and Shine

Incredibly this cry from Isaiah is the only sentence in the Hebrew scriptures containing a pairing of rise and shine.

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. Isa 60:1

Upgrades are ready!

It is an upgrade and reversal prophecy. The rising light brings the following surprises, reminiscent of Paul’s exhortation (Eph. 3:20-21) to be ready for God to provide answers that exceed our requests.

  1. Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
  2. and instead of iron I will bring silver;
  3. instead of wood, bronze,
  4. instead of stones, iron.
  5. I will make your overseers peace
  6. and your taskmasters righteousness. Isa 60:17

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, Eph 3:20  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Eph 3:21

 

A Love We are Loathe to Reduplicate

The episode in the garden before where our Lord was arrested is a memorable glimpse of the enduring love of God.  It is a love for one that he declared to be lost. He calls the lost one, from among the chosen twelve, friend.  With this display, we are seeing an aspect of God’s majestic love that we shrink from, and our Bibles caution us against friendships of this type.  The potter having his way with the clay, his familiar friend, his shalom (Psalm 41:9) is a picture that ought to wake us out of our apathy, our disapproval of people not like us, and ought to shake our idolatrous worship of our ability to choose. How amazing indeed is God’s love.

 

A Kiss to Remember

They were having dinner with their most highly esteemed friend and he looks at them and says “One of you will betray”. Naturally, in the mode of Adam, each of them peppers him with “Not me, right?” The one among who knew that he had hatched a betrayal plot also presses his innocence. The kindness of the highly esteemed friend does not allow him to cover up the facts, so he tags the traitor. He even tells him its time to go to it. It is clear that his affection for the traitor is unshaken, and this comes to light like a supernova in the garden where the traitor’s mannerism betrays his deep affection for the highly esteemed friend: a kiss to remember.

The agreed upon sign was a kiss.

Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” (Matt 26:48) [I will kiss, fileso, from fileo, fee-LAY-o, I kiss, I am fond of]

In the garden, however, the traitor does not merely kiss the highly esteemed friend, he throws himself into the sign. It is not a peck on the cheek, nor even a smack on the lips. Matthew describes it with katafileo, an all-out display of affection. He got his hands into it with a hug, tightly clasping the highly esteemed friend. He may have had his hands on the cheeks of his friend’s face. It was a kiss full of gusto.

And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” 
And he kissed him. ( Matt 26:49)

From the House to the Street

When Jesus had washed their feet and put on his outer clothing, he reclined again and said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you? You call me Teacher and Lord — and you are speaking rightly, since that is what I am. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you. John 13:12‭-‬13‭, ‬15 CSB

https://bible.com/bible/1713/jhn.13.12-15.CSB

This dramatic example of caring for each other hardly happens at our daily dinner time. We seem to have less time for preparing healthy meals, and we increasingly want everything “now”. In the world of close relatives – people authorized to be or allowed in our homes – washing the feet follows the kiss at the door (we also take the coat or outerwear), and if we are observant, we might offer the guest a quick touch up to their appearance, some oil for the hair and an extra pillow or too so they can “make themselves at home”.

A lot of loving has a reason

The three hard realities of caring are kiss, water, and oil. A woman leads the way! I am not surprised.

Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. (Luke 7:44) You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. (Luke 7:45) You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. (Luke 7:46) Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” (Luke 7:47)

The scope of humble service

Maybe “caring for one another” can be restricted to disciples, so we can absolve ourselves of being this nice to strangers or non-intimates. If that is to be sustainable, we have to realize that the lordship of the great Footwasher finds no parallel in our relations with anyone. A host would kiss his guests at the door, have his servant make the guest comfortable, if not basking in the abundance of generosity, and acceptance. We also have to recognize that we are not authorized to do washes that have any cleansing efficacy. We do not wash feet in order cleanse people from sin.

Taking it to the street

We may be ritually washing the feet of people who are woefully unaware of the glory of loving humble service, yet we do it. We may be habitually missing scores of foot-washing opportunities because we do not care for people the way Christ cared for Judas. Our xenophiobic DNA is killing us.

Grace is a thing we get and yet we contort ourselves to avoid being kind to sinners. Away from the ritual washing of clean feet we realize that the Master’s example is an attitude fix, not a thing to do now and then. Let us take it to the “others”: the Hindu, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, knowing full well that we are not bosses, only devoted and persistent slaves.