PRISON AND ITS MENTALITY

When Judeo-Christian standards have no heart for children and creates misery for them I smell a curse. Walls and prisons are signs of social decay anywhere, but especially telling

in Babylon

in China

in Israel

and in the United States

The great America cannot build protection for children in school but wants a wall to isolate itself. Where would America be without France, Haiti, and African labour?

Facts. Broken constitutions lead to broken nations. There is a nation that has became a cage, one massive prison, for every unclean and detestable bird (demon?).

Unenlightened hearts have lost even natural affection but the cowardly legislators can approve inappropriate and unsustainable affections in the guise of the liberty of love.

The world needs parental hearts sensitive to children equally as it needs the hearts of children sensitive to parents.

Fatherhood

is defined as

interest in orphans and widows.

Civilized society chooses to help,

but passing on the other side,

and terrorizing the poor is

as poor as judgment can get.

HOW DO I GET ETERNAL LIFE?

Conflation and the Six Commandment Door to Life

Everyone likes that one thing, the panacea, including people in New Testament times.  One of Yeshua’s contemporaries asked him about the one thing a person seeking life should do.  Evdently the answer to this type of question had better be accurate. The questioner, in Mark 10:17, being a Jew, gets the top priority interest of all Jews: comply with the covenant. The interviewee is experienced and skilled in dealing with entrapment questions, and this looks like one of them.  The man and his entire nation could hardly say they tried to find a one thing, it was all over the place.  Adam demonstrated grabbed it, it distingushed Abraham, it eternalized David, and gave exulting joy to Sarah, Ruth, Deborah, and Mary.  We have a record of one thing at work, while on the other hand we have covenant failure and God’s persistence in showing the key to life’s door, but the persecution of Moses, the patriarchs, and prophets is a record of conflating the discrete revelations of God’s design – Law, Prophets, and Writings – into a sweet and deadly deception.

Historical hostility to Moses

Did not Moses give you the law, and [yet] none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me? John 7:19

Historical hostility to Yeshua, prophets, and Christians

  1. For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they [have] of the Jews: KJV 1Thess 2:14 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 1Thess 2:15 KJV Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. 1Thess 2:16 KJV
  2. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: KJV Acts 7:52 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept [it]. Acts 7:53 KJV
  3. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. Acts 10:43

Inescapable witness to death

Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Matt 23:31

After claiming to have kept the law (perhaps he means he tried, or is aware of it) the questioner is exposed as a lost soul, whose life-interest was his possessions. There is no question that Yeshua knew that even with the man’s best efforts the man was one of those for whom He came. Yeshua cannot be forgetful of the difference between Saviour and sinners.

Sweet little thing

Our tendency to conflate causes us to treat the similar narrative in Matt. 19:16ff as identical.  They are not.  The person in Matthew is not young, and he insults the Lord by equating the Lord with a thing humans could do.  In the realm of things we can do and of things we need done Christ is himself the answer.  None of us dare tell any one that entering life is a Six Commandment Thing, and one would have to stark raving demoniac to argue that selling one’s property and distributing the proceeds to the poor opens the door to life.  It may have been the best thing to demonstrate a readiness to repent and be forgiven, but as far as entering into life is concerned, all of us, people enter into life by grace.

After his resurrection from the dead our Lord tagged His own disciples as “slow-hearted” to believe the prophets, including Moses. Luke 24:25

A sweet and deadly deception undergirds human righteousness, in any form, and we do well to avoid the sting of death and its power.

      • The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law. 1 Cor 15:56, But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 15:57, Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Cor 15:58
      • Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel. Deut 31:19
      • Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee. Deut 31:26

Six, two, ten, one hundred or five hundred commandments do not amount to a righteous standard, and the Lord’s work (God’s work) is to believe. His personal accomplishment of God’s will was to die for us and live to help us and ours best accomplishment is to believe.

Who has believed the news, and to whom was God’s Arm revealed?

SUSPENDED PRINCIPLES ADVANCING MALEVOLENCE

Did SCOTUS just spam the American people by approving a racist and xenophobic travel ban? The highest courts of any country operate with a soul or a set of rocks. The law of the land may be despicable today and treasured tomorrow. Laws can be changed. Officials, including church leaders, are required to stick to the set of rocks, those unchanging statements of responsibility and privilege, but to have a soul is to acknowledge that there are situations where law and constitution are oppressive and securely tethered to malevolence.

SCOTUS definitely did.  Two examples from the Sacred Texts will show how insensitivity in stewards can lead to oppressive and damnable conclusions. In the first, Yeshua’s contemporaries brought a woman, caught in the very act of adultery, to him and requested a ruling, expecting a guilty verdict and the inevitable stoning.  A child, would ask “Where is the man?” where a lawyer or supposedly informed adult would plunge on blindly. That group of Jewish men had suspended logical and simple thinking. Two entities are essential to establish a violation of any law: God and man, man and man. Our Lord spared the woman’s life by ruling that only sinless persons are eligible to condemn and stone an individual.

The second brings attention to the life-saving priority which law-set-in-stone does not address. Three perspectives will help us understand how real goodness can be avoided. Sabbath and uncleanness regulations would prevent people from engaging with people who were in need or deemed unclean. Knowing that one’s donkey is suffering should move one to relieve that suffering even when the expectations of written standards are contrary to exerting oneself. The leaders who sought the death of Christ approached the Roman governor but refused to enter his quarters.

Dead consciences are in high demand: owned by people who will act like stuck weather-vanes, either under demonic influence, their own acting (=hypocritical) skills, or pure partisan alliance.

Goodness does not delight in law. Goodness is life-saving or life-preserving or that goodness is utter trash. The right to self-expression and the right to bear arms are not life-preserving: they enable homicide. Law is irrelevant if it does nothing to save or preserve life. As long as people place republic or state above the common wholeness of humanity we know that the claim to trust in a printed document (or video), Law and order slogans is hollow, and a great deal of high court rulings will continue to be pure examples of suspended principles advancing malevolence.

THE PILGRIM IN PERIL AT THE GATES OF GLORY

Yeshua would want us to remember his own migrant experience as we position our thinking regarding migrant experience in our times. It is a horrific and despicable act that is playing out in the countries that have benefited from and exploited nations far and near in pursuit of the capitalist dream. The glory of empires eventually fade when Satanics are front and centre. It is not merely politics.

O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: Dan 5:18, And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down. Dan 5:19, But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: Dan 5:20,

Migration a mega-hub of the spiritual world.

Of course spiritual things are Spirit-sourced and Spirit-driven, but the migration sparked a seismic shift in the Levant. Abraham’s trek into Canaan sets the ball rolling in a practical way towards neighbourliness (he would have allies in Canaan, friends in Egypt, his descendants would seek famine relief in Egypt, the whole family would call Egypt home for 400 years, David would give a front row seat to Jebusites, Tyrians, Gittites in his projects) and towards the priestly kingdom covenant.
Even as we contemplate bringing people together for the sheer joy of it and for finding solutions to our common problems with courageous thinking and for inter-community relations.

Imagine what the world would look like:

  • If Abraham had not dared to emigrate…
  • If the Canaanites had international walls…
  • If Abraham had built cities with walls (as the Canaanites did)…
  • If Egypt was accepting hungry people from the north…
  • If Egypt was not accepting refugees from the north…

Without migration we have little to talk about in the 21st century.  Migration is happening and children and needy people are facing walls as if walls can be erected which will not be thrown down.  Civilized people engage with hospitality, and the bigots can drum up any passage of Scripture to provide a rationale for their cruelty, demonic rages, consistent lies, and lack of humanity. The despised ancient Canaanites, whose injustices had filled up the cup of divine forbearance and were being judged, make the beasts of our time, in every continent and island, look like the most despicable entities in God’s estimation, boastful and incorriigible prostitutes. They welcomed and befriended Abraham. The migrants knocking on our doors deserve better.

Walls and Civic Society

When Judeo-Christian standards have no heart for children and creates misery for them I smell a curse.
Walls and prisons are signs of social decay

  • in Babylon
  • in China
  • in Israel
  • or in the United States

The great America cannot build protection children in school but wants a wall to isolate itself. Where would America be without France, Haiti, and African labour?

Fact. Broken constitutions lead to broken nations. Unenlightened hearts have lost even natural affection and the cowardly legislators can approve inappropriate and unsustainable affections in the guise of the liberty of love.

The world needs parental hearts sensitive to children equally as it needs the hearts of children sensitive to parents.  Fatherhood is defined as interest in orphans and widows. Civilized society chooses to help, and passing on the other side, terrorizing the poor is
as poor as judgment can get.

If Israel is the pattern for walls and security we can kiss shalom goodbye because God is not enforcing decency. One gets it from birth or gets it in the grace package that Yeshua alone can give.

My Life-giver My Killer

It sounds like a long stretch to say that one’s killer is one’s rescuer. Does not serpent-on-a-pole feel just like that very thing. Opinions abound about God’s will;  fantastic slogans, maxims, words, some unhinged from the life and death axis.  The Law of God is one of those innocent victims of our tendency to quickly say “I got it”.  If one hangs one’s hat on the law as a but after the gospel then it is fair to say that one has not really met the Christ of repenting faith.  One has not changed one’s mind.  There is no confusion about who Christ is or what his message is and no shortage of clarity on the stark difference between him and Moses (and the prophets).  We cannot hear the Son and Moses at the same time.  On the Titanic they heard “The ship’s going down”.  John the Baptist put it, “Time’s up. Tree-chopping time”. Do we believe our report?
Some people did not believe John, and Moses was not all that popular either.  Moses himself admits “Don’t ask me.  Ask Messiah”.  Since we are all born dead, is not the value of our training in righteousness as children as a mere stop-gap bandaid?  We all have to turn to Christ for life.

Already under condemnation.

People in the law and people without the law are condemned until Christ justifies them, apart from works.  Since righteousness is apart from (without reference to) the law (Rom. 3:19-21) it is not “spin” to say that righteousness is exactly what the Lord’s covenant says it is not (Heb. 8:8-9).  The Old Covenant is not included in the New Covenant.
Consider the complication of accusations of lifestyle with the Law as a kick-em-when-they-are-down judgment.  There is no condemnation in Christ, and did Moses not condemn every violation? One cannot bring the Sinai Covenant on-stream without dragging oneself through the whole futility of human-interest ordinances, obedience without faith, and faith without love.
Furthermore the hatred of sin that some people claim to have is not credible. We have no legitimate claim to be sin-free (1 John 1:8-10); our distinction claim is that we have Someone who is Sin-bearer, designated so from before the foundation of the world.  That is what is settled.   Exactly what one has hid in one’s heart (Psalm 119:11) is a mystery.  God internalizes His laws (Heb. 8:8-10), and we pledge, uninvited (Heb 12:18, 22), to keep the law and need forgiveness every day (Mat. 6:12).

Lord of our thinking

Exactly how Yeshua is the lord of our thinking is neither rocket science requiring endless tiring books and propped up theories, nor child’s play (1 Cor. 13:11).   Putting him in that place guarantees our golden communications and a quality of life that was previously inaccessible. Our lives before Christ had nothing we can bring to the Father’s judgment seat. It is obvious that Messianic priority is not compliance with tradition, whether prophetic, patriarchal or Mosaic. Both Messiah and his herald called for a change of mind. “Repent”, was the shout.  One has to address the Old and the New.
The old repent is a frequent and urgent call to return to Yahweh that is no longer relevant, not even for a Jew.  The monumental covenant is caput. Did we not see the veil of the temple yield its secret? The Christ Event in dramatic fashion – the evangelists connect Christ’s last breath with the rending of the temple’s veil – bring to light the witness against the Sons of Israel and a broken law/covenant (what else could be its report?).  The new is a call for all humans to repent of unbelief and receive authority as God’s children.  There is nothing but Christ’s gifts in the Holy Spirit’s work, before we are saved, and nothing but Yeshua in the Holy Spirit’s guidance of believers into the fullness of Truth. Photoshopping the message of the Law and the prophets to say “keep up the charade of our rich customs” is a diabolic strategy.  Coming to Christ means decreasing whatever holdings we thought we had, whether we are Jew or Gentile.  If a Jew, like Paul, could say it was all rubbish when he met Christ, do we get the oscar for marketplace games (Luke 7:32)?

  • And when he [the Holy Spirit] is come, he will reprove the world of sin,
    and of righteousness,
  • and of judgment: John 16:8,
  • Of sin, because they believe not on me; John 16:9,
  • Of righteousness [=resurrecton], because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; John 16:10,
  • Of judgment [examination], because the prince of this world is judged. John 16:11,

Is there room for another spokesman?

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,
he will guide you into all truth:
for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak:
and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13,
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you. John 16:14,
All things that the Father hath are mine:
therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you. John 16:15

If instruction is not Way, Reliability and Life, then go ahead, clarify the obscure.  Yeshua has the three covers we need.

Fabulous Fun with a Fable?

Did Solomon, a man given to exhaustive research, ask about the veracity of ascension tales?

Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? Prov. 30:4

His grandson, thousands of years later, said no-one ever did. John 3:13

How many fables bite the dust with this piece of intelligence?

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

When one considers that Peter, in addressing the veracity of statements that clamour for acceptance as reliable, contrasts God’s voice with fables, then one can conclude that there were many fables. The chief fable is still the first lie: you shall not certainly die.

Yeshua clears the clutter.