Plain to see

The vast array of written resources that are intended to open human eyes to matters beyond our control and common desires remain an attractive and impressive vault. Nature is equally endowed and our attention to its messages results in a unique outcome: landmark people, a law until themselves

Nature hides her secrets because of her essential loftiness, but not by means of ruse.
-Albert Einstein

Comparing the effectiveness of the sacred texts with the natural world we have to admit that there are (1) plagues of illiteracy as a general rule and (2) incompetence and egoistic pride on the part of those who translate and interpret the message of the Bible. The messages from both have authority and we let them slip to our peril.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Romans 1:20

Virulent EXPERTS

American radio is the swampiest manifestation of all that is damnable and malicious. The American Centre for justice – popular on so-called Christian radio – makes Caiaphas, the high priest who unwittingly predicted the atoning death of Messiah Yeshua look like a hero of righteousness.

Sekulo on Christian radio? Haha! Spin doctor extraordinary and eminently lost in evangelical betrayal of Christ. American Christians are by far the most dangerous antisemites of all.

Let’s not think that their love of Israel and the exorbitant spending to support the State of Israel has anything to do with real respect for humanity. We know it has nothing to do with either Christian or Mosaic nobility. Americans simply like getting on the inside – chumming up – so that they can perpetuate their own Promised Land and Chosen People delusion ane the inevitable oppression of of native peoples.

Everybody with an ear has heard the American president proclaim that there are good people followers of Hitler. Not one preacher of the gospel has whispered a protest or rebuke.

Jude Packs a Punch. Faith Most Holy

But you, dear friends, as you build yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting expectantly for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life.
Jude 1:20‭-‬21 CSB

Not many things that actually affect life are ranked topmost”. The inner chamber of the tabernacle is perhaps most familiar: it resolved little. The blood of animals and the incense were also topnotch items along with all the vessels of the tabernacle (see Exodus 30). One could touch one of these items and become holy, not most holy.

In faith’s domain one encounters real holiness in prayer, divine love, and merciful behaviour.

Food for faith vs food for family

A portion of the holiest offerings kept from the fire will be yours; every one of their offerings that they give me, whether the grain offering, sin offering, or guilt offering will be most holy for you and your sons. You are to eat it as a most holy offering. Every male may eat it; it is to be holy to you.
Numbers 18:9‭-‬10 CSB


They always need lengthy arguments.
The people using them are often not aware that they are.

The right to “Amen” and “Naymen”

Let’s not get comfortable saying “Amen” to everything that comes dressed up as love and happiness.

Figleaf Prayerfulness

Hallelujah, Thank you Jesus, I love you Lord, Have mercy Lord are phrases worn by people who wish to appear to be prayerful.   When the call to be in prayer all the time is properly understood no one needs to put on expressions like this to appear to comply with “pray without ceasing”.  There is no real multitasking beyond repetitious tasks such as riding  a bicycle and eating a peanut at the same time.  Joining the Holy Spirit in his activity, calls for discrimination and sensitivity and praying all the time a consuming activity for which opportunities are to be sought.  No one prays all the time (or everywhere) and believers do no need a figleaf to cover the gaps in our prayer life.

Pray with unceasing prayer and entreaty on every fitting occasion in the Spirit, and be always on the alert to seize opportunities for doing so, with unwearied persistence and entreaty on behalf of all God’s people,

Ephesians 6:18

The location from which one watches for (unto) prayer is not prayer.

Watching for the Lord more than for the morning.

Who gets to die?

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

People whom Christ has given life do not die.

A death row junkie knows no better way than
sin, the law and death

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).