Since “Fox” is perfectly at home 1600 should be officially recognized as a desolation.
Because of Mount Zion which lies desolate, Foxes prowl in it.
The White House changes people. You never come out the same.
There are few living or working spaces more dangerous than the executive mansion of the US government.
“Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom.”
Song of Solomon 2:15
The White House
is not white at all
turns boys into men
grants doctorates in heresy (remember Spicer, Sessions, Huckabee, Flynn, Mulvaney?)
turns criminal intent into royal abuse
is a nincompoop downgrader
A blind for destructive behavior
A fox hole home
is not a house but a portal to fame and infamy
“Elijah Cummings was honorable before he was elected to office. There’s a difference. There’s a difference if you are honorable and treated others honorably outside the limelight,” …
President Obama at the Cummings funeral (from ABC News).
Tell all the foxes
Herod was a building freak. The 46 year temple project lay in ruins by the 7th decade of the first century. He managed to get his name on Solomon’s construction. He was no builder, just a destructive, homicidal megalomaniac. A fox.
The fame of foxes
31) Just at that time some Pharisees approached, saying to Him, “Go away, leave here, for Herod wants to kill You.” 32) And He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal.’
When a mosquito bites… When a bee stings… When a dog bites… When people lie to us…When a mutated virus is killing people…
Why all the megalomania and gee whiz optics?
“We do not know what we have here” is what the scientists are saying, nevermind the frantic search for solutions. Wait until a genuine Biblical plague comes down the pike! Forget the magic and optimism. Just tell us the truth.
Humans tend to have a consistent response to mosquito bites, dog bites, lies, but covid-19 has shown us the face of deceit, from the White House, governments across the globe and delusional religious leaders. Coronavirus is going away but not like a miracle and the pandemic was not totally under control two weeks ago. Please God, help me plug my ears from hearing one more syllable from the shameless bigot king potus45.
Timor-Leste Papua New Guinea St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sierra Leone Caribbean Netherlands Burundi Anguilla Central African Republic British Virgin Islands Belize
Is there a pattern in there?
Plague or Preparation for the Desolation?
I suppose that the coronavirus mutated to seek out the neighbour-killers of the planet. These nations have no global imperial design, no navy, no cutting edge technological distinction, and no nuclear weapons. If the pandemic is not a sign of the end of days human ingenuity will prevail and fearmongering is way out of line.
The plagues are not subject to cries for their cessation. I can just hear someone who has an opinion about the pandemic saying “Let us pray” then decreeing it away.
The devil has succeeded in counterfeiting the seal of God, the love of God, the work, and the word of God. Every where we look we see the signs or substitute and idols. Even the cross, the means of atonement, has become a hub for twisted views and raw idolatry.
The cross of Christ is not an add-on like the clause “in Jesus’ name “. A lot of Christians are trying to receive the Bible’s riches without the cross. Nothing in the Bible smells good without the Nazarene. In our quest for personal integrity we line up things which are neither original, redemptive, nor unending.
Seal: the Holy Spirit or one command?
Assurance of salvation: obedience or Holy Spirit indwelling?
Love: obedience or caring for people?
Middle class, upper class ministry
Covetousness and carnal desires guide positive thinking, andnone of the greater (or great) things promised by people preaching victory and abundance even come close to the gift of the Holy Spirit. By carnal desires we do not mean bodily interests but those desires that belong to the human and temporary experience. Crossless preaching is worse than looking for an accusation against Christ.
One has to violate one’s conscience to put distance between one’s beliefs and one’s practice. Whether the interest is food, drink, festivals, family or ancestral practices, chaos and emptiness follow the abandonment of Messianic atonement for sin. There is no truth that compares to “came into the world to save sinners“; not circumcision, not tireless labour, and not promises to try to be faithful. Faith establishes faithfulness, and none of the situations in which we find ourselves makes us victims. In the midst of all our chaotic situations we are assured of God’s peace and love.
Admittedly the goal of human life is an approach to realizing a likeness to God. In the Old Testament the focus seems to be on man’s compliance with divine commands (Ecc. 12:13) and covenant-keeping (Exo 19:5 and Gen 17:10). Examples of godliness have appeared that are not related to either commandments or covenant. The happiness that comes from being forgiven is a measure of godliness, just as the happiness of the peacemaker is a measure of godly status.
Commandment-keeping and covenant (such as circumcision) have not surfaced as reliable or effective means to achieve godliness, the first due to human brokenness and the latter due to its purely physical nature. A new standard must be available since the call to holiness is to be found on both Testaments especially in view of the claims of Christ to be the Way, Truth and Life and his provision of a way past the essential obstacle between man and God. With the atonement Christ proved that godliness could only be achieved through divine help. Godliness must therefore be redefined as possessing characteristics that belong to God and not merely as claiming to have responded to Him.
The Godly Individual
The term man of God is to be applied to all believers because of their adoption into God’s family. Such persons have qualities that separate them from unregenerate humans. They are first of all faithful. They are all flawed persons. They recognize that Christ as the template for human beings is in certain aspects separate from human beings. When they contemplate their path to God’s ideal they are aware of an infinite gap between Creator and creature.
How Much Like Christ?
Christ does not hold forth a family likeness other than identity since all notions of human performance can never approach Christ’s. Since compliance with covenant has changed and obedience to the Law is no longer the primary demand we turn to the two demands of the scriptures: be and do.
The call for a change of identity rests on a divine act. Unlike Israelite process of becoming God’s people through complete compliance with the law humans become godly by God’s will and graceful intervention. No-one can stand before God and claim to be His child on the basis of obedience to any set of regulations or instructions. On the contrary humans become children of God by means of faith alone.
We can never be God-from-God, saviour of the world, sinless sacrifice, and head of the church. Do as I say and Do as I do
Since men cannot claim to have done all what has required from earliest times it is left only for us to find our likeness to God in (1) cherishing our identity as sons and (2) imitating the Son of God. Instead of an unreliazable set of commands two things bring us to genuine godliness: faith in the Son of God and loving as He loved us.
The Holy Spirit fully empowers us to do what Christ did: deeds of love, compassion, and power. Herein lies the most secure version of godliness. Performance of legal requirements is bound to be broken and incomplete at some point.