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.
One day as his people neared the Promised Land Moses got up to a peak overlooking the land and saw the land he was barred from entering. He knew that the horrors of taking possession would end quite badly. After forty years of flirting with unbelief and rebellion the great leader had no peers beside Caleb and Joshua. The Calebs and Joshuas of 2020 will live in world after the pandemic that is both a desert and an oasis.
I appreciate company more than isolation
When covid-19’s death roll ends and the sales of political favours and medical lifesaving equipment crawls to a shuffle we will have a bright new world. Since our life now depends on keeping our distance from each other we will want to begin the new day with a regard for every person that goes beyond “Good morning” to “Can you use some company?”
While his big brother was up on a smoking, convulsing mountain with the Deliverer Aaron gave in to the people’s request for a god. Moshe was not at this time known for meekness. His response to the idolatry that the future high priest took the lead for has to be a joke not mentioned. Moses did not say what he thought of how the golden calf came to be.
And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?
Sometimes the thing we need most can seem like a dream, such as when the Lord reversed the fortunes of the exiled Jewish people, or when the risen Saviour appeared in a room with the ‘”marks of slaughter”. What was the chief of longsufferers to do at Thomas’ search for evidence of life from the dead?
Aaron’s fabulous fib
And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.
Both Yeshua and Moses had faces that were designed to smile at good things and, you guessed it, jokes. What else could Thomas’ unbelief be to the glorified Nazarene beside a joke? If Moses did not see a joke in Aaron’s answer then he becomes a joke for not ripping into Aaron for leading the people into the cardinal sin of Jewish experience.
Fact or fiction?
I find myself smiling when I read Aaron’s report. The consequences of this episode hang around like the firmament enveloping our planet. Idolatry and going after other gods are, in the human and Jewish experience, like the night that makes daylight palpable and precious.
Just the facts please
2) And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. 3) And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. 4) And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.