Christian money racket?

Jesus as Lord and Saviour in the mosques is either a demon-inspired lie or a cowardly capitalist venture.

Money is a necessary propellant to spiritual maturity.  Where did we first hear that?  I do not know, but a lot of church business in the 21st century is motivated by people who want to inspire another generation of semi-literate Creflos, saying nothing but hoping to cash in on the brisk business of selling Christian doctrine.  Shame on them?

You bet, shame from head to toe

Pleading for “partners”

Partnerships with American televangelists (some posing as teachers of both gospel and finance at the same time) constitutes the new mafia.  Capitalism lays slain, my friends, slain by tithing people, and fully exposed by colonialists and hateful bigots. They do not notice.  They go to Palestine and never seem to see the demise of capitalism. Thankfully, not as many people in North America are as gullible as the “moral majority” thinks.  Joining these people who are pumping out millions of pieces of literature enticing people to lust after hundredfold increases will end in disappointment and misery. 

Sending your money to Tom, Dick, and Harry and even giving tithes (and more) to anyone does not end in or guarantee one even begins the journey to spiritual maturity.  “Get your junk out of my Father’s house” has fallen on deaf ears.

Been had

If someone tells you that you need one of their books or tracts to enhance your access to God the Father you are about to be had in ways you have not imagined. If Peter or James tried to convince you that they had received the Holy Spirit on account of God’s evaluation of their compliance with the commands, statutes and judgments of the Sinai Covenant, the Palestinian Covenant or the messages of the prophets, you could reasonably conclude that each had lost his mind. Playing out before our eyes in the information age is a hook, line, sinker, and bait tragedy, with government and religious bodies telling us that democracy, law, security, and order are the bedrock of human society. It makes us wonder what planet or substrata of earth people have been to or come from. We are being had especially by religious and political operatives calling themselves conservatives who also want the world to recognize them as lovers of and fighters for freedom, and freedom from government in particular.

Hard line dead line

James had seen Yeshua up close from childhood but he chose to align himself with the Pharisee sect. He sided with them in their attempt to turn the church into to a franchise of the Aaronic kingdom. I affirm, with the eyewitnesses of New Testament times, that Christ’s agenda was not to invite any person to follow Moses or Elijah. James may have thought he could ignore his brother’s conflict with the Jewish authorities and he definitely makes absolutely no case for the atonement that is central to his brother’s identity and mission. He, like many before him, thinks he can impress his audience with a hard line about personal performance. He ends up with a lot of name calling and an unhinged theory about how God justified Abraham, where grace is sidetracked into help for believers.There are few examples of being more misguided about the primacy of grace and faith. We believe that grace is the exclusive portal for all things divine. Killing violators of law or protocols is a devilish idea. Apply that law to everyone and the human race disappears. There are people who say they know when God closes the door on people for whom His Son died, which means we can ignore the duty to forgive – seventy times seven – as taught by Christ himself, and love as he loved. Talk about being more just than God!

Schizophrenic experts

How can anyone be committed to justice by siding with corporations and the rich? How does small government – the stupid mantra of American conservatives – effectively govern a large country? How could strength and security ever emerge when “united” defines a potpourri of racist, xenophobic, misogynist, vote manipulating states? The great deceiver has a lot of people in his grasp who thought that they could line up behind instructions about sacred time, purity and impurity regulations, and the idolatry of types over reality. One of the more stupid things that people embrace in their zeal for things Messianic is the readiness to condemn others for sin. Stop acting surprised at the antics of people who want less government and a majority of judges who cannot accurately interpret their basis law, written in their own language, and is not even four hundred years old.. Stop pretending to be impressed by Webster’s definition of concepts birthed in God’s heart thousands of years ago and written in languages that people in Africa, much of Europe and Asia, and all of America, Australia, Canada, and the islands of the sea have to learn.

It is a noble thing to appreciate every bit of exhortation we receive from any source. We are in a bad place when the exhortation falls off the train and shows no awareness that the popular interpretations of Scripture need urgent attention because those interpretations and a whole lot of official translations are more wrong, elementary, speculative, and designed to entrap than they are accurate.Who has you?

Plan without a context

There must be a lot of people who think that every Bible prediction has potential for personal gain.  This is why Europeans have travelled far and wide, raped and pillaged every place, including the ones they want to claim as their own.  It is also the reason for seeing a miracle behind every narrative or proclamation.  Even when the rationale for God’s pronouncements are explicit people are still being conned by verse favourites without their contexts.

For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.”

Jeremiah 29:10, NASB

Jeremiah 29:10 is how Yahweh set up his comfort message to the exiled people of Judah.  The plan reveal came next. 

11) ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12) ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you’

Jeremiah 29:11-12, NASB

Plans need no pretext

The audacity is staggeringThe idea that the unprecedented supervision of Abraham’s erring descendants in exile is a common path for anyone who chooses to latch on to it ranks with the covering cherub’s attempt to overthrow God (Isaiah 14:12-14).  Plans to replace Israel, plans to roll old into new, will not end well. The favorite verse complex has no rebellion,  no treachery,  no prostitution,  no calamity, no repentance, and only a Messianic pretext. It follows the pattern of lazy thinking, and no thinking. We do not simply open our mouths and say whatever the current desire dictates.

We are hopeless if our confidence is in the things we have invented. Our societies do a good job of muddling along. Even when there are bursts of civilized behavior people say the right things and carry on justm:12-14).  Plans to replace Israel, plans to roll old into new, will not end well. The favorite verse complex has no rebellion,  no treachery,  no prostitution,  no calamity, no repentance, and only a Messianic pretext. It follows the pattern of lazy thinking, and no thinking. We do not simply open our mouths and say whatever the current desire dictates.

Just saying what we are told to say does not bring more kingdom into our lives. Believers are not speaking things into existence. If they were we would all have everything we need, just like when Yahweh said “Let there be light” and “Let earth teem with living creatures” and then created man to have dominion. It is obvious that people are not prevailing in prayer. The law of God is not a condom. Divine law does not prevents sin. How quickly people forget; the law is what defines and powers sinful attitudes and behaviours. The vices we know come from within us. If people say they prefer political constructs, progress without benevolent prudence, and prefer eating and drinking rules, or is because Christ ruling in hearts by faith is not attractive to them. Do they want to confirm that they do not need a Saviour?

It must be obvious that without the king and sacrifice facets of the Messianic heritage most propositions and all the speculation about life and home are questionable pretexts. The plans in Jeremiah 29 only makes sense when exile and calamity have taken place, and calamity, for too many believers, can always be waved away by our exercise of faith. That is the rationale for a life free from troubles and crosses, and a likely demonic pretext.

Famine and Fearmongering

The famine that has restructured our ideas about rights and privileges is now being complicated by attempts to reduce the pressures through massive violent campaigns.  It is a waste of time to trust in the expansion of European powers and the rise of new nations are signs of nobility and civic perfection.  Unity was never in the barn and the philanthropy everyone seems to want to put at the centre of their  thinking are mere clouds of deceptions. There is not going to be less insecurity and fear in the world, and the emergence of calls for justice is not a bandwagon for the fearful.

Now it came about in the days when the vigilantes governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of West Virginia in America went to sojourn in the land of England with his wife and his two sons.

Spoof of Ruth 1:1

Curfews (unrelated to the pandemic), troops deployed to dominate cities where protests are happening are heartless and foolish reactions.  They certainly have no right to be called policy.   America’s unfinished revolution keeps coming back to embarrass those of us who have a brain and a hope to live left.

Moabite Ruth became mama #1 in Bethlehem. That cannot happen in America or Britain.  God got his way in ancient Bethlehem because he softened the hearts of the people to accept foreigners.  Just look at America and the United Kingdom today.  They do not seem to be united except to oppress the poor and foreigners.

No shame attaches to the blindness of xenophobia, the idolizing of wealthy persons,  the rejection of science and theology.   Law and the love of money has taken over the thoughts and desires of people who would love to bd called God’s people and Christians.

Why was there a famine in the land where judges governed?

Guess who fears the Messianic message

Centuries of a caucasian Jesus, a mindless recitation of favorite Bible verses, the creation of a Judeo-Christian monster, and a fear of anything that gets too close to the apostles, is hunger enough.

More from the dark web

Boxed Thinking

People who have not exhibited the relevant diligence to follow Christ want to say profound things about morality and civic life. Trying to engage with these kinds of intellectual is like mixing oil and water. Their speciality is pocomania, Balaamism, and death cult. The church is locked in on bogus experts, dignitaries of the house of ignorance, and fatally corrupted deliverers.

Here is snippet from a recent post. There is little to identify where the so-called discussion begins and the conservative trash begins. The latest rant is shown below WITHOUT THE BLACK BACKGROUND.

Understanding Syncretism, Greed and Fear

The pathetic dimensions of this understanding are the illusion of literacy, the cowardice of people who want to appear as warriors, and juvenile readiness to play the part of obedient servant. Far too many intellectuals do not read their native language well and their commitment to shallows of the ocean of divine revelation.

You know guys as I’m here witnessing the dismantling of Western Civilization right before my eyes, it is important that we understand the battle that is being fought.

The speaker is unaware that Western civilization showed its colours when it laughed at the Ethiopian emperor pleading for sanity and collective security.

America was founded firstly on Judeo Christian principles. It is the FIRST of it’s kind to be the world leader… meaning, it’s the first nation that held the principles of individual liberties above centralized power.

America’s Judeo-Christian foundation has been unable to find the footprints of either Moses or Yeshua. The law in Israel – the appointed guardian of Judaism – and the United States have failed to prosecutd oppression of poor people, and is a long way from demonstrating the righteousness of Christ.

America is held in its position by the petro dollar. All oil sales are denominated in US dollars.

These tyrants who are trying to re-write the world order hate individual freedoms. They hate the middle class for that reason.

Only a shortsighted person can talk about hate in western societies without acknowledging the genocidal and xenophobic nature of most national identities and institutions.

They want to destroy that World but they CANNOT do so without destroying America. America holds this present world order in place.

These little abolish fossil fuel efforts you hear these Globalists pushing is all a ploy to take away demand for fossil fuel, hence the US dollar, hence the US’ economy.

What is amazing is how nobody seem to care about that. The sycophants won’t listen, and the people who are supposed to know better are pretty much pushing this thing..

Christ has been resolutely opposed to everything that intoxicates this suspect. Know your Christ and your Moses before mouthing off, please.

Freedom’s Anarchists

Pandemic should not lead to pandemonium, but every opportunity to throw some steel balls into our omelet will be taken by the greatest fence-sitters of all time.  Their parents let them choose something other than breast milk.  Kids need options they say  Their teachers gave them a pass even when they faiied.  The police know their parents and grandparents so they often did not have to face the music for breaking the law.  The latest lunacy is hordes of peace officers and health workers refusing to be told what to do in a society where law and order defines the good citizens.

Fence-sitting fandom

The biggest corporations are slave labour operations and the most followed and admired thinkers are people who either had no childhood or people who think that virtual means real. What do we suppose the small and obscure corporations are doing?

The right to be free and governed

After centuries of telling the story of repeated rebellions, war and tribal treachery most religious and civic leaders and their experts can find no solace in sticking to their ancestral beliefs and practices. They seem incapable of deciding whether to live in darkness and primitive desperation, in tbe light of human progress or the brutal banditry of the wildlife. They are busy cutting and pasting legislative language and policies from ancient and modern sources.

What hope is there when churches, like the Jerusalem temple of the 6th century BC and the seventh decade AD, become dens of capitalism? What wisdom are we steering clear of when the our role models are rich thieves and experts in nothing?

You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

Matthew 23:24, NASB

To compensate they invent codes for civic perfection and immediately head in the opposite direction. People can enjoy the fantasy about religion infusing culture with respecting for the rights of foreigners, widows, orphans, women and children. It is a pitiful fantasy because people who sound informed and have the largest audiences are more often than not passionate deniers of human and divine excellence.

New mandate: refuse the covid19 vax for freedom’s sake

Maybe the new ideal citizen is indeed a Judeo-Christian monster. Taxes are for tbe not-too-smart. Impartial justice calls for close collusion with the accused, like Mitch McConnell’s version in the US Senate. Maybe justice comes when Africans invade Europe and Europeans evacuate America and Australia. Any segment of society taking a stand on refusing basic supervision – food, housing, and protection (health and safety) is a vampire disguised as the icecream guy. Those health workers and peace officers must think we are abject idiots who believe that drinking alcohol before driving is an option they need to have. Some servants and protectors they turn out to be There is no appetite for service or protection by freedom’s anarchists.

The sheer terror undermining the way

Righteousness does not come from performing the requirements of the law.  Anyone who begins down that road does not deserve our time. That was Paul’s response to the attempt to subject the believers to the bondage of the law. He prized the liberation Christ purchased more than all his ancestral treasures. There is no terror more despised than humans wielding laws that authorize exclusion, and death.

Righteousness did not come to the kingdom of Israel since succeeding generations failed to erase the need for sacrifice for sin.  Christians do not have to apologize for rejecting practices and beliefs that have nothing to do with the salvation of the world.  The happy – righteous  –  people are those whose sins are forgiven.  If someone misses the fact that the righteous are first of all a forgiven and forgiving people he or she cannot avoid living in terror and the delusion that God’s kingdom is founded on the laws given to Moses, while Moses says Christ gets the last (and first) word on what humans need to know and do. People who talk about God’s law as definer of what is good and lovely are fear-mongering juveniles, who take pleasure in the prospect of undermining the peace and joy that the right way is expected to bring to home, church, and school.

Living in terror and delusion

Some happiness is completely bogus and short-lived. Happiness that comes from getting things despises God’s gift as aummed up in which we have to remind ourselves are not consumable. God’s priorities focuses on the spiritual security of those he has saved.  Is it not telling that the sermon on the mount does not promote happiness based on clinging to the ancestral heritage?  The generation that departed Egypt under Moses’ leadership was not a happy one.  The hundreds of years of prostituting themselves and finding a marital relationship with Baal and the asherah is a most unhappy sight. But there is a view of happiness or blessing that meets the essential human need for forgiveness.

The blessedness of forgiveness

The self-righteous and the deluded will disavow that God imputes righteousness not sin.

just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

Romans 4:6

No one ever stopped sinning and everyone needs to hear from God, for instruction,  correction and assistance.  The poor, sick, and sinful will be with us until the end of the age, and it does not follow that Christ confirmed his gift of redemption by giving the Holy Spirit to those who had put their faith in God’s son only to terrorize them with ‘do not ever sin again’. So why does anyone want to get away with saying that they have been successful in keeping all of God’s instructions.  Thankfully talk is not the measure of that covenant.

The guy who thinks he has pleased God apart from grace is likely to be unproductive and likely to be deriving a happiness from his selective and partial obedience.  In any scenario, this happy guy is likely to be a victim of disinformation by comparing Christ with any of the heroes and witnesses in the biblical record.  Seriously though, whoever we choose to name as predecessor to the Incarnate Word is going to fall into the category of thief and robber.

Nothing more or less

When righteousness is not what the community agrees on we have an insoluble dilemma.  All of the glowing talk about obedience and loyalty fall flat and end up in the sewer. God’s righteousness, as promised to Jerusalem is not credit earned.  Was not Abraham concerned that God was involved in snuffing out the lives of innocent people and was not Jonah insensitive to the right to life of the Ninevites?  It is a spicy ball of nothing when we say, for example, that we are followers of God but we dare not step over the line from our human customs into the realm of divine character.  There is no day that God does not work so we can forget trying to make the prohibitions regarding the sabbath primary kingdom business.  If righteousness does not come, even indirectly, from the law, there is no work that anyone can perform in sync with Christ, who just happens to be in glory with no task related to the levitical priesthood. and is ahead of his followers, enjoying his rest.   

It will be righteousness for us if we are careful to observe all this commandment before the Lord our God, just as He commanded us.

Deuteronomy 6:25

There is no escaping what amounts to success for Christ’s ancestors.  Neither taking possession of the land of Canaan, nor establishing the highly significant priesthood, nor the celebrating of annual festivals are wholesome types of the ultimate measure of success.  Even though a festival, for example, may result in a revival or a reorientation the standard of righteousness was full compliance with EVERY COMMAND.  “All of this commandment” could not be clearer.   The number of Christians who are eager to prove the purity of their beliefs or the maturity of their practices amounts to a majority.  The simple odds that the majority holds the right view are extremely low and runs against the grain of Messianic revelation.  The Exodus and the wilderness journey,  if we are interested in biblical precedents, also point to the survival of only a few: only two men (and their families?) made it from Egypt to Canaan. One does not have to do any math to know that only one in four individuals who have “received” the message of salvation will eventually end up being productive.  Three quarters of the people hearing the gospel will fizzle out – until the next time the seedsower scatters seeds in their neighbourhood- not be saved.  Our Lord himself points to the hard fact of the small generational harvest of souls.

Chosen, Few, and Little,

​“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Matthew 7:13-14

For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Matthew 22:14

God’s gifts and the persistent fear

Lies persevere because their producers depend on terror and threats. The liar’s method is kill, steal, destroy, and, by all means, deceive. When they have no power to shun, eject, slander, censure or silence Christ’ followers they turn to murder. This has always been the case. Warmongers will try to glorify the wars they have fought but the reasonable and the wise seem to have perished from the earth, and the rising generation scarcely gets a chance to rid itself of the baggage of the previous, which is still a great deal of empty traditions and power games. People who are converted by strong arm methods and compunction will not make it to Yeshua’s safe arms.

In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

Isaiah 54:14

​“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:32

The spiritual heritage

Our spiritual security is not going to come from anything other than the Spirit Himself, who we all confess is also the author of the words preserved for us in Scripture. No vision, inspired storytelling or comment rises to the level of apostolic teaching. The best we can do to avail ourselves of the protection is to draw as near as possible to the teaching without the possibility of faulty communications slipping into the stream.

Many believers get baptized and join a church after a gospel worker tells him or her what he thinks they need to hear, and too often without the goal of attaching the believer’s faith to Christ. Typically an evangelist introduces people to Christ as saviour. The practice in our times is a combination of demanding lifestyle change which means gathering information about the individual: their employment (unemployed are 3rd class citizens), their food and clothing (both irrelevant for kingdom purposes), and their past Fear drives the agenda. We should not think that fear is forbidden, because fear is the natural response to God, even by good and just people.

VIRTUALLY HEADLESS PUBLICS

Kings and queens are not popular in the 21st century, at least not when the official title is actually king or queen.  Many of our prime ministers and presidents do exactly what ancient kings did.  The ancient rulers had less invasion of their occupational space by their subjects.  For most of the four or five year terms of the modern ruler ths citizens get to shape much of what the nation ends up getting.  The government heads that spend a lot of time messaging are mostly trying to fill the void of their loss of control.  The aversion to monarchy is a weird condition because the vast majority of people on the planet are ruled by a despot, a family of despots, a twice-elected hero, or an oligarch,  Even when the system of government is called by various forms of democracy, republicanism or socialism the result is the same: headless publics.

The revolutionary character of the New Testament may appear as a natural shift.  The Land of the boiling pot had many kings in the Period following the Persian exile.  The Roman emperor was the head honcho.  The Levant was home to four ethnarchs, each ruling an ethnic group.  The arrangement was Rome’s method of softening local resistance.  The Jews having a king was not a threat to Rome.  Pilate, the Roman governor in the days of Yeshua of Nazareth, was careful to stay out of local Jewish sectarianism and religion.

When the magi showed up in Judea announcing their intention to worship a newborn king Herod, the tetrarch, was beside himself that he had a contender for the throne.  King of Israel was a title few people wanted or cared about, and the consensus was that an Israelite king in the form the law prescribed was treachery to Rome, but the unveiling of Israel’s ruler landed on the obscure town of Bethlehem.

Kingdom everywhere we look

If you want to be governed by a king (and his house) be ready for some shenanigans that will affect the prosperity of both the king and the people.

It has not escaped our notice either that the sons of Israel were offered a covenant aimed at creating a kingdom of priests.  The high priest was the first person whose authority was the law and whose ability to affect Israelite lives was near absolute.  Having a king was foreign idea to the Hebrew people, but God had a plan for monarchy and a set of cautions.  He even had a prophet who was aware of the complications of having a king like Israel’s neighbours.

The prophets also made sure the people heard that the house of David was going to be God’s means of achieving his plan.  The Solomonic dynasty, created to elevate David’s passion and personal integrity, could only be distinguished from God’s sovereignty by the length of life of the crowned heads. Every time one of them died the milk spilled out.  In the same vein of weakness and incapacity,  justice for a family affected by homicide was set aside and a potential killer walked free when a high priest died.  The king of Israel was best when he was also a priest and possessed of an endless life. Both the priest and the kings ended up saturated with greed blind to justice.

Monarchy byways 

Moses is first to notice the problems of monarchy.  His warnings are as follows.

  • NO FOREIGNER CAN BE CROWNED. When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, and you possess it and live in it, and you say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations who are around me,’ you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman.
  • THE CROWN CANNOT ACCUMULATE MILITARY CAPACITY  FOR HIMSELF. (vs 16a) “Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, 
  • HE MUST NOT COUNSEL HELP FROM EGYPT. (vs 16b) nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’
  • THE CROWN MUST NOT BE POLYGAMOUS.  (vs 17“He shall not multiply wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; 
  • THE CROWN MUST NOT ACCUMULATE MONEY FOR HIMSELF. nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself. 
  • THE CROWN MUST BE HAVE HIS OWN HANDWRITTEN COPY WITH THE LAW (vs 18. Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. (At the time the Law consisted of the unfinished books of Moses) (vs 19) It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes[,]
  • THE CROWN’S COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW CREATES THE POTENTIAL TO BE LONG-LASTING.  (vs 20) that his heart may not be lifted up above his countrymen and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel.

References to (a) king, (b) king of Israel, and (c) queen, can be seen in comparison to the references to (d) Yahweh as king (King of Israel-prime).

With such a dominating frequency of monarchy in the Old Testament there is every reason to believe that a rift is in play.  King of Israel, like the levitical service, must be resolved in something real and effective.  How long does it take for a people to recognize that  their king ought to be a person who does not slumber or sleep?  How else could he keep them safe when there are enemies all around? How many annual days of official atonement can a community endure before it admits that the blood of animals facilitates the forgiveness of sins?  The flow of the monarchy record consists of accession to the throne, a narrative of selected deeds, their deaths, their burials, and an epitaph of serving Yahweh or not (essentially did evil or not). 

The king of Israel presented by the New Testament writers is part of a revolutionary proposal.  It has little to do with the law, the temple, or Jerusalem.  The sparse frequency of the records of kings’ accession to the throne, their deaths and burials in the New Testament marks a sharp departure from the narratives of the Hebrew Bible. The New Testament framework for viewing the facets of the king are also few. Those facets are:

  • The mocking of the crowds when Yeshua was hanging on a tree
  • Nathanael’s perception that the king (Yeshua) knows everything
  • The report of Yeshua’s ride into Zion on a donkey and the people’s response

The other kings mentioned in the New Testament are not candidates for being recognized as king of Israel, and Jewish monarchy governing Judah (or Judea) was not even mentioned when the Persian exile ended, and was even more remote.  The events of the New Testament unfolded in a province of the Roman Empire.  A king with the stature of the kings of Judah and Israel was most unwelcome.  The only Jewish person that could be named king in New Testament times had to be approved by Rome.

  1. An unwelcome king
    1. The framework shows that the disciples’ king was not welcome.  
    2. The king acclaimed by the crowds was not welcome. 
  2. An extraordinary depth of knowledge and authority
    1. Nathanael was impressed by Yeshua’s knowledge of hidden facts
    2. At age twelve Yeshua had the Jewish leadership at the temple scratching their heads
  3. The habit of attaching Yeshua’s experiences to prophecies from the Old Testament is almost avoidable.  The donkey ride into Zion stands out.
    1. The donkey ride into Zion may seem to be adrift until we see the original context of the prediction in Zechariah’s prophecy

Justice, Salvation, and Humility

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

(Zechariah 9:9, NASB)

One can find no excuse for rejecting such a king and there is none.  Recognizing that Yeshua did not appear to be a fan of Moses and took the functioning of the temple as a personal responsibility – he called it “My Father’s house” – leads to a number of mistaken views.  that the Old Testament is yesterday’s book, and that the idea of monarchy is unsuited for the modern  world. One has to be pretty gifted president or prime minister to not want to be ruler forever.  There are, after all, no humans who have lived forever.  Maybe there are but they are hiding. What is with the forever thing anyway? Adam is dead, Abraham is waiting for his resurrection, and so are all the apostles.  There is no forever throne for David. We know where his tomb is.  With large portions of the world about to go virtual,  all of the forms of government will be known for what they really are, despite the repeated debates and proclamations, headless failed states, headless republics and headless publics.