I commit myself

Now that a peace officer has done with his knee what deranged potus45 suggested he could do with a gun on a city’s main drag Americans are quite likely going to sleepwalk through their next opportunity to set their nation of a righteous path and end their navel-gazing and self-aggrandizing. The United States has settled for a right to kill Black people by outlaws like the KKK, by police officers, and by ordinary citizens who assume the right to be judge and jury, the latter carried out with regularity under the guise of some version of self-defence. Do I exaggerate? If I were a United States representative I would be committing myself to introduce legislation to pay all the families who have lost someone to lynching and murder by peace officers, to pay all the African villages from whence the slaves for American industry were taken, and to compensate all the American familes who have been kept in the dark about fair wages, the truth about the epidemic of innocent bloodshed, and ending the carreers of all rotten law enforcement officers.

No-one should underestimate the disgust that violence is to God. Moses wrote that violence was the trigger that set off the judgment of the flood. Violence was one of the offences in the holy city in Judah that resulted in the destruction of the temple and the exile of the people of Judah.

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Gen. 6:11-13

One needs to see how the simple terms of prohibited behaviours (kill, sleep-around, and steal) are not enshrined in secular law. Most governments only care about homicide under certain circumstances. It is not illegal to commit adultery in a state where a religion does not dictate the terms of secular law. Stealing happens under our noses thousands of times each day. For example, the hard-earned cash of citizens is constantly being siphoned off by merchants of motor vehicles, fuel, and common necessities such as food and clothing. It must be a hard sell for spiritual people to be legislators when their equally conscientious colleagues are willing and eager to create loopholes, for example, for lying and dirty energy. A preacher, a politician, a political pundit, or a television commentator can lie through his teeth daily but lying to the FBI will land a person in considerable trouble.

It is a burning shame that well-equipped governments do not have a handle on violence. Humans have the right to be free from deceit and violence, and to be treated as precious, according to Psalm 72 verse 14. Way more shameful, from my perspective, is the number of people who, in the name of caring in the pattern of Christ the Saviour, just continue to preach feel-good messages and fantasy victories over the common human conditions. It fits perfectly: the knee on the neck of anyone gets no play in American or Canadian churches, but the dream job and the mortgaged life does. If I did not hope that Derek Chauvin pays the price for causing George Floyd’s death I would not be human. If there is no in the next few weeks a spate of firings of rotten peace officers we will know that American justice is a spoiled child’s game. God’s justice will not be satisfied with a bipartisan or multipartisan deal, and he can smell a jury’s bias before it shows up. Justice can be anything people want in a democracy, and democracy is a dirt-eating snake pretending to be a spotless lamb, a most ridiculous act and cast which I commit myself to continue exposing.

Tripping through innocent blood and massacres

In the year 2021 we are witnessing millions of lives snuffed out by a virus. Alongside this there are civilian homicides, many of which are multiple fatality events using guns designed for the battlefield. It is not likely that we are going to see American or Chinese weapons of war turned into farm implements, providing food for earth’s billions.The prophets’ vision seems more likely to be realized by Israel and Russia and her allies.

Instructions and Warnings

That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee [for] an inheritance, and [so] blood be upon thee. Deut. 19:10

[If] ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: Jer. 7:6

Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place. Jer. 22:3

Wise Reflections

And shed innocent blood, [even] the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. Ps. 106:38

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, Prov. 6:17

Cases and Convictions

Moreover Manasseh [king of Judah] shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing [that which was] evil in the sight of the LORD. 2Kgs. 21:16

And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon. 2Kgs. 24:4

Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts [are] thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction [are] in their paths. Isa. 59:7

But thine eyes and thine heart [are] not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do [it]. Jer. 22:17

Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence [against] the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. Joel. 3:19

Then he said to me, “The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice. For they say, ‘The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see.’ Ezekiel. 9:9

The global expectation from three prophets

Isaiah says, He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. Chapter 2 verse 4)
Joel says, ​Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, “I am a warrior.” |(chapter 3 verse 10)
Micah says, He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore; (chapter 4 verse 3)

Let the bloodthirsty continue their rampage in the name of national and personal self-defence, but a constitutional right to bear arms cannot be justified when innocent people, children in school included, lose their lives at an alarming rate. For the impenitent there is only rage and anguish. What goes around comes around! What the Scriptures say about the mighty generals and the engine of their wealth must be soberly considered

Masters of neo-idolatry

A professor of history and a pastor who was forced to choose to teach English grammar for a price (when it is available for free to all residents of Ontario) can be expected to push discoveries of snow to the Inuit. His latest regurgitation is captured below.

“It has become quite clear to me, at this point, that what we are seeing taking place within America and more broadly the West, is the rise of witchcraft- any attempt to control, to intimate, and manipulate people to get them to do and believe what you want them to.”

Professor as Host (of a darkweb brainwashing group)

Professor discovers witchcraft

There are psychics practicing their craft openly in my neighbourhood and you will find one in yours by googling or by searching the local newspaper. Consulting with a spirit who is not clearly identified as the Eternal GOD is deadly, and if one can converse with the dead for guidance that is necromancy. The medium and the psychic are engaged in the same craft: acting as knowledgeable in secret things. For someone who knows what pastors do in pursuit of influence the things they actually know that are intended shine the spotlight on the Bible’s message include neither history nor language. There is

For a guy who believes that the United States and the United Kingdom are bastions of righteousness with both Christian and Jewish values as the foundation witchcraft is never more than a stone’s throw away. Having rejected both Christ and the Bible as foundation of spiritual life he and his evangelical colleagues can be expected to impose the law of Moses when I was just like these in this age they are ready to stone – prosecute and condemn- people.

Saying what we read in the Bible does not transform us

The Risen Christ has no law that governments are capable of “enforcing”. These instructors pretend to be apologists, and will cite “great” apologists of our times, but will not even aspire to do what a true apologist does. Highlighting the word witchraft then interpreting it as manipulation and intimidation ignores the facts of Israelite Roman and Greek witchcraft. Sorcery is alive and well in the evangelical churches. They talk about the law of God, in particular The ten Commandments without the seventh day sabbath, and they refer to Christ as only Lord and only Saviour and add a partner to him in the person of Moses or whichever of their leaders they want to elevate to some kind of authority. They are equally lazy to equip the saints in their care to be anything more than plagiarists, copycats, spin doctors, sycophants and masters of idolatry.

Justice games

“His sons are far from safety, They are even oppressed in the gate, And there is no deliverer.

Job 5:4

This release from Eliphaz in Job’s conversation with his visitors is both realistic and pessimistic. He was slamming the foolish persons in his generation, intimating that justice is rare.  Was it really? Abraham, who probably lived in the same era, seemed certain that God makes no mistake in this arena. He felt that God does not allow the innocent to be condemned alonged with the evil people. Eliphaz was obviously referring to human endeavours.  He was outrageously wrong about the nonexistence of a deliverer.

Eliphaz knew little or nothing about the Exodus, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha, the death of Moses or the carreers of the judges.

We might see the same thing as we examine record of the first century or the twentieth.  He would be totally convinced that justice and deliverance were absent- perhaps impossible- if he saw the persecution and murder of Christ.

Just because the courts in  the modern era deliver convictions of (even commonly despised) defendants we cannot say our society is safe for our children we cannot say that deliverance from oppression is certain.  That, we can be sure, was Eliphaz’ conviction.  He observed oppression in the gate – in the local courts.

My world, supporting the world of technological wizardry, virtual reality and extreme fantasy creations, is a lot like Eliphaz’, a lot like the topsy turvy intellectual world of the citizens who persecuted the church in its infancy.

A lot of Yeshua in a “loaded” verse

Psalm 28:9 has yasha (ישע) as the first word. It is one of the few sayings in the Bible with this leading word. There are fourteen such verses. There are only four of these verses that also have three other action words. The significance of this is that we have a chance to see (1) verses that are clearly prioritized with the verb to save but we also see (2) what other kinds of actions are essentially linked to this subject.

The salvation quad

Save (yasha) Your people and bless (barak) Your inheritance; Be their shepherd (raah) also, and carry (nasa) them forever.

  • Save Your people
  • Bless Your inheritance;
  • Be their shepherd also, shepherd them (רעם)
  • Carry them forever.

Save is essentially HELP. Bless is GIVE HONOUR. To Shepherd is to guard and feed. To carry is to personally LIFT and CARE FOR. Each of these actions or activities can be exclusively attached to God, and particularly to the Lord’s Anointed.

Christ is the blessing Agent in the creation narrative, and the blesser of all families as promised in the call of Abraham. Shepherding activity is at the heart of human occupation (Abel and all Hebrews) and God’s caring mission. See Isaiah’s Shepherd-God (Isaiah 40).

The mighty God arrives and carries

Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.

Isaiah 40:11

He carried (nasa) the redeemed Israelites on eagle’s wings (Deuteronomy 32:11) and the Lord’s Arm is responsible for carrying off/away – like an atoning offering – the problems of humanity.

Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

Isaiah 53:4

You can see how a single verse that does not use the customary words of the New Covenant can be brimming with the terms of divine salvation. Blood, life and death, justified, forgive and pardon do not appear but are present in these embryonic sayings. The rarity of this verse’s construction recommends it as one of salvation’s prime time players.

Salvation’s Donkey Ride

Our Lord’s ride into Jerusalem has become a rallying point for separating Judah’s government from the levitical system. The children knew what the adult guardians of the nation’s heritage did not recognize. The leadership’s resistance to asking for salvation (see the 21 pleas in the Psalms) stands in contrast to the children ascribing salvation to the man on the donkey. David’s son is appropriately named Yeshua, salvation, and a week after this moving event he would be completing his work before returning to glory. “Glory in the highest” rang out from the lips of heavenly beings when he came into the world, and now that he was about to depart the chant came from earthly lips: “Hosannah to David’s son! Hosannah in the highest!” It behoves us to keep our eyes on whether the highest, David’s son, and salvation remain connected and relevant. It is manifest that temple, the priesthood, and the law of Moses (the Pentateuch in particular) have no active efficiency in people being born from above and consequently receiving the Holy Spirit.

And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

Matt. 21:9

The disturbing modern kleptocracy

Our Lord could only hold his countrymen to what was in the their history.  The Holy Spirit convinced the Church that nothing good would come from being disciples of Moses. If anything is a tokenization of Moses’ legacy it is the Sinai experience.  Christians should not be disturbed by the silly merchants of a phony lifestyle.

Wooly and greedy eyes

The following is from a featured ad in my email. I immediately took offence that someone was doing that old magician’s trick: bring back from the garbage what God has trashed. Whoever is inspiring these departures from the faith that was one-for-all-time delivered to the holy ones. No kidding! Someone who is not in a cult is writing a book about the living value of the Ten Commandments. It does not alarm me, but not soon from now, all those people who are clamouring for that coveted obedient status will be falling all over themselves to accuse, assault and punish their neighbours who have different beliefs and practices. Right now someone is thinking that all the public information about law and order, justice and the revelations of judicial court procedures (on television and in the movies), are influencing people to think that God has the same approach (tell them what not to do) for the spiritual life as earthly governments do. So they want to cash in with this resource “Ten Word to Live By…”

Wanna sell me a Sinai deal for life? Where exactly is the CROSS in the Sinai Deal? The Pharisees are not dead.

When someone unveils a lifestyle there are pictures of life from sunrise to sunset.  Any racist, thieving, lying killer can sit at home doing nothing all day and say he’s lived by God’s word.  Life that is righteous however ought to be a mirror of the Lifegiver.  Moses never held the keys to eternal life, and Christ did not die to give people a pattern for daily and biological life.

Christians are disturbed by what is not good

“Since we have heard that some of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls,

Acts 15:24

I do not consent with xenophobes and racist control of what I do not do. I can only be me, and that is true enough for God. Moses himself said you all must consult Messiah but that is not what the merchants are after. What a shame!

Christians are directed by what is SPIRITUALLY good

“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials:

Acts 15:28

Christians are directed by what is indivisibly good

it seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

Acts 15:25

Christians live by what is good

Acts 15:22

Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas–Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren,

Caring not one whit about who Jen Wilkins, (the author of the resource on sale) is or claims to be, it is clear that only a wooly eyed shopper will buy a Christless view of proceeding along the way of eternal life. One “word” is sufficient: faith-that-works-by-love. Life with God should never be reduced to a list of what is not expected. That is a redcipe for ascetism and withdrawal from society, and cultism.